My name is Ayna Paisley and I’m a self-taught, London-based artist. I divide my time creating commissioned works, teaching and sharing my art practice through my social media channels. My body of work consists o
Ayna Paisley, Art schools have one way of doing things: their way. Better to learn on your own and come up with your own little tricks and methods, like Jean Haines says. Your work is beautiful!! I definitely will check out your website.
For Day 30 of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Feathered,” I sketched a pair of birds in a tree. When I first started sketching stuff, I would often sketch birds as I find them very beautiful
Thanks for joining us with your doodles and post this month, Charlie, your ramblings always make me smile! I look forward to heating about your next fun adventure and thanks for the wonderful community you created here!
Well Charlie, sniff, I will miss your daily missives and sketches, sniff. I look forward to seeing you when you do make an appearance. Enjoy your pizza — fried rice, red pepper, baby choy, and garlic for dins over here.
I’m sending you the biggest hug ever my friend! 😃💕 I’m so sorry to hear that, but so happy to hear that it wasn’t something worse. 😘Oh, and pizza helps with just about everything I’ve found! haha As for the French version, it can be “fin de semaine” but they usually just use the English and say yep, “le weekend!” 😉
Thank so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 That’s so sweet of you to say! Yes, the daily posts take pretty much all my free time, so I have to curb those when I’m working on something new. Which lately seems to be all of the time… hehe… but it’s so fun to DO! Hugs to you my friend and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
For Day Twenty-Nine of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Carefree,” I made a little doodle of a bunny leapfrogging over some mushrooms. Our neighborhood is littered with bunnies this year so
For Day Twenty-Eight of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Instrument,” I ended up with a fox playing a fiddle. I thought about the various instruments I’ve played or attempted to play in my life
I can’t imagine not having something that I’m learning, whether it’s just improving what I’ve been doing or starting something entirely new. You always say you’re just a big kid. I’m not sure if that’s why you love learning and improving, or if it’s the learning and improving that keeps you so young at heart!
Thanks for a great painting and a great lesson. When I joined this site a couple of years ago, I immediately wanted to paint and draw like some of the fantastic artists here including you. I am humbly reminded that it still takes practice and perseverance to achieve the goals I would like. I still have a ways to go but if I continue to practice it will get better
Hugs and thanks for the encouragement 😍
For Day Twenty-Seven of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Camouflage,” I made a little sketch of a chameleon blending in with some flowers. Or, at least some quick scribbles I made while thinking
You’re such an inspiration–24 hours without a “anything” happening to write about and you simply show up, managing to intrigue and entertain us readers with your imagination! Oh, and 20 lbs, lost over the past few months; that’s amazing!
I was totally a chubby kid, until I hit high school. My mother claims I wasn’t, but I wore husky jeans and was called fat by the other kids. I wasn’t huge, but not remotely skinny then. As an adult I was dancing, exercising, performing in shows and one costumer said she refused to alter my clothes to be any smaller. Things change indeed! lol And I agree! Those furniture gallery houses make me so uncomfortable!! 😃💕
Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 The tables are not really interesting enough to sketch… hehe.. and we have much healthier food on them than tv dinners – https://doodlewash.com/tv-dinner-day/ – hihi… Congratulations are returning in September! That’s wonderful you’re returning to the kids again! (and apologies, that I’m only fluent in French reading and not in writing yet😊)
Your chameleon is gorgeous as the colors you used! Enjoyed the story of the tv tables which always were a staple in our house. I have one now but it mostly holds books and pads(for drawing) by my tv chair 🙂 Good memories though thanks!
For Day Twenty-Six of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Focused,” I ended up with a little squirrel trying to solve a mystery. Although I’m always quite busy, I tend to lack focus much of the
I used to be so super-focused. People would talk to me and I wouldn’t even hear them. But over time, my jobs required me to multi-task and I had to train myself to not to focus as hard. Now I can barely focus at all! What a difference a decade (or two or three) can make!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Almost called him Squirlock Holmes, but wasn’t sure if that worked. hehe And thanks! I guess my lack of focus can create a superpower in a way! Here’s a more relaxed week again!
Hello, my name is Mou Saha and becoming an artist was quite an unexpected adventure for me. Born and raised in India, I studied to become a clinical psychologist. Art was introduced to me by my mother when I was
Mou Saha your story is amazing — and if you really want to see verdure and nature at its very best (okay I am being arrogant here ) come to BC Canada’s Okanagain and bring your art tools. The vista is absolutely stunning.
Smart woman your mother to get you started at such an early age. Thank you for your story — your work is lovely and so is your idea of painting everything you see.
