For our prompt of “Landmark” today, I decided to sketch a London phone booth being inspected by a little bunny. I’ve only been to London once in my life, but it was such a fun trip. Big Ben came to mind first
Well done, Charlie! It’s so nice to know that these wonderful old “landmarks” are being saved and repurposed. It always makes me sad to see something old being torn down and discarded without any thought to how it could be used again.
I haven’t been traveling overseas since I got a cell phone but it definitely made it easier to call my brother when he was living in London and Ecuador. Those phone cards were a nightmare. Once when I was out of State on a business trip, I got trapped overnight at the airport when my connecting flight was canceled due to snow. I needed to let Patrick know. Of course, there was a huge line at the phones, and trying to get all those codes typed in correctly was impossible, and everyone was yelling at you to hurry up, .A good way to make a miserable situation even more miserable!
That’s a great painting! When I spent a semester abroad someone discovered one of these phone booths that let people call the U.S. Cheap or free. I didn’t get to use it and in fact I can’t remember calling home at all. I was never one for homesickness anywhere I went. These days I do wish I could go to Door County just for the beaches. Also, I’m stuck at home.
Great phone booth Charlie! The English one’s where always so much cooler than the one that was in the middle of my tiny home town when I was growing up. We never had the Beatles or Doctor! I use to think it would be cool to have one in my house when I grew up. Random memories. I hope you have a calmer week!
For our prompt of “Serene” today, I sketched a little cat sleeping happily. Indeed, it was Saturday, so I slept a little bit later than usual which is always a lovely thing. Truly, I don’t like to actually sleep
Serenity is indeed a state of mind, and therefore with us everywhere if we’ll just look for it. On the other hand, it’s also a spaceship with a fiesty crew and Captain Tightpants. I was surprised that no one painted that for the challenge, lol.
So peaceful Charlie! I likely will be spending time with my sister’s gray cat. Just waiting on the call to go spend a few days with Mom so she can deal with a family situation. Likely I’ll have several nights on Mom’s sofa fighting with keeping the cat off me as I try to sleep. Oh well.
Your tabby cat is purrfect! She looks just like ours, napping all over the house. Ours are getting older now, so they are napping even more. Of course Joe and I have been known to nod off in front of the TV after dinner every other once in a while. Especially now that the days are getting shorter and cooler. I made Joe turn the heat on a couple of days when it got cool.
Purdy kitty! Amazing! I’ve tried to sketch my kitty, but have not been happy with her. Parly because her fur on her back is a bunch of mottled what should be stripes. However, I never thought to do just her head! You may be onto something here! I had to giggle at your comment about not sleeping in because you want to experience the whole weekend. I think that is what all of us ADHDLMNOP’s feel! I love getting up early on the weekends because it’s quiet and I don’t have to get moving. I can spend a few hours sketching, why on earth would I want to lay still in bed?! Have a good rest of your weekend! (I thought it was Monday when I awoke, so I am pretty happy now!)
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yep… if the whole things gets too complex… just focus on the head! Yay to enjoying the weekend. Though sometimes I do play video games and read in bed in the morning before jumping out. But I’m up and doing something fun at least! lol And thank goodness it’s not Monday yet!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I did check out the panda!! So awesome!! Definitely instant happy! And so far I only like the cauliflower crust of this particular restaurant… it takes the best. More like the original crust!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true! The Internet itself is a dream come true. Finding truly like-minded people is often a challenge in life. So it’s wonderful to be able to find each other my friend! You keep dreaming as well!
For our prompt of “Hero” today, I thought of comic book heroes, and how I’ve always envied the ones who had the ability to fly. Well, I always thought it would be super cool when I was a little kid. These days, I
Wonderful Charlie! I had a hero dog growing up. At the age of 5 I got to keep a male boxer puppy that my dad trained to be the watchdog at our grocery store which was next door. During the day we were inseparable. For 10 years he was my hero and saved me more than once. Stories for another day. Enjoy your pizza and your long weekend. Decompress and have some fun!
When I was a kid, a bunch of us would play superhero by taking turns jumping off the next door neighbor’s shed. It was probably about a six-foot jump. Proof that we might not be superheroes, but that kids don’t break all that easily because none of us ever got hurt. Some of things we used to do amaze me now to think of!
I love the pads on dog’s feet! These are so cute! Remember Mr. Peabody? On Captain Kangaroo? Hero dog that didn’t have to fly because of his exceptional brain. I used to dream I could fly. I wonder if that’s a common childhood thing? I used to want to be reincarnated as a polar bear, but maybe an albatross would suit me better. Hmmm?
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yes!! I remember! Loved Mr. Peabody. Brains can often feel like you’re flying over other’s heads at least! lol And I vote albatross, only because it’s such a cool word and you need a cool sounding animal. 😉
Oh my gosh! He is stinking adorable. Job well done! My son used to tie his baby blankie around his neck and run around the house. I have a great picture of him in his underpants, yellow rubber boots, fire helmet and his blankie around his neck. He actually had posed for the picture. Hahaha, it hangs on my craft room door. 🙂 We actually saw some blue sky and a bit of the sun yesterday afternoon. The rains are doing their part! Have a great weekend!
How wonderful!! Love the superhero! and he looks like he is having a great time too! Thank goodness for art as we can all soar above the clouds and let our imaginations run free. What a joy and a privilege to be our own superheroes even if just for a moment!! Enjoy your weekend as you deserve it !!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, a tall person scared of heights! hehe That is rather odd isn’t it? Aww and what a sweet thing to say about my paintings. I’m so happy you enjoy them and find them super!
