Joyride

Pig Riding Tractor Rooster Goose Farm Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Tractor” today, I decided to sketch an old red tractor that I remembered from my grandparent’s farm. Then I imagined what it would be like if a pig decided to purloin it and take a little joyride with his friends. Though I would sometimes help out on the farm when I was a kid during the summer months, I never got to drive the tractor. My grandfather usually drove it, but occasionally my grandmother would as well. She would also drive her truck down gravel roads at an extraordinarily impressive speed. Anyone attempting to follow her was literally left in the dust. It wast truly impressive. And, I always thought it would have been fun to drive the tractor, so now I’m just living vicariously through a sketched pig. To my knowledge, this never actually happened on the farm, but it’s fun to consider. I’m not sure where this trio is heading, but I can only imagine it’s off to some great adventure!

This sketch also felt like a perfect way to roll into the weekend and, yes, another pizza night! This week sort of zoomed by really quickly and I can’t believe it’s already the end. I’m not complaining, of course, as I adore the weekend and the chance for a little break. I always have rather big plans in my head of things I’d like to DO on the weekend. There are projects I’ve been meaning to get back to and things I’d like to try. But, the reality is always quite different. I just sort of veg out and spend much of it without being truly productive at all. I’m never sure why this happens, but I think it’s just me telling myself that I actually need to take a little break sometimes. Let my overworked brain take a little rest. So, with no guilt whatsoever, I just do fun things all weekend long. I even snuck in laundry today so that’s off the table. Well, some of it is still on the table waiting to be folded, but I’ve told our dog Phineas he’s old enough now that he can start helping with such things.

Of course, he just looked at me like I was crazy. And perhaps, I am. For a brief moment I actually pictured him doing it. This is likely because I’ve been sketching animals doing things like people for awhile. It’s fun to DO! I love the many emotions that can be conveyed with animals and the visual stories are more universal and relatable. That said, if you’ve never been on a farm, then stop reading this immediately and go visit one! They’re amazing places, full of inspiration, even when just driving by one. Perhaps, I’ll take a drive to the country weekend. Our one and only car was on the fritz making any travel outside of a few city miles a bit uncertain. But, everything is fixed now. In truth, I’ll likely just find myself cuddled up next to the dog and reading a book or playing video games. That’s a level of comfort and enjoyment that’s hard to beat sometimes. And, in my head, I’ll dream of all of the places I might go, if I were to finally take that joyride.

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36 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    Please tell me that you did get to ride on the tractor? It would be cruel to grow up on a farm and never get a ride on one. I’m waiting to see the Doodlewash of Phineas folding the laundry – as likely and adorable as these three farmhands driving the tractor. A tractor is one of those vehicles that kids are just naturally attracted to – they always want to drive the tractor, and love pictures of them. We all know that tractors and farms go together like boats and water, but I wonder what does anyone actually DO with a tractor?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I was only allowed to help move the hay bails, but never drove the tractor. I was rubbish at working on the farm when it came to that stuff. But better at feeding and taking care of the animals! 😉 And ohhh… if Phineas would only fold that laundry! lol

  2. LoriCtoo 2 months ago

    Wouldn’t that be a sight! So good! Well tomorrow is our 14th since the big wedding. All is good and I hope I am not jinxing it! Off to do some much needed painting myself.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yay for the big wedding! I’m sure everything will be wonderful!

      • LoriCtoo 2 months ago

        I really need to read things before I post. LOL! This did not make any sense to me and I wrote it. What I meant to say is that it has been 14 days since our nieces big wedding that 90% weren’t wearing masks. We are all still healthy!

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

          Oh yay!! Yeah, I thought the wedding happened… hehe… Glad you’re all healthy! Yay! 🙂

  3. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I’m not sure about this scene, because I think it’s a bit Orwellian – it would definitely be a perfect illustration for ‘Animal Farm’ and we all know how that ended up! It’s early days here, before the pigs have taken over. Later, he’d be kicking back eating pizza, while the other animals did the work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe!! That’s a dark interpretation indeed! lol 😉 But true… if animals are anything like humans, things would always get a little dark.

