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Cute Yeti On Sled Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Yeti” today, my first thought was that this is actually something I’ve never sketched before! I’ve sketched so many things over these past few years that it’s always fun to come across a prompt that pushes me to create something totally different. Since I’ve never actually seen a yeti in person, I imagined a little one that was enjoying a day out sledding. I’m also assuming that a yeti is a pro when it comes to using these circular sleds. As a kid, I would just sort of hope for the best and, no matter what I did, I would end the journey falling off and rolling into a human snowball. But, it was so much fun! It’s been years since I’ve been on a sled, but I still remember the sheer joy I felt while I was zooming across the snow. I didn’t care that I didn’t have a knack for steering. It was way more fun to simply see where the sled would take me next!

As an adult, I think I’ve lived my entire life in pretty much this same way. I see a new hill to ride and I just throw caution to the wind and go for it, hoping that I’ll figure out a workable path down as I go along. But, that’s the thing. In my mind, I’m not trying to climb a hill when I start a new project. That sounds difficult and too terribly daunting. Instead, when I have a great new idea that I want to try, I feel that if it’s real enough to imagine, then I’m already at the top of the hill. The goal is then to get to the bottom and find out where that idea leads! And yep, I’ll tumble and fall along the way, but I’ll have a ton of fun and even a few belly laughs along the way! And, no matter what, I’ll always get to the bottom and discover whatever magical solution awaits me. It’s never quite what I first imagined, but that’s just part of the journey!

Philippe is very supportive of my crazy ideas, though I can see that “here we go again” look in his eyes when I tell him about a new one. Sometimes, I wait until I’ve tumbled down the hill a bit before mentioning it to him. That way, I can describe it a bit better and hope that it sounds just a little less crazy. And, by the way, there’s no snow on the ground here for sledding, but it’s really quite cold. It’s supposed to warm up this weekend. It’s strange when just going above freezing starts to feel like it’s actual warm weather. But, the cold weather has given me time to hide indoors and make a ton of progress on the several projects I’m juggling all at once. As I spin in circles gleefully and wonder how anything will actually get completed, I have full faith in my own ridiculous process. Just like when I was a kid, something interesting will come out of every ride I take. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the trip as I creatively zoom through a life that’s always ready, yeti, go!

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23 Comments
  1. Linda G 4 months ago

    Right on Charlie, 5 Celsius looks so warm in the depth of winter yet if it goes below 26 C (for me anyway) in summer we think it’s freezing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 yep, it’s the same here in the summer. Though some years it’s anything below 32 that can feel chilly! hehe

  2. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    That’s one adorable little yeti! You were supposed to steer those saucers???? 🤔

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… as for the saucers… I thought so? They had ropes on them as though they were meant for something. I never figured it out!

  3. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Hola, mi amigo, Charlie! That’s what’s called glass half full attitude. You are always so positive and upbeat. I love that about you! 💕 Are Yetis real? Or is it Big Foot real? 😂😂 Charlie, I would love to go sledding. It looks like SNOW much fun. haha haha Such a cute painting. Stay warm, my friend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 yeah, I always have a positive attitude… it just makes life more enjoyable and me more creative! hehe And I think Big Foot and yetis are along the lines of unicorns. We’ve made them almost “real” in our minds! Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Our weather is warming up, too – we’re in the high 40’s though it feels much colder with the wind. The nice thing though is that we had bright, sunshine! So unusual for us this time of year. It’s lucky too, because I’ve been helping a family member move. So much easier when it’s dry and brisk.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay for sunshine!! That always makes me feel better about the cold. Though we had the same thing on a walk… first we said, “Oh, it’s not too cold out today”… and then the wind whipped through us as if to slap us back to our senses! lol 😉

  5. Jacob 4 months ago

    How delightfully weird, but cute… a bit like me, really 😉 It hasn’t been very cold here, so far at least. Between Christmas and New Year it was hitting 15-16 C locally which was beyond unseasonably warm.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Lol! Awww… yes, I would definitely say that you’re delightfully weird, but cute my friend! 😃💕 Yeah, the weather here keeps jumping up and down. It’s jumping to 15 on Monday before moving back to -4 and snowing right after. At least, that’s what they say right now… we’ll see what weirdness actually happens! lol

  6. Zoie McIntyre 4 months ago

    He brought joy to my heart as soon as I saw him!!! I’m still giggling – thanks so much Charlie 🙂

  7. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    What a cute Yeti.

  8. Varsha Koli 4 months ago

    Cutest Yeti ever!! <3

  9. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    That yeti looks cute and cuddly… and like he’s calling out to everyone to go join him. Perhaps I will! I was wondering… does Phineas like snow?

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugha! 😃💕 Glad you liked this little yeti. As for snow… Phineas hates it. We see other dogs playing in the snow and having a blast outside our window, but he’s not one of those dogs. 😉

  10. shawnthompsonart 4 months ago

    I feel like an Abominable Snowman when I am out walking in the cold, all bundled up. I have yet to see this creature in real life. Most likely because I do not live in the Himilaya’s.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Yep… that’s probably the reason! 😃💕 It would be cool to see a yeti if they existed, but probably from a safe distance if they look like the giant ones often depicted.

  11. HEMA GOPINATH 4 months ago

    That’s one adorable Yeti we have here…absolutely loved the vibrancy of the colours…thank you for this work Charlie

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