On The Beach

Dog On The Beach Watercolor Palette Illustration

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt of “Favorite Place,” several specific locations came to mind, but when I thought about it more, I thought about just being on the beach. So, we have a quick little doodle of a dog enjoying a moment there. Though I live nowhere near a beach, I’ve visited several in my lifetime and each trip has been so memorable. Indeed, when you visit something rather rarely, it often takes on a bit of a mystique. I adore the sound of rolling and crashing waves and just laying in the sand letting my mind relax. This is quite an achievement for me and the beach never fails to help me achieve that calm and relaxed state. Sometimes, I like to just close my eyes and imagine some of those trips to the beach. I soon find my heart rate slowing and I can get back to that same relaxed state. Wonderfully, even stopping to paint a little beach scene has the same fabulous effect!

The waves in this little sketch are just made up from memories and using only watercolor and I used a bit of sepia ink for the dog. It’s been awhile since I used sepia, so this felt like the perfect occasion to add it back into the mix. Sepia always has a much softer effect where the lines sort of disappear with the watercolor. And, it’s been a lovely and relaxing day. Philippe made chili and cornbread which was incredibly delicious. Our dog Phineas would love the beach, but had to made due with laying outside our our deck instead. The weather is warm, but nothing too oppressive so it was a perfect day indeed. Though, a trip to the beach will definitely be on my list of things to do in the future when one can freely do such things again. In the meantime, those memories are vivid enough to keep me going while I await that future trip.

This evening marks the end of another lovely weekend and I find myself clinging to the final minutes before this one disappears and the work week begins again. Since I’m home most all of the time these days, it can make it seem like each day is blending into the next. It’s actually a wonderful gift to make a new little watercolor sketch each day. Though some things might feel like they’re always the same, I know that something new will always be happening in my sketchbook. And, since I never really plan what’s going to appear there, it’s a fun surprise to see what comes next. Some days, I find myself wishing I could travel again, but I’m happy being safe and healthy at home. One day, that shall all return. In the meantime, I know that I have the power to travel anywhere I like. All I have to do is turn to a blank page in my sketchbook and the next thing I know, I’m once again on the beach.

Want To Sketch Stuff With Me? Check Out My NEW Activity Book!

About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta, Ultramarine (Green Shade) and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink  in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Dog On The Beach Watercolor Palette Illustration Sketchbook Detail
Recommended4 recommendationsPublished in By Charlie
29 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Wonderful spot Charlie! I too am dreaming of traveling to the water. The coast of Maine away from crowds with sketchbook in hand sounds wonderful. Maybe next year.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Aww that sounds wonderful indeed!

  2. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Gorgeous pup, Charlie! I love hearing the sound of waves and any trip to the beach is a calming and restorative event. I’m really not very good at just sitting on the beach but my favorite local beach here has shade provided by beautiful Australian pines so i can sit at a picnic table or bring my own chair, listen to the waves and the sound of a breeze in the pines and while away the time with a pen and my sketchbook. Heaven.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m always under an umbrella at the beach… I like the sound, but not the direct sun! hehe

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    Charlie, you painted the dog I want! Such a sweet face, the perfect size. And he looks lovely in sepia ink. I used to paint in sepia, did a series of portraits of my grandparents in this ink. Took patience but was worth the effort. Now, to get the dog…

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I aww yay! I’m so thrilled this is the dog you want!! Yay!

  4. Lisa 1 month ago

    I miss the beach most of all. The relaxation you get from sun, sand, and waves is unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Maybe next July I should paint beaches every day.

    • Walter F Pierluissi 1 month ago

      When I lived in Puerto Rico I was just minutes away from the beach…. Oh yes, I miss my Caribbean sea…. But here I just have lakes, and still have to travel more than minutes to get to one I can jump into….. But that’s life, we don’t have any idea of what we have until we lost it…

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, the beach is wonderful! 😃💕 You should paint beaches! Awesome!

  5. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    You are such a good story teller. Especially when you mention chili and cornbread! haha 😊 I was injured 7 years ago when I cut a varicose vein while shaving my legs. It turned life-threatening and completely de-railed my life for the past 7 years. I have suffered multiple scary and excruciatingly painful injuries, BRUTAL pain ( pain meds don’t work on me), I faced surgery twice, and I went from running 5 miles every day to barely being able to stand or walk. I talk to the Lord every night outside in my backyard underneath the stars and I have told Him many times that I would love to go somewhere like Bora Bora or Tahiti and just forget this nightmare. I am just now crawling my way out of this and I am ready to start my life over and head for that dream beach! All I need is for this virus to GO AWAY! 😁😀😇

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Aww I’m so sorry to hear that, but so happy to know you’re starting again now… I think that definitely deserves a visit to the beach!

  6. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    My husband loves the sound of the ocean so much that he insists on leaving the windows open all night so he can listen while we’re staying at the beach. I love the sound too, but must admit that if happens to be January, I’d just as soon shut the windows. But no – he just adds on more blankets. Brrrrr!!!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe!! I like that approach! And more blankets always works! That’s why I love fall/winter more than summer! lol 😉

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 month ago

    Such a beautiful picture love the dog so much!!! I am with you better to be safe and to help others be safe too. I never expected to have something like this in my timeline. Its very surreal. 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Totally surreal, but this too shall pass one day!

  8. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Lovely doodle,Charlie. I’m not one for sitting on the beach but I do like to walk along the seashore.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Walks on the seashore are wonderful indeed!

  9. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    The pup looks so happy & content sitting there feeling the warm waves rush into him. Thank you for teaching me about sepia ink! I dont like beaches much but if I do end up visiting one, I tend to get lost in looking for and collecting seashells. 🙂

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Sepia ink is so awesome! I love how it interacts with watercolor!

  10. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Looks so refreshing! For some reason this reminds me of the beach we used to go to in Upper Michigan on Lake Superior. I don’t know why, because I don’t remember seeing big waves while there. We very rarely go to the ocean beach here (it’s than 2 hours away). Summer, too many people, rest of the time weather. Grass is always greener……

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 So true! And yeah, I only like beaches when they’re not really populated. hehe

  11. Walter F Pierluissi 1 month ago

    When I lived in Puerto Rico I was just minutes away from the beach…. Oh yes, I miss my Caribbean sea…. But here I just have lakes, and still have to travel more than minutes to get to one I can jump into….. But that’s life, we don’t have any idea of what we have until we lost it…

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      So true! It’s easy to take for granted what we have and experience every day. 😉

  12. memadtwo 1 month ago

    The beach is a favorite of mine too…maybe next year. (K)

  13. Priscilla DeConti 1 month ago

    Love it..and yes I’m hoping to travel again soon…be well!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, I can’t wait to get back to a beach one day!

  14. shawnthompsonart 1 month ago

    Nice painting, I like how the wave leads your eye to the dogs face then across the painting.

Leave Me A Comment!

©2015-2018 Doodlewash®  Privacy Policy | Terms Of Use | Disclosure  Powered By Wordpress.com

CONTACT US

Want to say hi and connect? Do you make lovely things with watercolor and want to be featured in the next Guest Artist post?! Great! Not sure, just feel the need to say something? Awesome! Just fill out the form below!

Sending
 
or

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

or

Create Account

%d bloggers like this: