Charlie O'Shields

Cactus Blooms Watercolor Illustration
Splashes Of Color

August 24, 2019

Today, for our prompt of “Desert,” I decided to make a sketch of a blooming cactus. I don’t live in a desert climate, so this isn’t a view I normally see, but when I’m traveling to the desert, it’s one of my favorites. Though we’ve had hot temperatures here where I do live lately, today was pleasantly mild. Philippe and […]

Chihuahua Bag Illustration
Tiny Travel Companion

August 23, 2019

For our prompt of “Pets” today, I opted for a chihuahua in a travel bag. Our own dog Phineas is basenji and small, but a bit too big to fit into a carry on bag, so he’s never been on a trip with us. While I was trying to get Philippe to commit to a little trip of some kind, […]

Lighthouse Watercolor Painting by Emaan Imtiaz
GUEST ARTIST: “A Love-Hate Relationship” by Emaan Imtiaz

August 23, 2019

Hello! My name is Emaan Imtiaz. I’m 19 years old and live in a small town in Pakistan. I am also currently studying biotechnology and want to pursue a career in teaching. I remember being quite terrible at both drawing and coloring, and was pretty sure I would have no later interest in art. Art and painting are something that […]

Steam Train Watercolor Illustration
All Aboard!

August 22, 2019

For our prompt of “Trains” today, I opted for one of a vintage variety. I’ve no deep knowledge of trains and how they function, but did have many toy trains as a kid. This is likely why every time I sketch a train, it has a bit of toy-like appearance. Actually, I’m not sure that I was enamored with trains […]

Kangaroo Curious Watercolor Illustration
Always Stay Curious

August 21, 2019

For our prompt of “Grass” today, I ended up on a patch of grass with a curious kangaroo staring back at me. Well, not in reality, but that’s what appeared on my sketchbook page, at least. Actually, at our local zoo there’s a kangaroo enclosure that’s fun to visit. As you’re walking through, there are occasionally kangaroos on the path […]

Betta Fish In Bowl Watercolor Illustration
One Little Fish

August 20, 2019

For our prompt of “Fish” today, I took the chance to sketch some glass again along with my favorite sort of fish, a betta, or Siamese fighting fish. I just love their fabulously opulent look like they are getting ready to appear in a Vegas show wearing their best fish drag. Okay, that’s probably an odd and over the top […]

Conch Shell Beach Watercolor Illustration
The Sound Of Waves

August 19, 2019

For our prompt of “Waves” today, I opted for a chance to sketch my favorite shell in the form of a queen conch. If you’ve been reading my posts for awhile now, you’ll already know that I’m fascinated with these seashells. As a kid, I was told that you could hold one up to your ear and hear the sound […]

Watercolor floral painting by Kratika Agarwal
GUEST ARTIST: “How Art Helped Me to Survive!” by Kratika Agarwal

August 19, 2019

Hello, my name is Kratika Agarwal and I am an artist, designer and illustrator. I am originally from India and currently based in the Netherlands. As far as I can remember, I have always enjoyed painting since childhood. My mom sent me to art classes when I was a kid and she would absolutely love my paintings. She would keep […]

Toothbrush Toothpaste Illustration
Always Start With A Smile

August 18, 2019

When I saw that I added a prompt of “Toiletries” for today, I had to giggle as I barely remembered including this one. Though there are lots of things one needs when they travel, a toothbrush and toothpaste are at the top of my list. When I traveled for business, this was always something that you could easily get from […]

Strawberry Cheesecake Watercolor Illustration
The Sweetest Moments

August 17, 2019

When thinking of our prompt of “Food,” for today, my mind drifted as it often does and landed, quite unsurprisingly, on dessert. In truth, that’s one of my favorite bits of travel as well. When I’m out dining in my own city, dessert is rather rare, but send me on a trip and suddenly all the rules and restraint I […]

Hermit Crab Cute Watercolor Illustration
A Little Hermit

August 16, 2019

For our prompt of “Beach” today, my mind wandered to a little hermit crab. Perhaps it’s because this is Friday night and I’m heading into the weekend, thrilled to be spending that time hiding at home. In the case of a hermit crab, of course, this home is purloined from some sort of scavenged mollusk shell. Being an introvert at […]

Vintage Motorcycle Watercolor Illustration
Riding The Open Road

August 15, 2019

For our prompt of “Cycle” today, I opted for a motorcycle, simply because I’ve never sketched one before and wanted to try. I chose a bit of a vintage model and then realized that motorcycles are ridiculously complex. I used just three colors, dotted in details that I saw, and others are a bit invented to hopefully create the illusion […]

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