For our prompt of “Candle” today, I made a quick little doodle of a single votive candle and some holiday decorations. There’s something magical about lighting just one candle. Even though it doesn’t provide a ton
Your new project has got me excited as well! All the best, Charlie! Can’t wait to see the new book! Your lightning-fast doodle is awesome. I can’t imagine ever being to do that great a sketch in such a short time.
Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m excited for this next idea. I think it’s really cool. Even if it’s going to take a ton of work! hehe And, I’ll have to see if that card he made is going to be posted on social. It looks really cool!
Hey Charlie I hope your inner kiddo keeps that flashlight beamed out for you all the time. When something comes to you in a dream that could be divine guidance. If it sounds like that could be then follow it. Take care.
I used to light candles all the time, but then we got a cat with long hair and she jumped on the table where the candles were, and all I could think about was what if her tail caught fire and she ran through the house lighting everything on fire as she went. What a nightmare! No more candles for me!!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Hehe… Philippe’s card was SO cool… I was like… I wrote half a book, but it didn’t seem as cool as what he just made! lol It was a 3D animation of an existing card, but still awesome. I’m not sure if we even have a pic of the hot dog costume… he never keeps it on for long! 😉
For our prompt of “Mistletoe” today, I ended up with a couple of bunnies meeting under the mistletoe for a holiday kiss. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe has been around for hundreds of years. Though,
It was 54 degrees here today!! I went out and talked to the neighbors outside! That’s when I heard we might get a snowstorm this weekend! Crazy weather! When I was growing up I remember more snow and cold for much longer times. I’m perfectly happy with shorter winters.
Swett bunnies and the perfect critters for under the mistletoe. The thing I miss most is hugs…sigh. Hopefully we will be back to full hug protocols before too long. In the meantime I do appreciate all the virtual hugs going around these days.
Adorable Charlie! Today we lived inside a snow globe and it felt festive. We only got about an inch but at times it came down in big fluffy flakes and sparkled on the ground. We both stayed in and enjoyed the day.
Right back at ya! I come from a huggy family and this year has been definitely a struggle. I too, try my best to be positive and look for the happy. It’s much easier. These bunnies are sweetly romantic. And of course I enjoyed the reflection in the ornament. Always one of my favorite part of your sketches.
For our prompt of “Cardinal” today, I made a sketch of one nesting in the middle of some holiday decorations. As the days get closer and closer to Christmas, my holiday spirit is growing by leaps and bounds each
I have all my Christmas shopping done, wrapped and in the mail, except for Hubby. I don’t think I’ll get his book done before Christmas. I don’t regret switching to a Mac, but now I have to figure out all the logistics for KDP again, and figure out how it all works. It’s a good thing I like learning new things!
I think I have said at one time or another that every songbird is my favorite, but I do love cardinals. I feed birds from a bunch of feeders in my front yard by my big maple tree. When we start to get snow the cardinals start coming in to feed, and they come all at once. One time I counted over 30 of them. They are on the ground, in the feeders, and in the trees. I’ve taken photos, but of course I can never capture all of them at once. I think the most I ever got was 23. It’s such an incredible show. It almost makes me wish for snow.
Nice doodle, Charlie. I’d never seen a Cardinal until I googled it for the prompt. It’s a beautiful bird. I love A Christmas Carol. A couple of years ago we recorded a version, made by the BBC, starring Simon Callow. It’s a one man show, with him telling the story, doing all the voices. We’ve kept to watch every year. You should watch it if you’re able to access it.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 YAY for HOPE! I feel the same… it’s been a trying year, but there’s definitely a light at end! And yep… I break the glass ornaments all of the time, but I think that’s part of the tradition as well! hehe And I agree! I think 2021 is going to be your year indeed!
Beautiful cardinal…and painting overall 🙂 Trying really hard to get into spirit..some sadness in our house..we just lost our last surviving cat..my son is going through some problems and I am just feeling sort of out of sorts..so coming here brightens my day to see your lovely paintings and hear your wonderful thoughts about the season ..Thanks!
Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Ohhhh… I”m so sorry to hear about your cat, those fur babies can really break our hurts. And I hope things works out for your son. I know what you mean… when challenges start piling on top of on another, things feel dark and smothering and it’s hard to see the light. But, trust me, it’s always there. Even if sometimes it seems like you have to squint a bit to find it! 😉❤️
For our prompt of “Ornament” today, I ended up with a little mouse in a Christmas tree admiring the view. I have to admit to actually getting rather distracted by all of the shiny lights and reflections of the
Charlie I’ve been too busy painting Christmas cards to talk with you here — and yes I enjoy my lights earlier this year and plan this time to not take the tree down on the 24th or 25th. Normally when I get up in the morning and see the tree and it looks out of place, it is down in an hour. This year I am enjoying it although I am perfectly at ease being at home all the time. The world doesn’t end til God tells it to and with that I only wish the world was serene and calm (and wore masks). Your sketches are awesome. Take care and wear a mask. Be happy. Let’s show the world how that is done.
Adorable mouse, Charlie!! It seems like it’s often the smallest things that leave the greatest impact. Maybe it’s because those “small” things are often done in a spirit of kindness and love and not obligation?