For our prompt of “Snack” today, I had only a few precious minutes to come up with something to sketch and indeed actually sketch it, so I just sketched the first idea that popped into my head. A little squirrel,
It’s quite likely that the year 2020 will be remembered by historians as a bad one, possibly a turning point in the future to come. But it’s easy to get lost in that thought and forget all the wonderful things we still have. I hope your troubles soon turn around, so you can catch your breath, finding it easier to be your usual happy self. If there is anything I can do, let me know.
Strawberries are a wonderful choice for a snack Charlie! My thoughts are with you as you struggle through. I’m sending you positive thoughts in the hope that on some level it helps to know we are concerned for you! Take care of yourself through this difficult time!💕
Most if not all of us are feeling some kind of anxiety during this time…hold on to your optimism and your family as these will help you get through. The uncertainty, the chaos and the unknown…I have my faith (and my art) to help me through and for all its just one day at a time..Praying for you and family and sending you a big hug…!!😊🤗🤗
May you overcome all the challenges with the support of Philippe and Phineas, and all of us sending you good vibes from all across the world! May you always have optimism brimming over the cup of life, Charlie!
Everything will be okay. Not that you’re not allowed free floating anxiety, because everyone is, but, it will be okay. We adapt. Its what humans do. So eat some comfort food and remember that you’re surrounded by love. It’ll be okay.
He looks like one of the little guys we’ve had visiting our yard lately. The squirrels around here are looking rather small. There seems to be more than in the past few years. I think we had a good birthing year this Spring! Good to see. We were awoken by a wonderful large rain thunderstorm this morning!! It was music to my ears even at 3:00 a.m. Thank you for all the prayers!
How cute! I probably wouldn’t even care if a squirrel came and helped itself to the garden. They are just too darn adorable!
Yes, it’s hard to be particularly optimistic at the moment – for various reasons – and that does draw us back to the known and the constants. You have the rest of your trio, and I daresay countless people have had you and your posts over these trying times. You are doing so much for people, and the support shown here proves it! Wishing you plenty of pizza, Animal Crossing New Horizons and, yes, even ice cream. <3
Hey Charlie, just remember this: The world does not end til God tells it to. It is only man who tries to annihilate other man and what is man? This too shall pass. About that I have no qualms or thoughts. Right now I have my watercolours set up and several retreats for some reason all in the last two weeks of this month. My plants are happy and this time there is no mold in the apartment (from my overly generous watering hand). It is beautifully quiet and if the smoke ever clears I will resume my daily race walk whereby I pass joggers. Life goes on is what I am saying. Just like nature. You will too!
As for strawberries, cook in a bit of water and freeze. I did that with packaged cranberries, made that into a sauce with only half the sugar or less, and froze in little containers to put over my hot rice cereal.
For our prompt of “Happy” today, I went to where I often go when I’m trying to think of something happy. Straight to the beach! Well, at least an imagined one that I’m sitting on as I’m nowhere near an actual
The Oregon Coast is often cold and rainy, so not great for sitting and reading. One of our favorite things to do on those days, is to get a book on CD and listen to it while driving along highway 101. One of the ways, I’ve been dealing with the stress lately is reading. I have to be careful, though. It’s too easy to get lost in the pages and then I get no artwork done!
Haha, well you certainly nailed the expression. This dog is in a happy place, that’s for sure! It has been a stressful working week for me too, and I’ve been brilliantly productive… at procrastinating. Ugh, so much to do! Like yesterday, I tend to listen to music (obligatory Carpenters namecheck!) or play games when stressed. If you pick the right game, like something from the fighting or action genre, it can be quite a powerful release. 😉
Charlie enjoy the peace and quiet. It will likely never happen again in our lifetime. Time for family togetherness and creative outpouring and getting to know yourself better. I find myself getting closer to God since he is always around even in this dead time. Be like Phineas. Soak in the love and the food and just enjoy your life.
Beautiful sketch! Yes it is very hard to stay happy all the time during these hard times. That being said, I think about all the people who have lost their homes here in the past week. I am quickly reminded that I have nothing to fret about. Nothing! My home has become my happy place(instead of DL) and I am thankful every day.
We have been served another layer to the lock down life. Our air quality has been at the worst and we are told not to go outside for over a week now. Nor are our pets supposed to be out for long. COVID masks do not work with the smoke. We can’t even drive out of town, anywhere to get relief, it has impacted the entire state of Oregon. At least with COVID, we could go for walks and work in our yards. This is so much worse. The rain that was suppose to come on Monday, is now coming in late tonight, hopefully. It won’t help much with the smoke, but it will help with the fires. We will get through this, we have no choice. It is bringing people together and that is what we need right now.
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Indeed! Home is the happiest place! And those who can stay safely there are so lucky! My heart goes out you… as if this pandemic wasn’t enough. And so true… climate change might just be the worst thing we’ve done to ourselves. But YES! We WILL get through this because we’re us… we’re creative and resilient and even when the world seems almost unimaginably crazy and wrong, we’ll just imagine and create that amazing path to a better one!
Lovely Charlie, thanks for sharing your restful doggie! I miss sitting on our beach in Chicago and sketching—though our walks and bike rides there have provided much solace. I also miss plain air painting with my students. I see them online now for classes and plein air paint in my garden, a sanctuary of nature. Be well, let nature wash away some of your worries, and thanks for all!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I think the virus teaches us who is on our side and who isn’t, even if we’d rather not find that out. Indeed, any time spent out in the world is now stressful, but yay for positive safe distractions and art!
