For our prompt of “Gem” today, I thought about one of my sketches from last month when I drew my very first magpie. Not only had I failed to ever sketch one, I didn’t know that much about this bird. So, of course,
Charlie I thought stealing shiny objects was attributed to crows or ravens. I thought magpies just nattered like an annoying relative. I doubt they could even carry something as heavy as a chain with a metal object on it!!
For our prompt of “Savory” today, I thought of a million lovely fall food dishes at once as I adore food. And while I equally enjoy sketching it, I decided to follow a different line of thought. I thought of the
I always cringe when I hear of an attempt to ‘improve’ something. From managing forests to latest updates in computers, we seem to create as many, if not more, problems than we solve. At least we aren’t the only creatures that tell lies. Dogs know darn well what they are saying with those puppy dog eyes and they’re lying more often than not, lol!
So sad! They are masters of that look. Wonderful Charlie! Another early morning for me. The alarm will go off at 5:30 as we both have to be up, dressed and have eaten breakfast so my husband can be out the door at 6:30 for work. Tomorrow is day two of demo and rebuilding our back deck. The crew was here at 7 am.
I think its becoming more and more obvious that the main character of your book needs to be a beagle! So cute!
I get frustrated with all the woe is me complaining about how things are going. I have sympathy for people who lost jobs, became homeless, got sick, etc etc, but most of my friends and acquaintance don’t have it that bad. If you can put a meal on the table and aren’t sick, you’re doing good right now. So cheer up!
Wow a lovely image but I love your words just as much..reminding me that I am in this world but not of this world and I can stay optimistic about today’s situations. We indeed are the causes of much of the insanity of this world. None of us are superior to anyone..and once the world understands that we will be in a better place. Until then hope and joy fill my day as I continue to make art some good some not so good and remain optimistic that there will be a better day!
So true! 😃💕 I figure for my part I’m just going to keep doing what I do every day and show up with a little bit of joy and hope. Might not change the whole world, but I’m happy if it makes a little dent in things.
Well said… yeah… I’m not sure we’re built anymore for real strife! And it is sad to see the true colors show during a time like this. Yet, most of us have good sense and a good heart. And we can always spot one another! 😉
Thanks so much, Iisa! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed the Kansas City sketch (that was back when I first started! Never know what will show up as a related post for folks… hehe) And awwww… your cat sounds totally adorable!
I’ve been working on this off and on for prompts from August. August! Prompts: Fossil, Tool, Feed, Dance, Barbed Wire, Magpie, Paddle, Historic Moment, and Feed. The poem reads as:
A paleontologist dances a jig,
An historic moment has occurred at his dig!
With tools of patience and shovel and brush,
He’s uncovered a fossil with bones…[Read more]
I\'ve been working on this off and on for prompts from August. August! Prompts: Fossil, Tool, Feed, Dance, Barbed Wire, Magpie, Paddle, Historic Moment, and Feed. The poem reads as:
A paleontologist dances a jig,
An historic moment has occurred at his dig!
With tools of patience and shovel and brush,
He\'s uncovered a fossil with bones uncrushed.
A creature with paddle-like flippers he\'s freed.
The magpie thinks, \'There\'s nothing left for a feed!\'
It laughs, his feet on the barbed-wire fence,
And decides that the dance makes little sense. DoodlewashAug2020 Week 2-Zebra Sarasa Clip Pens in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook
Many thanks, Gary! It takes about 3-4 hours, not including looking up references and coming up with the poem. I’ve just been really busy, and it didn’t have high priority so I’d pick it up and do a little, then not pick it up again for weeks.
For our prompt of “Pathway” today, I thought about those moments where a path leads to a choice. Life seems full of choices at times and it can even be a bit overwhelming. Once heading down a path, there’s a fork
I sold a print of one of my watercolors today. More paint is in my future. The only fork in that road is paint or paper. Since I used the money I made selling some of my July pear paintings to buy paper, we’re back to paint. I have too many brushes to count these days. The person who first said that a different brush will not make you a better painted knew what she was talking about!😂😂
That’s so awesome you’re selling paintings! Yay! 😃💕 I’m giving you a virtual high five now, but you can’t see it so it just looks perfectly ridiculous. So true on art supplies… they’re just enablers… we are totally in charge of the painter we become. And it sounds like you’re rocking it! YAY!
I love the expression on your kitty Charlie! Those forks make for interesting choices. I tend to not look back much as I love where I am now and have learned much from the bumpy paths that were painful at the time.
Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I look back all of the time, but have to admit I jump the middle. hehe… I think we’re defined by childhood and our mature stage teaches us to adore the us we became! Because, yeah… totally awesome here! 😉
One of the things I really hated, working for a large corporation, was that they always insisted you come up with a goal plan for your review. My plan was always to learn as much as I could about all aspects of the business, and then take any opportunities that came up. That was never enough for them – they wanted specifics. I’m pretty good at spinning a line, so I’d make something up. It was such a terrific waste of time.
