• For our prompt of “Panda” today, I decided to sketch a giant panda relaxing and doing nothing much at all. This is how I’ve decided to spend my weekend, so it seemed quit fitting. Actually, in order to get enough

    • Oh! Your panda just makes me go ‘Oh!’ Let me know if you ever get together with your fellow actors to do L’il Abner again, ’cause I hope I can make it to the show. I never saw the musical version, but I loved the comic strip. Were there shmoon? I think it would be cool to hear shmoon singing (and shmoon is an accepted plural form of shmoo for today’s trivia answer).

      • Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕Oh wow! That’s so awesome you knew that comic! hehe… I actually don’t know if a shmoon made the musical. In truth, I can’t remember much of the specifics of the show. So if there was a reunion. I’d have a lot of rehearsing to do! hehe 😊

    • Fantastic panda Charlie and it sounds like you weekend is going great. Mine too as I got to talk with artists which bnb is always great!

    • Wonderful panda, Charlie! Sounds like your weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy!

    • Such a cute fluffy Panda aweee!!! 🙂

    • It’s so cool that you are talented in so many of the arts – I’ve never acted, but it sure sounds like fun. Panda’s expression is adorable! Lovely shadows on his fur.

      • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕Glad you liked this one! And you should try acting!! Like all art, it’s not something relegated to an elite few… anyone can DO it! Just takes a bit of focus and heaps of passion! 😉

    • That’s one happy panda, taking a break from chewing! I enjoyed the reference to Li’l Abner, one of my favorite cartoon strips along with Gasoline Alley. And that’s the great thing about memory, how we can relive events in the way we want, not how it actually happened! Not sure if I would want to go back and repeat those days but it works in one’s mind!

      • Thanks, Bob! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed my happy panda! And cool that you liked that comic! Yeah, I rather like my memories in the abstract. Not sure I need to actually go back there! 😉

    • Nicely done and a very expressive face….

    • I wouldn’t go back to high school! Too much drama, and not your kind of drama. College maybe. Or the few years when I lived alone in the northern town of Rhinelander. That’s when I took up biking and had my first “good” job. Living in a northern climate suited me. As did living alone on a small lake, and within an easy drive to Lake Superior. It was so beautiful up there.

      • hehe… yeah, I think I’m the same. Most of what I’d like to relive were times during college and after. 😉 Though I did have a good time in high school there was indeed a lot of that extraneous drama.

    • Fantastic Panda!

    • Charlie, in just the short time I’ve been following your blog, I’ve noticed how your sketches have progressed. Do you ever go back to your very first sketches and look at how far you have come?

      • Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Actually, I now have to search my own site to make sure I’m not using the same title for a post. hehe… so I end up seeing a previous version of something I’ve sketched. And it’s truly nice to see some progress there, yes!

    • Nice panda..and loved sentiments for weekend..hope you enjoyed yours!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Well said! I feel the same! Our memories have errors, put there on purpose. They make things shinier and better than they actually were. I’d really hate to dull that shine by actually going back!

    • Lovely panda and I love the color painted, Charlie 🥰. Your ideas is so cute😘

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕

    • Oh so adorable..love those eyes!!

  • For our Doodlewash prompt of “Porch,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Swing,” I opted for this completely imagined scene, yet another thing outside my comfort zone. I used to live in a house with a front

    • Love that front porch! The Porchfest sounds amazing. We have a yearly artwalk in one of our older neighborhoods, that is similar – you do have to go into houses for some of the exhibits, but mostly people put their art out on the porch.

    • Lovely Charlie!!!! looks so inviting. My current house has a porch just needs more wind chimes lol. The awesome chiming of the wind chimes is something I so love!!! wow sounds like a very awesome event!!! 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Love and am also deeply envious that you have a porch!! hehe… I adore them! Our neighbors have giant wind chimes that I love. They’re all the low notes that add an extra bit of spooky to Halloween month! lol

    • Very beautiful, relax !! I wanted to be there…..:)

    • Lovely scene of the porch and swing. I’ve wanted a front porch for many years too, but I’ve never lived in a neighborhood that had them. My parents had friends with one (along with a swing) when I was a child, and I loved visiting that house.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, they’re truly magical…. I didn’t think I wanted to deal with a traditional house again, but if it came with a porch swing, I’d be in!

    • Beautiful porch, Charlie! Love the Fall leaves!

    • Charlie, I love your porch! Your neighborhood porch party sounds great! We have open studios weekend here and it spreads over about 10 towns. You have to be asked as a guest of a studio on the tour so I am not part of the tour but who knows maybe someday. I do hope to visit a few. I am slowly meeting other local artists. Most of my artist friends are online.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 That tour sounds awesome! I’m certain you could easily get on the list! You should DO it!

        • Thanks for the pep talk Charlie. You need to get invited in so I’ll work on that for next year. 😉 need to get out and meet my fellow artists. Forcing myself to do more of that.

          • Yeah, this from a total introvert… I have trouble meeting new people. But when they are artists… everything changes. It’s always worth it! 😉

    • Nicely done Charlie, it bring memories from a time long passed. Love the colors, Autumn is my favorite season…

    • Okay, the most intriguing part of this is bands in the cemetery! Ha! If one of those bands doesn’t learn Dem Bones, I’d be very disappointed.

      I never really lived in a porch sitting house. I always thought I would love one. They seem so friendly. I have read about some planned communities where the houses are placed close to the street, and they all have porches. Besides getting to know your neighbors, it keeps down crime too.

      • Haha! I thought the same thing. If I don’t hear Dem Bones, I’m going to be “gravely” disappointed! lol 😃💕 Yeah, porch houses are a smart thing indeed. They do bring people closer together in the best way!

    • Lovely porch and gorgeous autumn colours. Great painting.

    • Nice Charlie! feel like having a cup of coffee and very relaxing atmosphere. good going.😊

    • The title porch culture,its so typical American houses with a front porch.Nicely done Charlie!

    • Your font porch and swing look so inviting! Hope you find your perfect front porch home someday!

    • I like the cat sitting there. Front porch and swing is such a typical American thing, I guess. I only know it from television 🙂

    • Looks so inviting! I often wish we had a large porch to sit on. I think that is when people started to be less neighborly, when front porches started to disappear. So sad.

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕Yeah, I agree. Front porches are made to make good neighbors. When everyone hides in the back of their house, it’s just not the same thing.

    • Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Glad I made you smile! Yeah, my grandparents had a standalone swing. I love sitting on anything that sways… it’s so relaxing!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m equally happy that Philippe and I haven’t taken on some of Phineas’ more nefarious quirks! Thrilled you enjoyed this!

    • Thanks so much, Ann! 😃💕 Yeah… these are all timed so they’re farther apart. I’m not sure how many we’ll see, but we’ll enjoy a few at least for sure!

    • Thanks so much, Myriam! 😃💕 Glad you enjoying my Inktober sketches! And wow, a living room music fest sounds like SO much fun!

  • When thinking of a prompt of “Gemstone” today, my mind went back in time to when I was a kid. I was perfectly fascinated with all types of shiny stones. I thought they simply must possess some sort of magic. My

    • Great job, as usual, on your shiny object Charlie

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      I always loved rocks. Buckets of them came home with me from beach vacations. Lake Superior has the best ones. I inherited my grandfather’s rock polisher. But, I’ve only made one batch of stones. I think it’s because Joe’s not that interested, and I can’t do it without him. He’d much rather tinker with electronic stuff then nature stuff. Therein lies our fundamental difference. Good thing we have other stuff in common. I like to cook, he likes to eat. 😂😂 .

      • hehe… likes to cook and likes to eat sounds just like my relationship! lol 😉 A perfect balance indeed! And yay to lovely rocks! 😃💕

    • Mireya replied 1 year ago

      yeah I love the words every little thing. I would have loved to have this necklace. I always had this habit of asking why. Teachers didn’t appreciate that. Just today I realize how important and wonderful it is to have the imagination and curiosity I had as a child I always knew that I was an artist but the world made me repeat over and over again that I am not artist. I can’t paint like Michelangelo. It’s taken me years to autosuggest the truth. I could go on but thanks for reminding me.

      • Thanks so much, Mireya! 😃💕Yay to asking “Why?” … yeah, it can drive teachers insane at times, but it’s the very thing that makes us human! And the very thing that lets us connect with our inner child!

    • What a beautiful stone and setting. I’ve never been drawn to jewelry or felt that feeling of power – except when I saw the crown jewels in the Tower or London. I didn’t think ‘beautiful’ when I saw the Koh-i-Noor , I thought ‘powerful’. I felt the same way when I visited Stonehenge. I’m glad I was there when you could still wander around the stones. I definitely felt something there.

      • Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah… some jewelry is indeed powerful. I almost painted the Hope Diamond… hehe… and a bit jealous you got to wander around Stonehenge. I lost interest when it became a tableau so never visited.

    • Wow! Gorgeous painting of gold and gemstone.

    • So gorgeous!!! I so love your story of how you wished on quartz stones. I feel the wishes and wonder should always live in us 🙂

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yes, I feel the same! The day we stop believing in wishes is a sad day indeed.

    • Beautiful painting of a gem stone. It looks iridiscent. 👍

    • What’s a beautiful gemstone!!! And It’s perfect to gold, Charlie, I wish I can paint some sparkle- shiny things like you. Have you ever been surprised like my situation : I thought about sapphire but not be confident or not be enough to show, then still have thought about the passionate color gemstone like your colored one. Then seeing you did it very well hehe . However, you made a shiny one and there is a rough one in my mind ^^. I’m in my dive trip, I’ll be back the next day.

      • Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 hehe… I feel like that every day! lol I see what things others paint and think… hmmm… that’s a cool way to do it! And then I get distracted, look at hundreds of other styles and just jump back in and think, okay… this is MY way to DO it! So, yay! I did it!

    • Nice work Charlie! Very attractive GEM.. 😊

    • The painting is impressive–it’s hard to depict shiny things so well–but your words struck me even more deeply. “In truth, anything can become special when our hearts make that decision.” You repeatedly encourage us, Charlie, to experience the world with our hearts and I think we need that constant reminder. Despite what the world screams at us, it doesn’t really matter what others think. Indeed, anything and anyone can become precious and special to us irrespective of their perceived value by others.

      • Thanks, Mike! 😃💕 I’m so happy this post spoke to you! Yes, to that! I truly believe with all of my heart that a person’s heart is the best guide in this crazy world. I need that constant reminder as well, hence, why I always talk about it! 😉

    • Beautiful gemstone, Charlie! Love the reflections!!!

    • Sparkly! It looks real. Yeah, being a fellow Apriler(new word) we were jibbed! I always wanted a color stone. And don’t get me started on the letter “L”! Another boring thing. Hahahaha. Recently when we were purchased a pandora charm with a stone it in, the sales girl suggested using our wedding anniversary….blue. Makes me happy!

      • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yeah, clear stones for artists?? what??? lol Yay to blue for a wedding anniversary! Color is the best!

    • Thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕 Awww I love you story and Benjamin’s chosen name for you!! I’m sure you ARE a gem indeed! Lovely!

    • Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this one!

    • hehe! So true! Cufflinks are fair less painful in the initiation so they definitely win! 😃💕And so thrilled you enjoy these! I always wonder if in my mad dash to show up each day I might get a bit disappointing. Glad to know you still enjoy them!

    • Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕hehe.. only ruby? Though I have to admit that a fuby ring sounds even MORE awesome! And yep, we Aries always have the ability to want more and more! Thankfully it applies to non-tangible things as well! 😉

  • Dominik Neuffer posted an update in the group Group logo of Urban SketchingUrban Sketching 1 year ago

    Currently I’m quite busy with mentoring and that’s a good thing, but it leaves me with not very much online time left for posting, but today I made a flip through of my first self made sketchbook, enjoying how much I’ve improved since then.

  • For our prompt of “Stairs” today, I was going to sketch multiple pots of flowers going up a flight of stairs, but then decided to switch to a glass vase and zoom in quite a bit. The idea of climbing stairs can be

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      Ha! Like that elephant who paints. They go for a lot of money. Phineas could get rich. You never know. Like our cats, if they had opposable thumbs, we would become superfluous. They’d probably hire us back to clean the litter boxes. They are too good for that job!😂

      • Haha! So true!! 😃💕I just mentioned opposable thumbs in the today’s post where Phineas’ painting is revealed! Too funny! True though… after seeing his painting dry, I was sort of glad for the edge of opposable thumbs! 😊lol

    • I LIKE the idea of Phineas painting and why couldn’t, wouldn’t or shouldn’t he? And, yes, there is that thing about positive reinforcement…😍. Beautiful vase of flowers, too!!! Happy to hear that you had a nice, relaxing Sunday!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I has a wonderful Sunday, and survived Monday which is always a good thing! hehe… Glad you like the idea of a Phineas painting… I’m revealing it in today’s post!

    • Have you ever seen the paintings done by Michael and Koko the gorillas? They are abstract but it isn’t difficult to see what they were painting and they definitely seem to be done with joy. I don’t see why Phineas shouldn’t enjoy painting too. Probably envisioning tasty cookies and hoping they’ll pop off the page so he can eat them, lol.

      • hehe! I have seen those videos so that’s what made me wonder if he might be able to do the same! 😃💕 Turns out… he’s rather talented… but don’t tell him that as it will only go to his head! lol

    • Great vase of flowers at the top of the stairs! I hope that you will share Phineas’ painting with us but then again we understand if it is too precious to share.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! I’m sharing Phineas’ masterpiece in today’s post actually! 😉

    • Gorgeous vase of flowers and your Sunday sounded perfect. I hope you post Phineas’ painting once it has dried.

    • Excellent vase of the flowers of autumn, perfect colors. And it would be great if Phineas does have an artistic bent, giving you some competition! And please, do post his efforts. For my dogs, paint on their paws would be dangerous, colors right into the mouths; maybe use strawberry jam, they like it. Now, when will you convince Philippe to post one of his paintings??

    • Love this Charlie!

