Winna Jill Mordasky

  • For our final November prompt of “Decorations,” I ended up with a little mouse marveling at shiny holiday ornaments. As we head into the month of December, I do hope you’ll join us for our “Happy Holidays” art

    • Charlie you are a poet at heart, those beautiful words — I feel your love and happy wonder. I know the three of you will have an incredible Christmas. Enjoy and give thanks!

      Done with my editing I mean decorating after six days changing things around on the poor little tree. I got it though. Except that today I had to fix a branch gap.

      Who knows what tomorrow brings….

      • Thanks so much!! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this post. Glad to hear your holiday editing is coming along! hehe I hope you have a beautiful season ahead!

    • Beautiful reminder of what makes the holiday so special and that little mouse looks like he has mischief on his mind. Sweet!!!
      Have a wonderful visit with your family!!!

    • Marisela you must find someone there to talk with and get some help. The best way to heal is to come out of yourself by helping others. Find some volunteer work in the community. The Catholic church is always looking for helpers. Seniors alone always need companionship and there are agencies set up for volunteer visiting etc. Daycares use volunteers. The only way to come out of yourself and the misery is to reach out to others and help them. In helping others (loving your neighbour) you fill your own soul.

      Pursuant to that, try not to use occasions (Christmas, Easter, birthday etc) as markers for your journey becasue then you might give up just before the miracle, as the famous saying indicates.

      The only one who can change your life is you. God will get you there. Ask. Seek. Find. Doors open.

      The tree finally did what I told it to. Now I can go edit the world…?

    • That’s exactly what dazzling hope looks like! Good friends are always a wonderful thing! 😃💕 And thanks for sharing your truth… it’s never easy when we know we have to wait on getting our dreams. But, I’ve always found that if it’s a really good dream, it’s always worth the wait. And what we have now, in this moment, even if it doesn’t amount to anything close to that beautiful dream, there’s always something beautiful to cherish. Like this virtual hug that I’m sending your way!! ❤️

    • That’s so wonderful to hear! Sounds like it’s going to be a fun month of creating ahead for you! 😃💕 Yay for keeping that wonder of a child, and the constant courage. Little kids assume everything they create is an instant masterpiece. I don’t see why we adults should ever feel differently about our work! Hugs to you, my friend!

    • Hmm. Get a notebook and a good pen, the kind you can’t feel in your hand and then take the cap off, helps us write faster and under creative brain. Write all this kind of stuff into the journal. Yes I forgot about the pandemic when I said do volunteer work, oops. Take care.

    • Marisela the pen I use is a PaperMate 0.8 F . There are two hearts atop each other between Paper and Mate. I use the black ones, with the cap off. I will look for the video.

  • For our prompt of “Hibernate” today, I ended up with this little bear snuggling under a blanket. The weather has gotten quite cold where I live and so Philippe and I have pulled out all of our warm blankets.

    • Yours is the way to embrace the season! We should take the cue from Nature. Get cozy, hibernate, re-charge, and spend precious time with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie!

    • Charlie have fun with your tree. I erected mine this morning. First the branches had to be edited. Two hours. Then I took the string of lights and draped those over the tree but left their actualy placement til I feel like editing those for another long time. Then I’ll have the ornaments. Every day I edit everything til anytime between Dec. 24 – 25 and then it comes down. Happens every year.

      We had our Thanksgiving a month ago — enjoy yours!

    • I didn’t have too much planned for the holidays, which is good since I’ll be doing some unexpected travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m just going to enjoy all the lights and decorations that everyone else has up, and not worry about having to do any of it, or clean any of it up afterward!

      • That sounds like a good plan! We definitely do that for anything on the exterior of the house. hehe… Our neighbors do enough to take up the slack! hehe 😉 💕 Happy Thanksgiving!

    • So, I do like your description of hibernating like a bear…that is exactly how I feel these days…we’ve had a busy fall, but now get nestled in. Cozy blankets are everywhere…on the couches and chairs, on the beds… you can always get warm here. The shorter days and cooler nights do make me “hibernate”…sleep in longer, and I do enjoy this b/c I am retired now. So Happy Thanksgiving yo you and yours. Enjoy your family time, and quiet time.
      All the best of everything!

      • Thanks so much, Irene! 😃💕 Sounds like you really know how to enjoy the season! Hibernating during this time of year is a great strategy! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Adorable! It’s meant to get a lot colder here over the weekend, it might actually feel like blanket weather! I feel a bit like hibernating at this time of year, at least until December, when the Christmas countdown officially begins – music, lights… yay! Have a fun Thanksgiving!

      • Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Blanket weather is the best when it’s not too terribly cold. hehe And eeeeek!! The countdown to Christmas is nearly here!!!

