For our prompt of “Farm” today, I made a little sketch of a baby pig and a duckling admiring a flower. As I’ve mentioned before, I spent many summers on my grandparents’ farm and it was always a wonderful
I agree that it’s so amazing to be with family after being separated for so long. It was my birthday this weekend, and my brother knowing my tastes, whipped up some fresh cornbread for my birthday breakfast, and then we had it again along with some pulled pork. My cake was fabulous, but it’s that cornbread that I’ll remember!
Oh Charlie! I got to hug all my family and even hold my great niece during the last month! Hearing your joy makes all of ours greater🤗🤗 I should be getting my book soon, tell mom to make a mousie too please. A prototype for our action figures😊 Didn’t you love a figure from your books as a little guy? Our family is filling our little niece’s library rapidly and she just turned 1. My husband and I have official titles now.. Because Grand aunt and Grand uncle are a mouthful, we are now the self-proclaimed Graunty and Gruncle🤣 (my personal fave is Gruncle😆) Have so much fun!!
PS I swoon over the sweet little Piglet, but I have been known to say, “Love a Duck!”, in times of wonder!
How sweet you little piglet and chick and the great memories you have as a little boy, nice that you mother and sister came over to visit!I celebrate my birthday saturday (22 May)i become 52 and go for dinner in a restaurant !!
My name is Rebecca Fish Ewan and I grew up in Berkeley, California, but have lived in Tempe, Arizona for the past 30 years. Even though I’ve been drawing my whole life and as a child declared I was going to be a
Sometimes it’s hard to move on from old friends. You feel like you are betraying them. Or you simply get stuck in a rut and don’t think about change.
I started with a set of 24 Pelikan watercolors my Grandfather bought me when I was 12. I still have them. I used them off and on until I was 62. After I retired I got them out and started going to an emeritus watercolor class put on by the local community college. The instructor used Winsor & Newton tube paints. But I was adamant I liked using the pans. I bought a starter set of Winsor & Newton professional pan watercolors. Half pans. Then I started reading artist’s blogs. It was Jane Blundell that started me using Daniel Smith because at the time they were the only ones with Buff Titanium and I wanted to try it. Then I learned I could buy pans and fill them. Eventually I bought pans and palettes and more Daniel Smith colors. I started by recreating my Pelikan set, then experimented with Jane’s different palettes. Now I have a little of a lot. Some Holbein, some Schmincke, some Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, an odd Golden or M. Graham. I’ve even acquired some boutique hand made paints from Etsy and a lot of Greenleaf and Blueberry. I find I switch around depending on what it is I’m doing. If I’m out doing field sketching, I tend to take the Greenleaf and Blueberry. At home I use the Daniel Smith. Also when I go to classes. For journaling I tend to use the Daler Rowney small professional artist palette of 18 quarter pans. The Daniel Smith and Daler Rowney tend to be for bright, vibrant subjects. The Greenleaf & Blueberry for plein air when I want something a bit more natural.
But I shall always keep my Pelikan set and remember how my Grandpa got me started. He used to do pen and ink sketches, nothing with color that I know of. But he bought me professional watercolors and a good sable brush at the little art store around the corner from their apartment. It’s been 55 years but I’d like to go back there one day and see if the little art shop is still there. Perhaps pick up another #6 sable brush.
Popping in for our prompt of “Crickets” today with a quick little sketch of a cricket singing. My mind wandered as usual and I ended up imagining a cricket who went beyond chirps and dreamed of a full performance
Wonderful cricket and memories! Reminds me of the house we moved from up north…loved the sound of crickets there in the summer. once upon a long time ago I had an interesting experience with dish soap….when we moved into an apartment with a dish washer…our very first dishwasher..I figured i could use liquid dish detergent and loaded that baby up with that blue stuff. A dishwasher makes a really funny sound when you use dishwashing liquid and you have to wade through knee deep suds to get to the blasted machine to turn the thing off. i was very young and I never made that mistake again. We also had a very clean kitchen floor…LOL.
Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Oh my goodness!! That’s too funny. LOL I’ve actually done the same thing with a dishwasher! But I was an adult. I saw Philippe adding liquid detergent, so I decided that’s what we should do. There was foam galore! Apparently it was one tiny drop… I guess I should have paid closer attention! 😊lol
Have you ever listened to Jim Wilson’s Gods Cricket Chorus? He claimed it was a recording of crickets slowed down to nine times the speed of human life, and that there were no instruments or human voices. It’s obviously not true, but he’s come up with something beautiful anyway.
