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  • For our prompt of “Star” today, I sketched a little bear putting a star on a Christmas tree. Philippe and I put up all of our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. It’s always a bit more work than we remember it

    • I’m excited this year since I’ll get to spend it with family that I haven’t spent it with for ages. I’ve had Christmas songs in my head for quite a while now. All the better to get tired of them sooner, lol!

      • So happy you’ll get to spend Christmas with family! 😃💕And Hehe! Yeah, Philippe was throttling me back this year with the Christmas sounds and movies. But I never get tired of them! lol

    • Perfect start to the Christmas season, Charlie!!

    • Awww Charlie you are such a sweetie!

      I have my tree up too, for a week however today I think I finally finished editing it. It is true that writing and art inform each other — and affect our lives. The editor wants to edit and the artist wants to touch up. Take care and enjoy the Holy Season!

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 That’s wonderful on your tree… and yeah, Philippe and I take forever to “get the lights right” before we can even start putting up ornaments!

    • I love it Charlie ;).
      I am exactly the same way about the feeling you can’t describe. I was asked the other day, what is it about Christmas that makes me so happy. She was asking, I think, because she really doesn’t like Christmas. But you know I could not describe what happens to me in the Christmas season – I could only explain it in visuals of fireplaces, big fluffy flakes of snow falling, the warm cuddly feeling inside – the glow inside and out. The happiness there can be. I think everyone feels the anticipation. Anyway, she had no idea what I was talking about so I went to her work (which is also my dance studio) and I painted a string of happy little baubles across the top of her acrylic shield, a little string of lights around the hole at the bottom where things are slid through, a happy snowman on one side and a Christmas tree with lights on the other. They made her happy so I hope that little glow stays with her all season. I will be putting our Christmas tree up on the 1st. I love the glow of the lights and can’t wait. All the decorations are memories from as far back as my childhood, our travels, the gifts we have received. I love that trip down memory lane as I populate the tree and my husband even likes it now too 😉 . There’s something about it isn’t there Charlie – that glow just immediately calms me and takes all my cares away as I wander in a magical place where anything is possible. 🙂

      • I adore that you helped someone see and feel the spirit of Christmas, Zoie! 😃💕 That sounds so beautiful and fun! Hang on to that magic and share it as often as you can. I try to bottle it in my soul so it lasts me all year long! Much love to you! ❤️

    • Great doodle, Charlie.

    • That’s a lovely little sketch!!

    • Wonderful article Charlie, I can tell you Doodlewash has helped me become a better artist. Merry Christmas Charlie & Philippe. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Brenda! 😃💕 And that makes me so happy to know that Doodlewash helped you become a better artist. That has always been my goal with this site… it’s helped me do the same. It’s great to have such a wonderful community of support and encouragement!

    • Thanks so much, Irene! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy my writing as well as my doodles. I AM totally beside myself with joy this time of year. It’s hard to stay focused on anything at all, which is why I also take a bit of a break from projects (well… DOing them… I’m still dreaming up the next ones in my head all of the time! lol). Much love to you, my friend! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Travel” today, I made a quick sketch of a vintage camper trailer. I’ve always thought this type of travel would be fun, but have never once had the opportunity to try it. Though, in my mind, I

    • You are AMAZING, Charlie! Few people could take a little hobby and turn it into a large, global venture that brings joy to so many people…in addition to being a business that brings in income. Bravo, my friend! Off to check out the new non-toxic paint you’ve created. 💙

      • Aww thanks so much, Teresa! 😃💕 It’s still very much a side hobby, but I tend to DO lots of things at once! hehe If you check out the new color, let me know what you think!!

    • Congratulations, Charlie!! The colors in this palette are scrumptious!!! Just bought myself an early Christmas present….hehehe. Love today’s painting too, Vintage Florida!!!

    • I love everything you have done recently and just wanted you to know that Charlie – I have just really been busy. 😉 I love this old camper – lol. The colours are delicious and I absolutely love the new blue Charlie O’Blue – AWESOME!! I immediately went to Amazon.ca to see if they had either the palette or the paint (we cannot get things from the US here in Canada even the UK is a problem. Shipping, brokerage, customs, duty we get dinged on both sides of the border making it impossible so most of my shopping is done either local, Canada or China. 😉 lol But it will be wonderful if it comes here somewhere. I will hunt for it in Canada and see if I can find an art store selling it. I can’t even get the dot samples because when I tried to order dot samples before from Da Vinci I was told they couldn’t ship to Canada. I don’t blame them. Although, why businesses can’t toss something that small in a regular white envelope I don’t really understand. However, it is what it is 😉

      • Aww thanks so much, Zoie!! 😃💕 You’re so sweet! Yes, currently the palette is only available through Da Vinci Paint Co’s website. They do ship worldwide, but yep, they can’t control the odd custom fees, etc. I’m super proud of the new blue… it just seems like the color I’d come up with! hehe

        • lol – it is exactly the colour of blue I have loved since I was a young girl. We used to have to write with a dip pen (that isn’t what we called it then). So we had ink wells and I managed to get this awesome colour of blue that was, at the time, called sea blue. As an adult I have continuously looked for that blue. You made it! I can’t wait. 😉

          • Yay!! Yeah, this is totally the color I loved as a kid and still do as an adult. The watercolor versions were both toxic and a bit weak in color, so I solved both issues with this new blue! It’s vibrant and fun! I hope you enjoy it!