I am so delighted when I see your work Charlie. If you have seen that movie “You’ve Got Mail”?! ….. that is what I am feeling each day as I get your email with the days picture. I look … has he written yet?? is his doodle there yet??? And when it is, the anticipation builds as I click the link and it always makes me happy. Thank you. 🙂
Cute mouse! I loved those shiny reflective balls. The year my mother made a treefull of cloth covered ornaments was rather a bummer for me. The glass ornaments reflected back the lights and seemed so much more festive.
For our prompt of “Pie” today, the first type of pie that came to mind was pecan pie as I mentioned that in an earlier post and have now been craving it ever since. So I made a sketch of a little baby squirrel
Lovely painting..and the idea of magic each night sounds like lots of fun!! Also I would prefer the pie than green beans but enjoy 😊 and again your paintings are magical in themselves I love seeing them!!!
Sweet squirrel and delicious looking pie, Charlie! We have an army of squirrels in our yard and I enjoy watching their antics. They have been very busy hunting and burying acorns lately. I do wonder how they ever remember where they’ve hidden them. Hmm…something to research.
Our big pot of chicken veg soup is in the instapot! I dig one pot cooking and meals-simple food-simple girl. I am taking a few minutes out of Christmas card painting to check in, but pies, I dare say, are not part of my repetoire either. But oh, how I can see myself as that little squirrel, with a futon-sized piece of pie! Yummmm😋 You know what that means for me now Charlie? I’ll probably have a date/almond roll with my tea or cacao later-satisfies my latent sweet tooth!😄😆
Oh my gosh that is so cute. I absolutely love that little squirrel and those pecans would be gone in 10 minutes ;). Squirrels have a bit of a sweet tooth too. I so look forward each day to your pictures and posts Charlie. They give me joy 🙂 🙂
Pecan pie is my favorite! I’m thinking of making one for Xmas.
I hope you’ll report back how Philippe liked the beans. If I was a betting woman, I’d say he doesn’t like them. They are an acquired taste. I like them okay, but I think I’ve only made them three times in my life. It’s a sign of true love when someone cooks something for you that they would never make or eat themselves!
Actually, he really enjoyed the green beans that way! And said he’d do it again! It’s just garlic and onion in this version, my grandmother never added bacon, so it’s all bean flavor! hehe 😉 So he liked it!
For our prompt of “Wreath” today, I made a little sketch of a one with a happy little mouse hiding inside. I had Christmas movies playing in the background today, as I’m totally enjoying the spirit of the
Great wreath Charlie! Sounds like you had a great day. So far we have only had lots of rain today as it stayed a little too warm for snow. It is all around us and my change over during the night. We needed the rain.
The farmette where I grew up was surrounded on three sides by hardwoods, pine woods and swampy cedar and willow woods. There was a ridge in the hardwoods where there was a lot of princess pine and wintergreen growing. We’d go out there with my mom and pick grocery bags of the stuff then at home she would poke them into Styrofoam wreath forms. The wintergreen had red berries and smelled just like gum when you broke a leaf. The princess pine though, didn’t smell like much of anything. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrolycopodium_obscurum
Yes, this needs to be made into Christmas cards! So darling. I spent my day productive. I created little pinecone snowment that I put in little old jello tins. Complete with trees, snow and a little bling. Normally I don’t exchange gifts with friends, we do lunches or craft get togethers, but we know that can’t happen this year. So I wanted to give them a little something to open. The Mad Hatter will be at it again, happily whipping up creations!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, that’s why I ordered everything already… I should be here this week and has plenty of time if it’s late! hehe I think Philippe beat me to it as some mysterious packages have already arrived that he runs and hides upstairs! 😉 And I’ll try to work a Panda bear in at some point!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 I’m thrilled these posts are sending some joy your way to brighten your day! There’s always hope to be found in everything, sometimes it’s just a little tougher to spot. Sending you much love and cheer my friend!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy to know that! Yeah, I get so excited this time of year and each day, when I think I couldn’t get more excited, I do! It’s a wonderful time of year and so many wonderful memories to remember while making new ones!
For our prompt of “Snowman” today, I thought back to when I was a kid and would build a snowman during the winter months. Then for some inexplicable reason, I wondered what would happen if a couple of hamsters got
Wonderful, Charlie!! Love the expressions on the hamsters and your story about the snowman and the carrot nose has me chuckling. I don’t know where this week has gone. Actually, I never know where the week goes but the days certainly do go by quickly.
Fantastic Charlie! Enjoy your pizza and I hope that you can relax doing something fun. Our snowblower arrived home late this afternoon and just in time. New Hampshire is under a winter storm warning and we could get 6 + inches of snow starting tomorrow night. Some could get 14 +. HoHoHo!
You know they made an entire movie based on your carrot nose experience!😄😀😆🤣 What I loved about your hamsters is that expression that seems to say, “I thought snowmen were made out coconut snow and marshmallows, but a carrot will do!” Our home is a series of “decorating adventures!” I’m a designer and decorator by nature, but there’s always been a budget to keep it interesting. Simplified palettes, shapes, re-purposing can go a long way, but at Christmas-I really just need more lights-no, I mean more, yeah a few more, wait just a few more. OKAY!!If you can’t see my centerpiece from space it’s just not quite there yet. (And please🤣, don’t get my husband started about the glitter!🤷🏼♂️✨)
A few miles from where I grew up there is big overgrown field with junkie shrubs and long grass and a few pine trees. Every year the people who owned the property would run the world’s longest extension cord and wrap a single pine tree in lights. It was very cool to see because it was so dark out there, and there wasn’t a house nearby. Holiday magic!
