Linda M. Gigliotti

  • For our prompt of “Shell” today, I made a little sketch of a scallop shell with a pearl inside. I’m endlessly fascinated by the lovely things that appear in nature, and the incredible surprises that seem to

    • You’re right Charlie, each day is precious, especially during this beautiful season.

    • I don’t take time off from online very often, though I’m on much less over the week-end.That makes it all the nicer when I do decide to take off a day or two. On the other hand, most of my socialization is on the internet. Most of my friends and family have moved out of state, or live in England. With the internet, I talk to most of them daily. What a blessing!

    • Charlie how could you have email in 1971 when computers were not in use then? The Pentagon had a huge one during WW2 but nobody else did. Or did you have one of those huge ones that cover the entire wall?

      Yes I try to cut out computer time too. I fall asleep sitting here. Actually fell off the chair a couple times and hit the floor laughing.

    • That’s a beautiful shell, Charlie. The leaves are just started to change here as well. It’s feeling very autumnal.

    • Amazing Charlie 🙂

    • Beautiful shell and Pearl, Charlie! I’m in total agreement with you about social media. I’ve never had a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account and so glad ….although Pinterest can get me hooked sometimes. Family time and being present in the moment is so important. Life is way too short!

    • Beautiful shell and pearl, Charlie! No change of leaf color here though Hurricane Ian did clear a lot of leaves off the branches around our house. I’m like Sandra and use the internet to stay in touch with family and friends who seem to be scattered across the country. Enjoy your beautiful Fall days!!!

  • For our prompt of “Ice Cream” today, I made a Neapolitan ice cream sundae. At my age, I still enjoy a bit of ice cream, with a big emphasis on the “bit” part. In other words, I’ll just have a single scoop. This is

    • Hey Charlie I give you permission since I baked about 30 – 32 choc chip cookies using Ghirardelli chips, the very best, but not their horrid recipe (two cups of suga, brown and white? Egg? Soda? Salt?). I used 3/4 cup white sugar and only the whites of the egg. I filled two bags. The kids got one and I ate my way through mine. It took about a week at three per day. Strange, as soon as the freezer bag was empty I lost my weeks long urge for cookies. Pumpkin pie in October and then that is it til Christmas (scotch shortbread, the kids get a bag and some for me). Enjoy!

      • Aww those cookies sound delicious, Linda!! 😃💕 Philippe always uses a shockingly less amount of sugar than any recipe calls for. Still plenty sweet. And, shortbread is sooo yummy as well. I think I go through phases as well.. once I have something for a week then it holds be over for quite some time before the cravings return! 😉💕

    • As I become older, I tolerate lactose less and less, so if I do have ice cream for a treat I suffer later. Keeps me honest though. I might go ahead and indulge from time to time but I’m not inclined to keep indulging!

      • That used to be me and hamburgers… hehe… I’d eat one or two each summer, but each time it was painful! Can’t digest red meat properly. So, I gave them up a couple years ago deciding it wasn’t quite worth it! 😉

    • Delicious looking ice-cream, Charlie. My regular Sunday lunch dessert is a couple of scoops of cornish ice-cream in a bowl, with a sprinkling of granola.

    • This is great 🙂

    • Yay! A fellow vanilla-lover! And salted caramel snickerdoodles sound sooooo good! I haven’t had a regular snickerdoodle in a few years now, so this year I’m determined to fix that alarming trend! lol! 😉💕

      • I love vanilla. Tetley makes red tea ROOIBOS in vanilla. They likely still have it. Bigelow makes tons of teas as well and I am sure you will find some — Constant Comment orange spice too (black tea).

    • Aww yay! Indulge away! I think one of the reasons I ended up liking vanilla was because making a choice of just one of the more exotic flavors was too intimidating. hehe One place served what they called “Sweet Cream” which was just the base used in all of their ice cream, so I would get a single dip cone of that in the end. Much love to you! Hope you have a lovely week, my friend! 😃💕

    • Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 I believe it is la mélasse in French, but not sure how its used. I just know it from the delicious cookies my grandmother made. And, sorbets are sooo good as well! As for sport, I do a lot of walking for exercise and used to do yoga as well. I don’t really deprive myself that much, but to my Inner Child, any level of restraint feels like torture! lol

    • April replied 1 week ago

      This looks good enough to eat! It reminds me of when my daughter and I make occasional Ice Cream Sundaes! Yum! 😋

