Lessons in Doodlewashing: Leap Year Break

So I wanted to start my February project today, thinking 28 days would be perfect, but realized it’s leap year. Also, it’s been an insanely busy day and the sketch I made was pretty crappy and not particularly inspiring in the less than 10 minutes I had to make one. No matter what, I can’t seem to stop doodlewashing, but then I worried about my theme and whether it was even inspiring me or if there was something more. There was.

I needed a break. After 7 straight months of posting a doodlewash a day, I just needed to sketch like a child and make something crappy that I wouldn’t even show my own mother (or even my dog Phineas as he’s really quite judgy). Perhaps this childish notion came from spending a month of doodlewashing toys, but that’s what happened to me today. So I’m taking a leap year holiday (something I just made up and seemed appropriate) and will reveal my sketchbook when I return to my regulary scheduled programming tomorrow! Please stay tuned my friends!

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41 Comments
  1. Nancy 1 year ago

    Enjoy ur holiday! You have certainly earned it!

  2. memadtwo 1 year ago

    You deserve it. (K)

  3. Teri C 1 year ago

    Time to recharge. 😊

  4. Jacob 1 year ago

    Seven months straight of posts is really quite awesome – enjoy the much deserved interlude!

  5. Carol 1 year ago

    Relax, refresh, renew!

  6. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    YAY! Happy you are giving yourself a break, Charlie! 💜👍😃🎨🌟

  7. Amen, brother Ben…..er, Charlie! Breaks are so wonderful and refreshing. Great decision! Rock on, my friend! Until then, I enjoyed the photo of your sketchbook. (((((Charlie))))) 💜

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Laura! ❤️Glad you liked the photo…I wasn’t about to show what was inside yesterday. Ugh…I just had to stop sketching and take a little breather! 😊hehe…and it worked well!

  8. Jodi 1 year ago

    enjoy your leap year break! you deserve it dear Charlie! Thanks for letting us know. Happy Hugs!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! It was good to take a little break. The sketches I made told me to! Haha! I’m back again today! 😉👍🏻❤️

      • Jodi 1 year ago

        LOL! 🙂

  9. Kari 1 year ago

    Yay for a break! Yes, I agree with so many that you need to recharge! I’m hoping that I can do some drawing by this weekend.. I’m more concerned that I didn’t get a notification about your post! Lol. ❤️

  10. Good for you, I would need one too after 7 months !! See you soon.

    • Author

      Thanks Rebecca! Figured if there’s an extra day this year why not take it! Hehe… I’m back again today! 😉👍🏻

  11. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    It is good to take a break, especially one who is as prolific and busy as you are. Take your time, take a deep breath, enjoy the moment. Peace.

  12. Cathe 1 year ago

    Good for you Charlie! A-okay to take a break and refresh and recharge!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe!! 💕😃I needed it…mainly to think through my theme better as I was worried where I was heading wasn’t right. It wasn’t, but I feel great about where I’m heading now! 😉

  13. Tori 1 year ago

    Enjoy your well deserved break, look forward to seeing your “what’s next” when you return!

  14. Jessica 1 year ago

    Wow Charlie- 7 months! That is quite an accomplishment. I’ve been making all kinds of crappy paintings lately that I’m not posting. There is something liberating about it. Have fun with the little Charlie in you.

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Jessica!! It was liberating! I actually did sketch 3 things and doodlewashed two of them. Didn’t like them at all…but it was still fun! At least I met my daily doodlewash goal! 😊😉

  15. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    A well deserved break! Enjoyed, I hope.

  16. Good for you! Your creating/posting schedule is admirably insane. ha ha

  17. debiriley 1 year ago

    you made me smile. creating is fun, its what we Do… but it also takes energy out of us too. I loved your line about not showing (it) even to your dog! Did some of those myself yesterday. ah well, another roll of the dice and we’ll see what happens! thanks for sharing Charlie!!

    • Author

      Yeah…some days just don’t work out like we’d like them to! Hehe…but we keep going because it’s all just so darn fun still! But yeah…my dog really does seem judgy so I limit what I share with him.

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