• For our prompt of “Flowers,” I opted for some magnolia blossoms and a little warbler. I actually did the initial sketch for this one at lunch today. As I was making flowers and birds in my sketchbook there was a

  • Hello my name is Silvia Elena Pastor, and I’m from Argentina, but I live with my Brazilian family, my teenage daughter and husband, in São Paulo, Brazil. From my childhood, I remember that I spent a lot of time

  • For our prompt of “Octopus” today, I opted for a little doodle of one in just two colors. I made him up based on several different references and proudly showed it to Philippe. His first comment was, “there are

    • I love your octopus, Charlie. Not all their appendages are visible all the time. You could have used that argument. 😉

    • I just this evening read an article and watched a video about an octopus that was filmed while he was sleeping and he kept changing color, leading scientists to surmise that he was dreaming! Pretty cool! But dogs dream, so I don’t know why they would think other creatures wouldn’t dream.

      • Nice to know this, Lisa! These molluscs have way more intelligence than what we think they have. They are good escape artists, escape from predators as well as stealthily prey on others by changing their color and texture too to match surroundings.They have a beak on their undersurface, in the centre of the web like attachment between their legs.I read up these facts only to paint the prompt by doodlewash.

      • Oh wow! That’s so awesome! 😃💕Yay! Yeah, I have to believe that any animal with a brain can’t quite shut it off entirely. So, they must all dream!

    • Love the way you used just 2 colors to create this awesome work!

    • Go Inky! I hope he (or she) is out there living life to its fullest, just as we should be, but I’m surprised at their short life span. I’ve read that octopi are very intelligent (I hope that is true), and your Inky painting is spot on. 🐙 💖

      • Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 glad you enjoyed this one! Yeah, I’m certain Inky is still out there enjoying the world. And an octopus is quite intelligent, though often scientists are baffled as to why they are!

    • Consider me ashamed for having not bothered to learn about the octopus. Folks here on doodlewash are far more knowledgeable than I regarding these remarkable creatures! And now I have totally reversed my opinion of them and see them in a much more positive light! Golly, here I am thinking I am an open-minded person and am just reminded by you and others that they deserve my respect! I am chastened!

      • I’m so thrilled to hear we could change your mind about the awesome octopus, Marsha! 😃💕 hehe Yeah, they are super awesome! And best of all, fun to sketch! 😉

    • Very nice use of the two-color palette!

    • I love this. I can almost see the tentacles writhing around. Great colours.

    • Yay to Inky’s escape! Your sketch is outstanding.

    • I told you earlier this year about that show on Public tv. It gave me a whole new look at octopuses and I love them! I always imagine them purple, even though I now know they adjust their color to their environment. Wouldn’t that be fun to do? Nice job on inky!

      • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I watched that show! hehe And ohhhh to be able to change color in different environments. I think if I could, I be much more likely to attend parties. 😊

    • Inky is a beautiful octopus, Charlie. I hope Inky can meet my Airy & Jack turtle and Bibi octopus which alway loves to camouflage he he 😙

    • Love him! Beautiful.

    • Your octopus is magnificent! All artists should be like an octopus – trying 8 different things at once and slithering in search of yet new things to try! (and wouldn’t it be fabulous to have 8 arms? Wow! Can you imagine the artwork that would be created?)

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Oh wow! If only I had eight arms! That would make things go so much faster! Unless even with 8 arms we only favored one, then they might just get in the way! lol

    • I liked Inky on instagram but he looks even better on my big screen.

    • haha!! Octopus is a blender!! YAY! I love those days…. we need to collaborate again my friend! 😃💕 And yay to just trying… I feel like I’ve made progress, but not the leaps and bounds sometimes I expected, so I just keep sketching onward! 😉

  • For our prompt of “Nuts,” today, I opted for pecans as they were my favorite growing up. Then, I simply decided to add a little mouse admiring them. We had a brief mouse problem in our house at the beginning of

    • Sweet mouse 🐭💙

    • Aweeeeeeee, the little mouse is so super cute!!!!!!!!! And fabulous nuts!!! Pecans are one of my favorites too. 🙂

    • Fabulous, Charlie! I am actually hoping not to see mice this winter. Last winter they eat out dishwasher which was a very expensive fix! They were searching for water and ate through hoses. We had to replace the dishwasher! 😟 Our house has a constant smell of mint to try to repel them.

      • Thanks, Karen! 😃💕Yeah, mouse are not cute when they decide to move in!! Ugh… but on the bright side, mint is a lovely smell! 😉

    • Hehe! Phineas must have made a deal with them! Lovely pecans, cute mouse ! What awesome colors!!

    • Charlie, not only are your illustrations beautifully done, but your stories are truly captivating! I am in awe of your many talents! I find myself looking forward to your stories as much as a favorite TV show or movie! Thank you for sharing your talents with us; the world is a brighter place because of them!

      • Thank you so much, Brenda! 😃💕 What a lovely compliment! Wow! I’d love to work on movies again, but until then I have my humble blog. Thrilled you’re enjoying it! That makes me so happy to hear!

    • Loved both the post and the doodle! Funny that Phineas could think of taking in boarders! Your words are filled with warmth, befitting the season. Always a pleasure to read your posts daily. Pecans are something we don’t get in our part of the world. But when my Uncle visits us from the USA, he usually gets these for us. I love the ones that are chocolate-covered!

      • Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕 Thrilled you’re enjoying my posts! And yay to pecans whenever you can get them. And a double yay to anything covered in chocolate! yum!

    • This is so neat and cute…love it…..

    • This morning I opened the cupboard door under my kitchen sink and there was a big ole mouse in the trap we have set there. I feel sad for the ones we trap, but I can’t come up with a better solution. For years we didn’t have mice in our house, but now that the feral cat population is at two or three, they’re back. Although, one of our indoor cats loves to go in the garage and catch mice. She’s really good at it.

      I adore pecan pie! And it’s the easiest pie to make. I’ll probably make two for thanksgiving. It’s my favorite breakfast food the day after.

      • Oh wow! Yeah… I don’t like actually succeeding in trapping them. Glad you have a cat that enjoys the task! And pecan pie for breakfast sounds awesome!! I’ll have to try that when I visit my mom!

    • Wonderful little mouse and pecans! I love pecan pie and the holiday season, too.

    • Another excellent doodle and story.

    • Awesome so beautiful Charlie mouse is soo cute.

    • He’s so cute! I love your pecans too. I like pecans, but I never think to buy them just to eat. I might have to pick up. Holiday food traditions are so funny. Same food every year, whether anyone anyone really wants it. A few years ago, I quit making a whole ham for our little family Christmas dinner. Instead I buy deli ham and make hot ham and cheese sandwiches on wonderful bakery rolls. The two men in my house are just as happy. Momma’s happy because I don’t have to spend alll day in the kitchen making a bunch of food they could careless about. The sandwich idea was actually my husband’s. We have a big meal with the in-law’s Christmas eve.

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕Your traditions sound lovely! You had me at hot ham and cheese sandwiches! Those are sooooo good!! I had them all the time as a kid!

    • Thanks so much, Janet! 😃💕Yeah, things seems to change so much these days and distance is never a good thing. But the vision of your parents dancing the polka for hours is so heart-warming! What a beautiful tradition!

    • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s funny that I grew up much farther north, but my family is now in Texas. Yet, we always opted for pecans!

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one! I think I spend my life torn between awe and desire. Not a bad way to live actually. 😉 hehe

    • Yay to pecan pie and mice outdoors! 😃💕 hehe And awesome that your daughter has the Star Wars Lego calendar. I had to make a choice this year so I’m a bit jealous of the porg in a Santa hat that she’ll get at the end! lol

    • Thanks, Jessica! Glad you enjoyed this! 😃 I don’t really do videos, but it’s something I hope to try more next year. 😉

    • Thanks so much, Gaina! 😃💕 Yay to always playing. I’m quite sure that keeps us young. And your holiday tradition sounds like a ton of fun!! I adore this time of year!

    • Just love this little mouse!!!

    • Beautiful mouse Charlie! They often give you a very tough time when they are small and if they are in your house O my 😡 they eat what not your clothes etc!😉

    • I’ve never tasted pecan nut, I’ve just catch to it in fairy tails when I was a child. But I’ve loved to hear its name appearing in each stories. Your sketch is really lovely , Charlie 🥰

  • For our prompt of “Owl” today, we have just that. It’s been so long since I doodled an owl, so I just wanted to focus on that. I adore owls and think they are lovely creatures, but our dog Phineas is not a fan.

    • Lovely owl! Looks like he’s happy!

    • Love your owl, Charlie! They are fascinating to watch. When I lived in rural Michigan one would sit on the fence post of the neighbor’s field hunting for mice. I had never seen one up close like that.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 I know, right? Owls are so cool to see close up. One used to swoop down and chase rabbits right by our window. I kept cheering the rabbit on to “RUN!”

    • Beautiful Owl!!! Phineas might need more art time to relax him? 🙂

    • Aww poor Phineas! Though I love your owl and wouldn’t mind one having around us!

    • Charlie, love this handsome owl! I’m with Phineas though. As much as I enjoy autumn and winter as my favorite times of the year, I wish we had more daylight. I’m also with Phineas regarding snuggle time. The best time of the year!! 😘

    • I love owls too. I have gone on trips just to see them. A number of years ago there was an irruption wherein northern birds come much further south than usual due to over population, or lack of food. There was a report of a great gray owl north of here in a Madison suburban area. My friend and I got our cameras and drove up to see it. It was spectacular!

    • Gorgeous owl, Charlie. When the temperatues finally becomes reasonable down here and we can keep our windows open we’ll be lulled to sleep by the sweet little screech owls talking to each other. And, if we’re really lucky one of the larger owls will be out there who whoing for a friend. Night sounds I love!!

    • Beautiful owl! We are missing those sounds as we are away from our PA home for a few weeks. Owls are indeed amazing creatures. One of our friend’s cat was carried away by an owl yet gratefully survived.

    • Good Sketch Charlie

    • This is a wonderful owl doodlewash. I like owls also, and knitted one as a toy for my granddaughter. Phineas may just be reacting as if he were “owl prey,” which, by the way, is a possibility. My sympathies lie with the dog.