    • Hibernate is precisely what we plan to do for Thanksgiving and I am soooo looking forward to it!! Hope you have the happiest Thanksgiving ever!!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yep… we’re going to relax and hibernate through the long weekend. Can’t wait! Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Oh Charlie Baby Bear is so delightful. I read your descriptions of this season and I think to myself “I have to be more like Charlie”. But your stories of what you are doing cuddle me up in a blanket like Baby Bear is cuddled up and I enjoy each and every one. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and the tree decorating. 🙂

    • Very cute doodle, Charlie. I hope you both have a great thanksgiving.

    • Indeed! Best time of the year!! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I love blankets… we have so many of them! hehe Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 And welcome back my friend!! And seasonal winter fruits sound amazing too! Truly… I just love food, so any food that arrives once a year is super special. Sending you warm hugs in return! Much love!

  • For our prompt of “Sweater” today, I made a little sketch of a fox wearing one while enjoying a cup of something warm. I was thinking of hot chocolate, coffee, and Irish coffee all at once, and couldn’t quite

    • I love your cozy little fox and what wonderful memories to cherish Charlie 🙂 .

    • Charlie, I love the cozy, comfy, so cute

    • Charlie you are full of cuddles and love! You changed your format, needs log in now in order to click Like or leave a comment. I forgot I had that log in name! I have a different one to log in to my account above. Considering I am trying to decide whether to do Word Press for book promo or to go with Facebook this is getting more confusing all the time. Maybe that foxy fox will share the Irish Coffee (no whip cream thanks).

      I was looking at my sweaters today too but not yet. I am too stubborn. We had a lightning storm last night (in November in Canada) and slides and what a mess, back to hoarding because the food trucks can’t get through.
      Enjoy your nicer weather! And keep sending us those magnificent sketches.

      • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I’m not sure what changed, as I didn’t make any changes, but seemed like a temporary glitch where WordPress likes, weren’t loading on the page, but they’re back now, so that might have been an issue with logins. It’s hard to tell these days! hehe It’s actually been warmer here than I’d like… hehe… I switched to sweaters and it’s tough to go back and forth! lol But yeah… I think an Irish coffee would fix it all! 😃💕

    • Wishing you a wonderful trip and a fabulous Thanksgiving!!! Cute little fox there, Charlie!!! 🥰

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I’ll be back for one more post before the big day I hope… hehe… I’m so excited about the food Philippe will make! Yummy!!

    • I’m always so hot (and not in the good way, lol). I love the look and feel of sweaters but can seldom wear them. When every one else is piling on the heavy stuff, I’m still wearing my summer clothes. I still envy you your Paris sweaters!

      • I’m actually the same way! Most of my sweaters are “spring” sweaters… it has to get super cold before I can wear the bulky ones and those are only for work when I don’t move around much. Otherwise, I’ll sweat right through them! lol 😉

    • Great doodle, Charlie. It’s the time of year where I take a flask of soup if I go for a ride or walk. Find a spot with a nice view and have a hot cup of soup. Lovely.

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, after I twisted my ankle last summer I wasn’t walking for about 6 weeks, then the weather got too cold before I started up again and well… it was a weird year! lol It wasn’t until Philippe got a Vitamix and made lots of yummy vegetable soups that I was able to fix things as it were. hehe And yes, I’ll definitely send a hug south when I’m in Texas! I’m not looking forward to the travel, but will appreciate the little break with family! 🙂

    • Oh thanks! I actually plan to show up next Tuesday, but I get so excited about the season I can’t stop talking about it! lol 😉

    • Thanks so much, Shelly! 😃💕 I only have a palette of 12 that I use to make everything… and just use a few per illustration. It’s fun to mix!

    • Thanks so much, Janna! 😃💕 Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • For our prompt of “Maple” today, I thought of autumn leaves and ended up with a cat napping on a bed of some. I adore this time of year where I live. The trees have transformed into a beautiful palette of bright

    • Love this happy kitten, Charlie! It’s been a long time since jumping into a pile of leave was on my list of playful things to do but I sure do remember the fun of doing just that and then having to rake them back into a pile to make dad happy. I think he had as much fun watching us as we had playing in those mountains of color. Don’t ever grow up, Charlie,

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe! Yes, it was always so fun playing in those mountains fo color! Today, I’d be afraid of breaking something… lol… but it’s fun to reimagine it!

    • We don’t have any trees around, but we live in about the lowest part of the county, directly in the path of the East wind that roars down the Columbia Gorge. As a result, we get the leaves of almost everyone in the neighborhood. Now is that fair?
      I love the raccoon at the writing desk!

      • hehe! If there’s colorful leaves, it might be fair!… but not having to rake them! lol 😉 And thanks! 😃💕 I added that to my Sketching Stuff sign up form. There won’t likely be a newsletter until next year, but I wanted a more dedicated space and way to write to folks. The newsletter will be different and be just me rambling with thoughts on creativity and making things and not a raccoon. I hope people aren’t disappointed. hehe

    • The kitten looks very cosy. I went for a walk along a wooded path on Sunday. I came around a corner and the low sun was shining through some golden oak leaves. They looked wonderful.