    • Oh my gosh! I can see it already, a book called Phineas the Painting Dog! Please give me credit for the title when it’s published. ;P Another beautiful vase to stare at and ponder how he does that! 🙂

      • hehe! Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, Phineas would totally want his own book, he just has that personality. I’m posting his first work in my very next post, so watch for it! 😉

    • I tend to agree with you about Phineas’ painting efforts. He just wants to be with his people and participate in your endeavors. I had a dog who wanted to dig in the garden, but only when I was digging in the garden. It was comical, though he often barely escaped an accidental knock in the head with my spade.

      • So true, Laura! 😃💕 But, also, a rather beautiful reason to paint as well! 😉 Love the story of your dog… they are such awesome creatures!!

    • First fabulous flowers!!!! I think is so awesome that you all painted as a family aweeeeeee. lol. I will say in regard to taking steps and forward movement in life. It can be those side trips and changing our mind for better newer adventures that make life so enjoyable and help us become who we always were but maybe did not know realize it. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay for those side trips… they make life so much more fun!! Like getting your dog to paint! lol Phineas’ masterpiece will be revealed in the next post!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕

  • For our prompt of “Buttons” today, my mind went to something Philippe and I had inexplicably been discussing recently. This is, of course, a wonder of technology that really hit its stride in the 80’s. Every nerd

    • Wow! Beautiful painting of that watch!!

    • You do an amazing job painting metal and glass Charlie, great watch! I’m afraid I don’t remember that watch. I do remember everyone needing a Taxas Instrument calculator but then again I have a few years on you.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕hehe…totally remember Texas Instruments this watch was at its peak in the 80’s, but I’m totally shocked it’s still sold today!

    • I remember reading a sci-fi short story once where the POV character was warning everyone not to buy watches that had built-in calculators because they would keep people from learning. A year or two later, the watches kept getting more advances until they were so large that they strapped on like backpacks and everyone was bent over carrying the weight. Of course, they ended up taking over, wiring into the brain. I’ve never been able to find the story (and I’ve looked) and I wish I could because …dang…talk about predicting the future!

      • Oh wow! That sounds like an awesome story indeed! 😉 Watching people staring at their smartphone instead of proceeding through a stoplight while driving is proof enough that the machines have already wired into brains. hehe

    • Casio always had the step ahead of most other consumer-priced watches, with all sorts of systems that helped predict the tides for saltwater fishing, phases of the moon for freshwater fishing, and my current favorite, the world’s time zones for ham radio use. Plus they all make super subjects for a doodle!

      • Hehe! So true, Bob! 😃💕 Yeah, I had a Casio keyboard for music that I prized as well. They had a knack for understanding the long tail which is precisely why they are still around today, when that’s the only thing that exists anymore. 😉

    • What an awesome watch Charlie – your sketches are so inspiring. I too love the tech stuff. I remember a prized mini tape recorder that my aunt gave to me in the 70’s – it fit in the palm of my hand and I thought it was just the coolest device ever.

      • Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😃💕 hehe… love that story. I have the same memories. The first moment that this high-tech stuff could fit in the palm of a hand. So cool!

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      A plain old analog, super-thin watch with the date on it, was the watch of my dreams. Since college I wore a watch every day of my life. Joe bought me my slim watch a few years before I quit working. Good thing too because I took it off and never wore it again after I retired. It is a lovely, expensive timepiece, and if time meant more to me, I’d wear it, but that ship has sailed. 😁

      • Yay to that ship sailing… so nice to not worry about time anymore! I admit to worrying less than I should since I’m not yet retired, but it’s never something to obsess over at any rate! 😉 hehe

    • What a “fantabulous” watch!!! LOL I recall doing all that stuff with the calculators too. We just thought it was so funny 🙂

    • What a cool watch! You did an amazing job painting all the detail and the metal wristband.

    • It’s gorgeous watch. I love the watch shape. I’m dreaming of a dive computer watch with that shape 😍

    • Nice painting Charlie. I too had this type of watch. Only Casio made this famous.

    • Amazing painting of a quartz watch!!

    • Well that is one impressive watch! In more ways than one. I don’t remember those back in the days. Today’s watch like gizmos are too small to read for me, or let alone push buttons! Lol

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I was a total nerd so a calculator on my wrist was just the coolest thing ever! lol

    • Jacob replied 1 year ago

      Cool! I remember my brother’s friend having one very similar to this, and, such was my interest in timepieces, I used to grab him by the arm and fiddle with his watch. Poor guy! My brother himself also had a Casio watch with a cool blue backlight. Such fancy wristwatch action in the 90s, but indeed, we’ve come a long way since then!

      • Glad you liked this, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, these were simply the coolest. And the blue backlight!! YES! That was like a revelation! lol True, we’ve come a long way, but I still have a penchant for these early objects of interest!

    • Aww that’s awesome, Anna! 😃💕 Yay to being the cool kids and having the latest technology. Yeah, we’ve come a long way since these watches and things keep right on changing.

    • Merci beaucoup, Laurence! 😃💕 So happy you enjoy my stories! And so true… not everything translates easily in French and French is indeed a bit more of a nuanced language. Particularly with pronunciation… hihi… which is why I still struggle to communicate when I’m in Paris each year! 😊

  • Our prompt of “Laptop” today was admittedly unusual in that it’s not a subject matter that often shows up in sketches. Yet, it’s quite a common everyday thing. Each morning, I start my day with a cup (or two) of

    • Great post Charlie! I must admit I wasn’t thrilled with today’s prompt but it came together better than feared. Thanks for the reminder how lost I would be without my smartphone or my Surface. I track so much on both, I am in contact with people all over the world in my various art communities and I can learn just about anything I want to from the comfort of my living room. It amazes me sometimes. I still remember life before computers and smartphones. Simpler but not necessarily better.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕hehe… yeah, today’s prompt was not a fan favorite! lol But weirdly, it had more responses than almost any other. A sure sign of pushing outside one’s comfort zone! And yeah, I love the connection that social media and technology brings, but there are many other things that come along that I question. In the end, if I can connect with an artist on the other side of the globe, it’s all SO worth it!

    • It’s surprised me like this situation : I kept my phone and saw your sketch, I looked at my desk which were my laptop and a cup of morning coffee, then I looked back seeing your sketch again I ha ha.
      I love this beautiful sketch. And I’ve admired your Philippe who always stand by you. What’s a beautiful life!

      • Thanks, Loan! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, this is likely a rather common view for us! I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Yes, Philippe is quite awesome… I can tease in my posts, but he gets me through all of the challenges this life can throw my way!

    • Were you peeking in my window? Love your painting of this! Part of my morning ritual also. If it weren’t for going to the gym each morning, I’d be on it longer. On weekends when I don’t go to the gym, that time is used for sketching/painting. Sometimes I don’t even get on the computer then and I just jump right into painting. Love those mornings!

      • Lol… I assure you I wasn’t peeking in your window as that would be perfectly creepy! 😉 💕But yay to mornings spent connecting and creating art!

    • Part of my morning ritual too. Your sketch is great.

    • Beautiful!!!! And cheers to the lovely technology that lets us all connect from all over the world!!! 🙂

    • Every morning I grab my cup of good Puerto Rican coffee (yaucono) and turn on my laptop…. Yes is a good box of dreams… Good post that it easy to be identified with… Thanks!!!!

