Ready For The Weekend!

Day 28 - A Small Piece of Layer Cake With Chocolate and Berries - #doodlewash

As the week comes to a close, I found myself rushing again, and so I skipped the prompts and did what I always do in these situations. Sketch a fantasy dessert. I suppose were this a proper fantasy, the slice would have been several times larger, but this is all the cake I had time to paint today. But since there’s cream involved, it’s all good all good. In truth, the latest version of one of my favorite video games of all time arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to play it. I sort of received a Nintendo Switch for my birthday, but only Philippe has really been playing it so far. I’ve been waiting for Mario Kart to come for the Switch and that day has finally arrived! It’s a ridiculously fun racing game where you choose from a host of impossibly cute characters and drive around different tracks while slowing down your opponents by shooting turtle shells out of your butt. Here’s hoping your weekend proves equally exciting.

Yeah, I’m a total kid still. I truly get just as excited about things like this as I did when I was young. I fully believe that’s a good sign. I think that if you ever find yourself feeling “too old” for something it’s a sad day indeed. Sure, our tastes may change a bit as we get older, but I never want to deny myself the pleasure of letting my inner child take over and just have a lot of silly fun. The side effect of my behavior has been that I’m even less comfortable in group settings filled with “adults,” but I never really liked those sorts of events. I prefer small gatherings with like-minded friends who are willing to just let go and have a good time. As most of you know, I’m not a fan of rules. Life seems to come with too many of them and there’s no reason to impose them on ourselves when we don’t actually have to do so.

So let’s all be kids again this weekend! Do something silly and fun that adults should never be “caught” doing. I’m convinced that the best artists share a similar muse and that’s the voice of the inner child. The one that only asks “why” in a true attempt to understand the world better and never to actually questions our actions. I like this little voice. It’s always made me smile knowing that he’s there, cheering me on. And I hope that 30 years from now, I’ve kept that voice alive. That I cheered back and didn’t try to quiet that youthful yearning that has always been bubbling in the background. So, yeah, I’ll be racing around a track this evening and giggling and yelling and being generally ridiculous. And I’ll be so thankful that an evening like this one is still something I can enjoy. It’s going to be awesome and that’s why I’m so ready for the weekend!

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 Day 28 - A Small Piece of Layer Cake With Chocolate and Berries - #doodlewash

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  1. jmnowak 6 years ago

    …and popping turtles outta your butt! Ha! 🤗 Happy weekend charlie!

  2. itchywolfpaws 6 years ago

    I get excited fairly easily too. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Many years ago when I first began teaching art to kids, I volunteered in my son’s first grade class. I showed the kids how to use the media. I no longer remember what it was but certainly something easy to use and inexpensive. Then I let the kids create art – any subject of their choice.

    About half the kids drew rainbows – just a rainbow on the paper – (mostly girls) and the other half drew Pac Man (mostly boys.) I was stunned and frustrated. I continued to teach art, and found that over and over, their work reflected current animation projects or popular toys or movie promotions or sports teams of the day or some other highly visual commercial business. Even when I taught story books, the kids painted Disney versions.

    Over the years, I learned to present more than just media applications and technique skills. I also made subject choices for the kids, offering lots of options, but never allowing them to choose the licensed imagery they saw around them.

    My point is that we’ve stolen childhood from our kids. We’ve drained their imaginations by filing in way too many blanks. A bear is Winnie the Pooh, Disney-style. A turtle is Leonardo, Teenage Mutant Ninja-style. A little girl is Dora the Explorer and a little boy is Bat Man. Our children are so over saturated with imagery in every facet of life that they have very little creative input of their own.

    It took much thought and experimentation on my part to learn to present lessons that taught kids how to unlock the creative genius inside each of them.

    Somehow, Charlie, you managed to nurture your creative intuition, and from what you’ve often written, I think your wonderful mom had a lot to do with it. Your inner child does rule. Too many kids don’t know they have one.

    I didn’t mean to take over your blog, and you are welcome not to post this rant.

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I totally agree with this rant!! hehe I do think we’ve filled in all the blanks for kids, but if they have creative parents, then there’s always hope. You’re right, my mother was extremely creative and always encouraging and it makes a world of difference. But I didn’t have little computers in my backpack as a kid… just books. Anything more I wanted required imagination. I’m so thankful to have had that chance to group up without all the noise.

  4. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Have fun! (K)

  5. Nancy Sapp 6 years ago

    MORE delicious-looking desserts! Here I’m trying to lose weight & you keep painting delectable-looking foods. Tsk. Tsk. But MY – your food paintings always make my mouth water.

    I act like a kid a LOT. Irritates my husband so I do it MORE. Tee Hee. This ole grandma would much RATHER play & paint with kids than cook or clean, that’s for sure. Adult stuff SUCKS!

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 And uhm… sorry… today’s post will be much more diet friendly, I promise! lol And yay! Exactly!! Adult stuff totally SUCKS!! We need to continue to play as much as we can!!

  6. snigdhadotcom 6 years ago

    Happy weekend Charlie 😃😃

  7. Ellie 6 years ago

    I laughed so hard at the “shooting turtle shells out of your butt” that i scared my cats. Wonderful, Charlie! Thanks for the encouragement to keep being a kid.

  8. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Your slice of fantasy cake didn’t make me drool as much, but only because I indulged in a breakfast of pudding-stuffed french toast. My monthly reward for a diet well-done. Still it’s a fantastic painting of cake and because I’m well in touch with my inner child I’d eat it if it were real!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay to rewards!! hehe 😃💕 And pudding-stuffing French toast has me drooling for sure!

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