For our prompt of “Bat” today, I decided to blend a couple of possible meanings for the word and ended up with a bat playing baseball. When I was a kid, I used to collect baseball cards. I enjoyed watching
Oh my gosh – did this ever give me the giggles. Up to bat with a Bat playing baseball – lololo! Oh my gosh! That is just too cool. Boy I wish I could think of things you folks thing of for prompts. Maybe eventually. Still hoping to be able to do the prompts – maybe I’ll get in for the July Watercolor. Your Bat (and bat) is just fabulous Charlie :). The first thing I collected was comic books (oh my I had an incredible collection but I took them to the convent with me and the nuns burnt them all and made me watch 🙁 – a very sad Zoie) Next I collected books, then stamps and then coins. Then I collected antiques but I’ve had to let some of those go for lack of space. Oh and I collected spoons, or rather not me, but I inherited a collection (I haven’t added to it). I collected playing cards. But thinking on it, I guess I am like you – nothing ever got to the point of worthiness because I would see the next shiny thing and be off – lolol. Happy days Charlie and thanks for the giggle and the awesome Bat/bat 😉
Awww thanks so much! 😃💕 So happy this made ya smile! hehe That’s so sad to hear about the comic book collection. That sounds amazing. I collected books and coins as well! It’s fun to collect things… it brings some order to life. And the shinier the better! Much love to you, my friend!
Hmm, let me think…pigs, sheep, angels, mid century pottery, tote bags (its a tie between LLB and PLG which means I had to stop-Im not an octopus🐙🤣!) When we moved to my husbands childhood home (its small but double where we lived in a giant Jenga puzzle under 1000’sqft) we downloaded 65% of all our “stuff” and vowed to never collect again! Its a precarious balance between being two “well equipped” artists and hoarding! I may love a new color or brush but I recently moved my painting area back to the end of the kitchen counter, just to keep the focus smaller and less cluttered!
We’re the same way!! We always say we’re going to stop collecting more stuff and get rid of what we have, but we only do so in bits and pieces. We’re not full on hoarders yet, but it’s certainly possible if we don’t make good on those promises! lol 😉 💕
Are you familiar with Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies? It’s a children’s picture book. One is a series. (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, etc.)
I’ve also been a collector all my life. My parents used to refer to my room as “The Museum.”
I have teapots, Wendt & Kuhn figurines, Met Museum jewelry and objects, autographed books, Christmas ornaments, German music boxes, blown glass paperweights, Teddy bears, and of course, watercolor palettes. I am not a fanatic obsessive collector like those that do coins and stamps and lust after that one of a kind rare one. I do have a lot of dog stuff of various kinds; shirts, books, jewelry, statues, toys and lots of books. I find there is no way to have a “complete” collection as there always seems to be one more somewhere. I think the only complete collections I have are book series or DVDs, although they always seem to be rereleasing something advertising more or new. A new forward or a director’s cut. I think a collection is more than three related things. I have plenty of “collections” but nothing that is obsessive or complete. (I have six sewing machines)
I hadn’t heard of those picture books… I’ll have to check them out! 😃💕 And those sounds like some awesome collections indeed! hehe… you’re so right… there’s often never a way to complete a collection. Always something new to discover next. But, I guess, that’s what makes collecting stuff so intriguing! hehe
hehe! Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, even a cute bat isn’t a very popular subject matter. I like the faces, but the wings kind of creep me out a bit with the real thing. lol Much love to you, mi amiga!
I’m a collector too – I did the Beanie Baby thing even though I didn’t like them all that much. It was running around town trying to find the newest ones that was the draw. I’ll tell you, I walked to most of the places and lost all sorts of weight, so in the long run it was probably cheaper than joining a gym or doing nutrisystem or something. Now – what to do with all those little stuffed animals …
My name is Candice Leyland and I’m from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. So many artists’ stories begin as a very young child with a package of crayons. I really didn’t discover art until high school and explored wat
For our prompt of “Watch” today, I made a little sketch of a mouse checking the time. It really never seems like there’s enough time in the day. No matter how much I think I’ll accomplish, the day is already
One of my neighbors has one of those remote-controlled boats, and is running it on the lake. The sun is shining, the sky is blue with gorgeous marshmallows clouds, and I’ve spent far too long just watching instead of getting things done. But I can’t consider it time wasted because I always feel so refreshed after just drifting along with the world rather than thinking or doing. I think that’s something we do too little of in modern life. Whether it’s just watching or painting or meditating – we need to tune out, and tune in to the flow of life.