You just made my day! 😃💕 Seriously… that’s the entire hope of my blog. Let me go ahead and tell you that YES! Your drawing are good enough… indeed… they’re likely much better than that. YES! You can improve by simply making a little something every day. And I sincerely, that you DO that! Join us! Make a little something each day and watch that amazing thing happen!! It’s so cool!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Honestly, if I helped a migraine, that’s the best thing ever! Ugh… sending you much love! Yeah, people don’t seem to realize that things haven’t changed, and sometimes you find yourself stuck in a position where you have to confront that ignorance. Thank goodness for art! Sometimes, I think it’s impossible to understand what’s happening, but we can at least paint and explore the feelings that is creates and learn something more!
Wow your pup looks content and smirking about it as well😂.Yes we are living in strange times and I still take precautions. I do believe that things will get better but different…and that it is a one day at a time process..hang in my friend..hopefully you can have a peaceful quiet weekend and take time to rejuvenate and relax…Hugs
For our prompt of “Childhood Game” today, I tried to think of a game that I hadn’t yet sketched. Then I thought about that game we used to play with string. Though not really a competitive game, it was more of a
Adorable Charlie and I do remember playing that but never got to the real complex moves. Today was a yard work day as my husband is down to 3 days a week. Both of us have sore backs tonight from moving rocks. It’s a good tired. Each day is an adventure.
Charlie you are absolutely right. I believe that is why this pandemic was allowed (not caused) so that man would learn how to get along with others and also how to be alone without freaking out. Blessings on you and Phillippe.
Next time I find the odd bit of string around I might have to see if I can remember the moves to make this string game. If I can get Joe to cooperate. I’m guessing his attention span will last about two minutes.
Aww I adore that you still talk for Monster! hehe Always with you! That’s the best thing about pets. And I do hope you had a fabulous birthday indeed! 😃💕 As for the contest, I’ve never entered one. Always feels a touch stressful! 😊hehe
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true that I think Phineas does understand what we’re saying. But, he’s so confident that he doesn’t mind. To him, those other dogs are just pets. That one pup who shreds things sound naughty… just the kind of pup I like! Full inner child and no rules! 😉
For our prompt of “Flight” today, the things that came to mind were flying on a plane as well as flying birds. This made me wonder about flightless birds and how they might enjoy a chance to sail through the sky.
Charlie! Brilliant — a chartered plane for birds! I love it.
I love to come home after being out too especially last week masked and safe on a bus where not all riders wore those and then to the mall where people think it’s okay to disregard pandemic rules. Thank God I didn’t catch anything and my new cell phone better last til the end of the pandemic.
I love the way you are expressing your imagination through your art! I’m going to be so disappointed the next time I fly, and don’t have flightless birds among the passengers. Though I wouldn’t want to be next to an ostrich – they probably peck at your head the entire flight!
I really feel sorry for the flight crew though – imagine the cleanup after these characters deplane! Can you picture Phineas on that flight? Maybe as a steward?? He may have more fun than in the Pet Motel!
This painting made me smile 🙂 and like yourself I would have been going overseas right about now…not possible until maybe next year..a day at a time..and although i do like being home most days..I do miss traveling to break up the monotony of being in one place…”sigh” hopefully soon..thanks for a great post!!😊
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 So today much be your birthday then! Happy Birthday my friend! Glad you’re getting out and taking a scenic drive! As long as we’re all okay, then everything is okay… that ‘s how I see it!
For our prompt of “Sport” today, I wasn’t sure what to sketch as I’ve never really played or been interested in sports. Though, I did sometimes bat around tennis balls with my best friend in high school. He was
Pretty cute. I tried tennis when I was young. Not for me. I’m better at badminton. Lol! I’m better at croquet too. And bowling. In fact for my gym credit in college I had bowling, badminton, and running. The one thing I was really good at sportswise was biking. I put on many miles in my 30s. I miss it a lot.
As I sit, I am with all the family I can be with at one time. We are so grateful for the new normal! I am keeping my eyes wide open to enjoy everything about them!
I have a question about posting work- how do you photograph green? When I post something painted green, it looks so blah! And not really green! Your colors are appearing vivid and beautiful!
Hi Charlie, I am not swift with sports — and I am Canadian where sports is big. As far as I am concerned they should just pick up that stupid football etc and hand it to the guy who wants it so badly and be done with it. Yeesh already.
Like your kitty cat, winding up with a wicked backhand! Her markings remind me of our last cat, Killer. She was super-mouser and didn’t like chipmunks either…… She never came home one night…. She was a part of the family though and we miss her. It is all about family, isn’t’ it?
This weekend has been pretty dreary here in Oregon, with air quality the worst in the world. But the fires are being contained, and the air quality is supposed to improve bit by bit this coming week, so things are looking up. I haven’t felt inspired to paint much, but I did get a little done. It will help when the sky isn’t a sickly smoky yellow anymore.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Oh wow! Pee-Wee sounds like he was perfectly spoiled! hehe I agree… I think this time has given us a chance to focus only on what’s most important in life. And yes, to Phineas… that just means food! lol
For our prompt of “Harvest” today, I made a little sketch of two little harvest mice taking a break in a sunflower. I’ve been spending my Saturday as I always do, which means I’ve been relaxing all day long. Well,
Adorable Charlie and I’m glad that you got the steam shower disabled. 😉 I had day one of our group’s virtual art tour today and had one sale through my website. A repeat customer so I now have a collector. 😉 It was nice to see that everything worked, website, payment system, tour discount and notifications. When you build it yourself you wonder. The show that I would have tried things out at was canceled in May. Have a happy Sunday!
