My name is Eva Smith. I’m originally from Leicester, England. My family immigrated to Canada when I was still a baby and we settled in Toronto, Ontario. My husband and I have moved around a fair bit in our f
Helen, thank you! Ola was a rescue, so the painting’s title is “Forever Home”. Those are my husband’s hands she cradled in, I took the photo just a few hours after we brought her home… she’s still be doing that if she could if was small enough, now she has to cuddle.. LOL
For the prompt of “Reptile” today, I’m popping in with a quick little doodle of a chameleon. I’ve been a bit of a chameleon myself over these past few months while I change up my style a bit. When I first started
Good for you getting your book closer to done! I finally finished a cover for my upcoming poetry chapbook. Instead of watercolor, it’s an ink painting. Now I just have to wait for warmer weather so I can get it varnished and UV protected.
A happy (karma karma karma karma karma) chameleon. That’ll be in your head for days now, if it wasn’t already. You’re welcome! 😉 It’s still strange not having you show up every day and it feels like years since we last spoke, but thank goodness pizza night remains a constant! All the best. <3
Oh you did that on purpose!!! ARGGH! LOL! That song will never leave now. lol Yeah, I just couldn’t keep the same schedule and still well… attempt to illustrate a book at least. It’s way harder than I thought and taking lots more practice and time, but it’s fun to DO! Hope you’re doing well my friend! 😃💕
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, my insatiable optimism really helped get me through this. In truth, I’m such an introvert that it wasn’t all bad, but a bit boring. Will be nice to get out and about again one day!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 The pizza was wonderful as always… and Friday night is the official start of the weekend so it’s always my favorite! And yay to fur babies, though I think ours is definitely spoiled. And Monster sounds like he knew exactly how to sniff out treats and fun! Glad you hear things are on the mend there. The weather here has been a touch cool, but sunny and beautiful. Hugs to you!!
Hello, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m glad my little chameleon wasn’t scary for you. Great to see you again my friend! Yeah, it was really cold here and snowy for a week or so and then it warmed up and everything melted. Spring is on the way indeed! I can’t wait! Hope all is well with you!
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! I don’t believe in seeking perfection because what might be perfect for me might not be for you! It’s about doing what gives you fulfillment and trying to learn and gro
Hello Saumya, Thanks for sharing you cute little story and your art with us. Hope your baby will also inherit this trait from you. The flowers are beautiful themselves but I find them challenging painting them. It seems you have got a knack of it. Kudos!
All the best for your future journey of art and motherhood..
Thanks for your wishes..yes I do hope my daughter develops her talents and pursue whatever she likes. Thanks for complimenting my work..yes sometimes people do face challenge, but honestly, you just have to let yourself flow with the colors 🙂 I have been thinking of starting tutorials..if you want i will be happy to share.. thanks again!
Thanks for a good reminder. Going back to your art despite of failures for the joy of creating is important. Art any hobby is like water, even if you can’t swim you can still soothe your soul by wetting your feet
Saumya thank you for sharing your art and journey with us. Both are beautiful. It’s obvious that your heart is filled with joy and gratitude because it shows in your work. In addition to your artistic talent it’s refreshing to “meet” someone with a mature and gentle outlook on life. We can all think of those who have lived several decades longer than you have so far, and they haven’t figured out their priorities as well as you have. I’m sure you will have success at anything you put your mind to. All the best to you.
Thank you for the kind words and lovely wishes. They make me feel so wonderful. Yes, I do believe that its upto us how we want to live our life..and I believe in living a joyous and memorable life. Thanks a ton for your wishes ❤️
Thank you so much..also I am glad to know that you can connect and relate to the message behind this article. I totally agree with your example of football..thats so true.. a happy mind rests in happy heart only.
Hi Saumya, I visited your Instagram so I could put a face to this wonderful story that truly has touched me in so many ways. Your florals are all gorgeous, like being in field of colours year round. I was especially drawn to your roses, which you paint in wonderful colours. Lastly your topic title was perfectly expressed, I’ve been a perfectionist since childhood and still into my senior years, but working on it so I can paint with less critiquing on my art from myself. You have such amazing journey’s ahead with your wonderful family, thank you for sharing a part of your journey🤗
Thank you so much for reading my art jjourney and visiting my insta handle. It means a lot to me. Such lovely comments that I have received here from you and others makes me feels so good that my message has reached my readers. Thank you once again, I am so delighted 🙂 and yes, i love painting roses, I am just exploring new and new colors and styles of painting 🙂 Best wishes to you too.
Just popping in with a little sketch inspired by today’s prompt of “Wooden Toys.” I thought the little mouse character I’ve been sketching these last few days for my next book might enjoy a ride in a wooden toy
Hey Charlie! Advice from a fellow writer — share your pages AFTER your book is published, not before.
About pooping in sub zero temps. My grandfather had an outhouse and no bathroom in the house. This was in the 40s. He was fine with that until my father, his son in law, convinced him to “do it for the old lady.” ohright, ohright, he said in his broken English, but I won’t use it., He didn’t. Not until the temps threatened to freeze his innards let alone his bottom. Then he decided just this one time. After that he decided an indoor outhouse is a good idea. I should add that at one time they moved the outhouse and he forgot and fell in. When he stood on the porch stark naked his neighbour had lots of jokes to say (who’s that naked guy on the porch? Dunno, maybe the old lady had someone here (ya right Grampa).
Not part of the story but my other grandfather, who had a bathroom in his house, unbelievably shared a birthday — Feb 17! — with the grampa of the outhouse. I do not know how that happened. Different year yes.
Phineas is undoubtedly shaking the ice off his tail. He emailed and told me.
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ll be waiting until after I publish to share bits of my journey. The book is unusual, so I don’t want to give too much of the surprise away. Hehe And the outhouse story is awesome!! I love that!! How fun!!
We just had our four days of snow and it’s well on its way to being melted. We never got sub-zero temps, just done to the high 20’s and have bounced back up to the high 40’s. That’s more than enough for me. I don’t know how the rest of you can stand all that snow – it’s claustrophobic!