      • Thanks so much, Walter! 😃💕 Glad you connected with this one. Indeed… I love logging into that morning box of dreams!

    • My husband is my biggest fan, and he has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. It has been a great gift to have that kind of support! It’s a sign of true love when a person, like Philippe, encourages you to fully be yourself.

      • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 So true.. when you’re with someone who can dream right along with you, you know indeed you’re with THE ONE!

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      It never ceases to amaze me how many people support me and my art and writing endeavors. Many of them claim they have no talent themselves which I don’t believe, but I’m happy to have the cheerleaders.

      • Yay for cheerleaders! 😃💕 And thank you my friend for encouraging me! Yeah, I don’t believe in the “no talent” story… it’s just a story that needs a little twist.

    • Great doodle Charlie i start in the morning with a good cup of coffee!

    • The perfect start to the day! Love the colors in the cup!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Sometimes I really let watercolor tell what colors should come next! hehe Glad you liked it!

    • I use my laptop to call up reference photos rather than printing them out. So much nicer because you can do some editing and still have the original. You are lucky to have someone who supports your endeavors.

      • I do the same! hehe! So much more convenient. And yeah, I feel very lucky to have Philippe! 😃💕 I tease about him, of course, but that’s just the secret sauce to a lovely marriage. 😉

    • Jacob replied 1 year ago

      I like how you tackled all the keys! I can imagine that’s one reason laptops aren’t particularly popular as a subject.

      I haven’t had a lappy top for years – I had one for uni, which I think I fried with too much rendering, it died after two years or so – but my desktop computer is also full of old jottings that haven’t quite sparked yet. There’s 3D stuff, writing stuff, that OU Welsh course I downloaded two years ago… Most of these came about thanks to someone cheerleading; maybe someday another will come along and inspire me to finish. Dim ots! Noswaith dda!

      Big YES to the mystery series, by the way! But, naturally, you would have to work some of our old favourites into the plot somewhere, whether it’s zonkeys, seals or Citrus Polos.

      • Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, I just sort of avoided and dotted in the keys! LOL Realizing the entire time why this prompt was not a fan favorite! hehe And yeah, I tried Adobe Dimension recently and had something awesome created, but my laptop crashed during the rendering! haha Yep… laptops are not for 3D it would seem. And glad you like the mystery series concept! It will come one day! And I can only imagine it would be made more amazing with zonkeys, seals and Citrus Polos!! YAY! Much love to you my friend! ❤️

        • Jacob replied 1 year ago

          Yes, many BSODs on my old laptop, bless the thing. This PC is old, but much sturdier in that respect – though I did once freeze it for a few minutes when I accidentally put an extra zero in somewhere and generated 100,000 cubes. Whoopsie! But it recovered, thankfully! Adobe Dimension looks fun, I didn’t even know about that. It’s all I can do to try and control the software I already have!

          Haha, yes! Just imagine if you included Citrus Polos in the story and then everyone reads it. REVIVAL! 😉

          • Oh wow… yeah… 100,000 cubes would crush even a grand computer! lol And wow… if I could single-handling bring back Citrus Polos that would be an amazing thing indeed! lol 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah… I feel truly lucky each and every day!

    • Thanks, Claire! 😃💕Yes, the site is backed up and all of the laptop files has a backup in the cloud. And too funny… someone on Instagram did indeed sketch the other lap. 😉 hehe

    • Thank you my friend! 😃💕 YOU rock… I need to print your comments on the days I’m feeling like I can’t write at all. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  • When met with our prompt of “Fruit” today, I knew exactly what I was going to sketch. Sitting on our dining room table is a little blue carton with two Starkrimson pears. These are delicious crimson pears that

    • Never had such crimson pears. They look delicious! Love your post!

      • Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕These pears are SO delicious… but alas, they’re gone now! hehe… we ate these and they were wonderful!

    • Such a wonderful tale, and I love the imagery! I have the same thing with my husband and ‘figs’. Figs are such a short season and if I can get my hands on them – fresh – well, let’s just say we eat figs until they are coming out of our ears! I’m sure hubby would agree that it’s a good thing the season is short – HA! Will have to try and paint them the next time they are in the house (if I can manage before we devour them!)

      • hehe! Love that Mariam! 😃💕 Yeah, Philippe just remarked as we ate our last pears that they ripen too quickly! So we had to gobble them up right away! You should totally paint those figs! But I agree… I often end up working from my photos when it comes to food… food is meant to be devoured! lol

    • Great post Charlie and I’m glad that you got your pears! Your blue box makes me chuckle. I have been buying yummy little tomatoes from the farm stand and keeping those blue boxes. Blueberries and peaches have also come in those boxes I now have a stack of them in my studio as they are handy for putting under my wood panels when they are drying. There are usually watercolor paintings in various stages of completion as I mount them to the wood panels. It is quite a colorful state of creative madness. Who knew how useful those little blue boxes could be.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕hehe! Yay to those little blue boxes! I think they’re awesome! I just had to sketch them! And yay to lovely watercolors in various stages of completion. I’m determined to try that one day… hehe… but these days I just keep right on sketching stuff. 😊

    • Love the story about the pears — we have grocery store discussions about apricots. They are always expensive here and are hard to come by so I buy them when I can without ever looking at price. That creates some serious eye rolls from my husband. Love your sketch of those wonderful pears.

      • Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😃💕hehe… yeah to just being that fruit! I think it’s a small price to pay for one of life’s most awesome simple pleasures!

    • Lovely post and painting! Those pears not only look delicious, but beautiful in shape and color as well.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yeah.. I totally love these pears. We ate them all, so I’m on a hunt this weekend! lol

    • Amazing blue box, freshing delicious pears. I love your beautiful sketch so much 🌹

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      I love pears too. But I’ve never had these. Since Joe does the shopping that might explain it. He is notoriously cheap in some areas. Fruit being one of them. Plus, he doesn’t eat much fruit, so he doesn’t get the attraction. Since we have to go to town tomorrow and Thursday, maybe I can get him to pick some up while I’m at the doctor.

      I painted pears this summer. They turned out nice and I didn’t have any models.😂😂

      • Yeah, I think Joe need to pick up some of the more exotic fruit! 😃💕 hehe… these are SO delicious, if he ever tried them he’d never care about the price. Okay…. that’s going a bit far as I’m quite sure if they weren’t on sale Philippe would stop me, but still! 😉

    • WOW! Love the pears AND the blue box. Will have to try this variety of pear; looks delicious and how could any fruit that color not be delicious. Good post, Charlie!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yes, these pears are so delicious!! And also, not quite this red really as my scanner loved my colors a lot! lol But you should try them!

    • Jodi replied 1 year ago

      Phillipe’s response reminds me of hubby and me. You and I are so alike! LOL!

    • I love the little basket. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen red pears. ?? I don’t like to eat pears, gritty, so I don’t pay much attention to them. Bahahwa! I agree, most things aren’t worth arguing about. I guess that is why I’ve been married 29 yrs this month. 😉

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, these aren’t gritty at all, so that’s why I like them! And why I demand the pricey pears! But I can’t quite convince Philippe of that. Yay to 29 years!! That’s certainly a tribute to saying, “argue? screw it! Let’s just be frickin’ happy!” lol

    • Love the bluebox with red pears doodle.Good job!

