Hamsters Building A Snowman

Snowman Two Hamsters Eating Carrot Nose Winter Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Snowman” today, I thought back to when I was a kid and would build a snowman during the winter months. Then for some inexplicable reason, I wondered what would happen if a couple of hamsters got together to make one. So, that’s the doodle that appeared. I imagined that they would be quite good at building one until it got the edible bit of the carrot nose. I remember once making a smaller snowman on one of those days where it didn’t quite snow enough to make a giant one. When I jammed the carrot into its face to make a nose, I didn’t realize the carrot I’d selected was too large for its tiny head. And the carrot shot out of the back. I was dismayed because I liked the look from the front. So, instead of pushing it back in and making a longer nose that would disrupt my aesthetic, I packed some extra snow to the back of its head. This only succeed in creating something that looked like a tumor so I hid it with a hat. Looking back, breaking the carrot would have the wisest choice, of course, but I was still proud.

Indeed, I’ve spent my life trying little hacks to fix all of my enthusiastic mistakes. I just love jumping into things and figuring it all out as I go along. My approach to sketching is rife with various little hacks that I’ve invented for myself. Most all are so that I can make something faster than it would take to do things properly. I have almost no time to do all of the creative things I want to try so, rather than give up, I just have to get clever and figure out ways that it would work for me. That way, I can keep having fun and when I finally do get that rare and wonderful bit of extra time, I still slow down a touch and try to add a bit more finesse. Though I have to admit that gleefully splashing around paint with no real plan is very therapeutic and fun indeed!

Another week has zoomed past and so I’m excited that it’s Friday and time for pizza night once more! Actually last weekend we had Thanksgiving leftovers so it’s been a couple of weeks since we had pizza. So, I’m looking forward to it even more! Mostly, I’m definitely ready for a bit of a break as this has been an exceptionally busy and crazy week for me and I need to rest my mind a bit. Well, I think we all know that never happens for me, but I can at least focus on fun creative things or things that are just plain silly. Philippe added some additional lights to the stairs yesterday which was a lovely treat of more sparkles. He said he didn’t like where the cord was so I just walked over and looped it once around the edge of the railing and it seemed to fix things. He just shrugged and said, “yeah, that works.” You know you’re with the right person when you can live your life like hamsters building a snowman.

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30 Comments
  1. JA Wilson 1 month ago

    Adorable!

  2. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    I used to think I had a wild and whimsical imagination but you beat mine all to pieces, Charlie! Enjoy your pizza!

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      I am familiar with barras de coco. Yeah, you never had a chance. haha haha 😂😂 I dunk mine in milk. Yunmy. I don’t know about your Walmart, but they sell polvorones with other Mexican sweets in a separate section. Usually up front by the registers, but, again, I don’t know about your Walmart. I do hope you find them ’cause they are gooood. 💜 Feliz Navidad to you and yours. 🎄🎄⛄⛄

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I’m just really letting my imagination take me where it wants to go lately! So fun!

  3. Unique Tales 1 month ago

    I must add to liking your story related to the beautiful images which are so cute.

  4. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Wonderful, Charlie!! Love the expressions on the hamsters and your story about the snowman and the carrot nose has me chuckling. I don’t know where this week has gone. Actually, I never know where the week goes but the days certainly do go by quickly.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hehe! Glad you enjoyed this one. Yeah, days are sort of zooming by… I want it to slow down a bit so I can enjoy them properly!

  5. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Fantastic Charlie! Enjoy your pizza and I hope that you can relax doing something fun. Our snowblower arrived home late this afternoon and just in time. New Hampshire is under a winter storm warning and we could get 6 + inches of snow starting tomorrow night. Some could get 14 +. HoHoHo!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Oh yay! Glad the snowblower arrived in time! That’s a lot of snow!! Stay warm!!

