For our Doodlewash prompt of “Lantern,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Treasure,” I opted for a quick little doodle of a lantern-lit treasure map. Though finding treasure seems like the most amazing thing,
Nice idea for today’s prompt!!! I remember going on treasure hunts when I was a kid…quite an adventure since I’m not sure any of us knew what treasure we were actually hunting. When it comes right down to it…it’s the adventure itself that’s the treasure. IF an actual treasure chest ever was found it would mean the adventure was over…wouldn’t want that to happen. Let the adventure continue!!😊😍
Fantastic, Charlie! I always love a well told mystery that can keep me in suspense until the very end. Treasure hunting has its suspense too. Will there really be a worthy treasure at the end of the search? As artists we search for what makes us happy, satisfies our desire to learn and what continues to challenge us. It’s a great journey and hopefully we all have fun in the DOing!.
In movies, the Macguffin is the object, whether treasure or the award to be won, something that the plot can hang around. It’s pretty unimportant what it is – it’s the struggle to find or win it that counts. I’ve often thought that real life is a lot like that. How much more peaceful it would be if people could recognize the macguffins and just enjoy the story.
As a kid, when you’re just being a kid, you don’t know how good you have it. In hindsight, I feel so lucky to have grown up in the country with the parents I had who pretty much left us to our own devices. We were surrounded by woods and water, we had all the animals we could want, there were other kids nearby to play with, and while we weren’t rich, we had everything we needed. We explored a lot, and found loads of treasure. The home where I spent the majority of my growing up years was an old farmstead. Down in a swampy area fairly close to the house was a big weeping willow, and the farm family who used to live there had tossed all kinds of broken things under that tree. We kids would often poke around in there and find treasures galore!
Beautiful, Charlie!!!! Same always wanted to find treasure and fascinated with the knights Templar and all that from the movie national treasure lol. When I was doing research for a column I did one time I found a story about someone who was traveling in a small boat who saw a cave and had to stop and inside it held artifacts,… from many cultures. I got so excited lol. To find a piece of the past would be just a Wow experience. 🙂
My name is Deborah Ann Waugh and I’m a Franco-American, currently residing in Lyon, France. I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, let alone a featured one! I am a complete novice who only started learning w
Topiary Horses. I love googling ‘topiary’ to get inspiration for my stylized landscapes. Usually, I just scroll through the photos and then go off to do a painting but occasionally I’ll see something that I just have to paint from a reference. Fortunately, I was able to find a good Pixabay photo of these beautiful topiary horses, which are…[Read more]
These are cool Sandra! You are making me excited to try my new paper but I found that I have to learn to play nicely with my gouache first. That didn’t go as well as I would have liked this afternoon. Humbling but tomorrow is another day. I’ve been scrolling through YouTube videos this evening.
Thank you, Karen! Gouache does handle a bit differently from watercolor. It took me a few tries to get the feel for it. I’m going to have to be careful to switch back and forth quite a bit, or I’ll be constantly trying to use both of them incorrectly.
I am just starting to worry about that. I love my watercolor and original was going to use the qouache just to supplement in certain situations but have been intrigued by how some people can do some great plein air work in gouache. So much to try to master and have fun with! So glad that I have the time to play! 😊
Fortunately, the difference isn’t vast and I think after a while you’d adjust according to the medium without problem. But it will take a while. I’ll probably end up mostly using gouache on colored paper.
For our Doodlewash prompt of “Shoes,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Tread,” I ended up with a fast and furious doodle featuring the bottom of my shoes. As many of you know, I’m trying new things this
Great selfie, Charlie! I had a brief fling with video games in the 1990’s along the time of Doom and Myst. I quickly determined they were bad for me – isolating me from my friends, making me feel stupid about myself – the whole magilla. Fortunately, I was smart enough to kick them out of my life. I’ve never regretted it, though I do like watching the trailers for the artwork.
Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Glad you liked my selfie! hehe And yeah, video games are only something I dabble in. I’m no pro, like Philippe is… we tried to play Dr. Mario which I did with my best friend in high school and Philippe was too good at it. I said… “Nope!” going back to my own game now! lol
This is fantastic, Charlie. Yes, looking at the bottom of shows can be kinda gross sometimes. I do try not to track unwanted stuff into my house. My Berks stay inside and some shoes stay by the door at least in wet weather. I try to cut down on housework as I’d rather paint.