    • Oh beautiful pears!!! I am not familiar with them so must find lol. It is fun to try the new fruits that show up at the store 🙂

    • Beautiful painting. Those pears look really juicy and ripened

    • Awesome!! Glad I could tempt you! 😉 💕These pears are amazing and I insisted to Philippe that we go get more today. I have 5 fresh ones waiting for me now! hehe

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I would have shared these, but I ate them just after sketching them. 😊

  • For our prompt of “Flowers” today, I decided to illustrate a pair as they are beginning to wilt. Though certainly an event that’s a bit melancholy I also find it quite beautiful. And indeed, whenever I attempt to

    • They are lovely Charlie! I’m glad that the two if you had a wonderful lunch. It is fun just to DO something on a whim. My husband and I love to do that now and then. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕It was SO fun! Yay to doing things on a whim. Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

    • Love your fading flowers, grocery store flowers don’t last long! Your lunch sounded very nice! Have a great weekend.

      • Thanks, Bonnie! 😃💕 Yeah, I think those flowers would last a bit longer in someone else’s hands. hehe… hope had a great weekend my friend!

    • Love the sketch and the post. You’re so right about getting joy from simple things around us!

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      I’m finally home and exhausted. Turns out I had a heart attack on Tuesday morning and the catheterization I had yesterday confirmed that I had a heart attack. The only reason I know this is because I was reading some of the papers they sent home with me. The called it arrhythmia and other things at the hospital. So now I have to give up salt. So I say to you, go buy some flowers if you want. Tell Philippe I gave you permission. Life is too tenuous not to have flowers if you want them. I like your dying flowers. I have a small collection of things left behind she the inhabitants die. Bones, a turtle shell, an armadillo shell, etc. I find them fascinating.

      • Oh my friend! So sorry to hear that! But glad to hear you’re home again. 😃💕Here’s to your health and happiness! ❤️

    • Nice sketch Charlie of the flowers. I love flowers too!. A small tip Charlie…
      Next time if you get flowers from a shop try putting some sugar in the jar with water and then put the flowers in the jar.

      I bet they will last more longer.😊 Then let .e know.😊

      • Thanks so much, Jerson! 😃💕 And thanks for the tip! Someone on Facebook recommended adding a tablet of aspirin to the water as well. I’d never heard of that one before!

    • One day, I realized my white jasmine had purple dots. I couldn’t describe what beautiful it was, but I was supprised. Then another day, I understood that it was wilting. I mean the life of flower like our life, it has many stages with many subtle shadings. And your sketch with your writing made me feel deeply. Thank you, Charlie.

      • Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 Yeah, colors change throughout our lives, but each new shade is beautiful in its own right.

    • There’s even beauty in a flower past its prime and cut flowers aren’t meant to last forever…they’re just meant to bring a little joy into our lives. Just buy them and enjoy them!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… I love your logic! I’m going to use that on Philippe on our next grocery trip!

    • Evening wilting things can be interesting. I had to do a weekly sketch of the same flower for 4 weeks.(It’s on IG). It was interesting to see the changes it took. I have been on a bit of a staycation myself this weekend. My boys went to the beach for 3 days to a car thing. A friend of mine and I scrabooked all weekend. I’m trying to finish up my son’s books. It’s a hobby that has changed for me now that he is 20. I am doing sketchbook travel journals for our adventures and loving it!

      • That’s so awesome, Lori! 😃💕 Sounds like you had a lovely weekend indeed! And travel journals are the best. No better way to capture all of those adventures!

    • I’ve always thought that flowers held beauty in every stage of their life, and often the cut flowers will stay until the leaves have wilted and the blossoms have browned and my DH tells me it’s time to get rid of them. I make sure there’s no leaves in the water, and I only use 1/2 of the preservative so I can use the other 1/2 when I change the water and re-cut the stems. Then I’ll use sugar in the water for the next water change, again re-cutting the stems. I’ve had cut flowers last 3 weeks doing this, but not all are as hardy as others, so a mixed bouquet works as I can pull out the quickly fading ones and still have other blooms left to extend the bouquet time. Pretty flowers.

      • Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 And thanks for the tips! I agree… I love every stage of flowers. We’ve left some that are dried and completely done with this world just because they still managed to look beautiful.

    • Ellie replied 1 year ago

      Your flowers are lovely, Charlie, as are your words. I love the image of the two of you having a vacation afternoon!

      • Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 It was a brilliant afternoon! I think we might try it again next weekend. 😉

    • Beautiful flowers!!!!!! And you know I always enjoy your painted glass. fabulous 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… I always try to paint glass whenever I can sneak it in. It’s so much fun!

    • Hey Charlie,
      Particularly nice blog today. I really traveled right along with you and enjoyed all the things you were enjoying, leaving the liver however to Phillipe. Very soothing homecoming with your words to match the feeling.

      • Pardon me Philippe. There, that looks better.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 What a wonderful compliment! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this one! Yeah, Philippe can keep the liver however. hehe 😉

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 I love your interpretation! Yay to a life well and fully lived!

    • Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Hehe.. yeah, it was a blast, but we were SO not hungry for dinner! lol A bit of excess every now and again is good for the soul!

    • Beautiful! 🥥

    • Thanks so much, Athira! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  • Patricia Aben posted artwork 1 year ago

    Hydrangeas from an LMA Tutorial for this month. I got to doodle it before doing it LOL 😀 IMG_4801 (2)

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    Hydrangeas from an LMA Tutorial for this month. I got to doodle it before doing it LOL 😀 IMG_4801 (2)
    Hydrangeas from an LMA Tutorial for this month. I got to doodle it before doing it LOL 😀 IMG_4801
  • Susan Cuss posted artwork 1 year ago

    Some recent work using fresh paint, a credit card, and a wet brush. In The Fields Scan

    Susan Cuss posted an update
    Some recent work using fresh paint, a credit card, and a wet brush. In The Fields Scan
    Some recent work using fresh paint, a credit card, and a wet brush. In The Fields Scan
  • For our prompt of “Pets” today, I have to admit that I just used it as a great excuse to sketch a cat. I adore cats, but can’t have one as a pet due to allergies, so I create my own virtual pet cat any chance I

    • Beautiful cat, Charlie! Enjoy your weekend!!

    • Aweeeeeeeeeee such a beautiful kitty!!! 🙂 Wowza!!! I know you all will enjoy your evening! And a most wonderful weekend to you. 🙂

    • I love your virtual kitty Charlie! I hope you are having a wonderful evening out with friends. I am sitting here pondering over a birthday card that I have to get done for our 12 year old grandson. About 3 years ago I started making cards for family for special occasions and can’t stop. Some are easier than others to come up with. With the husband’s help I guess this year it’s a director’s chair with his name on it. He is into creating movies. So that is next on the list for tonight.

      • That’s a lot of fun, Karen! I used to make cards for everyone in the family when I was little.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Aww… I love that you make cards!! hehe… I worked at Hallmark for almost 8 years! And made movies there, so that’s so cool your grandson loves to make them. Awesome!