Indeed! 😃💕 I only worked for a large corporation once in my life, but have since learned that the smaller ones are not always immune to such things either. Yeah, creative types have always sort of endured the rest of the world demanding those “specifics.” They can’t see what we see. And sometimes, they still can’t “see” in general, even if we are given the chance to show them. We’re left feeling like the odd creature out…. and yet… for just a moment it feels totally satisfying. Why be normal like that anyway? hehe
He looks just like the kitty that has been unwantingly visiting our patio in the wee hours. Unfortunately he follows the same path every night. The expressions you do on your animals are so fun. They come to life!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… Love that name for a kitty! And YES! That right there is the secret of life. Little Marisela always told your story… it’s simply your chance to explore it and live it. Things might get crazy, but that little girl with a killer personality will always let you know exactly what your heart wants to do next.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy to know I made you feel better! There’s a secret here that some never talk about. When you’re super creative like you and I, things stop making sense at some point. It’s like drowning in a reality that still feels perfectly unreal. When you feel that, it’s actually a badge of honor and something to be proud to feel. You’re exceptional! What on earth is better than that? And you’ll DO amazing things!!
Beautiful Mary! I do miss seeing the ocean and the mountains. It seems the longer that I stay home the harder it is to venture out. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here and the leaves are beginning to show their colors!
Thanks, Karen! I feel the same way about venturing out and I find it unsettling to be so comfortable staying at home. I live 10 miles from my favorite beach on the Gulf of Mexico and yesterday was the first time I’ve been there since mid March.
For our prompt of “Outdoor Fun” today, I thought of outdoor things I’ve never tried. Though I’ve tried body boarding before while frolicking in the ocean, I’ve never actually surfed standing on a surfboard. I’ve
OMGOSH, just posted on this on Instagram! Mr. Nellie loved this intrepid little surfing raccoon, as he also enjoys a nice tube too! I loved his expression at finding himself so deep in “the green room”🤙🏼😁
I don’t mind scary so much (in small doses), but I don’t like the gore that comes with so much of it these days. I do think that watching too much of that kind of thing increases your anxiety level, even if you enjoy it at the time.
Ps: The scariest thing I’ve seen lately is the news, so Phillipe and you can check out my favorite scaredy cat scary movies: Frankenweenie (Phineas may or may not be into it); Curse of the WereRabbit (Ardman); Boxtrolls; and my all time favorite, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Also not scary but gorgeous: Song of the Sea. I also have seasons for certain movies, and these signal the beginning of the long dark nights. The last two are so beautiful artistically, I sometimes need to just watch them for inspiration!
So true! The news is scarier than anything. And that’s a fabulous list of movies! Philippe and I did watch Frankenweenie, and it was enjoyable. Haven’t tried Boxtrolls yet… so we’ll have to check it out! 😃
Because I lived a couple of miles from Lake Michigan we spent a lot of time on the water. One of my favorite things was body surfing. Late summer there was always a day or two when it was very hot and humid and the lake would turn over, sending giant roller waves into the shore. We’d go out in the water as far as possible then wait for a giant roller wave, we’d push off on top of it and ride it all the way to shore. The only thing you had to be careful about was getting rolled into the sand and stones near shore because that hurt like crazy.
Wonderful Charlie! I’m with you and have never stood on a surfboard. As a rule the coast of Maine doesn’t have that kind of surf although surfers can be seen in a few locations if conditions are just right. Body surfing in the ocean or being dragged on a board or tube behind a boat on a pond was more in line with what we did as kids in the summer.
A raccoonn called Intrepid and he’s adorable, Charlie! Surfing would require a level of fearlessness way beyond my comprehension. I admire the athleticism and total grace of surfers but I think I’ll be content to be an observer.
He looks terrified! Pretty much what I would look like if I were ever to do such thing. Great job on getting his expression! Funny you sketch a raccoon, we’ve been having raccoon problems lately. Momma and at least 5 kiddos have been going through our yard every night. I swear they get in a circle and poop altogether. Guess who gets to clean it up each day?(One reason we don’t have a dog.) Oh well, another rain storm is coming today!
Hehe! Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I was trying to give him my expression should I ever try surfing. Yeah, they do love to poop! lol We haven’t had our little raccoon problem back for awhile now. Yay for another rain storm!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, those movies were great. I like the slow tremor of the unknown in those. It’s way scarier than anything gory or shocking! Oh there are scary French movies… more like the older ones you’ve described. He won’t have any of it! hehe
That raccoon is fabulous! I’m not much of a scary fan either…Was much more courageous in my younger years lol
I guess now I am being courageous in other areas that sometimes can be just as scary as the horror movies…but I persevere and keep showing up for my art and it will continue to improve…thanks for a lovely painting!!
Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe.. you and me both! I watched crazy scary movies as a kid, but not so much as an adult. I guess we all find out real life can be even scarier at some point. But that’s where art and imagination comes in to save us from it all! Adore that!
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