      • Thanks, Laura! 😃💕 Aww… a knitted owl sounds sooo awesome! What a fabulous gift! Yep… Phineas definitely felt that, but thankfully he’s a bit too big for an owl to lift.

    • That’s wonderful, all those colours – I was half expecting you to say you only used two! The clocks changing can really hit you. I really disliked commuting in the dark after they went back; threading through the Norfolk villages, it was pretty much pitch black outside. I certainly don’t miss that. As we can’t have the extra light, I vote for hibernation i.e. just staying indoors and keeping cosy, possibly with candles!

      • Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕I thought about only 2 colors, but decided to use more. And you’re brilliant as ever my friend! Hibernations sounds like the perfect solution indeed!

    • Fantaastic owl Charlie!

    • Definitely! And loved your owls Kerfe! Impressed to see three!! 😉

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one. Though, I’m sure Phineas doesn’t like me telling that story! lol

    • Thanks so much, Julie! 😃💕

    • Beautifully done, Charlie ❤️. The owl has a experienced look. From your story, I think 🤔 Phineas and I have the same view a lot he he 😂

  • My name is Jensen Cheong from San Jose California. My teacher Harding is a professional Watercolor painting artist, who published 2 fine art books in the 60s, who is the founder of Harding Fine Art Studio, where,

  • For our prompt of “Leaves” today, I opted for just a simple single autumn leaf. I adore this time of year with all of the changing colors and it’s always fascinating to me to see a once green leaf turn into a

    • Gorgeous leaf,Charlie! Like to keep it inbetween pages of my favourite book

    • Beautiful leaf, Charlie! Ours are mostly either rust or gone. We gave had a lot of wind. Even the large Japanese maple out front has very few leaves and some years that will make it all the way through winter with many of its red leaves still in tack. North of us they are calling for snow but we are to get just a cold rain.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah… that normally happens here… it’s like one large wind gust renders all the trees naked overnight! hehe… but thankfully hasn’t quite happened yet!

    • I definitely prefer Daylight time. The short days get me down, even in L.A. Love that leaf and shadow!

    • Must be nice to not get caught up in politics! I find myself yelling at the TV. My husband needs to watch the news. I try to stay away most of the time, but that’s not always possible.

      Our color is done. It was sped up by two snow storms that came way too early. All my lovely maple leaves weighed down by a blanket of snow. How dare mother nature play such a cruel joke. Lol! It was kind of pretty for a while though.

      • Yeah, the news has ventured past ridiculous… it’s almost impossible to comment anymore. And ugh on the early storms! Yeah, winter seems like it’s taking over lately. I thought we were going to lose our autumn, but it’s still hanging on a bit here!

    • Love your leaf, Charlie! Also the post!

    • Gorgeous leaf!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Thanks for your words. Sometimes I wonder myself; now what… but yes the heart knows so follow it. I know we all have our talents and i feel just doing them and sharing them with one another is one of the best things we can do in life. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay to that! That’s exactly why I made Doodlewash! I can’t hep but that the mere act of coming together to create isn’t a sort of art form in itself. 😉

    • Awesome leaf Charlie thanks

    • Lovely autumn leaf. I’m a bit behind this week but I have a picture in mind for my leaf painting.

    • Wonderful drawing, Charlie! Did you ever dip a leaf in melted paraffin. They are lovely when pinned to a curtain! Guess what! I am 79 years old and still stop to pick up a colorful fall leaf. How many colors they can become! Simply wondrous!

      • Thanks, Marsha! 😃💕 I’ve never dipped a leaf in paraffin but know you have me wanting to try! And yay to being 79 years young and still young at heart!

    • Beautiful leaf, Charlie!!! The color of Autumn leaves is one thing I do miss about the northeast.

    • Nice writing on the season. And a beauty of a leaf. I think each trip outdoors is a festival for the eyes. Last Saturday Tom and I took a 50 mile toad trip in the Kentucky countryside to visit Kentucky artist and homesteader Katherine O’Brien who does Atlas of the world yearly journal art and we took the trip to her Open House of her new studio and a mountain amount of her nature art of foliage and birds and critters. All of whom live and play on her farm. She and Greg watch the comings and goings of the birds and the seasons together in the sanctuary space of the land, neat Shaker Village and Harrodsburg KY. It is a life of high values, expressed through her precision drawings and watercolor paintings. I am sure it raises the vibrations of the earth for all to benefit. http://www.kathleenobrien.com

    • Beautiful leaf and lovely story, Charlie ❤️. In this transition, I’ve sometimes felt a little sad without any reason, my soul seem like wandering somewhere
      unknown. I love your story, it made me feeling be shared.

    • Pretty leaf! It was so fun wading through the crunchy fallen leaves – still is! There wasn’t much of a transition here this year; September and then October were almost exclusively grey and gloomy, which was something of a downer. But I do enjoy the cosy season, especially once December arrives and we can get away with the extra indulgence.

      • Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕Yeah, things have stayed more fall-ish here, but I have a feeling it’s going to end soon. Yay for the cozy season and extra indulgences, though. Nothing bad to say about that! lol

    • Driving to the Oregon Coast, I had the chance to admire all the gold and green along highway 101. And I have to tell you about the breakfast I just had, Crepes with Oregon pear and whole hazelnuts topped with clotted cream and raspberry compote. All the sweetness came from the fruit, so all the flavors were fully tasted. Perfection along with some Pacific Northwest coffee. I’m ready for a day of Celtic jigs and reels!

