For our prompt of “Sunset” today, I opted for a little robin enjoyed the setting sun. Or, at least, a hopefully reasonable facsimile in my super quick and mad dash style. I love watching the sun set, but I most
This is a beautiful and peaceful time of the day. Our house is too close to a hill so sunsets are not really visible. I love being on vacation on the Maine coast or on a lake where sunsets and sunrises can be fully enjoyed.
We don’t have a view of the sunrises, but living close to the Columbia River and on a lake, we see some truly fabulous sunsets. Sometimes, I get too involved in something and realize that the sunset has come and gone, and I hate that because it does bring such a sense of renewal watching the colors change.
Crepuscular is one of my favorite words. It is a synonym for dusk. It is such a magical time when the air gets soft and damp and the fireflies rise out of the grasses. I used to love to drive on country roads at dusk with all the windows down and Neil Young playing on the cassette player. The scent of fresh cut hay filling the car. And the first wishing star popping up over Lake Michigan.
For our prompt of “Red Panda” today, I tried to sketch one with a touch of a smile. It was a lovely day today and I was in a particularly happy mood. There wasn’t any one thing causing this feeling of glee, just a
Love your smiling red panda Charlie! Glad your day was great and getting to see local theater is always a plus! A quieter day here which was much needed. Fighting with point of sale options for upcoming events. I’m likely making it more difficult than it needs to be.
Fantastic painting Charlie. Unlike you we’ve had two weekends running of stormy weather. Last week storm Ciara and this week Dennis. We did get to go to town and visit a new exhibition at the museum about an iron age mans’ burial. That made both very happy. We then got home before Dennis arrived.
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Aww yay! I’m thrilled I inspired you to tackle one! They’re the cutest little creatures! And yeah, the holidays are my jam, but I try to extend that feeling as long as I possibly can! hehe
For our prompt of “Reflections” today, my mind wandered to thinking about spoons. Not only are they rather lovely reflective objects, they are always a signal of something delicious headed my way. Some of my
That strawberry ice cream and whipped cream sure do look delicious. I would take a good bowl of homemade popcorn over ice cream any day though. So many wonderful childhood memories attached to sharing a bowl of popcorn with my mom and dad and sister while watching Disney on Sunday nights. Very good memories!!!
“We like the
But not as much as a spoon
‘Cause that’s more use for eating soup
And a fork isn’t very useful for that unless it has got many vegetables
And then you might be better off with a chopstick …”
For some reason, your talk about spoons made me flashback to the Spongemonkey song – which is horrible as are the spongemonkeys. and now I’ve got that song stuck in my head and do you think maybe strawberry ice cream might make it go away?
I could go for a cup of that right about now Charlie! Instead I have a glass of red wine as it has been a long day, enjoyable but long. Up early this morning to head almost two hours north of here to a national park in Vermont for a different type of watercolor class. Hone for a few hours then off to see a local theater group perform “Mama Mia” a friend of mine was in the chorus, lots of fun. Quiet day tomorrow!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yeah, honestly, I usually just put prompts that tell exactly what to make so creativity is up to the individual in the day and the moment. Sometimes I just want to be told what to make… even if it’s me! lol 😊
I still have a favorite spoon. Sometimes it gets lost. Its smaller than most spoons, which I feel are way too big for my mouth, hahaha. Lucky me, that spoon never wanders far away.
Love your spoon reflections.
For our prompt of “Kisses” today, I chose to celebrate the universal love between a mother and child, with my usual animal stand-ins, of course. It’s Valentine’s Day, a day normally known for love of a more
Aweeeeeeeeee so super cute!!! I came so close to doing a momma and baby giraffe lol. then we would have been art twins lol. That nurturing love though is what just grabs me in the heart as well. I am like the momma hen in my world cuz I want the best for all my beloveds. 🙂
Your childhood Valentine’s memories are a lot like mine! I enjoyed the decorating part but not the giving and receiving part. How embarrassing if you got one from someone you didn’t give to, or vice versa.
