For our prompt of “Pathway” today, I thought about those moments where a path leads to a choice. Life seems full of choices at times and it can even be a bit overwhelming. Once heading down a path, there’s a fork
I sold a print of one of my watercolors today. More paint is in my future. The only fork in that road is paint or paper. Since I used the money I made selling some of my July pear paintings to buy paper, we’re back to paint. I have too many brushes to count these days. The person who first said that a different brush will not make you a better painted knew what she was talking about!😂😂
That’s so awesome you’re selling paintings! Yay! 😃💕 I’m giving you a virtual high five now, but you can’t see it so it just looks perfectly ridiculous. So true on art supplies… they’re just enablers… we are totally in charge of the painter we become. And it sounds like you’re rocking it! YAY!
I love the expression on your kitty Charlie! Those forks make for interesting choices. I tend to not look back much as I love where I am now and have learned much from the bumpy paths that were painful at the time.
Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I look back all of the time, but have to admit I jump the middle. hehe… I think we’re defined by childhood and our mature stage teaches us to adore the us we became! Because, yeah… totally awesome here! 😉
One of the things I really hated, working for a large corporation, was that they always insisted you come up with a goal plan for your review. My plan was always to learn as much as I could about all aspects of the business, and then take any opportunities that came up. That was never enough for them – they wanted specifics. I’m pretty good at spinning a line, so I’d make something up. It was such a terrific waste of time.
Indeed! 😃💕 I only worked for a large corporation once in my life, but have since learned that the smaller ones are not always immune to such things either. Yeah, creative types have always sort of endured the rest of the world demanding those “specifics.” They can’t see what we see. And sometimes, they still can’t “see” in general, even if we are given the chance to show them. We’re left feeling like the odd creature out…. and yet… for just a moment it feels totally satisfying. Why be normal like that anyway? hehe
He looks just like the kitty that has been unwantingly visiting our patio in the wee hours. Unfortunately he follows the same path every night. The expressions you do on your animals are so fun. They come to life!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… Love that name for a kitty! And YES! That right there is the secret of life. Little Marisela always told your story… it’s simply your chance to explore it and live it. Things might get crazy, but that little girl with a killer personality will always let you know exactly what your heart wants to do next.
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy to know I made you feel better! There’s a secret here that some never talk about. When you’re super creative like you and I, things stop making sense at some point. It’s like drowning in a reality that still feels perfectly unreal. When you feel that, it’s actually a badge of honor and something to be proud to feel. You’re exceptional! What on earth is better than that? And you’ll DO amazing things!!
Beautiful Mary! I do miss seeing the ocean and the mountains. It seems the longer that I stay home the harder it is to venture out. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here and the leaves are beginning to show their colors!
Thanks, Karen! I feel the same way about venturing out and I find it unsettling to be so comfortable staying at home. I live 10 miles from my favorite beach on the Gulf of Mexico and yesterday was the first time I’ve been there since mid March.
For our prompt of “Outdoor Fun” today, I thought of outdoor things I’ve never tried. Though I’ve tried body boarding before while frolicking in the ocean, I’ve never actually surfed standing on a surfboard. I’ve
OMGOSH, just posted on this on Instagram! Mr. Nellie loved this intrepid little surfing raccoon, as he also enjoys a nice tube too! I loved his expression at finding himself so deep in “the green room”🤙🏼😁
I don’t mind scary so much (in small doses), but I don’t like the gore that comes with so much of it these days. I do think that watching too much of that kind of thing increases your anxiety level, even if you enjoy it at the time.
Ps: The scariest thing I’ve seen lately is the news, so Phillipe and you can check out my favorite scaredy cat scary movies: Frankenweenie (Phineas may or may not be into it); Curse of the WereRabbit (Ardman); Boxtrolls; and my all time favorite, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Also not scary but gorgeous: Song of the Sea. I also have seasons for certain movies, and these signal the beginning of the long dark nights. The last two are so beautiful artistically, I sometimes need to just watch them for inspiration!
So true! The news is scarier than anything. And that’s a fabulous list of movies! Philippe and I did watch Frankenweenie, and it was enjoyable. Haven’t tried Boxtrolls yet… so we’ll have to check it out! 😃
Because I lived a couple of miles from Lake Michigan we spent a lot of time on the water. One of my favorite things was body surfing. Late summer there was always a day or two when it was very hot and humid and the lake would turn over, sending giant roller waves into the shore. We’d go out in the water as far as possible then wait for a giant roller wave, we’d push off on top of it and ride it all the way to shore. The only thing you had to be careful about was getting rolled into the sand and stones near shore because that hurt like crazy.