    • Beautiful leaf and what a wonderful way to celebrate!

    • Thank you so much, Margaret! 😃💕 I adore that we always show up and support each other when we need it! We’re linked in the most beautiful way! Yeah, the path isn’t always clear, but the adventure is always wonderful! Cheers back to you my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Aww… I adore that moment you witnessed! Sometimes, I feel the same and even if I could stop and sketch it.. I don’t. Just experiencing life as it happens is like writing a story and drawing it at the same time!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕I’m so thrilled this post spoke to you. Yeah, it always seems like following our heart should be the easiest and most natural thing in the world. But, it’s often not. Always good to be remind ourselves where our true intent lies!

    • Nice writing on the season. And a beauty of a leaf. I think each trip outdoors is a festival for the eyes. Last Saturday Tom and I took a 50 mile toad trip in the Kentucky countryside to visit Kentucky artist and homesteader Katherine O’Brien who does Atlas of the world yearly journal art and we took the trip to her Open House of her new studio and a mountain amount of her nature art of foliage and birds and critters. All of whom live and play on her farm. She and Greg watch the comings and goings of the birds and the seasons together in the sanctuary space of the land, neat Shaker Village and Harrodsburg KY. It is a life of high values, expressed through her precision drawings and watercolor paintings. I am sure it raises the vibrations of the earth for all to benefit. http://www.kathleen-obrien.com

    • Nice writing on the season. And a beauty of a leaf. I think each trip outdoors is a festival for the eyes. Last Saturday Tom and I took a 50 mile toad trip in the Kentucky countryside to visit Kentucky artist and homesteader Katherine O’Brien who does Atlas of the world yearly journal art and we took the trip to her Open House of her new studio and a mountain amount of her nature art of foliage and birds and critters. All of whom live and play on her farm. She and Greg watch the comings and goings of the birds and the seasons together in the sanctuary space of the land, neat Shaker Village and Harrodsburg KY. It is a life of high values, expressed through her precision drawings and watercolor paintings. I am sure it raises the vibrations of the earth for all to benefit. https://kathleen-obrien.com/sunwise-open-studios-celebrations/

    • You as well! 💕

    • Beautiful!

  • For today’s prompt of “Water,” I first started to sketch a water bottle, but then thought about a message in a bottle. And soon after that, I wondered what would happen if one’s message was accidentally delivered

    • I like how your mind works, Charlie as it allows you to create very interesting posts! I spent a great deal of time on the coast of Maine as a little kid and always wanted to send a message in a bottle but for some reason never did.

    • You could so develop a fun story with the bottle and the crab! Great doodle as always!

    • The home where I grew up was just a few miles from a sandy Lake Michigan beach. Because Door County is surrounded by water, I lived within a half hour of more public beaches than I can count without getting a map out to remind myself of them all. Yet I never found a message on a bottle. Pity! That would have been so cool! I also never put a message in a bottle which seems a lost opportunity, looking back. It would have been cool to get a letter back from someone who had found one of my messages!

      • Oh, I’m sorry to hear you never found in a message in a bottle, Lisa! That would have been amazing! 😃💕 I agree.. it would be so wonderful to actually hear back from a bottled message!

    • Lucky crab! I love the idea of messages in bottles (also ships in bottles). I have average handwriting, but I do enjoy sending handwritten notes to people. It’s an old fashioned but lovely custom.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yay to handwritten notes! I know they still mean more even if the handwriting is illegible like mine, but I get a bit self-conscious! 😊

    • Could you imagine if we sketched everything that popped into our twirling minds? I just did a whole page of doodles the other day of things in November…leaves, turkeys, etc. I had to stop because I filled the page. Love your curious little crab. I think he is wondering how he is going to get in that bottle with that piece of paper in the way! Bahawahaha!

      • Yay to sketching everything that pops into our minds! I think that’s the coolest approach ever! 😃💕 And yeah… this crab is totally confounded! lol

    • You know I did that once, back when I was like 8 yrs…. I put a message in a bottle and leave it in the Caribbean Sea on the south of Puerto Rico. Where it is now, who knows…. But your drawing make me remind of that moment…. Thanks.

      • Oh wow! That’s so awesome, Walt! 😃💕 Love that you put a message in a bottle. I’m sure if it’s not been found it will be and thoroughly appreciated by someone someday!

    • Love this,Charlie!!

    • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crab look so intrigued! And what nice colours for a dull November day. My handwriting used to be really neat, but now, it’s embarrassing. I simply don’t write much anymore so it’s a bit daunting 😉 I’m still waiting to find a message in a bottle, typed or handwritten it would be amazing!

      • Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 I was hoping to add a bit of intrigue to this crab. It’s tough when you don’t use many lines. hehe And I love that your handwriting was neat once! My has always been a sort of crazy man’s scrawl. Never once was it in a state that could be considered pretty. 😊

    • You know I adore your art Charlie but today what sticks in my mind and heart most is just the connection between you and your beloved. Like you both hit another level of love looking out for one another. Made my heart so happy aweeeee lol. Perhaps Phineas wants to share a message or some art with us again too? 🙂 🙂

      • Aww thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this. And yeah, we did sort of level up recently. I think it’s always a challenge to truly take care of the people who are the best at taking care of you!

