Christmas Fireplace

Christmas Fireplace by Charlie O'Shields - Doodlewash

 

So today we have a little fireplace at Christmas based on your vote. I hope this proves to be worthy of a good snuggle! Philippe suggested this one as an option. Well, actually, he just said “why don’t you doodlewash fire” and so I figured the fire needed something a little extra to go with it.

This was a huge challenge as I’ve never painted fire before, or a fireplace for that matter. Actually, I’m beginning to realize after these past few months just how many things I’ve yet to doodlewash. There’s much I would do differently next time, but I was pleased with the effect on this first try. Sadly, with this crazy warm weather we likely won’t be lighting a fire this year, so this little doodlewash may be all we have. I’ll just print it out and hang it above the fireplace I guess.

I’m a little late with this post, but still managed to squeak in a doodlewash before moving back into holiday mode. In order to post it, however, I’m delaying Philippe’s Lego City Advent experience, so I better keep this one short and sweet. He hasn’t wrapped my gifts yet, so I need to be on my best behavior! One week from tonight, we’ll be opening them and I can’t wait!! Hope you are all having a wonderful evening, snuggling up to whatever you choose!

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  1. Jodi 2 years ago

    Woohoo! One week until Christmas Eve! And this fireplace is AMAZING! You should make these into cards and share with peeps! Enjoy your evening!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jodi!! ❤️😃 I wasn’t sure how this one was going to turn out once I started. I felt like a caveman making fire for the first time! 😊 I should have made cards to send to people… but I super failed on that front. I did however get all of Philippe’s gifts though! Hehe 👍🏻

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        oh you didn’t fail silly – your blog is like a card for us every day! YAY!

      • Author

        Awww…you’re sweet like a cookie to me every day and that’s truly a gift!! ❤️😃

  2. izabolinha 2 years ago

    I loved your fireplace 🙂
    And no fireplaces blazing here either ; today we had 65F ,and Nov was the hottest of the last 34 years , the weatherman said !
    Turtle Hugs , and be good or …those presents won’t get wrapped 😉

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah…this weather is crazy and doesn’t feel like Christmas, but it will be fun anyway. Hehe… and I was good! Didn’t make him wait long at all! Lol

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    This is very cozy, definitely deserving of snuggle time. 😊Love the warmth radiating from it. I think you captured the mood so well!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari! 💕😃So happy you think so! I realized that I sort of worded that option as something I had to live up to in the doodlewash! So happy you think it works!😉hehe

  4. jmnowak 2 years ago

    Hey, I can feel the warmth all the way down here…No, I’m not in Hell, ‘tho some would wish that on me!! 😉
    But, where is mousehole, for mouse to come and sit on the warm hearth, too?!!

    • Author

      Ahhhhh…that’s what it needed!! 😊I’ll definitely have to add a mouse hole! A little mouse would have been good too! Hehe And glad to know you’re not in Hell! 😉💕😃lol

  5. Nancy 2 years ago

    Warm and cozy! Wish it was real. Love the feeling of light reflecting and your flames came out great! Enjoy ur evening!😊

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃You made my night! The light was super hard for me to figure out for some reason! Very likely because I’ve never done it before. Lol 😊 Hope you’re having a wonderful evening as well!

  6. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Your fireplace reminds me of my parent’s cabin they once had at the lake. The fire was warm and inviting just like your doodlewash, Charlie!! I would never have guessed that you did not know how to paint fire as it looks super good to me. And I like the shadows around the fireplace. And your Christmas stockings look like a scene from a child’s book! ❤️ YAY Charlie! 🎄🌟🎁

    • Author

      Awwwww I’m sending you a big fat virtual hug for all those kind words Jill! 💕😃 I haven’t tried to make fire before (that makes me sounds like early man…you know what I mean! 😊) I’m happy it evoked warm memories! Yay! 😃

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    It’s cold in Las Vegas, so I appreciate your beautiful warm cozy Doodlewash
    The countdown is on!!

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 Glad you liked this, and I hope you’re managing to keep warm!! Yay to countdown!!!! Hehe…I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas!! 🎄 Except for the wine, that’s new…but everything else is still the same. 😊

  8. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Excellent! You nailed the fire part of the fire. I love the glowing stones around the fireplace and the stockings hung with care. This image is full of win.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk!! I was thinking I got it to look a bit fiery finally… Glad you like it! For some reason my brain really struggled with this one at first and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. It’s a bit of a made up scene and I didn’t have any good reference photos for what I wanted to paint. 😊

  9. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Wow! I’m astounded how you made the bricks glow with firelight! BRAVO!

    • Author

      Thanks Nicole!! 💕😃I really wanted to make that happen but didn’t know what I was doing! 😊 hehe… So glad you like it!!

  10. 89james89 2 years ago

    This looks amazing Charlie, especially for having not painted fire before. Having been using our stove I can tell you you’ve got painting flames down to a tee. I really like how it looks alive in the picture as well.

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! I really appreciate that! This one stressed me out a bit when I started because I felt a little lost. 😊 I’m thrilled you like it!! Thank you!! 😃😃

      • 89james89 2 years ago

        No problem it looks really nice.

  11. ann christina 2 years ago

    Awwww, this is such a beautiful painting!!! You´re so talented, fire really is a hard one (I never managed to paint a nice one). Here the weather is unusually warm too, people stand in T-Shirts on the Christmas makets, drinking mulled wine anyway… I wonder if there will be any snow this year. I hate climate change, I want my winter back!!! 😉🌨❄️☃️⛄️

    • Author

      Awww thanks Ann!! 💕😃 And I know!! I hate this weather shift! It’s killing my Christmas feeling…hehe… Tshirts are not supposed to go with mulled wine!! Here’s to having a proper winter!! 🍷❄️😉

  12. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Your painting has the atmosphere, even if the weather is uncooperative. And if you want those stockings filled, I know you’re not going to forget to put Santa’s goodies out there too…(K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe!! 💕😃Hehe…yeah… And I’m pretty sure my Santa would be swayed with Belgian chocolate. 😉

      • memadtwo 2 years ago

        I think you are right!

  13. Cathe 2 years ago

    This is just perfect Charlie, very happy holidays-esk! Another wonderful and festive doodlewash!

  14. Jacob 2 years ago

    What a wonderful view Charlie – I most definitely want to snuggle up beside it. Your execution of the flames and the firelight is perfect! I wish there were the need for such a roaring fire here… I went out yesterday (shock horror!) and really was so warm I wondered why I even bothered with a coat. My hairdresser said there’s talk of temperatures around 18 C here on Christmas Day. I mightaswell do Christmas in shorts and t-shirt. :/

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! Glad you found this one suitably snuggly! Hehe 😃 And ugh…this warm weather is bumming me out and trying to kill my Christmas buzz! I think it’s going to be slightly cooler here, but Philippe said at one point they had us down for 21C!! Not on Christmas!! 😥

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Oh lord – 21? What a hideous thought. We barely hit that in the middle of summer!

      • Author

        I know!! It’s horrible!!

  15. I get warm just looking at your painting, Charlie! It’s beautiful! Glowing, glowing! Wonderful!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura!! ❤️😃 I’m glad you like it. Making a glow was not something I’ve done like this before, so I’m happy it came across!! 😊😃hehe

  16. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    very sweet fireplace. so well done.

  17. Teri C 2 years ago

    Awesome fireplace. Warm and inviting!

    • Author

      Yay! Love that it evoked those words. That’s what I was going for, but wasn’t sure if I got there! Hehe Thanks Teri!! 💕😃

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