I never understood why Jessica Fletcher wasn’t avoided like the plague. You’d have to know there was going to be a murder any place she was. Although, I’m (barely) old enough to be your mother, I think we both came from a generation that placed little value on learning the ‘handy’ skills. I suspect those skills will be highly valued in the world to come. That and recognizing that you should stay away from people like Jessica Fletcher!
Sounds good to me, Charlie. I like to fix stuff around the place too but somehow it just doesn’t turn out the way my brain knows it should. It has to leave my hands first and then … oh oh. Sigh. I am glad nobody got electrocuted with that shower — meaning if it has a fuse then it has to have electricity someplace. Have a happy Sunday too. Plumbers know all about that stuff.
My Joe is a fantastic fix it guy. The only thing he doesn’t do is propane appliances. My stove is a gas stove so if something goes wrong, we have to call a repair guy. I have told Jim he’s in the wrong business. He needs to be the Guy! Let’s face it, everyone needs a guy they can call to do stuff. Want to replace a light fixture? Joe’s your guy. Need your new computer and printer set up? Joe’s your guy. See what I mean? Every one needs a guy.
Cozy little guys. So sweet, even for mice. :/ I spent the day sketching/painting. I also sketched a mouse for my Disney prompt. Mind is doing the laundry. 😉 I guess one could consider that “harvesting” Bahaha. My hubby is an all around fix it guy, thank goodness since we live in a 60 year old house. It is like when a car gets to that age when it starts to cost more than fix it. However with a home, you can’t always just get a new one!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 So true! Our house is hitting that stage where things are starting to all go weird at once. We’ll get a fix it guy here to help us fill in the gaps. hehe Our car is actually at that stage, but so far, it’s still cheaper to fix it than to get a new one! 😉
Beautiful harvest mice! My the things you learn about on doodlewash! I didn’t know harvest mice existed until you and Sandra, I think showed them to me. I admire your conquest of the steam shower I am working up the nerve to dismantle the shower head to get the damn flow restricter out and if that works I may take on the plug in my freezer drain. I pick up my handy person tips from YouTube as my love is definitely not the Fixit guy and he hates me to call the guy as then he will be exposed oh well wish me luck
Lovely painting and story 🙂 I am glad you had a big success(I am house challenged as well, luckily husband is not LOL)
and were able to enjoy your weekend! Right now he is in process of fixing our leaky sink, pipes sink and all. I retreated to my art desk 😊
For our prompt of “Dress Up” today, my mind immediately went back to when I was a little kid and would try on my father’s clothes. This was equal parts wanting to be a big kid and wanting to be just like my dad.
Charlie you are not alone. My mother was 5″10″ and one of her brothers was 6’7″. They would dress him in a top hat and put him on a unicycle for the MayDays parade every year. I am the family squirt. In those days they didn’t have clothing for tall people so arm and leg lengths were always cropped. Oops I haven’t drawn my sketch yet. I will do that right now.
The one aunt I had on my father’s side was quite tall at 5’9″ for a woman of the day, especially since she was Scottish/Irish. My poor uncle was so jealous of her at 5’5″ (as was my grandfather). Both of her daughters were tall, so I really hoped I might be. My 5’3″ height was one of the biggest disappointments of my life. I don’t think much about it these days, unless I’m trying to get something off the top shelf at the store. Then I curse my genes a little bit!
Wonderful Charlie! This made me remember two things. My cousin would put doll dresses on her cat which was tolerated for a short while before running off to hide. The other was trying on my mom’s fancy dresses that she had before I was born. They made me feel like a princess until I was caught which never went well.
Some days I keep my night shirt on all day. Fine except when someone comes to the door. I have surprised a few folks with my casual Friday attire. When we first moved here there was no one around and I picked beans in my pjs!. Now I have four news houses near and I have to watch myself.
Well Charlie , I can tell you the weather down here can be different! Sometimes at parties it rains beer and pretzels on people my height😆 That’s why I don’t go to the same ol’ parties either. As a person perpetually hemming and rolling sleeves I have to admit a bit of vertical envy growing up😉 That little kitten has a look of wonder, so he needs blue glasses, he wants to grow up and be you!
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Hehe… I decided to make this Little Charlie who wasn’t wearing glasses yet. And I bet the weather down there is perfectly lovely. Whatever we actually are is always the loveliest thing indeed!
Ah, he brought a giggle to me this morning. Something I could use this morning. We woke to fog and cooler temps this morning, so that is good. The smoke is still very bad. I guess they are saying our air quality is the worse in the world right now. Telling us to not go outside, unless necessary. We’ve had a lot of practice these past months! Rain still not until Monday, but the winds have shiffted from the west and that is what they needed. It’s blowing the fires away from residential areas. This weekend can’t get over any faster.
I too used to dress up for fun especially the makeup part. today no makeup low hair maintenance. one size does not fit all..I was the petite one not so today. In any case I think it is great we are different, makes for a better world…and yep those parties were dull and boring thank goodness I don’t go to them today either..And like yourself I have always been a little different than those around me..and I like it!😊
Aww I think you’re perfect just as you are, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, there’s no need for a cookie cutter approach in life… it’s way too boring. And that’s wonderful that you take after your grandmother. She must have been lovely as well!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 That’s a lovely way to look at things. Yeah… being tall at a party is not a good thing at all. SO tough to hide. And I think good things DO come in small packages, so you should always celebrate that!
