My Favorite Animal

My Favorite Animal: #WorldWatercolorMonth Dog Cute Puppy laying on ground

Dogs are probably my favorite of all animals, but it’s really hard to choose because I love each and every animal so much. As an added challenge, I decided to use only 2 colors for this doodlewash: Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine Blue. Actually, I particulary love animal babies of all varieties. I’m immediately smitten when I see a tiny little baby animal, whether it’s a puppy or a rhinocerous. I don’t, however, have the same reaction to human babies which drives my mother crazy. Apparently, I’m supposed to erupt in a rush of sugary joy and excitement when confronted with a tiny toddler. This never happens. I just sort of smile and nod. Tiny humans don’t have the same immediate appeal to me as tiny animals. Perhaps this is why I’ve always have a dog by my side, while completely forgetting to ever have children.

Baby animals are adorable and an upgrade from baby children in that they can’t speak. Just kidding, they can, but you’re not expected to understand them which makes the communication go much smoother. I love smelling the top of a puppy’s head and yet don’t feel the same paternal instinct when smelling the head of a human baby. I’ve attempted to explain this to my mother who just looks back at me horrified as though I’d just told her I was dying of some horrible disease. I’ve always been a bit different, but I think she was hoping I’d be normal in at least one way and deliver a grandchild that didn’t pee outdoors and walk on four legs its whole life.

But that’s the great thing about life and art. We don’t have to follow in other people’s footsteps if that’s not what moves us. So, I’ll happily enjoy just looking at baby animals and feel comfortable in my reality. Even though I may be disappointing my mother, I’m being true to myself and in the end that’s all that really matters. We are uniquely who we are and that’s what makes us each so beautiful. If everyone did the same things in life, that would be terribly boring. Some of us are meant to go gaga for baby humans and others find that same satisfaction in the eyes of helpless little puppy. And it’s all good. No matter what we love most, it’s a beautiful thing when some little creature who needs us gets the love they need each day.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

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50 Comments
  1. Jacob 1 year ago

    And we need them as much as they need us! When I saw the title I was half expecting Phineas to crop up once more, but this little pup will do nicely! Delightful – the eyes are adorable, and I like the sharp focus on his innocent little face. Smartly done!

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Jacob! 😃 Yeah, I’ve painted Phineas a few times so I thought I’d try something different. Don’t tell him though or he’d be jealous! Luckily he never bothers to read my blog. Hehe

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Haha, yeah, if he did you’d be well and truly in the doghouse! 😉

  2. Carmel Campbell 1 year ago

    Well done … Eyes just pull you in!

  3. Jodi 1 year ago

    I love puppies and dogs and babies and YOU – just the way you are Charlie O! And I love your doodlewash too. So there. 😉❤️

  4. Amazing job Charlie! you always seem to surprise me! Those eyes are awesome!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Margaret! 😃💕 This little guy was a challenge, but super fun to doodlewash. I’m so glad you liked him!

  5. Carol 1 year ago

    Ummm, I hate to admit it, but I saw my neighbor’s grandson get out of the pool today and walk partly in all fours as he scrambled to the grass to tinkle. Somehow it was much more offensive than when a puppy does the same thing 😂. Yes, Charlie, our differences are what make us unique and endearing, and thank God for that! PS: Your puppy painting is terrific! 💖

    • Author

      Hahaha!! While I was typing that I was wondering if ever actually applied to human babies! lol Guess it does!! 😂 That’s awesome!! And thanks so much, Carol!

  6. Laura (PA Pict) 1 year ago

    This is a beautiful painting, Charlie. The eyes are so appealing and engaging. I love the way you’ve made the body of the dog melt away into soft focus so that the gaze is concentrated on that endearing face.

  7. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Sweet puppy, Charlie! 💜🐶🎨 Awesome Doodlewash!!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Dogs are such loyal creatures and they bring calm to people who are agitated. I certainly agree with you about the desirability to have a dog nearby. This little guy is as sweet as can be.

  9. Oh ahhhh, this is adorable, his eyes are perfection, you have nailed the cuteness, and double wow in two colours, super duper cute ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. Dogs are such good friends, they steel your heart in a second and stay there! and reverse is the same thing, more loyal then any human!

  11. Birgit Winter 1 year ago

    Incredible how you managed to put the hear in focus, this is soooo good! And it’s such a cutie, I want to cuddle it!

  12. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    Nice dog! I am the same too with baby animals, can never have enough of them. That’s nice to know you only used 2 colors here. Love that idea. I’d imagine it teaches you how to mix colors well too. Have a lovely Saturday!

    • Author

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Limited palettes are so much fun! I definitely recommend it! You do really learn a lot about mixes and it helps you get more familiar with your individual colors. Hope you have a lovely Saturday as well!

  13. Amen to this whole post!!! Love it! And shazam! Only two colors and no white gouache. Charlie, you are rocking and ticktocking, guy! I’m double triple impressed!!! 💛💛💛💛💛 Also, wonderful eyes!

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, I abandoned white goauche and Neutral Tint! hehe… feel so free!!! I’m so glad you liked this one. I’ve been feeling more confident about my color mixing… your limited palette prompt is so fun!! I can’t stop doing it! 😊

  14. beverlydyer 1 year ago

    Sweet pup!

  15. hmunro 1 year ago

    My gosh, Charlie. I wish your post had existed about 25 years ago, when I felt utterly defective for not wanting children. You so perfectly describe how I feel about babies — no matter how hard I try, the “rush of sugary joy” is never forthcoming. And what makes it even worse is the eager way in which the parents study my face for the delight I should be taking in their wrinkled, strange-smelling little offspring. It’s right up there with the agony of trying to fake excitement over receiving a single used sock on Christmas morning. But enough about babies. I can at least say with unbridled joy that I LOVE your painting! Not only is at adorable and beautifully expressive, it’s also astounding that you did it with only two colors. Bravo!!

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, H.! 😃💕 So pleased you liked the painting! And also share the same condition when it comes to human babies. It’s so true when people look at your face for the “right” reaction… I can’t even fake it so I never bother! Lol There’s more than enough people who enjoy it, we can march to our own tune!

  16. Teri C 1 year ago

    What a sweet sweet face you painted. Love!

  17. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    I love baby animals too. Lovely puppy, Charlie, and you got the eyes spot on.💕

  18. Dogs! Absolutely, spot on, couldn’t agree more, no question, workout a doubt!

  19. Samantha 1 year ago

    Great post, Charlie 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  20. fluffballadventures 1 year ago

    So cute!!!!

  21. Cookie 12 months ago

    Can’t live without a dog by my side. Never felt the need for children until the computer crashes

  22. animallove2017 9 months ago

    I agree, everything you said was so true from “picking a favorite animal is hard” to we have to be true to our selves. Thank you for giving me the joy of reading this well written, incredible blog

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