Lisa Agnew

  • 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!😆)

  • 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

  • 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.


    • 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.

  • For Day 26 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Breathe,” I sketched a little kitten taking a break and resting on a mushroom while enjoying the sweet fragrance of a flower. I’m a big fan of

  • For Day 25 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Drift,” I sketched a little mouse drifting through the water in a paper boat. As a kid, I remember dropping a leaf or paper boat in the gutter after

  • For Day 24 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Wave,” I made a sketch of a conch shell surrounded by gentle waves. There’s just one week left of the month, and I hope that everyone who has been

  • For Day 23 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Pride,” I sketched a scarlet macaw admiring itself in the mirror. I’m not sure whether these colorful birds know just how beautiful they are, but if

    • This Macaw is a beauty!!!! And, thank heaven we are all different!!!

    • Charlie you create a great place here. Be proud. And only one little container of ice cream. I broke code and had pizza today too although that is my Wednesday lunch. I didn’t feel like cooking.

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Hehe… pizza is the perfect thing when you don’t feeling like cooking!

    • I think you’re wise not to look at what you’ve just painted. So often, our finished work doesn’t match the vision we have in our head. We judge our work harshly because of that. If we wait a while, we’ve forgotten the vision and can enjoy the work for what it is – which is usually fabulous!

      • Yeah, I’m sure I’d over-analyze things if I bothered to look closely after I finish. Thankfully… I never have time! lol So, I can just check back later and see what the heck happened. It’s more fun that way too! 😃💕

    • You have such wonderful ideas and your animal characters are priceless!

    • Thanks so much!! 😃💕

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 That’s so true! And if people see you for who you really are, then they are exactly the people to have in your life. Life is too short to bother with the emotionally blind. And your heart alone makes you strikingly beautiful. Much love and big hugs to you!

    • I have your lovely prints of mousies in my office/art/library space and I’m proud of you every day! I think of how hard you’ve worked to bring joy and art to others and it inspires me to work for the same things, thank you, be very proud of you!🤗

  • For Day 22 of World Watercolor Month and our prompt of “Ceremony,” I opted for more of a ritual and sketched how I end every week. I don’t really like any sort of ceremony as they’re far too formal occasions and I

    • Pizza and a movie sounds like a celebration of having gotten through a very busy week. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

    • I don’t care much for ceremony either. My wedding was planned over two days, took place in a small chapel, and cost $5 less than the wedding license. I invited 10 family members because I would never have heard the end of it if I didn’t. At that it was fancier than I really wanted. Everyone assumed I was pregnant, but they’ve been waiting 40 years now, and the baby still hasn’t arrived, lol. I don’t know how you get everything done during this month. I just have the smallest portion of it to do, and I still get exhausted!

      • That sounds like the perfect wedding! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… not a fan of big ceremonies and well… large groups in general really. And I don’t know how I manage to get through this month either, but somehow I make it happen each year! lol

    • A great ritual to end the workweek! Super painting 😊

    • Great way to end the week. Nice doodle, Charlie.

    • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I definitely needed some chill time. Going to have some more tonight actually! hehe

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 I love the idea of the crowd melting away at a wedding. It really is just a day meant for two! And I do hope one of those beagles finds their way to you! That would be fantastic! Much Love!

    • Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕

  • For Day 21 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Confident,” I sketched a proud peacock. At least they seem like a confident bird with all of their strutting about and fashionable display of

    • Very confident looking and beautiful peacock, Charlie!!!!

    • Just keep having fun Charlie! Just like Elliott does. I love your sketches.

    • You mention that you’ve only been doing these watercolors for a year and a half, which is little compared to full-time artists, but you’re doing something that many of them don’t. Many artists learn a set of skills, and then they just phone things in. They become very good at repeating what they’ve done before. Your work has evolved and continues to evolve because you keep learning new things and adding to your skill set. Your year and half tips the scale mightily in your favor, when compared to many others because you have the courage to experiment!

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 It has been so fun experimenting and continuing to evolve. I agree… a lot of what seems so skilled becomes just doing the same thing over and over again. I don’t think I could ever really do that. hehe

    • Beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 And yes! You definitely will step confidently into the future. Even small steps count. Life is never really a race forward, but just a little bit of change over time. It will all come for you as well! Hugs to you my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 These days I’m moving so fast I didn’t have time for a whole bird! hehe… but I have sketched those before if ya search the site. And yay for going forward with something! I can’t wait to see what it it! That’s awesome!! Big hug to you!! Much love!

    • Aww thanks so much, Shari! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re seeing improvements. It feels a bit up and down on my end, but I do feel like it comes a bit easier now. Not quite confidence, but it’s still nice! 😉

    • Charlie I’m new to your food leash but besides your wonderful creative art…I appreciate your positive outgoing comments. I didn’t start my art journey until 75…but it was always my dream. And yes I try all kinds of styles, combinations, colors…and then give the paintings, postcards, stationary as gifts freebies. I don’t have to be the best but I must keep learning! Bent your ear enough…

      • Indeed, Dolly! 😃💕 It’s fabulous that you’re learning, creating and trying all different styles. I think that’s the perfect way to journey with art!

    • Oh Charlie thanks! Pressed for time and creativity this Summer, I’ve been jamming along but feeling less confident of what I turn out, so you’ve talked me off the ledge!

  • For Day 20 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Focus,” I made a quick little sketch of a mouse waiting for a Polaroid picture to develop. I remember waiting with anticipation to see how these

    • Your mouse looks very proud of taking whatever picture is coming out of that camera…maybe a bit impatient too.
      Somewhere recently I saw a sticker or something that said “Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap” and it definitely made me smile.

    • Charlie I can see who you are. You are a caring guy who just wants to love. Just like God told us to.

      Yes taking pictures. I tried this morning on my stomp to retake a couple of shots of day lilies to make sure I got the colour right, so I can paint those, but when I got home all I had were pictures of my head leaning over. Dark glasses. Mask. And sun blindness. I obviously pushed the wrong button or something.

      • Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Oh wow… yeah… those were not the photos you were looking for… but still might be a fun thing to paint! hehe

    • There have been a recent series on the news about ‘decision fatigue’, caused by the stress of deciding what to spend money on during inflation. I think I’ve been suffering from it with all the projects I have going. I get to a point where it’s hard to focus on any of them, so I’ve been jumping from one to the other, doing a little here and a little there. Not as satisfying but it gets the jobs done. Usually.

      • I can relate to a certain extent. When I’m working on one project, I’m wishing I was working on another!

      • Yeah, that’s pretty much how I end up doing things all of the time. It’s fun to be able to really get into a single project though. Just not always how it happens! 😉

    • Great doodle, Charlie. I can hear his little paw tapping.

    • Aww I adore that story, Mugdha! 😃💕 I can totally picture it too! What a wonderful moment, indeed. Much love to you my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Yeah, those were really fun days. Cool to see a photo appear slowly instead of all at once!

  • For Day 19 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Crowd,” I sketched a little penguin family enjoying time alone. Neither Philippe nor I are fond of large gatherings, so we never go to large parties

  • My name is Angela Moulton and I was born in Indiana, raised in Chicago Suburbs, and now reside in Idaho. I started my watercolor journey as a child playing with the portable pan sets required for school. A brand

  • For Day 18 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Resistance,” I sketched a little kitten tugging on a piece of fabric. I’m not sure if there’s a human owner at the other end or instead, it’s just a

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