    • Congratulations, Charlie! I’ve already put in my order. This will be the first time I miss my blog. I’ll have to think of some way to do a decent review without it, since you usually don’t have me review your products at Doodlewash.

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yay! I’d love to see what you make with this palette. And we can probably do something here… it’s actually a Sketching Stuff product! 😉

    • So cool Charlie

    • Charlie O’Blue…I love it! That’s great Charlie. So glad your adventure in watercolor has led you to where you are today. Thanks for sharing it all!

      • Thanks so much, Sally! 😃💕 Thanks for joining me on this ride! It’s been such a fun journey so far… I can’t wait to see what happens next!

    • Charlie O’Blue!! Brilliant!! Congrats, Charlie! You really are always up to all-good! Okay go and have a special treat (tell Philippe Linda says so and that he can share).

      • Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Philippe is actually making a cobbler as I type this, so we can have a bit before Thanksgiving. So yippee!

    • I love that name for the blue, Charlie. Congratulations on this set.

    • That’s a beautiful blue!!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Hehe… yeah, I was so happy they let me call the color that. It just seems to fit! And yes, Charlie O’Blue is used in the camper and I’ve actually been using it since I sketched penguins a couple months back, but wasn’t able to reveal it yet! And hopefully one day I’ll get my chance to enjoy a camper trip… it sounds so relaxing and rejuvenating!! Much love to you! ❤️

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

    • What a sweet picture! There’s just something about those trailers that bring back a sense of longing for the kinder, gentler days, and your choices of colors is perfect! I picture a ’55 Chevy in Charlie O’Blue towing it! Amazing the thoughts and memories that can be brought to mind with such a picture, and to know you have warmed the souls of many in the doing is a blessing on both sides of the paintbrush! Thank you Charlie for this sweet reprieve from some of the harsh realities of life!

      • Aww what a sweet note to receive! Thanks so much, Pam! 😃💕 And whoa!! A ’55 Chevy in Charlie O’Blue would be awesome… not I want one… or feel like I must paint one into existence soon! hehe

  • For our prompt of “Drummer” today, I sketched a little cat practicing for an upcoming gig. Though I used to perform on stage and play various instruments, I’ve never once tried playing the drums. Indeed, it’s been

    • The east wind has started blowing here, and Mt. Hood is finally covered in snow again, and we’ve even had some measurable snow, which is unheard of here this time of year! I’ve already been listening to ‘It’s a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! My brother’s coming to visit for Christmas, so all in all it’s going to be a wonderful holiday season!

      • Aww that does sound like a wonderful holiday season! 😃💕 It was a very light snow here that’s already disappeared somehow even though it’s sooooo cold! hehe

    • I love it! This is my favorite time of year. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Life goes by way to quickly!

    • This sweet cat looks so proud of his drumming!!! Nice one, Charlie!

    • Such an adorable doodlewash! And speaking of adorable, I watched the segment of you in the event that David Drazil put together, and you are as adorable as I thought you would be. 💙 Your class was lots of fun, too!

    • That’s a great doodle, Charlie. Over the years I’ve tried to play a few musical instruments without success. I’m quite to enjoys listening to others playing though.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve never been great at musical instruments… got to “good” a couple times, but that’s about it. I far prefer listening to others now, too!

    • “Like many types of art, when we fail to practice, it’s rather easy to lose interest..” That was so true for me. Luckily for me, I found Doodlewash early on in my watercolour journey. .

      • Yay! I’m so happy you did, Victoria! 😃💕 I’m glad that resonated with you! Yeah, this entire site was started just to keep myself sketching and painting each day. It’s nice to know it now works for others!

    • Dear Marisela it will be your turn the second you take a step towards your goal. I bet your ornaments are lovely!

    • Charlie I put up my tree near the end of November too. And the morning I get up and think the tree looks out of place, it is down within an hour which hour is between Dec. 24 and 26. Have fun, you two and Elliot too.

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, we always keep the tree up until after the new year. It takes time to get to the recycling place outside the city and it’s only free on Saturday, so our schedule is also kind of set for us! hehe

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 That’s a GREAT start!! Wonderful to hear! And oh my goodness… Cracker Barrel gift shop?? That’s the best! They’re always outside the city so I’m usually safe, but sometimes we’ll go when we visit my family. At Christmas it’s just not fair! hehe Love you much! ❤️

    • Thanks, Mugdha! 😃💕 So you caught that color palette I snuck in, eh? hehe I’m sooo ready for the season! And, I do hope you’ll get to live all of those memories again. And as for the tree lighting… It would definitely have to be from memory and bits of imagination. I love really being in the moment, so I don’t even take pictures. Much love to you! ❤️

    • Fabulous Charlie😊

  • For our prompt of “Choice” today, I chose to make a little sketch of my dog Elliott as his first birthday is coming up next Thursday, and he’s officially becoming an adult. Beyond growing over five times larger

  • For our prompt of “Sugar Skulls” today, as we begin our November Art Challenge, I sketched a brightly painted calavera decorated with cempasúchil flowers. ¡Feliz Día de Muertos! This beautiful Mexican tradition is

    • Fabulous Charlie😊

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      Beautiful Charlie!