For Day Twenty-Five of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Lost,” I was again a little lost as to what to create. Then, on a walk today, I saw a single shoe on the sidewalk and so we ended up with
Well at least he’s not sitting on dinner this time. He can have the shoe! I’ve seen them laying around on my wanders too, never quite figuring out how or why they got there. I remember seeing some hanging from telephone lines, which I presume was someone’s idea of a prank.
It’s cool that you saw a groundhog, but it would have been quite funny if you hadn’t. That way, Philippe would have appeared to get excited by a stone wall.
haha!! That’s so true!! I did giggle because I thought that was going to be the case. But nope… two groundhogs were there. Then later, he went walking alone and claimed to have seen 3 groundhogs this time. Always trying to one-up me it would seem! 😉
I totally agree Charlie. Weekends need to be 3 days, not just two. I always thought that and even though I’m retired – I still think weekends should be 3 days and not just 2 ;). Especially in summer. At one time 2 or 3 decades ago, in Germany, not only did people usually get 3 days off a week, but they were mandated to have no less than one month off a year for holidays. That isn’t the same now – but they had the right idea “then”. I love the little mouse finding the shoe and all the stories that could come around that 😉
So happy to hear you’re feeling better now, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, it would be nice to have critters or would return our lost stuff. And yeah, World Watercolor Month really did zip by this year. It’s a very special month indeed!
For Day Twenty-Four of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Weathered,” I have to admit that nothing came to mind right away that I wanted to sketch. So I worked on other projects for awhile and
Construction in your living space is the worst. When we had our house re-sided and the roof redone, even though most of the activity was outdoors, the sudden noises and people tromping in and out and asking questions was truly disturbing. I wanted to curl up in the closet and hide. On the other hand, moving is also truly disturbing. You might want to start consulting fortune-tellers now so you can collate the most common responses. I doubt you’ll get any realistic answers, but it might help you decide what you truly want while you’re listening!
Charlie, Yes swearing in Italian does it for me although it comes out in sentences which mean not much and sound absolutely ferocious. Jean Haines, well known artist, teacher, and writer, tells us to put salt on the paint where we want it, and to cover that with plastic wrap and then work the wrap into shapes. I put the palette on top to hold it til it drys. Awesomeness! Love your sketch as usual.
For Day Twenty-Three of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Home,” I thought about how excited I was for the coming weekend. Most specifically, getting to sleep in a bit and stay home. Philippe and
I certainly don’t understand the science, but time moves differently on the space station, and we see light from things that happened eons ago. So who’s to say that you weren’t spinning around too much, too fast, causing a time-distortion last weekend and it really did go faster. You’ve got to stop spinning so much, Charlie!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Sounds like you have a lovely place to enjoy indeed. Phineas was actually great, he went on a longer walk, which was funny because the vet said he needed to walk more and it was like he heard it and took it to heart! lol
For Day Twenty-Two of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Jittery,” a cup of coffee came to mind. Well, actually a few too many cups of coffee as sometimes happens to me when I’m not paying
Your sketch made me laugh! Is Phineas wearing your turquoise specs? 😀 I start my morning with coffee, freshly-ground and brewed, but now, only two mugs of French roast, or those jitters will catch up with me later on. Looking forward to your new creations!
I do love a cup of coffee to get me going in the morning, but I try to keep it to only one cup a day, and I try to skip once or twice a week. It isn’t that I get jittery, but that I get immune. I won’t get the pick-me-up unless I drink more, and then more, and … well, I could drink 50 cups a day and not get the jitters at all.
Charlie when I told my doctor how much coffee I drink and how many chocolate bars I eat in a week his eyes fell out of his head. He said no more than two cups a day and no more than two bars a week.When I escalated to the huge Lindt bars (that chili chocolate is heavenly) he said one a week (1.5 squares a day hehehhe). So I quit drinking caffeinated coffee and discovered Folgers decaf. It is wonderful and tastes like caffeinated. Espresso at night? Even this Italian would never pull that one — I don’t like being fully awake in the middle of the night because the coffee wore off (although as I say I don’t drink caffeine now).
It sure is awesome to have you here every day. I wonder how we can all get you to stay????? Should we bug Phillipe? Phineas?
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m getting the same reports from the doctor so my portions of most things are dropping considerably! lol And awww.. I’m not going back to daily posts again, except for this very special month. Mostly because I don’t have the time to do these posts and my other projects. Many of my projects aren’t even watercolor, so I can’t even post it here! hehe But one big cool project is creating a solution for that. 😉 Stay tuned!
Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕 I have seen that Seinfeld episode.. too funny! And yeah, our fur babies are at the top of the list. I’ll give Phineas that hug. He had to go get shots at the vet today so he’ll need it!
