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  • For our prompt of “Mountains” today, I opted for a portrait of a mountain lion, who goes by many aliases including puma, cougar, and panther. I’ve always been struck by the intense gaze of these creatures and how

    • Beaaaaaaaaaaautiful Mountain Lion!!! I have a strong affinity for felines. They are purrrfect lol just like all the rest of the wonderful things in the world right? lol My sister is the one who actually brought it to my attention that i look at things in the way a cat does. Many look by shifting the eyes this way or that way. I move my head this way and that way to get the whole picture. Its a lovely way of viewing the world. Philippe is very wise. Yes draw what you see. Each of us has our own way of interpreting what we see some in lines or shapes, or colors, to name a few. 🙂 Its fun to see where things take us. Happy midweek to you both. 🙂

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕Felines are indeed fantastic! hehe Yeah, I know, right? Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the greatest! Indeed, we just need to take a moment to actually SEE things and the rest gets much easier after that!

    • Charlie, your mountain lion does have an intense stare! My response to people who say that they have no talent to DO art is “you just have to learn to really see” and spend time practicing just like any new skill you might pursue. Of course there is the matter of quieting that voice we all have. I just tell mine that I am just playing so there is no reason to be concerned. I look back over the past two years and am pleased that all those brush stokes and pen marks have added up and life is good! How lucky am I to spend most days DOing art!

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yay to being proud of all those brush strokes! That’s how I always feel as well. Some days are better than others, but the journey is the best part of all! As is DOing art every day of course!

    • Yogi Berra is You can observe a lot by just watching.

      • Oops, that one got away from me! I was going to say that I really like that kitty cat but hope he isn’t looking at me! Observation is so basic to sketching and painting too.The wisdom imparted by Philippe, just draw what you see, reminds me of the Yogi Berra line: you can observe a lot by just watching. I heard the line turned around a bit: you can see a lot by just looking – looking being the intense gaze seen in that cat’s eyes, taking in everything. It works!

        • Thanks, Bob! 😃💕Hehe… and Yogi Berra! Philippe’s version was simply stating the obvious, but it’s awesome how often the obvious is exactly the bit of real wisdom we need to hear next. It totally works!

    • Your mountain lion is quite handsome, and does, in fact, look like the real animal. Mountain lions live where I live, as they do in all the mountainous areas of L.A. My husband and I have seen one at a distance while hiking near our home. Occasionally one has to be captured by animal control and released farther away from people, as they have attacked joggers. Something I love is that we have “wildlife overpass bridges” on the freeway near our home! They were built because mountain lions do cross freeways in their normal search for prey.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Oh wow… that’s cool that you get to see mountain lions near you… as long as they are far away of course and not attacking! hehe I’d love to live in California!

    • Whiskers!

      We had my book group today, and since it’s August, we had BLT month. Since my tomatoes did rather poorly this year, I had to buy some at the fruit stand. They weren’t as good as mine, but still better than the grocery store. At least everyone liked the book.

      I got a big 2 inch wide paint brush in the mail today. I’m going to have to paint something big!

      • Lol… yeah, actually, I didn’t add whiskers to this one. 😉 Yay to a successful book club and BLTs! Yum! I yay for your next BIG painting inspired by that brush!

    • Beautiful cougar! This is probably one of my favorites. I love his expression and coloring.We have cougar sightings around here every once in awhile. A result from over building. :< I find I like to sketch like a child when I am tired, usually before bedtime. I want to sketch, but I am too tired to put any serious effort into it. I find it relaxing.

      • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Fun that you have cougar sightings, we don’t get them around here. And yay for sketching like a child… I always do that all of the time because I’m always in the state you described! lol

    • Awww, Philippe is wise beyond his years. Personally I go with a quote attributed to Picasso… “I paint things as I think them, not as I see them”. Works well with my painting style.

      • That’s awesome, Sandra! 😃💕I love that quote. But yeah, Philippe is actually quite wise, even when he’s just trying to get me to hurry up and finish something! hehe

    • That is one gorgeous cat, Charlie! Looking forward to the new Sketching Stuff book!!

    • “draw what you see” works best if you have trained yourself to really see. You have mastered the art of seeing.

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Actually, I have to credit Philippe with that. He told me that very early on in my journey. It made all the difference in the world!

    • Thanks, Margaret! 😃💕 Yeah, I would be in the love them camp! They’re just such cool creatures. Not sure I’d want to come face to face with one, but at a distance… they’re just awesome! hehe

    • I know, right?? 😃💕hehe… when he said it I was SO irritated! Thinking… duh! I’m trying to do that. But I wasn’t. I wasn’t really seeing things at all. Yeah, I married well.

    • Thanks so much, Sharon for your encouraging words!! 😃💕 YES! I agree! I think the copy approach is not quite as grand as just inviting people to explore their own creativity. I promote a short list of instructors who create both the step-by-step with a sense of openness and exploration. For my own part, I think I’ll just just be the “here’s a bunch of ingredients, so go play” kind of guy! lol

    • I love the way the colors in your lion are echoed in the sky. I can’t wait for your next book.

