Happy New Year!

Dog Portrait Happy New Year 2020 Watercolor Illustration

For our final prompt this month of “Drinks,” I just really wanted to sketch a dog, so this is what we ended up with. Though, yes, I will indeed be having champagne later this evening to toast and welcome in the New Year. And I hope that all of you are celebrating in whatever way you enjoy most as we herald in both a shiny new year and a brand new decade. Happy New Year to all! Also, a huge hug to everyone who’s participated in the December challenge! Thanks for giving us all inspiration to show up and make something each day. And I hope you’ll keep right on sketching with me in January for our “Colorful Things” challenge which is up next! Yeah, it’s my secret hope that you all become just as hooked on daily sketching as I am and never, ever stop. It’s just too much fun, and way more fun when we DO it together. It’s always exciting starting a new year, fresh with possibilities. And though I still haven’t quite figured out what’s on my own list of things I hope to accomplish, I’m sure it will be something cool. One thing is always certain. It’s going to be a very wonderful journey ahead.

Tonight, Philippe and I will enjoy our annual tradition of having a bottle of champagne along with caviar and blinis. That’s really the main thing that repeats itself, though, we will also be having an actual dinner, of course. Philippe said he was going to bake a cake, but informed me that he’s missing some ingredients, so it might be a crème brûlée instead. He first said that he was out of cream and I told him that’s simply not possible and then magically produced a fresh carton. I always make sure there’s one hidden in the refrigerator at all times. You just never know when you’ll need whipped cream. All of these festivities will begin shortly and we’ll both be in bed before midnight. Sometimes, we’re actually still awake when the coming year arrives. In many ways, for us, it’s more about celebrating another fun year that we just had together and our final little annual holiday tradition. It’s the last evening for our sparkling holiday lights, though we still keep the candles around to light up the dark winter nights. And, best of all, we’re both off work tomorrow so we’ll get to sleep in.

And as I look back on this past year, I want to thank you, dear reader, for stopping by to peruse my daily writing and illustration. Though my daily sketching habit couldn’t be stopped if I tried, your encouragement to keep on writing has meant the world to me. When I started this blog I never really expected anyone would be interested in what I had to sketch, much less what I had to say. But, like that earnest and persistent little kid I’ve always been, I just defiantly kept on showing up anyway. That’s the greatest lesson that I’ve learned on this journey. If you have something you’d like to share with the world, by all means share it. As the years come and go, the only thing I’ll ever truly regret are the things I didn’t DO in this life. So, I’m determined to keep on trying and chasing all of those new ideas that keep popping into my head. Yet, as the final hours of the year come to a close, I’m simply focusing on these last happy minutes and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

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67 Comments
  1. Amelia walters 3 months ago

    Happy New Year from Uk Charlie and thank you for all your amazing work. I’m off on the sketchbook 30 day challenge tomorrow with Susan Yeates and that is where I met you from ! Take care .

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Amelia! 😃💕Happy New Year to you as well! And hope you’ll join my challenge in February then and keep right on going! hehe 😉

  2. Susan Feniak 3 months ago

    Happy New Year! Here’s to a creative 2020 and the new decade ahead!🥂🥂💙🎨

  3. Karen Fortier 3 months ago

    Fantastic Charlie! See you here as a new year begins and we keep doing! Happy New Year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Here’s to 2020 and another year of DOing!!

  4. Jacob 3 months ago

    Happy New Year from here in the future <3 Goodness knows what you will pull out of your hat this year but I'm sure it'll be fun to watch!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, my family in Paris was gloating because they were SO next decade and I was still behind. lol Hope you have a fantastic year ahead my friend!! Much love!

      • Jacob 3 months ago

        Thanks, Charlie – here’s hoping! And yes, really it’s no wonder Paris is so trendy. They literally are ahead of us!

  5. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Happy New Year, Charlie!!!😘🥂

  6. Purnima Manjunath 3 months ago

    Fantastic painting! Happy new year to you and yours! Cheers!

  7. MT 3 months ago

    Happy New Year. All the best in 2020. Look forward to more wonderful posts from you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Hope you have a fabulous 2020 my friend!

  8. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    Hubby and I are holed up with a Boston Cream Pie and some of our favorite movies for the evening! Have the happiest of New Years!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Sounds like a perfect evening indeed! 😃💕 Hope you have a fantastic year ahead my friend!

  9. smzang 3 months ago

    Charlie says, “As the years come and go, the only thing I’ll ever truly regret are the things I didn’t DO in this life”

    two thumbs up for what you DO!

    Happy New Year to you and Philippe and to Phineas…

    (and of course to Michael, and Bob and Cindy)

    wishing you peace and love and joy the whole year through

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… awww you got the whole clan in there! Hope you have a fantastic 2020!

  10. Zertab Quaderi 3 months ago

    Happy New Year to you, Philippe, and Phineas! Thanks to you that I’ve been able to do one sketch every day. You and all the members have been a huge source of inspiration. Here’s to a new decade of more and better watercolors!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Zertab!! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to hear that! Here’s to sketching every day in 2020!! Yay!