Awesomeness Charlie especially your enjoyment of the crickets’ song. I can just see you fighting with the freezer too. You two are a riot and I love it! You never mentioned Phineas this time .. is he on vacation? Take care and thanks for another great post/artwork.
I love crickets and especially katydids. We have so many here in the country. After tonight, we are predicted to get a permanent warm up with no more frost! I’m so glad I will be able to get some things in the gardens. I had to cover some things the last few nights to protect them from freezing. I’m tired of it. Are you guys still staying home, or did your workplaces open up? We’ve had our shots, but we are still being very careful.
Yay for consistent warmer weather so you can garden. I “think” we’re past the cold snaps now here, but I just never know anymore. We’re back to work a couple times a week, but not fully yet. Philippe is about a week away from being fully vaccinated, but we’re still being cautious! 😉
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Your squirrel sounds like the one we had who just liked to “taste” the tomatoes we tried to grow once only to realize she didn’t really like tomatoes each time. We eventually gave up! lol And I’m proud to report there hasn’t been another blender mishap… I think we’re getting the hang of it now! lol
Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad I added another smile to your day! And yep… I’m usually the one who bumbles about and makes mishaps happen our house, so I was secretly thrilled that this time Philippe was at the helm with the suds exploded! lol It was really funny!
Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 So happy you enjoy these posts! hehe… Oh my… yeah, that’s exactly what we thought on the “incident”… so happy it was just suds. Sounds like you had quite a party with the strawberry daiquiris though! lol 😉
How do you eat an elephant? The answer is, of course, a bit at a time. Hi, my name is Paul Blease and I am an artist and musician living in the beautiful county of Devon in the UK. I am 66 years old and
The title caught my eye. Keep painting. It is good for your eyes, and heart to have a hobby like this. Painting is hard work. It looks easy, but most of us have a gifting of loving to paint. Some talented people don’t pick up a brush, and others thrive on painting what they see. Imagination plays a wonderful part. Thanks for sharing your art with us.
I just found your reply. I have spent hours on a flower. I am sure God is detailed in all things. I paint flowers, because they are beautiful, and not easy to paint. It takes time to render a flower, but I have several hanging different places. I used to tear flowers apart when I was a kid. Now I paint them, when I have time. Otherwise I look at my painting, and see the details. My dad said to me, “Paint what you see.” I did.
Thank you for your lovely comments, I am a great believer in life long learning and always tell my children that you can do anything if you want to do it enough. Really pleased you like my work, it means a lot.
For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I made a sketch of a little Jack Russell puppy cuddling up with a teddy bear. When I was a kid, my mother used to make me teddy bears, and I had one in nearly every color. My mom
Charlie you got both shots of vaccine already? Awesome. Yep hugs are wonderful and it is a paradox that right about the time hugs became popular so did the rule that you can’t touch people (your students, etc). We Italians know all about hugs of course and I am happy to see that the rest of the world caught on (Me arrogant? Nooo!).
Take care and stay well.
When we finally see each other face to face-hugs-yeah, hugs! I’ll be the one with your book tucked under her arm! I hugged my friend today, first hug besides my husband and parents in 14 months. 🤣 We have some fully vaccinated family and I can hardly wait to hug them! 🤗🤗🤗
PS the puppy reminds me if our angel puppy-he used to fall asleep “nursing” the nose of his stuffed hedge-hog😆 what a sight! I hope our next puppies are as silly!
PSS so excited for your family reunion! Please post a pix!
Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… is that my newest book tucked under your arm? I’d love to know what you think of it! Yeah, that next hug means so much more now. Your angel puppy sounds sooo sweet! Love that image!
Hugs are certainly special. A big hug for you Charlie for creating your new book. I love it! I love the lessons you share in it and of course one special little mouse. Well done. I look forward to your next creation.
Aww thanks so much, Janis!! 😃💕 A huge virtual hug to you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book! If you get a chance and can leave a review, that would be wonderful. I always try to ask more now… I’m rubbish at marketing. hehe The next one in the series is One Little Dog and it will be out in June! 😉
Hey Marisela! Snow now is blasphemy. Ewww. Yes abrazos to you as well — just like our abracchi in Italian. Ha ha vaccinated hugs yes.
Yes their govt really let them down in India by loosening the rules. Imagine doing that to their own people. Sounds like you are doing well, you sound happy. We are all fine here too. I go out for my daily stomp (well when it isn’t windy and cool like today. Listen to this, Wed. is supposed to be 22C and 21C Thurs, and then on Fri and Sat 12C. Supposed to be wonky til second half of May.