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yeah, I had to rethink the next book after seeing all the awesome things people posted. Working on it now!

  • Today we have a prompt of “Cruise,” which is something I’ve never actually experienced. When I was younger, I entertained the idea of giving a cruise a try via one of those short weekend versions. The problem, of

    • Beautiful painting! I would like to give it a try too. 😅

    • Great cruise ship Charlie! I like you would hate to be stuck on something that big and crowded with strangers! I can barely ride the Boston T and haven’t in years. A river cruise might be fun. A train ride through the Rockies might be nice. As long as I have my space I’m usually fine. Confined spaces are an issue. Enough on that subject.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕You and I have much in common… hehe… I really can’t stand confined spaces, or being confined in any way in general really, as I’m sure you must have guessed by now! lol

    • I have never cruised either. I think I would have enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, but I wasn’t in the cards. Maybe in my next life. I too give those personality tests a fit. Right brain, left brain. I don’t understand how some people can’t multitask. That’s just the 2

      • That’s just they way my brain works.

      • Yeah, I think I want to at least try a cruise for the life experience itself. 😃💕 But, we’ll see what actually happens. Personality tests on the other hand on a completely different beast. I just love that I manage to confuse most of them. 😉

    • My family and I haves cruised many times – Alaska, Scandinavia, Canadian Maritimes, Tahiti, Caribbean and more. Believe it or not, the ships are designed so that it’s entirely possible to be away from people. Our favorite thing is sitting out on the deck. We read and daydream and look at the vast ocean. When the ship’s in port, we’re off exploring on land. I also love to see the lay of the land from the sea. We avoid the gigantic ships and the cruise lines known for partying. You might want to reconsider, although the 3-day cruises may be more party-oriented.

      • That’s so awesome to hear, Sharon! 😃💕 I think I would like to try a cruise at some point. But yeah, party-oriented wouldn’t be my preferred version by any stretch! lol

    • Curtesy of the U.S.Navy, I got the opportunity to see the sea, along with most of the Mediterranean. My ship was not sent to Southeast Asia and we did’t have many on-board parties, but we did dodge a few Soviet destroyers… We also saw so many historic places in the Med. area which provided me with plenty to photograph and later to paint. And just like a crew onboard ship, we all have so many experiences to share thru your community. bob.c
      p.s., you really have to see a sunset at sea – spectacular.

      • Your time on the ship sounds so adventurous!

        • Hi Zertab, yes, it was quite an adventure! As we kept the sea lanes open, we also had a chance to see some amazing places and meet local folks in the different countries: Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar. At the time we did not visit Egypt, Tunisia or Morocco, would have loved to go there too.

      • Wow! That sounds like a wonderful experience indeed, Bob! 😃💕 Oh, I would love to see a sunset at sea. And I love the idea of visiting so many historic places. It would be great inspiration for sketches and stories!

    • It is a GREAT doodlewash! I’ve cruised a few times. It’s not as crowded as you think. Many quiet nooks and crannies. It’s fun.

    • I hate floating hotels too, but I love river cruises! Less than 200 passengers and just wonderful. Ty that kind 😁

    • Look at all those little windows! That is patiences. Nice boat! I want to go on a cruise with my husband. The Disney one would be my first choice of course. However, you are the second person lately talk about the number of people. Hmmmm, we don’t like crowds of people either!

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕Mostly for the compliment that I had patience! lol But, yeah… it’s more intense focus in the moment and lots of really fast scribbles! Yeah the Disneyland cruise sounds awesome, particularly if you have kids as they take them off your hands so you can have a proper date! I wish they did a Disneyland cruise for all adults who are too old to love Disney that much, but still DO!

        • You are welcome! Check into the DL cruises, there are lots of parts geared towards adults! My kiddo is 20. I don’t think we would be taking him. Lol

    • That;s a beautiful ship, Charlie, but not a chance you would catch me on one of those monsters. Cruise a river in Europe somewhere and that is totally different story and I highly recommend a Viking river cruise for any of us introverts. When I first saw the prompt for today my first thought was…river cruise for the Doodlewash group!!!! 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Yay to a river cruise! That sounds more my speed. Yeah.. I just can’t imagine that many people in one spot. Unless, of course, it’s the Doodlewash group… then we KNOW we’d all get along famously!

    • Thank you so much, Sarah! 😃💕You are truly a bright light in my writing world! The writing part is still the most difficult for me, so I’m thrilled you enjoy my words!

    • Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 And great to know you enjoy cruises… I still want to try one, if I could only coax Philippe to join me! hehe But yes, a good book and painting is still at the top of my list!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕Hope you’ll come back and visit and just maybe I can lure you into sketching stuff with me! 😉

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