They are so cute! What a clever idea for them to be eating the nose. Made me wonder how many squirrels eat snowmen noses?? We don’t get snow very often, but the next time we do, I’ll make sure I have some carrots on hand to find out. 😉
Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕 Glad I made ya laugh! Oh wow! that would be memorable… fun that you actually got to make a snowman back then. It’s so much fun… I should see if Philippe wants to make one with me this year! hehe
Thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 Pizza night is the best… but we order in so Philippe gets a night free from cooking. hehe Yay for snow and returning to your puppyhood… that’s why I adore it as well! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
For our prompt of “Cookies” today, I only had 20 minutes to sketch so I made a quick and loose little doodle of an imagined plate of holiday cookies. Indeed, I didn’t have a reference at all for this one because
Charlie worry about fats and cholesterol, not calories. Yes I don’t like white sugar either. I mix my natural cocoa (Hershey’s in Canada) with milk and boiling water . Superb. Why don’t you surpirse Phillippe and make some Scotch shortbread? golden yellow sugar, butter (I use Becel margarine, has Omega 3 and no bad stuff, also Canadian), and flour. Even I can do that. Then you need it til it starts to crack a bit, the dough does. Then you plut it on a cooky sheet and press it down a bit, make designs with a fork if you are less lazy than I, and cook it at 250 for 40 minutes, something like that.
Aww you’re too sweet to think I could bake something! 😃💕 lol I mostly avoid the kitchen because I’m more afraid of burning something and ruining a pan of Philippe’s so I steer clear. But that sounds delicious!
Out of curiosity while shopping the other day, I picked up a really cheap box of a Mexican brand of cookies. They looked a bit like baby biscuits, so I thought ‘eh’, enough to stop my craving if I’m going bats, but not enough to make me crave more. Wrong! They are so tasty, I have to slap myself every time I walk past the cupboard. Fortunately, each cookie is tiny – about 1/2 inch by 1 inch. So I can eat 2-3. I just have to limit how often!
A wonderfully festive display of goodness Charlie! We always had plates of various cookies and candy that my mom would make and put out for holiday parties. I would always try to sneak extras of my favorites. If there were enough guests she wouldn’t notice. 😉
My Aunt Becki makes the best cutout sugar cookies in the world! When she brought a tray of Xmas cookies to our house I would sneak as many of the sugar cookies as I could and hide them for just myself! Between that and opening my gifts ahead of time, I realize what a sneaky kid I was! I also accidentally on purpose found my engagement ring before Joe gave it too me. He still doesn’t know about that! Shhh!
Mmmm Charlie they appear to be eminating Christmas magic because we’re all under the Christmas cookie spell! I knew I loved you Doodlewashers for more than art! The last time I baked Christmas cookies I was possessed by the Spirit of Christmastime Remodeling Chaos! Our home had to be refloored and we were sleeping in the kitchen. I literally had to move our mattress so the oven wouldn’t scorch my quilt. I just really wanted to do something nice for the installers for the two days before Christmas so I made them cookies, lots of cookies! Just like Santa they finished on Christmas eve, but they probably didn’ t eat another Christmas cookie for a loooong time!
Good enough to eat! I spy those sugar cookies with the cherry on top! My grandmother would make hundreds of cookies and bring them down when they came to visit. She must have baked for months! I never inherited that gene. Living in a house with 2/3 men, they like chocolate chip cookies. Period. Have a great weekend! St. Nicholas arrives Saturday night to fill stockings. I pulled this family tradition off for my son all his younger years. It is not celebrated out here in the West. One my favorite achievements as a mother!
Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 Yeah, the calorie-free doodlewash cookie is one of the best kinds! As for Egg Nog, I love it! We used to make it from scratch when I was a kid and my mother still says that her eggnog is the only acceptable kind. She doesn’t like the kind from the stores.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Oh yay that you got a batch of cookies. Though of course I’m a touch jealous! hehe And truly thank for sending that Cookie Fairy my way … hopefully Philippe will hear the whispers!
For our prompt of “Ribbon” today, I ended up with a little mouse playing with a bit of red ribbon. This was actually a good reminder that I need to do a bit of Christmas shopping so that I actually have things to
I hate wrapping gifts. Gift bags are my go to when I have to give gifts in person. Sometimes, with Joe, I just tell him to close his eyes and then hand him an Amazon box. For people who live far away, Amazon is my best friend, because I just have packages sent directly to them. Works for me!
Adorable Charlie! It spit snow here today. It is because our snowblower was picked up for annual service, late! Now we’ll see if we get it back before the snow comes to stay. 🤔 Time to call it a night.
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I will always end up with a few gift bags. hehe… we have a couple that we’ve used for years and just recycle. One is useful because it’s really large and wrapping a large gift is annoying! lol I love unwrapping gifts though… it’s so fun to be surprised!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yay! I was hoping to get a bit of dance across. Oh no! What a naughty mouse! Definitely a much better version of the story would be to find that mouse simply dancing with all of those treasures!