Adorable painting, Charlie! You perfectly captured that “where did the time go” look. All anyone has to do is pick up a paintbrush and time just disappears…in a good way. .Even if I only have 15 minutes to paint something I can get totally lost in that 15 minutes…the only thing that exists is the brush, paint and paper. Totally therapeutic.
Yes, flow is what it is all about and treasured moments are never ever a waste as we are always learning something. I think everyone moves too fast as well Sandra. I love the thought of each hour, each day, each season being a new adventure and that is how I try to look at it. I try never to ‘plan’ anymore because we all know what happens to plans! It happens to us all ;). So better to wake up like Elliot – I wonder what I will do today, what magical being will I meet, what new fun thing is around the corner and what will I learn. How delightful right?!? Every single thing can be ‘new’ every day, so I try not to watch time like the mouse. But I absolutely love your little mouse checking out the watch :)!!
Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 I know you miss your little Gordo, and I hope you allow another little furry friend into your life one day. 😉 You sound like a wonderful pet mama! hehe And you ARE doing so much better, so that’s a wonderful thing indeed! I don’t think we actually “lose” time if we’re spending it with love and hope in our hearts. There’s so much to enjoy in the world that just being present is time well spent. Much love to you my friend!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww your change in plans sounds divine! I do love the prospect of each new day. It’s almost never what I expected, but if I just let myself go, my Inner Child has a blast with whatever comes his way! Much love to you!!
For our prompt of “Bark” today, I thought of both a dog and trees at the same time so I ended up with a little sketch of my puppy Elliott holding a tree branch. He’s growing up quickly, though it’s still anyone’s
This is adorable and Elliott gets cuter with every post. I had a similar idea for the prompt but since my animal models are three felines I was fairly certain that if I suggested that any of them go fetch a stick (with bark) I would get a trio of eye rolls 😊. Enjoy your week!!!
Elliot has certainly grown in four weeks. He looks like he’s doubled in size. The ears seem to be in constant flux. Will they stand up? Will they lay down? Will they flop over? You may not know for months. One thing is for sure Elliot seems to be a “stick man.” My Diana is a “ball girl.” Freyja seems to go for plushies.
He’s growing up so fast! 😃💕 And those ears! They are a complete mystery. No idea what will happen until his body is done figuring itself out. He also loves balls and plushies as well, but sticks are a definite fave!
I was just reading about a dog that has been taught to press buttons that speak words like Outside, Eat, Yes, No, Mad, Happy and his owner’s names. He was shown glaring at his Mom, and hitting Mad, Eat when she’d forgot his usual snack. He can make up to five word sentences. After reading today’s ramble, I wonder if they’ve thought about words for my branch is biggest!
Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 That’s wonderful you’ve passed one year with a awesome furry companion. Awesome on the therapy dog certification! Elliott is growing up fast and already pretty well-mannered. But, it takes a lot of work to keep his smart little mind occupied. hehe
Hola, mi amiga! Muchas gracias! 😃💕 Aww I love hearing about the eagles… what a fun thing to watch. I love baby animals of all kinds… so fun to watch them grow up. Cool fact on the female eagle for the national emblem… I didn’t know that. I did know about Ben Franklin and some days a turkey might fit this place better than others. 😉 hehe But, we’ve been having fun with Elliott. It’s been raining much of the week so he’s had to be indoors much more than he likes, but he’s pushing through the disappointment well. Have a fabulous week! Hugs!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Oh my… I’ve always wished for a daydreaming career… hehe… I would definitely excel at that. As for bunnies and squirrels, Elliott didn’t seem to worry about them much at first, but now he wants to chase them. As he starts to chase them though, he’s easily distracted, so the chase doesn’t last very long. lol Much love to you, my friend!
