Little Raccoon

Little Raccoon by Charlie O'Shields

Just as you’re about to leave the room filled with candy, you spot a little critter who looks sweet, yet a bit wild so you keep your distance. You’ve never been this close to one of these before and although they look cute, you notice the claws and think better of petting it. Unfortunately the little guy is blocking your only exit, so you pause to consider what to do next when that ridiculous guy pipes back into your ear.

“Hey there! So you wanted something mischievous and although this little one doesn’t mean to be, he might just fit the bill. There used to be a few of these in our neighborhood and they sent out a message telling people not to feed them. But seriously, who could look into those little eyes and say no?

“I have to admit, the only reason a raccoon came to mind was because my mother mentioned while growing up in Arkansas, she had one as a pet. I only learned that it would wash its food first and so when they gave it bread it ended up a soggy mess before she rapidly jumped to another subject. But the idea of doodlewashing one stuck, so I figured I would give it a try!

“Though I managed to paint as I always do, creating a proper message is a bit challenging as we’re heading to the theater tonight in just a few minutes and I’m typing like a demon in order to not piss off Philippe and make it downstairs in time to leave. So then, yeah, I guess I just have to say that I hope you enjoy the raccoon! Ciao for now!”

You just stop and think, what the hell just happened? And then you realize it’s time to make another choice.

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36 Comments
  1. So cute, Charlie! 😀 I’m loving everything I see that you do. Have a great time at the theater!

    • Author

      Awww thanks sis!💕😃 I really like doodlewashing animals! Hehe…next month I’ll try to get back on draw a bird day! 😉

      • I’ve been working on animals lately too, but mostly drawing vs painting. Any tips on watercolor and fur, Charlie? Do you do anything differently when approaching a furry subject?

      • Author

        Awww cool! Love knowing that you’re drawing animals! Hmmm…what do I do? I start by going…oh crap, how the heck am I going to do this!! Every time! Lol But then I look for the light under-color and lay that down first. Then I slowly build up the fur with strokes of darker and darker colors, coming in at the end with some white gouache for the whiskers and highlights or white hairs. I like realism so I enjoy getting a “sense” of the individual hairs, but that may be overkill. Hehe But even if I’m using just washes of color vs. individual strokes, I still tend to move my brush in the direction the hair is growing. But honestly, I’m still just experimenting and trying to figure it out! 😉

      • You are so funny! Sounds like terrific advice too. I think you’re figuring it out wonderfully, Charlie. I’m so glad you have insecurities too because it makes me feel there’s hope for me lol. They sure don’t show in your paintings. They look professionally executed to me! 💜👍🎨

      • Author

        Awww thanks!! That’s so sweet to say! ❤️😃But I can assure you insecurities still abound! Lol That’s just part of being an artist I guess. 😊 But so is just experimenting a lot and having fun trying! 😉👍🏻

  2. Jodi 1 year ago

    AWESOME raccoon Charlie O! Go enjoy the theater! Let us know tomorrow what you saw.

    I get that same “pissyness” sometimes from hubby when I have to finish typing something on “that damn computer!” LOL!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! Glad you liked this! I’ll definitely need to figure out how to talk about this one in my next post! Lol And yeah…Philippe is rather subtle with his irritation, but I get the hint! 😊

  3. Kari 1 year ago

    A raccoon!! Our neighborhood in Texas had lots of raccoons. If you ever left a trash bag outside of the plastic bin, you would see them!! And as cute as your doodlewash is, I will never get close to one..

    Your mom is from Arkansas?? I grew up in Jacksonville.. My mother and sister live in Little Rock still.. ❤️

    • Author

      Yeah…I wouldn’t get close to one either. The ones around our neighborhood where cute though. Once I saw a mom leading several babies down the sidewalk! And yep…my mom was born in Arkansas, but then they moved to Missouri.

  4. Sand Salt Moon 1 year ago

    love the eyes – what a cutie

  5. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    From one Kuhn to another, you painted a smashing doodlewash, my friend! Hehe! 😜 Enjoy the theater! 🌟🎨💖

    • Author

      Lol! Thanks Jill!! 💕😃Glad you liked this little guy! The show was…well…quite an experience! I’m sure I’ll share a little about it tomorrow! Lol 😉

  6. kirkistan 1 year ago

    Great job! Those eyes are especially great.

  7. memadtwo 1 year ago

    They look cute, but don’t mess with them. The ones around here are fierce! Of course that may just be a city survival trait…this guy looks like he wouldn’t hurt a fly. (K)

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah…I think they’re all a little fierce, even the cute ones. But maybe it’s just the hard city living as well.

  8. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Well, I have to say ditto on everything that is said from the other wonderful comments. Some years ago, a friend of mine was visited by a raccoon. She was not home so the raccoon chewed a whole in her waterbed and then emptied out everything possible in the kitchen cupboards. A very naughty raccoon.

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Sharon! 💕😃oh my!! Now THAT’S a mischievous little creature! What a crazy thing to come home too!! Lol 😳

  9. Jacob 1 year ago

    Oh that is *adorable*! I missed this vote, but I approve of the choice the doodlewashers made in my absence. 😉 Look at those little eyes!

    There was a long time where I wanted a raccoon quite badly, but have you ever seen Raccoon Willie in the kitchen on YouTube? The way he starts rifling through cupboards and throwing trays around, then disappears into the holes he’s made in the wall, makes me think that I’d probably best not get one – I’ll stick to the cuddly toys and cute Google pics…

    • Author

      Haha…yeah, I don’t think he’d make a good pet, contrary to what my mother believed! Lol And you should have voted!! You would have been the tie breaker! It ended up a perfect tie so the result today was a bit ridiculous. 😊lol

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Haha! I actually voted in the tiebreak – it was the poll that gave us the raccoon that I missed. What were the chances? I can’t help but feel I talked this up… sorry Charles! 😉 I swear I didn’t rig it!

      • Author

        You totally rigged it! You wished for a tie!! Haha! Oh well…check out the latest post to see what craziness happens in a tie! Lol 😉

  10. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Cute racoon. Hope you enjoyed the theatre.

  11. thepaperbaker 1 year ago

    Fabulous little raccoon doodlewash!

  12. Deb Breton 1 year ago

    Adorable Charlie!❤

  13. ann christina 1 year ago

    Oh my, this is sooooosososo cute!!! His eyes are awesome!!! I want to hug and squeeze him! 😉❤️

  14. Rachel Murphree 1 year ago

    Oh, this one is even CUTER than the possum….how do you do it, Charlie??

    • Author

      Haha! And that’s the second pillow we got! Lol Yeah…I like this one better. And thanks! 💕😃 I don’t really know what I do…just get the eyes right and move out from there. 😊hehe

      • Rachel Murphree 1 year ago

        I didn’t get the pillow reference until reading your other comment. LOL. Once the eyes are right, yes, the rest will follow. Good point.

      • Author

        I figure if I mess up the eyes too much I should just abandon ship and start another one! Hehe

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