Oh so precious! I love your ramblings about the people you love. And I love your reminder of those Valentine Boxes we used to make every year! Isn’t it interesting to think we “always” had a shoebox ready to be decorated for the big day? Something no doubt our mother’s thought of way in advance. 😉
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! hehe… I always reminded my mother. I refused to use only a shoebox and created the craziest contraptions. I’m not sure now if they were as awesome as I remember!😊 lol
how wonderful is your picture.. We don’t do much for Valentines day either usually..hubby bought me flowers as he knows I have had a difficult month and I was happy…it is good to be around those who is kind to others and also kind to themselves as it shows…thanks again for another great post!
That is why I love watercolors! It’s so scary to start on it, but once you start you feel such a joy you want to continue painting more and more. Feeling the adrenaline rush that the mix of water and color creates
I loved your story and your work! I love your enthusiasm, it is contagious. 🙂 It is a small world we live in, I live just outside of Portland. I can just see you bouncing around Blick. My heart starts pounding the minute I walk through their doors. Thank for sharing your inspiring story!
Nereida, your bold colors and excellent detail blow me away! You should have your daughter check out Columbia Art & Drafting Supply on SE 15th & Burnside the next time she shops for art supplies. They have professional brands that Blicks doesn’t and are often cheaper. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!
For our prompt of “Cherry Blossoms,” I added a little blue tit bird to the mix, because I just like to sketch birds, and pop one in whenever I get the chance. I’ve always loved the look of cherry blossoms and,
Fantastic Charlie and such a great bit of Spring. The snow you had yesterday arrived here today and the cold is coming in overnight. I got to snowblow the driveway because my art show meeting was canceled until tomorrow. It gave me a day to catch up a bit. Feeling better about the pending exhibit of flowers in art. Stay warm!
Having grown up in Door County, cherry and apple blossoms were a big part of my life. The way the county juts out into Lake Michigan means that we had a warm side of the peninsula on the Green Bay side, and a cool side by the lake. The trees blossomed across the county so the season of bloom lasted longer. But, we only had white cherry blossoms. The apple blossoms were pink, and smelled amazing.
Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Great minds indeed! I’ve no idea why, but blue tit birds and cherry blossoms always come to mind for me. I realized I had painted something similar last yer as well… hehe – https://doodlewash.com/focusing-on-the-flowers/
For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I thought about how curious and excited puppies always seem. And, yes, I spent more time than I should have caught in an endless loop of cute puppy videos, which I deemed as
Such a cute and curious puppy Charlie! I’ve been painting tulips for an upcoming show. I’d rather paint puppies! I’m tempted to paint a puppy digging up a flower garden, feeling a little wicked tonight. 😉 not enjoying painting on command and feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. It too shall pass. Tomorrow is the first organization meeting for the show. After I meet the other artists I’ll be fine.
I love that you inspired a random man to look up. Our snow started late. Hubs went out to pick up some Mexican food for dinner and told me it had begun to snow. I used to love driving home from work when it was snowing and seeing the flakes illuminated by the dusk to dawn lights on the farms I passed. It always looked so peaceful unlike the snow in my headlights which just rushed toward me like a frenetic blizzard.
Cute puppy. We didn’t have snow here, here in Belgium. Climate change is really happening. The winter is very mild. Had some hail and wet snow last Monday while driving to my painting studio. But it didn’t bother me.