And I still have not figured out how to let anyone into my messages thing so ppl are likely getting their feelings miffed. Oops.
Great Idea!! I still have the photo. As I post my watercolor I often get the comment, “This makes me happy! or this is a happy painting. I think that’s my nitch — got over the fright of it all and now, I just do happy, and sometimes an “Oh WHERE did THAT come from?”
Great doodle, Charlie. I know what you mean about hugs. I see my mum every week when we take her shopping round to her. We can’t hug or even give her a peck on the cheek. I can’t wait until we can hug our daughters and grandchildren.
Aww sending you the biggest hug my friend!! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed the story of Duckie… yeah, it’s so tough to throw away those well-loved toys. But, the wonderful memories will always be there!! ❤️
Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Welcome back! And so happy to know your family is happy and healthy. It’s been a really tough year, but with love and family, we’ve gotten through it. And yeah, I think Phineas does love his family… he’s just too cool to show it. hehe 😉
Oh my goodness!! Yikes!! That’s crazy hail! I’m so happy to know you’re safe and sound my friend! 😃💕 The weather is insane and so unpredictable lately. It’s sunny here now, but storms are a brewin’ for the weekend and next week. Hugs to you!
My name is Lauren Arno and I am a special education art teacher from New Jersey, USA. I studied art education at The College of New Jersey and earned my masters in special education at Rowan University. I have
There’s no way I was going to miss our prompt of “Newborn” today, which to me, always ends up as another chance to sketch baby animals. Here’s a quick little sketch of a couple of my favorites. I don’t have any
Thanks so much, Lyla!! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy you enjoyed the new book! Tell everyone you know! hehe… yeah, I’m always woefully inadequate when it comes to marketing. I’m really proud of this book. A second one in the series will be out in June. So happy you loved it!
Awesome, Charlie. We don’t have giraffes and elephants here either but I saw some black squirrels the other day. Robins are here but not in my yard since there was a huge gray squirrel here and the robins never came back. The squirrel has been gone for two years.
Charlie I love your newborns too – both are great but that little elephant is totally my fav. Your new book should be delivered to my Edmonton home on Thursday. I won’t see it for another 2 months, but I just can’t wait. I will totally enjoy it and put in my pictures to finish each page. Just what a big kid needs :). When I was little (would have been somewhere around 4) I was drawing pictures in my Burgess Books because I thought those pictures totally helped the story :). Can’t wait. I too have been seeing signs of mating out here in the country. Just came in from a walk where there were two squirrels having a spring dalliance and two Hairy Woodpeckers. Love springtime 🙂 Never ever grow up 🙂
Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 And yay! Thanks for getting a copy of my book. Whenever you finally get it, I hope you’ll leave a review and let me know what you thought! And glad I’m not the only one who wanted to add pictures to books. I hope lots of kids and big kids will enjoy this book! Yay for spring… yeah, I love seeing all the creatures come out!
My book just arrived this afternoon. It had been raining all day, and had just stopped. I went out the front door to pick up the package, and the sun suddenly broke through the clouds. I’d swear the sky was smiling in delight along with me at seeing your book!
I love this latest doodle, Charlie. I must show my wife because she loves elephants. Our book arrived at the weekend. We had a look through it to get some ideas. We both loved it. We’re going to start this weekend.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yay!! I’m so thrilled to hear your inner child is enjoying nature’s magic. Okay, I have to admit that I’m totally jealous of the sunbird story! hehe… they’re such beautiful birds. What a fabulous thing to experience!
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Thrilled to introduce my latest concept: “Draw Upon A Time” books! A fun and interactive new series of Sketching Stuff picture books. This has been a dream come true, as I’ve always longed to write and illustrate
Aww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m super excited about this one. It’s a totally uplifting story that I think adults will love and kids, well… they just need to be able to hold a crayon and be their lovely naturally creative selves!! hehe I didn’t plan much of a launch, so be sure to share it with whomever you think my enjoy this! Thanks!!!
Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 I did! hehe… yeah there were a few moments along the way where I wasn’t sure. But I’m super pleased with the result. Hope you’ll grab a copy or two and tell everyone with kids who love to doodle! 😉
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Hope you’ll grab a copy! Yeah, I didn’t want to give too much away, as there are a few surprises along the way. Basically, you get to not only decide visual bits of the story, you get to guess the mouse’s name as well! 😉
Thanks so much, Astrid! 😃💕 It does feel really good. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it at certain points, but my dogged determination won out! Hope you’ll grab a copy and check it out! It’s truly fun for everyone!
