Sweater Season

Day 6 - Sweater Season Watercolor - Doodlewash

One of my favorite bits of fall and winter is the ability to wear sweaters most of the time. It makes getting ready for the day a breeze as it’s just far easier to grab a t-shirt of some color and toss a sweater over the top. In honor of this simplicity, I decided to whip up this little doodlewash, quickly sketched in sepia ink with just two watercolors. This is a sweater I purchased a few years ago in Paris and it’s still one of my favorites today. It’s from my favorite store there called Jules, which is why I usually pack light knowing I’ll be filling my suitcase with new clothing finds on my return. It’s a chain store and not a fancy boutique. I love it precisely because it has cool stuff at very affordable prices. When I’m not shopping deals in Paris, you’ll find me at Target and Marshall’s. I don’t like to spend lots of money on clothes and actually like them more when I know they were a steal. It’s like wearing a little trophy of sorts that I earned for either the diligence in my search or simply having the good luck of stumbling upon a good sale. Either way, it’s a lovely prize.

During the fall and winter months, the mornings are rather dark here. While stumbling around trying to find clothes to wear, I’ve sometimes come up with some wild, and even silly, combinations between my v-neck sweaters and the t-shirt I randomly chose to put under them. Once, while brushing my teeth I look up to find a tiny face peeking out. It was Batman, from a t-shirt with the logo from the 60’s cartoon. I considered changing it for a moment, but then thought, “what the hell!” and went to work anyway. Since I work in a creative shop, nobody there said a word, though I did get one odd look on the elevator from someone in a suit. But he was probably just jealous. I really can’t imagine having to wear a suit to work. And I’ve no interest in actual fashion that appears in magazines. It doesn’t really matter when I plan to just buy whatever Target tells me is in vogue anyway. It’s a bit like having a personal shopper, albeit a perfectly shotty one that’s always a year or two behind the trends.

I figure my ridiculous pairing choices are just my own unique version of fashion. Nothing that would ever appear in a magazine, of course, but fashion nonetheless. For example, I have a cobalt blue v-neck sweater that often gets accidentally paired with a red t-shirt creating a palette that should probably only be used to paint the Virgin Mary. But, like these sketches and posts, I don’t edit and just go with whatever comes out. I’ve found a complete lack of planning is often when the best things happen. Even if they’re silly things, they’re fun because I’m just as surprised at the outcome. This, for me, keeps life interesting and never plodding into full routine. It’s those little unexpected moments that I love, so I just let them occur as they come. Happily embracing my questionable fashion choices, while splashing ink and paint about to see what manifests on a page. I’m sure one day, when I have a bit more time and more patience, I’ll have an idea for a larger painting that I simply must create. In the meantime, I’m happy just going with the first thing that comes to mind, like I do every sweater season.

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About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Vermilion, and Indigo (2/3 of my “Vintage” Trio!).  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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36 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    My favorite part of winter when I lived in NY was my sweaters. Love your Paris sweater!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… it’s the must have accessory when you live in cooler climates!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 2 weeks ago

    Wonderful detail on the sweater. It looks like an especially cozy one. I agree that getting a good-looking piece of clothing for an inexpensive price makes the item a true prize!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I love my little clothing trophies… hehe… so much better!

  3. June Hadaway 2 weeks ago

    You can sure make me smile and laugh with your, what you call, ramblings. The elevator scene is like something in a movie…..a comedy perhaps. I like the search as well and really like both of those stores. This Paris sweater was a great find and sure it is very comfortable at your day job. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, June! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this one! hehe… I’m so happy you enjoy these rambles. I hope something nice comes of them, but a smile and laugh are the best!

  4. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    I love your sweater! Wish I could wear them. I’m always too hot even in cold weather. Cool and comfortable drives my taste in clothing. Talk about odd looks, when I stroll outside in the morning frost and wind, wearing short sleeves and summer trousers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Lol… actually you and I have that in common. I need the temps to get seriously cold before I can even wear this! haha! I should have called this my “dead of winter” sweater. 😉

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 weeks ago

    I bought a sweater once – maybe 30 years ago. Here in Southern California, it’s cool enough for a sweater between 1 AM and 4 AM – and I’m asleep or working on the computer. So, yeah, I’m a bit jealous of your really beautiful sweater. Take me to Paris – maybe I’ll buy a sweater there and wear it on the plane home. As for the Batman tee-shirt – really, Charlie?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Sharon! 😃💕 I’m sure we’d have a perfectly lovely time in Paris together! You should come! hehe… and yep… Batman rocks! lol Yeah, I didn’t think it was a shirt I would wear beyond the weekends, but one can never second guess the dressing in the dark muse. 😉

  6. Vicki Rowley 2 weeks ago

    Love it. Now do one with the Batman shirt peeking out!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Vicki! 😃💕 LOL…I didn’t end up ever repeating that Batman ensemble… hehe…. but if I ever do, I’ll be sure to sketch it!