Absolutely lovely, Charlie! I’m quite the opposite, height-wise, so, I’d swim in one-size-fits-all anything. Parties—I look forward to fun gatherings with eclectic, diverse, and creative friends, once again, the dance music, laughter, and food!
For our prompt of “Crane” today, I chose a crowned crane with her baby chick. I can only imagine the sheer wonder a baby chick must feel upon seeing mom with her elegant golden crown and lovely feathers. It must
Charlie, you and Phillippe have hearts of gold. Remember to give him a Lindt chili chocolate bar. Imported by a Canadian company but you can likely get them there. You are inspiring me to make a little painting or sketch every day although my sketches don’t take paint which is okay too. Take care and keep up your great works.
Baraboo WI is home to the International Crane Foundation. I’ve been there quite a few times and these pompom headed cranes are spectacular in real life! If you’re lucky you might see these and other cranes dancing. We have sandhill cranes living right by my house. They are often in the fields right by us and we get to see them dancing in the spring. We drove out to Nebraska twice to see the sandhill crane migration on the Platt river. Thousands of these guys jumping and bugling. It is truly an incredible sight and if you ever get a chance, you should take it.
Your cranes are beautiful! I just celebrated with my mama crane, her 80th birthday! I still look at her the same way because she still looks at the world and her loved ones with child like wonder. Seeing “it,” is a lifelong venture I never want to be too “mature” for!
For our prompt of “County Fair” today, a ton of lovely memories came flooding back to me. When I was a kid, I remember going to a local fair and I would first see the ferris wheel in the distance towering above
Another smile moment…I also thought of a ferris wheel for the fair.And although I do not like roller coasters or other rides like that..I would grin most days and at least get on the ferris wheel..I remember the big one on Coney Island which was scary and fun at the same time. In any case your painting is lovely along with the wonderful memories…😊
Lots of wonderful memories there, Charlie, and delightful doodle too! I think I would still enjoy going to the fair…at night..It’s the lights, smells and the “buzz” of people, machinery,and music; an atmosphere only available at the county fair. The fairgrounds are only a few blocks from where we live and the last week of January when the fair arrives and the temps are cool so windows are open I can listen to the sounds of the fair.all day. The sounds coming from the fairgrounds at night are by far the most intriguing.
Always a fan of the fair, even if I’m too chicken to go on most of the rides. The atmosphere is so magical, I’d even suffer the crowds for it! I did laugh at the thought of Philippe’s reaction to the cuisine. It is an acquired taste. Candyfloss (or cotton candy) is fun in small doses, though probably more nostalgia than it actually tasting nice. Our local fair used to (perhaps it still does) sell small chunks of rock in a bag, all different flavours. I don’t know if it has an official name – we creatively called it “fair rock”. The fruit flavoured pieces were lovely – the clove ones not so much!
Oh fun! Yeah, we called it rock candy here. I loves the look more than the taste so I’d just collect them like actual rocks. I was scared of the rides, but went on them anyway… for some reason scaring the hell out of myself was fun during childhood. lol 😃💕
Fantastic Charlie! We lived in an area where there were many fairs in the fall. Some were manly agricultural events with few rides. One seemed like it was just for my grandfather and his friends to sit around, smoke and talk but we took him every year. I worked at our family store from the time I was old enough to dust shelves, age 3 or 4 until I graduated from high school so I usually had change for a few rides and treats to eat so it didn’t cost my folks too much to take us. Good memories.
As teens we picked cherries in July the have spending money for the county fair in August. My favorite ride was the Tilt a Whirl! The older I got, the more I liked the Scrambler. Cotton candy was my favorite treat, and corn on the cob with a beer brat was my go to dinner. There was always a trip through the barns to see the animals. I especially recommend the rabbits and pigs. A lot of people went to the tractor pull and the Demolition Derby, but I never did. I just wanted to walk back and forth on the main drag and suck in all the sights, sounds, and smells to last me a whole year.
Oh wow! Yeah, the Tilt a Whirl and Scrambler were so fun! 😃💕And yeah… I would rush to find the animals. If there wasn’t a barn, there was always a petting zoo of some kind. Yeah… the tractor pulls were a mystery to me… hehe… not my thing at all!
I always tried to win the goldfish, but never managed to. Probably just as well as I doubt that many of those fish survived for long, poor things. Still, it had to be a better fate than being put in a tank with an Oscar or other big fish like that.
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 YAY! That’s so awesome you entered your World Watercolor Month paintings! I love that! I’m always so excited to hear when people end up with something to exhibit from the month!
Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, Philippe never reads these… I’ve read him a couple when they’re mostly about the dog, but otherwise he has no clue what I write here. lol And your fairs sound like a fun memory indeed! With some yummier food as well! Cool facts on beagles… I didn’t know that about the tail, but I like the white tip so I add i even if the references I’m looking at are mixes. hehe
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad I made you smile! Aww I’m so pleased you enjoy my writing. I actually wrote a lot more of my personal stories early on, and now just pepper in bits or tell it differently. Sometimes I just repeat myself because I can’t remember what I’ve told. But I did actually publish those as an illustrated memoir called Sketching Stuff – Stories Sketched From Life – https://dwsh.co/SketchingStuffBook – The hardcover and paperback versions have black and white illustrations (it’s too expensive to have color in a large book) but the ebook versions are in color. 😉
For our prompt of “Wildlife” today, the first thing that came mind was a little chipmunk. One dashed in front of me as I was walking home yesterday and it was the cutest little thing. The chipmunk didn’t even seem
Adorable Charlie! 50 years and over 5 years are something to celebrate. With any luck a safe vaccine will be available and affordable to enough people that we will all be able to celebrate at least on a very small scale. We can only hope. Meanwhile we will enjoy your chipmunk party!
I love the chippies! We had a lot of them when I was very young, but we moved to Door County when I was 10 and I don’t remember seeing them anymore. We have them here, but not by the house. There are too many cats around I think. Too bad because they’re fun to watch.
So I hope you can have a wonderful 50th birthday party! My 50th was loads of fun. Hard to believe a decade has already passed since then. Of course I find it hard to believe that the seasons pass so fast. I miss summer and its not even gone yet😁 !
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, chipmunks are a joy to watch indeed. And, time does go by so fast! I doubt I’d have a big party anyway since I don’t like big parties. lol But we’ll see what next year brings!
Fun doodle, Charlie. My wife and I are still waiting to celebrate our April birthdays. Our family have promised to take us out for a day at a local wildlife park and dinner at a restaurant after. I think it’ll be a while before that can happen though.
This is great! Your first paragraph is half of a story just by itself. All you need is a few more illustrations and a bit of enlargement. How about some silly adventures for our boy while trying to get to his birthday party?
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for rocking your 50’s and changing your mindset! We should celebrate every day, but those milestones always seem important… even though they get farther apart as we get older!
Thanks, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, this is about as much party as I like. And I hope turning 50 means those latent dreams will all come true. And don’t worry for a moment about a sketch not turning out like you hoped… that’s what the next sketch is for! My confession? I think sometimes I always sketch daily so I’ll have at least one I love each week. hehe… When I started it was more like one every two weeks that turned out like I’d sort of hoped. hehe Then I remembered that I’m a horrible art critic when it comes to myself. Best to share with others and find out how wrong I was about my sketches. 😉
Another fabulous painting and story..I am waiting for the book lol Also I am happy for your journey of sketching daily for 5 years…I try to get something in each day..at least a tangle or two..just makes life a little better each day no matter what you are going through! Thanks for inspiration!😊
I imagine these little guys are celebrating when everyone can return to their jobs. Then this little guys can have free range of their homes without running into humans. Haha. Such a fun little sketch! Add to COVID, nightly protests and now our state is on fire. It is the worse they have ever seen. So many towns being evacuated and devastated. Pray for rain! It’s supposed to be here Monday.
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh yes! I’m sure all the animals will have a big party when the humans go back to the office! Yeah, everything is such a state of turmoil now. But rain!! Surely that’s something we can all make happen. Here’s to rain by Monday if not sooner!
For our prompt of “Tea” today, I ended up with a couple of kittens enjoying a classic cup. I suppose one could call this one “tea time for tabbies.” I love the concept of taking a break for tea and nibbles in the
Hey Charlie now I gotta have a cup of Bigelow’s Constant Comment orange spice tea (try it). See if you can get the loose leaf kind and they even have decaffeinated now. Yes I drink cocoa two or three times a day (Neilson’s natural cocoa (here in Canada) with no preservatives) with milk, water, and no sugar. Phillippe would approve. But no more than two tblspn a day (or three cups of 3/5 Tblspn . Cackle). You will never get me to get a cat though.
One symptom of MS is fatigue. For me, afternoons are the worst. I was talking to my neurologist about it and he told me to have a cup of coffee in the afternoon to get a little boost. A prescription coffee break is a great thing. Tea would have worked too if it was the caffeine kind.
So sweet. It was a relaxing weekend here too. Mainly because it was hot most of the weekend. Yesterday, the high winds arrived right on time and brought in all the smoke from the fires. I spent my weekend mainly creating art, so I had a great weekend!
For our prompt of “Shorebird” today, I sketched a little family of piping plovers. I was watching videos of the little baby chicks running across the shoreline and it was super cute. They seemed so curious and
I really like waking up to the daylight and I’m not looking forward to the dark, gloomy days of winter. But first there is fall, with late summer weather cooling to crisp autumn winds and bright autumn nights. I do enjoy those!
Hey Charlie those soups sound sooo goooddd I wish Phillippe would post a few recipes. Yum. I love the fall too but then comes The Ugly which even in my Canadian Okanagan hot spot is not so cute. A broken leg did however teach me not to racewalk in a blizzard. Let’s enjoy the long mellow fragrant afternoons. Soon you’ll be sketching Rudolph et al!
Lovely painting…and I don’t relish autumn as it signals to me winter is also coming…Yet the fall with all its color and freshness, like spring…is a good reminder that there are some things you can count on to happen no matter what else is going on in the world…Reassuring to say the least…Enjoy your day off and try to remember to recharge your batteries as you can’t doing anything running on empty!! God bless😊
I adore your little piping plovers! Have you ever seen that cartoon with the pp running with the waves? Here’s a preview.
You’re right, fall foods are good. I’m already thinking of chili and scalloped potatoes. But summer didn’t stick around nearly long enough for me. I was telling a friend that two more months of it would be about perfect.