This mouse is just way cute and has such a wonderful, confident, joyful attitude!! Phineas just might be shaking the ice off his tail. I have memories of the outhouse on my grandparent’s farm and I will be forever thankful for modern plumbing…brrrr.
Wow! The wee-wee pad is a miracle invention you guys! Phineas is a trooper!
I m loving the mousie on the wing, he also is a daredevil, just like my hero Mighty Mouse. I think I agree with your other writers-get it bound and boxed before you give us a preview! I feel a lot of joy in your character and your post! It’s really exciting and I’m going to check out the interview.🤗
Well, this was our first day with power. We’ve been without since Monday because of our snow and freezing rain storm. Living like a bunch of vagabonds bundled up. No heat source, evenings with lanterns and flashlights. Luckily we have had hot water thanks to natural gas(boo to those folks who want ot do away with it :< ) My in-laws brought over a campstove we had a tiny bit of heat when I cooked. The warmest it got in the house was a balmy 59. They took most of the freezer food and our fridge food went in coolers with bags of snow. Our heater we ordered last weekend from Amazon arrived last night. We didn't have mail for 6 days. On the happy side, I was able to do a lot of sketching and painting! It's been an adventure I hope to never experience again. Good to see your work again…..so darling!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow! I’m so happy to hear that your power came back!! That’s truly a vagabond lifestyle… and so glad you made it through. Extra time to sketch and paint is always an awesome thing to have though indeed!
Hi, my name is Kusum Shabong and I am a watercolour artist from Wokingham in the United Kingdom. As with most artists, my love for painting is rooted in my childhood. Growing up in the tea gardens of North India
Thanks for sharing your art journey and painting with us. Your work is fresh and beautiful. I like your attitude towards your work and the way of looking at failure. These lines in particular are inspiring
“Although it’s true we are our own worst critics, it is important to find parts of the painting that you are proud of. It’s also important to look back at your progress from time to time”
I’m dropping in again for the prompt of “Kingfisher” today, with a little doodle of one. I’ve sketched these birds very realistically before, so I thought I’d try something a bit different. I’ve been practicing
Charlie, I love seeing your postings and Doodles every day. You have so much to offer and it gives me a chance to ideas when I don’t find my own inspiration.
Thanks for all you do !
Villa Rica, GA
I can’t wait until your book is done – it is going to be so fantastic! Dogs are so funny about their feet. My mastiffs hated getting them wet, but then, despite loving being dried off with a towel, they’d fight having their feet dried as well. They must get these odd quirks from humans – the only animal that’s quirkier!
Lovely Kingfisher Charlie! I am a little daunted but I should try🤷♀️ I can hardly wait for the first new book-I was thinking about signed copies and I also happened on a website that will turn your drawing into a plush toy! Hmmmm🤔 My creative- marketing- fundraising head spins-but then I remember I have to get back to my own projects 😄😁😆( But it is just so much fun to daydream about where I could go!)
Yes! Actually the fashion did work and Phineas did his business! 😉 Maybe he just needed fashion in the end. It’s soooo cold here now… we always get a week or so like this every winter. We’re all just cuddled up indoors as much as possible. And a Panda sounds fun! I’ll have to try one in my new character style! 😃💕
Thanks, Gaina! 😃💕 Yeah, Kingfishers are so fun… hope you meet one soon! As for Phineas, he has several sweaters… hehe… here’s an older sketch of him wearing one- https://doodlewash.com/sweater-weather/
My name is Lisa Sinicki and I currently live in Decatur, Georgia but grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. When I was twelve, a professional watercolor artist, Katherine Liu, moved into our neighborhood. My mother, who
Your work is beautiful and lively, Lisa! I was moved by your video about your Mom’s underwear, having lost my own a year ago. I’m now wearing many of her outfits for the same reason – we did most of our clothes shopping together and she kept hers immaculate. Another skill lost in time! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us.
Lisa, your soft-edge color application adds an ethereal aspect to your work, many of the paintings on the website are great for meditation. One can just float off like in a dream! But the humorous drawings are really funny!
Though I’m still simply popping in and out with my posts these days, a prompt of “Penguin” was too fun to pass up! So I made a quick little doodle of a penguin having a bit of fun in the snow. It’s actually been
It’s surprising how difficult it can be to visualize a situation for your book, or get all the proportions right. I have a wombat sliding down a giraffe’s neck (which I’m sure would break the giraffe’s neck in real life!). I’ve figured out I can’t go with true proportions and fit everything I want. Makes me appreciate all those artists of the children’s books I used to read!
I know!! Me too! The best thing about this journey is my HUGE extra heaping of respect and awe for all of those children’s book illustrators. It’s a challenge indeed! And a wombat sliding down a giraffe’s neck sounds super fun! 😃💕
Cool penguin! And they do enjoy sliding, although without sleds or saucers. We had one of those sunny days today, after getting hit with about 20 inches of light, fluffy powder snow. What a glorious sight! And then the clouds returned, but it was magical for a moment. Best of luck on the book, we are all waiting!
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 yeah, I adore those sunny blue sky days after a bit fully snow. Best part of winter! Yep, the book is coming along much slower than my eager inner child thought it might. But it’s a steady process!
Aha! You have entered my world! The world of sketching imaginative characters. No worries on how they look because there isn’t anything to compare them to. It is so freeing and definitely fun! Just like your little penguin! Good to hear you are plugging along on your new book!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yes! Yay! It’s so fun to just make up characters. Unfortunately, for a book, after you make they then you DO have to compare and try to get them to look like the same character each time. That part… ugh… still chugging along and practicing to make that happen. Right now, 4 out of 5 of my mouse poses for my book looked like the same mouse, so I’m improving! lol
This little penguin is so adorable, and as soon as you said “not part of any story yet,” all I could think is how much fun a family of voles would have tobogganing on a penguin’s back! I love this community! I hope you are having so much fun and relishing every “run” you make at the characters and story. It certainly is inspiring!