For Day Twenty-One of World Watercolor Month, and the optional prompt of “Tactile,” I imagined playing a rousing round of pat-a-cake, or sometimes called patty cake, with a cat. Not entirely sure how I ended up
Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕 I have been to Mexico, but only once years ago. And I haven’t tried Philippe to get Philippe to do the handshake… hehe… mostly because I can’t even quite remember it all! And yay for chicken fried steak! Yum! And that’s a great name as well! lol
For Day Twenty of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Savory,” I ended up with a little mouse coveting a grilled cheese sandwich. I have a similar reaction when it comes to this sandwich as it
My husband only likes cheddar, so I seldom have cheese in the house. I’ve been known to amuse the wait staff at restaurants by ordering the cheese tray for my main meal if it’s a good one. It’s the only time I get the good stuff, and I never have room for it and an entree – so it’s the entree that goes!
Charlie, 500 grams a month. That is 125 g per week. A block of cheese is 600 g so I cut it into six portions, take one and cut it into four, and leave the last one alone. Then I package a portion and a quarter portion per week. The last portion is for little squares maybe for the following month. So a daily cheese allowance is not very much. Way too much saturated fat. And if you use shredded cheese or parmesan, there goes your ration instead of (not along with) the block variety. On a cleanse day (no meat, fish, or chicken) you can have all the cheese you want. My doctor makes the eating rules and you know he got me in top shape. Cute mouse — on a sandwich? Eeeeekkk!
That’s the first time a doodle has made my mouth water. I’m a big cheese fan myself, Charlie. I tried lite cheese a while ago but didn’t like it. My favourite cheese is the bit I have with my glass of beer, in the garden, after work on a Friday afternoon.
I feel like we’re having a “Cheesies Anonymous” meeting! And I definitely have clapped for all the shares! A mouse, a sandwhich, and other cheese lovers-perfect day. That little mousie looks like he’s in heaven, as I would be, with a double king-sized cheese sandwhich to lounge on and eat my way through. I am allowed mostly goat cheese these days and a I must say it makes a great quesadilla on corn tortillas! Thanks for the bliss Charlie, and keep coming back!
That looks so tempting, I can almost overlook that there’s a mouse camping on it! I love cheese too. There’s nothing like cheese on toast on a cold winter’s night – quick, easy and satisfying! Win win!
Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕Cheese and club crackers are my fave… but only get 5 crackers… that’s the serving. lol And chocolate is in a whole other realm… hehe…that’s too funny. It’s impossible to ration that!
For Day Nineteen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Tickle,” we have a little giggling kitten. When I was a kid, being tickled was silly fun and even the threat of being tickled would send me
I’ve always had an odd sense of humor, partly because my brain is stuffed full of useless information. Like someone would say something about bees and I’d make a Sherlock Holmes joke. It would seem an obvious connection to me.
Yes Charlie I know. I find humour in almost every situation and even found a funny at a funeral. People don’t always appreciate it (dour folk with no right brain activity, sniff) but I don’t let that stop me. Have fun and don’t ever leave that inner kid at home without you.
I can laugh or feel gigglish at the most absurd inappropriate times Charlie so I so understand that ;). I love your kitten 🙂 I have a story that probably only you would understand given what you shared with us in your story 🙂 Thanks for the tickle 😉
Well my very favourite and dearest friend had died leaving her older daughter (who was married with one child) and twin 14 year old sons. She had died of cancer but her death was absolutely beautiful and we were all there with her. It was as if we could see her leaving to this beautiful place – she was happy and it was so wonderful to share that last moment with her. Well so then the 4 of us are going to the Funeral Home a few days later. First of all the Funeral Director looked EXACTLY like Ichabod Crane and that sent the twins and I into gales of laughter which brought very stern looks down on us from Ichabod and his wife. Then we were sitting at the front, the only people at the viewing (to us she was already gone) but she had always wanted to be the person who ‘fixed’ people and got them ready for viewing so she was very very judgemental about such things. The twins and I and her daughter spotted all the things she would have commented on right away and that brought more laughter (more stern looks). Then the twins and I were looking overhead and apparently had the same thought at the same time – wondering if the dead people above us would ever crash down – which for some reason sent us into a fit of the giggles. I don’t know why, but it was funny at the time and we just couldn’t stop. Because we couldn’t stop Laurie couldn’t either and we were ultimately asked politely but sternly to leave if we could not control ourselves. See – most inappropriate time ever 😉 but my best friend would have loved it 🙂
THIS!! Those are the best moments! I adore that story. And any friend of yours would appreciate it fully. I don’t like being made to act in a way that even the person I’m honoring wouldn’t appreciate anyway. hehe… Giggle on!! 😃💕
You have the right idea of how to live life happily. When my sons lived at home, at dinner time, we would always go around the table and ask “ What was your funnest, bestest thing today” as a reminder to look for the good. At 80, my husband and I still do this every night before bedtime.
