Choose Your Own Doodlewash Adventure

Apples Doodlewash by Charlie O'Shields

You’ve stumbled upon this odd post, with no idea of what the charming, yet ridiculous host has in store for you. He seems to have mixed things up once again and you feel like a new adventure must be starting, yet what’s up with the apples? What’s happening now?

Then suddenly you vaguely remember that it’s National Eat A Red Apple Day, and you’ve just bought pears. Damn. But where did he go? Has he lost his mind? Suddenly, you’re transported into a room with just two doors. On a small table between the doors is a blue iPod with a note that says, “Play me… it’ll be fun, I promise.” You look around cautiously, even though you know you’re completely alone, as you always do when you’re about to do something silly. You grab the iPod, put on the headphones (wiping them first on your shirt), and press play.

“Hey there! It’s Charlie!” says an unfamiliar voice as you’ve never actually heard Charlie speak. “That guy who runs Doodlewash,” he says next as if anticipating your confusion. “So here’s the deal. I was getting lots of great suggestions of things to do for a December project, so I’ve figured out a way to do them all! I’ll still be using things people are celebrating somewhere as initial inspiration, but there’s a big twist.”

“Turns out, there’s a ton of things happening in December all over this silly little planet. Actually, there are way too many to choose from each day, so where we go next will be up to you dear reader. What better way to enjoy Adventures in Watercolor Sketching than a Choose Your Own Adventure style story? I used to love these as a kid, so I’m rather arrogantly assuming you’d love them too. You may think they’re complete rubbish, but hopefully that won’t stop you from playing along with me.”

You pause, and think, “is this guy certifiably insane? How the hell is this going to work?” Looking around the room you realize there’s also a blank sheet of paper on the tiny table with a date at the top: December 2, 2015. But that’s tomorrow, you think, as the voice leaps back into your ear.

“Oh sorry, I was distracted by another cute cat video. It’s cruel to scare them with cucumbers, don’t you think? At any rate, tomorrow’s page is blank and I’ll need your help if I’m going to fill it. I hope you’ll indulge me by making the choice for me.” The screen on the iPod changes to a timer with the letters “-ish” after it, which begins counting down. “There’s just 16-ish hours left to choose!”

Just below the date on the paper, a question magically appears. You hesitate, and think, “do I really want to go on this adventure? I mean this guy is nuts!” But then you remember, it was also Pie Day today and he just gave you some apples, so obviously he needs your help to understand what one should celebrate. Finally, you’re in charge! So you answer the question…


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  1. Shirley DiMercurio 7 years ago

    How do you do it?? These apples look like I could just take a bite out of them. I just marvel at your work!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Author

      Awww thanks Shirley!! 💕😃 How I do it is using lots of layers…hehe…reds (Pyrrol & Perelyne Maroon) first, then Ultramarine Blue for the shadows and then another wash of red (Pyrrol) over the top of it all to pop the color. 😉

  2. I *loved* CYOA books (I still have a collection of them), so I think you’ve got a fun idea going here! And that’s a very nice apple painting!!

    • Author

      Awww cool, Lindsay! Was hoping someone knew these books so this silliness would make sense! Lol 😊And thanks! Glad you liked the doodlewash!

  3. Kari 7 years ago

    Oh this is FUN!! I can’t wait to see how this goes!! Your apple is beyond fabulous!! And it must be red delicious because the cut Apple is already turning brown!! Next time, let’s do honeycrisp apples!! Those are my favorite! ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! ❤️😃I have no idea how this one will go! Lol But thought it might be a fun change. Yeah I need to try honeycrisp…more colors! Hehe😉👍🏻

      • Kari 7 years ago

        You are so creative, Charlie!! And definitely fun! ❤️

  4. Nancy 7 years ago

    I’m intrigued….