    • My family was just reminiscing about showing up at my grandparents home in Maine, hugging, kissing, running to the freezer where my Grammy had stockpiled: shortbread thumbprint preserve cookies, date rollup cookies; and these chocolate-coconut-magic squares. That and fresh bread every morning with coffee. There must have been something else besides fresh pies and vanilla ice cream (maybe the occasional lobster or clam bake, loads of beautiful produce?) But that’s what I remember! It’s the only time vanilla made so much sense to me. Otherwise something with chocolate chunks in it or thin mints😄😁🤣 Sometimes I’m sad I don’t eat any of it any more (just the produce🤣) but I’m pretty sure I ate my lifetime’s allotment so I’ll be happy with the memories!😏

    • Ice cream looks delicious!! My Mom made the best molasses cookies and I remember being able to smell them as I got close to the house walking home from school. Walked a lot faster once that wonderful scent reached me.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… molasses cookies can definitely put a spring in one’s step! I’m determined to sweet talk Philippe into making some. I said I’d even help, but that seemed to frighten him a bit. lol

  • My name is Jésica Frustaci and I was born on July 1, 1984 in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When I was a little girl, I liked to draw a lot and also make crafts. I liked to make sculptures in clay and then

    • Your bold, bright color palette captures the eye, and I think it says something about your strength, that your paintings speak to me of healing rather than the suffering that made it necessary.

    • Jesica (I don’t have the accent on my machine to put over the “e”) when someone acts like that towards you it means they are insanely jealous. You are obviously more intelligent than they. How stupid and go-nowhere can they be! I would love to say that behaviour is not tolerated here in Canada but unfortunately bad things and bad people know no boundaries.

      Smart psychologist encouraging you do do art! Absolutely and your work is wonderful.

      Take care and keep on doing your splendid works!

    • Beautiful

  • For our prompt of “Underwater” today, I made a sketch of a betta fish in a fish bowl. I certainly think a lovely fish like this deserves a much larger home, but this was the only way to fit everything in my

    • Charlie yes I know that feeling of sadness when you part with characters and story. I had enough of that feeling and started a novel sequel. Ack!!!

    • I’m awed by the number of things you get done. That feeling of being trapped is something I’m familiar with, but I tend to get it when I’m doing something mundane, like housework or cooking. Yes, we have to eat but I have paintings to paint! Doesn’t the world understand that? Why haven’t the brownies arrived to do take care of those things for me. I’d be glad to supply them with bowls of cream (although, it would be hard not to take a sip or two along the way!).

      • I know what you mean! I manage to get a lot done, but there is still SO much that feels unfinished. I guess that’s a good thing… when we ever think we’ve done everything we’d ever want to do, there’d be little point then! hehe 😃💕

    • Gorgeous 😊

    • Beautiful fish.

    • Gorgeous fish, Charlie! Feeling a kind of “self inflicted” stress too as I delve into another new creative activity. My Doodlewash painting time is “sacred” time because it does seem to help me relax and get lost in just the painting. Makes it easier to focus on the things I need to get done when I’ve finished my Doodlewash break.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I know… we always need to protect that wonderful creative time. It’s SO important. But yes… self-inflicted stress is definitely something creative folk have to deal with a lot! 😉

    • Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 Oh no on the couple of goldfish, but I’m sure your kitty was quite pleased! Sending your hugs and love! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I hope you get everything you wish for, my friend! You deserve it and more! Have a fabulous weekend. Sending love and hugs! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Yeah, I think this fish definitely needs a bigger bowl, but it wouldn’t fit in my sketchbook!

  • For our prompt of “Rusty” today, I made a sketch of an abandoned antique car, once again discovered by bunnies. I’ve always wondered what animals must think when they stumble across something massive like this

    • I stumbled on your new book by happy accident, and already have it in hand! You did an absolutely fabulous job with it, Charlie and I’m quite pleased to have it sitting next to the other ‘One Little’ books.

    • Charlie I think our car was like that when I was a kid. A Pontiac. From the juxtaposition of the rabbits against the car I assume this was a toy. I think I saw one of those too. Maybe my brother’s?

      Congrats on your book!!

      • I’m not sure what kind of car this is actually.. hehe… I just sort of placed things quickly in a sketch! 😃💕 Thanks on the book! It was great to get this one done in time for Halloween this year. I hope people will check it out!

    • What’s not to love about rabbits and a cool, old car!! Congrats on your 7th book, Charlie! I will be adding it to my collection of your books!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I really appreciate the support!! If you get a chance to leave a review on Amazon, that would be fabulous!

    • I love you rusty wreck, Charlie. Congratulations on your new book.