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 It’s been quite a journey, but I refused to give up hope even when I was feeling totally in over my head. Now I’ve already written and half way through illustrating the next one, which will be out in June! hehe 😉
Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I hope you’re inspired to create and share your own stories! Yeah, we can never be super sure that what we make is just perfect, but it’s always perfectly wonderful when we share something from the heart! Hope you’ll check out my book, by the way. I’d love to know what you think of it!!
Oh Charlie! Happiest Birthday Ever Right! This is so exciting! Do I have to get it and wait to have it signed? Or are you going to tour out here to the end of the Earth?( I want a signed first edition.😉 )
Thanks so much!!! 😃💕 hehe… I have no tour planned… so I don’t have nay book signings in the future. 😊 That’s usually reserved for the famous folk! lol But I’m super excited about this book. I hope you’ll check it out (and send me a note via my contact form as we might be able to figure out a way to do the signed thing! hehe).
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww, I do sort of dash things off, but I’m totally committed to them as I do it! hehe And yeah, daily doodling makes everything a lot easier, even the things I had to learn from scratch came easier. I hope you’ll check out the book! I’d love to know what you think!
Thought I’d jump in for the prompt of “Grapes” today, with a little chipmunk eating some ripening ones. While I’ve always celebrated April as my birthday month, today is actually the official day of my birth (and
Hey Charlie Happy Birthday! The 13th was my aunt’s birthday too (1913, a year before the Titanic sank on that date if I got that right). Here’s a hug from Canada’s hot spot! Take care and tell Philippe you get two big pieces of cake.
HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY EVER!! How grateful I am that we are all here to celebrate you🤗👏👏👏 Numbers are just numbers but some are really cool! When I hit the ‘5-O’ I told people, “See! I’m not a quitter!”💁♀️ And five years later I started my art journey over☺ You are cooking with gas my friend! Of course your newest book is only one more in a long line of successes-and we’ll all cheer that!! EVERY blessing is my birthday prayer for you (and yours)! PS:Don’t forget to tell us how to get signed copies of that book🤗
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… I love the idea of simply not being a quitter! So true! Thanks SO much for cheering me on. I really appreciate it. As for signed copies… I hadn’t even thought about that. hehe… so I’ll have to think about it!
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 I go into the office a couple days a week and it’s just me and my art director in masks at this point. And yay for your second shot! I just got my today actually. I’m only doing posts every few days as I’m working on the next book, but I got a Lego Bonsai Tree that was sold out everywhere and that make me so happy. And… a couple Star Wars Legos and a Nintendo Switch game. Literally nobody would think the person receiving these things was turning 50! lol 😉
Hi Charlie, Happy Half Century!! Hope your book proofs look super, but we are all sure they do. We can hardly wait! Enjoy your birthday cake and hopefully a surprise gift for you to unwrap. May God grant you many many years!
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I think a half century doesn’t make me feel old at all. It just feels like quite an accomplishment! And I really hope folks enjoy the new book series. I’m loving writing and illustrating them! Wish you all the best as well!
Thanks so much, Mugha! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one! And I DID get cake… just a little bigger than Philippe normally serves it, but I still think it was rather small by American standards! hehe And YES! I’d love to read your stories some day!
Jumping in again for our prompt of “Raincoat” today, with a little doodlewash of a bunny wearing one. I love a rainy day, though sometimes where I live it turns into a nonstop week of rain. So, when the rain
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH CHARLIE! We join you in celebrating a bunch of birthdays and anniversaries in April, and especially that book release! Congratulations! How exciting to hear you’re on to the next. The art will be the icing on your cake! The 50’s have been exciting, liberating, (a little vexing), and a lot if joy and gratitude. We’re definitely looking ahead with a bit of hope!🤗 Thanks for this place to enjoy our art and community together!
Happy Birthday month Charlie! And, I have fantastic news for you. Your inner child will come out more and more as you get older. I am 68 and I am just about all kid now 😉 I agree, thanks for the gift of this wonderful community. Love, love your bunny in a raincoat 🙂
Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 I’ll never forget that time you gave me a zonkey for my birthday! hehe Best day ever! And yeah, hail and snow doesn’t sounds quite as fun. I hope that’s all past here… but each time it warms up, it gets cooler the next day. 😉
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay! Let’s all have some cake! Yeah, I get my second shot the day after my birthday, so just before the end of the month, I’ll be totally ready to hug the first other fully vaccinated person I see! hehe I hope I actually know them as it might be awkward. 😉
That’s the sweetest compliment ever! 😃💕 30s?? I’ll take that… tell everyone!! lol And I definitely think cake makes us smarter for sure… well, a story I tell myself at least. Hmmm… you reminded me… I should get another cake for my birthday. This one doesn’t count! lol
Congrat’s to you for the progress on your book, and for reaching the half-cenury mark! “Ah yes, I remember it well….” (was it Maurice Chevalier who sang a duet of that song?) As you age, your inner child will continue to come out, and you will not be judged harshly for it! May God grant you many,many years!