Hi everyone, my name is Annisette Falk-Jensen and I was born on the 2nd of December, 1970 in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. I have always sought challenges in the creative and special circumstances that made me
Annisette, thank you for sharing your images, and a little of the story on how you paint them. I was especially intrigued when you said you build up slowly and spend a lot of time on the light values before moving on to mediums and darks. That must be why your images are so glowing.
For our prompt of “Wolf” today, I sketched a big wolf howling at the moon while showing a little pup how it’s done. While wolves howl to communicate with other wolves over long distances, my newly adopted puppy
Oh Charlie I just love this so much. Awesome painting! As always I love what you have to say along with your art. I was just recommending you on a post on Austin Kleon’s site to someone who has lost her inner child. I told her to start following and reading your words. Allowing herself to find that delight and her inner child again. I promised her she would over here at Doodlewash. It is also everyone on this wonderful site too. After a few years and much searching, much learning (with still alot to learn) it is Doodlewash that can always delight me. It is the best place ever.
Aww thanks, that makes me so happy to know, Zoie! 😃💕 I’ve always wanted Doodlewash to be a happy and encouraging place to visit! I plan to really bring out that playtime with our Inner Child via my treehouse I’m building now over at sketchingstuff.com! hehe I’m convinced that we never lose our Inner Child, but sometimes, they do like to play hide and seek! 😉
I think some people move too fast to be able to become their inner child for a bit each day. Maybe sometime that will change. Your site is really my favourite. I have been around alot now and if people are feeling stuck and sad or floundering I say go over to Doodlewash with Charlie, Sandra and Mary and you will feel wonderful, and best of all you will learn to play. 🙂
Is it possible that Elliott is a destined to be a scientist – in neurology perhaps? There’s a lot of science showing that smiles can actually make you happier – Elliott already knows it. Obviously a genius!
That’s a great one, makes me remember my days and s nice piano pub down in Orlando… “Howl at The Moon” was the name. when I moved to Indianapolis, there was one here too… But the one in Florida was smaller and more friendly than here in Indy. Good memories.
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I really appreciate the compliment… writing was always my first love before I even began to doodle. Also helps since my illustrations are often never exactly what I’m telling the story about! lol And yes, his big brother did make a good choice. You never quite know what you’re getting with a puppy, but it’s a blend of what’s already there and what you bring to the mix. He’s learned so many tricks, though, that now we’re struggling to come with new ones. He loves school… such a nerd. Just let his papa! hehe Hugs to you my friend! ❤️
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m glad you enjoyed this. I think they surely must be making a wish as well. I can’t look into the night sky without making one. And yep… Elliott is probably the reason the man in the moon smiles. And yay! I’ll be watching my inbox then! Can’t wait! Much love! ❤️
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Elliott would love that hug! Though, you still have to watch out for those tiny sharp piranha teeth when he opens his mouth with glee. Dogs are the best… you should totally borrow your son’s Golden!!
Hey Charlie that Elliott is too smart for your own good! Next he will have you growing longer canines (I mean the ones in your mouth) and running after the mail truck. As for howling loud enough, ask an Italian. Well at least in my family where no one talks below thunder decibel and when they argue the hills crack.
haha! Yeah, I come from a family of loud talkers as well. Philippe was a little shocked when he first met them. And yes, Elliott will no doubt have us trained to do a million things we never expected! lol 😃💕
For our prompt of “Sloth” today, I sketched a sloth chilling on a tree branch with some flowers. I was watching a zoo documentary recently that featured sloths and they’re truly fascinating creatures. While I
The fact I came up with for my sloth painting is that on average they fall out of the trees once a week throughout their lifetime. That may have something to do with their mellow outlook. I think we need some way to metaphorically fall out of our comfort tree at least once a week – we’d all be happier for it, I’m sure! I’m glad that Elliott is doing so well. I’m sure he’s keeping you well exercised!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, sloths are a very unusual version of cute indeed. And ugh! Yes… those puppy piranha teeth are not super fun. Thankfully he’s a little less bitey, but I still get pierced by them every so often. I’ve only heard Elliott burp once, but when he was younger (a few weeks ago), he’d get the hiccups. hehe Sending hugs!!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! And yes… Elliott finds a friend in everything. It’s rather inspirational since I’m rather shy and not nearly as social as he is. hehe He got to play with an Australian Shepherd that was exactly his age yesterday and so it was the best day ever! Sending love, my friend!
