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  • 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

    • Tooth brush is my must have too Charlie. I thought of you as I was sharing three flavors of gelato with my husband and sipping a cup of cappuccino while watching the fog roll into the harbor off the Atlantic. I hope that you can get away soon too.

    • I am a major smiler. I had a patron at the library where I worked who called me smiley. He wasn’t wrong. I think it’s a good thing. In my line of work, you want to be approachable.

    • I’m still waiting for chocolate flavored toothpaste since it has been proven that chocolate has cavity-prevention properties (it’s the added sugar that gives ya cavities).

    • That’s a very flashy toothbrush. How lovely to have home-canned vegetables!

    • You’ve created a beautiful scene, work in the kitchen and art being created at the table. Your daily blogs keep that picture sustained in our minds, one of joy, contentment smiles – bring on the Crest!!

    • I’ll start with this.

    • Oh I hope they start that Youtube channel! I’ll watch!!!! And I love everything pickled – including myself – LOL!!!! hahaha!

  • 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

    • I’m sure they’ll involve you in the most important part of the cooking – that is, you’ll get to try out the pickles when they are done!

    • Fantastic cheesecake Charlie and now I want something more enticing than the glass of ice water that is on stand beside me. Tomorrow we leave for a few days away and than I get to splurge. 😀

    • Cherry cheesecake is my son’s favorite cake, so I have to make it at least once of year for his birthday. I apparently haven’t mastered it as well as my 94 year old aunt. My son still refers to hers as the best cheesecake. ;( I am happy to say however, that I taught him to make his own damn cheesecake. Lololol! I always have nice things to say about all your renderings, however I am calling you out on this one. Why the red crust on the top? Is this a French twist or ??? I had to poke at you, there aren’t many opportunities. ;p

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Honestly, this was from a reference, so I just went with it as it meant more red in the sketch! lol Actually, I think this was strawberry, but one can never tell when it’s been pulverized into a gelatin. In truth, I’m not sure I’d eat this one, but I did love the colors! lol

    • Wonderful!!!! Looks yummy lol. Cheese cake the most “purrrrrrrrfect” food lol . It makes me purr for sure lol. My most fav dessert. What is yours? 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕I DO love cheesecake…. and once upon a time key lime pie was my favorite. These days, it has to be our annual Christmas Cake that Philippe makes each year – https://doodlewash.com/christmas-cake/

        • Oh wow!!! Your cake looked so yummy I looked up the recipe. I need to make this sometime wow. Knowing me i will change it out as time passes I do that a lot lol. its fun to make recipes for the various parts of our heritage. Thanks for sharing and you guys have a most blissful week. Christmas cake sounds about right.
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    • I don’t like pickles, but I’d love a piece of that cheesecake!

    • The cheesecake looks yum! I’ve given up on desserts mostly. My doctor advises that those of us with a major family history of diabetes slip dessert. Instead, I’ve been eating popsicles. Fewer calories, and quite satisfying.

      I haven’t made any pickles in a coons age. A few years ago I made beet pickles. They were delicious, and I made dilly beans two summers ago. Also excellent. I made strawberry jam this year, and I plan on raspberry jam this fall.

      The French like those little cornichon pickles. Those would be delish on your little Xmas nibble plates. Now I’m hungry again!

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕And popsicles are amazing, so nothing lost there! Yum! Yay to raspberry jam… that’s my favorite! And yep, cornichons are the pickle du jour in France. A great little extra to just about anything really! hehe

    • Oh wow! They didn’t make watermelon rind pickles, but now I’m intrigued as I’ve never had them!! I’ll request them next time around! ;-)💕 And yum on the pie… it sounds amazingly delicious!!

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  • 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

    • Sometimes I think introverts and extroverts must come from different planets. It’s one of the reasons I love reading what new discoveries have been made about the human brain. It’s marvelous that we’re able to function the way we do, but more and more it looks like we don’t function that way we think we do!

      • So true! It seems they’re finding new things out each and every day when it comes to the science of the brain. I’ve not been able to keep up with it all. hehe 😉 So, I just go with gut feelings most of the time. That response that one day scientists might finally figure out!

