Jane Blundell

  • 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

    • Sweet!

    • 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

    • Cutest bat I’ve ever seen!!

    • 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 …

      • hehe… that is the draw. It’s often more about the hunt than the find! But, that’s definitely a more fun way to work out, so that’s awesome! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Steven! 😃💕

  • 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

    • Charlie and here I thought you walk every day and suddenly you are meeting people you never met before. Happy happy on the new book in progress, at least in thinking about it for now.

      • Hehe! I do walk every day, but I don’t usually stop to chat. Elliott insists on stopping. And yes! Thinking about a new book is at least a start! 😉 💕

    • 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.

      • Indeed! I think there’s so much reward in just being present and enjoying the moments that come to us rather than trying to invent new ones! 😉 💕

    • 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.

    • So cute! And yes, time, it just keeps a ticking as we blink. 😂 I love the little mouse, and your watch is so cool!!

    • 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, Zoie! 😃💕 And yes! It’s way more fun to let the day unfold and invent itself before our eyes. That way, each day is definitely an adventure!

    • Charming, as always!

    • Wonderful painting, Charlie. It’s what what they say, the older you get the quicker the days fly by.

    • Wonderful Charlie!

    • 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

    • He is adorable! Great rendering of the little guy.

    • 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!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah… I don’t felines are much for fetching sticks… or at least bringing them back to you if they do! lol Have a fabulous week!

    • What a great capture of a proud puppy! You can just see the look in his eyes, “How about this Dad?”.

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I didn’t have a pic of that exact moment so I had to recreate it from several references. Glad you enjoyed this!

    • 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!

    • You’re having a blast, Charlie! You go man!

    • 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!

      • Oh yeah! I saw that! It’s so cool! 😃💕 I think Elliott could actually be taught to do that. Not sure either Philippe and I have the time, but he’s definitely smart enough to do it!

    • Great doodle Charlie.

    • Oh my gosh, this is so adorable! I love this! I can feel the playful sass! Puppies, awe I love that energy.
      Btw, I had a dog named Elliot, he’s long left me, but I now have an Ellie. .

      • Thanks so much, Lulu! 😃💕 That’s wonderful you had a dog named that… and now an Ellie. Yeah, we went with Elliott with two “t’s” because Philippe liked the visual symmetry better. hehe

    • Wonderful Charlie

    • 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!

    • awww thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Yeah… I may not get quite as much done as I’d like, but I have a lot more fun living! 😉

    • 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!

    • Thanks so much, Gaina! 😃💕 Sounds like you’ve found a fun way to iron! Oh wow… I need to invite you over then! lol I’m not good at ironing so everything I wear looks a bit older than it should.

    • Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 We’re so happy to have Elliott. He’s a handful, but you’re right… we just couldn’t go very long without having a dog. It just doesn’t feel like home otherwise.

  • 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

  • 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!

    • This is so adorable, Charlie!!! And your story about Elliott is a smile maker! I think Elliott chose the perfect parents!

    • Wonderful wolves!! And I love how Elliot is teaching you guys how to be a little more social..:)

      • Thanks so much, Varsha! 😃💕 Yep… Elliott is determined to make us social. But, thankfully, anything involving more than one other person he considers a full on party! hehe

    • That’s really beautiful, Charlie.

    • 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.

      • Thanks so much, Walter! 😃💕 There’s actually one of those down the street from where I live, but I haven’t been. Sounds like a fun time though!

    • Oh yes, I’ve heard the coyote howl… but haven’t heard them teach babies. That sounds way cuter! 😃💕

    • Aww thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 So happy you enjoy my stories! And yes, if you lived our neighborhood, you really wouldn’t have much choice. Elliott would insist on meeting you! hehe

    • 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 😃💕

    • Lovely work! Beautiful image 🙂

    • Love love love Howling at the Moon! As soon as it is in your shop I shall purchase a print!!! Thanks, Charlie!!!

    • Aww thank you so much! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! I use just a few colors and very little water so it all goes quickly. Then a bit of clear water to blend anything that gets a bit a little too sharp. 😉

  • 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!

      • I think falling out of our comfort tree sounds like a great idea! But better than an actual tree! lol 😃💕 And yes, Elliott is definitely keeping me in constant motion!

    • It was my moment of peace when I stopped whatever that I was doing to read this!! Adorable sloth..:)

    • Quite a cute character!

    • 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.

      • Hehe! yes… I think that is indeed a puppy’s job… and thank the heavens for puppies! And, thank you so much, Zoie! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed this!

    • 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!

      • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 It’s been challenging to have a puppy, but he’s growing up fast and is such a good, smart dog that it gets more fun every day! Hope you had a great trip!!

  • 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

    • Whether realistic or leaning toward the abstract, your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • 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.
      Tracy Foster

    • Wow Tracy, you forgot to proofread! Sorry!

    • All your styles are fabulous, Michele.

    • This was awesome! Thank you for introducing Michele Clamp to us! I love her work, and her philosophy of “paint anything”…I look forward to trying her classes!

    • Beautiful art and wonderful journey! Thank you for sharing both of them with us Michele.

    • Michele, I love the atmospheric touch — my own style as well. Your work is stunning! Imagine science and art — left brain and right brain active. Love it.

    • Left brain for balance and right for creativity. I found too that writing and art inform each other. Enjoy!

  • 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! 😉

    • Happy Birthday, Charlie!! Have a great year ahead.. Oh and the emu is too cute!!

    • Happy Birthday Charlie. 51, you’re just a youngin’, Again Happy Birthday.

