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  • Wow! That does sound like an awesome adventure, Erich! Cool! Thrilled you found Doodlewash and our little community. Can’t wait to see what you’ll post!! 🙂

  • Though I got Phineas when he was only a year and a half old, he was still fully grown. I’d found him at a rescue and that was there best estimate on his age. Unlike other proud parents, I have no baby photos of

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    • As a True lover of animals, I was really touched by your delightful sketch and description of your life with Phineas. Thanks so much for sharing, Charlie!!!

    • Phineas as sounds like a treasure!

    • As someone who had a Basenji as a puppy (I knew the breeder), I’d say you got the breed down pat. They are interesting dogs. Mine was a bit stand-offish all his life – never a cuddler. He did love it when my then-young husband picked him up and threw him across the room for me to catch. I’d be having a fit at such behavior, meanwhile Warlock would go running back to hubby begging to fly again. I finally convinced hubby it just wasn’t safe, and I don’t think the dog ever forgave me.

    • Adorable and love your description of him. So fun!

    • I love hearing about Phineas and your relationship with him. The painting is quite lovely, too.

    • What a sweetie! Both Phineas and you for loving him so. At our house it’s all about cats, but one of them thinks she’s a dog, so I guess that counts right?

    • Nice one Charlie. Well described. Otto had a green and white tugger as a first toy, and today 3 1/2 years later he still has green tugger, can fetch it from wherever it is in the house on command, and always brings it and drops it on my feet if there is any sign I’m about to leave the house. He’s a terrier and has remarkable skill at destroying toys (four new ones at Christmas), but green tugger is mouthed but rarely bitten. I think it’s a bit like Linus’s comfort blanket. And I think he’s mine….

    • i do love your stories, Charlie. They always tweak a memory as we seem to have many things in common. I had a dog when I was about nine or ten, his name was Tigger short for Turganese. He was a purebred afghan. His previous owners were transferred to Australia from Canada and they knew an afghan wouldn’t stand the heat. We adopted him. He became my dog immediately and he’d do things only for me, to amuse me, to make me happy and to protect me. We played chase just like you and Phineas. He was the most gentle dog but one day, I was walking him and bigger kids decided to pick on me. They really were fairly dangerous bullies, known to beat up kids on a whim. I threatened them with my dog who was standing there all happy, panting and looking for affection from everyone. The big guy teased that my dog was a wimp and wouldn’t hurt a fly. I totally lied and said he was specially trained, one word and he’d attack. They all laughed and when the leader went to touch me I looked at Tigger and prayed quickly then whispered “sick-em Tigger”. I have no idea how he knew what to do but i swear, all of a sudden I had this snarling slavering, fang toothed 100lb dog lunging against the short leash. The gang never bothered me again and Tigger and I loped home, his tongue lolling out as he stared at me with a look that said, I did good, huh?? He totally got treats when we got home. Best dog ever.
      Your painting is precious, i wish I had painted back then, to capture his long curved tail and flowing black fur would have been fun.

    • Wow Charlie, you made me cry. Our pets are an awesome gift…how is it we can love them so much and they can bring us so much joy? It’s amazing!

    • What a delightful post and doodlewash. Here’s to those special relationships, canine and human.

    • Touching post Charlie.

  • I can call myself the Nancy Who Drew because (a) my name is Nancy, (b) I draw, and (c) I solved a mystery. Not exactly like my childhood heroine Nancy Drew, but in my own way, through drawing (and painting), and

  • Back in school, my first introduction to harmony came by playing my very first instrument, which was a violin. I was in 4th grade at the time and chose the violin mainly because I didn’t want to wait a year before

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    • I always wished that I had learned to play something. Bout since I didn’t, I’ll stick to painting.

    • The wide range of your creative talents never ceases to amaze me! I missed out on musical talent all together, so I envy your ability to not only paint a beautiful violin but to play one.

    • what a sweet story – and you know Charlie – you post a painting every day -and sometimes I take them for granted………. sadly…… sorry! But WOWZA – look at your mad skills painting this. Great job!

    • Incredible story, though bittersweet. Belated congratulations on your performance at Carnegie Hall! Lovely painting of the violin.

    • Great story and doodlewash of your violin! Your story reminded me of my own: I began the flute in the fourth grade, too, and played it up through high school. I haven’t really picked it up since, although I have played the piano, guitar, ukulele and recorder. I do love to listen to music and often find myself “playing along” in many pieces.