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Oh, I’m sure a family of vole would love to join and take a ride on the sled! hehe Fun! Yep… I’m enjoying every moment of the current process, but it really does feel like starting over and going to school some days! Which is equally fun because I’m a bit nerd who’s always adored school! 😉lol
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 And indeed! We should never live in fear, but…. when you get older it’s wise to be a bit prudent so important things don’t break! lol And you totally need to visit some snow and sled down a hill. It can still be bumpy, but you can just roll off at any time. I’ve never been skiing the idea of standing at my height means I’m way too far from the ground! hehe
Hi I’m Shikha Garg, a watercolour artist and art educator and I live in Bangalore, India, with my husband and twin daughters. Originally a Visual Communication Designer, I worked with advertising and design a
Thank you Lori! Yes, I do love painting wet into wet which causes soft edges (we call them lost edges in watercolor)…it would be great if you could check out my channel and shop on Etsy! Thank you for reading about my journey and your lovely words, I’m truly humbled 🙂
Shikha, thank you for posting your works, they are so evocative! The sketches are so “right there at the moment” while the floral, still life and landscape works have a dreamlike feel to them. Super paintings, best of luck on your journey!
Thank you Robert! I’m really so happy to hear your words about my work because they kind of sum up my own feelings when I’m creating art… the sketches are a reflection of my observations and joy when I’m travelling and when I paint in the studio I’m mostly dreaming :-)!! Good luck to you too…
Hi Mugdha! Greeting back to you from Bangalore! You are welcome, I love sharing what I know about watercolours and can talk about art all day and night 😀
Sure I would love to share tips with you on how I paint! I will be posting more regularly on my Youtube this coming year… you could also follow me on Instagram (@ShikhaGargArtStudio) where I am quite active and would be happy to answer questions via DM!
Good luck, and yes, I’d like to share something a wonderful artist said to me at the start of my jouney – “just paint. after you have painted a 100 artworks, look back at your first few, that itself will be the biggest learning and motivation1” – so you can do it, just keep painting, playing and having fun!
It’s been several days now since my last post, so I figured I’d pop in again and say hello with a little sketch of a wee bunny. For those of who might have missed my previous posts, I’m taking a bit of a break
I spied a rabbit this morning eating spilled bird seed from under my feeders.
I’ve been doing more with alcohol ink these days than watercolor. I made a cover image for my forthcoming poetry chapbook. My publisher loves it as do I.
It’s been Covid quiet around here. My biggest thrill lately has been the blossoming of 12 of my amaryllis. The cats don’t chew on the for which I’m grateful. The have been nibbling the leaves of my lemon grass and then throwing up, and that’s disgusting, but Joe cleans it up, so there’s that. Lol!
Sweet rabbit!! Happy to hear that things are going well and look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. I spent a long, long time working at our kitchen table when we lived in NYS and did finally end up with a studio in our basement up there but the basement had big windows that looked out on the woods so it was wonderful. The usual, run of the mill basement would not be an ideal creative space. Maybe time to look for a house? Glad you are all doing well.
Charlie just use your dining table like I do. If I get company we can go in the living room or move my art stuff over. You don’t need a fancy desk (use the money to hire an electrician, yikes), just a corner of your kitchy. Shelves or cabinet to hold the supplies which reminds me I have to try and find same, get the stuff off the table once in awhile.
Now that I told you how to live and totally expect you to ignore that, good to hear from you and excited to hear your plans!
So glad to hear from you, Charlie! I’ve missed your daily visits! It’s wonderful that you’re coming along with the book. Since I decided I was going to start over with gouache, I took a break from the book, to mull it over, and intend to start back next month.Sometimes, that results in ideas bursting out of my head. Sometimes not. We’ll see.
Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, that’s sounds like a good plan. I’ve honestly just been scribbling characters and not putting too much pressure to jump too far ahead. I need to think it out and practice more! 😉
Good Morning Charlie! What a sweet little sketch. I miss your little daily posts, however it has given me some extra time to sketch in the morning. Bittersweet. Until next time, enjoy your new journey!
I hope you can figure out a place to sketch. This summer we converted our garage into an art studio for larger pieces but it’s not heated so my husband is back in his office. Now he paints smaller works but his office is quickly becoming a mess. He’s not a neat painter. Lucky me, I have my ‘art studio’ in back of the master bedroom. Not ideal but it works and I’m able to keep the sleeping area and my studio separate. Love your bunny by the way. Are you working on a children’s book?
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I had a desk until quarantine and now it’s Philippe’s workstation. hehe As for the book, it’s like a children’s book, but really for people of all ages, and a touch interactive! 😉
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Long time no chat! Yeah, my dining room table has been a place I’ve used, but I can’t keep everything out and have to put it all away when we have the house cleaned. Thanks for the encouragement… it’s been humbling to realize just how much I have to practice and learn to make my idea happen! Hugs to you!
Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Missed you tons as well! Yeah, that fairy did well on the last thing so that might work! hehe Hoping to have some news to share next month. It’s wild how much I still have to learn to make my idea happen! 😉
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, there’s much to do and much to solve, but I’ll figure it all out. I think I thought things would go much faster on my book, but I’m moving along slowly and surely now! hehe
My name is Kathy Lee from Sydney, Australia. Who would have thought 2020 would bring Covid into our lives, and lead to me discovering at the ripe old age of 69 that I could paint, and yet that’s exactly what h
Serendipity at work – how wonderful that you discovered watercolor, both for the joy you receive in using it, and the joy of the beholder in viewing your awesome paintings! Thank you for sharing you artistic journey with us!
Kathy Lee you are a Master. The teacher who told you you can’t do art, is stupid. End of story. We have those kind up in Canada too (my kid’s teacher insisted that because I am a writer,I wrote the kid’s essay . I did not and she got a huge blast from me. Your art is absolutely beautiful. You could be teaching that.