    • Wonderful, Charlie!! Remembering my sister when I did todays prompt…keeping her close in my heart. When we first moved here there were lots of kids in the neighborhood and I decked our porch out with “spider webs” and black cats and scary lighting and had a blast. There were so many kids on our street it was like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The kids have all grown up and moved away so we don’t see anyone trick or treating anymore. Kind of miss the fun but we had a nice quiet evening together.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, it was wonderful remembering those we love for this prompt. And awww… those past Halloweens sound like so much fun! Though a quiet evening is fun too!

    • That’s a beautiful painting, Charlie.

    • I love the colors!! Awesome painting, Charlie..:)

    • Charlie you are such a dear and loving man! That there would be more Charlies!

    • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Happy you enjoyed this post!

    • Greetings Marisela. I am well thanks and hugs back to you! Take care.

    • They can appear in dreams. What a beautiful gift!

    • The passing of my sister-in-law has added a family story to our vault. Both Merri and my brother are very spiritual and he was certain she’d send him a message, probably through an animal, so he decided he’d watch out for any unexpected ones. The next morning, he found a tiny tree frog about the size of his thumbnail sitting on his toilet seat! He immediately looked up the symbolism, which boils down to ’embrace change in leaps and bounds’. That is so Merri and exactly what she always said.

    • Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕

    • Hola, mi amiga! Thanks so much! 😃💕 I’m late to reply! hehe That’s such a lovely story of your father… what a beautiful image to see on your birthday. I think souls do return in that way… colorful and the most radiant things we remember about those we love. Much love to you!! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕

  • For our prompt of “Gold” today, I made a sketch of a chocolate bar wrapped in gold foil. Philippe had a chocolate bar like this recently and there’s just something cool about the gold foil that makes it seem more

  • For our prompt of “Carving” today, I made a sketch of a kitten discovering a Halloween pumpkin carved to look like a cat. I love seeing all of the various Halloween decorations that appear this time of year. One

    • Fabulous 😊

    • Oh my gosh that is the cutest ever Charlie – love it 🙂

    • Between the record-breaking high temps (low to high 80’s) we’ve been having and all the smoke in the air from forest fires, our trees aren’t turning the usual brilliant colors but going straight to dull, dead leaves. I usually enjoy the wind, but have to avoid it due to the smoke. It makes me sad that we’re missing out on Autumn!

      • Oh no! Yeah, I honestly wasn’t sure what autumn would look like here this year. The one red tree is back, but most everything around it is a dull green. They were actually worried about tourism in New England this year because of a duller season.

    • Charlie the look on the cat’s face is priceless!!!

    • You do the best and sweetest cats, Charlie! Those beautiful Fall leaves are one of the things I miss down here in FL. Ole hurricane Ian did a job on most of the trees in our neighborhood (nothing more serious thankfully) high winds ripping the leaves from the branches and I’m still finding a lot of leaves floating to the ground. Every once in awhile I find a bright red or yellow one among the brown ones and hose colorful leaves always make me smile.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I’m glad you’re managing to find a few colorful leaves in the midst of everything. They do bring those smiles!!

    • Hi Charlie, great little kitty and a fine carving job on the pumpkin too. And I enjoyed your description of the tree in the cemetery. We have a red maple across the street which is ablaze for a few days, with so many shades of purple, red and orange it’s almost blinding! I’ve been taking photos for the past 10 years and each edition is a bit different, but always glorious. This is truly my favorite season!

      • Thanks so much, Robert! 😃💕 Aww that’s awesome that you’ve been capturing that tree each year. It is such a magical time… in spite of everything in the rest of the world… those trees are full of colorful hope!

    • Great pumpkin doodle, Charlie. There’s a tree at the end of our road which has gorgeous red/orange leaves at the moment.

    • Love it!!

    • Such an adorable painting, Charlie! I love the changing colors of the leaves as well!

    • You had me at “cemetery near the house.”

      • Awww I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s kinda of cool to live next to a cemetery during Halloween month. hehe… at least my Inner Child thinks so!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Your world there seems just as magical… though that’s awesome that you’re finally going home!! Yay!! I can’t wait to see the photos! Much love to you my friend! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 It was warm here this weekend, but now it’s soooo cold… hehe… hope you’re doing well! Much love! ❤️

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

  • For our prompt of “Flying” today, my inner child was in the mood for something in honor of Halloween, so we have a little bat out for a night of trick or treating. I loved going door to door getting free candy as

    • Yayyyyyyyyyyyy Charlie! And happy birthday to Phillippe.

    • This is so cute, Charlie!

    • When I was a kid, my parents would send me out trick or treating with my older brother to keep watch. He wasn’t very good at it, and usually he and his friends would get way ahead of me. And almost every year, my bag would tear and most of my candy fall out, or I’d get too shy and just go home. Fortunately, big bro would always share his stash with me!

    • He is delightful Charlie. Guess what I received my One Little Ghost – it is delightful too 😉 I love it. Halloween is my favourite. I have been a bit too busy this time to enjoy it as I usually love to, but that’s okay. Sometimes life is important 😉
      Happy birthday to Phillippe!! I hope you two have a snuggly delightful evening.

      • Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 And yay! Thanks for getting my book… I’m glad you enjoy it. If you get a chance and can leave a review on Amazon, that would be amazing. It’s always tough to get reviews on these. hehe And I’ll let Philippe know… I’m excited for the evening ahead!

        • My review was left the day I received it (just about). 🙂 Can’t remember. How was the birthday celebration?

          • Thanks so much!! ❤️ It was wonderful! Always so much fun!! (even when it’s Philippe’s birthday, I enjoy it sometimes more than my own! hehe) 🙂

            • I totally get that Charlie. I am the same way. I think we all love getting presents and I’m no exception but I absolutely love giving presents and watching the other people receiving them. I miss that!

    • Happy Birthday to Philippe.

    • Love this Halloween bat, Charlie! It was always fun collecting a bag full of candy and when I was a kid homemade cookies and occasionally nickels and dimes. The big reveal at the end of the night was just as much fun as coming up with a costume and collecting the goodies.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I remember when people were handing out homemade goodies… hehe… we kids always told others and so we descended on that house! lol Sometimes the lights went out early after we gobbled everything up! hehe

    • Prayers. I hope all goes well for you Marisela.

    • Hola, mi amiga! I missed you as well! 😃💕 I’m so sorry to hear that, but glad to know you’re better now. I sent you an email as well. Yeah, free candy was wonderful and you’re right, they do make drugs look like candy now… not free though. 😉 hehe Much love to you!! ❤️

    • Marisela, yep you cut, it bleeds. Great advice from doctor.
      Enjoy the fall. It is still in the low 20s Celsius here which is unusual. Climate change?

  • For our prompt of “Shell” today, I made a little sketch of a scallop shell with a pearl inside. I’m endlessly fascinated by the lovely things that appear in nature, and the incredible surprises that seem to

    • You’re right Charlie, each day is precious, especially during this beautiful season.

    • I don’t take time off from online very often, though I’m on much less over the week-end.That makes it all the nicer when I do decide to take off a day or two. On the other hand, most of my socialization is on the internet. Most of my friends and family have moved out of state, or live in England. With the internet, I talk to most of them daily. What a blessing!

      • Indeed!! The Internet is definitely a wonderful way to stay connected with friends and family. I tend to use email and text now more and more as getting on social media overwhelms me these days. lol 😊

    • Charlie how could you have email in 1971 when computers were not in use then? The Pentagon had a huge one during WW2 but nobody else did. Or did you have one of those huge ones that cover the entire wall?

      Yes I try to cut out computer time too. I fall asleep sitting here. Actually fell off the chair a couple times and hit the floor laughing.

      • Lol… I wasn’t emailing then… just found it interesting that it was invented when I was! 😉 I was 11 when I got my first actual computer… a Commodore 64. I’ve been trying to take time to read more, but often end up falling asleep before I’d like. hehe

        • Yep every time I sit bed with book, I wake up awhile later with hands on it and no reading done. Brain thinks couch feels like bed so the same thing happens there. Gotta sit table then it works.

    • That’s a beautiful shell, Charlie. The leaves are just started to change here as well. It’s feeling very autumnal.

    • Amazing Charlie 🙂

    • Beautiful shell and Pearl, Charlie! I’m in total agreement with you about social media. I’ve never had a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account and so glad ….although Pinterest can get me hooked sometimes. Family time and being present in the moment is so important. Life is way too short!

      • Yes it is! 😃💕 And I did enjoy social media when it first came out in its original form. But, the appeal of the current version escapes me most of the time. Instagram was always my favorite, but it keeps changing in ways that make it too difficult to see what you really want to see. Now you have to accept robots choosing for you… which is a bit too sci-fi weird for my tastes! lol

    • Beautiful shell and pearl, Charlie! No change of leaf color here though Hurricane Ian did clear a lot of leaves off the branches around our house. I’m like Sandra and use the internet to stay in touch with family and friends who seem to be scattered across the country. Enjoy your beautiful Fall days!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope Ian didn’t do much more than steal leaves when you live. The weather is getting crazy! And, yes! Staying in touch with friends and family is the best part of the Internet! I can’t do that on social media anymore as the robots don’t show me the posts, so I just stick to text and email!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 And yeah… I LOVE having my blog and email connection with people, and it’s been my favorite form of social media. The kind that comes with personal choices and actually connecting. So, I’m just sticking with that and popping into the actual social media for just a few moments during the week now. And I LOVE tiramisu… so please enjoy some for me!! Much love to you! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Ice Cream” today, I made a Neapolitan ice cream sundae. At my age, I still enjoy a bit of ice cream, with a big emphasis on the “bit” part. In other words, I’ll just have a single scoop. This is

    • Hey Charlie I give you permission since I baked about 30 – 32 choc chip cookies using Ghirardelli chips, the very best, but not their horrid recipe (two cups of suga, brown and white? Egg? Soda? Salt?). I used 3/4 cup white sugar and only the whites of the egg. I filled two bags. The kids got one and I ate my way through mine. It took about a week at three per day. Strange, as soon as the freezer bag was empty I lost my weeks long urge for cookies. Pumpkin pie in October and then that is it til Christmas (scotch shortbread, the kids get a bag and some for me). Enjoy!