If and when we have snow (even 5 cm), the country has a level of code orange or red, because we (our government, city, etc.) actually no longer know how to deal with snow, how to clear the road, how to maintain public transport. It always gives a reason for a good laugh or to be very dissatisfied. But children, kittens, puppies … who see snow for the first time (the miserable 2 or 5 cm) are the happiest little creatures one can imagine 🙂
Thanks, Heidi! 😃💕 Yeah, climate change makes our weather erratic now. Super cold and then several degrees warmer the next day. It used to just snow and stay cold all the time. Hail, though, I could do without! hehe We can get big balls of the stuff here! Here’s the children, kittens, and puppies! 😉
Love your puppy but more I love your inspiration. I have had a day that started of very flat, progressed to be full of anxiety because I sketched and then I picked up a paint brush! I not only picked it up but i painted, I painted a puppy and even though my anxiety was almost overwhelming I have put it on here. Yes I did and it is all down to your blog Charlie. It has for me been a huge thing. THANKYOU SO MUCH
Thanks, Tazzie! 😍 And yay to fighting through that anxiety to sketch, paint, post, and DO it! That makes me so happy to hear! And now, no problem right? hehe… it’s just fun!! So, come out and play more often my friend. 💕
You made him stop and smell the roses. I bet when he got home he asked his family, “Did you see it snowing?” If it weren’t for you, he probably would not have noticed the beauty in it. I wish we would get some snow. 🙁 Your puppy is darling!!
Aweeeeeeeeee such a cutie!!! this puppy looks ready for an adventure!!! I love the connection you and the man had. Sometimes we can say so much without even saying a word. Those can be some of the most intriguing connections of all. 🙂
For our prompt of “Bees” today, I chose to sketch a couple of them zooming toward some hollyhocks. There’s a common phrase of “busy bee” used to describe someone who is always doing a lot of different things and
Tonight’s post really made me smile…gender/ginger, tooth/truth…sounds like some of the conversations in our house.Love the bees and hollyhocks…there was always a mass planting of them along the garage when I was a kid.
Yeah, as you get older you’ll have lots more of the gender/ginger confusion, lol. Is that a thing? I think that should be a thing. I have to admit, I’d prefer to watch something on gender. Humans have found so many silly ways to get hung up on that.
As a boy bee, I think you wouldn’t have to worry about hive mentality because your purpose …well, look it up if you don’t know.😂 When we were kids we had hollyhocks growing right by the front stoop of our house. We kids would dare each other to grab a flower by the petals and trap a bee inside. I suppose they were lazy with pollen and nectar because I don’t remember ever getting stung. Of course when we let them go we ran like crazy laughing all the way.
Lobe the bees and your musing too.. I spent 63 years being a busy bee but it wasn’t until cancer stopped me in my tracks ( in remission now) that I took the time to rebuild my life around the ordinary moments you wrote about, truly what a contented life is grounded on, gratitude for the ordinary moments and someone to share them with. Now if you will excuse me , it’s time to watch a recording of today’s Jeopardy episode and then to bed. Peace out to ya all!
Hahaha! Gender/ginger. I probably would have enjoyed the ginger doc better. My hubby likes to watch informational shows also. I too, like you, sit through them doing something else. Only learning bits and pieces of things. I don’t mind, as long as I am happy doing whatever I am doing at the moment. Besides, he sits through hours of Hallmark Christmas (and now Valentine!) movies for me. You are nailing these more involved sketches this month! This one is lovely.
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! And yeah, I love documentaries of all kinds, but honestly I have trouble just sitting still and watching anything longer than 20 minutes. 😊lol So I’m usually always doing something else as well!
Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 I think if you checked all three boxes, then it should work now! And you’ll also get my new posts in email as well. Thrilled I’ve inspired you to DO watercolor and focus on that! That’s wonderful! I hope you’ll join us in our community and share what you make on Doodlewash – https://doodlewash.com/community/ – also if you log in, it might help with getting the responses. Also check your Junk folder in email to make sure the emails aren’t going there. 😉 As for the types of shows that Philippe enjoys, it’s all sorts of documentaries. But, you can check out “Le doc du dimanche” which I think in on France 4!
Hello, my name is Erhan Orhan and I am a self-taught watercolorist, living in the Netherlands. I am glad to share some of my watercolors with you on Doodlewash. I was born in Turkey, and as a child I always liked
You are right. It is more challenging to do loose and impressionistic than that dratted left-brain realism. I finally did a painting by intuition (what colours want to appear, what shapes?) and it worked. I made a painting I would never have done otherwise plus I found that left and right brain hemispheres can actually work together: balance and creativity.