    • Your memories pull at heart strings in my life as well. My oldest son played violin also growing up and let me tell you as a parent those learning years are a joy! Along with those times you wished for those ear muffs airplane flagmen wear!! 🙂 My son still has a violin and a viola. But his instrument of choice now is guitar. He plays beautifully but seldom picks up his violin. I wish he would play more, I love the violin. Maybe, just maybe someday you will be blessed to have another violin and play for the pure enjoyment of the sweet sounds of those strings. But for now revel in your wonderful art of painting the instrument you once played!!

      • That’s such a sweet sentiment! Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 And that’s awesome that your son still plays an instrument. I played guitar for a bit as well… loved that and piano more as seemed like better solo instruments. Maybe one day I’ll give a violin another try!

    • Aww, that brings back memories, Charlie. I was just like you, different instrument. My school was part of a movement started in Canada to get kids to make more music on cheaper instruments so it was available to everyone. Ukuleles! I loved it and it was the only successful instrument I played (not so good on the recorder, piano, flute etc.) We ended up in a band in 6th grade, you had to try out to be accepted. It was so awesome and we were so good we got to play on local tv and even were the first band ever allowed to play in the huge cathedral in town. Before us no musical instruments were allowed, just voices. We were a choir who also played the ukulele. Such terrific memories. I still miss it and hope to someday buy a very expensive new kind of Ukulele called a flea, Expensive but such fun. Thanks for the memories. I bet you’d still love playing (right after a few weeks practice, lol)

    • Your painting of the violin is full of emotions, plus followed by the story that touched my heart.
      My son started playing the guitar in music school when he was 5. Later on, he started learning the violin in his regular school, but only for two years. It was a special collaboration between music school and elementary school, and the music instruments were given to kids for education reasons. After two years of learning the violin (he was 8), his music teacher suggested to continue playing only the guitar, because of the different skills required for playing the violin and the guitar (that’s what they told us!). And, I cannot forget all the tears when he had to say good bye to the violin. One of the saddest moments in his life 🙁

      • Oh my goodness! I’m struck with how sure teachers feel about a student. There’s always a possibility when you have passion. The talent will surely follow!! 😃💕

    • I have my grandfathers violin, he called a fiddle. I’d love to learn how to play.

    • What an emotionally charged doodlewash and story. Thank you for sharing from your heart in both words and art.

    • Lovely story of memories, Charlie and your painted violin sings!

    • Aww that’s so awesome!! 😃💕 Yeah, we may totally be related. I played piano as well, but since that wasn’t taught in school, it was just a little side hobby and I never played like I wish I could. Still have one sitting in the other room though… one day… I’ll play it again!

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, music gets into places that other things just can’t. It’s amazing!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 So happy to know he passed by the harsh critics and followed the music to success!

    • Oh my goodness!! I’m so sorry to hear that, Phil! 😳 But you still grew up to be an artist, so things were meant to be! 💕

  • Thanks! hehe… I do wish I were a genius! Yeah, looks like checking the notify box is the key to getting an email response on replies. In theory, subscribing to the topic should work, but doesn’t always seem to send one.

  • Thanks, Sandra! I received your reply via email, so not sure what’s happening, but let me know if you experience other problems!

  • Aww thanks! hehe… I wish I were a computer genius, then I could figure out some of the little bugs that creep into this site! 😉 Not sure what’s happening with forum emails, though, I’ll have to check into it and see what I can figure out. If you see this, please reply, so I can see if it sends me an email! Thanks!

  • Throughout my life, I’ve always been drawn to all things shiny, our prompt for today. There was a time when I was young that I had a brief obsession with pocket watches. Any time we’d go to the local antique

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    • Once again, I am impressed with your ability to paint reflective surfaces and this one even contains an actual reflection. There is something about the warm glow that you have rendered that speaks to the warm glow of your happy memories of treasured trinkets too.

      I have a bit of a magpie eye too and am drawn to things that shine and sparkle. My sons have inherited this same gene and amass collections of shiny little objects, from bits of quartz to discarded washers and one of them even has a pocket watch.

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Aww I love hearing that!! See? I’m confident we would get along perfectly if we ever met! hehe Love that you’ve a family of magpie-eyed collectors!