    • Awesome Charlie!

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… I’m only a recent chocolate police. Life is the such a wonderful burst of epiphanies!

    • Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 lol… yeah… we don’t buy regular candies, but Philippe will buy baking chocolate under the premise that he’ll make a dessert. Instead, it ends up parted off in little bites and disappears. A mystery indeed!

    • This is a nice wending tale, reminding us of magical childhood daydreams and memories. While never having found a bottled message I am reminded of a real message that reached my brother via balloon. He found it hanging from its string where it had been snagged on a fence-line on our farm. It had been sent by an elementary schoolgirl over a hundred miles away. He answered the message (an assignment in her English class) and began a years long communication between them (I was a little jealous). He actually traveled to her school when she graduated from high school and still exchanges Christmas cards and keeps up with events in her life. Handwritten, I might add. The written word has been cherished in his (and my) life and he is a fine writer. Perhaps the penpal he found so many years ago was akin to a message in a bottle! Thanks for your delightful story – it triggered my memory in a most wonderful way!

      • Oh wow, Marsha! 😃💕 I adore that story!! Such a wonderful connection made from a balloon. So cool! I’m so happy this brought back good memories!

    • Beautifully done, Charlie ❤️. What a coincidence , I wanted to do this prompt “water” with an idea “message” . Many ideas but I struggled with what I want to depict. To me, A message in a bottle is really lovely 😉

      • Thanks, Loan! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this! yeah, I’m dancing between concept and just painting whatever is stated this month. hehe… Mostly because I seem to have a bit less time. Glad you enjoyed this!

    • Yay to that! 😃💕Yeah, I think a message in a bottle definitely has a place in a fantasy book!

  • My name is Nick Stewart and I’m from Rochester, Kent, England. Much of my working life has been spent in service to London’s advertising agencies and design studios as well as a part time tutor at the Uni

    • Nick this is so intriguing and beautiful. I need to find time to explore this more. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for sharing this interesting process and your beautiful art! I use fountain pens for sketching and writing but have not explored the possibilities of the ink. I’ll check out your website to learn more.

    • Positively gorgeous! So much potential in the fountain pen inks I already love!

    • Fascinating! The only experience I have with ink is in card making. Some of these techniques, such as in using bleach, I’ve used, but not to the degree you have. I love it. So much to learn and see in art!

    • This really is great! I enjoyed reading your story and watching your art. I hope you enjoy making it even more 🙂

  • For our prompt of “Art Supplies” today, I sketched my usual watercolor, fountain pen and brush, but added my recent addition to my kit. This would be a set of fineliners, a couple of brush pens, and a handy rolled

    • Nice post Carlie!!! Love that rolled case!

    • Love your DOodling kit, Charlie! My husband would be thrilled if my art supplies were so well contained. It depends on if I am sitting curled up with my sketchbook having fun with everyone here or if I am creating my watercolor paintings. That is where I have taken over the family room as a studio space. We shall see what happens over the holidays with grandchildren and grand dogs. Life is a series of compromises. It is fun to be here for recess time to just play! Thanks for creating this space for all of us.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash! Yeah… when I started I was painting more and that takes up way more space. I think Philippe was secretly thrilled when I got addicted to my sketchbook! hehe

    • wow very nice!!! I am always so grateful for this wonderful group. So again thank you for creating it. 😀

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay! I love hearing that! I feel the same way. When all other social media goes perfectly crazy… we always have our little group!

    • It is really hard to believe the world you’ve created in.such a short amount of time. And really, the fact that you have all of your doodlewashes in little sketch books is so lucky! Not to mention, you have them all online too. And that you registered doodlewash was smart thinking ahead!

      • Aww thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yeah, it’s been quite a wild ride with Doodlewash! I hoped to create something compelling, but I’m thrilled that it’s taken off like it has. And love that I have a stack of tangible memories to go along with the journey!

    • What a great collection of art tools! I especially like the way you painted the palette, with a lot of mixing going on.

    • Nice travel set. Great painting. I’ve been watching some pen and ink videos on YouTube so I went out and bought some coloured Fi e liners. I’m looking forward to experimenting with another art form.

    • I always love your sketches of art supplies! Little time for today, so I am going to recess first! Kind of like having your desert first! 🙂

    • Painting is rather like recess for me too. I love your philosophy.

    • Nice drawing. Charlie, could you write a few words about working with the brush-tipped pens? I bought one for drawing during Inktober, but never really got the hang of using it.

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I think you’re at the same place I am when it comes to brush pens. I’m still just playing with them and figuring everything out. The Pentel one seemed a touch harder to get finer lines for me so I switched to a Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen for this post – https://doodlewash.com/ghost-in-a-bottle/ – it’s easier to control, but I’m still playing with it so I don’t have much to share yet. 😊

    • Fantastic Charlie!

    • Just lovely!!!

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕Aww yay! Glad this brought back memories fo your dad. Yeah, I love this case… it’s compact, which I adore!