      • Aww those cookies sound delicious, Linda!! 😃💕 Philippe always uses a shockingly less amount of sugar than any recipe calls for. Still plenty sweet. And, shortbread is sooo yummy as well. I think I go through phases as well.. once I have something for a week then it holds be over for quite some time before the cravings return! 😉💕

    • As I become older, I tolerate lactose less and less, so if I do have ice cream for a treat I suffer later. Keeps me honest though. I might go ahead and indulge from time to time but I’m not inclined to keep indulging!

      • That used to be me and hamburgers… hehe… I’d eat one or two each summer, but each time it was painful! Can’t digest red meat properly. So, I gave them up a couple years ago deciding it wasn’t quite worth it! 😉

    • Delicious looking ice-cream, Charlie. My regular Sunday lunch dessert is a couple of scoops of cornish ice-cream in a bowl, with a sprinkling of granola.

    • This is great 🙂

    • Yay! A fellow vanilla-lover! And salted caramel snickerdoodles sound sooooo good! I haven’t had a regular snickerdoodle in a few years now, so this year I’m determined to fix that alarming trend! lol! 😉💕

      • I love vanilla. Tetley makes red tea ROOIBOS in vanilla. They likely still have it. Bigelow makes tons of teas as well and I am sure you will find some — Constant Comment orange spice too (black tea).

    • Aww yay! Indulge away! I think one of the reasons I ended up liking vanilla was because making a choice of just one of the more exotic flavors was too intimidating. hehe One place served what they called “Sweet Cream” which was just the base used in all of their ice cream, so I would get a single dip cone of that in the end. Much love to you! Hope you have a lovely week, my friend! 😃💕

    • Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 I believe it is la mélasse in French, but not sure how its used. I just know it from the delicious cookies my grandmother made. And, sorbets are sooo good as well! As for sport, I do a lot of walking for exercise and used to do yoga as well. I don’t really deprive myself that much, but to my Inner Child, any level of restraint feels like torture! lol

    • This looks good enough to eat! It reminds me of when my daughter and I make occasional Ice Cream Sundaes! Yum! 😋

    • My family was just reminiscing about showing up at my grandparents home in Maine, hugging, kissing, running to the freezer where my Grammy had stockpiled: shortbread thumbprint preserve cookies, date rollup cookies; and these chocolate-coconut-magic squares. That and fresh bread every morning with coffee. There must have been something else besides fresh pies and vanilla ice cream (maybe the occasional lobster or clam bake, loads of beautiful produce?) But that’s what I remember! It’s the only time vanilla made so much sense to me. Otherwise something with chocolate chunks in it or thin mints😄😁🤣 Sometimes I’m sad I don’t eat any of it any more (just the produce🤣) but I’m pretty sure I ate my lifetime’s allotment so I’ll be happy with the memories!😏

      • Yay for happy food memories! Sounds like your grandparents had quite the delicious stockpile… that all sounds soooooo yummy! 😃💕

    • Ice cream looks delicious!! My Mom made the best molasses cookies and I remember being able to smell them as I got close to the house walking home from school. Walked a lot faster once that wonderful scent reached me.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… molasses cookies can definitely put a spring in one’s step! I’m determined to sweet talk Philippe into making some. I said I’d even help, but that seemed to frighten him a bit. lol

    • That’s wonderful! Thanks! We’ll have to try those cookies! 😃💕 And definitely try painting clear glass… it’s super fun!

  • My name is Jésica Frustaci and I was born on July 1, 1984 in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When I was a little girl, I liked to draw a lot and also make crafts. I liked to make sculptures in clay and then

  • For our prompt of “Underwater” today, I made a sketch of a betta fish in a fish bowl. I certainly think a lovely fish like this deserves a much larger home, but this was the only way to fit everything in my

    • Charlie yes I know that feeling of sadness when you part with characters and story. I had enough of that feeling and started a novel sequel. Ack!!!

    • I’m awed by the number of things you get done. That feeling of being trapped is something I’m familiar with, but I tend to get it when I’m doing something mundane, like housework or cooking. Yes, we have to eat but I have paintings to paint! Doesn’t the world understand that? Why haven’t the brownies arrived to do take care of those things for me. I’d be glad to supply them with bowls of cream (although, it would be hard not to take a sip or two along the way!).

      • I know what you mean! I manage to get a lot done, but there is still SO much that feels unfinished. I guess that’s a good thing… when we ever think we’ve done everything we’d ever want to do, there’d be little point then! hehe 😃💕

    • Gorgeous 😊

    • Beautiful fish.

    • Gorgeous fish, Charlie! Feeling a kind of “self inflicted” stress too as I delve into another new creative activity. My Doodlewash painting time is “sacred” time because it does seem to help me relax and get lost in just the painting. Makes it easier to focus on the things I need to get done when I’ve finished my Doodlewash break.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I know… we always need to protect that wonderful creative time. It’s SO important. But yes… self-inflicted stress is definitely something creative folk have to deal with a lot! 😉

    • Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 Oh no on the couple of goldfish, but I’m sure your kitty was quite pleased! Sending your hugs and love! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I hope you get everything you wish for, my friend! You deserve it and more! Have a fabulous weekend. Sending love and hugs! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Yeah, I think this fish definitely needs a bigger bowl, but it wouldn’t fit in my sketchbook!