    • Dreaming and enjoying this wonderful season, it just doesn’t get any better.

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this one. Yeah… we always change… and sometimes in small ways and sometimes big ways, but life is never static. As for the season… the autumn winds came with a burst today and brought freezing temps and a tiny bit of snow, which was brief, yet lovely! Phineas has been in his little red sweater for walks now.

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Glad you liked this little kitty!

    • Thanks so much, Janna! 😃💕 I’m so happy these bring back wonderful childhood memories!

  • We’ve reached the start of the new month and that means the start of a brand new Doodlewash art challenge! For our second prompt of “Pie” today, my mind went first to nearly every pie I could think of, because I

    • Blessings Charlie — and what’s with the whipped cream on apple pie????

    • I’d love a piece of that delicious-looking pie Eating pie is a piece of cake!😍

    • November is a cornbread month for me – it just seems like you have to have cornbread. I make it up in my bread machine as a bread rather than a cake so it isn’t quite as sweet or crumbly or as high in calories – just tasty with chili!

      • Awww cornbread and chili is the best!! 😃💕So good! It’s now a tradition when my great nephew visits, but it’s always in early spring instead.

    • Looks like a delicious slice of pie to me, Charlie!!! We finally had a few days of cool weather down here, cool enough to open doors and windows and make it feel a tiny bit like the season for celebrations .Turkey and cranberries are in the freezer waiting for the big November feast!

    • mmmm delightfully yummy looking Charlie :).

    • Great slice of pie, Charlie. We don’t eat fruit pies that often but have fruit crumble and ice cream every so often we Sunday lunch.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Ohhhhh I adore apple crumble… Philippe made that after we were watching Friday Night Dinner and they kept mentioning it! hehe

    • Hi Marisela, not a fan of desserts except pumpkin pie (no creams) once a year and a few cookies at Christmas. I have to watch out for chocolate though.

    • Yummy pie Charlie!🥧😊 That’s as close as I’ll be getting anytime soon so I’m savoring the memories of my Grammie’s apple and lemon pie-perfect crusts! If I think about how nice they were it would be hard to top them so I don’t feel as bad not eating pie now, besides, I ‘ve probably eaten my lifetime allotment! 😄😁😆🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… I feel the same. There are some wonderful memories of desserts that I’ll just taste in my mind. That way it doesn’t ruin my memory or my waistline! lol

    • Thanks os much, Linda! 😃💕 And yay! Yum to pumpkin pie!!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I’m a bit late this time on replies… been unplugging a bit lately to rejuvenate myself. Aww that new French place sounds awesome! And truly… it’s all Philippe on portion control… I have no self control on that front! lol Especially when it comes to whipped cream!! YUM!! And it’s always a good time for a comeback! Yours is coming!! Much love! ❤️

  • For our prompt of “Chain” today, my mind leapt to swings on a playground and then to leaping out of those swings when I was a kid. It was certainly fun to swing back and forth and see just how high I could go, but

    • De you said exactly what I was feeling when I saw Charlies picture! What a talent to be able to express those wonderful feelings in a painting. Thank you Charlie for bringing back those lovely moments. You are special!

    • Love this brave little kitty! Jumping off the swing, ready to land on his feet! Your sketches/doodles are so awesome!
      I have never see a YouTube demo from you…might be fun…?

      • Thanks so much, Irene! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! I don’t currently do video demos outside of very occasional workshop appearances, but I have a couple Sketching Stuff Activity Books that share my childlike approach and watercolor tips! I’m hoping to do more video next year as I have a new idea I’m working on next! 😉

    • Wonderful, Charlie!!! Did I read correctly that this was done our your ipad? If it was I am even more impressed…it’s WOW!!! Always, loved swinging as high as possible and then jumping to see how far I could “fly.” Ah, the good old days 😁😍

      • Oh no! hehe…. this was traditional watercolor in my sketchbook. I still try to do one of these a week so I can post them here! 😉 Though my picture books were painted on the iPad for the final version and everything I make ends up looking like me no matter how I make it seems. hehe… so yay! Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕

    • Your plan sounds like the best way to enjoy October! Being in Florida for a good part of the month, I missed out on a lot of the seasonal change, but I’m back home now to enjoy the best of it!

      • Welcome home my friend! 😃💕 Yeah, I love this time of year… I try to balance going too crazy with projects so I can just enjoy the season. Hehe

    • Right on Charlie! Always be a kid! I still dance backwards around the house while Bobbi McGee plays in the background. Etc!!

    • I love this doodle, Charlie. The expression of joy on the kittens face is brilliant.

    • You are truly fortunate that you never broke a bone during a wild leap off the swing. But seeing the joyful expression on your cat’s face sorta explains why you did it.

