Ghost In A Bottle

Ghost Potion In A Bottle Watercolor Illustration

For our Doodlewash prompt of “Shadows,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Dark,” I ended up with this quick doodle of a tiny ghost escaping from a bottle. In truth, I had just gotten a new brush pen and had made a quick doodle to test it out. Then I had to run errands that took longer than expected, and I didn’t have time to sketch anything else today. So after I got home, I simply splashed some watercolor on the practice sketch. There are shadows, and the darkness is implied as I’m assuming ghosts usually come out at night since that’s how they’re often portrayed. Although, if I had a little pocket ghost like this one for a friend that would be rather cool. Perhaps, it’s since I liked watching Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons as a kid. He was a little ghost that didn’t want to scare people and instead just wanted to be friends with them. Of course, being a ghost, he still managed to scare people unintentionally. But, I loved the message of being true to oneself, despite the expectations that come from the rest of the world based on perceptions. All of my life, I’ve sort of forged my own path and not worried much about how others judge me, thanks in part, to a little friendly ghost.

If you’re curious, I was testing out a new Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen, which I instantly loved. The ink flow is wonderful and doesn’t switch to a dry brush effect for fast strokes. This was what I was experiencing with my previous brush pen, and since I work fast and furious, I needed one that could keep up with me. This was the original 5-minute sketch I made before running errands.

Ghost Potion In A Bottle Inktober 2019 Illustration
Beyond my errands, I also had to do laundry today and other household chores. Those things that remind me I actually am an adult after all. But, when I get to take even the smallest break to doodle and play with color, I always feel like a kid again. And today’s sketch is pure Little Charlie as I just let him make whatever came to mind. I do this, whenever I have very little time. If I turn the crayons over to him, then we can get something done very quickly without that silly adult brain slowing us down.

Today, Philippe and I went to lunch at our favorite Austrian restaurant and had a lovely time. We always split portions so we can enjoy the food without coming home feeling like we want to nap immediately. In doing so, we also got to share dessert which came in the form of a sort of pancake called Kaiserschmarrn and it was absolutely amazing! Yes, I had pancakes at lunch and Little Charlie was well and truly unleashed. In truth, as much as I talk about my inner child, summoning him isn’t always the easiest thing to DO! My adult brain most often steps in to criticize me and tell me that what I’m doing isn’t good enough. But, in the process of ridiculing me, it fails to answer the all important questions. Good enough for what? Good enough for who? Little me does things simply for the joy of DOing them. And best of all, everything made is a wonderful masterpiece! That fabulous feeling of making something and having it proudly displayed on mom’s refrigerator. So, today, I got to throw all caution to the wind and just have a ton of fun! Look mom, I made a ghost in a bottle!

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine (Green Shade), and Cobalt Turquoise. Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen with black ink 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!
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22 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 12 months ago

    Definitely looks like a friendly ghost!! Everyone needs a day where they can play at being a kid again….enjoy your weekend!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕yay to that! Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

  2. Karen Fortier 12 months ago

    Charlie, I love your little ghost in a bottle! Have fun with the brush pen. I bought a sample set of brush pens from JetPens a year or so ago and it was fun trying different ones.
    I spend part of the day researching website design options. I think I am going to make that leap for me emerging art business. I’m trying to gather all the facts but not letting it take over the DOing of creating my art. We shall see where this all leads.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕Yay to starting a new site! That’s awesome!! Love that you have an emerging art business! Wonderful!

  3. Linda M. Gigliotti 12 months ago

    A ghost who can cast a shadow! Awesome, Charlie!! Indeed, you be that Little Charlie. He knows about stuff the grownups could ever imagine.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 hehe…. yeah I didn’t think a ghost could cast a shadow, but Little Charlie insisted! 😉

  4. LoriCtoo 12 months ago

    Well isn’t he a creeeepy little guy, but not gory creepy! I love his little shadow, but is it a shadow or a fellow friend??? Only one person knows. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Hehe! I love the idea of a fellow friend! 😃💕 Yeah, I couldn’t do gory if I tried! lol I like a truly Happy Halloween!

  5. Lisa 12 months ago

    I was a big Casper the Friendly Ghost fan too. One of my friends claims her house is haunted by her husband’s great grandfather’s ghost. I just have trouble not laughing at how ridicules that sounds. Or maybe I’m just not sensitive enough to feel the presence of ghosts. But tell me, since you live by a graveyard, have you seen any ghosts hanging around? I would think that if anyone was going to see them, it would be you. Or maybe your pup suddenly stops and stares at something that isn’t there? These proofs are more anecdotal than scientific, but it would be a start.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah… we’ve seen some weird things in our time here next to the cemetery. I had a friend who insisted I was talking to her when she stayed in the downstairs bedroom, but it wasn’t me. And Phineas seems rather cued in on something much of the time. It was just he and I years ago and he would stare into the darkness as though something might pounce. Totally creeped me out! lol

  6. Zertab Quaderi 12 months ago

    This is lovely! I used to watch Casper also a long long time ago! Your ghost looks cute, Charlie 😀. I’m glad it got out of the bottle for all of us to see!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this! Yeah.. friendly ghosts are always the best!

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 12 months ago

    So cute!!! Freeeeedom, just in time for Halloween !!! Now time to play lol:)

  8. June Hadaway 12 months ago

    Such a cute ghost and love the colors of the glass.

  9. Karen Howard 12 months ago

    It does remind me if Casper heehee

  10. smzang 12 months ago

    Charlie says, “Look mom, I made a ghost in a bottle!”

    and the whole world smiled with pleasure and pride.
    That is a grand little ghost and he and the glass bottle are
    objects of delight. Bravo!.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed my little ghost!

  11. Loan Anh Pham 12 months ago

    I wondered the ghost being startle on the shiny bottle when seeing its reflection 😝. I believed I would be startle if I got that situation hehe. Beautifully done, Charlie 😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks, Loan! 😃💕 hehe…you and me both! Glad you enjoyed this!

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