I should have given credits for my own particular knowledge of that approach, learned from a video on Rachel Rose’s Workshop Muse: Creativity, Mindfulness and Experience for Inspired Living, on Facebook.
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Dean Mitchell is one of my favorite artists and I am so fortunate that there is an exhibit of work by Dean Mitchell, John Salminen and Thomas Schaller for the next month at the art center 2 miles from my home. I can hardly wait to see the exhibit!
For our prompt of “Rain” today, I chose the moment just after it stops, when all of the leaves sparkle with raindrops that look like little jewels. It’s also the time when snails like to come out to play. Or,
I didn’t use to be a planner but working for a health insurance company – they insisted you give them a plan (without giving you anything but the sketchiest of information), report on where you were on the plan each day, and explanations as to why the plan wasn’t working. Because they seldom did, having been made with almost no information or demands that were not possible to meet. I always felt half of my work day was just wasted on this but that was the job. Now I find it hard not to fall into that planning mode even though there is no reason for it.
Yeah, plans are quite popular in jobs… hehe… I used to have to make them as well. So, I’ll slip back into it and think… well, this never works. At my last job I changed things up and starting doing storytelling presentations. It made people feel like they actually understood an idea rather than having to wonder what all those tasks might add up to! hehe
Your way of doing things is interesting. I used to teach employees new stuff by insisting they learn step by step what went into getting a task done. Once they had that under their belt, I let them have at it if they had a better, or more efficient way of getting to the same end point. The how and why of it. It works very well.
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, my way is a little off the cuff… hehe… I tend to look at a plan and revise it in my head immediately to suit. I think whatever way works best for the individual is a win!
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 That’s a great compliment for a realistic style… hehe … I always try to make things look cute still, even snails! In reality, they are more like what you described though. lol
For our prompt of “Lion” today, I decided to sketch a little cub taking those first few timid steps. Though I’ve been sketching daily for a few years now, each time I sit down to a blank page in my sketchbook, I
What a wonderful little lion!! i agree…there is that initial uncertainty when i sit down to do the daily prompt too but once a brush is in hand an idea comes to mind the timidity usually goes away and the fun begins.🥰
Awe such a cutie!!! So yes Charlie you do have a way of putting a smile on my face with your lovely art. I adore your stories as well. Sometimes they bring up memories of my own. Today your experience made me think of an experience i had with a fellow shopper. I was looking at some salmon with a yummy herb topping. He asked me whats good today. I said I was looking at the salmon. He agreed. a woman passes by and says what??? He tells her we are checking out the salmon. She says oh yes it looks great. I was laughing at this silly exchange that seemed to be drawing in more people to see what was the best fish of the day! lol I just love those encounters. 🙂
Working as a public librarian was a wonderful thing. Even though I was the Director of the libraries I worked for, they were small enough that I spent time both in my office and with the public doing reference work. People are amazing. They surprised me all the time with things they needed to know or wanted to make and I was the lucky middleman who got to find the information they needed to make their ideas come to fruition. Even though I’ve been retired for over 10 years, I still remember those days very fondly.
He has a little smirk! Cute little guy. If people working at stores only realized the impact they can have on people. We had the opposite experience at an antique store. Two younger people who could have cared less. It was our first visit there too. Oh well…..society.
Your little lion is so cute and adorable… it reminds me though that I have sketches of a big lion that are waiting to be finished 🙂
But there’s so much that needs to be finished. I’m glad I took a shy step this morning to make an appointment, feeling like the little lion. Maybe a step to become a bigger lion… getting into a better situation. Then: thinking Doodlewash – Charlie’s – Blogs’ are making me philosophizing (eh, is that a word?) about my life 🙂
For our prompt of “Peacock” today, I opted for one next to some peacock flowers. I sketched this early in the day and had to quickly color it much later after a full day of fun activities with friends. So, I’m
Love your peacock and peacock flowers! I always wonder what those pinpoint-focused people have missed in life. They are seen as successes but most have miserable family lives and wouldn’t know how to relax and just enjoy being. Thank you very much, but I’ll stay a lowly schlob. I might not be a household word, but I have a happy household. It’s all a matter of balance.
