Puppies And Pears

Corgi Puppy And Pear Watercolor Illustration

Welcome to a new month and a brand new Doodlewash adventure! This month, the weirdest thing happened in that I somehow posted a slightly different prompt order on Doodlewash than on Instagram. If you got the prompts on Doodlewash, it starts with Puppy and moves to Pears, but if you got them on Instagram it’s reversed. I didn’t even notice until I was sketching a puppy and started seeing lots of pears show up. No clue how I managed to DO something like that, so I decided to just sketch a confused puppy contemplating pears for today. And, I also decided to jump back to fewer lines for today to let watercolor take the stage again. I’m still playing with a balance and will no doubt doodle with more ink every now and then as it was incredibly fun during Inktober. There’s still so much more I have to learn, but rather than feeling daunted, I just feel energized. I’m excited for the month ahead and will still be trying some various experiments as I go along. It’s fun to play and try new things! And if you’re sketching and painting with me this month, then I can’t what to see what you’ll make!

It’s really any wonder that I don’t mess things up a bit more than I actually do. My mind sort of spins around constantly, almost with an audible low hum. I’m continually thinking of hundreds of things at once, even when I’m focused on what’s in front of me. Last night, I did succeed in getting Philippe to pop open some champagne to celebrate Halloween and the end of a successful challenge. He even got out the blinis and salmon roe for the occasion. This involves adding a spoonful of sour cream to a blini and then a spoonful of roe on top. There are two separate tiny spoons and I accidentally put the one that was dipped in roe into the sour cream after using it. Philippe was horrified and I had to get out a new spoon. This wouldn’t have been so bad, were it not for the fact that a couple of blinis later I did it again. Philippe just looked at me stunned. For a smart guy, I can be rather absent-minded, so kudos to Philippe for putting up with me.

Indeed, five years ago today, Philippe and I were married. One would think we would have saved the champagne for tonight, but one would also have to assume we only had one bottle in the fridge. We don’t ever really do anything special for our anniversary, because we’ve been together almost ten years and simply got married when we legally could. But, it’s Friday night where we order out for pizza, so Philippe won’t have to cook and I don’t have to do dishes. And, we’ll do what we were going to do anyway. It’s the same thing we do each and every day. We enjoy life and our time together filled with the very occasional events, but mostly silly simple things that make us smile and laugh. To Philippe’s credit, he can still manage to smile at most of my antics. As I bumble through life happily like a small child who just ate too much leftover Halloween candy. As much as I love exploring details when it comes to my art, I can get a bit lost in them when it comes to other things. But, thankfully, I’m with someone who loves me even though I only manage to make a list of things to do once a month, and can still manage to get a bit confused when it comes to puppies and pears.

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Corgi Puppy And Pear Watercolor Illustration Sketchbook Detail


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  1. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Sweet puppy! Happy Anniversary!!!

  2. Lisa 3 years ago

    Cute puppy! Happy anniversary! Joe and I hit 25 years in October. We both forgot it was our anniversary until the afternoon when a friend called and wished us a happy one. Ooops! Joe ran out and got me some flowers and I had already given him a new plastic mat for under his office chair, so now we are working on 26 years.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕And congrats to 25 years!! And flowers and a plastic mat for an office chair sound like the real secret for marriage success indeed! 😉

  3. Silvia Elena 3 years ago


  4. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    What a cute post, Charlie! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Eve 3 years ago

    Puppies and pears, deliciously cute! Happy anniversary. We got to 40 years in September.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Eve! 😃💕Oh wow! 40 years… that’s awesome! Happy 40th!!

  6. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Aweeeeeeee such a cute little fluffy!!!!!!!! I wish you both a most glorious anniversary. Here is to many more!!! 🙂

  7. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    Happy anniversary, Charlie and Philippe! Great doodle as usual 😃

  8. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    Happy anniversary! You and Philippe both seem very lovable.

  9. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Happy anniversary and happy for you both! and I totally understand sometimes being absentminded…:)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕hehe… and yay to being absentminded… I think it just means we’re really creative! 😉

  10. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Great picture Charlie.

  11. Purnima Manjunath 3 years ago

    Happy Anniversary! The puppy might jump if the pear were to roll slightly! Very cute expression

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Purnima! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed my little puppy!

  12. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Happy Anniversary! Spending a relaxing evenig together I think is the best way to celebrate! Your little pup is so cute. I had to laugh because I would no doubt do the same mixup. So now I wonder if you will do a pear attacking a puppy…..hmmm????

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yep… a mixup is shouldn’t be too surprising with crazy me! And a pear attacking a puppy would be awesome! lol

  13. Ellie 3 years ago

    Happy happy anniversary, Charlie and Philippe!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 3 years ago

    Happy Anniversary!, I hope it is a lovely day!

  15. Jacob 3 years ago

    Haha, how cute! I doubt there are many paintings of puppies perplexed by pairs. Happy anniversary! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 haha… yeah, I think puppies and pears are an underutilized concept indeed! So yeah, I’m going to have to do it again for the next post of course. And thanks! We had a fabulous anniversary! ❤️

  16. smzang 3 years ago

    Puppies and pears are two of my favorite things. and, yes, paintings of them…love it!!
    Wishing you and Philippe a very happy anniversary
    and many, many more.

    an aside, The dragons arrived and are on my wall to the front right of my desk. Every time I look up, I involuntarily smile. I’m a happy camper!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 We had a very happy anniversary! And YAY! Thrilled to know my dragons are bringing you smiles. Thank you SO much, from the bottom of my heart for purchasing a print! It made me so happy!

  17. Loan Anh Pham 3 years ago

    It’s beautiful and lively, Charlie 🥰. And your story is really sweet 💝 and lovely, I adore the way you and Philippe giving to each other 🌹❤️: Love, Respective, Humour 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕So thrilled you enjoyed this one! Appreciate it!

  18. Jerson Antao 3 years ago

    Happy happy anniversary, Charlie and Philippe! The puppy looks great in action. Nice painting Charlie!😊

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