And what is that you say about “ripe old age of 69 ?” It is not too ripe or we would not be able to learn things like how to paint like you do. And it’s not old whatever that is. I am smiling by the way.
Your story is so heart warming and it brought tears to my eyes. You took that leaf of faith into a dream you craved within your heart. Now all your awesome paintings show the true meaning, that an artist journey begins at any age. Your an inspiriting young lady who has found a beautiful journey to travel on through 2020 and going forward. Thank you for your gift and when I’m not sure, your story will be read again an again until I’ve found the desire within me to really paint and just not doodle a ground in watercolours .💗
Ya me too — I looked at my art supplies all over the table as I did morning pages (aka Julia Cameron) and commented to NoteBook that those look sort of limp right now as if if they slept too long. I have what is known as Stage Fright (imposter syndrome they call it but that doesn’t make sense to me). Today I have no excuses left….
Kathryn I should have mentioned, re age, that a writer started to write novels at 86 and i mentioned that to a fellow artist on one of the art sites. She replied that yes, that writer is a friend of hers and is on her second work now!!!!!!! I guess I better get my short stories going again….
Guess what. I finally painted with those precious Daniel Smiths. I get to the point where the water tubs are filled and the paint is mixed and the stage fright aka imposter gets scared and leaves. That means tomorrow I have to do another.
I’m 79, activve, do volunteer work with local food bank, WAS a capable artist but let “life get in the way… Am having a challenging time getting back.. _Start a sketch from a photo today…realized just how much I had lost// so back to real basics!! thank you for sharing.. you inspire me to “push on”
A guy in his late 20s walks in to a book store (fond of books in general) and stumbles across a very little book containing beautiful quick paintings. At once, he gets lost in lost-and-found edges, impressed by
I am self taught as well, I get real excited when something turns out well the opposite when it doesn’t. Doodlewash had been very helpful with getting me to put something on paper daily. Portraits scare me but one day I will try. Thank you for your article
Vishal, thank you so very much for this article. Your journey and your work are both incredible. I have only done one watercolor (posted here) and it was wet watercolor on dry paper. Not really know whether I had to use wet paper all the time or not .. lol. Thank you again and again, your work is awesome.
Your post was very encouraging and inspiring. Not only are your paintings beautiful but your writing as well. I felt I walked into the bookstore with you and was following you on your journey to follow. I am so thankful to have gotten to “meet” you virtually am excited to be able to follow another artist I feel connected too! Thank you for taking the time to post and thoroughly enjoyed every moment t!
paintings are gorgeous! I struggle with watercolour, sometimes they work, sometimes not… your art is inspiring. I’ll check out the Hazel Soan book! Our library has some, I’ve seen them on the library catalogue online:)
Hello again my friends! I haven’t been posting daily lately, but a prompt of “Chick” was just too cute to pass up! I’ve still been sketching every single day, but my current approach is lots and lots of pencil
So glad that your characters have coalesced (how often do I get to use that word?!), that Phineas is fine, and that Pizza is sure to be on the plate! Life doesn’t get much better. This year, I have GOT to find a king cake to try. I’ve never had one.
Hey Charlie, strange way you have of taking time off — you pop in every five minutes! As for the tree I just read a lot of folk are leaving theirs up for awhile,keep the joy going. I had a dream that showed me a painting on a stand which I am expected to paint. Egad. I don’t know how to paint water. I don’t know how to paint dogs. The divine answer came when I did like Julia Cameron says and seek divine guidance. The answer came: Atmospheric. Oh yes. That sort of takes care of definition after the first telling part of subject. Now I have to make myself get the lead I mean paints out and practise.
Hehe! Every five days, but it seems like five minutes sometimes! lol 😉 Yay for getting the paints out to practice. And yeah… I’m having to sort of figure out the style that works best for me and characters. And that might end up a bit looser style as well.
I found out that base no is one if the oldest dog breeds in the world. Pretty cool fact for the day. I also finally got out the alcohol inks that I purchased ages ago and decided to figure out how to use them. Fun stuff!
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yes! Actually the first book is completely written and I have storylines for four more in the series. Weirdly that came easily, but it’s the illustrations that are my biggest challenge. So much to learn about drawing characters! 😉
Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Each time I draw characters, though, they all look a bit different. Not quite the same recognizable character. So I wanted to create that, and then make sure my future characters would work in the same style so there’s more a constant look.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 It was a fabulous pizza night, and everything is going great here. Phineas is definitely in those mature years so we no anything can happen moving forward, but he’s doing great right now! And yeah, I guess we reward him for poop as well! lol
Aww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 It’s been like I’m going back to school! hehe Lots to learn and tons of tiny pencil sketches while I figure it all out, but it’s fun! I’m going to try to pop in a bit more, but needed to take a couple weeks off! 😉 Hope all is well with you!
Sharon, I’m so sorry I don’t know how I missed this comment! Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been quite a learning experience for me over this past few weeks on this new book. But it’s fun! And yeah… Philippe’s cake is amazing. I managed to talk him into making a second one, but it’s rather impossible to share! lol It’s soooo good. I’ve told him he needs to make his version of the Mardi Gras kind… but when I showed him a picture he made that face. 😉
And here we are in 2021! I miss “seeing” you everyday but sheesh! I’m just selfish😆 I’m anticipating the new books too (will you name the mousies after us and immortalize the Doodlewash community? I can see a Marisela, a Mugdah and a Middi mousie.😆) Don’t give anything away but I really want signed copies💁♀️
We left our tree up for a week longer this year, but we are employing every candle we own to make up for all the lights. Happy Hopeful New Year to you, Philippe and of course the slightly magical Phineas. He could be his own series😄!
Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Hope you’re have a fabulous and hopeful New Year so far. The book is coming along slowly but surely… it’s a bit of an usual approach in concept, which shouldn’t shock anyone, of course… hehe
Once upon a time there was a small girl full of ambitions.
Art is what resided in her tiny little heart.