Wonderful Charlie! I’m with you and have never stood on a surfboard. As a rule the coast of Maine doesn’t have that kind of surf although surfers can be seen in a few locations if conditions are just right. Body surfing in the ocean or being dragged on a board or tube behind a boat on a pond was more in line with what we did as kids in the summer.
A raccoonn called Intrepid and he’s adorable, Charlie! Surfing would require a level of fearlessness way beyond my comprehension. I admire the athleticism and total grace of surfers but I think I’ll be content to be an observer.
He looks terrified! Pretty much what I would look like if I were ever to do such thing. Great job on getting his expression! Funny you sketch a raccoon, we’ve been having raccoon problems lately. Momma and at least 5 kiddos have been going through our yard every night. I swear they get in a circle and poop altogether. Guess who gets to clean it up each day?(One reason we don’t have a dog.) Oh well, another rain storm is coming today!
Hehe! Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I was trying to give him my expression should I ever try surfing. Yeah, they do love to poop! lol We haven’t had our little raccoon problem back for awhile now. Yay for another rain storm!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, those movies were great. I like the slow tremor of the unknown in those. It’s way scarier than anything gory or shocking! Oh there are scary French movies… more like the older ones you’ve described. He won’t have any of it! hehe
That raccoon is fabulous! I’m not much of a scary fan either…Was much more courageous in my younger years lol
I guess now I am being courageous in other areas that sometimes can be just as scary as the horror movies…but I persevere and keep showing up for my art and it will continue to improve…thanks for a lovely painting!!
Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe.. you and me both! I watched crazy scary movies as a kid, but not so much as an adult. I guess we all find out real life can be even scarier at some point. But that’s where art and imagination comes in to save us from it all! Adore that!
For our prompt of “Grapes” today, I did a quick little doodle of a little peach-faced lovebird admiring some. I’ve actually not eaten grapes very recently so I just sort of made up what I remember them looking
Sweet!!! I was thinking today I really, really want to make a big batch of mac and cheese…and chili…and soup!!! It seems like a long time without our favorite comfort foods and I’m a bit tired of salad in every way imaginable. The weatherman says the first cold front is coming through tomorrow; that translates to a low of 70 degrees and a high of 85 with low humidity…not quite comfort food weather (or a cold front for that matter) but we’ll take it.
Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I totally approve of that batch of mac and cheese, chili and soup! Oh my goodness.. to have all of them at once!! And yeah, that weather is a perfect excuse for comfort food indeed!
Wonderful Charlie! It has been down right chilly here.we had frost three nights in a row. I hate to turn the furnace on this early. I did bake corn bread to go with supper tonight. I hate to bake because neither of us need it. It did taste good.
Hey Charlie, I wanna pumpkin pie and I think I will actually buy one. I take the crust edge off so I can feel a bit less guilty. Yum. Lovely grapes — I don’t buy those usually either although I do like them. I just forget to eat them and they sit there and get tired. Sigh.
I used to look forward to all the pumpkin treats that proliferate this time of the year. In the last few years though they seem to just taste of nutmeg and not enough pumpkin. I’m not sure if that’s my taster getting tired, or pumpkins losing flavor. I suspect it’s a bit of both. I do miss a good pumpkin pie.
Two of our cats paw me because they want to be pet. Usually no big deal, but sometimes both of my hands are busy and I just want them to leave me alone! So far, telling them so has made no difference whatsoever! I’m thinking that fish make great pets! Or Guinea pigs!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 We’re all going to go to Karen’s house for yummy cornbread now! hehe Aww Monster was so special indeed. Sometimes, myself included, I think we forget that pets aren’t here to spend our life with us, but to spend their life with us. In doing so, they change ours in wonderful ways through the time we get to spend with them. That’s the gift that they bring us! And it’s such a glorious and priceless gift indeed!
Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 This one was so quick.. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! And you’re too sweet… yes, it was an exceptionally tough day, but if I don’t sketch, then I don’t recognize myself. So I snuck one in again! Yay for autumn… it’s truly my favorite time of the year!