  4. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    That would be a sight to see, Charlie! I imagine there are wonderful adventures connected to those critters and the use of a tractor…miles to explore!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay for wonderful adventures. And hope you have a great weekend as well!

  5. Karen Fortier 2 months ago

    Fantastic Charlie! Relax and enjoy your weekend! Tomorrow I take down my last exhibit which has been up since the first week in March. Then I have to find somewhere to store 25 paintings as I have painted more than that since they left the house. 🤔 I may need to just work on paper for a while until places open up again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Hope the exhibit takedown went well and that you’re taking time to relax now!

  6. Jacob 2 months ago

    I love the chicken standing tall at the front. The pig might think he’s in the driver’s seat, but his rooster friend surely has other ideas. Ah, tractors. Nothing enrages Norfolk motorists (my father) more than being stuck behind one! But they do look kinda fun.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe! I’m SO sure the rooster is actually in charge… and yeah, I love the look of tractors, but I’m sure something bad would happen if I were ever let behind the wheel of one! lol 😉

  7. Nellie Nellie 2 months ago

    Well, I had one dog that would curl up in the warm laundry…but no good at folding! We haven’t gone far from home, but we can dream about joy riding. When I had a community garden plot, I dreamed about tractors to do my cultivating for me-all 200 square feet! ;-D 😀 I am just loving the color in this piece (as usual!) I have to be more brave!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yay to being brave.. hehe… I just sort of go for it when it comes to colors. And why on earth can’t dogs fold laundry?! lol

  8. Lisa 2 months ago

    That’s just like a pig to hog the tractor! Lol

  9. Eduardo Cabrera Campos 2 months ago

    Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto, siempre me sorprendes con tus acuarelas

  10. Marisela Delgado 2 months ago

    I love images of animals doing human things like driving. Especially if they’re wearing glasses 👓👓. haha Love it! I do the same thing, Charlie. I always make these plans to do some serious card making and rubber stamping, but I get lazy or I start too late at night to do much. (I have to wait for my mother to go to bed so I can move freely.) Every Friday, I dream and plan….like today. Maybe this weekend will be different. 😊 Wonderful painting, Charlie! Have a wonderful weekend. Monster was our vacuum cleaner…..he would pick up bits of food that accidentally fell. 🐕🐕🐕

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Here’s to doing something creative and fun this weekend! Hope you’re having a wonderful one my friend!

  11. Gary Middleton 2 months ago

    Ha ha, brilliant doodle, Charlie. We have a bank holiday on Monday so it a long weekend. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Our next weekend is a long weekend… I think I’m taking Friday off to make it longer still! hehe

  12. Julia Tara Fürst 2 months ago

    Tag yourself, I’m the goose dancing through the field 💜 Beautiful and funny painting, Charlie! 👍

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Julia! 😃💕 hehe… yay! The goose was my favorite in this one!

  13. Mugdha 2 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Funny Doodlewash! Are the Pig & Rooster egging the Goose on to race the tractor? I agree with Sharon Bonin-Pratt. I too realllllly wanna see a Doodlewash of Phineas folding the laundry. 🙂 I know you decide your sketches based on prompts but someday soon could you please sketch what you’ve put into our minds?. In gratitude, I’ll pray to a fairy to inspire Phillipe to bake all your favorite cookies – and a big batch of brownies too! 😉 I would’ve done it myself if I lived anywhere near you but for now, I can only wish…

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… if Phineas ever bucks up and folds the laundry, I promise I will sketch him in the act! lol But hmmmm… the cookie fairy sounds intriguing as an enticement indeed! 😉

  14. Priscilla DeConti 2 months ago

    What fun!!! Enjoy your weekend…whatever it may bring!!😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend!

  15. Mireya 2 months ago

    This photo made me smile and want to read. Where are they going? Thanks for this gift Charlie.

  16. Iisa Ebenstein 2 months ago

    Oh, this is so funny. These animals are like a bunch of kids. I laugh happily when I see these animal pictures.

  17. shawnthompsonart 2 months ago

    lol, it really looks like those animals are having fun.

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