    • I love the idea of a rusty old relic that can rust! It will return to the elements and become art, a rabbit warren, a place where people stop to remember history and the impermanence of it all. I think the bunnies are fabulous as they stop to ponder, sniff and have lunch🤗
      CONGRATS on #7!!🎉 I hope the three of you go celebrate!-some more-sounds like an 🍦🍰🥧 sort of event! Have fun!

      • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I think the bunnies definitely ponder these rusty relics when they find them. And thanks on the book… tell anyone you know!! hehe… it’s so tough to promote these, but they are super fun to make and I’m really proud of this latest one. Just in time for Halloween!! 😉

    • Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m happy you enjoyed this post! And thanks on the book… it’s been a year in the making in my head at least, but thankfully I focused on it for real so I could finish it in time for Halloween this year! Much love to you! ❤️

  • Hey there! My name is Jaime Reynolds and I’m a Hudson Valley based artist and watercolor teacher interested in sharing how my watercolor practice helps support my everyday life. I experienced how powerful it can b

    • These paintings are wonderful! You’ve no idea how much reading this, self-control and all has helped me. I feel like I have good great ideas with my expressive flowers. The problem is I am holding back for fear of what people will say. I’ve had a shop on society 6 for years and have hardly sold anything! I think it’s because I need to let go more. To really open up. There are wonderful blooms that show that. Oh I now have an idea for my Friday’s post. Thanks.

    • yes I love the color!

    • I know so many people who fear watercolor because of the lack of control. I’m always trying to explain why that’s the charm. I’ll point them to this feature next time, because you explain it perfectly. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • I love your paintings and your words! We cannot control the paint no matter how hard we try! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Jaimie!

      I absolutely love your second painting, the second from the beginning, carnations in a tipping-over vase. I love them all but this one turned on my art juices likely because I follow atmospheric but end up blurring too much and making a mess. Is this one atmospheric or what is it called? This is phenomenal.

      Thank you for sharing your splendid art studies. That definitely is your niche and your passion.

      Linda Gigliotti

    • I just had the charm of watercolor and letting go of control conversation with someone yesterday. Your work is beautiful thank you so much for sharing your philosophy and your beautiful art!

  • For our prompt of “Bicycle” today, I made a sketch of a beagle out for a little ride through the neighborhood. I’m rather sure my own pup Elliott would love the freedom of rolling through the city on a bicycle,

    • Wow Charlie – it really does seem like yesterday that Charlie came home. 🙂 I bet he would love getting a ride in a basket on the bike – that would sure make it heavy for you. You would have to be alot steadier on a bike than I am – lol. I love the fall – I don’t know why, but it always feels like a new beginning coming. Have a wonderful day Charlie 🙂 Thanks for the smile!

      • Aww I’d glad this made you smile, Zoie! 😃💕 hehe… I am not that great on a bike, so I don’t think I could basket carry a 55 pound puppy! lol I hope you have a fabulous day, my friend!

        • Oh you make me smile all the time 🙂 I am not that great on a bike either (tee hee)!! They didn’t call me “Crash” for nothing at the gym I used to attend – lol. Wandered in with scratches all over my face after quarrelling with a tree branch – I swear that tree wasn’t there yesterday, I said. lol I hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend. 🙂

          • lol… “Crash”, huh? I love that! Yeah, I just found an abrasion on my arm this week and still have no idea how it happened! Oh well… Hope you have a fabulous weekend as well! 💕

    • ooops – lolol – I mean of course that it seems like yesterday that Elliott came home. oh my gosh!!! couldn’t find anything to “edit” – lol

    • Sweet Beagle, Charlie!!! So glad to hear that you had a restful, enjoyable weekend. It is good to get away once in awhile!!!

    • I am happy that you enjoy yourself so much Charlie. Let’s keep doing just that!!

    • When I had a doberman, I refused to have his ears cropped and one of them corkscrewed, sticking out from his head. Complete strangers used to stop to scold me when I took him for walks, because he was such a stately looking dog, except for that ear. I thought it was adorable. I just wish I’d been able to get him before his tail was cropped.

      • Aww…. I’m sure it was adorable! And perfectly natural as opposed to the alternative. 😃💕 Yeah, it’s possible to have ears like that “fixed” but it’s just cosmetic and unnecessary so I say, let them be cute!

    • What a fun doodle. I’m glad you had a restful weekend.

    • Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t really post anything except my sketches on social, but the sketch of him here is super realistic – https://doodlewash.com/chill-time/

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I do wonder what the song would be! hehe Now you make me wish I had added headphones to the sketch. That would be cute! As for books… my taste tends to jump around. I love mystery stories (Agatha Christie and contemporary), young adult fiction, and some romance. I don’t tend to care for books meant for little kids as I grew out of those before starting pre-school, so they seem too “thin” on content and purpose. Also… they don’t really bring back any nostalgia. I really love funny writing a lot. There’s so much real drama in the world that anything written with a bit of humor, even intelligent dark humor, is currently my favorite. What books do you enjoy most?

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 Aww… this one is dedicated to Monster then! You really need to get another dog… there’s another one just waiting for all the love you have to give it! And yeah… a country house is the best. I always hate to leave and return to the city. I think I could definitely retire to the country, as long as it was fairly close to the city like this place. And, early Happy Birthday and much love! ❤️ (I can’t remember the actual date, but then again, I nearly forgot mine this year! lol)

    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 💕🎉🎊🥳 hehe… I’m a bit late on replying to comments, but perfectly on time to celebrate with you. Much love, mi amiga, and I hope you have a fabulous birthday today! ❤️

  • For today’s prompt of “Courage,” I made a sketch of a little kitty enjoying a bit of skydiving. The actual thought of skydiving is something that I have to admit terrifies me since I’m not a particular fan of

    • I’d have my nails out too.

    • In 1986, Ray Bradbury gave a keynote address, saying that if enough people followed their hearts, they could realize their optimistic vision of humanity’s future, and encouraging people to “jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down.” Different versions of that quote have been spoken through the years by many people because it’s very true. We need people like you to make our best possible future happen.

    • Way to go Charlie!

    • Love this excited kitty! My niece and nephew just crossed the “big jump” off their bucket list, I felt a little ill watching on IG!🤢 but thrilled they got to do it, she looked so stoked! I love a nice walk in a new land, a new restaurant, a new painting assignment! 😆😄🤣 Just re-read your 8/2018 post about your little painting travel companions on the kitchen counter, one of the first I read and said to myself, “I do this watercolor thing too!” Thank you for giving me that Charlie! 🤗

      • Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 I’m so happy we met here! And wow… that’s cool that your niece and nephew tried the “big jump.” I could never do that! hehe

    • Great doodle, Charlie. It doesn’t appeal to me either.

    • Not on my bucket list but this kitty sure looks happy and excited! Thanks for continuing to keep us all inspired!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it was tough making the cat look excited since even the thought terrifies me! lol

    • Thanks so much, Louise!! 😃💕 Here’s to having more wild ideas!!

    • Thanks so much, Cathy! 😃💕 I went to art school for college, but then paused for over 20 years and just starting drawing and painting again when I started Doodlewash. Between books, articles and classes, I’ve learned lots of new things along the way. My goal was always to be an illustrator, not a painter, so drawing and sketching are my focus and then I totally love to color with watercolor most! 😉

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 I’m pretty positive I would pee-pee all the way down as well, if not before the jump even started! lol And yay! Here as well… autumn seems to already be on the way! Hugs and much love to you!❤️

    • Hello, Mugdha! 😃💕 I love the idea of a marshmallow parachute… hehe… but I don’t really care to eat marshmallows either. I’m so thrilled you jumped into watercolors! I tend to be good at keeping my expectations low… that way I’m always pleasantly surprised when literally anything sort of good happens. I have no clue if what I do will be successful, but it’s always fun to try and see what happens! Much love to you! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Radish” today, I made a sketch of a couple of snails about to feast on radish leaves. When I was a kid, like many foods back then, I didn’t like radishes at all. Today, I rather adore them. I

    • Love the little snails nibbling Charlie and I love your concept of a little bit at a time. I am sort of half way in the middle. I can have a deep attention span if I am really caught up in something. But lasts only as long as it lasts and then I’m off to something else. Little bit of this, a little bit of that and a long bit (once a week) on something that has caught and held my attention – lol and that is as far as it goes. But I think at my age – heck any age – it doesn’t really matter. We can all just do ‘us’ 😉 Am I right?

    • When I was a kid, I could get super focused – to the point where people would have to touch me to get my attention because I completely tuned out everything else. But I lost that somewhere along the way, and now I have the opposite problem. Funny how life does that to you!