I was in my late teens, so my parents were in their early 40s, and I remember thinking how boring they were staying home all the time, and how I would never be like that. Hahahaha!! Turns out I’m even more of a homebody then they were! And I’m content, just like they were. Jokes on me😂!
Sometimes its not just being focused, but also right place right time. I say that because my husband is an incredibly talented sculptor who has been singularly focused, and just now getting recognition he deserves. He chocks it up to pre-ordained fate.i do love todays blog!!! Your musings are so frank and relevent. Thanks for being so open and sharing!
Lovely picture and again your comments resonate with me..I am late bloomer in my artistic, creative endeavors..but oh it is so much fun now…not looking for fame and glory.just doing something that I enjoy..and yep I become more and more of a homebody every day LOL
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I think it’s mostly a matter of focus so that something actually gets done! hehe… But, it’s wild to see what singularly focused people are able to accomplish. I’m just going to be happy being crazy overextended me, though!
For our prompt of “Fox” today, I decided to to sketch one with some flowers and leaves. My little fox isn’t in a specific location, but just one of those places filled with lovely things that make for smiles.
Great fox Charlie and he looks content! I hope you have fun at the theater! I am winding down with a glass of wine as I am overwhelmed with the turn out that I had at my art opening reception at the coffee shop tonight! My husband thinks there might have been about 40 people. Nice to share this step with friends. Totally outside my comfort zone but I had fun.
Have you seen the new commercial with Bill Murray that’s a take off from Groundhogs Day? I love that movie, and Bill M. so the commercial hit a sweet spot for me.
I was watching Steve Mitchell use a dip pen with watercolor to paint. I made a lovely practice tree on scrap paper using this idea. As sick as I get of winter, I do like the bare bones of trees this time of year. You can really see the structure.
Going to the theater is a bit of an adventure too and what a coincidence, this week I’m going too, with some old friends that I didn’t see for about 4 years now. The director of the piece also is a friend. It will be fun.
Not so my little fox that I made a drawing of a couple of months ago…
Yours is colorful… Those DaVinci paints are so beautiful. I wish I could participate in the give-aways, but lately that’s impossible, because they are only for US and Canada when Da Vinci paints are involved… Anyway, I have enough lovely paints and supplies… but the thrill, you know 🙂
Thanks, Heidi! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this! And yay to a theatre outing with friends. That’s always such a great time! Yeah, giveaways during the year are often restricted by the sponsors, but save the date for July and World Watercolor Month when every giveaway is international!
He is quite wonderful. I chose a cutesy little guy, wasn’t in the mood to do something serious. Of course this morning I want to! Haha! I was just whining yesterday that we haven’t had a winter this year. Spring seems to be creeping in already. That depresses me! Happy Saturday!
For our prompt of “Snow” today, I thought about being out in the country on a snowy day. There’s something so inspiring about a view that seems so expansive. As a kid, I loved hiking around my grandparent’s farm.
Hubby and I have talked about retiring to the area of Florida where my brother lives because there is still so much open land and enough lakes that lakefront property is relatively cheap. Unfortunately, it is orange grove country, and the farmers are all going broke because we import from other countries. The groves are abandoned or picked up cheap to be torn down for suburban housing. I’m afraid that by the time we went to live there, it would be something totally different.
What a gorgeous scene Charlie! I agree with you that living in a rural setting is indeed special and it is a difficult decision when it comes to where to retire. My husband and I are in the midst of that now.
Beautiful!!! I live in a small town at the moment but for years lived in Concord California and really loved the awesome balance of it cozy environment with all the shops and entertainment. I find enjoyment always but sure miss the city lol 🙂
You will always get one comment such as mine: I. Hate. Winter. And I even live in the wine and orchard part of western Canada where we really don’t get the torments of the rest of the country, just enough to make me run for the nearest heater. The one good thing about winter is its pathway to spring.
Having said all that, it’s all good because I get to cuddle up with my paint brush and sketching pencil and work from the heated inside!!