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, I think getting through the 70’s as a child unbroken was pretty much pure luck! lol But it was so free and fun!!

    • Thanks so much, De! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled this brought back fun memories!! Such a fun time indeed!

    • Indeed!! We should never stop being that child inside. And I loved Evil Knievel as well… I had an action figure and motorcycle too! lol We all survived somehow even through all of that crazy and reckless daring (at least by today’s standards). But yeah… after 50 a lot of the physical stunts will just have to remain a lovely dream for me as well! hehe Much love! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕

  • For our prompt of “Ring” today, the first thing that came to mind was a stack of donuts. This was not because I’ve actually had a donut recently, but because I’ve been trying to avoid sweets in general lately.

    • Charlie I know, I wouldn’t even eat more than half the two inch slab of my birthday cake (chocolate truffle) and got the hostesses mad at me. I don’t worry about gaining weight as I can’t do that easily but I do worry about cholesterol and saturated fats. The amount I ate was over the line.

      For some reason I am looking forward to winter this year. Now this is a mind spasm I am sure as I hate winter with a passion. Up here we get black, white, grey, and brown for a vista. The ice is dangerous when you racewalk in a blizzard. Ahem. And it is too cold anyway. But somehow I anticipate the awful thing — maybe the winter cooking I look forward to.

      Enjoy — safely!

      • I think it must definitely be the winter cooking! That’s definitely one of the best parts of the season. But yeah… these days, I have to watch portions much more, but tasting is still so wonderful! 😃💕

    • I don’t think it gets much more tempting than a doughnut with pink icing. As if they aren’t enticing enough anyway, the pink seems to take it to a whole new level of naughty. That Ghost Light show sounds like so much fun!

    • I’m looking forward to watching the moon rise as well! There’s so much to enjoy in every season. Speaking of enjoying- love today’s sketch.

      • I agree Laura. Every season has its own joy. I don’t even mind January because it means that spring is coming and I love those blustery, snowy days (as soon as I don’t have to do anything more than shovel in them) 😉

      • Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yes, always so much to enjoy with each season. I’m SO looking forward to this one!

    • Oh Charlie a puppy and donuts! Nothing could be sweeter! We went to see Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibit this weekend at Laguna Beach. All glorious color! Only thing for me spooky, it was all clowns😆 😨🤡So I picked up his luscious illustrated counting book for our great-niece! All deserts!! So much better😋It’s fun being Graunty and Gruncle! So happy your birthday celebrating was joyous and I need to hear how the Air-fryer goes. I love the Insta pot, I just started soup!

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 That’s awesome! Love Thiebaud! What a wonderful gift for your great-niece. So far so awesome on the air fryer lid… it’s worth it for the chicken alone! Yum!

    • I know how that puppy feels, they look very tasty. I know what you mean about this month flying by. I’m now cycling to work in the dark,but like you I enjoy the dark evenings and snuggling up in the warm.

    • Love those donuts, Charlie!!! Last night I attended a small gathering of artist friends …the first time we’ve gotten together in two years also the first time in the same amount of time that I’ve driven anywhere at night. How fortunate it was last night; my due East drive was illuminated by a beautiful, nearly full moon in a cloud free sky.

      • I love it that you got the prompts for November, I have to look at them next. 😉

        • Thanks, Zoie! Hope you enjoy the November prompts! It’s always nice to see your work on Doodlewash!

          • Oh that is so sweet of you Mary 🙂 To be honest I haven’t looked at them yet, but I am sure I will love them and whatever is on the 3rd I’ll give it a go 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Aww that’s so wonderful you got back together with your friends!! And sounds like a gorgeous drive as well!

    • I’m in Florida, and missing much of the seasonal change I normally enjoy in Oregon. But I’ll be home soon and will enjoy the end of it all the more for missing the beginning!

    • Marisela, It actually doesn’t get that cold here in the tourist country of Okanagan, in BC, where vineyards, wineries, and orchards abound. We are outside the Sonoran Desert that runs from Mexico to the Yukon so we get the desert nights and days. We have had minus 35 Celsius (-40F and -40C are equal) but only for a day, the coldest it usually gets is in the minus 20s C. You would be surprised how many times I called the police when people were wandering around in -35 and I was sure they were going to get hypothermic and die on the ice — such as the young woman who was so drunk/stoned she could not walk and kept falling at 5:30 on a Christmas morning. One kid did a flip on his scooter, and knocked himself out. I called the ambulance and he must have regained consciousness and took off. Good thing because they told me I won’t get an ambulance as those were all out on calls. Yet in summer it reached to the 40sC this year (116 F). Apparently that is going to happen more often, the meteorologist informs us.

      Take care and enjoy the fall! Hugs.