    • That’s a fabulous doodle, Charlie. I don’t have enough hair to stick out, lol. Have a great birthday.

    • 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.

      Have a glass of wine on me!

      • 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! 😉

    • HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!! Another super blessed year, Philippe and a puppy!!! You’re a prince! enjoy every happy, untamed, disheveled moment!!

    • 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!!

    • Thanks so much, Scarlett! 😃💕

  • 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

    • Cute cute cute! When I was growing up, we had a couple of hound dogs that looked like him. They were big guys. Enjoy the perfectly named Elliott.

    • Oh my gosh!!! I loooove him! And while he’ll be a handful for a short while, I know Elliott is the perfect dog-baby for you and Philippe 💙💙💙 Congratulations!

    • Congratulations! I’m so happy for you all. He IS so smart to have chosen the two of you for his family 💗

    • Charlie, he is just simply the cutest! You and Philippe are two lucky dads for certain. And Elliott is learning how lucky he is to have you both – a match made in heaven!

    • 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!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 He’s a cutie for sure, and also… way too smart for his own good. He’s going to be quite an adventure for us!

    • Hey Charlie — Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! This is absolutely awesome! Good for you both — and Elliott too! He has the best of parents.

    • 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!!

    • Congratulations! Adorable!

    • I, of course, love the painting. Probably, like many, I am not surprised you have welcomed a new member of your family. He is absolutely beautiful and I love the story of how Elliott came to be. 🙂

    • Such a great story! And he’s adorable!!

    • He is adorable!! Looking forward for his adventures!!

    • 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

      • Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕 Aww… that’s wonderful you have a big baby named Ace! hehe… I think ours will still be under 60, but who knows… we won’t until closer to Christmas. lol

    • Congratulations, he’s a real cutie.

    • Congratulations on adopting Elliott. He is so adorable . And now don’t spoil him too much and be consequent in teaching him how to be your best friend.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Oh, he’s in school daily… a bit bored in obedience class as he’s already mastered what they’re teaching, but there are some new things coming to challenge him! 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.

    • Congratulations! He is darling! I can’t wait to hear about his new adventures.

    • Thanks so much, Debbie! 😃💕 Aww that’s wonderful! Yeah, we’re super excited to see what adventures are ahead!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yep… we’re going to have lots of lovely moment ahead of us!

    • Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Yep… I’ve only ever had shelter pups. So many need a good home… I always want to adopt them all! hehe

    • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 We’re super thrilled he’s in our lives now!

    • Thanks so much, Janet! 😃💕 We’re always super careful with food and toys… Philippe cooked for the last dog, but I think this one will be a bit too big for that! hehe 😉

    • Thanks so much, Chad! 😃💕 We’re so excited for the adventure ahead!

    • 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!

    • Yep! On April 13th! Though since it’s my birthday month, I almost forget the exact day. I’m already in celebration mode! 😉

    • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 It is indeed! We’re very much in love with little Elliott!

    • Thanks so much, Judith! 😃💕 We’re thrilled! And awww your childhood dog sounds wonderful!!

    • 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!

    • Thank you so much! 😃💕 We’re so happy to have Elliott in our life!

    • 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!

    • Congratulations to you and Philippe on your new bundle of joy.

    • 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

  • 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!

      • hehe… 😃💕 yeah, I’ve done all sorts of things to mildly hurt myself, but hadn’t stubbed my toe in ages. I hope it will be ages before I do it again. Ouch!

    • 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. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I love the idea of hopping contest! hehe So glad to know I’m not a lone toe-stubber… I felt like such a klutz. But, I love that… Mary Grace… you and I have much in common!

    • 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! 😉

    • Why wouldn’t the squirrel be impressed? We’ve just had a weej of warm, springlike weather, but now now they’re forecasting snow on Thursday.

      • 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

    • Marisela if you find unexplained bruises call your doctor immediately. Today.

    • 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

    • That is awwwwww-some Charlie! I can just see you lying on a lily pad and Phillippe tossing pastries to you. Ah bliss! Bliss-ings and blessings to you.

    • 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.

    • Your frog looks very happy and content!! He’s a beauty!

    • That frog looks very relaxed. We have a wildlife pond in the garden. I spend hours in the summer on my knees watching the frogs, newts and insects, in and flying over the water.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww that sounds like a lovely way to spend the summer. I adore newts…. I think they’re adorable! hehe

    • Aww thanks so much, Jannette! 😃💕 I’m so happy this provided a moment of peace!

    • 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! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕

    • 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🐸)

      • Aww thanks so much!! Glad you enjoyed my segment… I’m definitely a big happy kid! hehe 😃💕 And oh my… that sounds like quite a tadpole story indeed!!

  • 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

  • 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.

    • Charlie yes I saw that you are going to be on and hollered YAYYYYYYY!!

      More yayyyyyyyy!

      • Hehe! Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 Glad you’ll join me for recess… hehe… others have classes, but I always end up wanting to take everyone to the playground instead!

    • Love this…reminds me that I need to play a bit more and already signed up for Sketchbook Revival and excited to hear about your new book!!!! Play time on the horizon!!!

    • Yay for a new book! I can’t wait until it’s out!

      • Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Me too… hehe.. I’m really proud of this one. It’s something a bit different and feels like the most “me” book yet! lol

    • What a great idea for the doodle. I’ve signed up for Sketchbook revival. This’ll be the second time.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 And yay! Glad you’ll be there, too! It’s my 3rd time and so far it’s the only place I’ve done anything resembling a demo. This one will be a bit more playful though. 😉

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕

    • 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! 💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this!

  • 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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