  7. Mireya 2 weeks ago

    Very nice detail. Do you have videos on how you paint.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mireya! 😃💕 I don’t do videos yet… but perhaps one day! I’m a bit shy so I just started with my Sketching Stuff podcast (sketchingstuff.com). 😊

      • Mireya 2 weeks ago

        I understand

  8. louiseaprimeau 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful sweater Charlie. I can imagine you wearing it with a pair of jeans and some really snazzy running shoes. I have a couple of thick, quality sweaters that I have had for decades. I have worn them only on the coldest days when we are skating. They were made in Canada, (so few clothes are made here anymore) and have stood the test of time. So your sweater reminded of those very bulky sweaters that I refuse to give away!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Louise! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one! Yeah, those bulky sweaters are awesome and hard to part with! I adore this one, so it will be with me until it frays and tatters beyond recognition! lol

  9. smzang 2 weeks ago

    Charlie says, “I don’t like to spend lots of money on clothes and actually like them more when I know they were a steal.” Wisdom in action!

    It occurs to me that a visit to doodlewash
    gives the same feeling as wearing a prized sweater.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 And what a sweet thing to say! Thanks my friend! I’m so thrilled you enjoy your visits here!

  10. creatingincolors 2 weeks ago

    I love it when we reach the point in life where we are comfortable with who/what we are, and not being dictated by what somebody else declares as “must have latest fashion”.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      So true! 😃💕 Life is way too short to be dictated to about anything! It’s way more fun to just life it as our hearts see fit!

  11. LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

    What a beautiful sweater! I have a “sweater” (actually it is a Hanes zip up sweatshirt) that I wear when I am creating art. I call it my Mr. Rogers sweater. I often wear it to the classes I teach because it is cold in there. It was new this year, replacing the old one. Now it has become this paint, stain and bleach spotted sweater that matches my art journaling personality.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      haha! I adore that you have a Mr. Rogers sweater and I’ll admit that I’m more than a little jealous! LOL Fun! 😃💕

      • LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

        You too can be my neighbor….just find an old one to put on when you’re creating art. It will make you feel like a kid again!

  12. Jacob 2 weeks ago

    It does look very cosy. My granddad had quite the selection of knitted sweaters and cardigans, and they always looked super comfy. We used to call those and similar ‘old man jumpers’, but I don’t care anymore as long as they’re comfortable! Bonus points for the Batman tee scenario, obviously.

    Oh, and hi again, I guess 🙂 It seems like a while since I’ve dropped in here. I kinda fell out of the blog loop for a while but, hopefully, have just got back in. I hope all is well with you! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Jacob!! Welcome back! 😃💕 And yeah, I totally should get points for Batman! Although you did just compare my sweater to one your granddad might have worn. 😊LOL But no matter… thrilled you’re back! All is well here! Hope everything is going splendidly with you my friend!

      • Jacob 2 weeks ago

        Haha 😛 All the cool kidz wear granddad cardies and jumpers (or at least they used to, I’m out of touch now!) so you’d have been trendy around here! 😉

        Glad to hear it! 🙂 Yes, all is well here too.

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

          Aww to be one of the “cool kids”… I don’t think I ever was, but maybe today I’m getting closer! LOL Glad to hear all is well my friend! 😃💕

          • Jacob 2 weeks ago

            Definitely a cool kid!!

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            Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

            hehe! Thanks my friend! 🙂 You know, of course, all the “cool” kids these days eat ice cream, right? 😉

          • Jacob 2 weeks ago

            Well that explains where I’m going wrong, don’t it? Bah! In that case, who needs cool anyway 😉

  13. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    I like your style. As for me, I only wear dresses, and mostly, the cheapest I can find, though I do make an exception for Land’s End because their clothes last forever! A number of years ago when I was still wearing blue jeans and tops, I made a decision that I would never ever buy a new sweatshirt again. GoodWill has so many barely used sweatshirts for bargin prices that I couldn’t justify retail prices.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s perfectly ridiculous to pay a lot of money for clothes these days. There’s so much to be found for nothing much at all! And getting a “steal” is way better than paying full price for just about anything! 😉

  14. Anita Sinha 2 weeks ago

    Oh..I completely enjoyed reading your post today ! I also prefer comfortable clothing. Nice doodlewash of the folded sweater. Liked the buttons on the sweater.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Anita! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! hehe… yeah.. those buttons are cool, but I keep thinking they’ll fall off one day since I wear it so much! Comfortable clothing is the best!

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