Always nice to see you around with your lovely sketches and your awesome talks. I am super excited for you and to see your first illustrated book. I know it will be great. Keep on keeping on and have a wonderfully blessed birthday!!!
Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Aww that’s wonderful! Getting to spend time with family is the best ever. My mom and sister are supposed to pop by next month. We’ll all be vaccinated by then, so there WILL be hugs!! Yay!
Great to hear you have a picture book coming out soon and all the future projects ,wish you a great birthday month maybe you gonna held a big party btw a sweet colorful bunny in a raincoat you painted!!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been a great month so far. It always takes time for a new book to actually show up fully online, but hopefully in the next couple weeks the first one will appear! I’m excited to get going on the next one even though I think a sane person would take a little break in between! lol Thankfully, that’s not me at all! Hope you are doing well!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww… you know what I do on my stories? I really don’t know exactly what’s going to happen when I start, but I start writing the first bit and then after I get a handle on that part and what needs to happen for my character, I jump to the end and write how I’d like to see it finish for them. Then it’s just sort of fun and surprising journey to find out how the heck to get there! My posts work pretty much the same way, actually! lol I don’t know if it’s a proper method at all, but it seems to work for me, at least! 😉 I hope you have a fabulous and creative month my friend!
Hi, I am Megha, self-taught artist, crafter and Art Educator based in Bangalore India with my husband and our four year old daughter. I have been into art since I was a little girl. But as I got into college,
Jumping back in for our prompt of “Bulbs” today with a little doodlewash of a mouse admiring a lightbulb. I’ve been on an extended break while working on my next book, but I’m thrilled to say that it’s finally
Just yesterday I was thinking how nice it would be to see a post from you and VOILA! How exciting that your book is complete and I am certain it will be wonderful even if it isn’t edible. ( Sorry Phineas) Can’t wait to see it in print! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Charlie!!
Gotta love that little mouse – does the light bulb mean he has a huge idea?? We are all anticipating the new book with our grandchildren in mind, I know my granddaughter’s twins will love it! And Happy Upcoming Birthday! Is that 13th in April or May?
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Well… I always think I have a big idea in mind, but I’ll leave that up to all of you to decide. Hehe… I always make books with a bit of a concept, so I hope people will enjoy this next one! And it’s definitely designed to be enjoyed with grandparents and grandchildren together! I’m very excited about it!
Oh Charlie, congrats you deserve this!(x) a zillion! 😁😄🤗🤩🎉🥇 I can hardly wait! You will tell us, your adoring public, how to get first edition, signed! Hug your loved ones, do the happy dance, and pat yourself on the back!
Awww I’m so thrilled to hear you’re enjoying Doodlewash, Donna! And yay! I hope you enjoy the new book along with your grandchildren… that’s my hope for this one…I hope it’s really something fun that you can DO together! 😃💕
Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy seeing my posts… they’ve been far and few between lately as I finished up this book. And Phineas would totally approve of your puppy’s approach to life! lol And I think I have to agree as well! 😉
hehe! Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Welcome to the 50’s makes it seem like I’m going back in time, which I appreciate! lol Thanks for cheering me on! It’s always tough to put myself out there, and my ideas are never a perfect replica of what’s already happened. So I’ve no idea if this one will be considered a good one, but I’m rather excited to share it anyway! 😉
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Trust me… your path is either right around the corner or right in front of you, just waiting for you to embrace it! That’s something I’ve definitely learned along the way. I’m thrilled that I completed my book and while I hope people enjoy it as much as I did making it… I feel great just DOing it! I think when we make our own dreams come true, we add a little spark of hope into the universe that makes other people’s dreams more possible. So we should always chase and fulfill those dreams no matter what. It makes the world a more beautiful and magical place!