Creativity is what she would breathe in
Passion, bursting with skills, was filled to the brim
Ashwini, thanks for sharing your lovely story about you and your art journey. Your art is beautiful and fresh, showing what passion you have. .Thank you for expressing your art through different mediums and what a stunning IG page.
As many of you know I’m on a bit of a break from daily posting, but I wanted to pop in and say hello! I’ve loved watching what everyone is creating for the Doodlewash January Art Challenge! I’m currently working
This guy is just too cute, Charlie!! Lovely to hear your ‘voice’ today and to catch up on all that’s happening in your life. I’ve been painting mice on birthday, valentine, anniversary, lunch box notes for my husband for almost 50 years. However, my mice tend to look like distorted triangles with ears, their faces covered with icing from birthday cake or blowing kisses in the shape of hearts. Look forward to the next update on your adventure.
It’s so much more fun writing and illustrating a story when you don’t plan to publish it. Having to worry about the logistics of publishing freaks me out, and makes it hard to really commit to the final work. Good thing I’m not on any kind of deadline! I’m glad you’re making headway with your book!
So true!! I think if I just pretended it was a personal project that would never see the light of day, I’d get more done. I think I’ll try that! hehe 😉 Also, I really like my concept so that never helps… I don’t want to screw it up! lol
Charlie, Mice!! Playmates for my Mischief Mouse who did not grace my Christmas cards this year but did show up earlier last year to have her bio written. Oh she is a little rascal all right and I just might unleash her to mess up your mice’s good behaviour with a few of her cute ideas.
You will be happy to know I stuffed four huge choc chip cookies into my face in rapid order as soon as they were cool enough. I treated the shortbread almost the same. Thank God I gave the rest away for gifts. I think Phillippe needs to ride herd on both of us.
So sweet! I had not thought about having to be consistant with characters in a book. I don’t think I could do it! I have such a hard time sketching the same thing, anytime. Good to hear from you, it was kind of weird this morning not seeing you. This being the first day back to a normal schedule week. Keep at! We are cheering for you!
I am so excited for you! Secondly as you know how I love your mice and hamsters, I’m thrilled your using your mice or mouse as your main character! I cannot wait to see where your adventure leads you. I love puzzles (my husband not so much) fell in love with them while recovering from my first brain injury. It was part of occupational therapy but I found it much more than that. I know this picture book is going to be a huge success!!!!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m totally excited for this next project, but wow… lots to learn and try first! hehe And puzzles are such good brain food… we only do them this time of year, but it’s always a treat!
Happy Hope-filled New Year Charlie! Same to Philippe and Phineas! My round spiral, rainbow prism,1500 pc puzzle is still in the box.(it arrived last April, straight from the epicenter of C-19, so there it remains-its probably fine now😆) I am soooo thrilled with my prints! They’re very pretty, and they’re going in the room I keep memories and such in. There are all kinds of mice and garden gnomes loose in there, they’ll remind me to get on with my book. Maybe we can all do a character development class on line together after your book is finished😉 I know you dont like “teaching” but maybe like a giant ZOOM meeting with share and tell and lots of hot chocolate (or whatever everyone gets up to.😄) It is good to hear your “voice” on here and know you are on adventure!🤗 🐭
Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, mice are just super cute, so I had to start there. So happy you enjoy the prints! Yay! Yeah, I might do a video meeting of some kind in the future. I like just live chats… feels more my style! hehe And by the way, that puzzle is totally fine now… hehe… but wow does it sound tough!! You should give it a go though! 😉
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Glad to hear you’re okay… yeah, I think 2020 just had to get those last licks in, but a New Year is here, so good things are coming! Phineas is going great… so sleeping his way through winter since he’s not at all a fan. Actually there’s really not much to report, so moving to posting every few days will hopefully mean something actually happens! lol I really lead such a wonderful yet boring little life in the end. Hope you have a fabulous week!!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Happy New Year to you! Thanks for the book recommendation… I’ll definitely check that out!! Weirdly the writing came easily to me, and then I realized I had a ton more to learn about illustration. hehe But, that’s all part of the journey and the fun!
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, I actually dreamed my story which is rhyming and then manage to complete and edit it. Then, I figured out all the things I still had to learn about illustration first! You should totally finish your story! And a very Happy New Year to you and yours!
Happy New Year and New You. Bravo in getting out of comfort zone. My challenge is similar this year and doing more of things I know less about and stretching myself! You go for that book I for one am supporting and encouraging this for you! You are so talented in drawing and writing..you have been my inspiration. I will miss your daily chatting.,.but know that you are growing in your own path which is fabulous and wondrous to behold!!! 🧡🧡💛💛
Hello, my friends! I wanted to write a post to properly commemorate hitting a rather cool milestone of 2,000 consecutive days of writing and sketching stuff! It actually happened right on Christmas Day, which made
Wow!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! Philippe should fix you a special celebration meal!! May you continue an artistic successful path for many years to come.
Thank you for sharing your Wonderful talents!
I’m blessed by your caring & sharing, it got me into drawing and watercolors at 74. Thank you
Wow what an inspiration! Your paintings and your stories have been oh so wonderful and exciting. Although I will definitely miss the daily works from you, I wish you nothing but the best in your future creative endeavors and can’t wait to see that book!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us and giving us all the encouragement to seek and follow your dreams one day at a time and you will be surprised what comes of it! Thank you so much!!! much love to you and Phillipe!
Charlie, how awesome that you’ve come such a long way! Yep, prompts work for us writers too, in fact I found a perfect one just before I backed a batch of chocolate chip cookies whose dough I did NOT throw out like that of the ill fated shortbread (gotta do those again next week, again to give away). I do not eat cookies between Christmases so today I scarfed four HUGE ones fresh from the oven. Thank goodness I promised some to someone.
So now NoteBook sits there flapping his dried pages at me for not coming back yet. I told him he is all wet — literally since I saw the teacup go over and knew I would never be able to stop it in time. Let’s continue to have fun around and besides our manuscripts and paintings!
