Simple Simon

Simple Simon by Charlie O'Shields

Answering the question of what to see next opens the door to the left of the small table, and you cautiously walk through it into another room. The floor of this room is covered entirely in grass and laying in the grass is a doodlewash of a dog. Next to this is a journal, which is opened to today’s date. Though you wouldn’t typically read someone’s diary without permission, you glance back over your shoulder, and start reading:

Dear Diary,

So it’s National Mutt Day today, which got me thinking about one of my favorite mutts. My first dog as an adult. He was a yellow lab and basenji mix named Simon. I realize it’s Christmas season and I should try painting more seasonal things, but he was on my mind so I decided to make a drawing.

He was fast as lightening and loved to play with a yellow tennis ball. Simon was amazing and had all the best traits from both breeds. He was silent and bark-free, yet had a lab’s sunny disposition. It was several years ago when he left this world for a new grassy haven somewhere else, but I’ll never forget that smile. 

This has been a whopper of a day and so I’m going to keep things nice and short. Also, I love having people choose what I draw, so sky’s the limit next and I won’t always be doing a celebration day. But I wanted to mention that I started a new sketchbook and have switched to a Pentalic Aqua Journal and LOVE it! In the end, the Moleskine just couldn’t handle multiple washes and layers very well, and this new baby is 100% cotton and a dream to use! That’s all for now, I’ll be back with more tomorrow.  


Charlie O. 

At the bottom of the diary entry there’s a single question. “Oh no,” you think, “another choice to be made. Well… here’s goes nothing!”



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  1. Jacob 7 years ago

    I… w.. I just… that’s ridiculously good, Charlie. I’m running out of ways to say that… but seriously! The eyes, the ears, the fur – everything. He’s perfect, and so very adorable.

    I think I made a possibly controversial selection this time. We’ll see. It was a difficult one.

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jacob!! Wasn’t sure if I could get him right, but was pleased with the result. Glad you like him!! And controversial, eh?! I always approve of that! Lol😉

  2. Teri C 7 years ago

    Awesome painting! Anxious to hear more about the Pentalic.

  3. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    There is nothing simple but your doodlewash today, Charlie! Simon is beautiful and he does have a nice smile! 💖💕😃🎨

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jill!! 💕😃I wasn’t sure I’d get an open mouth on a dog right. 😊hehe…but this is how he had to be painted! Always smiling! Loved that dog! 😍🐶

  4. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Simon is adorable, super doodlewash!
    Thanks for the Pentalic link, I agree about moleskin. I won’t be using their watercolor book again.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon!! ❤️😃Yeah…I’m only 2 doodlewashes in but I’m in love with this paper. So much better than the Moleskine if you like to layer a lot. (Which I do now! Hehe)

  5. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Such a heart charmer…your portrait is fabulous, love the gleam in Simon’s eyes, so expressive and he looks like he had a lovely personality. Your beautiful painting is a sweet statement about the bonds of our companions. Thank you for sharing.

    • Author

      Awww thanks Haunani!! ❤️😃He was just a great friend for so many years. I really miss him! 😊 Was nice to do a doodlewash and capture that little face.

  6. Jodi 7 years ago

    Oh Charlie O! This one just blows me away! WOW! I have no words. I hope you can feel my feelings……………..

  7. Rachel Murphree 7 years ago

    What a superb doodlewash. I just love his sweet face. Hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

  8. Kari 7 years ago

    Simon is adorable!! And looks like I voted with the “in” crowd this It’s exciting about your new sketchbook! I hope you’re not stressing yourself out, keeping up with everything… ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃hehe…the “in” crowd, eh? Lol I’m just enjoying seeing what people choose! Yeah… It’s going to be a bit tough this weekend as I’m heading to Texas to visit family, but there’s always some down time to doodlewash. 😊hehe

      • Kari 7 years ago

        Have fun in Texas! I think you mentioned you don’t like Tex-Mex but I love it!! Enjoy!

  9. Tori 7 years ago

    That’s a fabulous Doodlewash 😊 Thanks for linking to the Pentalic good to hear that it’s working out well.

  10. Beautiful rendering and … I almost ordered one of those sketchbooks last night, ratserfratser! Picked up a tube of Graham neutral tint tho. Thx buddy. 👍👏🎨😊 Glad to hear this book’s working better for you.

    • Author

      Thanks Laura!! 💕😃And yay to Neutral Tint…let me know what you think! And this sketchbook is amazing! The paper is light years better than Moleskine for watercolor! You should get one! 😉👍🏻

  11. memadtwo 7 years ago

    He has the world in his eyes…great face. (K)

  12. Cathe 7 years ago

    Simon is so charming, I think I purred when I saw him first on Instagram. He’s perfect! And a new brand of sketchbooks thrills me. I gave up on Moleskine too. Their books are beautiful but after I paint in them my books look like a fan. The elastic band doesn’t help at all.

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! 💕😃 Yeah…the Pentalic is awesome so far. I can even life color and it takes washes so well. Paper is much thicker too!!

  13. Jill Holmes 7 years ago

    He’s precious! But, then again, he always is as depicted in your work! 🙂

  14. Lemon 7 years ago

    Hooray for well-painted mutts! Love him!

  15. Agatha 5 years ago

    Beautiful mutt! And lovely smile <3

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