Art is like meditation; it calms my soul and helps me rediscover myself. My name is Nisha Gupta, and I live in Hyderabad, India with my husband. I was born in Delhi, the capital city of India and was exposed to
Upon seeing a prompt of “Duckling” today, I couldn’t resist popping in with a quick little sketch of one. It’s actually been sunny here for the past several days, but there’s a bit of rain heading my way later
Happy Birthday in advance, Charlie! I will stick to paper and brush although today I messed up the expensive Daniel Smith paints gifted me at Christmas by my progeny . I was so afraid to waste I mixed it too thin. Yuck. Oh my. No cusswords could fix that so I didn’t bother. You did a good job and it does look ethereal. Awesomeness prevails!
My inner child goes to the darling little duck. Love all your bright colors. Your digital is amazing. I have heard of people using an ipad, but have never seen the difference. Thanks for sharing that. I also thought it sounded like cheating. Hahaha. I’m with you however, wanting and needing the physical interactions. AND when your power is out, you will be able to create. Lololol! Good see you again!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, digital is totally fun! And truly… it’s makes some things easier, but you still have to have the basics and knowledge of traditional art to make it work well! And so true!! No power needed… I haven’t tried painting by candlelight yet, but that sounds like something fun to try! lol
Enjoyed the the story Oh! how true we all get to be another year older. Sending early Warm Birthday Wishes from Ms. Maisie (aka-cat) & myself from WINTER WONDERLAND in Parry Sound, Ont. Canada . Make sure Phillippe and Phineas both sign the card and the present (aka-iPad) is elegantly wrapped so you can truly show excitement.
Like you say there’s nothing that can replace the real thing. My daughter bought mine just recently, she thought I might need a change from watercolour. The change is the challenge getting to remember, make layers so you don’t accidently erase the whole design, followed by OMG were has my drawing gone. This conversation is happening with Ms. Maisie just sitting on the desk staring at me with a weird look on her face.
Digital has its positive side, just look at the terrific piece you create, bunny in the woods enjoying the rays of sunshine, can’t get anymore adorable than that. Oh! wait, you certainly can, Charlie Duckling in the rain. Now that’s adorably cute, what a smile duck has that’s why I named him after you, what a smile you have Charlie 😊.
Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m excited for my birthday even if it does mean getting a year older. hehe You’re too sweet! I’m really loving digital, but I think I’ll tone it back to the style I know and enjoy. I’m sure there will be bits of mixed media in my future as I will always prefer sketching on paper! 😉
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Indeed! Yeah, I’m actually really enjoying digital, but I still sketch everything on paper first. hehe I think it’s a good skill to have, but I can’t imagine trying it without having a lot of experience in traditional art. I think it’s great to have both!
Great to see the little duckling with the rainbow colored umbrella so much expression,digital art procreate a powerful sketching and painting app for illustrations have fun creating incredible sketches Charlie!
Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed these. Yeah, I’ve enjoyed digital more than I expected, but in my head, I’m just a little boy coloring no matter what medium I use. So it’s all just fun to me! lol
Oh Charlie! What a breath of fresh air to hear how you’re doing! The duckie suits my joy for Spring to be right around the corner😁🐣🦆🐦🌻🌱 although we had hail, pea- sized hail this morning! It’s so unusual for this edge of the World, it could have rained 🦄 and been no less surprising! Your e-illustration is impressive and someday (if I learn how to turn my computer on again🤦♀️) I suppose I’d love to try it too. I hope you are seriously over indulged for your birthday-you deserve it! I’m going to do my part with my niece and grand-niece celebrating in April as well!
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe!! I love the very idea of being overindulged on one’s birthday. What a perfect way to celebrate! And yeah, I’m totally enjoying digital painting, but have sort of combined it with my traditional sketching so I’ll end up with some sort of Charlie hybrid I’m sure! lol
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m enjoying lots about digital, but also learning ways to combine it with my love of traditional. I’ll end up with my own sort of hodge podge style and approach I think! hehe For my birthday, I’m getting together with just a handful of friends outdoors. But it’s actually all of our friends that actually live in the same city, so it will feel like nothing is missing at all! And I did get my iPad… early even so I can play!! Yay! Hugs to you my friend!