Your idea of wrapping is soooooooooooo close to mine..lol I used to take time and make sure it was all done nicely. Now I don’t have as much patience. I still want it to look nice as possible it is a far cry from years ago..
In the meantime I will focus on “its the thought that counts” rather than the wrapping
Very nice painting!!
Welcome to a brand new month and our December Doodlewash art challenge! This month’s prompts where provided by Doodlewash community member Mary Roff and first one up is “Peppermint”! I didn’t have much time so I
This mouse looks almost real with his little hads. Candy canes in a jar……beautiful. I liked it when my son was little because he liked candy canes in his hot cocoa. Then I had an excuse to have a pretty container of them. Otherwise, like the rest of us they would still be there until June! Hahaha!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Oh wow! Love that starlights mints were a treat of choice! hehe And guess waiting for those foods to return along with Christmas is all part of the fun… but oh it would be fun all year!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed this one! Yay for another peppermint ice cream lover. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I wrote this so I’ll have to get some this season. I tend to talk a lot as well, so I’m sure Philippe prefers it when I just type my thoughts to all of you! lol As for the requests for watercolor prints to be added to the shop, it’s just via my contact form (if you see something you like just send a note with a link to the post) via this link: https://doodlewash.com/contact/
For our final prompt of “Sunrise” this month, I made a quick little doodle of a rooster and then sort of made up a fast and loose background of what I remember from my childhood times on the farm. It’s more the
Love this, Charlie!! There is nothing quite like the sound of a rooster at sunrise and when we first moved to Florida our neighbor’s rooster sang us a tune every morning. I love the sound; it reminds me of childhood mornings on my grandparent’s farm. November did zoom right by and I swear we’re in some sort of time warp…can Christmas really only be 25 days away??
Charlie yesterday sunrise came with a rose coloured sky so I ripped open the balcony door and flashed my cell. Yes I remember rooster call in our little coal town in BC Canada’s Kootenays which reminds me I have to get back to my memoir and get some work done.
He’s a beautiful rooster. It’s been a while since I painted one. I might have to do one this month. December is always too fast. Quick on the heels of my favorite holiday of Thanksgiving, I have a December birthday then Xmas and New Years Eve. Plus I’m quite into celebrating the winter solstice because the days start getting longer and I’m all for looking forward to spring in December.
2020 has seemed to go on forever, and yet it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. It’s funny how much importance we place on such time-keeping, since it is totally a man-made invention. Part of our need to have that feeling of starting fresh, I think.
No I lived in the Kootenays when I was a kid. Natal is no longer a town as it was taken in the 60s by a mining company for minefield (coal). Another company has it now. Natal and its Turtle Mountain is slightly west of the famous Frank Slide. Now we are in the Okanagan where we don’t get the famous Canadian winters although we do get that season. I call it The Ugly. The Kootenays are tremendously beautiful but the Okanagan has it all. Four Season playground. I sound like a travel salesperson.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yes I grew up eating lots of farm kitchen goodies. My best memories of childhood! And you’ll totally be able to paint a rooster… I used to fuss over all of the details and then I stepped back and look at the parts. It’s not a lot of parts as it turns out. So I just scribble in those and jump in and color!
Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Yes, more in the style you personally prefer. 😉 True, this is a very different holiday season to be sure, but so much to be thankful for in the coming year. All the best to you and yours!
For our prompt of “Scarf” today, I ended up with a couple of bunnies cuddling up to keep warm in the snow. I actually only wear scarves when it’s super cold outside, or simply because I rather like the look. It
Adorable Charlie! I’m glad that you got your tree decorated. We actually got outside for a bit of last minute yard work as it was sunny and in the 50s. Our yard has never looked this tidy. Maybe we will plant some flowers in the Spring.
I love scarves! I have some beautiful ones that I wear outside whenever it’s cool enough. I used to have a drawer full of dress scarves that I wore to work, but since I retired, I passed most of them on to friends. I think men who wear scarves look very dashing. That’s probably the Anglophile in me coming out. When I was still weaving on big looms I made a few scarves of my own design. I should dig those out and use them. Styling!
Yay for Styling! 😃💕 Yeah, I adore the look of scarves, but in use they make my neck too hot nearly all of the time. hehe… I run warm so I never need quite that much to protect me. But I’ll wear them because they DO look so cool!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Okay, so first, you totally need to get that box of Lego and just play! I adore Lego… our house is full of it, and it’s just super fun to DO! And I agree… I want the 200 crayon set, but I don’t like using crayons so it would only be a trophy! And if nothing else, definitely get the Fischer Price Little people nativity… it is so cute and wonderful!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Oh your Doodlewash game is so fun! I have to admit that I use colors rather intuitively and sometimes just splash in colors for the fun of it. But yes! more color always makes for a less flat appearance. So it’s fun and productive. I’ve learned that more color is literally the key, so play and try unexpected colors to add as well. 😉
For our prompt of “Teddy Bear” today, I made a little sketch of a dog cuddled up with one. I’ve loved teddy bears ever since I was a little kid and still have the very first teddy bear I ever owned. The bear sits
I’ve still got my old teddy too. He was a gift when I was six months old. He’s lost all his fur, and his nose and one eye were lost and replaced with stitching, and he has surgery scars where Mom had to replace all this stuffing. But he’s still retained all the love and memories I bestowed on him as a child. Everyone should have an old teddy.