      • Yeah, I think I ended up more focused when I was younger as well. But it was still rather fleeting even then. I figure if I have enough things going to bounce around to, eventually everything will find my interest again and get completed! hehe 😉💕

    • Spending time doing the things that make you happy…best way to spend your time. I seem to go full speed ahead…for awhile, lose interest and then jump feet first into the next thing I’m sure I’m just going to love doing..until I lose interest…
      .and the beat goes on.

      • That sounds like the story of my life! hehe Yep… I’m currently trying to finish another book and keep getting distracted with the book that comes after that one! 😊

    • Mmmm, I love radishes. It’s interesting reading what you and everyone else has said on here about attention span. I thought it was just me that it’s happened to. I even have troubles watching a movie without having a break to make a cuppa. I’d be hopeless going to the cinema.

      • You’re definitely not alone, Gary! Yeah, going to the cinema is rare for us. I can usually make it through (if there’s popcorn!), but Philippe gets noticeably bored and starts shifting in his chair. hehe 😉

    • That sounds delicious, Marlena! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 I used a mix of my two darkest blues and a bit of red where the radishes are for the shadows. The actual colors are listed in the About The Doodlewash section above!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 And if I find you weird, then I have to go ahead and find myself weird as well, because I think snails are so cool! I’ve done the same thing with a leaf to get them out of the path and harm’s way. That’s so awesome that you had pet snails. Big hug and much love to you, my friend! ❤️

    • No worries at all, mi amiga! I hope you’re doing well! Sending you hugs and much love! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Magic” today, I made a sketch of a rabbit pulling a carrot out of a hat. When it comes to magic, I think we all have the ability to do extraordinary things. What makes it all so magical is that

  • My name is Minnie Small and I am an illustrator from South-East London. I know it’s a cliché but I spent most of my childhood dreaming of growing up to be an artist one day. I specifically wanted to write and

    • Minnie, what a great history and such lovely studies!! So glad to have seen your post.

    • Minnie, your work and story are inspiring! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • A sweet story with a happy outcome. I love your work, it is beautiful and unique. The page you showed with the lovely repeat of plants in blue and aqua or teal would make a lovely fabric (I’m a quilter, so that was my first thought when I saw it)! I’m so happy you can make your way doing what you love. You are an inspiration.

    • Hi Minnie, it great to see you here! I’ve really enjoyed your YT videos and of course your art. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    • Loved your story and your inspirations…will try to find our sketchbook ideas.

  • For our prompt of “Drive-In Movie” today, I sketched a vintage car at a drive-in as the intermission cartoon comes on. As a kid, I used to love seeing the little cartoons they played during intermission that

    • Such a memory flogger. When I saw “Let’s all go to the lobby” I could hear the tune and see the snack bar before I saw the drawing. But I thought you would be much to young to remember drive-ins!

    • Love this Charlie! I had completely forgotten the cartoons during intermission…though as a kid I doubt any of us made it as far as the intermission before falling asleep. Our screen wasn’t nearly as nice as the one you painted but basically just a very large white board; posts with speakers that you attached to the window and a very small walk up concession stand. The amazing thing to me is that it is still in business…after more decades than I even care to think about 😊. I wonder what they do about sound these days?

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I wondered the same about sound! hehe… it was not awesome back then, and now they work so hard on surround sound, you’d think it would be lost. And I remember falling asleep as well! lol

    • Ah, the days when you got 2 or 3 cartoons, a newsreel (about news – not advertising) and two movies! Of course, these days, my old bones couldn’t take sitting that long. I was curious – according to Google, there are only 305 to 321 drive-in theatres left in the U.S., with highest count (49) in New York (that surprised me). There are only three left in Oregon. It’s sad. There was something special about sitting in the car with the family, and treats you snuck in. Half the time, the screen quality was poor, the sound even worse, but gosh! it was fun!

      • Yeah it was soooo much fun! 😃💕 We have a few left around here and I might just drag Philippe to one in the future. But we’ll likely both fall asleep since it’s so late. hehe

    • Love it! And now I can’t get that song out of my head–and I’m not mad about it! Let’s all go to the lobby…

    • A red ’57 Bel Air, one of my favourite classic cars. Its been about 40 yrs since I last went to the cinema, Charlie. I went with my brother to see The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin. I love this painting you’ve done.

    • Hey Charlie, I don’t even remember intermissions! But then I was only a young kid. You pay more attention than I do obviously.

    • Thanks, mi amiga! 😃💕 Glad it cooled down there… though yeah… that’s still warm. It’s been in the 80’s here but looks like it’s getting hotter on the weekend. That’s an awesome movie list indeed! I feel like there aren’t as many great movies these days, but maybe I just don’t share the modern tastes. And yes, so said to hear about Olivia Newton John. She was amazing! Have a wonderful week. Hugs to you!