    • I love this Charlie – but I love all your paintings 🙂 and I love how you share with us. I love this time of year! To me autumn through until January feels cozy. October has the excitement of Halloween and I love the spooky aspect. November has the anticipation of Christmas up until the Big Day 😉 and to me Christmas means family and joy and laughter. So many exciting things in the fall and although it is a very busy time for me I try to take as much time as I can just to enjoy the cozy feel. Pheneus (sorry probably spelled his name wrong) staring at the plate of donuts just gives me the giggles. Thanks for the joy you always give. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Yes! I adore this season so much…. the countdown starts right away for spooky Halloween month and keeps going until the new year. It’s so awesome!

        • I feel the same way Charles 🙂 It’s an awesome season. Lots of fun things coming up and lots to look forward too 🙂

    • Marisela it sounds wonderful where your friend is 🙂 You should paint that scene you described 🙂

    • Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… chicken fried steak was always my favorite as a kid. Now I can’t have steak anymore, but I’ve been craving fried chicken! I adore star gazing… at my mom’s house in Texas it’s well outside the city and it’s so amazing how many stars appear! I love it!

  • For our prompt of “Glue” today, I thought back to all of those fun craft projects I used to enjoy when I was a kid. Part of the fun, if not all of the fun, was being able to play and make a big old mess. I

    • Charlie you are a sweetheart and he will love your efforts. Not to worry about wrapping, I make a sloppy mess and nobody complains. Take care and happy birthday to Philippe! Blessings.

    • It was fun, at least when you didn’t have to clean it all up afterwards. Happy birthday to Philippe! Orange chocolate cake sounds like the best birthday surprise! I’d like to see Philippe try and wait a while before sampling that 😉

      • Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, cleaning up is not the fun part at all. lol Philippe showed wonderful restraint actually… I had to finally beg him to let us eat the darn cake already! hehe

        • Wow, that is pretty impressive! I’m quite happy to have little or no restraint where cake is involved!

    • That orange chocolate Grand Marnier cake sounds delicious and I want some! Although, I did just have a bowl of mango ice cream with fresh mango on it so I won’t complain too bitterly about missing out on the cake. I’ve always had allergy problems with mango in the past, but I’m found I can eat oranges in Florida but not in Oregon, and decided to give it try. Yay! I can, though I’m not going to go overboard. I’m not sure if it’s the freshness, the source of the fruit or something they spray on, but I’m enjoying it while I can!

      • Oh wow! That’s awesome! Yeah, I’ve always been allergic to mangos as they come to me here at least! And the cake was amazing… so light and fluffy and in my head at least… that means calorie light as well. lol 😉

    • Happy Birthday to Phillippe! He will love all of your efforts to make his birthday a special day! Love your crafting Beagle! It makes me think of a German Shepherd we had years ago…a very mischievous dog and he loved glue….big gallon sized jugs of glue. We walked into the house one day to find one of my husband’s shirts on the floor in the middle of a very large puddle of glue and a dog with glued whiskers and fur. He pulled this stunt more than once even when the jug of glue was in a cupboard where we thought he couldn’t get into it. He was quite a character.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Oh wow!! What a mess and too funny! Sounds like he had a lot of fun at least with that glue… just brought him back for more!

    • Oh my gosh this made me smile Charlie because it is just how I see myself all gluey and sticky and … well you know 🙂 I don’t have to dream about making big messes … lol …. they happen quite regularly with me. Paint on my hands, face, in my white hair and always … for some reason on the tip of my nose 😉 lolol But nothing on the paper 😉 lolol Happy Birthday to Philippe 🙂 and many more!!

    • Great doodle, Charlie. The gift bags do the rounds in our family. Hope Phillipe had a nice birthday.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, we wrap at Christmas, but any other time, it’s gift bags all the way! Philippe had a wonderful birthday…. and best of all, we still have some cake to enjoy today!

    • Mariella, congrats on your new car, I pray travel blessings over you in it! I loved mine and drove it for 13 years!

    • Charlie you made the perfect party! Happy Birthday to Philippe! You reminded me I have 2 Birthdays tomorrow! (Oh my, I’m gonna be busy!)

    • I make lots of messes in my atmospheric paintings — and it’s harder to make a mess in those because you deliberately draw pigment across the page and invite or bleed colour and use lots of water to create water or colour flow. Have fun!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, Philippe has a fabulous birthday… though it went by super quick. And yay on the new car!! That’s wonderful! Yeah… there’s so much new tech in them these days. We still drive our classic car.😊 And sending positive thoughts for your friend. Warm hugs to you!! 💕

    • Hellooooooo Mugdha!! So happy to hear from you again my friend! 😃💕 Wow… that sounds so amazing! All those beautiful creatures… that would be so inspiring. And a break from the Internet can be inspiring too… hehe… but happy you could pop back in to say hello. Sending you a hug to the jungle!! Much love my friend! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Marlena! 😃💕 Yeah, making messes is part of the fun!

