Today is Easter and for those of you celebrating, I hope you had a wonderful one! As a kid, I used to love dyeing Easter eggs on the days leading up to today, but each time I pointed the kits out at the store, Philippe just assumed I was reminiscing again. I wasn’t. I really wanted to dye eggs this year, but even though that didn’t happen, it was fun to take a little break and make a doodlewash in ink and watercolor. Our family isn’t in the same state and some are even in a different country, so it was just the two of us today along with our dog Phineas. The weather was amazingly sunny and warm and Phineas has been enjoying it immensely. He likes to sunbathe whenever possible and today was a perfect day for that. Perfect pairings, like this, got me thinking today. There are so many things in life that are wonderful on their own, but even better when combined with something else. And so many moments that are made better when shared with someone special. I hope each of you had a day filled with special moments and lots of love.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been working on several different projects at once and though I’ve had a blast, it was nice this weekend to just enjoy a bit of family time. Yesterday, I spent some time chatting with my sister and the, later, one of my best friends in Los Angeles. Having those moments of connection made the whole weekend amazing. And as much as I adore being in the “zone” of sketching and coloring with watercolor and working on my projects, those are solitary moments. While rejuvenating, It’s even more rejuvenating to spend some quality time with others, even if it’s only by phone. Today, Philippe, Phineas and I took a long walk this afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine and perfect weather. The only side effect to all of these experiences is that I don’t want this to end and I’m not quite ready to return to work tomorrow. Though it shouldn’t take a special day to make all these things happen, I’m always thankful for these special days when they occur. All of the good moments of childhood come rushing back to me as I’m reminded of all of the wonderful bits of my adulthood.

And thanks so much to all of my lovely friends out there who support me each day in my sketching habit. It means the world to me and I’m giving you each the world’s biggest virtual hug. Yeah, I’m totally a hugger, so if we ever meet in person, you’ve been properly warned on the off chance you’re not. Thanks to your love and support I just hit publish on a new book tonight that will be out this week! And if you haven’t yet, rush over and sign up for Sketchbook Revival, a free online workshop that starts tomorrow where I’ll be appearing in my first-ever video appearance, alongside far more experienced and awesome artists! It runs through May 4th, but the videos will be available until May 18th, so there’s plenty of time to view them all at your leisure. Join me! And I’m offering a free gift of an exclusive book preview as well as a couple of pages that don’t appear in the printed version for Sketchbook Revival participants. My latest book isn’t a collection of personal stories, like the last one, but more of an informational art book, presented in my usual like a kid again style. Like time with good friends and family, I hope you’ll join me in my new adventures and make time for your inner child to come out and play. I think you’ll find that when you DO, you’re better together.

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About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Vermilion, Leaf Green, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Terra Cotta. Sharpie Pen in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Bunny Easter Illustration - Doodlewash

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          1. Aww yay, Sandra!! 😃💕 Thanks so much my friend!! That makes me so happy! I truly appreciate it! Let me know what you think… it’s not quite like anything I’ve seen out there, which shouldn’t surprise you in the least, but I hope it’s fun!

  1. Thank you for the hug, and here’s one right back! I’m looking forward to the Sketchbook Revival – it starts Monday, I think? Is the book preview part of the Revival? I’ve got quite a lot going on the next couple of days, but I’ll fit the videos somehow!

    1. Thanks for the hug, Sandra! 😃💕And thanks for the heads up… I changed the post to be a bit clearer. Yeah, the book preview with exclusive content is currently only available through Sketchbook Revival. Just click on mine when it shows up in your inbox and you’ll find the link to get it! 😉

  2. What a great day and weekend! Weather, √, great food, √, wonderful company, √. Joe’s sister and family came and among them are two littles, five and three years old. One highlight of the after dinner festivities was the walk next door to visit the paddock full of eight donkeys! They are very loud when they bray. I can hear them in my house with the windows closed. One of them decided to give us a demo while we stood right there! The kids loved it. So did i!

  3. I’m a hugger too, so bring it in! 😁. Glad you had some down time with family and friends this weekend and that you, Phillipe, and Phineas spent some quality time together. Can’t wait to see your newest book, and I’m looking forward to Sketchbook Revival and your air time. I’ll see you soon, Charlie! 😘

    1. Yay!! hehe… One BIG hug coming your way, Carol! 😃💕 And thanks… this month has been a bit crazy, all self-induced because I got the “cool” yet crazy idea to do my first video appearance via Sketchbook Revival in coordination with a book I hadn’t written yet. Typical me! lol 😊But it’s out now! You’ll get a preview in your session, but the book is available here –

  4. Two adorable bunnies. I always enjoy trying to figure out what the day’s Doodlewash will be by the title. Wasn’t right about this one – thought it would be two dyed eggs but I really love the bunnies.

    We celebrated Passover at our house yesterday, Easter at a friend’s house today. Sharing special moments is always more fun.

  5. Love those bunnies and hugs back to you! We spent a wonderful celebrating Easter and Passover with 7 delightful, creative friends. It was a wonderful day of sharing stories and laughter and hugs. I love holidays!!! 🙂 Looking forward to Sketchbook Revival and you new book!

    1. Thanks, Mary for the hugs! 😃💕And love that you spent this time with 7 creative friends… that’s so awesome!! And hope you’ll enjoy my video appearance and book… it’s all signature “me” but not like what everyone else does so sometimes I feel weird. But hopefully, I’m just weird in a good way! lol

  6. Sweet bunnies. Love them. I am so excited about your new book. It is on my list! My sister and I had so much fun joining in on the Sketchbook Revival sessions today. Lots of hugs back. Hugs are the absolute best. Thank you Charlie O’! Congratulations on your new book.

    1. Thanks so much, June! 😃💕And yay! Hope you’ll treat yourself to my book… hehe… it’s a wonderful bit of fun time! 😉 And hope you enjoy my Sketchbook Revival session… I think it arrives tomorrow… hehe. I’m had no idea what I was doing when it comes to video, but I’ve never let a little thing like that stop me! lol

  7. Charlie says, “There are so many things in life that are wonderful on their own, but even better when combined with something else. And so many moments that are made better when shared with someone special.”


    I love those cuddly bunnies. A belated Happy Easter to you and yours Charlie!

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