  5. Jacob 7 years ago

    I actually partook without knowing as I was given an apple and rhubarb pie today! What were the chances? Oh Charles, every time you paint apples, my mouth waters – this is no exception. They should be shown to children; it’d soon have got me eating more fruit. 😛 I mean, those colours are suggesting Citrus Polo levels of flavour…

    I’ve made my selection, now I’m going to get the heck out of here. Oh! And by the way: I ‘lost’ your iPod.

    (I LOVE this idea!!!)

    • Author

      Yay!! You totally celebrated! Love rhubarb pie too! And glad you like my apples…I just really like painting them. And wow…Citrus Polo flavor level?! That’s high praise from what you’ve told me! Hehe And glad you like this idea…it’s a bit of an odd choice and potentially an impossible challenge, but we’ll see how it goes! 😊hehe

  6. Jodi 7 years ago

    Your apples are amazing Charlie! My mouth dropped open in a gasp of wonderment! Looking forward to seeing how the vote goes – I tossed and tossed, but then made my selection… I’ll be happy with whichever one wins though! Hey – Hope you are watching Rudolph! My favorite of all time – oh maybe you can doodlewash RUDOLPH as your furry thing! PLEASE! and then how about a Charlie in the Box from the Island of Misfit toys?!!!! Please please – and then send them to me! Am I getting Christmas fever or what?! Rudolph does it to me every time! 🙂

    • Haha this is great! Ooh and the amazing Bumble snow monster could be the furry thing tooooo! Love the Island of Misfit Toys. Love Rudolph! But The Year Without a Santa Claus is my hands-down favorite.

      • Jodi 7 years ago

        Oh Laura! Always so nice to hear from you. I’ll have to watch The year without Santa – I don’t think I’ve ever seen… Oh dear! I LOVE the island of Misfit toys – Oh Charlie – how about a series!!!!!

        • You’ve seen it, I promise! Remember the heat miser and the cold miser and Mother Nature? Google it, I promise you’ve seen it.

          And I have to say……I may start drawing Christmas special characters in my journal this month! They’re all so much fun, would be cool to ink and paint! It’s making me think of the Charlotte’s Web illustrations. You ould give it a try in your journal, Jodi!

        • The elf who wanted to be a dentist kind of reminds me of an accountant who wants to be an artist lol! 💛💛💛 I knew there was a reason I always loved that elf! And the Charlie in the box is just showing your name, Charlie!

        • Author

          Haha! I’m just enjoying your conversation!! But yes! The island of misfit toys is the best!!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 💕😃 And thanks for playing along… trying something different so we’ll see how or if it works! Lol And love Rudolph! We were out last night so I wasn’t watching it… but need too before the season ends! And wow!!! You DO have Christmas fever going!! So many requests!! 😳 haha! A Charlie in the Box sounds awesomely funny!

  7. Teri C 7 years ago

    Wow, amazing reality. Looks so good I had to stop writing……..and go eat an apple.

  8. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    I try to eat an apple a day as it helps reduce the arthritis pain in my hands. Your apples look extra “delicious!” Hehe! 🍎🍎🍎 FUNny post, Charlie! The vote shows 50/50. So does this mean you are going to post your dog eating fried food?! LOL! 😄🎨

    • Author

      Or a fried dog I guess! 😳Yikes!! Didn’t think about the possibility of a tie! Lol But that’s what comes from a complete lack of any real planning. 😊 And glad ya liked my apples! 💕😃Philippe usually makes us eat an apple each day as well. Hehe

  9. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Give me that apple. Please, oh please let there be a Chimichanga on Doodlewash tomorrow. Please! Chimichangas are deep fried, right?

    • Author

      They are!! Lol DEEP-fried actually. It was nail bitingly tied for a bit there, but looks like the fried thing might lose now.

      • kirkistan 7 years ago

        This is deeply sad news. I may have to locate some fried dish today to bury my sorrows. I may write myself a prescription of fish and chips.

  10. thepaperbaker 7 years ago

    Fabulous apples, the detailing is stellar! Love the opinion poll too….something furry to pet…baby polar bear 🙂

  11. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Delicious looking apple…great painting makes me want to reach in and take a bite…a small nibble…lol.