    • Beautiful art supplies, Charlie. I always love the way you’ve painted your art supplies 😘

      • Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! This is actually all of my art supplies sketched so if I make this prompt again I’ll have to buy more! lol

  • For our prompt of “Eyes” today, I initially started trying a self-portrait, but my eyes looked a little tired today so I ended up with this scruffy little cat instead. I’ve heard the expression of “puppy dog eyes”

    • Aweeeeeeeeeee I adore this precious one with its sweet kitten cat eyes. I love that!!! I was smiling at your moms words about how could we stress when we see the ridiculousness in it all. Bravo!! Yes, I totally agree. For me, I am always looking at life with my wonder. Here is to many fun experiences of life. 😀

    • Love your kitty with the kitten eyes, Charlie! It is good to great whatever the day has in store and I sense of humor and a twinkle in your eyes!

    • Lisa replied 1 week ago

      I was always complimented on my eyes too. Big blue eyes, long lashes. Once when I was really little, an older girl on the school bus told me I had calf eyes. I went home crying because I thought she was being mean, saying I looked like a cow! 😂

    • Lovely kitten with its innocent eyes 😘!!! In the beginning of your story, I laughed a lot when I heard you want to try your self-portrait but your eyes looked a little tired, because it happened to me as well. At 4 a.m in my time zone, I looked my eyes in my camera phone, they’re looked tired, I sighed and gazing at them 15 mins, drunk a cup of coffee to awake , then I surrendered and went to bed again he he 😂.

      • Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 hehe… yay to going back to bed! I wanted to do the same when I saw my eyes. Granted, that’s the beauty of drawing…. I can just fix them, but I was too tired to even bother with that! 😊lol

    • Hey Charlie was there anything in your hand …I mean some food like fish etc😀….looks like the kitten wants something from your hand..😊…Nice kitty Charlie.!

      • hehe! Thanks, Jerson! 😃💕 Hmmm… maybe a glass of wine? lol Actually this was from a reference, as with all kitties since I’m allergic. But I do love them!!

    • Not only a look of innocence but total trust. Sweet kitty!

    • You and I see the world in the same way! No wonder I was drawn to your doodlewash site. Love your cat kitten eyes.

      • Yay! Glad we found each other then, Bonnie! 😃💕 It makes me so happy to know you’re enjoying Doodlewash! And glad you enjoyed my little kitten cat!

    • Kitty! I love the expression. I love the colors details. I just love kitties. I love your reminder to focus on the happy and good things around us. It seems nowadays, people feed off the bad and it is a sad sad world. So today, I will focus whole heartedly on the good, which shouldn’t be too hard for this positive Polly. ;p

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one. And yay to positive! I guess that makes me a positive Paul, pete? Not sure the male equivalent so I’ll just be Polly as well! I like that name! hehe

    • Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Aww yay! I’m so thrilled I can me there with you when you start your day! And SO happy to know you’re enjoying the podcast!! That means so much to me!

    • Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 I really appreciate it! Animals are definitely my favorite mammals to sketch!

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 I really appreciate that!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Aww… what a sweet thing to say! 😊

    • Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕

    • Oh so adorable..love those eyes!!

  • Hi! I’m Renee Galligher, and I live in Meridian, Idaho, just a short drive from the state’s capital, Boise. I’ve been creative most of my life working in various mediums, including watercolor, but never sticking

    • Hi Janell, Thank you so very much! Animals, dogs, are my favorite to paint and I do so from my own photos!

    • Greetings Renee, It was so good to read about your art journey. I really love your art!!! So gorgeous!!!! I am new to watercolors and you inspire me to see what is possible with them. 😀

    • Renee, thanks so much for sharing your story and your wonderful art!

    • Laura replied 1 week ago

      Wow! Beautiful rendering of light and shade.

    • Thanks for sharing your work and story. I particularly love the duck with duckings – beautiful detail and contrast.

      • Thank you Sharon! A friend of mine took this photo and I was drawn to it immediately. Once I started, I thought, “what was I thinking?!” So much detail, but I took it one step at a time, one technique at a time. My fellow art group members, often tell me that I pick the hardest subjects to paint, and I seem to, but that’s how I learn!

    • Such wonderful art! Thank you for sharing with us.

    • I love your wonderful art 🥰. Thank you, Renee.

    • Beautiful work! Your story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

      • LoriCtoo – thank you! I should’ve added that timelines also drive me. As a project manager, I’m timeline driven and that seems to have affected by art work drive too and the drive to excel at what I do! Well, I have a lot to learn yet.

    • Hello Fanna,
      thank you so much for reading the article and commenting. I appreciate your feedback. The animals are my favorite as well. Time depends on the size and detail. For the dog at the fence, “Don’t Fence Me In!” that one took me a month of painting every night for anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.

    • Beautiful! Your animals almost jump off the page!

  • For our prompt of “Mushrooms” today, I ended up with this imagined little scene. I adore fly agaric mushrooms most as they remind me of the storybooks I enjoyed as a child. And now, as an adult, I find them

    • Love these mushrooms! I think they have personalities and names and when no one is looking they have marvelous mushroom adventures. I’m pretty sure that the one on the bottom left is the ring leader. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕hehe!! I love that way to think about mushrooms! I agree! They’re up to something fun!

