The Happy Quokka

Quokka Doodlewash

 

Today, based on your vote, we have something furry, small and super happy – a Quokka, which is a little marsupial, native to a small corner of southwestern Australia. These little guys have made the rounds and gained fame by photobombing people’s selfies since they have no fear of humans. However, since they have a status of ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List, it’s a crime to actually touch one. Luckily, the Quokka populations are recovering in some areas, thanks to conservation efforts.

The suggestion to try doodlewashing one came from Philippe, since he’s always looking at those cute animal posts on Buzzfeed. I’d seen the selfies but had no idea what the animal was called. Some sites describe the Quokka as the happiest animal on earth, or even in the galaxy, because it appears to always have a smile on its face. Not sure I could capture the incredible cuteness that exudes from these little guys, but I decided to try a quick sketch.

Philippe and I both share a love of cute animals. For some reason, we don’t have the same reaction to cute babies, which my mother finds appalling. But give us a cute animal photo and we immediately go all goo goo ga ga and start making cooing sounds. Which is precisely why we only look at these photos in the privacy of our own home. Phineas finds the sounds we make confusing as he feels that all attention of this sort should be bestowed on him alone. He’s rather spoiled.

Today, we’re enjoying a very lazy day. Despite the ridiculously warm season, it decided to snow today so it finally looks like Christmas, even though the official day has passed, of course. We usually put together a puzzle at Christmas, but completely forgot about it this year, so we’re about to start it now. It’s of Santa with some dogs I think. Better late than never! So it’s a pretty happy day! A day we’re just taking slowly, bit by bit, like a couple little quokkas, enjoying a much needed little break.

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39 Comments
  1. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Oh so adorable! I love looking at baby animals and cute animals, too. Beautiful drawing Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon!! 💕😃 This little guy was hard to capture. Guess that’s why he’s mainly seen in photos! Lol Glad you like him!

  2. Kari 2 years ago

    I love him!! As I commented on IG, I think you really captured his personality! I actually had to look online for those photo bombs! Haha, they are adorable!!

    I’m glad you’re getting to enjoy snow.. Enjoy!!

    • Author

      Thanks again Kari!! ❤️😃 And aren’t they hilarious?! These little guys are too stinkin’ cute! Lol And yes…just enough snow to cover ground properly without being too much of a nuisance so it was perfect!! 😃❄️

  3. Cathe 2 years ago

    What a sweet little Quokka! I’m with you, Philippe and Sharon, animals melt my heart! I love the colors you used in Mr. Quokka. Nothing like snow on a day with very little planned. Its just starting to snow here.

    • Author

      Thanks, Cathe!! ❤️😃 I’m so happy you liked the colors…I took a few liberties there and wasn’t sure if it was going to work! And something tells me you’re getting a bit more snow than we did! Hehe ❄️❄️❄️

  4. Teri C 2 years ago

    What a cutie. I never heard of the, so thanks for the info.

    • Author

      Thanks, Teri!! 💕😃 These guys are super cute. Definitely google to check out the photobombs, they’re awesome! Lol

  5. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Your animal does look like it is smiling, Charlie! 😄 I like doing jigsaw puzzles but haven’t done one in years. Nice that you and Philippe have some time to relax. We just had another power outage. This one only lasting a couple of hours – thank goodness! This was due to heavy snow. 😉❄️😳

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 💕😃 Glad you like my quokka! Hehe… and we didn’t get far on the puzzle…got distracted with other things as we always do. It’ll take a few days to put together at this rate. And what?!! Another power outage?! What’s going on there?! At least it was only a couple hours this time. That’s a relief! 💕

  6. Jodi 2 years ago

    What a cute cute little bugger! Oh and the Quokka is too! hehe! Hope you enjoyed your puzzle day!

  7. Awwww, so cute, Charlie and what beautiful colors!!!

    • Author

      Thanks Laura!! ❤️😃 I really played with color a bit on this one and was frustrated part way in because I had no idea what I was going! 😊lol Glad you like him!!