    • Dog person here. Little Charlie has amazing self-discipline for such a little guy!

      • hehe… yeah, I’m a dog person as well! 😃💕 Not just because of the allergies. I’ve always loved dogs!

    • To me, mom is always the model role for me learning in life. And I’ve felt you love your mom so much in every word. What’s a beautiful love.
      I’ve wondered why I always have a story with each stuff which I intend to draw. Now I’ve seen that thing already through your sketch stuff. It’s meaningful, Charlie. Lovely cat painting!

      • Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕There’s always a story of some kind behind what stuff we choose to sketch. I always share mine and hope to get more people sharing theirs! It’s wonderful to learn the story behind the visual!

    • Charlie you just touch my heart, I am a Cat loving person…. Cats are my favorite pet, I do have 2 female at home… Mmmmmm! Including my wife that makes 3… She is a feline kind of human too. So I like your post….. But at home I am the only male around, always have the final word…”whatever you say honey”,!!!!! Jajajaja

      • haha! That’s wonderful Walter! 😃💕 Yeah, having grown up with a wonderful mom, I divert to a woman’s wisdom most of the time! 😉

    • Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t have the same intimate eye for them as someone who can be around them in person, but I hope my long distance love for them comes through in my fantasy sketches!

    • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 It was such a fun evening! I totally enjoyed it! And yes, my mom has such a wonderful outlook on life. We don’t need to be overly impressed with ourselves, we just need to DO the things that make us happy!

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed that bit! It’s funny how smart that little kid is sometimes. 😉

  • When met with our prompt of “Cup” today, the first thing that popped into my head was Philippe’s disdain for our measuring system here in the States. We were recently trying to switch to a different food for our

    • I totally get where Philippe is coming from. Yes, for cooking weight is much more precise than volume. But volume is what is used for feeding your pets so cups it is. The only way you are going to use weight for feeding Phineas is if Philippe starts to make him dog food from scratch. DON’T TELL HIM THAT! Yes, there are plenty of recipes on the internet for cooking your dog their own food and baking them treats etc. And some of them measure in weight rather than volume.

      That is a lovely set. I like that the are fairly round, making scooping out easier, cleaning easier too I imagine, and that they are all attached together so no one goes astray. Stainless steel is the only way to go. And you make them so shiny. I really envy your ability to convey metal and glass.

      I have a set of stainless steel cups, plus measuring spoons. I also have a kitchen scale for measuring by weight.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕 And too funny… Philippe IS going to start making the dog’s food from scratch! LOL So he’s ready to give up cups entirely now! That’s exactly what started our conversation. But I love these stainless steel cups… they’re cool!

    • Beautifully done Charlie! Good move on your part to be able to enjoy Philippe’s cooking and you can enjoy your art. I am still hopeful that my husband might show an interest in cooking but no so much. I still get to do art and that makes me happy.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I just don’t have a love for cooking, and you can taste it! lol And, Philippe is basically a chef, so it’s not possible to compete with that! Yay for taking time to DO art!

    • You and Philippe are such a loving couple! Your painting of the cups is truly beautiful – elevating the ordinary to a work of art.

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      Those are my same measuring cups. I really like them. But I cook with them. Lol I’m still sitting here in the hospital. Tomorrow should be the day that I have the procedure. The beds here are most uncomfortable! But the nurses are nice.

      • Aww cool! These are awesome measuring cups! And you’re just showing off that you can actually USE them! LOL 😉 💕 And send you well wishes and good thoughts for your procedure!

    • Those are super fine cups, nothing like the Tupperware 1970’s yellow cups we use, with a chewed-off handle on one and stove burner scars on two others. But they still measure and my wife whips up some outstanding dishes! (I am not the cook or baker in the family…) And you hit it on the head: all creative arts, whether sculpture, cooking or watercolor or anything else, succeed to the level of the love one has for the creative process. Love is the fuel in the engine.

      • Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Oh goodness you brought back memories! Those cups with chewed and burned handles were exactly the kind I had as a kid! And yay to love being the fuel in the engine!

    • Wonderful measuring cups ❤️

    • Agreed! We do best with what we have passion for. Lucky you who has someone who enjoys cooking. Neither my husband or I enjoy it, yet Bill is always there helping when I am preparing a meal — makes it so much tolerable. Grateful that Bill gives me the time I crave for my art too, I am a very lucky person.

      • Yeah, as long as there’s a nice balance, then everything works out. I DO have to clean the kitchen and do the dishes after every day of course… hehe… 😉

    • Ellie replied 1 year ago

      Such lovely words, Charlie! And a beautiful rendition of those cups – filled with love.

    • This has to be the most wonderful, “romantical” (to use an Anne of Green Gables word) statement ever; “And, though I sometimes paint a funny picture of Philippe with my words, it should be noted that his insistence that I sit on the other side of the kitchen counter is because he wants me to succeed at what I love while he succeeds at what he loves.” Love the measuring cups too! 🙂

      • Aww thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Glad you liked that part. I love the word “romantical”… hehe… it’s the perfect description many times!

    • Wonderful cups!!! Your story had me smiling a lot. Indeed it is wonderful to try out many things but some more then others will pull at our heart and soul more. it is lovely that you and Philippe do share the counter while you do the things you love. 🙂

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Glad I made you smile! Yeah, if was really love something or indeed someone… it always works out best in the end!

    • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 And I love the story of your grandmother! That’s a resourceful way to measure and I’m sure everything turned out wonderfully!

    • Now you’ve just made me blush! hehe Thank you so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Your positive and uplifting words really mean the world to me.

  • For our prompt of “Fabric,” I chose to sketch a cozy blanket, as that’s one of my favorite everyday things when heading into fall. This particular blanket is one we purchased last year, and though I thought that I

    • Mireya replied 1 year ago

      love it! I already want to cozy up. I’m ready for fall especially these days! In California it’s been hot.

    • The blanket you drew looks so real.

      • Thanks so much! 😃💕I’m so happy you liked this! It’s so difficult to sketch plaid patterns quickly!

        • You might choose a hard task, but this builds your mind. It also gives you something to do that isn’t boring. It is a challenge. Conquer the challenges, and you learn to do this in life.

    • Nothing quite like a warm, snuggly blanket and the memories that go with it. 🙂

    • Jacob replied 1 year ago

      Goodness me, is it blanket season already? Saying that, the temperature has dipped here over the last few days, and the nights are really pulling in (I’m sure that catches me off guard every year, though!) Indeed, lazing around with a warm blanket is one of the best things about the autumn, and winter. Phineas has the right idea!

      • Yes! hehe… it’s here! 😃💕Well, here at least as our seasons aren’t perfectly coordinated. Yeah, I’lll definitely start complaining when it gets too bitter cold, but a chill that requires a blanket is the best thing ever.

    • Great blanket Charlie and I don’t blame Phineas from claiming it. I am sure that it is comfy! I have various quilts and knit and crocheted Afghans that we use when the weather gets chilly.

      • Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 And Phineas, of course, agrees! Blankets are my favorite bit as the weather gets chillier!

