Taking A Dessert Break!

When I’m not really sure what to paint, you’ll often find me indulging in a bit of doodlewashed dessert. This one isn’t on the actual menu that Philippe and I have been making this month, so I’ve no idea what the recipe is, but it’s certainly colorful enough to satisfy today’s prompt. The actual dessert this evening is Philippe’s leftover birthday cake which I cleverly bought at a size large enough to ensure we would just have to spend the entire weekend finishing it. There’s really nothing sadder than the tease of running out of wonderful dessert too soon. Also, a quick note that if you’ve experiencing any page loading issues on Doodlewash.com, I’ve been updating quite a lot of things and hopefully it should be working again now. Just shoot me a note if you’re experiencing any problems as there are a TON of awesome new features happening all at once and this can create little issues. Just hang in there with me as we continue to make this big little watercolor community the best on the planet!

After months of diligently working to transform this site into a proper community, I’m feeling a touch exhausted and yet exhilarated. I can’t thank you all enough for your help, patience, and well, confidence that I might just be able to figure all of this out. The good news is, for the most part, I have! And soon, I’ll be able to jump back into the wonderful conversations happening here and spend more time viewing the incredible art that shows up each day. As I ramble on each day, I sometimes don’t step back and realize just how far we’ve all come together. You’ve made this site amazing with your art, your knowledge, your stories and your passion. Thank you to each and every one of you! Even if you’ve just arrived and are reading this blog for the first time, thank you for taking the time to be part of a watercolor revolution. Together, we’re making a brand new art world that defies the norm. Our world is one that invites anyone with an interest or passion and makes them feel like they belong. That, from the very beginning, has been my vision for this site and the reason I keep striving to make it better and better.

Because, in the end, you deserve it. You’re awesome, inspiring, amazing, and so creative. Whoever you are, reading this right now, I’m talking to you. You’ll find that I’m incessantly writing about childhood here, and I might seem like a big kid much of the time. But, in truth, I refuse to give in to adult notions that people are all that different. Sure, there are masters who have painted for years and years and people who just picked up a paint brush this very day. The former is far better at execution, but both have the exact same desire in that precise moment. What is fine art and what makes a fine artist? The truth is, there’s no definitive answer to that question for most of us. It’s one we all ask ourselves and argue about. Sure, there are creative geniuses who need to be acknowledged for what they bring to the world. But in the end, we all just know what we like and what we don’t. Art is subjective and always has been. No technique alone makes one piece of art better than the next. In the end, it only matters what someone feels while enjoying it and what emotions it brings to the individual. In a way, art isn’t all that hard to explain. While scholars may argue into the wee hours of the morning, the rest of us will know that art can sometimes be as simple as just taking a dessert break!

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    I always tell people that I never wanted to grow up, so I jumped from childhood into 2nd childhood and just skipped all the adult business. It makes life so much more fun that way. I don’t know what the recipe for your cake is, but I want some. It’s beautifully painted!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, adult business is bored and stupid! (*sticks out tongue*) hehe… no need to ever bother with all that!

  2. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    I’d like a piece of that cake too. Please.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… me too… this one is virtual. I’ll have to talk Philippe into making the real thing! 😃💕

  3. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    and, I guess – half of that sandwich. (now I’m happy)

  4. Mary McDonough 5 years ago

    Your dessert looks yummy and the website is doing such good work. Connecting people from around the world supporting the peaceful work of water coloring. Thank you, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Mary! 😃💕 It’s been so exciting to see so many watercolor artists coming together. So much fun!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Charlie, I don’t ever worry about you not getting dessert. And a very happy birthday to Philippe.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I usually find a way to get a bit of dessert every now and then.

  6. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Truth in your words. I do feel like I’m part of wonderful community here. The chocolate glaze on that dessert looks perfectly reflective! Love the fruit, too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Glad you’re enjoying the community!!

  7. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Oh, that looks yummy!

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Thanks so much Charlie to give us a amazing plate form to show n see your art so the beautiful stories.
    Cake seems colour full yummy
    Beautiful. Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww it’s my pleasure, Snehlata! Thanks so much for being part of the community!! 😃💕 And glad you liked my dessert!

  9. Jill Kuhn 5 years ago

    Wow Charlie!! I’m so impressed with all you are doing with Doodlewash!! 🎨👍 I’m sorry I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to participate fully but I am feeling a little overwhelmed with life at the moment… please know that I am always cheering you on – even if it is from the sidelines! 😃 Your dessert looks sooo good!! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s the wild west over here these days with lots of new things happening all the time. Even I can’t keep up with everything. But I’ll take a cheerleader any day! If you lived closer, I would also demand a hug! hehe

  10. Nay Aung 5 years ago

    It looks pretty delicious!!!Also you’re master of encouragement Charlie 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Nay! 😃💕 I think we are all masters of encouragement when we come together to paint and share our work!

      • Nay Aung 5 years ago

        I agree with you Charlie.It is more productive when we share our work 🙂

  11. Teri Casper 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors that are making me so darn hungry 😂

  12. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago


    Where can I get that? Like, *nowish*….?
    (Also, if P ever opens a restaurant, the menu should all be your food “doodles”. For reals.)

  13. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Yum. I think everyone needs a dessert break for sure! Great job on the berries.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah… dessert breaks should never be optional! lol

  14. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    You always paint the yummiest looking desserts. And I refuse to grow up, kids have way more fun.

  15. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    you’ve done an amazing job building a community Charlie. You must be tickled pink. Sorry it took me so long to comment, I’ve been working like you on websites. It’s almost finished! YAY, we can both rest!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay to that!! 😃💕 It’s fun to build websites, but so tough! hehe… I’m thrilled to be nearing end of the really hard stuff so I can enjoy this awesome community more that we all built together!

      • Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

        I’m feeling EXACTLY the same way, i can’t keep up with the plug-ins I’ve added to my site, lol. But it’s all looking awesome for you and me.

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