Like A Little Puppy

Day 14 - Corgi Puppy Watercolor Pet Portrait - Doodlewash

When it comes to adorable, our Doodlewash prompt for today, my mind immediately goes to baby animals. In this case, we have a little corgi puppy who is waiting to grow into his ears a bit. I love the cute awkwardness of baby animals, even if my own awkwardness as a kid wasn’t quite as amusing. Puppies have the luxury of skipping the long and tedious phase we humans know as puberty. They just go from cute to complete in about a year. I’ve seen photos of myself at a very young age and I think I was rather cute by most standards. But these are followed by way too many photos of a comically odd looking little boy. I have to chuckle at these when I see them, as he always has a huge smile plastered across his face. In my head I’m thinking, “you’re so weird! Ditch those glasses, and seriously, what’s up with that hair?” Yet, in my heart, I just have to adore that kid. Rather than ever let himself feel truly out of place, he just happily found his place and charged forward, smiling all of the time. And, that, to me, is really quite adorable.

As I continue to sketch and show up each and every day, I feel like I’m still in the artist equivalent of puberty. Shining moments mixed with periods of confusion and a yearning to understand everything just a bit better. I dream of a time when I can spend more than a little hour each day painting and writing. But, rather than give up and wait for that day to arrive, I just keep moving forward. Perhaps, after all, that’s what that awkward little teenager taught me. It doesn’t matter if we aren’t everything we hoped we might be as long as we’re the very best version of what we actually are. I now realize why he was always smiling in those photos. Life may not have been perfect, but it was still perfectly fascinating. The measure wasn’t about the present, but the intoxicating idea of what the future might hold. So, today, I find myself in the oddest of places. A man who politely refuses to grow up, looking to the past for inspiration, while happily embracing the future. And you’ll still find me smiling through all of it. Happily celebrating all of the crazy turns that life throws at me. In a way, puberty is just an introductory course that we take, and the rest of our lives are spent hoping to achieve that PhD.

But I have to believe we’re really pretty awesome at every single point in our lives. There’s always something unique and wonderful that I think should be applauded each and every step of the journey. My own doppelgänger was a boy who was so exuberant about life that he never bothered to care when it didn’t work out properly. That’s why I choose to honor him and delve back into my past. As an adult, I can get stressed occasionally and begin to worry about whether I’m doing everything correctly. But unlike when I was a child, I’ve no clue as to where I should make that comparison. My steady tribe of classmates have been replaced with the entire world at large. Instead of measuring myself to a classroom full of people, I now have a world wide web of comparisons. And most of the time, I still just feel a bit awkward. I can’t seem to follow a particular trend or abide by all of the various social rules that crop up almost daily. I guess, you could say, I’m still that kid from those now embarrassing puberty photos. Doing whatever joyous thing comes to mind without fretting over whether it’s the “in” thing to do. I guess, in many ways, I’ve just learned that life is far more enjoyable when you live it like a little puppy.

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Day 14 - Corgi Puppy Watercolor Pet Portrait Sketchbook - Doodlewash


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  1. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    I love the bright colors in both your painting and in the theme of of today’s ramble!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I think I’m destined to have a puppy one day even though I’ve told myself it’s a pain in the ass. lol

  2. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    That Corgi puppy is so cute, I want to scoop him up and cuddle him!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Aww thanks, Sharon! hehe… 😃💕 I think corgis are the cutest. I wouldn’t be surprised if Philippe and I end up with one at some point in the future.

  3. Queen Bean 4 years ago

    You have amazing talent! 🙂

  4. popsiclesociety 4 years ago

    You’re right, there’s always something unique and wonderful in every single point of our lives. And definitely will be more enjoyable if we could live it like a little puppy. The corgi pup is really adorable! ☺️

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕Yeah, life has a way of delivering wonderful things, even when they come in a small package.

  5. Lisa 4 years ago

    And I raise you a sideways kitten hop!😁

    I have been thinking about when I was a kid and we moved to the farmette in the middle of a swamp where I did the majority of my growing up. There was this boggy scraggly field in front of the house over a rusty barbed wire fence. The first winter we were there my brother, sister, and I took shovels and started digging a pond so we would have a place to ice-skate. The water was so close to the surface that it rose up and filled in where we dug. We didn’t get very far because it was too hard for three little kids. I’m hindsight, I wish we had tried again and again because as we got bigger, the task would have got smaller. Still, I’m betting if someone went poking around there even 47 years later, they’d find an odd depression in the earth that fills with water in the rainy years.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      haha! A sideways kitten hop is definitely the cutest!! 😃💕 I love that you left an impression for years to come. I’ve thought the same thing… those things we give up on in our youth are only small things to conquer once we’re grown, but we’ve already moved on to other things.

  6. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    Skip on! Life’s too short Go pet a puppy! Your little Corgi is darling,

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕hehe… don’t enable me! I would totally go out and get a puppy tomorrow, but I’m not sure Phineas and his dad would appreciate it! lol

  7. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    Cute puppy!!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 years ago

    I always enjoy your Doodlewashes, Charlie, as they are charming and full of your spirit. But your writing sometimes pulls me upward as this one did. So here’s to all the awkward little boys and girls who went out to explore and never came back inside even when their grown up selves turned the corner.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      That’s such a beautiful way to say it! 😃💕Here’s to all of those awkward kids who never let their grown up selves stop them!

  9. smzang 4 years ago

    Having been away from the Internet for a week, I return to find a new and awesome amazement at the art, the wisdom, and the fun of doodlewash. It’s like seeing the first snow…it just makes me feel good! The puppy is so puppy beautiful and huggable. The text is so engaging…Every paragraph is special. Trying to tone down my response a bit (I want to quote every line) my favorite Charlie says quotes here are: “puberty is just an introductory course that we take, and the rest of our lives are spent hoping to achieve that PhD”; “we’re really pretty awesome at every single point in our lives.” and “Doing whatever joyous thing comes to mind without fretting over whether it’s the “in” thing to do. I guess, in many ways, I’ve just learned that life is far more enjoyable when you live it like a little puppy.” I raise my glass!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      You must know that you make me feel not only good, but perfectly incredibly when you show up to comment! Thank you so much! 😃💕 Seriously, you make me feel like I’m actually a writer with things to say. That’s the most amazing gift I could ever receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the hearts of little puppies everywhere!

  10. Anita Sinha 4 years ago

    So true..Loved your post and the doodlewash!

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