Oh Charlie he is so delightful and as always I love how you keep us up sharing little details of your life. Elliott is keeping you young, healthy and active for sure 😉 That is a puppies job! lol Lots of hugs to you all.
Oh Charlie! A boy needs his dog! You sound terribly happy and I am so happy for you! Just spent a sloth day on the return end of a road trip! (Death Valley to Big Sur to Santa Barbara 😎) The laundry can wait! But if I had a puppy, I’d be playing fetch too! Enjoy happy boys!
Hello everyone! My name is Michele Clamp and, although originally from the UK, I’ve been living and working in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. My first love was science and I’ve been lucky enough to work on a n
Looking at the first painting in this article I said, wow, that looks like home. Then erasing down I find it is ‘home’ to me. Because while I have lived in California since I was 12, I grew up in North Attleboro, MA and still identify as a New Englander! Still go there to visit my dear cousins.
Thanks for this article, I have taken a fer notes that will help me going forward.
For our prompt of “Emu,” I made a quick little sketch of an emu contemplating whatever it is that emus typically contemplate. I adore this bird as they have quite an expressive face and always look like they’re
Happy Birthday (again!), Charlie. I hope it’s a great one. And I suspect Elliott does have an idea of how to put together a Lincoln Set. Chew each piece to a pulp, swallow, and let the vet remove the resulting mass. It’s a dog thing.
Happy Birthday Charlie. Sandra’s comment made me laugh and I can’t top that except to agree that it is a ‘dog’ thing ;). I love that you found a ton of science to prove that I am not coming 70 this year at all but really am only 16. I might be graduating to 18, but really I feel younger than 20. Even if my body disagrees with me at times, I just tell it to mind its own business and just never mind. I am 16 and I can still do everything I have a mind to do ;). We should all be like the Emu and just relax and slowly go about our way with intention. Have a fabulous day and I look forward to hearing about what you got for your birthday. Lots of hugs for your birthday Charlie and much love.
Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Indeed! Science proves that feeling young is indeed being young. It’s why I’m all about creating like a kid again! hehe I got a Star Wars Lego game for my Switch, a retro typewriter Lego set, and a drawing book on creating characters! hehe 😉 Much love to you!
Awesome birthday presents :)! Glad you got spoiled with things to play with – the best. That retro typewriter Lego set sounds amazing! While I love Star Wars, that just sounds so cool and anything to do with art is, well, the best!
Yeah, it was a wonderful birthday. I haven’t had a chance to put together the retro Lego typewriter yet… my little puppy Elliott seems to think there are much more interesting things to DO in a day! … but I hope to soon! 😉
Hey Charlie Happy Birthday! And yes you are only as young as you feel. I will let you in on my anti age secret: never change except to get better and you will find that when you reach my numbers you will be even smarter, faster, and fitter (but you gotta watch what you eat and how much fitness you get in). I am living proof.
Re bad hair: Mine always looks messy. Ya gotta just smirk at the mirror and carry on.
And remember Little Charlie, you play with the toys, not the boxes.
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 hehe… Oh, Elliott would never let me near his bones! lol And yay for only changing for the better. I’ve now added more fitness to my routine thanks to an insatiably active puppy, so that’s a bonus. And I DID have an extra glass of wine… thanks! 😉
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Oh wow!! I love your dream scenario! That sounds like so much fun!! lol In the end though it was just 3 wonderful gifts, fabulous food, and a delicious cake for dessert. Turns out, it feel just like getting 51 things! So fun! Thanks for the smile! Love to you!
Muchas gracias, mi amiga! 😃💕 Love you back! It was a wonderful birthday. I’m off work the rest of the week, so I get to play with my toys… and the puppy… who demands most of my attention really. Hugs to you and much love!!