For our prompt of “Landmark” today, I decided to sketch a London phone booth being inspected by a little bunny. I’ve only been to London once in my life, but it was such a fun trip. Big Ben came to mind first
Well done, Charlie! It’s so nice to know that these wonderful old “landmarks” are being saved and repurposed. It always makes me sad to see something old being torn down and discarded without any thought to how it could be used again.
I haven’t been traveling overseas since I got a cell phone but it definitely made it easier to call my brother when he was living in London and Ecuador. Those phone cards were a nightmare. Once when I was out of State on a business trip, I got trapped overnight at the airport when my connecting flight was canceled due to snow. I needed to let Patrick know. Of course, there was a huge line at the phones, and trying to get all those codes typed in correctly was impossible, and everyone was yelling at you to hurry up, .A good way to make a miserable situation even more miserable!
That’s a great painting! When I spent a semester abroad someone discovered one of these phone booths that let people call the U.S. Cheap or free. I didn’t get to use it and in fact I can’t remember calling home at all. I was never one for homesickness anywhere I went. These days I do wish I could go to Door County just for the beaches. Also, I’m stuck at home.
Great phone booth Charlie! The English one’s where always so much cooler than the one that was in the middle of my tiny home town when I was growing up. We never had the Beatles or Doctor! I use to think it would be cool to have one in my house when I grew up. Random memories. I hope you have a calmer week!
Great doodle, Charlie. When my daughter and I went to London earlier in the year, we were amused to see tourists queuing to have their photos taken in something, that to us is an everyday object . I live out in the countryside and there is one at the end of our road. You’re right about re-purposing them. Some have been turned into tourist information booths.
Wow! Nice sketch! For a split second, I wondered if they have rabbits in London. Well of course they do, that’s where Peter lives! No fact checking with me, I go to my imaginary mind for my resources. 🙂
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true!! I loved those Bill and Ted movies! I want to watch the latest one… hehe… but Philippe has never seen them so I’ll have to watch on my own some afternoon! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for a lovely memory of my visit to England. We went to a museum that held some of the older models of these booths..they were wonderful! and I love Paddington…Another busy weekend for me..not much time for painting or drawing but I will make up for it during the week…Thanks again!
Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this one! Yeah, I was excited to know that these booths are being preserved. Sometimes we move on in history assuming the next best thing is actually better. Yet, there’s a treasure trove to be found in what’s come before us!
For our prompt of “Serene” today, I sketched a little cat sleeping happily. Indeed, it was Saturday, so I slept a little bit later than usual which is always a lovely thing. Truly, I don’t like to actually sleep
Serenity is indeed a state of mind, and therefore with us everywhere if we’ll just look for it. On the other hand, it’s also a spaceship with a fiesty crew and Captain Tightpants. I was surprised that no one painted that for the challenge, lol.
So peaceful Charlie! I likely will be spending time with my sister’s gray cat. Just waiting on the call to go spend a few days with Mom so she can deal with a family situation. Likely I’ll have several nights on Mom’s sofa fighting with keeping the cat off me as I try to sleep. Oh well.
Your tabby cat is purrfect! She looks just like ours, napping all over the house. Ours are getting older now, so they are napping even more. Of course Joe and I have been known to nod off in front of the TV after dinner every other once in a while. Especially now that the days are getting shorter and cooler. I made Joe turn the heat on a couple of days when it got cool.
Purdy kitty! Amazing! I’ve tried to sketch my kitty, but have not been happy with her. Parly because her fur on her back is a bunch of mottled what should be stripes. However, I never thought to do just her head! You may be onto something here! I had to giggle at your comment about not sleeping in because you want to experience the whole weekend. I think that is what all of us ADHDLMNOP’s feel! I love getting up early on the weekends because it’s quiet and I don’t have to get moving. I can spend a few hours sketching, why on earth would I want to lay still in bed?! Have a good rest of your weekend! (I thought it was Monday when I awoke, so I am pretty happy now!)
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yep… if the whole things gets too complex… just focus on the head! Yay to enjoying the weekend. Though sometimes I do play video games and read in bed in the morning before jumping out. But I’m up and doing something fun at least! lol And thank goodness it’s not Monday yet!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I did check out the panda!! So awesome!! Definitely instant happy! And so far I only like the cauliflower crust of this particular restaurant… it takes the best. More like the original crust!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true! The Internet itself is a dream come true. Finding truly like-minded people is often a challenge in life. So it’s wonderful to be able to find each other my friend! You keep dreaming as well!
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