    • Love your mushrooms! Being creative is a great escape. Writing and painting? Impressive.

    • I did NaNoWriMo once. I lasted a week. It’s just not in me.

      I love these shrooms! Years ago in high school I did a pen and ink drawing of a forest floor with ferns and mushrooms and lots of green things. I still think of that piece and wish I still had it. I do still have a piece I did in college and my friend framed it for me last year so it’s hanging on my wall. I still love it.

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t think I would last long in NaNoWriMo unless I stopped sketching during that time… and that’s not going to happen anytime soon! hehe And yay to the piece you have on your wall! I’m sure it’s lovely!

    • Great Mushrooms, Charlie! Good luck with the writing if you do decide to do the challenge.

      • Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m not sure I could do both daily illustrations, blog posts, and a writing challenge. That’s a bit to crazy even for me! hehe

    • So beautiful!!! I really love those mushrooms too they have such a fun feel about them. I have yet to do one of the writing challenges. I believe some do challenges every day too for it. ahhhhhhhh so many fun challenges lol 🙂

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕Yay to fun challenges! hehe… yeah, there’s so many now it’s impossible to do them all. But fun to dream!

    • I love your little mushrooms. Mushrooms with red tops with white polka dots are my favorite. There is something so cheery about them. As far as you bouncing around from one thing to the next, I am the same way. I have to make myself focus on one project, otherwise I wouldn’t get anything done. If I get too many things going at the same time, they begin to whirl around in my head like a tornado. You are not alone little friend. 😉 50,000 words? Yikes!

      • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yay to the tornado in our heads! lol It’s what makes us creative! So it’s worth it! And yeah… 50,000 words in one month seems crazy, but considering I’ve written the word count equivalent of more than 20 novels by now, I guess it’s not totally impossible. 😉 lol

        • Lol, I know I can talk well over that in a month. I like to talk. 😉 If I ever had the ambition and time to write everything down, I might conquer that challenge!

          • Haha! That makes me wonder if there’s actually a talking challenge! Surely there must me one. There’s a challenge for everything these days! 😉 lol

    • I love your thinking and your story, Charlie ❤️. Some subtle things have just come from the simplest things with a loving heart. Your color palette in this sketch is one of my favorite I’ve liked. It’s a beautiful sketch.

    • WHAT! No master plan? Your story…my story. How can we possibly be expected to focus on just one, ONE THING at the expense of others? Just ain’t gonna happen! With over three-quarters of a century behind me I finally don’t beat myself up about my scattered “train of thought.” I just keep on keepin’ on. Darned if I could stick to an outline – I just wrote. And so much for structure in my life. Why spoil a good thing? I love to be free to change my mind, to follow where life leads me.

      Oh, BTW, those mushrooms of yours look like they are just in this world to entertain us. They are too pretty to eat!

      • Thanks, Marsha! 😃💕 Yay to that! Yeah, it’s true that we live in a culture that craves consistency, but oh how boring! lol It’s way more fun to just follow our hearts and see what happens next!

    • Beautiful mushrooms!

    • Lovely, whimsical mushrooms. They make me think of fairy tales and woodland creatures!

    • Lovely colourful scene.

    • Jacob replied 1 week ago

      More wonderfully ‘magic’ mushrooms! I think your subconscious is trying to get you to play Sonic, or perhaps Mario 😉

    • Thanks, Jill! 😃💕Glad you liked these! And yeah… truly, I don’t even know what it would look like if either of us were to focus like that! I think it would be weird and unsettling! lol 😉💕

    • That’s wonderful you saw them, EJ! 😃I’ve actually never seen them in person… hehe… just in storybooks. But would imagine they’d seem more fiction than fact if spotted!

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Yep, I’m sure these must be the same. This type of mushroom is the storybook first choice! hehe And yet, I’ve never seen one in person, so they’ve always stayed magical!

    • I really love and like your thoughts and stories this is also best one from you thanks

  • As I mentioned yesterday, I inadvertently published two different prompt lists that had the first two prompts of Puppy and Pear in different orders. So, I decided to do both for these first couple of days. Since,

    • Love those pears and cute dog too. Takes a long time to finally realize you can’t please everyone and when you make that discovery AND believe that it’s true life becomes much more enjoyable. Good post, Charlie!

    • Great doodle, Charlie! I’m glad that you got to go to the theater with friends today. I got to go to a meet and greet at a gallery downtown. The gentleman was a weaver who has been a photographer and a painter. I was the first one there and we talked for almost an hour before the gallery owner told him that he had to go talk with others. It was do great to talk with another creative. I am so inspired to paint and maybe dust off my loom this winter.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Ohhhh yay! I’m so thrilled to hear that! Sounds like something I would do! hehe… I love having one-on-one time with another creative person. Such a gift!

    • So cute!!! I love the dog with its tongue out aweeeeeeee. I think that people can grab on to whatever emotion goes into our creativity. Feel more sometimes. 🙂

    • Beautiful pears and cute dog. But I really love your painting of your first dog. Tender memories.