For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I’d like to share this little sketch and introduce you to the newest member of our family. This is Elliott, and he’s what happens when two big-hearted guys go to a shelter one day
Congratulations on your new family member! He’s such a cutie, and a lucky pup indeed to have found such a loving home. I agree with Philippe on the two ‘t’s. I don’t know why, but the way a word looks can be as important as how it sounds!
So happy for you. I lost one of our two dogs in January, she was only seven. It was heart wrenching, so I understand. But now we can pour our love into her sister. Dogs are family, glad you found new love!
My husband and I are both over the top thrilled to hear about your new puppy!!! We both understand that love at first sight at the animal shelter and also how one animal out of a whole room can immediately know who it wants for parents and makes a move to make that happen. I am so, so happy for you and that puppy is the cutest!!!!😍🥰 I will be looking forward to hearing about the future adventures of Elliott!!! He chose well!!!
How long did you last? About four weeks? I lasted about two months after I lost Caesar. About two weeks after I lost Ramses.
At first, you can’t imagine how you can live with a dog. Then you can’t imagine living without a dog.
I am thrilled you found another companion. This was obviously meant to be. Elliott sounds like he is an old soul who retained some of his knowledge.
There are some online calculators you can use to estimate your puppy’s adult size. Some are more accurate than others. Since you know the age pretty closely, you put in the age and weight, then keep doing that every few weeks and eventually you’ll get a pretty accurate estimate of the adult size. Some want to know the breed, which could be difficult.
If you are interested in his breed mix you might consider a DNA test. I would highly recommend Wisdom Panel. You get a more accurate breed identity.
I’ve done both Embark and Wisdom on Diana and Freyja. The reason being I did Embark on both and didn’t believe Freyja’s results (still thinking she was part Keeshond.) So I did Wisdom and Freyja and it was so accurate I decided to do Diana again, only with Wisdom this time. There are pros and cons to both. If you can afford to do both tests, I highly recommend both. If just one, then you need to decide what you are really interested in; accurate breed mix or contacting possibly family.
If you are more interested in finding family (since he has siblings in the area) do Embark Vet. They have a communication component that allows you to message any dogs that come up as close relatives. Diana found her brother Pete that way and we had a meet up at the beach. His parents and I watched them both romp together and traded behavior quirks we had observed in both. While Wisdom has now added a close family component there is no way to contact them. Diana has a brother Winston on Wisdom but we have no way to contact them. Unfortunately, Freyja has no family, at least none that have bothered to do the test with either company.
Both allow you to pay extra to test for any genetic defects or possible medical issues down the road. I did this for both Diana and Freyja for piece of mind since both are mixed breeds and rescues. Thankfully they are all clear on everything they test for.
Texas. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got some sort of coonhound in him. If he starts to bay, you’ll know you’ve got a hound.
Great you are able to socialize him with training classes. That will help you get through the “terrible twos” and “teenage rebellion” weeks. If you have the inclination and it is available, I recommend getting him is S.T.A.R. puppy certification from the AKC and then go on to Canine Good Citizen. It sometimes can reduce insurance and allow Elliott to qualify for other things. Like therapy dog if he is so inclined.
You might look into something called scentwork or nosework that is an activity that can be done right in the apartment with very few supplies. It’s great not only for keeping him occupied but also to exercise that very sharp mind of his with problem solving. AKC has a program any All American Dog can join. There is also the National Association for Canine Scent Work. They are a little more formal. It’s a great activity the three of you can do together and it gives him a “job” or hobby.
Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕 Scentwork sounds like something he’d definitely enjoy. We’re going to be coming up with lots of things to keep his mind active. And are currently in obedience classes on the weekends. Some days, he’s more interested in the mind work than running around! hehe
We actually only waited a few weeks… we knew for months that Phineas had cancer and we were just keeping him happy and comfortable along the way. And we started peeking at new dogs as well. Didn’t plan on a puppy though! lol
We did WisdomPanel and it came back as 42% Australian Cattle Dog, 14% Siberian Husky, 9% Chihuahua and about 11 other breeds after that including a bit of beagle! Thankfully… all the health tests came back clean as well. So he’s a healthy little mutt!