    • I love pocket watches! So elegant and reminders of a simpler time. The colors in your sketch are very beautiful!

    • Pocketwatches are magickal. I’m quite convinced that if you could open enough of them, eventually you’d find one that transported you to Hogwarts or some other such place. Or maybe, as you’ve said about the power of trinkets to evoke memory, it’s just that the right pocketwatch can take you beck to a happy memory. Fantastic painting, as always!

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I think the magic comes from the memories they evoke. Even memories you wish you had… that’s the beauty objects like these.

    • I have a little bag just like your box. Some small things I’ve kept over the years that make me remember the years before. I try to keep it to the minimum, I don’t want to be any kind of a hoarder or keep unnecessary stuff but a little brocade bag lined in silk isn’t too much. :o) PS. I’ve always wanted one of those watches! Ohhh, shiny!

      • Thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕 Glad you liked this. It would be great candidate for toned paper! Anything shiny is fun that way. And yeah, a little brocade bag means you’re not a hoarder, just a memory enthusiast! hehe

    • I am charmed by your watch and story. I have been on a cleaning binge of last because i want to set up a studio. I am sending off loads of things, but every once in a while, I find something that gives me a certain feeling, and I cannot part with it this go round.

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, those are the moments when that thing, whatever it is, simply must be kept! hehe… it always amazes me what demands to stay a memory!

    • And there you have captured the meaning of life. It is the emotional response we get from a thing or situation that governs our behaviour. Hence why dieting is hard the emotional response from food wins over logic. Staying in ‘bad relationships’ favourite books. Freud may have had a point.

    • Lovely pocket watch. I have one from each of my grandfathers that I love. I think our trinkets of memories are the most treasured. I hope to never lose them.

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 I’m so happy this brought back wonderful memories… and jealous of that timepiece! That’s so awesome you still have it, even if it’s stopped working now. It’s a treasure!

    • Thanks, Ellen! 😃💕 What a fabulous story… I love that. I’m so thrilled this brought back such wonderful and warm memories!

    • Aww thanks so much, Shannon!! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this one!

    • This is marvelous illustration, Charlie! The light blue surface of the glass and all the little details under the glass are fantastic!

    • Lovely art. Perhaps we’re drawn to holding on to time, which of course is impossible in real life, but not in art.

  • This may quite possibly be one of my quickest little doodlewashes yet, clocking in at just under 15 minutes. I had very little time today to make this post and am sneaking it in between work and evening plans.

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    • Sweet balloons! Being retired means I should have all the time in the world, but alas, I’m still always in the weeds. Maybe tomorrow. Lol

    • Love the bright shadows on your balloons! I have the feeling that you’re the type of person who will be busier after retirement than you were before. All those things you’ve put off doing will just slide into place and fill up the hours so fast that you’ll go into a tailspin. Hopefully, you’ll have more time for painting, but whether you do or not, I know you’ll have a fabulous time.

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I’ll definitely put painting at the top of the list, but yeah… I’ll be perfectly crazy and busy as ever! lol

    • I continue to be inspired by your commitment to daily painting and writing! Lovely little balloons and shadows.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Some days, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off, but I always make sure I show up with something!

    • Nice thoughts again Charlie. Is it slow? I think it might be – a little, but it’s still loading, and for that I’m grateful.

      • Thanks so much, Rod! 😃 Yeah, the site has been slow at different times of the day. I made some tweaks and now it should be running faster or as fast as it probably can with all the functionality in it!

    • I agree…finding that regular time to paint is a challenge. You’ve inspired me to not only take a chance with the “shiny” prompt, but to recommit to painting every day!

      • Yay!! I’m so thrilled I inspired you, Cindy!! 😃💕 Yes!! DO it! hehe… it’s so rewarding, even if, like this one, it’s just 15 minutes a day!

  • This may quite possibly be one of my quickest little doodlewashes yet, clocking in at just under 15 minutes. I had very little time today to make this post and am sneaking it in between work and evening plans.