Bonjour, Cathy! Oui! C’est vrai! We definitely need to use more French at home. All of our dog Phineas’ commands are in French, but telling someone to sit, stay, or lay down isn’t helpful or polite in everyday conversation. 😉
For our prompt of “Sunflowers” today, I paired mine with a little red finch. It actually snowed here for a bit today and the sky was completely gray, so sketching a bit of spring was rather therapeutic. It’s nice
I don’t think of myself as an introvert, but I hate crowds. My friend tried to talk me into New Year’s Eve in Time Square and I almost had an anxiety attack just thinking about it. When I was living in Chicago Joe took me to a big mall to do some Xmas shopping and we ended up leaving because there were too many people. Give me an intimate party of 20 any day over a crowd. I take that back. We had about a hundred people at our wedding and that was perfect. Of course I knew and loved them all and that made all the difference.
Great painting Charlie. I love growing sunflowers. We had a competition a couple of years ago with our 3 grandchildren to see who could grow the tallest. We had a family lunch on the measuring day and I printed certificates to give out.
Yeah, it’s a big step to leave your country for sure. As for photos of Philippe… there’s one on the about page and probably if you look me up on Facebook. 😉 hehe I only did one sketch that resembled him at all… and it was a silly one! – https://doodlewash.com/catching-candy/
Many folks pointed out that a prompt of “Desserts” somehow sneaked its way into this month’s list as well. This was actually intentional, because there are hundreds of sweet things to choose from and it’s always
You are so correct – we’re all different! I do often spend more than 2 hours on a sketch, and on rare occasions I’ve even spent days. But I quickly found that if I do this often I start putting it off, and soon I stop creating art at all. I work small, I work quick and I do more. It’s just the way many of us are.
Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yes, indeed! When the DOing takes too long, it’s so easy to put off. I know I’ll make those longer illustrations one day, but it’s always good to know I only need a few moments to make at least something!
Poor hubs! The doc told him he’s diabetic, so no desserts! If he’s careful and exercises, and loses a bit of weight, he may be able to control it without meds. But he’s not being as careful as he should be. I’m doing my part. Like Philippe, I’m not making desserts any more!
I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who pointed out that dessert was in last months list. Great painting Charlie. I usually spend an hour or two in the evening doing my doodles. I can’t imagine spending weeks on a work of art.
Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, you totally weren’t the only one. And there were some fun deserts created, so that’s awesome. And, yes, I’m a hobbyist so I too can’t imagine spending weeks on something. But, I love it when people DO! Maybe one day I’ll have the patience to try it! 😉
Oh yum yum yum fabulous. What I love most about doodlewash is everyone is unique and everyone wonderful. I like how we can just flow with our interpretations and it’s all good, be creative, paint and express yourself. I unfortunately have a half painted hummingbird here, but I’m now following a different art journey and I truly appreciate that I can do that. Doodlewash is a wonderful place indeed.
Thanks so much, Claire! 😃💕I’m so thrilled to hear that!! So happy you’re enjoying Doodlewash and even more that it’s become the exact place I always envisioned. Together, we can keep it that way and do awesome things!
Yum! I don’t like to spend a lot of time on one sketch. I like instant gratification. And I am always happier with the results. If I take longer on something, I tend to not go back it to finish. I know I am not alone on this, I’ve heard other people say the same thing.
My name is Elise Richards, although most know me as Lily, a nickname that stuck when my brother was little and couldn’t pronounce ‘Eleeeeseh’! I live on the south east coast of England near Brighton and have grown
similarly.. dropped the muse 4 decades ago and trying out watercolour for first time last year.. I went to Hull College of Art where the creative juices were squeezed out of me.. never to be used again..or so I thought.. Thanks Charlie and team for this opportunity! Thank you Lily!
I don’t know what I enjoyed more, your story or your artwork. You words hit a lot spots for me to broaden my work. Thank you for sharing! Now off I go to attempt that cupcake sketch I’ve been holding off on! 😉
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