He’s already playing fetch and knows, sit, lay down, target, on your bed, in your house, and stay. Working on shake right now. hehe It’s going to be a fun adventure!!
Welcome beautiful and sweet Elliott! Congratulations Charlie to you and Philippe! I am glad you adopted him, I am so happy that you all 3 are happy together! I did the same thing last year, I adopted my now “big baby” Ace, he just turned 2 years in February and he is about 65 pounds! LOL
Obdience class……that is like elementary school for dog. Very good. Oh our furry friend, Cimba outsmarts us now en then but in the end he is the sweetest an most cudly dog on earth. Lots of succes with your Elliott.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 He’s a sweet one, but SO darn smart that he’s also a bit mischievous at times when he’s bored, which is all of the time. Kind of like me, actually, so I can’t really fault him there. And yes! He’s from Texas too!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yes, we didn’t expect to adopt a puppy, but it’s been a thrilling ride so far. Thankfully, he’s smart and easy to train so things are going very smoothly. Until he hits his “teen” moments next and starts ignoring us to test the limits. No matter what… adventures ahead! Much love to you, my friend!
Thanks so much, Patti! 😃💕 Yep… Elliott is going to be a fun adventure ahead. And your little dachshund pup sounds so cute!! And tiny! Ours is going to be much larger… though we have no idea how much yet. And yep… they are a bundle of energy. It’s good to keep us active though! Have a fabulous weekend!
Thanks so much, Mel! 😃💕 Yep… I don’t think the “just have a look” strategy works when it comes to shelter animals. I want to adopt them all! hehe But yep… there’s that feeling that of connection with just that certain animal that’s totally impossible to describe. It’s wonderful!
Thanks so much, Patricia!😃💕 We were so sad to lose Phineas, but so happy we can give another shelter pup a loving home. Though, we really didn’t plan on a puppy… hehe… lets just say, it’s never a dull moment! 😉 Much love to you!
Hi! My name is Ruth Korch, and I’m a visual artist based in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Cruz, California. I love being inspired by the beauty around me, beach walks with my doodle, gardening, music, t
Hi Cheryl. Yes – that’s always a balancing act when combining text with art. I have to decide if I’m okay letting it be a little “mysterious” and not let legibility necessarily be the end all.
FYI, the word is “breeze” :>)
Thanks for your comment!
For our prompt of “Hare” today, I made a little sketch of one hopping with a squirrel looking on in amazement. I’ve no idea if squirrels are particularly impressed by hares, but it was fun to consider. It’s
Charlie are you a klutz like me??? I smashed my foot against the wall or the corner of the wall because I had to speedwalk down the hallway (because I can, I guess?). On the second week I smashed that very toe into the stupid coffee table leg. That stupid leg hates me an waits for me. Strange, the toe felt better after that but I was mad anyway. The toe is fine now but I bashed it again anyway. I should put some padding around Stupid Coffee Table Leg.
We have spring here too in BC Canada with isunshine and rain and sunshine etc etc. This afternoon when I went for my stomp there were sunlight and stillness. Absolutely beautiful. And I even didn’t body slam the sidewalk. This time.
I dunno about that squirrel. We had a whole bouquet of robins in the tree outside the window. And then a huge 3-foot long grey squirrel moved into the next locust tree. The robins left and never came back. Little rodent.
Be careful. Our inner kiddo gets ahead of us sometimes.
hehe! Yes! I’m a total klutz! I stubbed the toe on the same foot where I twisted my ankle awhile back. Thankfully it healed quickly, but wow… I need to watch where I’m going more! lol It’s been cold here today, but promises to be warmer going forward. We’ll see! And sorry the squirrel scared the robins away! 😃💕
Ack! *Makes the sign to ward off the evil eye* I haven’t stubbed my toe in ages, but now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m sure to do it soon. You sure it wasn’t all that jumping for joy that caused the accident? Probably worth it in that case!