    • Thanks so much, Hema! 😃💕

    • That’s a lot like my mom’s 1st car (the 56 Chevy! ) But it was a 78 Olds Delux Royale we used to stuff (and yes the trunk too) to go to the drive in🤣 I too could also hear the tune and see the dancing snacks! A bucket of popcorn and a bucket sized soda were my guilty pleasure but I never turned down an ice cream bon bon (don’t tell Philippe I used ‘bon bon’ in connection with drive-in food!😆)

      • hehe!! Drive-In food was the best! 😃💕 And no worries… Philippe has been known to devour a tub of popcorn, so he’s fine with drive-in food, too! lol

  • Hello Friends, My name is Milind Bhanji and I was born on the 2nd of Feb 1966 in small village in India. I completed my education in Fine Art (Painting) and Graphics from world famous Sir. J. J. School of Art,

  • For our August Art Challenge prompt of “Popsicle” today, I made a sketch of a little kitty about to devour one in many different colors. I’ve no idea what flavor this particular popsicle would be, but I’m assuming

    • “little hot dogs carved to pop up like little figures as they boiled”? That’s a new one on me. Do you know what that does to an imagination like mine? I’ve got to look them up and see what they’re like or there’s no telling where my mind will go. I’ve seen enough horror movies that this could go badly!

      • haha! They were totally a thing back then… at least where we lived. Didn’t really fit properly on a bun after the transformation though. 😉

    • Bologna, Charlie? Hot dogs are good but have the same fat and salt as bologna. Ewwwwwww. You know once you get used to not using salt and sugar ecept for cookies at Christnas, ahem, you don’t miss it. That stuff is no good for you.

      I moved my day of no meat, fish, or chicken a day early as the ground beef is too frozen for tonight so I get Greek pizza!!! Yayyyy. One hour and 30 minutes to go.

      Take care and think of me when you go for salted foods. See the horrified look on my face.

      • Haha! Those were childhood memories… I thought that was clear. I haven’t had hot dogs or bologna in years. Actually, we rarely eat meat outside of chicken or fish, and only a couple times a week, and now red meat is off my menu entirely. So, greek pizza sounds delicious! 😃💕

    • Lots of good childhood memories associated with popsicles and this kitten looks to be thoroughly enjoying the variety of flavors in this popsicle! Nice one, Charlie!

    • That’s a refreshing looking lolly.

    • Hello! 😃💕 Yeah… I’m sure there’s photos of those hot dogs. I think some people add buttons and a tie with mustard or ketchup. Fun as a kid, at least! And that soup bowl sounds bizarre… not sure I’d want to see something living and swimming below my food! lol Much love!

    • Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 Yeah, so many foods I had back then are sort of gross to think about now. lol I never got into the icy sweet drinks, but my fave drink was the cherry limeade from Sonic. Though I tried one a few years ago and it was too sweet for me. There’s a little ice cream left in the freezer though I might be having later! Hugs!

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕

    • Oh Charlie I ate some doozies when I was a kid too. Bologna, so much bologna! Rolled up with cheese cold or fried over the burner on a fork! And when the ice cream man (the mostly sober one) came rolling up, out of tune, we ran for the curb waving and squeeling. I usually needed some chocolate…anything, but one year he had 7up Popsicles. I surprisingly had those all Summer and have never forgotten them😆 I too am now relegated to no sugar, and now no gluten and mostly no processed thi ngs. But I still listen for the music fly by on Summer afternoons and just wave😆👋

  • We’ve reached the end of World Watercolor Month and I hope everyone has had a fabulous and creative time this month as we celebrated together! And, I hope you’ll keep right on creating with us for the Doodlewash

    • Charlie thank you so much for all the fun paintings this July month. I look forward to seeing what’s up for August !

    • Thanks, Charlie, for a challenging and wonderful World Watercolor Month!!! Will be looking forward to your Tuesday rambles!!

    • Thank you so much, Charlie, for all the hard work and effort you do for this month, and for the cheer and encouragement you give us all. You’ll never know how appreciated it is!

    • Excellent sunset! It is different from your usual sketches — likely because there is no pet in it. Thatsunset is beautiful. Many of us will miss your daily presence. It’s been fun! Thanks Charlie.

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, no pet this time. It’s the closest to a self-portrait I’lll ever get to making! hehe See ya on Tuesdays!

    • Nicely done, Charlie.

    • Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I’m with you about August though… it’s a bit of a drag waiting for summer to end already. hehe And here’s to taking steps forward with hope, confidence, and love! Much love to you mi amiga! ❤️

    • Marisela, God never forgets us. There are programmes out there to help manage SADD, check online.

      Fall shows up here soon too, the trees stand there as if to say they are done and then fall goes away for a month or so and lets us finish summer. It’s been in the high 30’s C here in BC, Canada (35C is 95F) and 40C so I walked just after sunrise. I remember when the sun never felt like it scorched, the ozone layer really is wrecked.

      Loves and hugs.

    • L9ve this 😊

    • Thank you so, so much Charlie and all you ambassadors of World Watercolor Month! So many lovely moments shared! I also finished out with a golden sunset from my edge of the World🌅

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕

  • For Day 30 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Record,” I made a super quick little sketch of two mice playing with the suitcase record player that Philippe got me last Christmas. There’s just

    • Nice record player, Charlie, and cute mice too! Today was just a running in circles kind of day. Enjoy your quiet, restful evening!

    • That record player reminds me so much of the first one I had when I was around seven. It came with a couple of Teresa Brewer records, which just happened to be someone that Dad thought was the bomb, so I suspect he wasn’t thinking of me when he picked them out, lol. Nonetheless, I loved those records and totally wore them out.

      • Aww that’s awesome! 😃💕 Yeah, I knew I had to put this on my holiday list last year. It’s so fun to hear a record again… always takes me back to childhood!

    • Aww thanks mi amiga! 😃💕 I have one more post this weekend, then I’m back to Tuesdays! It’s been so fun to hang out… feels like coming home again. And much love to you my friend! You’re special to me as well!

    • Charlie I had spaghetti squash today with spaghetti sauce (hot) so we must have heard each other. I even get leftovers! I will miss your daily input on the site. Take care and see ya Tuesday.

    • OMGOSH! I just saw your mice! 8/6/22 (Sometimes I think you’re brother from another mother!)

  • For Day 29 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Rest,” I made a little sketch of my puppy Elliott resting with one of the first toys I gave him that we call Foxy. Well, this is actually Foxy 2 as

    • Aaahhh, puppy snuggles and pizza. It just doesn’t get any better. Enjoy!

    • Even Foxy looks contented😊

    • Charlie I can see you curled up! That is awesome! Happy pizza-ing too.

    • I have a few photos of my previous dog, Ramses, snuggled like that with a favorite toy. He used to love the cheap latex squeaky toys. He did eat one to get at the squeaker, but like Elliot, was crushed that it didn’t squeak any more. But he seemed to figure it out because that was the last toy he destroyed. I bought him others and he would enjoy them, squeaking them gently but no more biting holes in them. Diana has slept with toys but Freyja not so much. Likely because she had no toys during her puppyhood. But she is certainly enjoying all of her beds, the Coolaroo outside and her Kopecks inside. She is the one that is so secure and content she will sleep on her back, belly exposed.

      Elliot will never know how very lucky he is. None of them do. Well, Freyja did live on the streets for a time and I have no idea what her beginnings were or if she remembers and is grateful. It may account for the obsessive amount of kissing.

      Yes, while we may get a dog initially for what they can do for us, in the end we spend our lives doing for them, which is also a gift they give to us. I am convinced that my parent’s Dolly has kept them alive. I wasn’t sure about them getting a puppy four years ago was a very good thing to do at age 88. I had counseled an older dog, one perhaps already house trained. But my Mom managed to live through the house training and terrible teens and Dolly has ended up being perfect for them. And for the first time in their lives, they are allowing a dog to sleep in the bed with them. I think that is also keeping them alive, having that warm body with them, allowing them a deeper, more restful sleep.

      That looks like the Kong Floppy Knot Fox toy. Kong makes great toys. Diana is obsessed with their large squeaky tennis ball. When she was Elliot’s age she slept with her Kong Wubba, just like that.

      • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yep, it’s the Kong toy… it lasted quite awhile, but he managed to tear through the first one! lol And that’s wonderful that your parents have a perfect companion! Love that!

    • The health benefits of having a dog are well known. Of course, that extends to other pets as well, but the pack mentality of our canine pals makes them something special indeed.

    • Thanks so much, Ria! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this post today. When you quote me like that, I’m like… did I say that? I never remember what I ramble on about! 😊 hehe Big hugs to you and much love!