    • Aww thanks so much, Nancy! 😃💕 Yeah, I was frustrated at first as well, but it’s fun to play and try things… some work, some don’t as well… and eventually, I hit a place where I thought, “yep… that looks a bit more water-ish”! 😉

    • Nancy,

      Using watercolour to create water! I never thought of that!

    • I know what you mean. I made a perfect rose one time, using negative spaces. Perfect. I tried many times and could NOT do it again and finally a higher artist (than I) said it is almost impossible to replicate after you’ve done a perfect one.

    • Cackle. I just did it another way, by lifting colour to create the look of negative or almost negative spaces between the folds. A damp Q tip works great (gently or the paper comes off). I figured no piece of paper is gonna outsmart me. I would like to use the negatives though, however, we do what works. Let’s keep on keeping on, like my writing mentor says.

  • For our prompt of “Rusty” today, I made a sketch of an abandoned antique car, once again discovered by bunnies. I’ve always wondered what animals must think when they stumble across something massive like this

    • I stumbled on your new book by happy accident, and already have it in hand! You did an absolutely fabulous job with it, Charlie and I’m quite pleased to have it sitting next to the other ‘One Little’ books.

    • Charlie I think our car was like that when I was a kid. A Pontiac. From the juxtaposition of the rabbits against the car I assume this was a toy. I think I saw one of those too. Maybe my brother’s?

      Congrats on your book!!

      • I’m not sure what kind of car this is actually.. hehe… I just sort of placed things quickly in a sketch! 😃💕 Thanks on the book! It was great to get this one done in time for Halloween this year. I hope people will check it out!

    • What’s not to love about rabbits and a cool, old car!! Congrats on your 7th book, Charlie! I will be adding it to my collection of your books!!!

    • I love you rusty wreck, Charlie. Congratulations on your new book.

    • I love the idea of a rusty old relic that can rust! It will return to the elements and become art, a rabbit warren, a place where people stop to remember history and the impermanence of it all. I think the bunnies are fabulous as they stop to ponder, sniff and have lunch🤗
      CONGRATS on #7!!🎉 I hope the three of you go celebrate!-some more-sounds like an 🍦🍰🥧 sort of event! Have fun!

      • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I think the bunnies definitely ponder these rusty relics when they find them. And thanks on the book… tell anyone you know!! hehe… it’s so tough to promote these, but they are super fun to make and I’m really proud of this latest one. Just in time for Halloween!! 😉

    • Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m happy you enjoyed this post! And thanks on the book… it’s been a year in the making in my head at least, but thankfully I focused on it for real so I could finish it in time for Halloween this year! Much love to you! ❤️

  • Hey there! My name is Jaime Reynolds and I’m a Hudson Valley based artist and watercolor teacher interested in sharing how my watercolor practice helps support my everyday life. I experienced how powerful it can b

    • These paintings are wonderful! You’ve no idea how much reading this, self-control and all has helped me. I feel like I have good great ideas with my expressive flowers. The problem is I am holding back for fear of what people will say. I’ve had a shop on society 6 for years and have hardly sold anything! I think it’s because I need to let go more. To really open up. There are wonderful blooms that show that. Oh I now have an idea for my Friday’s post. Thanks.

    • yes I love the color!

    • I know so many people who fear watercolor because of the lack of control. I’m always trying to explain why that’s the charm. I’ll point them to this feature next time, because you explain it perfectly. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • I love your paintings and your words! We cannot control the paint no matter how hard we try! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Jaimie!

      I absolutely love your second painting, the second from the beginning, carnations in a tipping-over vase. I love them all but this one turned on my art juices likely because I follow atmospheric but end up blurring too much and making a mess. Is this one atmospheric or what is it called? This is phenomenal.

      Thank you for sharing your splendid art studies. That definitely is your niche and your passion.

      Linda Gigliotti

    • I just had the charm of watercolor and letting go of control conversation with someone yesterday. Your work is beautiful thank you so much for sharing your philosophy and your beautiful art!

  • For our prompt of “Bicycle” today, I made a sketch of a beagle out for a little ride through the neighborhood. I’m rather sure my own pup Elliott would love the freedom of rolling through the city on a bicycle,

    • Wow Charlie – it really does seem like yesterday that Charlie came home. 🙂 I bet he would love getting a ride in a basket on the bike – that would sure make it heavy for you. You would have to be alot steadier on a bike than I am – lol. I love the fall – I don’t know why, but it always feels like a new beginning coming. Have a wonderful day Charlie 🙂 Thanks for the smile!

      • Aww I’d glad this made you smile, Zoie! 😃💕 hehe… I am not that great on a bike, so I don’t think I could basket carry a 55 pound puppy! lol I hope you have a fabulous day, my friend!

        • Oh you make me smile all the time 🙂 I am not that great on a bike either (tee hee)!! They didn’t call me “Crash” for nothing at the gym I used to attend – lol. Wandered in with scratches all over my face after quarrelling with a tree branch – I swear that tree wasn’t there yesterday, I said. lol I hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend. 🙂

          • lol… “Crash”, huh? I love that! Yeah, I just found an abrasion on my arm this week and still have no idea how it happened! Oh well… Hope you have a fabulous weekend as well! 💕

    • ooops – lolol – I mean of course that it seems like yesterday that Elliott came home. oh my gosh!!! couldn’t find anything to “edit” – lol

    • Sweet Beagle, Charlie!!! So glad to hear that you had a restful, enjoyable weekend. It is good to get away once in awhile!!!

