Surfing The Waves

Surfing Corgi Dog Waves Ocean Watercolor Painting Illustration

Welcome to a brand new month and our Awesome August Doodlewash Art Challenge! I hope everyone who just completed World Watercolor Month is ready to keep right on sketching and painting. Why stop now? For our first prompt of “Waves” I immediately thought of surfing. Though I always show animals instead of people doing things, this time I was inspired by real life instead. So, I decided to create my first celebrity fan art. This is a quick doodle of Jojo, the world’s first surfing corgi and his heartwarming story was just on a show that I watched recently on Disney Plus, so it was on my mind. After suffering a near fatal attack by two other dogs, trips to the beach became a form of rehab for the little guy. And this soon led to well, actually surfing, as a form of therapy. Now, of course, that has turned into a passion and this pup from San Diego has become quite a star. And, an inspiring reminder for artists to always DO what you love and pursue it each and every day with a smile.

I adored Jojo’s story while watching the show, but mostly I just loved that he was constantly smiling. Indeed, corgis tend to have that look, but his was extra genuine and totally captivating. I honestly hadn’t known that dogs could even surf, much less enjoy it. But then JoJo came along and showed me that heartwarming look of pure contentment. It’s exactly how I hope I look when I’m in the zone and sketching stuff, even though I know I’m not as cute as a corgi. And I love being excited, just like Jojo, to show up and do that thing I love each day. Though, I don’t have a tail to wag. Trust me, if I did it would be wagging happily the entire time I’m sketching. It’s super fun to create something each and every day and that’s why I’m always on a mission to get more people to DO it!

I’ve no idea what will appear this month, but I can already say there will likely be lots of critters ahead. I’m loving the idea of animal stand-ins for whatever concept happens to pop into my mind, so I’m going to keep moving forward with that when it works. I didn’t really think I could visualize things that weren’t in front of me, but all of this practice has proven me wrong once again. While I did look at lots of pictures of Jojo because he’s so darn cute, the scene I chose to put him in was one from my imagination. That’s been a fun shift in my painting and thinking that I’m really enjoying. And proof that all of this crazy daily practice has real benefits in the end. And so, I hope you’ll join me this month for another journey into the unknown. There’s an ocean of possibilities waiting for us when we take that leap and pursue our dreams. And there’s no better feeling then when you find yourself blissfully surfing the waves.

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Surfing Corgi Dog Waves Ocean Watercolor Painting Illustration

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  1. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I’m loving what you’re coming up with for your original composition works, Charlie! You’re the best at what you DO!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I really appreciate the support! I’m branching out now… we’ll see where it leads! hehe

  2. writerleenda 2 years ago

    Hey Charlie, Yes you are much cuter than a corgi. Love your sketch(es)!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww you just said that to make me blush. It worked! lol Thanks!! 😊💕

  3. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fantastic Charlie and such a happy scene for day one! Hope you are having a great weekend. It was a very good Saturday with yard work, art, reading and a new art exhibit starting this week! Life is good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for a great Saturday! Hope the rest of the weekend was as wonderful!

  4. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Love your painting!! your sketches are so much fun and whimsical…and yes we all should show up for what we love and just DO it!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for showing up and DOing what we love!

  5. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Another wonderful illustration, Charlie! Corgis are adorable.

  6. Fascinante, Charlie, muy buen trabajo

  7. Laura Kate 2 years ago

    This is a wonderful doodlewash.

  8. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    I’m pretty sure that everyone can agree that you’re cuter than a Corgi! 😁 Cute Corgi! I love animal stories like Jojo, but then I cry. He does look super happy surfing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela!! 😃💕 hehe… I’m not sure anyone is cuter than a corgi, but that’s for making me blush! lol

  9. Lisa 2 years ago

    He’s a cutie! If we weren’t so full of cats around here, I’d want to get a dog. Having grown up with lots of animals, I’m a sucker for all of them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, I’d have cats if I weren’t allergic… hehe… I just adore all animals so much!

  10. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    A stunning one of Jojo!

  11. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie.

  12. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Ahhhh, he made me smile! Yes, I feel it is easier to paint things from our heads. No right or wrong. However, some days it’s hard to get them to slow down to pick one! Hahaha!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww yay! Glad you made ya smile, Lori! 😃💕 True! Picking what to make is the hardest part! hehe

  13. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Everyone has talent. So sweet you are shining the light on this dogs! Awesomeness! !!😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, this dog stole my heart! And its owner reached out to me on Instagram and loved it, so that felt good too! hehe

  14. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Thats a very fresh cool sketch and the doggie looks happy! Thanks so much for sharing Jojo’s story… I didnt know of it. I can see your point of showing up everyday but when you say things get better… I dont feel so sure. I’ve been sticking to my commitment of painting something no matter how small everyday. But today doesnt look anyway better than yesterday. I dunno what to do. 🙁 I enjoy the painting process but I dont see improvement no matter how hard I try.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Mugdha! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! Yeah, it gets better over time, but daily, it can still feel like two steps forward and three steps back this can be frustrating. It’s taken me these past 5 years to get the confidence to make more narrative sketches and things from imagination. Now? When I take two steps back, it’s at least not quite as far back as it used to be! BUT… I still have to look way back at early sketches to remind myself of that. 😉

  15. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 years ago

    You know, back in my younger years I use to surf in Puerto Rico, so I know the feeling of it and this friend have that expression on his face. You capture it on a dog, good job Charlie….

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Walt! 😃💕 Aww that’s so cool you surfed! And glad you could recognize the expression!

  16. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    You come up with some really good ideas.

  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    What a wonderful story and a lovely painting to illustrate it. Corgis are really terrific dogs, a bit fun and clumsy with those stumpy little legs, giant grinning mouths, and big eyes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I have a huge crush on corgis… so cute!

  18. Anna 2 years ago

    You are amazing. Your art is always full of life, movement, dynamics, emotion! You make a whole painting out of a single word. It’s fascinating!
    I wish you can download a little bit of your mind into mine 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Anna! 😃💕 What a beautiful compliment! I’m not sure you’d want to download my entire crazy mind, but I do share my tips in my Sketching Stuff Activity Books! hehe

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