  • The expression “moonlighting watercolourist” comes from the fact I almost always paint at night, after coming home from work. Of course, it would be so much more romantic if it was truly by the light of the moo

  • These are actually the very shoes that I was wearing today. I kicked them off to make this sketch. They’re not new, but I still remember finding them that first time in Paris at a Le Coq Sportif shop. Getting new

  • Though the phrase bright ideas is meant to refer to clever ones it’s more often used to mean the opposite. As in, “hmmmm, yeah Joe, that’s one way to do it. Anyone else got any bright ideas.” In this case, poor

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    • A great idea for the prompt and a great painting of the idea! You are so correct about brainstorming. I know all too often, I’m too busy talking to listen and I always regret it.

    • Your light bulb is one of your finest paintings yet! The luminance and reflections are perfect.

    • I always wondered what you did exactly. Now I know… you work with computers. LOLOL. it sounds like a fun job, to corral ideas. kinda cool Charlie, now we all know why you’re such a great cheer leader!

    • Its lovely.story also.
      Charlie. Winter is very difficult time.

      • Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Winter is not often a wonderful time, but when you can snuggle in with your memories and those you love, it’s also rather magical.

    • your bright idea is so simple but amazing, why I didn’t think of a simple lamp? ……

      • Thanks so much, Lieve! 😃💕 hehe… I’d love to say I’m just that brilliant, but truly I needed something I could paint in a very short amount of time. That often produces some rather cool images!

    • Good painting….excellent advice.

    • This light bulb is spectacular 💕 You art keeps getting better, and brighter!
      I knew you like to encourage others when I first saw your guest artist posts. It’s a wonderful thing to do, an ambition for sharing and building up.
      Reading a book right now from A.A. Milne (Whinnie-ther-Pooh). Called “Two People” (we found a 1st edition from the 1930s!). The main character is a writer, whose wife and friends have no clue what it means to him; kind of like your comment about others saying you “work on computers”.

      • Aww I’ve not read that book, but now I want too! 😃💕 I’ve so thrilled you liked this and think my art is getting better. I probably should think the new scanner Philippe bought me for Christmas. hehe…. it’s light years better and shows more accurately what I drew!

        • I’m almost finished with the book and so far it’s annoying; wouldn’t recommend it! The main character is so shallow and not very nice. Some other characters are nice enough to keep reading. Please tell me what kind of scanner you have? Got a new one last year; it’s better but limited due to size of the scanner bed. Isn’t it wonderful when the scan actually looks like your work? 💕🙂

          • Oh wow… I might rethink that book then! hehe As for the scanner, Philippe bought me one that’s not the newest, but had the functionality to remove paper texture. Here’s the link… I love it!! http://amzn.to/2DpmGD1

            • Definitely, I think it’s out of print, anyway? I started out liking the character but then he sneers at everyone inside his head. Near the end, he’s starting to realize what a derp he is haha, so probably a happy ending! Thanks for the link, a scanner that can do all that, and do it well, is amazing! 🙂

    • Nice lightbulb,great story..

    • Wow! Great light bulb and wonderful story.

    • Awww you’re so sweet! Thanks you, Judith! 😃💕 I do love my job and my Doodlewash hobby! It’s all really fun!

    • Thanks so much, Ann! 😃💕 Yeah, listening to the ideas and thoughts of others can often be exhausting. hehe… but there are always gems there if we chose to spot them.

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, when I was truly in advertising there were always award ceremonies and I would insist my designers take the stage. One of my designers once insisted I join. He said, I wouldn’t have put it together that way. That was probably the best award I could have received.

    • hehe!! That’s so awesome, Ann! 😃💕 Reminds me of Philippe’s job which is similar and equally difficult to explain. But I think telling a story that anyone can relate to is a true gift and that, in the end, is what we really do. Even if others can’t quite describe it. 😉

    • So glad you built our community!

    • Excellent light bulb and advice. It’s something I needed to hear today! Thanks Charlie.

  • Hey Rod! The albums aren’t quite as intuitive as I would have liked. If you created an album and add photos immediately, it’s pretty straightforward, but takes a bit more effort after the fact. In order to add an existing image to an album, you need to view it in a feed (News Feed, Your Wall, etc). Then you’ll see an “Album” link under the image…[Read more]

  • @doodlewash Hi, Charlie. This is Kathy Delumpa Allegri. For some reason, I seem to have two Doodlewash accounts. I’m not tech saavy, so, I think the more recent one, yesterday, emerged as I was trying to edit my profile, add photos, or something. My friend, Sandra Strait, advised me to delete the first one, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, since I have just…[Read more]

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    • Hey there Kathy! On Doodlewash, if you log in via a different social network and they don’t use the same e-mail then a new account gets created. It looks like the one with your full name as the username was Facebook, so this account is different log in. Is this the social login you’d prefer to use? (I can only tell which one it is when it’s Facebook).