  • For Day 28 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Ribbon,” I sketched a little kitty tangled up in some. Lately, I feel a bit like this little cat, jumping into something that seems intriguing and

    • Enjoyed your essay and feel similarly. Getting excited to move onto a new art project for August and beyond. This challenge was very good and helped me explore a few different ways of handling my watercolors. I got a bit “tangled” in my approach with some of the prompts but overall enjoyed the whole experience of this challenge!

    • I’m just hoping we get Autumn weather here. We’ve been behind on the hot weather the rest of the country’s been getting, and that usually means we’ll still have it when everyone else cools down. I’m worried we’ll go right from summer to winter. I’ll be sad if that happens!

    • Hey Charlie!

      They make bifocals graduated now with the enlarging part at the bottom so you either walk around with a stiff neck trying to see out the bottom of your glasses or you do like I did and also get a pair of reader glasses from that prescription. As for the crown, I got the gold one which lasts forever as opposed to the porcelain one that costs $50 less but only lasts ten years (so they can get more money off you, see). I had them done by an endodentist, not a dentist. Fortunately I went to a highly skilled one new to our city instead of the idiot my dentist used, the one with all the customer complaints. Man oh man those dentists make a LOT of money and the hearing aid folk do too. I was heard to say who do they think they are — dentists?

      I was also surprised to learn that the ophthalmologists here no longer do the eye testing, but this is in Canada and the US mght to it differently — the optometrist does so I guess they are more highly trained.

      Sweet sketch as usual!

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Hehe… Yeah, I was thinking of getting a pair of readers. I don’t think the bifocal thing works well without a neck brace to ensure the exact head position! lol And a gold tooth sounds so hip and cool as well! hehe

        • The bifocal thing is now known as progressive lenses so if you absolutely have to read you can look down but you need readers too, separately from your regular “goggulars” as I call them. The ones for readers are “readers.” I haven’t named computer glasses as I just use my readers instead.
          Good luck on the teeth!

    • Great doodle, Charlie.

    • Sweet kitty! A familiar sight at our house around the holidays. Good luck with your appointments! You’ll adjust to the bifocal.It’s just a matter of getting used to the bifocal and it helps if it’s placed correctly in your lens.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I bet cats love the holidays! lol And yeah, I’ll figure out the bifocals… if this time is the time. I’m the edge of needing them still I think, but my sight keeps making irritating changes! hehe

    • Hi Marisela. Yes progressive, I called it graduated but it is progressive.

    • Loved your comments…yes, I’m guilty of trying new approaches with watercolor…for example wet on wet, buildings, street scenes…there’s always something to learn, Heading to my pre-op for cataract surgery…but I’m heading to my 80’s, so i feel lucky to have had good eyesight for so long.

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 Yeah, I have a slight correction in the bottom now, but I don’t like it. I can actually take my glasses off now to read a book, but need the correction if it’s a bit farther away than that. This month has flown by… just a weekend left. Hope you have a wonderful one! Hugs!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I totally get it… I’ll finally decided to untangle cords and it totally makes me feel calm, and better after! I figure if you just take on all the not-so-fun-things at once then you’ll have nothing but fun things to look forward to! Much love!

  • Hello Everyone! This is Tevfik Özan from Ankara, Turkey. I am a watercolour artist, amateur photographer, cat lover, nature enthusiast and a GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) Survivor. I got my degree in French

    • Tevfik, your work is amazing and your story is inspiring! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Thank you very much for sharing you art and experiences with us at Doodlewash. I just hope to achieve that level in my lifetime, where is not much left, I will be 63 this October… Thanks Tevfik.

      • Hello Walter, thank you very much. My mom is at the same age as you are and she has started oil painting, making cold porcelain flowers and making leather bags from scratch. Do and enjoy what you can produce as art. It is all in you. Thank you again for your highly appreciated comment.

    • Thank you so much for sharing with us Tevfik. Your work is amazing and I loved hearing your story – so inspiring. Your work is exactly where I want to go ultimately – I want to be able to catch the realism. I am mesmerized by people with your capability – incredible.

      • Hello Zoie,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. Practice is the golden key and as being a GBS survivor I know that nothing is impossible if you really want to do it. Many thanks again. Cheers x

    • Hello Mugdha,

      It feels so good that people read and feel it. Thank you so much.

      Loves,
      Tevfik

    • Hey! You made me so happy that you found it. Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope the paintings would bring you good luck. Cheers x 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your fascinating journey

  • For Day 27 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Group,” I sketched a little trio of painted buntings. I’ve always loved sketching birds, so this seemed like to perfect opportunity to do so again.

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