    • I love your hermit crab. Being an introvert I understand your dislike of crowds. The older I get the less patience I have for situations I don’t like. I do pretty good in situations that I am comfortable in. Art is a great connector. It’s funny, since I have embraced my art journey I am willing to engage in activities that I would not before. I think it is because I have a good percentage of ME time to really DO what makes me happy. I can now pick the people contact activities that I want to engage in. Getting older has some perks.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕So true!! Getting older has some definite perks! We get to choose our people and that’s the most rewarding thing of all. And, I agree, if I’ve had my time to spending sketching and writing, I’m much more ready to take on group activities. But yeah, I still kind of want to pick the group. 😉 hehe

    • Charlie your writing is so real that it is as if you are right here in the room with me. I don’t do parties either and when I have to shop I want to run every time I see more than three other shoppers. I am a people person but one at a time and I do not need crowds. Don’t change anything, you are already perfect.

      • Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I’m so happy this post spoke to you! I agree… when people say they are a “people person” it usually means anyone with a pulse! lol So, yeah, that’s not me at all. But if it’s someone who shares my interests, then I’m SUCH a people person! It’s the best thing ever!

    • Adorable and colorful little crab! Aw, I think you’re my kind of person, too. My preference is like yours: to sit down and talk with someone I really connect with. It would be cool to meet you, and it definitely could happen.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Would be cool to meet you as well! Yeah, I’m truly not a hermit and love talking to people, but never just “chit chat”… it robs me of my energy and walk away feeling like something was missing.

    • I have a friend (online) who is one of only a few people on the planet who raised hermit crabs in captivity. Most hc are captured wild and there is terrible abuses that happen because of that. A creature who has a pretty long lifespan of 30 years, is reduced to a year in captivity.

      I’m an introvert too. I hated large college parties where everyone got stupid. I shine at small dinner parties where I’m opinionated, in a good way, funny, and smart. I can’t wait until you take your doodlewash your and visit me. I’ll be making dinner.

      • Oh wow, I didn’t know that about hermit crabs. I wondered how well they faired in an artificial setting. And yay! I can’t wait until I can come over for dinner!! Yum! 😃💕

    • It’s funny how I’m exactly like you and other introverts! I can’t function in large crowds or indulge in chitchat either! Would love to meet you and other doodlewash friends someday! Maybe next when I visit the US!

      • Yay to that, Zertab! 😃💕 It’s lovely that we can connect online at least! But, yeah, it would be cool one day to have that chat in person!

    • Lovely little hermit crab! I was having the introvert/extrovert conversation with an artist just the other day. It would be interesting to know what the connection is between creativity and being an introvert or extrovert. Seems like most artists I know tend to be introverts.

      • Thanks, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, the real definition of the terms is all about energy and where you get it. Introverts get their energy from within and not from others (in some cases they lose energy interacting with tons of others at once, like me). So, it’s not surprising so many artists share this trait. That muse inside is rather good company.

    • Love this little guy! Yep we are twins. I too rather be at home or in a small group of sketchers.( Usually not much talking goes on when everyone is sketching.) We are content with our home lives. I know we would have a fun time together, just by our previous mini conversations. Lol! If you decided to hold a Doodlewash convention, you would have to do it in some sort of mini conventions because EVERYONE would want to spend time with you. 🙂

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕hehe… or should I said, sister Lori! You’re too sweet… a convention where everyone would actually want to spend time with me would be a crazy thing indeed. Normally at parties, I’m the odd guy refusing to engaged in the usual expected “chit chat”! lol I would be curious to have a Doodlewash convention one day. It would feel a bit more like the best version of a family reunion.

    • we’d get along very nicely and laugh a lot…love your work–this hermit crab is so special.. your choices and colors…feel good….

    • A thought here after reading comments. It is possible actually to be both introvert (I get stuff done and keep myself laughing often ) AND extrovert (you should see and unfortunately hear me around my friends and acquaintances) — as I say, one on one. Usually.

      • hehe… Yeah, it’s actually always possible and usual to be bits of both. When I took one of those tests at work, I typed out to being just barely an extrovert! 😉 lol I adored those results because it meant, given the right group and circumstances, being with others gives me lots of beautiful energy! Which, by the way, is why I started my own community on Doodlewash. hehe 😉

    • Cool crab! I’ve probably said it countless times before, but I’m the same with parties and crowds – I just can’t be doing with all that noise, and having to raise my voice just to talk to someone. And then there’s the obligatory hullabaloo over why I don’t want alcohol or ice cream. Ugh! If YOU were at the party, though, that would be different. It’d be us against them! 😉 I feel like we’d be in the corner laughing to ourselves and people would look daggers at us, thinking we were laughing at them. 😛

      • Yes, it would be us against them my friend!! 😃💕 But you do know that I would be having the ice cream and likely have a glass of wine in my hand at the same time, right? lol Well, okay, probably not at the same time, as that’s uncultured, but I do enjoy both! That said, I’m certain we would still have the grandest time in our little corner. It would all start my me insisting you try my ice cream. (don’t worry, I would never share my wine).

