GUEST DOODLEWASH: Finding Inspiration

Phineas by Philippe Noguera

Yesterday, Philippe started a doodlewash, but was completely frustrated by it and it ended up in the bin. Things just weren’t coming together like he wanted, so I didn’t think there would be a Sunday’s with Philippe guest post day. But, while I was upstairs working on my post for later today, he ran up to show me his latest painting.

He hadn’t given up, but found his inspiration again from our little dog Phineas. For this doodlewash he says he added hints of blue to reflect the “melancolique” pose. He chose to do a wet on wet approach to let the colors flow and do more of the work.

The result is a lovely painting that restored his enthusiasm and put him in a much brighter mood today! Everyone has that day where they find it difficult to paint. That day when it feels like nothing is working out. But this proves that when you just keep going, great things always happen. Sometimes it just takes a second look.

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39 Comments
  1. Jodi 2 years ago

    It is an absolutely adorable, loving painting of your “baby!” I’m glad Philippe didn’t give up, and it give me inspiration when I know others experience the same! You are beautiful Phineas! and so you are Philippe 🙂 Charlie O…. you know how I feel about you! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much Jodi!! ❤️😃 love you! You’re too sweet! Art is rough, eh?! But I’m glad he managed to get through it. I want to frame this one! Hehe

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        I hope you do frame it. It is so sweet!

  2. Eric Disney 2 years ago

    Beautiful color– Bravo Sir Philippe…and Phineas!

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    I love the different techniques you guys used to portray your baby. I remember yours with great details that show off Phineas’ fur. And this is certain a different look. I like the wet on wet technique though I don’t use it often because I’m a bit afraid to create mud. Philippe did a wonderful job creating a blend that doesn’t look like Symphony of Sh*t. Lol. No matter what technique is used, Phineas is definitely loved!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Kari!! ❤️❤️😃 Yeah, Philippe does much better with wet on wet. Mine can tend to look like a …well… “Symphony.” Lol. So glad you liked this one!! 😃

  4. Carmel Campbell 2 years ago

    I love the play with colors and your story. So glad Philippe pushed ahead. Your story was just the inspiration needed after a morning of sketching that has left me frustrated!

    • Author

      Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that Carmel!! ❤️😃It happens all the time, but we just push through and awesomeness happens so yay! 😉👍🏻

  5. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    Cute!

  6. Akire Bubar 2 years ago

    So true – keep on pushing! And I’m glad he did – I love this. Way to go, Phillippe!

  7. Jacob 2 years ago

    Great stuff! I love the inclusion of blue (Philippe has clearly been eyeing my post from yesterday, but he didn’t have to go and outright trounce it!) it really does add a whole extra layer of emotion to it. Phineas is too cute.

    Ugh, the dreaded drought. These seem to last for days, weeks even where I’m concerned, so good on Philippe for brushing it off so swiftly!

    • Author

      Philippe didn’t see your post sadly. He doesn’t even read Doodlewash.com. 😥 But I bet I telepathically sent him the tip because your portrait was stunning! 😃 next time you have a drought, just contact me… I’ll bully you into continuing or provide empty promises of Citrus Polos until you resume! 😉👍🏻

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Haha! He should totally get on here! Or is he too busy doing more interesting stuff, like frolicking with Phineas?

        Citrus Polos?? OMG!! (bangs out ten portraits in one go) Haha, this place is always a bit of an inspiration, Charles, not least because you do it *every day*, and properly too. I struggle with a few times a week!

      • Author

        Yeah… Philippe and the dog are currently chilling and do their own think right now. They chill more than frolic as that takes a lot of energy. Hehe… and I’m still challenging myself to paint everyday, but have to admit it’s really difficult some days. 😊 I’m sure I’m slow down a bit eventually, but right now I’m still trucking along. And “Charles” always makes me giggle because it sounds like what I was called only when I was in trouble. Lol

  8. Amazing work! Good for you Philippe for not giving up 😀

    • Author

      Glad you liked this Eileen! I was so excited to see he’d done this and didn’t even know he was back to painting when he was downstairs. 😊hehe

  9. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Very sweet and such soulful eyes, thanks for posting Phillipe’s Phineas.

  10. memadtwo 2 years ago

    So soulful! (K)

  11. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Fantastic painting of Phineas! So glad Philippe continued with it. Love the expressiveness and beautiful way the colors mingle. Magic.

    • Author

      Awww thanks for that Haunani! 💕😃 Yeah…I think he really captured his expression well. I was so happy when he showed me!! 😊

  12. DrawingConnections 2 years ago

    The wet in wet, blues and browns are lovely. Phineas looks very genteel.

    • Author

      Yeah…he’s a sweet dog most of the time… unless it’s close to dinner time and he thinks you’re being slow about it! Hehe

      • DrawingConnections 2 years ago

        Mmm…I’ll remember that if I’m ever to have dinner near Phineas 🙂

  13. lizintheshed 2 years ago

    Always good to go to a subject that pulls at your heart when painting isn’t going well. My painting ‘comfort blanket’ is painting cows… maybe i am just odd that way. It’s a lovely gentle study.

    • Author

      Yeah…I agree! I love the idea of a painting ‘comfort blanket! And cows are wonderful…I’ve still not tried to sketch one myself yet. But I think any animal would probably qualify as my comfort blanket. 😊

  14. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    Sometimes the muse goes on break leaving us wondering with a blank page. Seems Phineas invited the muse back.

    • Author

      Beautifully stated Beverly! 💕😃Yes… Seems like our little Phineas was just what Philippe needed to get past it.

  15. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    I’m not surprised that he would end up being inspired by Phineas! And you can clearly see the love he has for the subject. Go, Philippe! xo

  16. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    How lovely with the pink in the ears too – bon bon! xo <3 love love love your message and Phileppe's doodlewash and the gorgeous Phineas. Never give up! (Re: your pooch's name – a Separate Peace was one of my favorite novels in high school!)

  17. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful painting made with love. Well done, Phillipe!

    • Author

      Isn’t it great! Every time I walk by it (as it’s still sitting on the table) I just go awwww…that’s our baby! 😊hehe

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