    • I am happy that you enjoy yourself so much Charlie. Let’s keep doing just that!!

    • When I had a doberman, I refused to have his ears cropped and one of them corkscrewed, sticking out from his head. Complete strangers used to stop to scold me when I took him for walks, because he was such a stately looking dog, except for that ear. I thought it was adorable. I just wish I’d been able to get him before his tail was cropped.

      • Aww…. I’m sure it was adorable! And perfectly natural as opposed to the alternative. 😃💕 Yeah, it’s possible to have ears like that “fixed” but it’s just cosmetic and unnecessary so I say, let them be cute!

    • What a fun doodle. I’m glad you had a restful weekend.

    • Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t really post anything except my sketches on social, but the sketch of him here is super realistic – https://doodlewash.com/chill-time/

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I do wonder what the song would be! hehe Now you make me wish I had added headphones to the sketch. That would be cute! As for books… my taste tends to jump around. I love mystery stories (Agatha Christie and contemporary), young adult fiction, and some romance. I don’t tend to care for books meant for little kids as I grew out of those before starting pre-school, so they seem too “thin” on content and purpose. Also… they don’t really bring back any nostalgia. I really love funny writing a lot. There’s so much real drama in the world that anything written with a bit of humor, even intelligent dark humor, is currently my favorite. What books do you enjoy most?

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 Aww… this one is dedicated to Monster then! You really need to get another dog… there’s another one just waiting for all the love you have to give it! And yeah… a country house is the best. I always hate to leave and return to the city. I think I could definitely retire to the country, as long as it was fairly close to the city like this place. And, early Happy Birthday and much love! ❤️ (I can’t remember the actual date, but then again, I nearly forgot mine this year! lol)

    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 💕🎉🎊🥳 hehe… I’m a bit late on replying to comments, but perfectly on time to celebrate with you. Much love, mi amiga, and I hope you have a fabulous birthday today! ❤️

  • For today’s prompt of “Courage,” I made a sketch of a little kitty enjoying a bit of skydiving. The actual thought of skydiving is something that I have to admit terrifies me since I’m not a particular fan of

    • I’d have my nails out too.

    • In 1986, Ray Bradbury gave a keynote address, saying that if enough people followed their hearts, they could realize their optimistic vision of humanity’s future, and encouraging people to “jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down.” Different versions of that quote have been spoken through the years by many people because it’s very true. We need people like you to make our best possible future happen.

    • Way to go Charlie!

    • Love this excited kitty! My niece and nephew just crossed the “big jump” off their bucket list, I felt a little ill watching on IG!🤢 but thrilled they got to do it, she looked so stoked! I love a nice walk in a new land, a new restaurant, a new painting assignment! 😆😄🤣 Just re-read your 8/2018 post about your little painting travel companions on the kitchen counter, one of the first I read and said to myself, “I do this watercolor thing too!” Thank you for giving me that Charlie! 🤗

      • Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 I’m so happy we met here! And wow… that’s cool that your niece and nephew tried the “big jump.” I could never do that! hehe

    • Great doodle, Charlie. It doesn’t appeal to me either.

    • Not on my bucket list but this kitty sure looks happy and excited! Thanks for continuing to keep us all inspired!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it was tough making the cat look excited since even the thought terrifies me! lol

    • Thanks so much, Louise!! 😃💕 Here’s to having more wild ideas!!

    • Thanks so much, Cathy! 😃💕 I went to art school for college, but then paused for over 20 years and just starting drawing and painting again when I started Doodlewash. Between books, articles and classes, I’ve learned lots of new things along the way. My goal was always to be an illustrator, not a painter, so drawing and sketching are my focus and then I totally love to color with watercolor most! 😉

    • Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 I’m pretty positive I would pee-pee all the way down as well, if not before the jump even started! lol And yay! Here as well… autumn seems to already be on the way! Hugs and much love to you!❤️

    • Hello, Mugdha! 😃💕 I love the idea of a marshmallow parachute… hehe… but I don’t really care to eat marshmallows either. I’m so thrilled you jumped into watercolors! I tend to be good at keeping my expectations low… that way I’m always pleasantly surprised when literally anything sort of good happens. I have no clue if what I do will be successful, but it’s always fun to try and see what happens! Much love to you! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Radish” today, I made a sketch of a couple of snails about to feast on radish leaves. When I was a kid, like many foods back then, I didn’t like radishes at all. Today, I rather adore them. I

    • Love the little snails nibbling Charlie and I love your concept of a little bit at a time. I am sort of half way in the middle. I can have a deep attention span if I am really caught up in something. But lasts only as long as it lasts and then I’m off to something else. Little bit of this, a little bit of that and a long bit (once a week) on something that has caught and held my attention – lol and that is as far as it goes. But I think at my age – heck any age – it doesn’t really matter. We can all just do ‘us’ 😉 Am I right?

    • When I was a kid, I could get super focused – to the point where people would have to touch me to get my attention because I completely tuned out everything else. But I lost that somewhere along the way, and now I have the opposite problem. Funny how life does that to you!