I went for a ride to our local nature reserve on Sunday morning and was watching shorebirds in the flesh, or feather. I love the Autumn. My morning cycle to work is getting a bit chilly already. Great doodle.
We have Plovers on the Oregon coast. They are fun to watch, running back and forth. I am so ready for a change in the weather, unfortunately no cooler days or rain. Only thing returning is an unusual high wind storm this afternoon. Not good for all our fires.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, anything really cold down there would get a bit weird. Even where my mom lives in north Texas will shut down when it snows! And true, when you get that cuddle partner those seasons will be different indeed. 😉 And yes! I watched some of Oliver… it’s just the cutest!!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww that’s wonderful that you got to experience an NYC fall. We have very similar weather where I live. It’s lovely in the autumn. Those sound like beautiful memories indeed!!
For our prompt of “Circus” today, I thought back to when I was a kid. So, we have a little baby elephant on a ball with some colorful balloons. Today, these elephant acts are thankfully a thing of the past, but
Wonderful post, Charlie! I vaguely remember going to the circus with my Dad when I was 4 or 5. I have been to the Circus Museum at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and that is an incredible museum. There is so much to see there and my favorite part is a miniature 3/4″ to 1 ft. scale model of a circus, A man named Howard Tibbals(?) has been creating this incredible display for years. The display is more than just the 3 rings…it’s trains and wagons and camp sites…everything to do with a traveling circus and the display is huge. It is really a work of art and a labor of love.
Wonderful Charlie! I agree, childhood memories are the only place for circus animals. I think that they only came to our area once. They came by train. My husband is older and grew up in the next state but same train tracks. He remembers the circus coming to his town and not being anything special. It was likely a sad affair. To a child who had never seen an elephant it was amazing. Tent went up, show went on, tent came down and they moved on.
Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah… it was always magic for me. Like it was impossible that it could appear and disappear so quickly! The elephants used to march through the city from the train tracks here to get to the show. I think people enjoyed lining up to watch that parade even more!
I have only been to a circus once in my life. Not sure why, but I suspect my father didn’t like them. Wisconsin is a huge circus state. We have Circus World Museum here, and many of the circus acts wintered over in towns around here.
A popular attraction in the 1800s and through much of the twentieth century, over 100 circuses were started in Wisconsin. Founded in Delavan, Wisconsin in 1881 following the merge of two older circuses, the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus went on to become one of the largest in the world. Delvan is a small town, but in the 1880s it was the winter home to as many as 26 circuses and their crews, thanks to its available farmland for grazing the animals and timber for heating and building.
Aww that’s such a cool piece of history!! What a fun and interesting lineage for Delavan! 😃💕 It’s definitely an era that’s passed and passing, but it was so magical. Yeah, the clowns, though… I had mixed emotions there. hehe
Yeah, it was a lovely experience to see all of those animals. 😃💕 Indeed, it’s not always the best one for the animals. But now, zoos have become conservation parks and sometimes the only way for some animals to continue on. Which is a good thing indeed!
I love this!!! As you know, I am a big fan of elephants. I too was sad to see the Ringling Bros Circus shut down. Another part of my childhood gone. Luckily I can still watch The Greatest Showman. (No real animals were used in it.)
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s always a bit bittersweet when things from childhood disappear. Yay for movies and shows to take us back there. Yeah, both The Greatest Showman and the One and Only Ivan showed up recently!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 So happy this prompt back good memories! I’m jealous of that poster… I only got cotton candy! Which was awesome, so I’m not complaining. But an elephant poster sounds SO cool!!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m so happy these posts are helping you through even the craziest of days. Pancakes can really make anything better! hehe And glad you liked those last lines… I do like the idea of story taking place in the imagination of a child.
Much simpler times..I too was saddened by the closing of the circus. An institution for me growing up and for me taking my children…and although I have heard cirque de soliel is good…I don’t think it will replace the memories that were made when the circus came to town…Love your painting!!
For our prompt of “Breakfast” today, I chose to make a little sketch of the fun breakfast that Philippe and I have on Sunday mornings. Each week, we have pancakes and blueberries and watch cartoons in the morning,
Ah, those days of optimism, when science was going to create a better world. Canned food would last forever, frozen food would free our time for more important things and war was a thing of the past. I’m certain the 50’s will be considered a golden age in histories to come, because we certainly thought it was.
I think I’m remembering correctly when I say we had Bisquick pancakes too. I do know for sure that my mom used Bisquick to make fluffy dumplings. I loved those things. We had them with Pork hocks and sourkraut. I adored that meal and would still make it if Joe liked it. He didn’t grow up with the German foods like I did, so he isn’t as fond of them as I am.
Every Sunday after Church, as soon as we hit the front door, all the finery got tossed on the bed and we screamed into the kitchen where, my Dad!, was making perfect Bisquick pancakes, with margarine and supermarket “maple” syrup! We didn’t know better, or care! It was the most delicious meal of the week! (Don’t tell my mom! She slaved over the 20 other meals of the week and made sure we were healthy!) We visited my dad’s home state of Maine in 2000 and I ate my first real blueberry pancake with real maple syrup, and although there is no comparison, my dad’s pancakes remain my favorite!