Thanks so much! 😃💕 So thrilled to know the prompts work for writers… I hoped they might! And yay for scarfing cookies! hehe And here’s to new ideas… even when they’re all wet! Always something new to discover!
Congratulations Charlie and good luck with the book. I understand the need to prioritize. I am also going to continue painting daily but am taking a break from posting for a bit. I am trying to push my art to a new level in anticipation of 2021 being a better year than 2020 and I want to be ready when shows open back up. I will miss your posts but we will likely both be back at some point. I know you book is going to be spectacular!
Charlie – how wonderful! I have been waiting and waiting for you to finally have a chance to do an illustrated book and I will be among the first to buy a copy! You have always been such a wonderful inspiration to me, and I appreciate the kind words and support you have always offered. Look forward to seeing updates on your new adventure! Happy New Year!!!!
Cheering you on from the sidelines, Charlie!! Love watching the way people change directions and paths with their art…all a sign of growth for sure. Will miss your daily rambles but will look forward to seeing and hearing about the progress on your new projects. Thanks for starting the wonderful community, Charlie!! 😘
Out of all the things you posted Charles your story has to be my favourite. Thank you so so much for sharing that. Out of all the artists I have been exposed to you are the one that caught my eyes and heart. I love your little animals. I love Jill P. too and would so much love to paint such realistic watercolours but most of all I just want to “experience” art. This month has been my first time sketching and all of you on this community have given me the courage to post and to have fun. Thank you all!! I can’t believe how incredibly supportive this community has been. I have never been in a community online, in any venue, that is so positive. You are all so amazing and I am glad I picked Doodlewash. I so want to be able to create cute little animal stories too, and fairies and, and, and …. tee hee. This was something I always wanted to do but you have made it exciting. I did take (and am taking) classes but after a year learning about history, pigment, paper, brushes, etc. etc. I have only got to color swatches which I seem to be having a horrible time with so was just about to (almost but not quite) pack in watercolor … hard to be doing all that alone …. when Doodlewash came along. I too think art should be fun and that we should all be able to follow our heart and change what we are doing at any time. That to me is what creativity is and I for one love seeing new ways that people are approaching things. So … go for it 😊👍. I will love seeing what new things you are doing no matter what they are. And I will be first in line to buy your first book because the kid in me will love it.
Aww thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you’re part of the Doodlewash community. It’s a wonderful group that has inspired me every step of the way, and continues to inspire everyone who joins! And yes, I’ll be back to share things as I go along, even if it’s not always daily for bit! Much love my friend!
Thanks so much, Indira! 😃💕 Appreciate that! Yes, I’m still doodling each day, but it’s a bit different now as I practice drawing the same character a crazy number of times! hehe I’ll be back to share as I go along! Happy New Year!
It was fun and interesting to read about your watercolor journey from start to current times. As someone who zigs and zags in her artistic endeavors, I love seeing how someone else does the same. Right now, I’m struggling with my book illustrations because I’ve become hooked on gouache and have been going toward more of a travel poster style. I didn’t start my book that way, so I’m forcing myself to go back to a past style, but keep wondering if I shouldn’t just start over in the new style so I’ll enjoy it more.
Glad you enjoyed this post, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been quite a journey. And I know what you mean on style… I’m still dancing between a few and haven’t quite figured out yet what to move forward with. I think the winner is always the one that your heart tells you to use… it’s the one that will make it all more fun and happen faster! 😉
Thank you for starting Doodlewash, for sharing your art, and your words,which are a font of inspiriation for me. I’m not only new to watercolour but new to creating art in more than a ‘once every decade’ attempt. Thanks to your words an Doodlewash Monthly Challenges, I have been painting the daily prompts since the end of November when I joined Doodlewash. I never knew creating art could give me such joy. The folks on the site are so affirming and that affirmation spurs me on. Thank you and my Doodlewash friends. I look forward to your future posts and wish every success with your book. Peace and blessings,
Thanks so much, Vikki! 😃💕 And yay! Thrilled to know you’re painting daily now! It’s so much fun! I’m still doodling daily, but needed to practice some things with a bit more focus. I don’t think I could stop now if I tried! Have a very Happy New Year!
Awesome, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Philippe should fix you your special Dessert . Thank you for taking us along on your Art Journey and may the New Year be even more exciting. May you and of course Philippe, continue an artistic successful path for many years to come. I’ve enjoyed your stories, Pod casts, Guest Artist and the colouring book. Oh! almost forgot the Month Prompts that give me motivation when I don’t have any to PAINT something, .
Big Bear Hug 🐻THANKS from Ontario Canada, for sharing your world.
Bravo! Well done….everything! It was fun to read your journey. Yes, I did see you made it to day 2000 on your Christmas post, but I really couldn’t tell you if I commented on that part. Like you, I am a bit of a squirrel and get sidetracked so easily from the simplest word. So I appologize if I didn’t comment on that. I am very excited for you! I’m also happy to see that these little characters may end up in a little book some day! Each day you have brought a bit of happiness and inspiration to my day. I will be fine and will continue to sketch because that is just what makes me happy. I wish I could have battled the issues I had posting on here. Technology is not fun for me. I don’t have patience with it. So Charlie, enjoy your next journey! Shoot for the stars! All of us here will be watching for your next grand adventure! Love and hugs, my friend! 😉 PS: Rememer to keep us posted on your family too!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, technology is a wonderful thing until it’s troublesome. hehe And yay for shooting for the stars! I hope you do the same. And I’ll be back with updates as I can on what’s happening in art and life! Have a very Happy New Year!
Great to hear about you artistic journey and how you started doodling everyday and made this great community here i learned here making quick doodle sketches and drawing daily prompts.Hope you can draw subjects you never dreamed of and explore new projects keep moving forward many success with you goals and depicting you art!
First I want to congratulate you on such an amazing, wonderful, life changing milestone! That is incredible and awe inspiring.