I’m using an Apple pencil and Procreate on an iPad… it’s really quite impressive. I tried doing those things I’ve seen before like the bunny, but know I’m sketching and painting like I normally do, and I have to say, it’s rather fun. Also, looks pretty much like what I always make when I just stick to what I do most. I’m definitely going to be mixing it in a bit. But I still love sketching on paper first! 😉
Yeah, I think it’s definitely worth practicing digital alongside traditional painting. It’s fun and going back and forth gives me new ideas about color and technique which is really cool! But… I did all the sketches for my newest book on paper first… that’s still the most natural for me! 😉
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yes, indeed!! I’m totally loving working with an iPad and Procreate, but also love my traditional roots! So I’m sort of combining it all at once for my new book. Which isn’t too surprising since my inner child determines pretty much all that I DO! lol I’m working on the book now and finishing it up this month, but I’ll most definitely share all of the things I learned along the way! So stay tuned! 😉
My name is Eva Smith. I’m originally from Leicester, England. My family immigrated to Canada when I was still a baby and we settled in Toronto, Ontario. My husband and I have moved around a fair bit in our f
Helen, thank you! Ola was a rescue, so the painting’s title is “Forever Home”. Those are my husband’s hands she cradled in, I took the photo just a few hours after we brought her home… she’s still be doing that if she could if was small enough, now she has to cuddle.. LOL
Thank you so much for saying that your daughters went into art because of shows I worked on. Although it’s been a few years since my animation days it’s still tremendously thrilling to hear that they played a large role in children’s lives.
And I hope that your own watercolour journey is as filled with playtime and excitement as mine is!
Eva – how loving of you to share your life’s work here. I read with a feeling of deep appreciation, respect and harmony. I have just taken up sketching in the past year and find it immensely satisfying. In fact, it has led to me planning to create a cookbook, since I tend to sketch either dogs and cats or food! Thanks for the inspiration. And the pleasure of seeing your amazing body of work here. N
For the prompt of “Reptile” today, I’m popping in with a quick little doodle of a chameleon. I’ve been a bit of a chameleon myself over these past few months while I change up my style a bit. When I first started
Good for you getting your book closer to done! I finally finished a cover for my upcoming poetry chapbook. Instead of watercolor, it’s an ink painting. Now I just have to wait for warmer weather so I can get it varnished and UV protected.
A happy (karma karma karma karma karma) chameleon. That’ll be in your head for days now, if it wasn’t already. You’re welcome! 😉 It’s still strange not having you show up every day and it feels like years since we last spoke, but thank goodness pizza night remains a constant! All the best. <3
Oh you did that on purpose!!! ARGGH! LOL! That song will never leave now. lol Yeah, I just couldn’t keep the same schedule and still well… attempt to illustrate a book at least. It’s way harder than I thought and taking lots more practice and time, but it’s fun to DO! Hope you’re doing well my friend! 😃💕
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, my insatiable optimism really helped get me through this. In truth, I’m such an introvert that it wasn’t all bad, but a bit boring. Will be nice to get out and about again one day!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 The pizza was wonderful as always… and Friday night is the official start of the weekend so it’s always my favorite! And yay to fur babies, though I think ours is definitely spoiled. And Monster sounds like he knew exactly how to sniff out treats and fun! Glad you hear things are on the mend there. The weather here has been a touch cool, but sunny and beautiful. Hugs to you!!
Hello, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m glad my little chameleon wasn’t scary for you. Great to see you again my friend! Yeah, it was really cold here and snowy for a week or so and then it warmed up and everything melted. Spring is on the way indeed! I can’t wait! Hope all is well with you!
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! I don’t believe in seeking perfection because what might be perfect for me might not be for you! It’s about doing what gives you fulfillment and trying to learn and gro
Hello Saumya, Thanks for sharing you cute little story and your art with us. Hope your baby will also inherit this trait from you. The flowers are beautiful themselves but I find them challenging painting them. It seems you have got a knack of it. Kudos!
All the best for your future journey of art and motherhood..
Thanks for your wishes..yes I do hope my daughter develops her talents and pursue whatever she likes. Thanks for complimenting my work..yes sometimes people do face challenge, but honestly, you just have to let yourself flow with the colors 🙂 I have been thinking of starting tutorials..if you want i will be happy to share.. thanks again!
Thanks for a good reminder. Going back to your art despite of failures for the joy of creating is important. Art any hobby is like water, even if you can’t swim you can still soothe your soul by wetting your feet
Saumya thank you for sharing your art and journey with us. Both are beautiful. It’s obvious that your heart is filled with joy and gratitude because it shows in your work. In addition to your artistic talent it’s refreshing to “meet” someone with a mature and gentle outlook on life. We can all think of those who have lived several decades longer than you have so far, and they haven’t figured out their priorities as well as you have. I’m sure you will have success at anything you put your mind to. All the best to you.