  8. PS: LOVE jigsaw puzzles! Haven’t done one in awhile but they’re great! 😀

    • Author

      Awww cool!! Yeah, they’re sort of a holiday tradition in my family. I’m finding it hard to stay focused on them though now that one surrounded by my new toys. They’re normally what we do before opening gifts as a distraction! Lol

  9. ArtsyDot 2 years ago

    That’s one nice little fella you draw here! I didn’t know about the quokka though after second thought I think I might have seen them before as cute + Australia and animal world sort of rings the bell. Oh well, that’s one little more cutie to take an interest into as I can never have enough of them neither 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks! I’m so happy you liked this little guy. He was sort of tough to doodlewash! All that cuteness was hard to recreate! Lol 😊

  10. rebecca 2 years ago

    Looks like a skier……? Learn something new everyday!! Never heard of a Quokka….thanks!

    • Author

      Haha! I hadn’t really known the name until Philippe told me! But what the heck! Always looking for something new to doodlewash! Lol 😊

  11. Jacob 2 years ago

    Now if there were ever a character you’d expect to photobomb remorselessly, that’d be it. You can really see the mischief brewing in the would-be-innocent little face. Great stuff! I’d never heard of this creature until now, so I’ve learnt something…

    Puzzles sounds perfect! And enjoy the snow (jealous glare!)

    • Author

      Hehe…yeah…you must google this guy…he’s hilarious! And the puzzle is going super slow. We can’t seem to stay focused 😊😊lol

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Ha! You’re clearly in overexcited mode, still. Make the most of it!

      • Author

        Yeah…usually lasts through New Years and then I come down off the high sadly 😊

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Noooo! We have to try and keep it going! 😛

      • Author

        Hehe..definitely through Sunday, but then work starts up again and I have to sort of be an adult. Phooey!!

  12. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    What a cutie! great doodlewash Charlie, and I wish you a happy puzzle solving snow day. We had almost 8″ over the weekend which is practically unheard of in El Paso, so I got lots of inspiration reference photos to paint in the new year.

    • Author

      Oh my!! See? You did end up getting more snow than us. This weather is insane lately!! But can’t wait to see what you paint!! 😃💕yay!!

  13. izabolinha 2 years ago

    Charlie , you are amazing ! The cute guy is actually smiling at us 🙂
    I am holding on to my Christmas puzzle , I want to start it , but yet I want to postpone the thrill of it 😉
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! So happy you like him!! And yeah…the puzzle is going super slowly. 😊too many other toys to distract us!! Lol

  14. jmnowak 2 years ago

    …sweetie….the quokka, I mean! 😉
    I found a link to a newspaper article mit photos of these adorable ones, but the article showed too many titties for my liking, so have desisted. I’m sure you’ll find it if you use Bing as your search method. In one of those British rags….Jacob will know which one! LOL. 😀
    I love your doodle, Charlie! You’ve caught their friendly mischievousness. I have no trouble going all goo-goo-gaa-gaa in public over cute animals or babies! In fact, I’m known for it.
    Happy New Creative Year to you and Philippe….make sure you do get some sleep, occasionally, throughout this exciting time for you. Cheers from your Grandma, way Downunder! <3

    • Author

      Hehe…I’m a sweetie too!! Lol Thanks Janina!! And haha…sounds like that article had some interesting photos. 😳😊Hope you have an amazing New Year my friend!!! Full of fun, creativity and fewer titties. 😉👍🏻

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Yes, of course, you’re a sweetie too! 😀

      • Author

        Hehe! Thanks! And “titties” made me giggle 😊lol

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        😉 …a very British slang term!

  15. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Great name! And it fits perfectly. You definitely caught the cute. (K)

    • Author

      Awww thanks Kerfe! It was all about getting some cute across for this little guy to be successful. Glad you think it worked! Hehe

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