Better Together

Day 21 - Bunny Easter Illustration - Doodlewash

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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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. Laura Kate 12 months ago

    Thank you for the hug. It felt great!

  2. Sandra Gilbert 12 months ago

    A big hugs right back to you!, And where is this book, curious and coveting minds want to know!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      hehe! I always mention when I hit publish which doesn’t immediately produce a book at all… lol… I just get so excited! 😊 But I mentioned it a again in my post today with a proper link… It’s now on Amazon here –

      • Sandra Gilbert 12 months ago

        And it’s in my wish list!

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          Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

          Yay! Hope you’ll try it out! It’s a fun break… but does have little tips and tricks of how I’m able to create something in such a short amount of time. 😉

          • Sandra Gilbert 11 months ago

            It didn’t stay in my wish list long. It will be here today or tomorrow.

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            Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

            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!

  3. Sandra Strait 12 months ago

    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!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      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! 😉

  4. Lisa 12 months ago

    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!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Haha! Love it! 😃💕 Sounds like you had a perfectly wonderful weekend, Lisa! I mean, donkeys? That’s just awesome!!

  5. memadtwo 12 months ago

    Here’s to family and friends! Thanks Charlie! (K)

  6. Carol Hartmann 12 months ago

    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! 😘

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      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 –

  7. Sharon Nolfi 12 months ago

    Sending a hug and looking forward to the Sketchbook Revival and your new book. I love dying eggs, too! I like to make them really dark jewel tones, rather than pastels.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕Big hugs back at ya! And yay! I also liked the really dark jewel tones… which shouldn’t surprise anyone at all really. I love color and contrast! hehe

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    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.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      hehe! Yeah, the title isn’t always a dead giveaway… I like to mix things up a bit! 😉 😃💕And sounds like you have a lovely weekend indeed!

  9. Mary Roff 12 months ago

    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!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      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

  10. diannmeynor 12 months ago

    Hugs and Happy Easter!

  11. June Hadaway 12 months ago

    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.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      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

  12. smzang 12 months ago

    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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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah!! 😃💕 Hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter!

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