I bet that puppy at all of them! So cute! Not only do I enjoy your doodles every day, I enjoy your ramblings of the past. It brings back memories I had forgotten about. Pre-packaged food/drink ramblings always take me back to Kool-Aid, which takes me back to living in Wisconsin as a child, which takes me to our house we lived in, to playing school in the basement with my leftover schools supplies at the end of the school year, which reminds me of my box of Prang crayons and watercolors, which loops me back to today……I must go paint! 😛
Yep I remember bisquick pancakes and biscuits..loved them both..today hubby makes his from scratch as well..now I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow lol thanks for a great painting and memory!🧡
For our prompt of “School Supplies” today, my mind traveled way back in time to when I was a little kid and the very idea of getting fresh new supplies was the best thing in the world. Indeed, today as school
Wonderful Charlie! I tried to flash back to the little three room school house that I attended from kindergarten through 7th grade. I remember bits and pieces but not much about school supplies. Odd. I’m not sure if they just didn’t make an impression or if we just had pencils. 8th grade on there were back packs, notebooks and supplies. Too many years ago.
Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Oh that’s a wonderful flashback indeed! Yeah, my school was already bursting with kids and rooms. So, I spent much of the time in a trailer, which, now that I think about it, is a bit like a one room schoolhouse! hehe
It was my fourth grade teacher who was a horror! When my brother was in grade school, she actually carried an arrow with her that she used to poke the children with. Fortunately, the authorities took that away from her before I took her class, but she replaced it with a ninja sneak attack where she’d grab you by the back of the neck and shake you. If you saw her in a movie, you wouldn’t believe she was true!
I love the beginning of the school year, just so I could pick out new notebooks, pens and pencils…It was the highlight of my year and then I loved doing it for my boys…I probably enjoyed it more than them..Again another fabulous painting with the wonderful expressive cat on some of my most favorite items..💜💙
Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, picking out new notebooks, pens and pencils was SO fun! When they put out the school supplies in stores it’s all I can do know to buy some. But I have art supplies now and each day feels like the first day of school! 😉
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this… yeah, the backpack was one of my favorite school supplies. I got a new one each year, so I made up one I’d like for this year in my two favorite colors! hehe
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… glad you liked the backpack. I made up one in colors I wish I’d had! And yeah, I didn’t enjoy math, but was weirdly good at it. I was meant to take Calculus my senior year of high school and dropped it to be on the school newspaper instead! hehe Philippe actually has a recurring nightmare about math class still! I highly the support the idea of a school filled with storytime and art. That would be the best school ever!! ❤️
Aww! That’s a funky backpack, too. Mine were never that colourful!
It was a bit of a bummer having to go back after summer, but I did enjoy shopping for fresh supplies. My highlights were a Chewits pencil case and a wooden ruler with kings and queens of England listed on the back. Good for History! 😉 I loved first and middle school, but high school wasn’t as fun until, characteristically, the very end when I ‘came out of my shell’. I still occasionally have dreams of being plunged back into that atmosphere – ugh! But we got through it somehow!
Yay! Glad you liked the backpack! 😃💕 hehe… it’s one I made up that I wish I had today. Yeah, I totally had to jump back to grade school. Middle school and high school had their fun bits, but lots more stress and definitely not an atmosphere I wanted to return to!
Charlie, I swear if you weren’t a 6ft tall, blonde haired, blue eyed boy, a decade (if not two😉) younger, I’d swear we were separated at birth! I guess I remember a few things about school but mostly art and writing. I can tell you a good year from the-umm-others, by who my teachers were and if creativity reigned. Purely “academic” years are lost on me! I have always loved getting new supplies for back-to-school (since I was three and yes that was a year before I started Kindergarten!) I still do it! I do have to say I love that kitty with the backpack, however, I can feel that twinge of uncertainty heading off into the unknown of the first day of school. My new outfit and perfect coiffed ponytails never made me feel as good as the new supplies hidden in my school tote-I could do something with those☺😆
Yay for those new supplies! 😃💕 And yay for a creative atmosphere. I had many awesome teachers who created that and even one math teacher who tried her best to make it fun! hehe It was still lost on me though! lol
Oh wow! Sorry Marisela… your comment didn’t come through on the backend where I reply, so thanks for letting me know! Yay for Big Chief tablets and a jumbo box of Crayola crayons! I can still remember the smell of both of those things clearly! 😃💕hehe
For our prompt of “Pets” today, I sketched a kitten and a puppy snuggled up together. Baby animals are just the cutest, so I’ll take any opportunity I can to sketch them. Even though my own dog Phineas is no
Beautifully done Charlie! Beagles are so lovely unless they are very verbal. That hound sound in some I’ve known can be loud. I mention this I guess to myself as I debate if I want a dog and what type that might be. Babies are adorable!
I read an article recently that claimed scientists have determined that ‘puppy dog eyes’ cause the same hormonal bonding response that people feel when looking into a human baby’s eyes – for both the human and the dog. They also claimed that dogs deliberately use the look because they learn it will get them what they want, as often as not.
We had a few beagles when I was little. I think maybe they were for rabbit hunting, but I’m not sure. All I remember is puppies and how they smelled of milk breath and fresh straw. They could really howl up a storm when they got older. All your dog and puppy pictures make me want one. If it wasn’t for elderly cats, I could easily be convinced.
Aww yes!! Those fur babies are the best! 😃💕 Monster sounds like a wonderful one, and I agree, I’m totally intrigued by beagles now! They are so cute! But, I’m super happy to have our crazy little basenji at the moment, of course!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww… I love our chats! It’s such a wonderful part of my day as well! And I adore the idea of Phineas being the oldest puppy in the world. Thank you for that. You’re so right, true magic doesn’t rely on logic! 😉
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