      • Yeah, I think I ended up more focused when I was younger as well. But it was still rather fleeting even then. I figure if I have enough things going to bounce around to, eventually everything will find my interest again and get completed! hehe 😉💕

    • Spending time doing the things that make you happy…best way to spend your time. I seem to go full speed ahead…for awhile, lose interest and then jump feet first into the next thing I’m sure I’m just going to love doing..until I lose interest…
      .and the beat goes on.

      • That sounds like the story of my life! hehe Yep… I’m currently trying to finish another book and keep getting distracted with the book that comes after that one! 😊

    • Mmmm, I love radishes. It’s interesting reading what you and everyone else has said on here about attention span. I thought it was just me that it’s happened to. I even have troubles watching a movie without having a break to make a cuppa. I’d be hopeless going to the cinema.

      • You’re definitely not alone, Gary! Yeah, going to the cinema is rare for us. I can usually make it through (if there’s popcorn!), but Philippe gets noticeably bored and starts shifting in his chair. hehe 😉

    • That sounds delicious, Marlena! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 I used a mix of my two darkest blues and a bit of red where the radishes are for the shadows. The actual colors are listed in the About The Doodlewash section above!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 And if I find you weird, then I have to go ahead and find myself weird as well, because I think snails are so cool! I’ve done the same thing with a leaf to get them out of the path and harm’s way. That’s so awesome that you had pet snails. Big hug and much love to you, my friend! ❤️

    • No worries at all, mi amiga! I hope you’re doing well! Sending you hugs and much love! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Magic” today, I made a sketch of a rabbit pulling a carrot out of a hat. When it comes to magic, I think we all have the ability to do extraordinary things. What makes it all so magical is that

  • My name is Minnie Small and I am an illustrator from South-East London. I know it’s a cliché but I spent most of my childhood dreaming of growing up to be an artist one day. I specifically wanted to write and

    • Minnie, what a great history and such lovely studies!! So glad to have seen your post.

    • Minnie, your work and story are inspiring! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • A sweet story with a happy outcome. I love your work, it is beautiful and unique. The page you showed with the lovely repeat of plants in blue and aqua or teal would make a lovely fabric (I’m a quilter, so that was my first thought when I saw it)! I’m so happy you can make your way doing what you love. You are an inspiration.

    • Hi Minnie, it great to see you here! I’ve really enjoyed your YT videos and of course your art. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    • Loved your story and your inspirations…will try to find our sketchbook ideas.

  • For our prompt of “Drive-In Movie” today, I sketched a vintage car at a drive-in as the intermission cartoon comes on. As a kid, I used to love seeing the little cartoons they played during intermission that

    • Such a memory flogger. When I saw “Let’s all go to the lobby” I could hear the tune and see the snack bar before I saw the drawing. But I thought you would be much to young to remember drive-ins!

    • Love this Charlie! I had completely forgotten the cartoons during intermission…though as a kid I doubt any of us made it as far as the intermission before falling asleep. Our screen wasn’t nearly as nice as the one you painted but basically just a very large white board; posts with speakers that you attached to the window and a very small walk up concession stand. The amazing thing to me is that it is still in business…after more decades than I even care to think about 😊. I wonder what they do about sound these days?

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I wondered the same about sound! hehe… it was not awesome back then, and now they work so hard on surround sound, you’d think it would be lost. And I remember falling asleep as well! lol

    • Ah, the days when you got 2 or 3 cartoons, a newsreel (about news – not advertising) and two movies! Of course, these days, my old bones couldn’t take sitting that long. I was curious – according to Google, there are only 305 to 321 drive-in theatres left in the U.S., with highest count (49) in New York (that surprised me). There are only three left in Oregon. It’s sad. There was something special about sitting in the car with the family, and treats you snuck in. Half the time, the screen quality was poor, the sound even worse, but gosh! it was fun!

      • Yeah it was soooo much fun! 😃💕 We have a few left around here and I might just drag Philippe to one in the future. But we’ll likely both fall asleep since it’s so late. hehe

    • Love it! And now I can’t get that song out of my head–and I’m not mad about it! Let’s all go to the lobby…

    • A red ’57 Bel Air, one of my favourite classic cars. Its been about 40 yrs since I last went to the cinema, Charlie. I went with my brother to see The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin. I love this painting you’ve done.

    • Hey Charlie, I don’t even remember intermissions! But then I was only a young kid. You pay more attention than I do obviously.

    • Thanks, mi amiga! 😃💕 Glad it cooled down there… though yeah… that’s still warm. It’s been in the 80’s here but looks like it’s getting hotter on the weekend. That’s an awesome movie list indeed! I feel like there aren’t as many great movies these days, but maybe I just don’t share the modern tastes. And yes, so said to hear about Olivia Newton John. She was amazing! Have a wonderful week. Hugs to you!

    • Thanks so much, Hema! 😃💕

    • That’s a lot like my mom’s 1st car (the 56 Chevy! ) But it was a 78 Olds Delux Royale we used to stuff (and yes the trunk too) to go to the drive in🤣 I too could also hear the tune and see the dancing snacks! A bucket of popcorn and a bucket sized soda were my guilty pleasure but I never turned down an ice cream bon bon (don’t tell Philippe I used ‘bon bon’ in connection with drive-in food!😆)

      • hehe!! Drive-In food was the best! 😃💕 And no worries… Philippe has been known to devour a tub of popcorn, so he’s fine with drive-in food, too! lol

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