Awww that’s the best story! 😃💕 I love that. Hearing a medical report is always stressful… I think people should always have a 5 year old around to lighten the mood. Or their inner child… whichever is available! hehe Here’s to more funny moments!
My name is Pablo Rubén and I’m from Madrid, Spain. I think that I could not determine the beginning of my hobby, passion or obsession for drawing and painting. Watercolor would come after going through many other
Pablo I did exactly the same thing as Mugdha – I thought I was looking at photographs when I first started reading. I was halfway through when I realize that they were paintings – WOW .. I really am lost for words. Nature and life is really what I want to do. Oh my gosh, but (and I am assuming that Plein air simply means a person is painting outside) how many hours do you sit at one painting? Do you ever use photography or is it always on site? Thank you so much for sharing your story and so much of your work – it is spectacular, all of it.
Already fan of your work. I have been following you on Instagram for some time. It is great to see your post here. Thanks for writing about your art journey. Do I need tell you your artwork is splendid 😉
For Day Eighteen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Entwined,” I first accidentally sketched something for tomorrow’s prompt instead. So, I did a lightening quick little sketch of a couple of
I was a bit mixed up last night, too. A friend gifted us with a small bottle of Patron tequila and so, of course, we had to make margueritas. I don’t drink very often, so I felt quite mellow and sort of let the evening drift away.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, I hope this will be a wonderful week as well. Not sure if a unicorn will make the list, but I usually just glance and prompts and start sketching so I’ve no clue what will come out! hehe
For Day Seventeen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Rough,” I ended up with a bumpy frog on a leaf. I’ve always found frogs to be strangely charming. This must be why they could elicit a kiss
I was a bit startled when I saw your painting, as I literally just finished reading a National Geographic article about glass frogs (the living kind). Is the universe trying to tell me something important that I can learn from frogs? Maybe my life will be improved by hopping, or making ribbit noises. Or exuding slime. I shall have to ponder this.
I haven’t held A frog in ages either. Toads yes, just to relocate them to safer places if I find them in my path, or the path of the lawn mower. Same for snakes. I had to move a snake A few years ago. I don’t do well with snakes. I used to be very afraid of them. Now, I’m mostly startled by them.
A month? But Charlie you mentioned popcorn a few days ago and I suggested Becel margarine with garlic (you strain it before it goes in the popcorn). For a change most of the Orville Redenbacher corn popped so I ended up with a gigantic bowlful. Ate it all by myself too. Yummers. It’s sold here in Ontario but you can likely get it online. Emjoy!!
Thanks! Yes… I mentioned wanting it, but it never actually happened. The same applies to cookies and most desserts that I mention. I don’t actually get them, but hope to taste them in my imagination at least! lol 😉 💕
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah… I think toads are best left alone! hehe And We ended up with the live action Scooby Doo from a few years ago. Stupidly ridiculous, but in a much more entertaining way at least. lol
For Day 16 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Vision,” I immediately thought of owls because they seem wise and have gigantic eyes. Then I remembered that I’d created an owl character awhile
How could anyone get bored with our Charlie??!!!! Yeesh what a concept. Are you and your inner kid going to hang around after July I hope?? Love your owl! Listen closely — you might hear a little story!
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yes! I remember that owl! I have a t-shirt that says that! Well… it just says, “How many licks does it take?” which I guess is rather dirty out of context now that I think about it. 😊
For Day Fifteen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Effervescent,” I ended up with a little mouse enjoying some sort of fizzy tropical drink. I’ve no idea what kind of drink this would be but,
Delightful little country mouse, sipping a cool one there (though I dislike city rodents)! I like your funny expression: “being broken up with a text”! 😀 I store the Vitamix on a pantry shelf, but you’ve just reminded me that those sneaky Quarantine 15 won’t go away by themselves.
For Day Fourteen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Faithful,” a dog was the first thing that popped to my mind. I’ve had several dogs in my lifetime and they are truly one’s best friend.
Charlie did you ever try popcorn without salt, and with a healthy margarine (we have Becel in Canada and I am sure you have an alternate: canola and sunflower oils and Omegas and 6). It is sooo gooood I eat a whole bowl by myself — only once every couple weeks though. Oh I simmer it with garlic first.
We had to be so stern with our mastiffs at dinner time. They only had to stand there to put their heads on the table and they were droolers! They always got a bite of whatever we had, but they were not allowed close while we were eating.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Awww… I adore that story! Yes… he was saying.. Mama wake up! We have things to DO! And being a bit travieso can be fun in life as well. lol 😉 And I was actually on stage years ago in all of those shows except for Gigi. Never did that one! I’ll have to check out the William Holden movie!
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