    • Our dog has taken over on of our favorite quilts too! Autumn and cozy quilts are our favorite time of year.

      • Hehe! Yay to that Bonnie! 😃💕 Dogs are wonderful and, of course, have impeccable taste when it comes to blankets, so I really can’t fault them!

    • I’ve spent much of the last week going through old photos, many of which were taken in my childhood home. I only live a few miles away from it (both of them, actually) and there have been so many changes to the exterior that I have no desire to see what has been done inside. I much prefer visiting in my memory where everything stays as it was – well, probably cleaner, and brighter and larger than it really was, lol.

      • I can so relate to this. Had to move out of state after I sold my farm and saw the new owners tearing down what I had worked so hard to build. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for art from those old photos!

      • Yay to that Sandra! 😃💕 I agree! I think our memories hold the most beautiful bits of our childhood. Reality could never compete! And certainly not if that childhood has been “updated”… who wants that? 😉 hehe

    • Wpnderful blanket and I can see Phineas claiming it; one of our dogs has done the same thing with a soft dark plaid blanket. She likes to scrunch it up before flopping on it, so it never stays folded, but that’s ok. We had a sunporch on the side of our house with a similar ambiance, no piano but a working fireplace and a place for the Christmas tree. Great memories.

      • Thanks, Bob! 😃💕 Oh, your sunporch sounds amazing!! Exactly the kind of place I’d love during the holidays!

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      Sometime and somewhere, my dad rescued an old brown wool army blanket. It was huge and had an orange stain on it as if it had a bit of bleach spilled on it. I used to take it to the beach because it was so big. It would soak up the sun because it was such a dark color and when you threw yourself on it after being in the cold lake water, it was heavenly like a warm hug. It was also prickly because it was wool, but I remember that as a good thing. Hmm? Anyway, I still have that blanket in a dresser in my spare room. I wonder if it still smells like the beach?

      • Oh wow! That’s a special blanket indeed, Lisa! 😃💕 I feel the same about them. Full of memories and always there for a warm hug!

    • Nice and cozy…. That’s the best way to spend Autumn night… Good job!!!!!!!

    • Wonderful colors on the blanket! Your recreation room sounds like the perfect place for a kid! Glad you have those happy memories.

      • Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I really do have such good memories of that time. Nothing better than a warm blanket!

    • So cozy looking and what wonderful memories it created. I would love to snuggle under a cozy blanket right now, but unfortunately, it is going to be 85 today. It is still summer. 🙁

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yes! Summer came back today and drilled us with heat… another bump on Thursday, but after that, the forecast is saying autumn. So I’m thrilled!

    • Lovely cozy blanket and nice warm colors!!

    • What wonderful memories of being wrapped up in love (and a comfy blanket!) Your plaid blanket looks good.

    • Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, I adored that bathroom! I loved that style was more insistent back then. These days seems like a blend of everything that turns into nothing at all in the end. I miss that wallpaper!

    • hehe! Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, of course Phineas has great taste. This was typed by Phineas, of course. 😉 lol

    • Aww thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 That’s such a sweet way to view it! Since Phineas doesn’t bark and rarely speaks, he gives off a rather elusive personality. But we know he loves us and we love him back tenfold!

    • Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Yay to autumn! It’s my favorite as well! And I do adore my childhood memories. Sometimes, it’s the off-kilter bit that I love most of all.

  • Today is the last day of our August “Travel Fun!” art challenge, and I hope everyone who joined me this month had a wonderful trip! As always on Doodlewash, the end is merely the beginning as our “Everyday

    • It’s good to see little Charlie! It’s been a fun month and I am about to decide which sketchbook to use the September. On dear, that song “See you in September” just popped in my head. Sorry, I had to share. 😉

    • Travelling is fun. Lovely painting by the way.

    • He’s so cute. It’s a reminder that soon another summer will be gone. Where did it go?? I am looking forward to the colors of Fall!

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕I know! I honestly like fall most, but I feel like the summer just zoomed by! I’m SO ready for cooler temperatures and lots of color though! hehe

    • Aweeeeeeee sweet!!! Love the little Charlie image. Here is too a most creatively eventful September!! Its gonna be a busy one but its all good. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕And yay for September! Yeah, truly, I think it’s the busiest month of the year as it’s the one with the least participation. But we can DO this!!

    • Your sketches and word descriptions of Little Charlie really bring him to life!

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, Little Charlie is that sidekick I rely on. I couldn’t do what I do without him!

    • Charlie, this is what I could call a sweet sketch… I really like it.

    • Wonderful little Charlie sketch!! Thanks for a fun travel month; brought back lots of good memories!

    • Nice lovely colors Charlie!… Painting looks beautiful😊

    • Yes! Summer just sort of zoomed past this year… I didn’t get even a fraction of what I wanted to accomplish completed. hehe 😊And we managed to leave the state when I was a kid, but never by plane. Travel was definitely something I enjoyed more as an adult. But oh those bits of luggage and bags… I loved finding that sprinkle of sand inside. Brought back so many good memories!

    • Great memories

    • Yay to that! 😃💕 I am still doing whatever my heart tells me after all of these years, and though sometimes perfectly illogical, it’s always a wonderful outcome!

  • When I was a kid, I wasn’t really the kind of boy who would give a car a second glance. I liked that they took you places, but I really didn’t have any sort of fascination for them. What I DO remember is that my

    • That’s a great car your mom loved Charlie! I am sure I probably road in one. My high school boyfriend had a 1955 Ford crown Victoria which was quite a car until he painted an American flag on the hood. 🤔 most of the boys had cars of this era. That ages me all though they were not new when we were in high school but no one could afford new cars.
      We share the fact that we have very supportive moms.

      • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yeah, not sure the flag on the hood improved that car. hehe I couldn’t afford a new car in high school either. And still can’t break down and buy a new one today, so mine is over 20 years old! lol

    • Wonderful post and tribute to your mom! Red is always my favorite color car, and the ’57 Chevy had real style. You’ve done a great job of painting it, too.

      • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, I had one red car in my life! Truly… I haven’t had that many (only 4 in my life) since my current car is technically a classic now. 😉

    • Christine?

    • Lisa replied 1 year ago

      My mom was a total hypochondriac and a pessimist. Dad just the opposite. He’s the one I emulate. And I pretty much do whatever I set out to do. Plus I’m a total optimist. Of course I married a pessimist.

      I pretty much grew up in a Ford family, but I remember the car my parents had when I was about 10 years old. It was a Chevy Impala, and I remember it so well because it’s slogan was a stylized leaping impala and I loved that shape.

      • hehe… yay for optimism! 🙂 Yeah, I think Philippe is a bit more worried and pessimistic than I am as well. And yes, the Impala! I like anything associated with animals!

    • Nice ride! Another thing I need to practice sketching. Living in a household of “car guys” it is something that surfaces regularly when making birthday cards. I’ve only sketched my hubby’s ’69 Meyers Manx about 4 years ago. It turned out a little wonky. Lol

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! My cars always turn out a bit wonky… wheels are SO difficult to sketch! I used the grid method for this one like I show in my book, just to study those wheels a bit more. It’s so illuminating to see just how those ellipses should be formed. 😉

    • Wonderful car and tribute to your mom! So nice to have a supportive mom!!

      • Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Actually I think this comment came through twice, but this one is linked to your profile, so I’m replying again! hehe

    • You mom has good taste like these vintage american cars!!

    • I LOVE cars, vintage–mostly Mustangs. My first car was a ’63 canary yellow Chevy Impala. $100. Sold it to a sailor for $300. I wish I had that car now. I was a fool to let it go. My Mom had a sixty-something tangerine fast back Mustang with a spoiler. When she dropped me off at Catholic School, the boys’ mouths fell open. I couldn’t appreciate it then, but my stepfather traded it in on a Ford LTD! Oh perish the thought! But I do looooove my vintage muscle cars. My “celestial auto” will be a blue Shelby Mustang.

      What a great memory for you, Charlie. Another terrific visual post on a dry summer afternoon. Have a good weekend!

      Fanna

      • Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this post! And I’m totally loving the thought of you loving muscle cars!! hehe… that’s just so awesome!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, my mom is awesome and she was the perfect mom for me!

    • Yay! Mine as well, Kerfe! 😃💕 I just loved the fins! I wished they made cars with more flair today. Most just look like an egg or a shoe.

    • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕I DO feel very lucky indeed!

    • Thanks so much! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this one!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed my mother’s wisdom! I live by it every day! Oh wow… hehe… love your story! I bet that was quite an incident!! Glad to know you finally learned how to drive… lol… always funny how things turn out!

  • For our prompt of “Lighthouse,” today, I decided to sketch one at sunset, just before it starts doing its job for the evening. Also, I realized I tend to just splash bits of blue about to suggest a sky, on the

    • Great lighthouse Charlie! I agree that an open mind and a sense of curiosity plus a touch of humor is crucial to be happy in life. I think it helps in creating art as well.

    • So pretty! You planted a little seed in my brain for skies. I always just paint them blue, never thinking to add some of the beautiful colors we are presented with occasionally. Thanks!

      • Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, you and me both… I tend to just splashes in some blue and more on…. hehe… so figured I should add a bit more color!

    • Wonderful painting and words! I love the metaphor of skies shaking hands and the idea of aliens watching I Love Lucy.

    • Joe and I were watching a thing about time and gravity today and how it the sun suddenly disappeared it would take 8 minutes before we were dead. Lol Weird cross communication from your abode to mine!😂😂

      I spent most of my youth living about five miles, as the crow flies, from the Sturgeon Bay ship canal lighthouse. We couldn’t see the light because of the trees, but we could hear the fog horn if the windows were open. I miss living by Lake Michigan.

      • Oh wow! That is a coincidence! hehe 😃💕 Yeah, makes one consider just how much they could accomplish in 8 minutes. And ohhh the sound of a fog horn… I love that sound.

    • “…two completely different skies come together to shake hands before they surrender to the stars”. What a beautiful way to describe the sunset! Wonderful lighthouse and beautiful sunset sky!!

      • Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 It’s funny, when you quoted me, I was like… who said that? hehe… I do just write and post, but occasionally I manage a nice turn of phrase I guess. Glad you liked it!

    • A true lighthouse guiding us along our darkened way. And how far out to sea can that light be seen? As far as the stars? Searching the stars is one of mankind’s oldest pursuits, for navigation like the lighthouse, or for inspiration and faith. Scanning the night sky brings to mind one of my favorite poetic quotes from Robert Browning; “a man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

      • Awww I love that quote, Bob! 😃💕 And I love searching the stars. There are so many questions there that require less of an answer and more just a heavy dose of inspiration.

    • Thanks so much, Chad! 😃💕So happy you enjoyed this one!

    • Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, I love how the image takes me in a more metaphorical direction. Gotta love art and words! Glad you liked this!

    • Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this one!! Yeah, my mind leaps to many places, but I’ve always adored lighthouses. They’re so beautiful!

    • That’s so wonderful to hear, Kristina!! 😃💕 Yay! I’m so thrilled and happy to know you enjoyed my podcast and blog! You’ve given me a breath of fresh air with your comment! And and yay to drawing your dog and a funny castle… that sounds like an evening well spent! 🙂

    • hehe! I hadn’t even thought about that… yeah… I chose what I wanted them to see. But odds are equally good they might catch The Kardashians, which would give them a much different picture of our world. 😉

  • Hello! My name is Emaan Imtiaz. I’m 19 years old and live in a small town in Pakistan. I am also currently studying biotechnology and want to pursue a career in teaching. I remember being quite terrible at both

    • Emaan Imtiaz Your work is wonderful. I always said I can’t draw til a seasoned artist and crafter encouraged me. Even I like my work now! Just keep doing it, you are already way ahead of me! Your mom is right.

    • Your work is wonderful! Art is a journey and you are well on the way; there’s nothing lacking in your work at all, it’s beautiful!!

    • I love your style, and that the paintings don’t appear heavy. There is lightness about them. I love everything I see here, and that is not always the case.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Emaan! First of all, your paintings are lovely. And you are absolutely right about the joy AND stress we can experience in our watercolor journeys. Especially when we are trying to learn a new technique or aspect, right? Keep at the painting — as much as you can in between studies — and keep sharing your beautiful work.

    • Emaan – you are deserving. Keep believing in yourself.

    • Emaan your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Awesome work! Hope to see more!

    • I think your work is pretty amazing and you are only 19. I like your style all ready. Nice and light and clean. I a sure you may discover new styles with more practice and daring to try new things even though they won’t turn out perfect. Its learning what you can make work and what doesn’t. Practice practice practice will make it happen. You are off to a great start. I think your mother may have recognized this talent in you when you didn’t. Mothers are like that. You are lucky.

    • Thank you maham 😍😍😘😘😘

    • Thanks so much for the advice and love! 💜💜💜

    • Lovely, soft colors, and nice lines! Keep up the good work. Mastery only comes with practice.

    • Your work is amazing! You are very talented and too hard on yourself. Your heart is obviously in the right place. I love the style you are doing. I like traditional watercolor paintings, however I get real joy in the style you create. Continue with your passion, it is what makes us happiest. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Your work is wonderful…keep up the good work!

    • Your paintings are great and just think of all the time you have to improve yourself. In three or five years you will be way beyond where you can imagine yourself now! – If you don’t let a carreer interfere, then it might take up to ten years. Anyway: keep painting!

    • Thankyou 😍😍

    • Thank you! 😍😘

    • Thank you Julie I try my best! 😁😁😊😉😘

    • Emaan, you are off to a great start as a watercolorist! The perspective in your buildings is well executed and gives your paintings real depth. And I like how you used the sun in the background in a painting on your Facebook page. We will be watching for you in the future; and be sure to stay in touch with Doodlewash so we can all enjoy your paintings and hear the continuation of your story.

    • Thank you so much for the appreciation! It really made my day 😊😊💜💜💜

    • Thank you! I will definitely keep working hard😊😊

  • Karen Fortier posted an update in the group Group logo of Urban SketchingUrban Sketching 1 year, 1 month ago

    A quick sketch from the hotel parking lot of the Canadian geese. In my etchr cold press A6 sketchbook.

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