  • One of the more challenging bits of doing these daily posts isn’t the doodlewash itself, but coming up with something to say after I’ve just painted, let’s say, a baby duck. Like this one. That is what’s happened

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    • What a wonderful little boy you must have been! Happy Duck Dreaming – he’s a cutie.

    • I don’t know if ducks dream, but yours is dreamy! I’m glad that even when you’re floating around with a head stuffed with dreams, you’ve got your feet on the ground and are remembering your loved ones. I think that’s secret to success.

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      What a cutie!

    • You have posed a puzzle for me, and I’m not sure how. I love Doodlewash. I love seeing people’s artwork, and I recognise that state of having plans (My possible subjects file is rapidly assuming gargantuan proportions 😁). But, TBH, the words have less allure for me, it’s the art that gives me pleasure.

      Except for you Charlie. Your art is very good, but always seems secondary to your words in my head, and that’s the puzzle – I don’t know why. Perhaps it is because it is drawn from the inner you. I don’t know, but I do look forward to “What’s he going to come up with today?” I don’t do the challenges, but I do love what they produce in your head and the artwork of others.🖐

      • That’s such a wonderful compliment! Thanks, Rod! 😃💕 The truth is, for me, my art is the combination of both the illustration and the words. I set out to create paintings, but ended up with these illustrated blog posts instead. I try to create an image that removes context so even if people don’t read my ramble, they can hopefully write a story of their own. I’m glad you enjoy them!

    • A duckling is so lovely as your dreams are. Thank you for giving us references to your creative work besides the paintings. You are amazing 🙂

    • He is a very sweet duck and you certainly have a way with telling a story,always enjoyable and often encouraging,,,,Thank you.Charlie..

    • That baby duck has such personality. I love it! Not only that…
      it promises Spring. BTW I just ordered Mister Snoot.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Oh wow… thanks for ordering the book… it was written long ago and for likely much younger readers, but I hope you like it! It still has a bit of fun and crazy in it. 😉

    • An adorable little duckling! You have captured everything it means to be a little duck, including the glint in the eye showing the dreams of making anything possible. Just like you, Charlie – you make anything possible.

      • Aww you’re so sweet! Thanks, Ellie! 😃💕 I think we are all capable of making things possible. We just have to keep an eye on those dreams!

    • Aww that’s so awesome! 😃💕 Yay! I’ve never had the experience to raise a baby duck. I bet it’s a wonderful thing indeed!

    • Thanks so much!! 😃💕

    • Thanks, Sharon!! 😃💕 Yeah, ti’s funny who we go through life on the verge of our dreams. Maybe that’s the way it’s meant to be. Chasing them, is often far more exciting. I’m always a little disappointed when one happens and I have to start over. hehe

    • Thanks so much, Ann! 😃💕 Yes… I can see that in ever one of your paintings, and it’s awesome!! hehe Love it! Keep on dreaming those baby duck dreams!

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe!! 😃💕 Still try to add a bird prompt on the 8th when I can, but not sure if everyone is still celebrating! hehe Yes, to always dreaming… it’s really the only way to truly live!

    • Thanks, Louise! 😃💕 hehe… I’m always on the cusp!! Yes, new things will always be coming soon!!

    • SUCH a beautiful little duckling! So adorable and perfect. Very interesting story, as always. Sure sounds like you’ve realized a lot of your childhood dreams! Does your book come with an autograph? 🙂🤗

      • Thanks so much, Miste! 😃💕 I’ve had a really fun life! And yeah, my book is super old, meant for kids… and I wasn’t even drawing at the time so I’m not the illustrator. hehe… My more current books starting with the the illustrated cookbook coming out in a few weeks will include an autograph though.

        • Wow, you didn’t even know how good your art would be, did you? We shall look forward to your cookbook illustrations! Phillipe is the chef, right? That should be amazing! 💕

    • Love the duck! I had a pet duck when I was a child. He played and played with my poodle. They were best buddies!

    • You are certainly a creative Charlie!

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