Reading this and learning more about how you got to where you are today makes every word I your posts even more special. You have an amazing gift for writing and drawing in your reader to feel as if they are experiencing this with you. One of my favorite statements was “Every path is made more incredible when it’s a path you take with friends!”
This is so so so true.
I am so excited you have this opportunity to follow your heart, to follow this path where everything before has brought you too. Just like your work if the cat sitting at the point of two roads – which do you follow? The well worn path or the road less traveled.
Charlie, you have created something amazing. You have an incredible light you shine into the life of others – through your writings and art. As you know how much I have loved each December post when I found you at the beginning of December. I had tamped down my inner kid and made her grow up. Through your sharing and art, I found her again. As well as what I feel is my “hopefully” new journey.
I am amazed at your commitment and all you have created when this is in addition to your full time job. I’m so thankful for your husband and the first time he brought watercolors home.
I wish you all the best possible success in every step of this next phase. After all that has come from 2020, I am so excited for you to begin this adventure.
I cannot thank you enough for the impact just one month of your writing and art has done to my life. I will forever be grateful for finding a new friend and for letting my inner kid be a kid again!
May 2021, even with all its unique issues carried over, be the most amazing wonderful adventure for you! I wish you everything possible!!!
Aww thanks so much, Bay! 😃💕 Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so thrilled my doodles and stories have inspired you. And brought that inner child back out to play again! Here’s a beautiful art journey ahead for you my friend. I’m still doodling daily, but realized I can’t do everything I was doing and still get this new book done… hehe… but I’ll definitely be back to share stories along the way. Much love! Have a very Happy New Year!!
Hi Charlie, I was just about to get the information to buy the four book of your guest artist for People, Landscape,
Architecture and animals. I left my computer for a little while, when I came back it all disappeared. Can you help me to retrieve it ? Thank you so much.
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed my stories and posts. And yes, and all beagles will always make me think of Gordo and his Marisela! Keep on creating and have a fantastic New Year my friend!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, this new leg of the journey is going to be quite a challenge and will take a lot of focus. I’m hopeful I can figure it all out and I’ll be back to share as I go along. Have a very Happy New Year my friend! Much love!
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I truly appreciate the kind words! It’s been such an incredible journey so far, and yep… had to take a break to focus more on my critters for my new book idea. Lots and lots of doodling the same character right now, but I’ll be back to share as I can! Have a very Happy New Year!
I was getting worried since I didn’t see a post in 2021! You are always inspiring and I’m glad you’re getting to pursue your dream! I will support you any way I can. I’ve met so many wonderful people over the last few years through Doodlewash and I can’t thank you enough! I cannot wait to see what 2021 brings for you… ❤️❤️❤️
Thanks so much, Kari! 😃💕 Yeah… I was hoping everyone so this last post. It’s weird to not show up daily, but I need to focus and practice. And many of my practice doodles are not at all ready for prime time! lol Still sketching daily though and I’ll pop in and out along the way! Hope you have a fantastic 2021 my friend!! Much love!! ❤️
Bonjour, Cathy and merci beaucoup! 😃💕 I’ll still be popping in from time to time, but yeah, I took a full break during the holidays to focus on time with family. Now, I’m focusing on practicing things for an upcoming book, so I’ll just be popping in from time to time. The guest artist posts will still be happening as well! But everything slows down in December on that front as others take holiday breaks as well. Hope you have a very Happy New Year!!
For our prompt of “Gift” today, I made a sketch of a little mouse opening the last gift on Christmas. No matter what you celebrate this season, I hope everyone is enjoying a day filled with beauty and cheer! It’s
Your daily posts will be missed, Charlie, but I’m so excited about your book and the other projects you’ll complete with the free time you’ll have. I can’t wait to see what the next up and coming thing will be.
Adorable Charlie! I’m glad that you Charlie was fantastic. We just finished our Christmas meal and had our second FaceTime call with the grandkids. We are hopeful that there gifts from us will arrive tomorrow. Even though it was a much quieter holiday for us we are still tired tonight. Enjoy your weekend!
Charlie you go ahead and enjoy your more-than-well-deserved rest and recuperation. Nothing like a rest to get the creative hormones perking too, sort of like little kids. As soon as you sit and read for five minutes they show up and bug the blazes out of you. As for rest, I spent a large part of this day in my Reading Chair interspersed with bouts of kitchy stuff and weight lifting and yoga (you want the human machinery to rest, not stop). YOu need time to play with your toys and enjoy one another’s company. Cheers!
Wow Charlie! So many comments really nailed how I feel! Exubrence for your milestone-2000 days-TODAY!-holey moley! A new book, (there had better be at least one mousie Charlie-Ive often felt like one of the mice sitting on the side of your pallette listening spellbound to the podcast and watching you make stories come to life when you paint🐭-I know they’re real😉)
Well, all good things are worth waiting for, 2021 has doddled here and we all have hopes and prayers for new and wonderful things. Id even like to revisit normal. My prayers for you and your family are for joy, and health, abundance and more joy! Thank you for all that you do, you and the Doodlewash community have given me so much this year, blessings to you all!
Thanks so much!! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you’ve enjoyed my stories… and I’ll be back to share more as they come to me even if it’s not daily. And yes, the first book features a mouse! hehe Hope you and yours have a fabulous New Year!
I’m so happy you are pursuing your dream! I only found your podcast several months ago and have listened to them all. I will definitely miss them! So many inspired me and encouraged me. Best of luck and I look forward to your book!
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Oh, Doodlewash will always be here! It’s everyone’s site now! And I’ll be back with posts, but not quite daily for the time being. Even I found my limit in what I could accomplish in the cracks of time that I have! lol Hope you have a very Happy New Year!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I truly am so happy we’ve met! And you can definitely count me as one of your friends! I’ll be back, of course, even if it’s not daily for the time being. Have a fabulous New Year!!