  • Hi there! My name is Darren Yeo. I am a watercolour artist and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from the University of Western Australia in the field of psychology (B.A. Hons. Psych). I’m also

  • For our prompt of “Bird” today, I decided to make a sketch of my little owl character holding a candle. I’ve not yet come up with a story for this owl, but one is starting to brew, so he might end up in a book at

    • What a cute owl! I wonder where he found his cool glasses?

    • That’s so good, and adorable! Those glasses look familiar 😉 I often come up with new ideas whilst lying in bed; trouble is, I fall asleep and then they’re gone!

      • Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Oh my… I know what you mean! The other night I had a cool title for a book, but I just couldn’t hang onto it until morning. hehe

    • Absolutely love this owl!!!

    • He is awesome Charlie and I can’t wait to hear his story 🙂

    • He’s great, Charlie. I’m more of an early bird than a night owl. I often wake at 3 am at the weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I used to be a night owl, but now I’m asleep much earlier. If I get 5 hours of sleep, then it’s tough to ever get back to sleep so I just start working through ideas! 😊

    • The owl looks to wonder what’s going on. Blessings, Charlie. Have a good sleep — don’t worry, the owl will keep those eyes on things.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I hope to leave the wandering at night to the owl. I could use a bit more sleep. hehe

    • We’ve actually had some real Oregon weather – fog and rain – lately. I know I’ll get tired of it if it keeps on, but I hope it does. We really need it!

    • Ghost stories are fun to write too (although I don’t believe in that stuff). Have a good night!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, we love watching the silly YouTube videos right after work to unwind… or stupid human tricks as we often call them. lol And oh my goodness… those masks as kids! I had some for playtime… but my mom usually made my costumes so I had a sewn plush mask of whatever animal character I was that year. Sending positive, hopeful thoughts for your friend. I hope she’s okay. It’s been a bit cooler here, but still more mild summer than really fall. Hugs to you my friend!

    • Done, Marisella. I see NW Italy had a spectacular rainfall — Europe doesn’t usually get that much rain. Take care and stay well.

      If we went out in the dark in our yard … yikes I hate to think.

    • Your characters are adorable!

  • For our prompt of “Chair” today, I ended up with a little doodle of a cat taking a break from reading a book. I’ve always loved reading and lately I’ve been trying to always have a book going. This usually means

    • Awe—- some! Have fun Charlie!

    • What a delightful illustration! Thank you Charlie for sharing your inner child with us.

    • You realize how spoiled we are in Western civilization when it comes to gift giving. So many of us have everything we need, and good portion of what we want. I remember in one of the Little House On the Prairie books where Laura Ingalls Wilder exclaims over her Christmas presents ‘a new tin cup, a stick of peppermint candy, a small sugar cake and a “shining bright, new penny’. She’s ecstatic. I think we’ve deprived ourselves of much joy by having too much. Now, having said that, I hope Santa brings me lots of art supplies, a a new printer, and much more for Christmas! I am a creature of my society, after all!

      • LOLOLOL – me too Sandra 🙂 and also for my birthday, well not Santa, but still – lots of art supplies and some sort of a system so that I have everything just handy and ready to go. Oh an talent 😉 … I know!!! LOL

      • haha!! So true! Yep… knowing we have everything we need should never stop us from dreaming of more. And art supplies can also be considered a necessity in my book! lol 😃💕

    • Love this post, Charlie! What’s not to love about a cat relaxing to read a book. I was the same way about books when I was a kid and still end my day with a few chapters of whatever book I’ve managed to pick up. My reading adventures have taken me (and still do take me) to so many exciting, exotic locations where I’ve met so many wild, wonderful and wacky characters. I can’t imagine my life with books….and art supplies 🙂.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay for books and art supplies! Yeah, I’m only a couple chapters a day now, but I make it through eventually. I just get so sleepy… I should really find time to read during the day. hehe

    • Charlie this is delightful. One of the things I absolutely love about you and many of the artists in Doodlewash – just the simple creativity of thinking of that for a prompt. I will keep on watching and learning and hoping it rubs off 😉 LOL.

      • Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕… I love trying to bend the prompt to my will. At least, whatever it manifests as in the day! Usually, just thinking of the animal I’d like to sketch and then looking at the prompt and making it work somehow! hehe

    • Ha ha, I love this doodle, Charlie.

    • Thanks Charlie! This cat looks so relaxed with a book😎🤓 As a kid with breathing problems growing up in the smoggy 60s and 70s, a book was the answer for my overactive imagination. And I read everything I could find in our house, like the World Book Encyclopedias. I checked them out before I donated them for my parents, very nostalgic. My favorite series was My Book House. That’s where my love of illustration came from, they’re beautiful 😍 I m praying 🙏🏼 all our holidays are better this year with health,✌🏼 and some joy!

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 Indeed… those Book House illustrations are wonderful and inspiring. And yes to a healthy and happy holiday season!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Indeed! One day! And truly… sometimes, I end up alone if Philippe has to work, so it’s really just Phineas’ snoring to keep me company. lol I just love this season… it sparkles with a hope that gets me through the whole year!