Sweet!! Maybe the squirrel and the hare are engaged in a hopping contest? I’m enjoying seeing some of the beautiful flowering trees in bloom down here right now. Spring is truly a time of renewed energy and hope. You are not a lone toe stubber; can’t even tell you how many toes I’ve cracked or broken over the years walking into stationary objects while watching birds, clouds or just daydreaming while walking through a room. I have friends who call me Mary ‘Grace” and Grace is not my middle name. 🙂
Delightful. I love Spring and I loved seeing you in Sketchbook Revival. I will post my watercolor burst imagination thingy on Doodlewash to share with everyone :). I haven’t had a chance to check and see if one can post at Doodlewashed.
Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed my Sketchbook Revival session. And yes! Definitely log in and post on Doodlewash! I love the term “imagination thingy” … LOL… perfect! We should all take time to make more of those! 😉
Indeed! 😃💕 I think the squirrel would be super impressed. And ugh… same weather here… they predicted snow today here too, which didn’t come, but it was so cold. Tomorrow and moving forward is promising warmer weather.. I hope so! I’m ready!
Oddly enough I just sent my hubby the emoji where three rabbits are walking and jostling into one another and one falls over! That’s what it looks like when we go for walks with our niece. It’s like a set up for a joke, “How many artists can walk on a sidewalk at the same time?” While looking at people, plants, insects, puppies, and surf, the answer is “0”! 😆🤣😲 Caught your session on the Sketchbook Revival, it was sooo nice to see your face (the boy never ages! You need to dish on that skin!) And as always, it was so nice to be encouraged to be a kid, especially in our art! Hope the new book is on Amazon!
Aww thanks so much!! I’m so happy you enjoyed my Sketchbook Revival Session! 😃💕 And you’re too sweet… I feel like I’m aging rapidly! lol Also…. so true… artists are easily distracted on walks! hehe And my new book is on Amazon! Links to all my latest books are on my new Sketching Stuff site page here – https://dwsh.co/SketchingStuffBooks
Aww thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed my session! But, I’m still just bumbling along and trying to do a little each day! hehe… and it’s still super fun to DO! lol Doing it has made a lot of things happen along the way, which is super cool, but I’m still that same kid excited and inspired to try every new thing. Thank you so much! You’ve been there from the very beginning cheering me on and I can’t thank you enough, my friend!! ❤️
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe.. glad to know I’m in good klutzy company! lol And I do think that animals are fascinated with each other, just like we are. And I love that you eat at Good Time Charlie’s… if I’m ever in that area again, I’ll definitely have to have a visit! Sounds lovely… minus the crow poop, of course! Big hugs!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 And I hope you have a wonderful time in the jungle. Minus the stubbed toes and bee stings, of course. But, I do have to admit that it makes me feel good to know I’m not alone there. And very happy to know you’re okay, my friend. Definitely send pics soon!! I can’t wait! Much love! ❤️
For our prompt of “Pond Life” today, I made a little sketch of a frog contemplating life while sitting on a lily pad. It had been awhile since I’d visited a pond, so Philippe and I took a walk through a nearby
Oh Charlie – I do so love the way you write and I really think you should put all of your Doodlewash posts into one big book someday. I really do. I would buy it!!! I just love this frog and I agree with you. So important to just breathe. I have really been doing more with watercolor – trying to learn and I did something today all the while thinking of you and how Doodlewash got me started and will keep me going because it really is the very best forum on the internet as far as I am concerned. Everyone here is so supportive. Not so everywhere – that’s for sure. Anyway, I was doing an affirmation drawing and you were the inspiration for it – “Embrace Your Inner Child” was my art aspiration which, came from you. I am not very good at Instagram yet, but I will try to tag you so you can see it. I was working with only two colors – Paynes Grey and Yellow. 🙂 Lots of Hugs.
Oh that’s so awesome on the affirmation drawing! Yay for Embracing your Inner Child! And thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash… it is a wonderful and supportive community here. I’m never sure if Instagram is showing me everything anymore… so if you do tag me and I don’t comment, then send me a note! And so happy you enjoy my writing. I did manage to collect several of my stories in my first Sketching Stuff, Stories Sketched From Life book. But I do have enough to publish a sequel or two one day! hehe Hugs to you my friend! 😃💕
I live on the outskirts of a wetland, and in February, it’s mating season for the local frogs. Every night for two – three weeks we get a free chorus of singing frogs and it’s spectacular. Unfortunately, it’s usually too cold to stand and listen for more than a few minutes. One of these days, I’ll think ahead and have my phone ready so I can record it.