      • Thanks so much, Marsha! 😃💕Yeah, this dog got a bit lost in the background… hehe…. I’m not sure puppies and pears will become an ongoing thing with me. 😉

    • Writing is sort of like that too. My best poems were those that delighted me. I liked to slip in little jokes and word play that might go unnoticed by a reader, but if just one reader got it, that would be worth it. And if I was the only one, so be it.

      Yesterday, I kind of wanted a puppy for xmas. Today I want pears for no reason at all but pears.

      • hehe… Yay to both pears and puppies! 😃💕 And yay to things we create that we ourselves can delight in. I’m certain that means someone else delights in it just a bit more!

    • Today, you still show a beautiful one, Charlie 😘. In some moments, I seem to be the dog is chasing delicious pears and loves to bite all of pear 😂 .

    • I know that an apple a day keep doctors away, but there is nothing better than a sweet paer to make my day…. Nice 🍐 Charlie!!!!!

    • The attack of the killer pears! Lol, well done! And you know, you can’t please everyone all the time. But all that matters, is if you are pleased with yourself!

    • Aww thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Actually that’s not Phineas… it’s a bit of a made up doggie as I glanced at several references. hehe

    • Thanks so much, Athira! 😃💕 So happy to know your enjoy my pictures!

  • Welcome to a new month and a brand new Doodlewash adventure! This month, the weirdest thing happened in that I somehow posted a slightly different prompt order on Doodlewash than on Instagram. If you got the

  • We’ve reached the end of this month’s Doodlewash challenge and the end of Inktober. Whether you’ve participated in either or both, I hope you had a fabulous time and reached whatever goals you set for yourself!

  • For our Doodlewash prompt of “Candy,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Catch,” I opted for a sketch of Philippe catching candy as a companion to the one of me grabbing for chips at the beginning of the month.

    • Fantastic job with this one Charlie! Isn’t it a great feeling when you successfully stretch outside your comfort zone? I know that feeling.

    • What a great sketch!! A fun-loving treatment of our relationship with food, especially snacks. Having a sense of humor when it comes to our attachments to sweets or chips is necessary because without it we are too hard on ourselves! You put a spark of life into Philippe’s portrait; I hope he likes it. Seems as if your courageous effort really paid off!

      • Thanks so much, Marsha! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m all about humor when it comes to my snack cravings! hehe And yay to the spark! I hoped it showed there. Philippe actually did like it and totally recognized himself which is a first!!

    • Fantastic sketch!

    • How good the expression on the face of Philipp’ face, excellent sketch 😍😍

    • Wonderful!!! Now I get to see your beloved Philippe. I just had to make my own version of those peanut-butter cup cookies tonight. But i will tell you I learned to cook for a diabetic mom so I learned that they taste just as good with half or a third the sugar of the regular cookies and with the candy add ins its just right. Happy Halloween and thanks for another month of fabulous prompts!!!!:)

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yep! This actually looks like Philippe! YAY! lol And yay to cookies. You would get the Philippe stamp of approval for the less sugar. After he grumbles while trying to convert cups to grams, he then says… “what? no way! Sugar is not a flavor!” Hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

    • That’s a good size for a candy….good job Charlie. Like the 3d effect on your Sketch, also the candy!!!!

    • I would like to see a real photo of Phillippe please. He looks pretty darn handsome in your sketch. 😉 I am glad you have pushed yourself to sketch people this month. I’ve enjoyed all your little characters.

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you liked the little characters. As for Philippe… there’s one on the about page, but it’s him being silly as well. I think the only photos online of him on on my Facebook page. 😉 And those he has shorter hair which is normally. He normally doesn’t let it grow out, but I think the curls are cute! lol

    • This turned out very well! We have some candy for our nonexistent trick or treaters. I’ve had a taste for peanut butter cups, so Joe bought some for me!

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 I’m soooo jealous!! hehe… I tried to tell Philippe we needed some candy “just in case” but he wasn’t having it!

    • Lovely sketch 😍. Philippe was really cute in your sketch, Charlie 🥰. I think he love to caught that candy and a warmest hug😉.

    • Super sketch and painting! As soon as I saw it, I thought it must be Philippe! Congratulations on a month of spooking yourself with challenges. I love all of the techniques you’ve tried and all of them have made really successful drawings and paintings.

    • Fabulous sketch, Charlie!! You do the best job of capturing a smile and this one is wonderful!!! Happy Halloween!!!

    • I love the perspective you get in some of your paintings Charlie.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I wanted to practice perspective, but I also find it really fun and interesting, so I’ll be doing more for sure!

    • Wow thank you! You are definitely an inspiration..I have your book and now that inktober is over I can start to work on it…Courage hmm thanks! and by the way your drawing is awesome! 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕And thanks so much for getting a copy of the book! It’s all about fun and just DOing and going for it without all the technical stuff that often gets in the way! Hope you enjoy it!

    • Philippe you partner looks so handsome and has beautiful eyes you did so well to make this portrait !Happy Halloween i was a an awesome month!!

      • Thanks so much, Fatima! 😃💕 Yay, I’m glad the eyes are beautiful in this… they definitely are in person. Happy Halloween to you my friend! Glad you enjoyed the month!

    • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the sketches this month! Hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I finally got a likeness right! The last and only other one was Winston Churchill, though I’ve no idea why that one worked out somehow. hehe Happy Halloween!

    • Its superb catching candy

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