I have four nephews and one young family friend that I can still see as young boys playing video games. I don’t know if they were in to the story kind, or the shoot em up kind, but now you have me curious. I guess I can kind of relate that to reading, which I did so much of as a kid. Stories are so powerful. And that’s to some degree what we do as artists.
Yeah, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. I always thought it was fun to interact with the story. So, that’s why I like those types of games. I don’t like shooting things though… hehe… just unraveling mysteries and wandering through lovely virtual environments. 😉
What a remarkable view of yourself: feet up and relaxing, just as you should. It’s part oft he balance of life that we must maintain. And have fun with your own Ninendo Switch; my daughter and her youngest son have a blast with their system, playing against each other. They are using the game to be tool to unite them. You and Philippe will have to find game that will challenge each other!
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Actually, Philippe and I tried to play together last night, but it was an old competitive game and he’s tooooo good! haha… later this month there’s a co-op game coming out where I can just be his little helper. That will work out much better! 😉
Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, lots of humans are cropping up in my sketches… it’s my personal dare month! Still prefer sketching animals. lol Yeah, I’m keeping this Switch hidden so nobody in the family steals it. 😉 And actually there’s a game that’s just pen and ink art with only light animation that’s awesome. If I just knew how to code it, I would probably try! lol
I’m sure that’d be fun! It’d be hard to top Emu Lander, though 😉 Games are so inventive these days. One I saw footage of a few years back sticks out, called Puppeteer. It was a platform game presented like a puppet show – sets popping up, narrators and all that carry-on, and I think the audience reaction affected play. Quite clever!
For our Doodlewash prompt of “Rock,” paired with the Inktober prompt of “Sling,” we have a much younger Charlie with a slingshot. Thinking back, I’m not sure I remember actually owning a proper slingshot when I
You are the master of perspective and a composition that leads the eye from the front to the back of your painting. It almost feels like being on a roller coaster – you just shoot from the top to the bottom!
Great slingshot post Charlie. I remember making slingshots from tree branches and something stretchy but I don’t remember what we did with them. I would have been trying to keep up with the boys as I didn’t like playing with dolls. Brief glimpses of small town memories. Likely I’m just too tired tonight. I am just getting back from a solo round trip to see mom. 4 hours to Maine, 4 hour visit and 4 hours home. I got to see the last of the foliage and snow on the distance peck of Mount Washington. Pretty day for a ride even if it started and ended in the dark.
What? No reference photos at all? Awesome work, Charlie! I love the expression on your face showing that you were aiming at something. I have terrible aim with things flying through the air, but as you said, I don’t care to be good at those things. I’ll take felt and a glue gun any day!! I’ve enjoyed seeing the double versions of your Doodlewashes every day this month, too! 😍
Great article and drawing, Charlie! I had a slingshot (of sorts) when I was about 10, made of a strong part of a branch in the shape of a ‘Y.’ I remember trying to hit a spider on a web, though fortunately for the spider my aim wasn’t the best. I completely missed it but managed to break one the neighbour’s small textured louvre windows… Oops! Went straight into our house to advise Mum what had happened, saying ‘Mum, I think I’m in trouble…’ Had to go around to apologise to the neighbour and offer to pay for the window. Needless to say, that was the end of the slingshot…
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Oh wow… I adore your story! That’s awesome… I remember times like that as a kid. Sounds like your slingshot days were cut short quickly, and that I’m now thankful I only tried to hit cans. hehe
Ahhh, you discovered what I discovered a few months ago. If I make up my own sketches, there isn’t anything to compare it to. It was like a weight was lifted off my pencil. Very good on your perspective of your young self!
Ha, the look on your face. I think I’d be the same! Thankfully, I don’t remember anybody owning one of these growing up. With my handy co-ordination skills, I feel like it’d be more likely to come back and hit me than the target.
Charlie, great sketch of a fun tool of childhood, from the tin can’s point of view! It was replaced, in my childhood, by the Red Ryder BB rifle, a much more accurate tin can destroyer. But you decided to follow your interests and moved toward the creative arts. Your plan of life has been : Follow your joy!
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