  11. smzang 3 months ago

    and that puppy dog looks as if somebody might have spiked his kibble.
    He is preciously huggable even if, as I suspect, he has over-imbibed
    just a bit. I love everything about him from the reflection in his eyes
    to his reporter’s hat. Super!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Lol… yeah… even though it’s only a water bowl, I had to give the puppy dog that champagne look! 😊hehe

  12. Laura Kate 3 months ago

    Just watched a performance by the New York Philharmonic – Live from Lincoln Center. Fantastic. It’s true – you never know when you will need some whipping cream. Always keep some stashed in the fridge. Happy New year Charlie O’Shields.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That sounds lovely indeed! Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

  13. swxe 3 months ago

    The bowl and the party hat do seem to have a lot in common too…
    Happy 2020, All!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe… thanks! 😃💕 Happy New Year!! Here’s to a wonderful 2020!

  14. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Happy New Year, Charlie! Best wishes for a wonderful 2020.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 All the best to you and yours in 2020!! Happy New Year!

  15. Gary Middleton 3 months ago

    Brilliant way to end the year Charlie. I look forward to your pictures and writings in 2020.

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    May it be a healthy, happy, adventurous New Year for all of you and may there be peace and justice in the world. Oh, and plenty of fresh water. This darling little doggie can’t get along without it – neither can the rest of us.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 To you as well! Hope you have a fabulous New Year!!

  17. Carole McCleery 3 months ago

    Happy New Year Charlie. I hope 2020 is a good year for you, Phillipe and Phineas xx

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carole! 😃💕 A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

  18. Darlene Campbell 3 months ago

    Cheers to you, Charlie! …and to another beautiful drawing. …and to a brand new year and decade! Happy 2020 to ALL!

  19. Lisa 3 months ago

    Happy New Year! I came across someone’s comment that this is the year of clarity and vision because 20/20. I love that! We had friends for prime rib dinner tonight. I cooked it perfectly this year which always makes me happy. Plus leftovers! Yay! And your pup is wonderful. !

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay to 20/20 vision and perfectly cooked prime rib! Sounds like the year is beginning perfectly. Happy New Year my friend!

  20. louiseaprimeau 3 months ago

    Happy New Year Charlie. Where you get all those fabulous ideas for painting every day is a wonder to me! Each time I see your post in my emails, I know it will be something worth seeing and reading. Thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 What a wonderful thing to hear! Thrilled you enjoy these. And I hope you have a fabulous New Year!

  21. Laura Hale 3 months ago

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  22. Ellie 3 months ago

    Happy New Year, Charlie! And you are genius for always having cream on hand – as well as for painting this wonderful puppy ready to celebrate! All the best in the coming year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Ellie! 😃💕 hehe… one should always have whipped cream on hand. Probably the best advice I’ve personally given on this blog really. lol Hope you have a fantastic new year my friend!

  23. Lori C 3 months ago

    Happy New Year friend! Here’s to a glorious 2020! Your pup is darling with those big eyes. Off to start my first sketch of the new year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Hope you have a fun and creative 2020!!

  24. Walter F Pierluissi 3 months ago

    Happy New year Charlie… You know, I celebrate New year twice… I did it in the Jewish feast of Yom Teruaj back in Sept-Oct when our year started (Year 5780) and today Jan 01 with 2020. So I do both… I hope this new year will be special, we just started a new decade.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Walt! 😃💕 That’s wonderful you have two fresh starts to celebrate. Here’s a fabulous decade for all of us!

  25. Linda Calverley 3 months ago

    Look at those doggy eyes, gorgeous.
    Happy New Year!

  26. Priscilla DeConti 3 months ago

    Love your dog with his water…and yes I am becoming addicted to painting sketching drawing daily and the support and encouragement of you and this group is absolutely amazing…thanks so much for all you do and A very happy new year to you and yours!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 And yay! Mission accomplished! I’m so thrilled to hear that. A very Happy New Year to you and yours!

  27. Fatima Chamkha 3 months ago

    Gorgeous you cute doggie and of course Happy New Year and very creative 2020!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Fatima! 😃💕Hope you have a fantastically creative and wonderful 2020!!

  28. Tazzie 3 months ago

    I love your work and have bought out my water colours, your work is inspiring, May the New Year see your needs met and your amazing talent continue to bring delight to people like me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Tazzie! 😃💕 Yay for getting out the watercolours! It’s so much fun! Hope you’ll try painting some of the monthly prompts along with me!

  29. Heidi S. 3 months ago

    Happy new year to you all too!
    Blini with caviar sounds delicious. I think. I never had that.
    My cat was very afraid from all the loud bangs from the firework. For the first time in his life I was not at home (10 years) and celebrated new years eve with some friends. Luckily the next day he was okay again.
    I love the expression on the dogs face. It’s great.
    Is there a group where you can post the prompt, if you made / painted… one? I’ll just upload mine ( my fav. drink) in my profile 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Heidi! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! And yeah, our dog Phineas is not a fan of the fireworks either. You can simply upload your challenge images on Doodlewash… or also you can upload to an Instagram account and then use and follow the hashtag #doodlewashJanuary2020 this month. Prompts are always optional, so there isn’t a prompt-only group, but most folks including myself follow them because it’s fun! 😉 Here’s the latest prompts for January just in case you need them – https://doodlewash.com/january-2020-art-challenge-colorful-things/

  30. shawnthompsonart 3 months ago

    Cute drawing.. hmm clear liquid, must be vodka. Dogs eyes do not appear bloodshot!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Shawn! 😃 lol… yeah… I almost added bloodshot eyes, but dogs should only drink water. I, however, had champagne! 😉

  31. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 months ago

    Aweeeeeeee so cute!!!!!!! Cheers to a most “excellent adventure” for this year and decade!!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Let’s make this the best decade ever!!

  32. worldofsorts 3 months ago

    Happy new year hope you had fun sketching your way to 2020

    🍾

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