Stepping On Autumn Leaves

One of the joys of autumn is that satisfying crunch of leaves under your feet. Of course, the best fun for a kid is taking a dive into a pile of freshly raked leaves. Looking back, I can still remember the feeling of sinking to the center of a giant leaf pile. It was like an instant fort where I was hidden in my own little leafy world. The earthy smell of dry leaves, and often a bit wet, made me feel cozy and comfortable. It was like getting a gentle hug from nature. Of course, climbing out of my fort, I would next see the creator of the pile, rake in hand, looking at me with a face that was far less than joyful. It was totally worth it, though. I couldn’t have imagined the agony I would have felt by passing that perfect pile of leaves. Sometimes in life, when something is calling you, the only thing you can do next is take that leap.

I’m typing faster than ever tonight as we have a friend coming over very shortly and so I need to complete this post in record time. The doodlewash was speedier than ever as well, which is sometimes a really fun thing to do! I hope each of you are about to enjoy a fabulous weekend ahead! It’s a little early here for a pile of leaves, but if you are a fan of autumn or just things relating to it, then you should definitely join us for our Awesome Autumn Challenge in October! Yeah, it’s not the same season everywhere in the world, but the prompts are fun and simple, so jump in and see what comes next! I’m personally trying to focus on food a bit more next month and attempt to create some doodlewashes of the lovely dishes that Philippe creates. The hope is to assemble them into a little cookbook that I can offer for those of you who enjoy doodlewashes and delicious food! With his awesome recipes included, of course.

As the week closes, my dreams are often bigger than my energy levels, and I’m feeling happily exhausted. There are tons of new things happing in Doodlewash Club, so if you haven’t check out the main site News Feed, then you should definitely do so. Lots of wonderful artwork and tutorials are being shared all day long! There are so many things to be thankful for in life, but right now, I’m just so thankful for all of you. Thanks to the hundreds of artists who have jumped into the Club and joined us. I love seeing my vision of a community where everyone, regardless of skill level or method of using watercolor, can come together is a fun place. So many things are coming in the future, so stayed tuned! I’m thrilled about all the exciting things yet to appear and can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, I’m rushing off to enjoy a glass of wine and dream of stepping on autumn leaves.

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35 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful reminder of fall.

  2. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful painting as always! I don’t know how you can paint and draw something so quickly. For me, the problem with leaves is that I get caught in searching for the one with perfect shape and colors so I can paint it. I bring a bunch of them inside, and then forget about them. Later, I find this pile of chips and dust and wonder where that came from, lol!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Haha! And that’s awesome!! Love that you’re collecting piles of chips and dust! Though it’s really just a pile of possibilities!

  3. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for starting this wonderful community and have a spectacular weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Mary!! 😃💕 So happy you’re enjoy the community! Have a fantastic weekend as well!

  4. Thomas Blanchard 3 weeks ago

    Love the DW! And I LOVE the idea of a Doodlewash illustrated cookbook!! Cheers. Have a glass for me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Hehe… we’ll see… I know I can do the illustrations, but I have to get my other half to write things down. Challenging! LOL Cheers!

  5. Nicole Douthit 3 weeks ago

    Yeah!!! Sooooo excited to have that treasure available 🙂 I collect cookbooks!!! Especially ones with fabulous artwork and recipe stories 🙂

    As always your Doodlewashes are spectacular!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Nicole!! 😃💕 hehe.. I’m so thrilled to hear that! Yeah, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now… gonna take some time, for sure, but I’m determined to make it happen!

  6. Mary McDonough 3 weeks ago

    Today I walked around picking up different leaves that have fallen. So many colors and shapes and all so beautiful. You have created a great site here at Doodlewah. I have been especially enjoying the guest artist blog and your daily blog. You have created a wonderful place for people all over the world to connect.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 So thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash! It’s my little hobby and labor of love… and I honestly can’t believe how much it’s grown. It’s so much fun!!

  7. Jacob 3 weeks ago

    Surely the most satisfying thing about autumn – and a neat follow-up to cereal, as it is like trudging through a load of big corn flakes!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 LOL… yeah, corn flakes sound different when you step on them. I know this because I’m a sloppy cereal pourer. 😊hehe

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 weeks ago

    In autumn the leaves lying here n there. And when its airy , they singing , and a musical instruments sound comes, lying on leave, close the eyese think n think only the lovely sound of your ❤️ have deep breath.oh gosh am sleeping.heyhey.,😁😁😁🙏

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      hehe! Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 That sounds like a lovely scene indeed!

  9. Hania 3 weeks ago

    I especially love the reflection, so delicate!

  10. Tom 3 weeks ago

    Well, Charlie, I can see the comment box today, so that’s good! 😀
    I think I prefer the leaves still attached to the trees, even when they turn into the gorgeous colours like the one in your painting, but I’m well aware of the fact that they need to make way for the new leaves next Spring.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 Yay! Glad the comment box came back! hehe… so many things changing on this site every day. One thing is fixed and another breaks. hehe Yeah, attached leaves are definitely lovely. But if they were there all the time, you wouldn’t appreciate Spring! 😉

  11. Sharon Mann 3 weeks ago

    Wow, I love this leaf, you capture Autumn in just a few strokes. Looking forward to a whole month of Autumn paintings…I’m joining in the fun.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And yay!! So happy to hear you’re joining in!!

  12. M. Caulder 3 weeks ago

    That’s beautiful!

  13. Teri C 3 weeks ago

    You did it! Yeah! Beautiful!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 3 weeks ago

    Ooh, a doodlewash cookbook would be lovely, just like your paintings. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 That’s the goal in October!

      • Elizabeth Metz 2 weeks ago

        Really!? A cookbook!?

        YES, PLEASE.

        ::foists money at you::

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        Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

        LOL… foists money? Okay… then it’s definitely happening! 😉

  15. […] bowl of butternut squash soup, so that’s fairly close. If you were hoping for autumn leaves, please see my previous post. Philippe made an amazing version of squash soup with a wonderfully unique mix of ingredients. […]

  16. Elizabeth Metz 2 weeks ago

    I’m allergic to leaves and leaf molds, sadly, so I had to sit out on the raking and the jumping into leaves as a kid, but I was *all over* doing rubbings of the last ones still on the trees.

    Speaking of….I haven’t done that in ages. I may have to try that.

    Happy Fall!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      You should totally try that!! 😃💕 yeah, I’m not sure my adult allergies would allow me to jump in a pile of leaves these days!

      • Elizabeth Metz 2 weeks ago

        It is completely NOT FAIR that allergies should just pop up after the age of about ten. (I have a random onion allergy that was adult-onset. Like….WHY, body? What purpose does that serve, anyway!?) 😀

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