French Horn & Second Thoughts

French Horn Doodlewash by Charlie O'Shields

So, this little caper of mimicking the Choose Your Own Adventure stories is kind of silly and not really working (it would have, if I had any ability to plan things, but don’t). So, I’m setting you free from those blasted rooms, and we’ll return to the regularly scheduled programming of just me telling whatever crazy story pops into my head! But it’s still a Choose Your Own Doodlewash concept this month, so I hope you’ll continue to play along with me by casting your vote each day! I’m going to try putting the vote at the top of the post so it’s easier to make your choice and see if that works better.

Today, we have a French horn because this barely won and there were many who wanted to see something to put them in the holiday spirit. Doodlewashing this was like creating a maze and it was done in the very short amount of time I had to paint today! I hope this covers both of the options, as these seem to be popular ornaments for the season. Though I have absolutely no idea why, so if you do, please tell me in the comments.

Things have been a little too busy today to tell a proper story, and Philippe and I still need to have to do our advent calendars. These consist of two German calendars filled with chocolates from World Market combined with both a Lego Star Wars (for me) and Lego City calendar (for Philippe). We’re a couple of kids, but that’s pretty much how one should enjoy this season. I hope all of you are enjoying it as well!

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  1. Kari 2 years ago

    The French horn is gorgeous! Whether we go through rooms or not, I enjoy your stories! I could spend hours building with Legos! And Star Wars!! How fun! My son is going to see it opening day.. He bought tickets weeks ago! Enjoy your Legos!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!!! 💕😃Ohhhh…I’m so jealous of your son right now! Lol I think I’m going to wait until the crowd clears a bit, but definitely going to see it!! 😉

  2. Jodi 2 years ago

    so hard to believe you created this beautiful image in a short amount of time……. I was just getting ready to close my computer thinking…. no Charlie doodlewash today 🙁 – and there you were. Happy advent calendar celebrating! Keep that childlike spirit!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 💕😃 Yeah…this one felt rushed, so glad you like it! And we are having so much fun…hehe…I love this time of year!! 😊😃🎄

  3. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Again, really really lovely!

  4. izabolinha 2 years ago

    A Lego City Advent calendar ? I want one too 😉
    As for the French horn could it be because it appeared in old paintings with the scene of announcing the birth of Baby Jesus ? Just guessing …
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

    • Author

      Good guess!! We’ll just go with that as I have no idea! Hehe 😊And yes! Lego City advent is the best one! They come out super early and then sell out so we’ve had ours for months. lol Big kids! 😊

  5. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Wow wow wow I love how you did that. That is a stunning horn. Reflections. Shadows. Wow.

  6. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    AMAZING Charlie! I think this is a good nickname for you, my friend! Your doodlewash is FANTASTIC! 🌟😄🌟 I purchased a couple of “party” potato heads lately. I plan on drawing them. I did not know they came with all these FUN attachments. Hehe! 😜 You are not the only kid at heart! Enjoy! 💖🎄💕

    • Author

      Haha! Thanks Jill! 💕😃Not sure I could always live up to a nickname like that! 😊But wow?!! Party potato heads?! That sounds amazing!!! 😃😃😃

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Beautiful French horn Charlie, you are very good at reproducing shining surfaces. 😄
    Your advent calendars sounds fun!

  8. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Really stellar brass doodlewash!!

  9. Teri C 2 years ago

    Another wowzer! I love looking at your art.

  10. jmnowak 2 years ago

    Well, with the mood I’m in right now, I have to tell you I’m glad you’ve come to your senses and decided to stop this silly nonsense! And I’d appreciate it if you stopped with the silly stories. Period. And just get on with the doodlewashing. That’s what I come here for! Best wishes,
    PS: Great French horn…

    • Author

      Wow! You really are in a crappy mood! 😳 I’ll keep my distance!! Lol so no love for the stories, eh? That’s a first! Your comments to them are great! 😉

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Gotcha!!! LOL. Charlie, I’m like gold ‘ol Dean Martin…give my humour straight, so people don’t know if I’m joshing or not! 😉

      • Author

        Haha!! You’re a gem “Deanina”! Lol I love it! Just keep showing up to play and dish it! 😉❤️

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        OK. Gotcha! 😀 The mulled wine today looks absolutely delicious!

      • Author

        Awww thanks friend!! 💕😃 I’m glad you liked it! Hopefully Philippe will make some more next week! Hehe

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Good…it’ll be a bit too hot here to have it, ‘tho wouldn’t mind some… 🙂

  11. Nicola 2 years ago

    Really lovely, very shiny!

  12. ann christina 2 years ago

    Wow, Charlie, I´m so imperessed by the lights here!!! The details are really stunning!!! Great work! Do you have prints already? I bet you could sell them! 😊❤️📯

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Ann!! 💕😃I sell prints on Society6, but haven’t had time to scan and upload anything recent yet😊hehe

      • ann christina 2 years ago

        Ah, yeah, sure, I forgot… Have to check out your store! Unfortunately there are custom fees on stuff from the US here in the EU… 😤😉

      • Author

        lol…I know! It’s a crime! Sometimes they have free worldwide shipping specials but I’m horrible at promoting them. 😊

  13. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting! You have become a master at intricate detail and gleaming surfaces. Not sure why the French Horn is trending as an ornament, but their sound is so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  14. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    This must have been tricky!
    Jean-Paul

  15. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar…too bad I didn’t know about that for my daughter. I would definitely have shipped one off to her. Next year! I’m sure they’ll have them again. In the meantime the movie is on her mind…
    Musical instruments are difficult, but you seem to get all the right pieces in the right places. (K)

    • Author

      It’s super cool!! I’m a Lego fan. Hehe…they do have them every year, but you have to buy them quick before they sell out. Glad you liked my doodlewash, Kerfe! 💕😃It’s fun to try to get it sort of right with all the little pieces and parts! Hehe

  16. I hope you can hear this Charlie: 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Beautimous!!

  17. Jacob 2 years ago

    Yay! I was excited when I saw French Horn, because I remember the job you did on the saxophone what now feels like a year ago, though it was probably a few weeks. I think I can say it lived up to the hype. Bravo! I always thought the body of the instrument resembled those novelty elaborate straws you had as a kid, where it would take about two minutes for the drink to reach your lips. It’s a fun thing.

    Look at you with your multiple advent calendars – I don’t even have one. And just to say, I’ve never seen a Star Wars film. (runs away) I’ve just Googled the Lego City calendar though, and it looks amazing!! Jealous.

    • Author

      Awww thanks! Yeah the sax was just a few weeks ago. Lol I’ve only been painting for a little over 5 months now 😊 But let’s discuss the most crucial piece of your comment… What?!!!! Never seen a Star Wars film?!! 😳 You better run!! Lol Actually the original first 3 are the only ones to watch. The most recent 3 were just exposition and incredibly boring and stupid. I don’t know anyone who made it to the 3rd movie in that set. Perfectly awful! But high hopes for the one coming out! Please add this immediately to your every growing list of pop culture catch up that I’ve been assembling for you. 💜And you totally need a Lego City calendar! You can get caught up fast…hehe… They’re so much fun! 😉👍🏻

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        You’re putting together quite a list for me there, Charles! I think my TV quota for next year is already full thanks to you! 😛

      • Author

        Yeah…you probably need to take a few extra days off work so you can get through them all properly.

  18. Cathe 2 years ago

    Aw, love your beautiful French horn! It is rather perfect. Even when you don’t tell a story, you tell a story. Your blog is by far one of my daily highlights, thank Charlie, such a joy!

  19. Sharon Nolfi 6 days ago

    Beautiful rendition of the shiny horn.

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