  6. Nellie Nellie 1 month ago

    You know they made an entire movie based on your carrot nose experience!😄😀😆🤣 What I loved about your hamsters is that expression that seems to say, “I thought snowmen were made out coconut snow and marshmallows, but a carrot will do!” Our home is a series of “decorating adventures!” I’m a designer and decorator by nature, but there’s always been a budget to keep it interesting. Simplified palettes, shapes, re-purposing can go a long way, but at Christmas-I really just need more lights-no, I mean more, yeah a few more, wait just a few more. OKAY!!If you can’t see my centerpiece from space it’s just not quite there yet. (And please🤣, don’t get my husband started about the glitter!🤷🏼‍♂️✨)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Nellie! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! I think you can never have too many lights at Christmas… more sparkle please!!

  7. Lisa 1 month ago

    A few miles from where I grew up there is big overgrown field with junkie shrubs and long grass and a few pine trees. Every year the people who owned the property would run the world’s longest extension cord and wrap a single pine tree in lights. It was very cool to see because it was so dark out there, and there wasn’t a house nearby. Holiday magic!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Oh wow!! That sounds incredible!! What a fun tradition! 😃💕 Holiday magic indeed!

  8. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Your painting made me laugh. The snowman ⛄⛄⛄ and those hamsters are so cute! They seem more interested in eating. Maybe they just happened upon the snowman, decided to eat the carrot, but one hamster won’t share, and we just assumed they built the snowman. haha haha haha Only kidding.
    I was in high school when we got REAL snow here. I was 16 years old. No need to mention my present age. Okay, 51. haha haha It was enough snow to build a snowman and we have pictures to prove it. None since then and that’s okay. 😀 We’ve actually been cold. No laughing, please. We have dropped into the low 30’s at night. I still wear my shorts. 😂😂😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕 Glad I made ya laugh! Oh wow! that would be memorable… fun that you actually got to make a snowman back then. It’s so much fun… I should see if Philippe wants to make one with me this year! hehe

  9. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    They are so cute! What a clever idea for them to be eating the nose. Made me wonder how many squirrels eat snowmen noses?? We don’t get snow very often, but the next time we do, I’ll make sure I have some carrots on hand to find out. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, you’d think snowman nose would be quite the delicacy for many creatures, but it is sort of hard to get to!

  10. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Ha ha great fun. I love the guilty expression on the right hand hamster.

  11. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Your Doodlewash made me giggle out loud! The first thing I see every morning is your post, coz if I see something nice soon as I wake up, my whole day goes well. So looks like am gonna have a day full of giggles. Thanks so much for that! I can’t decide whether the hamsters are cuter or the snowman. And your story about the little snowman with large carrot nose impressed me. Your sense of aesthetic has been so strong since such a young age. Maybe you could’ve eaten the extra bit of carrot like the hamster. But unlike thehungry hamster in your sketch, you would’ve shared. Am sure of it.

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Mugdha! 😃💕 Happy I made you giggle! And hope your day was full of them as well! Yes, I definitely would have shared!!

  12. Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

    I absolutely love this picture and your story! So awesome.

  13. Priscilla DeConti 1 month ago

    Love your painting!! the hamsters are adorable..Enjoy your pizza night..we had leftovers from the week. Even in retirement I need to find down time to just be creative without any limits…thanks !!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Excellent way to live! You deserve down time, and creativity without limits is the best of all!

  14. Bay Billups 1 month ago

    I love the hamsters building a snowman!!! I love even more that it was your thought about wonder what that would be like :).

    Love the idea of pizza night! Might have to suggest that. With my cooking being quite a dangerous pastime …. experiment….sometimes it’s just better I not try LOL I believe Casey will be thrilled!

    We do not get much snow here. I am almost smack dab in the middle of Virginia. Snow hear from a dusting things become chaotic and close, grocery stores empty and panic sets in. We are excited when we get 5-6 inches! I love snow and the way my lab returns to “puppyhood” trying to catch the flakes or just jumping like a a deer. It’s so beautiful as it falls. I truly took a moment to think snd I do not believe I have ever made a snowman! If it snows this year that will change!!!

    Enjoy an amazing night!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 Pizza night is the best… but we order in so Philippe gets a night free from cooking. hehe Yay for snow and returning to your puppyhood… that’s why I adore it as well! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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