Thank you for the kind words and lovely wishes. They make me feel so wonderful. Yes, I do believe that its upto us how we want to live our life..and I believe in living a joyous and memorable life. Thanks a ton for your wishes ❤️
Thank you so much..also I am glad to know that you can connect and relate to the message behind this article. I totally agree with your example of football..thats so true.. a happy mind rests in happy heart only.
Hi Saumya, I visited your Instagram so I could put a face to this wonderful story that truly has touched me in so many ways. Your florals are all gorgeous, like being in field of colours year round. I was especially drawn to your roses, which you paint in wonderful colours. Lastly your topic title was perfectly expressed, I’ve been a perfectionist since childhood and still into my senior years, but working on it so I can paint with less critiquing on my art from myself. You have such amazing journey’s ahead with your wonderful family, thank you for sharing a part of your journey🤗
Thank you so much for reading my art jjourney and visiting my insta handle. It means a lot to me. Such lovely comments that I have received here from you and others makes me feels so good that my message has reached my readers. Thank you once again, I am so delighted 🙂 and yes, i love painting roses, I am just exploring new and new colors and styles of painting 🙂 Best wishes to you too.
Just popping in with a little sketch inspired by today’s prompt of “Wooden Toys.” I thought the little mouse character I’ve been sketching these last few days for my next book might enjoy a ride in a wooden toy
Hey Charlie! Advice from a fellow writer — share your pages AFTER your book is published, not before.
About pooping in sub zero temps. My grandfather had an outhouse and no bathroom in the house. This was in the 40s. He was fine with that until my father, his son in law, convinced him to “do it for the old lady.” ohright, ohright, he said in his broken English, but I won’t use it., He didn’t. Not until the temps threatened to freeze his innards let alone his bottom. Then he decided just this one time. After that he decided an indoor outhouse is a good idea. I should add that at one time they moved the outhouse and he forgot and fell in. When he stood on the porch stark naked his neighbour had lots of jokes to say (who’s that naked guy on the porch? Dunno, maybe the old lady had someone here (ya right Grampa).
Not part of the story but my other grandfather, who had a bathroom in his house, unbelievably shared a birthday — Feb 17! — with the grampa of the outhouse. I do not know how that happened. Different year yes.
Phineas is undoubtedly shaking the ice off his tail. He emailed and told me.
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ll be waiting until after I publish to share bits of my journey. The book is unusual, so I don’t want to give too much of the surprise away. Hehe And the outhouse story is awesome!! I love that!! How fun!!
We just had our four days of snow and it’s well on its way to being melted. We never got sub-zero temps, just done to the high 20’s and have bounced back up to the high 40’s. That’s more than enough for me. I don’t know how the rest of you can stand all that snow – it’s claustrophobic!
This mouse is just way cute and has such a wonderful, confident, joyful attitude!! Phineas just might be shaking the ice off his tail. I have memories of the outhouse on my grandparent’s farm and I will be forever thankful for modern plumbing…brrrr.
Wow! The wee-wee pad is a miracle invention you guys! Phineas is a trooper!
I m loving the mousie on the wing, he also is a daredevil, just like my hero Mighty Mouse. I think I agree with your other writers-get it bound and boxed before you give us a preview! I feel a lot of joy in your character and your post! It’s really exciting and I’m going to check out the interview.🤗
Well, this was our first day with power. We’ve been without since Monday because of our snow and freezing rain storm. Living like a bunch of vagabonds bundled up. No heat source, evenings with lanterns and flashlights. Luckily we have had hot water thanks to natural gas(boo to those folks who want ot do away with it :< ) My in-laws brought over a campstove we had a tiny bit of heat when I cooked. The warmest it got in the house was a balmy 59. They took most of the freezer food and our fridge food went in coolers with bags of snow. Our heater we ordered last weekend from Amazon arrived last night. We didn't have mail for 6 days. On the happy side, I was able to do a lot of sketching and painting! It's been an adventure I hope to never experience again. Good to see your work again…..so darling!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow! I’m so happy to hear that your power came back!! That’s truly a vagabond lifestyle… and so glad you made it through. Extra time to sketch and paint is always an awesome thing to have though indeed!
Hi, my name is Kusum Shabong and I am a watercolour artist from Wokingham in the United Kingdom. As with most artists, my love for painting is rooted in my childhood. Growing up in the tea gardens of North India
Thanks for sharing your art journey and painting with us. Your work is fresh and beautiful. I like your attitude towards your work and the way of looking at failure. These lines in particular are inspiring
“Although it’s true we are our own worst critics, it is important to find parts of the painting that you are proud of. It’s also important to look back at your progress from time to time”
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