• Sharon, I’m so sorry I don’t know how I missed this comment! Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been quite a learning experience for me over this past few weeks on this new book. But it’s fun! And yeah… Philippe’s cake is amazing. I managed to talk him into making a second one, but it’s rather impossible to share! lol It’s soooo good. I’ve told him…[Read more]

  • Aww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 It’s been like I’m going back to school! hehe Lots to learn and tons of tiny pencil sketches while I figure it all out, but it’s fun! I’m going to try to pop in a bit more, but needed to take a couple weeks off! 😉 Hope all is well with you!

  • My name is Kathy Lee from Sydney, Australia. Who would have thought 2020 would bring Covid into our lives, and lead to me discovering at the ripe old age of 69 that I could paint, and yet that’s exactly what h

    • Serendipity at work – how wonderful that you discovered watercolor, both for the joy you receive in using it, and the joy of the beholder in viewing your awesome paintings! Thank you for sharing you artistic journey with us!

    • What a wonderful story and such beautiful art!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Wonderful work!

    • Kathy Lee you are a Master. The teacher who told you you can’t do art, is stupid. End of story. We have those kind up in Canada too (my kid’s teacher insisted that because I am a writer,I wrote the kid’s essay . I did not and she got a huge blast from me. Your art is absolutely beautiful. You could be teaching that.

      And what is that you say about “ripe old age of 69 ?” It is not too ripe or we would not be able to learn things like how to paint like you do. And it’s not old whatever that is. I am smiling by the way.

      Hugs .

    • Such beautiful work! It’s always inspiring to read about people who continue to learn and grow as they get older… good reminder that we rarely should let age limit us….

    • Wow! You are my hero! Your art is beautiful and your story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing both with us.

    • Oh my! Your work is wonderful! I can’t believe you just “took it up” in April. You were blessed with talent! Thank you for sharing your story. Such inspiration!

    • WOW – those are amazing paintings Kathy. Thank you so much .. what an inspiration you are!!! 🙂 I am 68 and just starting out!

    • Fine thanks as I hope you are too. Trying to get un-lazy after doing all that Christmas card painting.

    • Great message, and beautiful artwork! I too share a journey similar to yours, in that I started watercolour at 66, 4 years ago, and am loving it!

    • Your story is so heart warming and it brought tears to my eyes. You took that leaf of faith into a dream you craved within your heart. Now all your awesome paintings show the true meaning, that an artist journey begins at any age. Your an inspiriting young lady who has found a beautiful journey to travel on through 2020 and going forward. Thank you for your gift and when I’m not sure, your story will be read again an again until I’ve found the desire within me to really paint and just not doodle a ground in watercolours .💗

    • Your paintings are wonderful! Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ya me too — I looked at my art supplies all over the table as I did morning pages (aka Julia Cameron) and commented to NoteBook that those look sort of limp right now as if if they slept too long. I have what is known as Stage Fright (imposter syndrome they call it but that doesn’t make sense to me). Today I have no excuses left….

    • Kathryn I should have mentioned, re age, that a writer started to write novels at 86 and i mentioned that to a fellow artist on one of the art sites. She replied that yes, that writer is a friend of hers and is on her second work now!!!!!!! I guess I better get my short stories going again….

    • Guess what. I finally painted with those precious Daniel Smiths. I get to the point where the water tubs are filled and the paint is mixed and the stage fright aka imposter gets scared and leaves. That means tomorrow I have to do another.

  • A guy in his late 20s walks in to a book store (fond of books in general) and stumbles across a very little book containing beautiful quick paintings. At once, he gets lost in lost-and-found edges, impressed by

  • Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for that word! Best one for this year indeed! Let’s all hang in there and make our dreams come true!

  • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this little one!

  • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Doing great here, and I hope you’re doing great as well my friend! Yeah, cake and pizza are just about the best things in the world! hehe Have a fantastic week ahead!

  • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Each time I draw characters, though, they all look a bit different. Not quite the same recognizable character. So I wanted to create that, and then make sure my future characters would work in the same style so there’s more a constant look.

  • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yes! Actually the first book is completely written and I have storylines for four more in the series. Weirdly that came easily, but it’s the illustrations that are my biggest challenge. So much to learn about drawing characters! 😉

  • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 It was a fabulous pizza night, and everything is going great here. Phineas is definitely in those mature years so we no anything can happen moving forward, but he’s doing great right now! And yeah, I guess we reward him for poop as well! lol

  • Fun indeed! Yay! 😃💕 I’ve been discovering all sorts of art supplies I haven’t played with yet as well. It’s a joy!

  • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m having fun with the process… even if it’s a very long process! hehe

  • Hehe! Every five days, but it seems like five minutes sometimes! lol 😉 Yay for getting the paints out to practice. And yeah… I’m having to sort of figure out the style that works best for me and characters. And that might end up a bit looser style as well.

  • Merci beaucoup, Cathy! 😃💕 Yes! We include a fève in the galette des rois! We have several that Philippe’s mom gave to us that we select from each year.

  • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕

  • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Aww I never get to use coalesced… hehe… And king cake is wonderful if it’s the French pastry version. If it comes in wild colors… not so much! lol 😉

  • Hello again my friends! I haven’t been posting daily lately, but a prompt of “Chick” was just too cute to pass up! I’ve still been sketching every single day, but my current approach is lots and lots of pencil

    • So glad that your characters have coalesced (how often do I get to use that word?!), that Phineas is fine, and that Pizza is sure to be on the plate! Life doesn’t get much better. This year, I have GOT to find a king cake to try. I’ve never had one.

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Aww I never get to use coalesced… hehe… And king cake is wonderful if it’s the French pastry version. If it comes in wild colors… not so much! lol 😉

    • Too Cute! 🙂

    • Hey Charlie, strange way you have of taking time off — you pop in every five minutes! As for the tree I just read a lot of folk are leaving theirs up for awhile,keep the joy going. I had a dream that showed me a painting on a stand which I am expected to paint. Egad. I don’t know how to paint water. I don’t know how to paint dogs. The divine answer came when I did like Julia Cameron says and seek divine guidance. The answer came: Atmospheric. Oh yes. That sort of takes care of definition after the first telling part of subject. Now I have to make myself get the lead I mean paints out and practise.

      Ten weeks to spring. Yayyy.

      • Hehe! Every five days, but it seems like five minutes sometimes! lol 😉 Yay for getting the paints out to practice. And yeah… I’m having to sort of figure out the style that works best for me and characters. And that might end up a bit looser style as well.

    • Sweet chick, Charlie!! So nice to hear from you this evening and very happy that your characters are coming together!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m having fun with the process… even if it’s a very long process! hehe

    • I found out that base no is one if the oldest dog breeds in the world. Pretty cool fact for the day. I also finally got out the alcohol inks that I purchased ages ago and decided to figure out how to use them. Fun stuff!

      • Fun indeed! Yay! 😃💕 I’ve been discovering all sorts of art supplies I haven’t played with yet as well. It’s a joy!

    • This post sounds promising. Do you have a story line?

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yes! Actually the first book is completely written and I have storylines for four more in the series. Weirdly that came easily, but it’s the illustrations that are my biggest challenge. So much to learn about drawing characters! 😉

        • That’s good news. I’m not surprised that the illustrations are more difficult than the words. You have to make a lot of decisions before even starting to paint.

    • That’s a cute chick, Charlie. I thought you were going to do a book featuring your Doodlewash characters. I’m looking forward to seeing your new creations.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Each time I draw characters, though, they all look a bit different. Not quite the same recognizable character. So I wanted to create that, and then make sure my future characters would work in the same style so there’s more a constant look.

    • Baby chicks are one of my favorite Spring creatures! He’s so cute. I love the added touch of the brown egg.

    • Your chick is adorable and I am glad that you are sticking with your book despite the challenges.That coincides with my word for the year perseverance. Hang in it will all be worth it!!

      • Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for that word! Best one for this year indeed! Let’s all hang in there and make our dreams come true!

    • Merci beaucoup, Cathy! 😃💕 Yes! We include a fève in the galette des rois! We have several that Philippe’s mom gave to us that we select from each year.

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 It was a fabulous pizza night, and everything is going great here. Phineas is definitely in those mature years so we no anything can happen moving forward, but he’s doing great right now! And yeah, I guess we reward him for poop as well! lol

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Doing great here, and I hope you’re doing great as well my friend! Yeah, cake and pizza are just about the best things in the world! hehe Have a fantastic week ahead!

    • Hi, Charlie,
      This is just a note to say that I’m missing your doodles. I hope your project is going well.

      • Aww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 It’s been like I’m going back to school! hehe Lots to learn and tons of tiny pencil sketches while I figure it all out, but it’s fun! I’m going to try to pop in a bit more, but needed to take a couple weeks off! 😉 Hope all is well with you!

    • Sharon, I’m so sorry I don’t know how I missed this comment! Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been quite a learning experience for me over this past few weeks on this new book. But it’s fun! And yeah… Philippe’s cake is amazing. I managed to talk him into making a second one, but it’s rather impossible to share! lol It’s soooo good. I’ve told him he needs to make his version of the Mardi Gras kind… but when I showed him a picture he made that face. 😉

    • And here we are in 2021! I miss “seeing” you everyday but sheesh! I’m just selfish😆 I’m anticipating the new books too (will you name the mousies after us and immortalize the Doodlewash community? I can see a Marisela, a Mugdah and a Middi mousie.😆) Don’t give anything away but I really want signed copies💁‍♀️
      We left our tree up for a week longer this year, but we are employing every candle we own to make up for all the lights. Happy Hopeful New Year to you, Philippe and of course the slightly magical Phineas. He could be his own series😄!

  • Once upon a time there was a small girl full of ambitions.
    Art is what resided in her tiny little heart.
    Creativity is what she would breathe in
    Passion, bursting with skills, was filled to the brim
    The desire

  • Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 I really appreciate the support! Yep… jumping out of one’s comfort zone is a bit scary, but also super fun!! Let’s DO it!!

  • Yeah, I’m doing planning sketches and planning is SO not my thing! lol So, it’s harder than it should be fighting against my own well-formed bad habits. hehe Fun to push through it though! 😉

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