    • They do fill our lives more than we can ever know until they’re gone. But it’s always worth the journey! ❤️ And yes, I’ll “try” to give Phineas that hug! hehe

  • For our prompt of “Daisy” today, I doodled a daisy flower being visited by a couple of bees. Outside my front door there’s a cluster of flowers and I’m always fascinated watching all of the bees hovering around

    • They say life imitates art, and I think what you’ve described is why. You start with a vision in mind, but as you’re making your marks, you let them guide what comes next. I wish I could have been in the class to hear you speak!

    • I knew you’d Wow them! Art undergrads like to know how all the academics will lead them to a career. Their parents wanna know, too. By telling your amazing story and your outlook on life, you’ve inspired them to open their eyes to possibilities in the art world. Kudos!

      • Thanks so much, Kathy! 😃💕 It was really fun! And I hope inspiring. I really wanted to share that even a very non-linear career path can still be filled with amazing things along the way!

    • Yea! Pollinators!

    • Beautiful doodle, Charlie. I love to watch all the insects in the garden.

    • Oh Charlie – I love your work and I adore your mind! Keep enjoying your journey 🙂

    • Love this, Charlie! I’m with Sandra, wishing I could have been in that classroom to hear you speak. I’m sure you and your presentation were an inspiration to those students.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s funny to present as I really have no idea what it looked or sounded like in the end. But there seemed to be some interest there so that’s awesome! hehe

    • Busy as Two Bees!

    • Right on Charlie!!

    • Happy Birthday Marisela! “Our lives should end up on a mountain top,” you said, “not in the valley.” But we have to descend the mountain and go into the valley to live our life helping others! You are wayyyyy to young to retire!

      We are still in shorts here although there have been a couple of jeans and heater days already. The good part is Macintosh apples, and cranberries to freeze for cereal, and good books to read. Yummy! Take care Marisela.

    • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve always tried to never overstay my welcome with work. I try to stop and move on to something new just before I get burnt out… that way life is always fun!

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Not knowing what’s next is ALL of the fun! hehe And so true. I always imagine a beautiful storybook trail spiraling to that mountaintop. The path doesn’t always go straight up, but there’s so much to enjoy and experience along the way. Keep on climbing that mountain!

    • So true! 🙂 That’s so wonderful that you’re sketching and painting! It is so fun!

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  • For our prompt of “Candle” today, I ended up with a puppy mesmerized by a glass votive candle. I have to admit to finding myself staring into the glow of a flickering candle and sort of getting lost in the moment.

  • My name is Hridaya Keerthana and I’m a research scholar by profession from India. I started my journey with art at a very young age as my mother was an artist herself. Whenever I made any tantrums, some color p

  • For our prompt of “Swan” today, I made a sketch of two different swans coming together in the water. Swans are such wonderful creatures! And, like most of nature’s creatures, I find them perfectly fascinating.

    • Beautiful painting, Charlie! Won’t it be wonderful when we can get on a plane again and visit those people and places we love the most?

    • I keep reminding myself that we are blessed to have so many ways to keep in touch, even if we can’t see our loved ones in person. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have to travel months in order to see family, or to just resign oneself to never seeing them again.

    • Lovely doodle, Charlie. I’ve tried a few times to keep a journal but they never seem very exciting. Now like you I have my daily sketches and paintings to look back on. I’ve been a Doodlewasher for over two years now.

      • Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, Doodlewash is the most consistent written journal I’ve ever kept! And YAY!! That’s so awesome… I can’t believe it’s been over two years already! So cool!

    • Yes. You are right as usual. And I love the fall too.

    • Thanks so much, Mari!! 😃💕 Yes! And with just a bit of hope we can always see those new opportunities!

    • Aww yes my friend!! 😃💕 Hope is right around the corner… even if it’s a rather winding path at the present. Things will all work out in the end. And keep dreaming of those goals… I always think it’s better to just keep dreaming those big dreams. While we’re waiting for them to actually happen they often change and morph, often into something even cooler. Much love to you my friend!!

    • Aww thanks so much!! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Oh my goodness! I’ll be sending you so many wonderfully positive thoughts and love to that jungle my friend! I’m certain you’ll be back relaxed and feeling wonderful. I’ll miss you while you’re gone. Until we meet again! Much love!

    • Absolutely stunning and yep there is always hope for the future and seeing missed loved ones!

    • Charlie, I absolutely love your blog and admire how you inspire ua to renew our childlike wonder of seemingly ordinary things. To re-visit that swan memory and the meaning of family and relationships that it instills must have warmed your heart. Thank you for sharing.

