• Hello, my name is Irina Trzaskos. I am a watercolor artist and illustrator. I am originally from Moldova, a small, beautiful country in Eastern Europe. Now I live in Coventry, Connecticut. I’ve been drawing and

  • When I think about “Camping,” our prompt for today, I only really have a couple of memories. I remember camping with my cousin in a tent on a fishing trip with my grandparents, and then there’s a flash forward to

    • I love the outdoors, especially in our great National Parks, but only with a comfortable lodge room to shower and sleep in. You’ve described the camping experience perfectly LOL.

    • Just returned from camping , but ours was in a Retro trailer, closer to Glamping…

    • I must say that your hotdog looks a great deal more appealing than the ones cooked by my son-in-law yesterday for father’s day. It was rather on the black side and required a large helping of mustard to make it eatable. As in camping cookouts or often more about the company than the food.

    • Your hot dog and chips look tasty! I’ve never had too many interests in common with most of my friends and family, mostly doing a lot of things I really didn’t care to do because everyone else did. The internet was a godsend for me – I finally found my like-minded souls!

    • I loved camping when I was young. I think if I was going to do it at this age, I’d want a camper. And if my memory is right, I don’t think I ever had hotdogs on a camping trip. But I did have lobster once.

      Joe and I were camping in the South Dakota Badlands years ago, and on the second night, our tent blew down, twice! So we threw everything into the truck and took off for the nearest city with a hotel! But, here is where things get magical. There was a full moon that night and it lit up the Badlands to feel like an alien, but beautiful place that has always stuck in my memory.

    • Nothing like a hot dog cooked on a pointed stick widdled from a branch! Ahhhh, the memories. Yes these days, I rather sleep up off the ground. Lol Remove the mustard and that hot dog looks good enough to eat, even at 5:00a.m.!

    • It’s amazing how many good memories are tied to hot dogs and potato chips. Nice post!!

  • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕What a wonderful comment! Yes to that! We are all so incredibly unique. That’s what I’ve seen and loved on my art journey. No matter what, everyone has their own unique voice and style. It’s beautiful!

  • Thanks so much, Marilyn! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this post… and so happy to know you’re enjoying my Activity Book! Yay! I have a tiny group on Facebook I started where people are sharing their pages… would love it if you joined and shared yours! Here’s the link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/sketchingstuff/

  • Yeah, I’m rather sure as a dog, it’s just about waiting for treat! lol But I adore looking into the stars! 😃💕It’s so magical!

  • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, the city boasts lots of light, but always managed to obscure the stars.

  • hehe… who could ever forget the cherry! 😉

  • Hehe… yeah… the cities are not the best place for star gazing to be sure! 😉 I love finding them again in less lit places!

  • Excellent comment, Bob! 😃💕 Exactly the way to approach this world! And a HUGE thumbs up for the Don’t Panic reference… that’s honestly been my guiding principal. I’m still just Hitchhiker in this galaxy! 😉 https://doodlewash.com/my-favorite-book/

  • That’s so beautiful, Lisa! 😃💕 I’ve had that experience! It’s incredible! It’s like blinking and see the universe multiply! It’s so amazing!

  • Oh wow! Kudos to you, Bob! 😃💕 Love that you tried it… I gave up before even attempting as I knew my lack of patience would not be helpful. I’d probably just stick to draining a bottle of scotch instead. 😉 lol

  • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, the stars are mesmerizing… I love staring up into them!

  • So true about the 100-car pile-up… that’s rather plausible, though I hope it doesn’t happen. 😉 I think we push for more than “new” than actual change. Making the much needed change a bit of an afterthought. Yet, I’ve always been one to live in the moment, so I’m indeed taking each moment in stride! 😃💕

  • When in came to our prompt of “Stars” today, the first thing that came to mind was simply the act of staring up into the sky. So this little dog appeared to illustrate the moment. As a kid, and still today, if I’m

    • I think we’ve often gone through phases of time where new ideas disrupted daily life and changed the way we lived and viewed life. The thing new about that these days is the accelerated rate of new ideas and push for change. I worry that it will end up like a 100-car pile-up that finally blocks anything new. I hope it result in a new idea that solves the problems like over population and global warming. Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy what we have and try not to fret because we don’t know what the future holds – why worry over things that won’t happen.

