Jumping Through The Air

Beagle Jumping Chasing Frisbee Watercolor Illustration

For Day 17 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Aerodynamic” I made a floppy-eared beagle jumping up for a frisbee. While frisbees do rely on aerodynamic lift, beagles seem to be flying as well thanks to their cute and floppy airplane ears. My own pup Elliott has much shorter ears, but they’re still quite floppy. I hope they never change as it makes him look like a permanent puppy. We wanted to play a game of frisbee with him this afternoon, but realized we’d left ours at a friend’s house. So, we simply played a game of ball and then threw whatever sticks we could find on the ground instead. Elliott would retrieve the sticks we threw until he grew bored and we kept having to find new sticks to entertain him. It was fun, but the day was still very warm so we tried to hide in the shade of trees most of the time while Elliott used the sticks to make a little pyre that it looked as if he was fashioning a campfire.

We wouldn’t be able to light a campfire, even in the evening, as it’s just too warm and humid here now. This is the time of year that I just hope I can sail through August and September and make it to autumn without melting entirely. Elliott didn’t seem to mind the heat, but he can’t play quite as long as he’d like before getting too tired. We know when he’s tiring out, because instead of sticks he’ll start ripping grass out of the ground with his teeth to express his frustration. It’s like he’s mad at his own little body for crapping out on him before he was mentally ready to stop. I actually feel the same way many times these days, so I can totally relate. Though, I usually just head indoors and enjoy a little bit of sketching and painting time to relieve my frustrations. It always works like a charm. Whenever I get a chance to make some lines form an image and splash some color on top, then I’m a very happy man.

Philippe and I decided to go out to lunch today because he was craving Japanese food after watching something on YouTube. It was delicious, but we were over-served with regard to proportions and lacked all of the will power needed to stop when we were full. So, we came home feeling happy, yet bloated, and have spent the afternoon recuperating while drinking some fizzy water. I doubt we’ll have much for dinner this evening, but part of me wants to just have some popcorn and watch a movie. Popcorn is one of those foods that doesn’t really require hunger to enjoy. It’s always delicious. And, we’ll likely take Elliott our for one last little walk this evening to close out the weekend. Though we didn’t do much of note this weekend, it was still a really fun one. Sometimes, you don’t have to do much more than simply feel a bit of happiness with the ones you love to feel like you’re jumping through the air.

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  1. Irene Hynes 1 month ago

    You create the best watercoloured doodles!

  2. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend to me and this is one cute little beagle!!! I know what you mean about the heat and humidity just opening the door and taking a stop outside is like walking into a giant sponge full of hot water….it is not pleasant. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s not pleasant at all! SO thankful for air conditioning!

  3. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. We’ve been lucky here staying a bit cooler than the rest of the country, but it’s still warmer than I like. We’re thinking retirement in Florida because of the taxes, but I’m not sure I’d be able to take the heat.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah… I couldn’t do the heat there and it’s more humid than here. I’m glad summer is just a piece of the year here… but I wish autumn were half the year! hehe 😃💕

  4. Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

    Sounds wonderful and I agree – just popcorn sounds perfect ;). We are lucky here at Long Lake, Alberta. We have Goldilocks weather. Usually about 25 or 26 with a light cool breeze!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Zoie! 😃💕 Aww your weather there sounds wonderful!

      • Zoie McIntyre 3 weeks ago

        I just love being out in nature. Alone with the deer, birds and the odd squirrel fight ;). When the weather is nice too, then it is wonderful!

  5. scrittoralinda 1 month ago

    That’s right Charlie. You know where it’s at with the life stuff. Hugs.

  6. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Great doodle, Charlie.

  7. Mari 1 month ago

    Such an adorable little Beagle!! Our Goldendoodle pulls up the grass when he gets tired of fetching, just like Elliot!! … watching us out of the corner of his eye the whole time! His expression says ‘this game is waaaayyy more fun’. And now he has seemingly taught our puppy this ‘game’… oh my…🙄😔😵‍💫.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 hehe… that’s funny that yours does the grass digging thing when they get bored with the game. And now your puppy knows how to play! lol

  8. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Awww, Charlie! A flying Beagle! My Monster used to jump up and do a drive by jump to see what we were eating. It was so funny. He loved playing catch with super bouncy balls. 💜💜💜 Did you get your ice cream? ??

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Glad you enjoyed this, Marisela!! 😃💕 I thought about Monster when I was sketching it. As for the ice cream… I decided I wanted to make my own, but still haven’t made it to the grocery to get ingredients! hehe 😊

  9. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    That’s one cute doodle and Elliott is one cute puppy! He must look so adorable when he gets frustrated… kind of like little babies look when they frown. Makes you wanna pick them and give them a hug so they start giggling. I’ve never had pets and get a bit nervous around very energetic dogs so have never hugged a puppy. But I’d be grateful if you could do the honors and give Elliott a hug for me. 🙂 (I know he won’t giggle but that’s okay.) 😉


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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah… Elliott is a cute pup… his frustration is even cute! I’ll give him a hug from you! He doesn’t made the exact sound, but he sometimes seems like he’s giggling. Much love!

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