Mine was a stuffed dog with flowers all over it, and another dog that was a wiener dog. I’m positive there were more stuffed animals, but I just can’t remember any. I was quite attached to my Barbie and my Troll. I had a baby doll that I played with a lot too. !
So sweet. His eyes say it all. My Christmas decor is taking on a laid back look this year. No one is able to come over and see things, so I’ve lost my mojo. Saying that however, I still have more than most households. 😉 I’ll finish up a few things today and then start on the gift making!
Beautiful sketch of a sweet puppy. Our 14 year old shih tzu still hs her little blue teddy bear, flat as a pancake but the squeaker still works and I’m sure the sound reminds her of younger days. Our oldest grandson also still has the teddy we bought him in the hospital gift shop! But he took good care of it. These small things, like tree ornaments that we’ve kept forever, bring those warm memories back to us and renew the love for family and friends. Thanks, Charlie, for what you do!
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Love that your shih tzu still has her teddy bear from her youth! Yeah, the things that bring back memories are the best of all. Glad this brought back wonderful memories for you!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Love that you have always loved paper at first! And looking like a teddy bear when you laugh? That’s definitely the cutest! And yes! I remember that Taco Bell dog… wonderful that Monster had one. Phineas had a duckie that we replaced around 13 times before we finally gave up! hehe
For our prompt of “Book” today, I made a quick little doodle of a little mouse reading one. Actually, I’ve been rereading books from my childhood recently and that’s been super fun. Mostly my absolute favorite of
Charlie, nose in a book? My immediate thought was to draw an open book with a bulbous nose coming out of it. Enjoy your day! My tree is going up tonight too, my progeny picked one up for me this afternoon along with some deco so I am blessed. Glad you enjoyed your dinner!
I so loved books when I was young. There was never any question when I was “missing” as to where I was. I was lying on my bed reading. I remember one summer I got a copy of Chesapeake by James Michener and I would read a chapter or two, then set it aside and read something else because I wanted the Michener book to last forever! I hope that you are having fun right now decorating your tree!
I like reading about your Christmas traditions! It used to take me 4 days to do it all when our kids were growing up in our large home. Our present, smaller home is single-level, so, no more garlands and swags on a staircase. I’m leaning toward a Southwest theme, as that’s where we live, with luminarias to represent Light to lead us out of the past few years and, of course, the pandemic. Here’s to a wonderful, hope-filled holiday!
Thanks, Kathy! 😃💕 Here’s to a very hopeful and wonderful holiday! Yeah, we’ve paired down a touch on decorations as it really needs to happen in the span of a day or we both get too distracted! Yours sound lovely!
Wonderful Charlie! Enjoy decorating your tree tonight. We did have a nice family zoom call last night so tonight is a quiet one. I enjoyed your video that you did for Artwork Creative Productivity. I watched it this afternoon.
As part of speech therapy for my cleft palette, I was taught to read when I was three. I came from a family of readers anyway so this just meant I got an early start. My first grade teacher didn’t believe me when I told her I was reading my mother’s Perry Mason and Louis Lamour books until I brought them in and read them for her. She didn’t believe me about the lion we had either – poor teacher. I think I broke her. Anyway, this gives me a really wide range of books I can read and be transported back to a younger age. I’m so fortunate!
A book! As a matter of fact I’m waiting for a book, I believe it has a little towhead on the cover, dragging a book bag😄 I love my childhood books too, my auntie sent me and yes, ‘Paddington at Large’ was one of my faves, along with that other bear, and Aesop’s fables. I heard your interview on Friday-kudos Charlie!-and you should know a couple of hard facts about what you “Do”. First, what you are “DO”ing matters. To children who need art, to adults who need art. It was a rough year, just speaking for myself, Doodlewash gave me a reason to focus on joy and beauty, to hear how others were making a way through. You have given us a community. Second, you ARE a story teller, in words and pictures. You tell universal truths about joy and wonder through the eyes of a child, that is your path. You are “DO”ing this! And we have the joy and privilege to see and hear your journey. All the periphery of business and stuff will get done, you are DOing you, and thank God, that teaches us something priceless in it’s own way!
Aww thanks so much, Nellie! 😃💕 Yeah, I think whatever we DO we should do what makes us personally the happiest! And I’m so happy that Doodlewash was there to help you get through this crazy year. Thank goodness for art and community!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for ornaments galore! I love that! Yeah, we’ve built up quite a collection from those sale bins! lol Yeah, we have a real tree, large one, and one small artificial tree. I wanted a third one, but we opted for a couple white birch trees that light up… lots lovely, but can’t put ornaments on them! hehe
Yes. My father worked at the local zoo. Back then, they didn’t have any kind of nursery, and if the mother rejected a baby, one of the workers would take it home. We had several lions and tigers while I was growing up. Usually, just until they were off the bottle, but we kept a couple for about six months.
I love your stories and I used to be such a reader..I really need to do that again..but like yourself I do enjoy some of the games on my IPad maybe a bit too much lol I hope we can get our decorations up soon too…sounds lovely!!!