  12. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I always have apples when they are in season, so I’m off the hook.
    There was a magazine (maybe NY Mag?) that used to have a page with questions to answer and then you would follow a path depending on the answer that lead you to some insight about yourself…they were always fun although I’m not sure they ever gave me any insight! So I’m ready to choose…(K)

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Kerfe! 😃 Yeah, those things are fun, but not sure if they give any real insight…like horoscopes and Buzzfeed quizzes! Lol But all still really fun! 😉

  13. Cathe 7 years ago

    Super fun Charlie! Seems like December will be full of fun and surprises. On another note, I love your apples…please paint more apples, all kinds of apples…

  14. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    Ok, I admit – I’m confused. I love whatever you dish up, and your apples are grand in a gala kind of way! Red delicious.

    • Author

      Hehe…never read Choose Your Own Adventure books, Cynthia? I admit…this project is a bit odd and unconventional! Lol We’ll see what happens!!! And glad ya liked my apples! ❤️😃

  15. Ha ha, what fun! Your red apples look delicious, but in real life I always associate them with rather clothy things. Perhaps it’s just the varieties we get in England.

    • Author

      Yeah…you need to try apples here it sounds like! 😉 Glad you liked this post, Michael…hope you’ll play along this month! Hehe

  16. This is great, Charlie! I used to love those books and this is a wonderful idea. Omg Jodi’s comment is making me wanna go wild with the Christmas specials in my journal this month. Hehe! Love your apple and I think this is a cool, fun idea you’ve got motoring here. Should be exciting for you too! Rock on, little bro. 💜

    • Author

      Thanks sis!! Hehe! ❤️😃 It was a weird idea that popped into my head suddenly so we’ll see if I can pull it off! And yes! You should go wild with Christmas specials this month!! That sounds like an awesome journal project!! 👍🏻🎄🎨

  17. Sorry for going a little Christmas crazy in the comments, Charlie! I bet you’re laughing right now. 💛🎅🎄

  18. Rebecca 7 years ago

    What a cool idea. Could you explain how we see the options to vote for? Am I being dense and missing something? (it wouldn’t be the first time!) 🙂 Love the apples Charlie…

    • Author

      Thanks, Rebecca! There should be a “Take Our Poll” link if you’re viewing it in the WordPress Reader. Easiest to go to in a browser if that doesn’t work! 😉

      • Rebecca 7 years ago

        That’s interesting, no link in my Reader, perhaps because I’m browsing in Firefox? I’m relieved it’s not just me being silly… Will have a look direct at the website instead. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  19. dotbydot 7 years ago

    Ah ah ah, this is fab Charlie! Have I missed out on this or you’re superbly good at story telling? Anyway, I savoured the read. But I admit, as I reached the bottom of your post and saw the comment thread, I was confused as to what exactly you’re going to draw then this month? Are we supposed to suggest ideas?

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks so much! And I do like to tell stories. Hence this project. At the end of each post this month, there’s a way to vote on what I’ll draw the next day!! Just posted the second one! Be sure to cast your vote!! 😉👍🏻hehe

      • dotbydot 7 years ago

        Oh I see. Understood. Yesterday I eventually found why I was confused: your survey box wasn’t showing in the WP reader where I got your post. When navigating to your blog, it was showing just fine. So, now I know how to vote, I will! I enjoy reading your entertaining posts. Keep at it as we can never have enough of fun 🙂

  20. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    I’ve been reading all the entries of responses and having a great time and almost forgot my response. Delicious apples Charlie. I do eat an apple everyday! 😍🍎

    • Author

      Hehe! You’re so sweet!! Thank you Sharon! ❤️😃And no worries…as long as you’re casting a vote! I need all the help I can get this month to decide what to doodlewash! 😊lol

  21. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    All great fun and lots of commentary to go along with it!! Enticing indeed!! Can’t wait for what happens next.

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