  • Welcome to a brand new month and our September Doodlewash Art Challenge! I’m jumping in as we begin the month to help kick things off using our first prompt of “Kitty,” with this little cat marveling at a

    • You paint the best little cats, Charlie and I agree with your love of nature. I’m often in awe of the simplest of things that pop up in and around our yard. Sometimes it can be a simple as a tiny, mushroom that makes an appearance after a rainy few days or the way one of our “resident” squirrels snatches fruit off the tree…and of course butterflies are a major love. I watched a couple of Swallowtail butterflies dancing around a flowering tree in the yard today…I will never tire of watching butterflies.

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 So true! I always get distracted by the sight of a new mushroom popping up. hehe And watching swallowtail butterflies sounds like a lovely sight indeed!

    • It is an amazing world we live in. One of the things I love about painting my postcards to slip into hubby’s lunch bag is discovering new animals that I wasn’t aware of, and learning how incredible they are. It keeps reminding me not to focus on the unhappy things.

      • So true! There are so many new things to discover and each little discovery is a good reminder of well… the good in the world. It’s tougher to see some days, but it’s thankfully always there! 😉 💕

    • Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Oh wow… the story of the cat is awesome… glad the other animals ran away in time! Yeah, this year has just zoomed by and I can’t believe it’s almost fall. When we took down our Christmas tree last year, Philippe made a comment that it will be Christmas again before we know it, and here we are! We’re all here, healthy, and have our friends, so life is pretty wonderful. Warm hugs to you my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy my posts. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    • Aww that makes me so happy to know!! I’m glad these make you smile! 😃💕

    • Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Fingers crossed that things turn out like you wish… and sending positive vibes for you no matter what! I’m sure things will all turn out just fine. Sending you much love and hugs my friend!

    • This painting is so adorable !! Let life happen and go with the flow…keeping things simple one day at a time and stay in the moment all good things to live by…Thanks for sharing 😍😍

  • For our prompt of “Rabbit” today, I made a quick little sketch of a couple of bunnies meeting in the grass. I’ve mentioned before that there are lots and lots of rabbits in my neighborhood this season. There are

    • Very sweet and needed action between humans in today’s chaos…… Nice job Charlie.

    • I’d definitely rather watch animals than people. The other day, I had a white egret, a blue heron and 4 doves sitting on my back fence at the same time. I was thrilled, though with the way the heron was watching the doves, I worried there might be some violence. Evidently, both he and the doves decided there was enough distance and speed on their part that they all sat in peace for 1/2 hour or so before they all flew off.

    • Charlie I should have seen this early this morning around 5 when I was dancing around the kitchen and humming a lively tune. Actually it was “In His hands He has the Whole Wide World.” As for watching animals our geese were seen to fly south yesterday — way early especially in this torpid zone (we had almost 50 Celsius (118 F) end of June. Methinks those geese know something. Meantime in Edmonton, AB my friend looked outside to see a tree branch bare of leaves. What the heck? Back at the hot spot here with a fire triangle a young bear, likely displaced, decided to roam our neighbourhood the other day. Hope his mama bear wasn’t around.

      Take care; it is always great to hear from you!

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕Aww I hope the young bear was displaced. And keep right on humming and dancing… it’s always a good way to start the day! hehe

    • Adorable, Charlie!

    • Beautiful doodle, Charlie. It’s great that you have so much urban wildlife.

    • Hi Marisela,

      Thank you for the blessings and returned.

      Edmonton, AB is in our prairies where they have horrific winters of near minus 40 (which coincidentally is your -40F). Their fall has begun although they still have 20s and teens Celsius now. Our geese here in BC’s Okanagan left a couple of days ago (they know something) although we are still in 20s. For some reason ppl are dressed in cold weather clothing, likely the same ones who wear shorts and sleeveless shirts in February. I don’t get it.

      Interestingly I learned that the horse, animal of supreme intelligence, is the first one out before first flame! The deer just stand there and look at it — there is a famous photo of just that where they stand at a lake and a second the forest exploded. The photographer got out thank God.

      Blessings.

    • As long as the strangers don’t think you’re pointing and squealing at them! Cute doodlewash. I haven’t seen any rabbits around this year, but I’m sure they’re around. Apparently there were some bats a few nights ago. I’ve never seen those in the neighbourhood before!

      • Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 lol! I’m sure the neighbors have probably thought that we were squealing at them sometimes. I’m sure they were just flattered by the attention. hehe We used to have lots of bats around as well, but it’s been too hot to sit outside and watch them. Their flight pattern is so odd as they’re catching mosquitos that they look like drunk birds.

    • Oh wow! Yeah… a big that big would give me pause and I’m tall! lol Wow! But still so cool to see something like that. And here’s to better weather. I’m ready to summer to say adios! hehe 😃💕

    • haha! I adore that thought! Love it! 😃💕 I’m sure the bunnies are discussing how silly we are. They do see as curious about us as we are of them. I hope you’re doing well my friend!

    • Thanks so much, Starr! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed this and that it brought back wonderful memories of your brother!

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