    • And this is why we are so connected, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, I can’t bare false interactions… it takes energy I want to reserve for the beautiful and real kind!

  • 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

    • I live your bike Charlie! I use to ride mini bikes as a kid, tomboy! I still have the scar from the burn I got from the muffler, riding on dirt trails in shorts and probably flip flops. Kids! But we survived our small town adventures.

    • I painted muffins the other day. That seems pretty mundane, but it’s rare for me to paint food or still-lifes and it was a first for me. I’ve never ridden a motorcycle, and have no regrets. I fell off the back of a bicycle when I was a kid, and that was too thrilling for me – I haven’t trusted anything with only two wheels since, lol. Get me behind the wheel of a bumper car, though and I’m a tiger!

      • Your muffins were beautiful! 😃💕 Wow… that sounds a bit odd, but you know what I mean. And I know I saw them, but these days, I can barely keep up so I’m not sure I liked or commented, so I’ll do it officially right here! hehe And oh no…. sorry about the two wheel experience. But, yeah, I can totally see your tiger tendencies coming out during a bumper car adventure! lol

    • Wow wow wow, Charlie! What a beast! I got excited just at the mention of you opting for a motorcycle for the first time, and I hadn’t even seen the image yet. I think I can say you exceeded my expectations (and believe me, they were already suitably high). That is truly incredible! I can barely ride a bike, though, so I wouldn’t fancy my chances on one of these bad boys, even if the wires are all connected.

      I would never have got to work on the game I am currently, had I not been encouraged to try pixel art a couple of years ago and posted my results here. There’s a lesson there, for sure, even if my example isn’t quite as daring as motorcycling!

      • Aww thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 So happy you liked this! Yeah… wheels are SO tough to sketch unless they’re circles. lol And I think you example is quite daring! It’s crazy, isn’t it? Posting things makes a ton of difference for not only our own enthusiasm, but for people who were actually out there, waiting to see just THAT! So cool!

        • Yes, and it’s funny how it’s often stuff you think insignificant or aren’t entirely happy with that garners such a response. I think creators sometimes overlook the big picture, but there’s always someone out there who wants to see what you’ve made!

          • And so we blog! hehe… it’s fun to see who likes what. Sometimes even the things I personally am not fond of. I’ve posted lots of those… since I post whatever the heck comes out! lol

    • Beautiful motorcycle! I’ve never ridden one and don’t plan to in the future. I think the wind would feel amazing, but I’m way too safety conscious to ever try it.

      • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah… it totally freaked me out at high speeds! The bugs!! Ewwwww!! lol But slowly and safely, it’s the coolest thing ever!

    • That looks like a V-twin engine, 400 cc, with a nice low center of gravity. This one is beautifully chromy. Joe has one, but hasn’t ridden it in years. My brother had a Harley Davidson. Mine was just a dirty little motocross bike, but I did get some trophies. 😂😂 Just kidding!!! I rode a few times, that’s it. But I bet for a second there you were quite impressed with me. Ha! You did make a great imaginary bike.

      • Oh wow! Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 The fact that you could identify it is the best compliment ever! hehe And I’ll believe those trophies. I’ve won a TON in my imagination and they feel just as real! lol

    • Well done Charlie!

    • Very nice motorcycle! I remember a college adventure that involved a 2 hour ride down the interstate on the back of small cycle….sort of curbed ny sense of adventure for further cycle adventures.

      • Thanks, Mary! 😃💕I know, right??? It’s so cool at slow speed, but the faster it gets the less appealing. I guess, in the end, there are many things in life like that.

    • WOWZA Charlie! Great doodlewash!

    • Looks good to me! It looks like it would hold together. Unlike my bike I did. Lol, after I started painting it, I realized I did not give it the pedal sprocket, so technically there is no way to pedal. It made me giggle and I continued on. I can’t help think this rambling was sort of geared towards me and my glass sketching, or lack of. ;P

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕hehe… if you saw yourself in this ramble then it was indeed meant for YOU! lol Seriously, though, I always say just keep on painting whatever you think you can’t. One day, you most certainly can and then it will all just seem silly that you bothered waiting. 😉

    • I must admit, I wasn’t looking at a picture of a bike, just what was in my head. 😉

  • Sorry about that Heather, the DO Shop is closed for the time being as the method to allow purchasing with points was causing conflicts on the site, so I’m investigating an alternative now. Thanks for your patience. All of this functionality on one little site can cause some issues sometimes, so I’m working on a fix for this! Your points should…[Read more]

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