For our prompt of “Chimney” today, I made a little doodle of a mouse waiting for Santa to arrive. There’s no snow where I live today, but it’s crazy cold so there really should be by now. Instead, the sky is quite
Merry Christmas Eve!! Your plans sound fun and magical! This little sketch is darling and I can see the anticipation in his eye! Normally we would be at my in-laws tonight, bored out of our minds. So I am actually looking forward to being at home where we can choose what we want to do! I’m going to try my hardest to get my son to play some games. If not, I will be happily sketching and watching It’s A Wonderful Life!
Beautiful Charlie! I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas eve and that it was everything you wished for! Enjoy playing your games and relaxing today! We will be getting your cold weather tonight after today’s heavy rain and warm temperatures. Merry Christmas Charlie!
Marisela, There is a message place on this, just msg there and I will find it — I finally did. I don’t have blog or website, just FB page. I haven’t disappeared though. Thanks for the invitation although I don’t travel. I hope you had a great Christmas. We did last evening and today I spent the day mostly on my reading chair dozing and then doing my weights and yoga, and bugging people on the phone. Now I am off to fry up a can of Wild Red Pacific salmon (Cloverleaf) with sweet onion, and rice, since the stupid thing won’t solidify into a patty. Man is that good. Have a splendid 2021 and work on those dreams (if a thing doesn’t happen, create it). Cheers!
For our prompt of “Stocking” today, I made a little sketch of one after it was just filled by Santa Claus. I remember being a kid at this time of year, with only a couple of days left in the countdown to
Charlie yes we were allowed to take our stocking to bed with us and get into it. That way the grownups could get another 15 minutes of sleep. As if. I think we each used one of Dad’s work socks. I forget what was in those but they included a mandarin orange. As for gifts, the one with the embroidery hoops didn’t work for my poor mother who tried so hard to get me to be a proper young lady. When I asked for a cap gun I actually got it. Did you ever hear of those? They even had sulfur so it would smell like gunpowder when you clicked the hammer against a red tape. Awesome. Cowgirl heroine!
Wonderfully festive stocking Charlie. We picked up Toutière pie and gretons so Denis is looking forward to dinner. I will not eat the gretons and am not fond of meat pie but it isn’t the Christmas season for him without these. Enjoy your evening!
I think part of the reasons newer movies don’t seem as good is because we’re looking at them through older-colored glasses. We’re no longer the real target audience so we don’t quite get all the nuances. Plus, as you say, nostalgie adds spice to the movies we remember. Gremlins, yeah!
So darling! That little bear!! I haven’t sketched a stocking this year. You know, we don’t have a fireplace. Therefore we have a special key we leave out for Santa to get in with. 😉 My son never questioned it or the fact that we never put the key outside for him to get in with. Ahhh, the magic of Christmas!
Happy Christmas Eve! The days are getting longer! Joe and I started watching our Xmas binge show tonight. Season 4 of Fargo. Not very merry I realize, but we both like the black humor of the show. The Grinch won’t be on TV until Xmas night, so I need to plan my cooking around that. Joe picked up our groceries today, so we have snacks back in the house. We were even out of milk, so it’ll be nice to get back to my cocoa habit. Have a wonderful evening!
For our prompt of “Poinsettia” today, I made a sketch of a little mouse hiding in some holiday decorations. We don’t actually have any actual poinsettias in our house, but I remember them well from when I was a
It’s funny. Origami? I love it and I’m not too bad. You’d think wrapping gifts would be similar. Nuh-uh. The paper and I hate each other. The tape supplies weapons to both sides. We fight and hope the gift survives! Whoever came up with the idea of decorative bags stuffed with tissue paper was a genius.
Adorable Charlie! I’m glad all of your gifts arrived. We mailed a big box of gifts to the grandchildren a week and a half ago and it only had to go across the state which is about 1 1/2 hours away. It still hasn’t arrived. They live in the same city as the only mail hub for the state. We had to tell them on the FaceTime call tonight that we hoped they would arrive soon. At least they are teenagers.
Ah yes poinsettias. I painted three of those for Christmas cards, in atmospheric, and they turned out way better than I expected. I learn a lot of stuff from Art Knapp, the plant place up here — and one thing they said is no foil or cellophane wrap on the plants. Those cause the roots to form a noxious gas and kill the plant. So as soon as my pant was delivered with my grocery order I ripped the offenders off and phoned the store to enlighten them. The plant is still living but boy it wants water often.
Your poinsettia is beautiful, very realistic and awesome. You are having so much fun!! I can just see you running around hiding gifties and looking over your shoulder to make sure Phillippe isn’t right behind you. You get a treat for that, tell him. Carry on Charlie!!
Joe’s picking up the last grocery order of the year tomorrow. We’re set for Xmas already, but I wanted a few things for New Years Eve. I decided on chicken biryani which I love to eat, but it takes a long time to make it, so I only really do it a couple of times a year. Hope by the time you read this, you have almost all of your wrapping done!
So sweet! I can always tell when you have extra time to create. Your doodles have a bit more to them. I am glad to hear, you don’t use gift bags to wrap your packages! To add to this crazy year, the top portion of my Christmas lights went out yesterday. It is a prelite tree, which I did not want. ALL the bulbs will need to be replaced because they all were overcharged and burnt out. Luckily my neighbor had a small set of lights that I think I will be able to wrap around it to get us through the next few days. 2020, just needs to go away!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow! I hate it when the lights go out like that. We have a small pre-lit tree and the top half was out when we plugged it in this year. We just threw some more lights on it and it was fine! hehe
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Ohhhh tamales sound so good!! Yum! As for Phineas… he gets a few extra treats. He only wants things he can eat these days so we don’t get him anything more… just give him a little extra! The cold blew in today… it’s getting colder and colder here. I wish it would bring snow as well at least! 😉
Beautiful!! We are not doing much in gift giving this year..Neither of us are in great spirits..yet we did get each other something we wanted so no surprises..Too much sadness this year..I am ready for this year to be gone and pray that next year is better.
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