Sweater Weather

Day 17 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Pet Portrait of Phineas Dog in Green Sweater

I’m a total fan of autumn and as the temperatures get cooler and cooler, it means we’re heading into sweater season soon! Here we have a doodlewash of our hairy little only child, Phineas, sporting his cozy fall fashion. He actually seems to enjoy his fashion, or is at least appreciative of the extra warmth when the temperatures drop. Walking outside in the middle of winter is a bit of a cruel joke for this short-haired baby, so his ensemble expands to also include a coat and sometimes even boots. For my part, I just love when it’s time to wear clothing that’s designed to hide all of my indiscretions. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up next, baggy sweaters arrive just in time to be the perfect companion to seasonal gluttony and generally poor choices.

As much as love the baggy sweater concept, much to my dismay, I now realize all of the sweaters I bought in Paris are nothing of the sort. They are the type of sweaters that fit more snugly, hugging your body and telegraphing your exact shape. Apparently, Europeans failed to get the American memo that a baggy sweater is the proper fashion for winter hibernation. But based on my recent purchasing decisions, I’ve removed my ability to cheat my way through winter and will have to be vigilant when it comes to what I eat. That said, you can rest assured I’ll be throwing all of this aside come Thanksgiving and eating whatever is in sight and then some. That’s my American tradition, and I’m rather fond of it, so I’ll be celebrating in that same style in November. Napping shortly after.

Phineas is lucky actually. When he came back home after an extended stay at his pet resort while we were visiting Paris, he was just a tiny bit chunky. We immediately adjusted his food and within a week, he was back to his normal size. I was immediately jealous. I guess only dogs and the rich have the wonderful good fortune of someone deciding what they eat at all times so they don’t overindulge. I’m stuck with only me, and me likes to eat wonderful things and not fuss too much about the amount. But my severe lack of baggy sweaters for this winter season will mean a slight change in plans. As Phineas likes to say, it’s a small price to pay for fashion. Actually, being a Basenji, he doesn’t say anything at all, but I know in my heart that he’s thinking it. And together, we’ll be healthy and happy, eating just what we need to in order to strut our stuff properly all through the coming sweater weather.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Olive Green, Phthalo. Green Light, Indian Yellow, Red Orange, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 17 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Pet Portrait of Phineas Dog in Green Sweater
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
Published in By Charlie
42 Comments
  1. Laura (PA Pict) 8 months ago

    Very handsome!

  2. Teri C 8 months ago

    Aw, what a sweetie. A very fashionable sweetie.

  3. Susan Feniak 8 months ago

    Nice fall fashion statement Phineas! Lucky dog. Well done Charlie.

  4. Jodi 8 months ago

    Awh! Love Phineas in his sweater. Hope yours are stretchy enough 🙂 LOL!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jodi!! 😃💕 Haha!! I’m not going to make them work that hard. Gonna lose my Paris souvenir shortly. 😊Lol

  5. debiriley 8 months ago

    so gorgeous, so cute! I’ve always admired the Basenji…. you are so lucky to have him. And, he – is one lucky pup to have you guys!! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Debi!! 😃💕 Besenjis are wonderful. My last dog was a basenji/lab mix. This is my first full breed and such an interesting personality. Sweet, but lots of attitude! Lol

      • debiriley 8 months ago

        maybe you’d do more posts on him, lol I’d love to hear more… all about his “attitude” ! he sounds hysterically funny 🙂 cheers, Debi

      • Author

        he’s a hoot… we pretend he thinks he’s in charge of everything. This is actually HIS blog and not mine at all. I’m just hosting it for him since he doesn’t have thumbs. 😉

      • debiriley 8 months ago

        yes…. I sort of felt that might be the case Charlie! LOL !! rofl

  6. jeanmackayart 8 months ago

    The light and perspective on this are really nice!

  7. Jill Kuhn 8 months ago

    I used to “dress-up” kittens when I was a child in doll clothes. 🐱 There is so many great outfits for dogs!! Phineas looks so festive in his winter sweater! Love it! 💚🐶👍

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks, Jill! 😃💕 And that’s awesome!! lol I’m sure those kittens were looking awesome sporting their little doll fashion!! Hehe fun!! 😃😃

      • Jill Kuhn 8 months ago

        Thanks for the laugh, Charlie! 😂 I’m not so sure! 😿

  8. Curious to the Max 8 months ago

    Great sweater, great water color. Except I think Phineas is a bit embarrassed about the length of his sweater . . . how would you feel if your tail stuck out of your sweater?

    • Author

      Thanks, Judy! 😃💕 haha! He’s rather proud of his tail though… always sticking up so I think he prefers it this way! lol

  9. Oh yes green is his thing, handsome boy, snugly!

    • Author

      hehe… yeah… he really likes this one. I think it’s his favorite, but it’s really hard to tell for sure! 😉

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    Phineas looks phabulous! Green compliments his ruddy fur. Your Doodlewash is beautiful, so detailed with perfect shading and shadows. Please don’t tell me you did this in a half hour. I’d still be hunting down my water bowls.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… I had a full 30 minutes to get the sketch right on this one first and a full 45 for color! Yay!

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

        An hour and 15 minutes – I might have found a sheet of paper and my brushes by then, would still be searching for paints. LOL

  11. Birgit Winter 8 months ago

    The green suits him so well. And I’m sure that your new sweaters suit you as well even after thanksgiving and christmas diner:-]]

    • Author

      Thanks, Birgit! 😃💕 I’d love to think that green is his favorite color, but since he can only see the colors that make green (blues and yellows), this is probably a stretch. hehe

  12. creatingincolors 8 months ago

    What a beautiful sweater Phineas is sporting! I just love how you are so “real” as you describe the proper fashion for winter hibernation. Truth! And I’m glad you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving as it should be celebrated – so will I!

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 So happy you liked this portrait of Phineas, and yes… Thanksgiving is about FOOD… all bets are off when that day arrives! lol

  13. jupitermagic 8 months ago

    SO cute ! The sweater is so old school and christmassy , reminds one of the good old days and the picture sparks off wonderful vibes !:)

  14. Jacob 8 months ago

    Aww!!!!! Yay for Phineas! I’m sitting here chuckling like a goon at how adorable this is. Green is definitely his colour. I don’t think we ever had festive sweaters for our dog, but we did get him a headband kind of deal which had reindeer antlers on it. He loved that (not).

    Tee hee! So so cute!!!

    • Author

      hehe… thanks, Jacob! 😃 Yes, he’s rather a cute on and seems to be quite aware of that fact. But ooooooo antlers would be cute as well! I don’t think I could get Phineas to do it though. He’s not into costumes… only fashion! Lol

  15. SHARON HASCHALK 8 months ago

    Awwwwww……………. – he’s adorable Charlie!

  16. Artful Aspirations 8 months ago

    Phineas looks adorable in his snug sweater! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. ramaink 8 months ago

    He is adorable!! And I so get it about the sweaters! lol

  18. Nancy Lemon 8 months ago

    I Love Phineas! He is very fetching in his sweater. (Unintentional doggy pun in there. haha)
    I LONG for sweater weather, and was ticked to see that our high is again 80 degrees here in Charleston, SC. Sometimes I think I should move somewhere with actual seasons, but oh well…this place is nice most of the time.
    Keep up the great Doodlewashing, Charlie! I love seeing how you’ve progressed. 🙂

    • Author

      Hey there, Nancy!! thanks so much!! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t think I could stop doodlewashing now if I tried. Totally addicted! Lol I’ll also wish I had your temperatures soon I think!! Gonna be a rough winter here they say. Hehe

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