And btw the painting was great too Lol
For our prompt of “Pumpkin Pie” today, I made a super quick and loose little sketch of one slice. It’s Thanksgiving here in the States today and so I hope all those celebrating are having a very happy one.
Holy smokes Charlie you get more desserts in a week than I get in a year. I bought the flour today to make shortbread. I need one cup. The bag holds almost 12 and I gotta find someone to pawn it off on. I won’t use it again. Sigh. Happy Thanksgiving!
My desserts are always calorie-free though as I only sketch them from my imagination! lol 😉 Though I did get cobbler last night (Philippe’s version with low sugar, low butter, and oil instead… actually more delicious than I think the full fat version is!). And shortbread sounds so good!! 😃💕
This looks delicious Charlie! We did have pumpkin pie today. The hospital where my husband works part time han take out Thanksgiving dinners which we picked up this morning. They were available for people over 65. To our surprise a local bank made a donation so they were free. So a very relaxing day for us! Getting ready to do our family Zoom call shortly. I’m not much for game nights so I’ll have to be nice.😉
Hubby and I decided to take a drive along the Columbia Gorge. That takes us through temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only 80 miles. For much of drive we had beautiful sunny weather, even though the temperature was only 54 degrees. It was beautiful and relaxing. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner!
Happy Thanksgiving! We had a lovely time. The turkey was moist, and the stuffing was tasty. I had apple pie before I fell asleep for three hours!!! Now I’m wide awake and thinking about a second piece of pie. Or maybe I should wait till breakfast. (I really hated pumpkin pie as a kid. Now I just dislike it! 😂😂
What?! No mouse? I expected to see a little guy over indulging, laying on his back. You have spoiled us you know? 😉 No pumpkin pie here either. Not because of dislike, but the boys wanted cheesecake. My son is the cheesecake maker so it was fine with me. I figured out why I am not a fan of Thanksgiving dinner. 3 hours to cook, 15 minutes to eat and another 45 minutes to clean up. Yeah, that’s it! It was delicous and now I won’t have to cook for the next 2 days!
Hehe! Yeah, I took a break from mice… I can paint something like this more quickly and I only had 15 minutes! lol 😉 Yeah, I think not having to cook for two days is the main reward for Thanksgiving cooking! 😃💕
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I wish Philippe would at least try pumpkin pie. That said, he would certainly try cow’s tongue… hehe… so go figure! And aww… I think Phineas thinks he’s in a dog show every day, but he got some extra treats. And there is definitely hope on the horizon! Also, you’re never alone, as we’re all here with you in spirit!
Marisela tripe is actually the lining of a cow’s stomach — I looked it up to make sure it wasn’t told wrong to me — which my mother would cook. All it took was for me to choke once and that was the end of that.
Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving..and although it did look and feel a bit different this year..we do have things to be grateful and thankful for..God bless and Im with Phillipe on this one..no pumpkin or pecan pie…Apple is the way to go or my hubby made my fav. chocolate cream pie…😉
For our prompt of “Camera” today, I ended up with a sketch of two mice with a vintage camera. One mouse is happy in front of the camera and the other is a bit camera shy. I’m more like the latter mouse, but I am
Definitely a bit of nostalgia here with the vintage camera…I will be joining in on the fun of the Art Work Summit..I will be checking you out there 🙂 In the meantime may you and Phillipe and Phineas have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep the joy and wonder in your creative spirit..It is definitely an inspiration to me!!
I totally understand how the mouse behind the camera feels….totally comfortable behind the lens and no need to be in front of it. Besides, someone has to take the pictures. 😊 Have a fabulous Thanksgiving Day!!!
Fabulous Charlie! We were cloudy, cold bur dry today. Rain is coming in tonight. It snowed north of here. I painted and worked on the business end of art. Learning new things to grow the business. Enjoy your turkey day! We will be gathering with the family by zoom tomorrow evening.
Marisela yes I will pray for you. I would call a crisis line and see what your options are. Maybe you can get home help or a volunteer. Yes you need medical care. We don’t pay for it up here in British Columbia althoguh before we did according to income. It is horrible that Americans don’t have much for medicare.
Cute cute cute! My son has a small camera collection, but his are a bit older. (No surprise since he is a photographer.) He has the Kodak kind that have the bellows that pop out. They are beautiufl pieces of art with their metal scroll work and designs. Have a very lovely Thanksgiving with your little family.
I was cleaning out a closet and pulled out two older cameras that Joe had kept. He said I could send them to Good Will. He has hoarder tendencies, so I’m happy when I can get rid of the least little thing!
I’m excited for tomorrow! Turkey is thawed, stuffing ingredients ready, Even in a strange pandemic year, there is so much to be grateful for!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 That purple camera sounds awesome! Oh I know age is only a state of mind, but that’s why I prefer it in the abstract behind the camera! lol 😉 I’ll always be young at heart! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving my friend!
You were amazing on the front end of that camera Charlie! You were you, that inspires all of us to stay young at heart and just enjoy this journey. I already weighed in but I’m thrilled to know you’re pursuing your path to illustrate your own book. I have one, or two, or maybe it’s a chapter book in the wings. The only thing you need to fuss about is how you’re going to sign enough of them to ship out to all of us, after we buy out your entire first printing!
For our prompt of “Umbrella” today, I did a quick sketch of one and then just started scribbling to see what might appear to go along with it. The umbrella ended up on the beach belonging to a little bunny
Sweet rabbit, Charlie! Aahh, my dream vacation is to be on a boat anchored in a small lake, with a huge stack of books and enough food to last a week….at least. Of course, I would probably be stir crazy after a few hours…but in my dream…what a wonderful way to spend a week.
We got all of our thanksgiving fixings too. I am making a turkey. I love hot turkey sandwiches with potatoes and gravy! Leftover stuffing is great too! There will be four of us. Our neighbors have been in two weeks of isolation.
Did you know that there is some scientific evidence that reading a favorite book from your childhood can help relieve stress. I suspect the same is true of watching a favorite movie. I have a few favorite books that I pull out every few years to reread. They never take long, and they always take me back to childhood feeling.
Charlie, Dull westerns? I would pretend I was an actress and gunslinger female partner with Matt Dillon et al. We even had an abandoned shack about the size of an apartment bathroom up the road and it did look like the Rifleman’s cabin. There was even an empty tin can on the floor. Having gotten nowhere trying to get me to learn crochet and embroidery las done by proper young ladies of the time, my parents gave me the requested cap gun for Christmas (I still can’t figure out how I managed to get that –?) They never knew I went into an abandoned cabin (no doors or windows but they would have freaked out anyway. I made sure those cowboy shows rocked!
Marisela I love alone time. Cuddly time especially if it is rainy and gloomy outside. I never think of solitude as aloneness for it is not. It is revitalizing! That’s when God can best talk with us and we can best listen. Solitude is a blessing. Enjoy it.
Sweet little bunny. Love his carrot cocktail! I have a friend who is in Mexico right now. She keeps sending me pictures of the resident iguana. I don’t like iguanas, but he has some beautiful orange color on him. She said he lounges on the side of the pool in some plants and occasionally goes for a dip. Bam! There’s your next chapter in your book. You’re welcome. Teeheeeeeee!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe! Oh, I still sketch and paint on Thanksgiving… Philippe is cooking all day and it keeps me out of his way! lol And yes, there are definitely going to be much better days ahead soon!
For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I ended up with a little beagle and a Christmas present. I’ve no idea if the present is from him or one that’s for him and he’s wanting to know if he can open it now. When I was a
Legal dog precedent decrees that the present belongs to the dog. Haven’t you seen the t-shirts with the dog rules?
1. I found it, it’s mine.
2. I got to it first, it’s mine.
3. If it’s in my yard, it’s mine.
4. I chewed it all up, it’s mine.
5. It looks like my toy, it’s mine.
6. It was in my mouth first, it’s mine.
7. I had it all day yesterday, it’s mine.
8. I have it buried someplace, it’s mine.
9. I do not care if it was yours, it’s mine.
10. If I broke it, it’s yours.
Back to beagles! I approve! There is a possum out on our deck right now eating cat food. That’s the only Xmas gift he needs. Especially if it comes every day. They don’t hibernate so they are always looking for food.
He’s a beautiful and well behaved beagle. Just look at the patience he’s exhibiting by not tearing into that pretty package. It’s almost like he’s waiting for the go ahead from you, Charlie!! When we had dogs they never showed any interest at all in opening packages at Christmas but our first cat LOVED opening her presents and watching her tear into those packages was more fun than opening our own….okay, almost more fun! Have a great week, Charlie!!
Adorable Charlie! I’m glad your Christmas lights arrived. We just saw pictures from the younger daughter who’s house is all decked out already. I think I counted 5 trees. A bit over the top. She makes up for my lack of holiday spirit.
So sweet. I think he is thinking, “Great, you gave me this gift early, but I can’t open it for another month?!?!” I like to wrap the gifts early (even my own), because most of the time I forget what is in them. 😉
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I couldn’t hold all of the excitement in if I tried! hehe… and as for dog farts… Phineas does that as well. It happens more as he gets older. And I love that you have ornaments that remind you Margaret… that’s so lovely!
For our prompt of “Herbs” today, I thought about food first, but then I thought about a little craft project I saw recently on how to make a holiday wreath out of rosemary. I didn’t have the materials to make one
I painted three pine trees in snow today to send away to friends who have sent me gifts. Now my fingers and dress have gauche snow on them! Lol. I was thinking about Xmas cookies. I bet you could use a very soft brush and watered down food coloring and do a watercolor on a white frosted cookie. Two birds, one stone!
Sweet little character and what a wonderfully fragrant wreath that would be. It is time to start thinking about making Christmas cookies. In past years I’ve made 9 or 10 different varieties to put in boxes and give as gifts but I think this year I am cutting back a bit; so many of the people I’ve given cookies to in the past have moved away and that many cookies in the house is just too much of a temptation. 😍
Oregon has just required that workers who do go into work must wear masks at all times even if no one else is in the room. Hubby doesn’t want to wear a mask all day when he’s the only one there, which he mostly is, so he’s going to be working at home for a while. It will be interesting to see how we get on. I’m looking forward to it but it will mean I’ll have to change some of my art habits!
Time off, Charlie! Yes you deserve it and have fun with that tree and the lights. I am sure Phillippe will make cookies and likely enjoy those too. I am going to make Scotch shortbread. I bought half a pumpkin pie in October and no other dessert since last Christmas so I am giving myself a good girl treat. It isn’t the calories, it’s the fats and cholesterol you gotta watch. Have fun!