Oh wow… now I’m not going to be able to get that song out of my head! lol Love it!! As for my posts, I did publish quite a few of them in my book Sketching Stuff: Stories Sketched From Life and I assumed I’d make a couple sequels, but never got around to it. I always want to write other things. And just get generally distracted by new ideas all of the time. And yes!!! Please do send pics of tigerland. It’s beautiful to see! Much love! 😃💕
Just caught the Sketchbook Revival segment 🌟 ing YOU! And yes, it was the Charlie (big happy kid) we all know and love to join in with. Hug Philippe and tell him you are really having the time of your life! And all your friends are too! Pond life is good! (Someday I’ll tell you the tadpoles in my mom’s punchbowl story🐸)
Hi, my name is Lisha Nasipak and I live about 25 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. On any given day, you can find me tucked away in the corner of my home studio, a cup of brewed tea at my side and a paintbrush in my
For our prompt of “Cactus” today, I made a quick little sketch of a cat next to a potted cactus in bloom. The weather here has finally started to warm up a bit in the afternoons and I’m already seeing the budding
Hey Charlie congratulations on your new book! It was 12 degrees Celsius here today (53.6F) and lovely walking weather. Sure fills the creative heart with joy! Poor Phillippe, you gonna make him nertz with your clamouring for sweets — and I do not blame you in the case of carrot cake!! Hugs.
Aww thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the book! And yeah, we thought about doing that, but my inner child wants all that dunking in vinegar water and horrible smell! lol
Hi Marisela, That’s 28 degrees Celsius, pretty nice! This is Canada’s warm spot but last year hit 47C (116F) and apparently that will be happening again. Climate change. Our snowbirds (who should stay home during pandemic) are going to Florida right in time for sudden “ice age” there, blast of cold. Stay well and be happy!!
Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 And thanks so much! I hope your mom feels better soon. And yeah, cats are just so kooky to watch what they’ll grow interested in playing with next. Lol That sounds like a fun way to spend Easter indeed… I’ll have to ask Philippe and see what he says! haha! 😉 Hugs to you!
For our prompt of “Cuckoo” today, I felt like having a bit of fun so I sketched a little cuckoo bird careening out of a cuckoo clock. Indeed, this is the image in my mind each time the alarm goes off most mornings
I wrote this note earlier today to Steve Mitchell, and it fits here too. Forty plus years ago when I started college as an art major, I learned how to draw. Then when I found I wasn’t good enough to be an artist, I gave up drawing. Now I have to learn again. Loving the line is a good mantra to repeat as I fill sketch books to find my 18 year old artist.
Well said, Lisa! I stopped drawing after art school and took a “real job” in design that lead to never drawing again for years. It’s been a gift to slowly get that part of my life back. And full sketchbooks are the coolest thing in the world!! 😃💕
Thanks, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… yay for being happy and excited about life. And I LOVE grandfather clocks as well. Philippe and I were looking at one to buy, but not only was it a too-expensive antique… we really don’t have a place for one.
As for winter… it came back for a last little show. It’s currently been snowing all day long here, but is scheduled to all melt again on Sunday when the temperature jumps from 26 -60! Sounds like how you’d describe a car speed, but nope… it’s just the current weather. Warm hugs!!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… glad you liked my cuckoo. I was trying to get just that feeling across so yay! And great for Sketchbook Revival! It’s an online workshop where you get emailed videos from over 27 instructors over the course of a little over a week. And one of them is mine! Though I never remember what I said as it’s more live rambling, but since you read what I write, it should feel much the same! lol It will be fun!! Glad you’re doing it!
Much love! 💕
Hi there! My name is Evgenia, I am 35 years old and I am a professional watercolor artist and a teacher based in Belgium. As a child I always loved to draw, to paint and to color. It was the happiest moment of my
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