      • So true about the 100-car pile-up… that’s rather plausible, though I hope it doesn’t happen. 😉 I think we push for more than “new” than actual change. Making the much needed change a bit of an afterthought. Yet, I’ve always been one to live in the moment, so I’m indeed taking each moment in stride! 😃💕

    • Great post! A starry night can be very enchanting. It is very easy to forget the problems of the world at least for a bit.

    • Having lived a country life for most of my time on the planet, I’ve seen a lot of stars. But the times that stand out the most are camping trips to Lake Superior. If you spread a blanket on the still warm sand and lie back waiting for your eyes to adjust, you will see more stars than ever before in your life. And if the lake is calm and glassy, you will see them times two.

    • With all the changes and permutations we experience each day, we can be overcome with confusion and even just give up trying to follow where our culture is headed. It’s those times that we must go out on a clear night and just look up, take in the unchanging skies, the constellations, the Milky Way that have been there for thousands of years. We can see that our problems are so small, so insignificant, that we just have to tell ourselves: DON’T PANIC!! bob.c

    • Ya, not many stars visable above L.A.! Best places I’ve seen for stars were on a cruise in the middle of the South Pacific, Arizona desert, New Mexico near the Colorado border. and in the High Sierras. It’s amazing how many are out there.

    • Ah, a star filled sky seen from a remote hilltop…such a wonderful sight! One of the advantages of living in the country away from city lights and another wonderful memory. Sweet puppy dog!!

    • I remember when my son was young, we used to go camping where out in the middle of nowhere. We would spend the evenings looking up at the stars. It was always an extra bonus to see a shooting star. I don’t know about your puppy looking at stars, he looks like he is waiting patiently for a treat! Lol

    • I am in love with your puppy so cute!!!!!!!! I have a thought for you based on the comment about new things. It is very likely that others have done the same things before. But do not let that hold you back. I have seen where some have created a similar piece of art and do not know each other never saw the other piece to inspire.. Maybe the inspiration sparks come to us all to see who wants to play with them? But anyhow my point. No one can do things just the way you can so ya go for it whatever it is cuz that is your spark in the world and there will always been others who are into it. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕What a wonderful comment! Yes to that! We are all so incredibly unique. That’s what I’ve seen and loved on my art journey. No matter what, everyone has their own unique voice and style. It’s beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Marilyn! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this post… and so happy to know you’re enjoying my Activity Book! Yay! I have a tiny group on Facebook I started where people are sharing their pages… would love it if you joined and shared yours! Here’s the link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/sketchingstuff/

  • Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 hehe.. it wasn’t a gifted day, just one we both decided to make happen! And it was SO awesome! Highly recommend putting adulting in the background for a day. Most rejuvenating day EVER!

  • Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah… I love days like that… when you stop short of being an adult and go ahead and play like a child! They’re the best!

  • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, Google can be a bit of a dream killer, can’t it? hehe… sometimes I refuse to find the real answer and just enjoy what my imagination created. And yep, 15 minutes on this one… sometimes I think I like what comes out better and other times I’m thinking… geesh… I really needed more time. lol That’s the fun of watercolor…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yay to starting watercolor… indeed… it is so relaxing! That’s what I love most about it!

  • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, aren’t they cool? I love the idea, but I know I lack the patience to create a ship in the bottle properly. 😊

  • Thanks so much! 😃💕 I adore painting glass… it’s actually not at all as difficult as it seems. It’s just all about contrast… a bit more than you might think. And then the magic happens!

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