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Well, it’s time off for me as Philippe is still working and I’m just getting caught up on projects. But it’s a nice break. Yay! I’m glad you’re giving yourself a good girl treat. You deserve it!
The idea of a rosemary wreath is appealing. On Thanksgiving break from college I would make huge, very full balsam wreathes to sell. Dad would paint pine cones, Mother would make big bows and decorate the wreathes . A family project. We lived on a farm on a fairly busy road between larger cities and the wreathes would be sold right on the edge of the road. A simpler time.
She is so sweet. Her little expression is almost saying, “I’m sorry for pooping in your yard all year.” My tree is glowing and making me very happy. I’ll finish it up today and start on the rest of the house. I’m happy to hear that I am not the only one who has their tree up!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for decorations! I love that you’re good at it. I’ve no idea if we are, but everything sparkles so I consider that a win. lol And yay to no toxic or bitter people. There’s never a need for that!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 So happy to know your enjoy my work and thanks for buying my books! And love your story! I still show things to Philippe and he says… hmmm… what were you going for there? There will always be critics. It’s all good as all as we ourselves are never our worst critic! Hope you have a fabulous holiday season!
Lol!! I adore that story!! I have to admit that I write books so that my own husband gets a break from all of my talking and talking and talking. It’s rather like the universe is coming together perfectly knowing that it also helps other husbands as well! 😉 💕 Thrilled you’re excited for the art journey ahead and I hope you and your husband have very Happy Holidays!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 I’m just so thrilled you enjoy my work! That makes me so happy. I actually have a brand new book concept that I’m working on now. It’s going to take a little while, but I’m excited because I think it’s going to be super fun!!
For our prompt of “Coffee” today, I ended up with a little mouse smelling a cup. I usually have a little extra time on the weekend, but Philippe and I decided to decorate for the holidays. So, I had less than 20
I used to love a live tree in the house! The smell was so wonderful in December. We no longer do a tree. It’s just too hard for me to navigate. But you have me thinking that maybe I should get Joe to cut some boughs just for the smell of them. Cute mouse! I too didn’t like my dad’s coffee with cream, but now I either have it black, or with whipped cream and hazelnut syrup!
Charlie yes and I love my Folgers decaf because it tastes and smells like “real” coffee. I have to have it ready before I tackle my Morning Pages and after I slug back a 12 oz glass of water (five of those every day and did I mention I don’t like water). Your routine is not solid til you have coffee!
Look up Julia Cameron and her books. Her first creativity book is The Artist’s Way where she teaches the things you have to do whether you are writer, artist, redecorator, any creative. Walks are one. Artist Dates are another (take yourself out once a week by yourself and do something you like). Morning pages are three full pages of anything writing every morning as soon as you make your coffee. I am reading her “Finding Water” which discusses perseverance, and “It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again” regarding creativity in retirement. Thanks for asking.
I’ve pretty much switched over to tea, though I tend to drink the British stuff and brew it up til it’s almost like coffee. It gives me the morning jolt but doesn’t seem to make me crave more like coffee does. I still have coffee on the weekends when we go out for breakfast. The restaurants here have been closed again so that’s an end to coffee for a while.
As cute as he is, I would not want him visiting me upon my first cup of coffee for the day. Yikes! Hubby got our tree out of the attic today and put up the lights outside. They are currently on, along with our neighbors. Let the holidays begin! I’m in!
Wonderful Charlie! The smell of fresh coffee beans is marvelous! Since I was lucky enough to land an art exhibit last February at a local downtown coffee shop i buy my coffee there now. They roast there own beans so I buy a couple of pounds at a time. Yum.
The smell of coffee, always and forever! From 4 to 44, no problems, then one day-The End. It’s taken years for me to be able to have a cup after a meal, and I enjoy it like I’m having the best dessert! It’s Cacao or coco or a light tea for me but I still get to relish the smell when my husband gets his ready for the morning. As for the mousie, that was me, utterly silent till my first cup, then I could walk, talk and drive😄 I grew up on my dad’s version of Navy coffee, I’m sure I was the most attentive Kindergartener in my class 😆
Ps We put up our first set of lights last night, but I didn’t actually see their entire repertoire until I drove up the street this evening. OMGOSH! I have to ask the neighbors if they are able to sleep, or if they possibly have any kind of disorder that could result in seizure. (I sort of love my lights though, so I could move them to the backyard…🤣)
I wonder if these recurring mice are a subconscious hint that you really want a pet mouse for Christmas. What would Philippe say to that? Furthermore, what would Phineas say to that? I feel like he’d need more convincing. 😛 While I quite like the smell, I don’t drink coffee. We’ve probably had arguments about this before!
hehe! I think we have! 😉 Well, at least you enjoy the smell of coffee. And as for mice, I’m really just practicing making characters and figured I should do them more than one every couple of weeks to practice properly. And Phineas would never allow another pet of any species in this house! lol
Oh what a wonderful thought…I am like you my hubby knows not to talk to me until I have had some caffeine in me LOL your adventure sounded wonderful ..we have a fake tree that I love and little does he know but we may be putting it up early this year too !!! Be well!
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