To You, With Love

Kitten Holding Rose Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Rose” today, I ended up with this little sketch of a kitten offering one to you! It’s also my way of saying thank you for viewing my posts and reading my little rambles. I’m only showing up weekly these days as I’ve got lots of little side projects going all at once. One would think I’d prioritize, but that’s something only adults tend to do. My own approach is to gleefully jump in and let my Inner Child have crazy fun and then see what happens next. It’s not exactly a process as much as an experience and even if I only accomplish a fraction of what I dream up, I have a blast all along the way. And, the dreams are much cooler than anything my Adult Mind would come up with on his own. So, thank you so much for supporting me on this crazy journey and I hope you’ll enjoy all of the super fun new things that I’ll be presenting this year as I begin another awesome new chapter in my story!

For those of you who pop over here to read the full post, here’s a little preview of what I’ve been up to these past few months and what’s coming next. At the end of last year, I joined the advisory board of International Child Art Foundation, which is also the charitable partner for World Watercolor Month in July. They publish ChildArt Magazine on a quarterly basis and it contains lots of wonderful and actionable information for young people, parents, and teachers. The latest issue is all about Creativity, and also features a spread about me! If you’re interested in receiving the magazine in your inbox and supporting ICAF (or giving it as a gift to a child), then you can subscribe to a year of ChildArt Magazine by clicking here. As many of you know by now, it’s my passion to help kids become our future artists and creators, so I’m thrilled to be involved with this wonderful organization!

And, I’m equally very passionate about helping people of all ages unlock their own natural creativity. So, it should come as no surprise that this is the focus of my next book which will be launching in just a couple of months! I’ll announce it here first and also when I return as a presenter during this year’s Sketchbook Revival workshop, which begins on March 21st (I’ll be sending out info in early March)! Also, I had the pleasure of helping edit and compile text for an upcoming Harry Potter Watercolor book that will be released in July (I didn’t do the artwork on this one, but helped with the text for another super talented artist whose illustrations are truly phenomenal. I’ll tell you more about that project as we get closer to the publication date!).

There’s one more big project brewing with the launch of my new Sketching Stuff site, but that’s probably enough to hit you with all at once for now! I should really send Philippe a dozen roses for putting up with me and all of my childlike exuberance as I juggle too many things all at once. He’s been quite supportive as I constantly say “yes!” to everything that pops into my fevered imagination. Though, neither of us have much a talent for keeping flowers alive for very long, so I think I’ll just get him some chocolate instead. I’ve no idea what it’s like to live with someone like me, but he still seems to rather enjoy the adventure. Truly, I hope sharing with you that I’m still creating daily and doing a million things at once inspires you to follow all of your own dreams. Nothing is impossible when we allow ourselves to dream big, give ourselves permission to try new things, and encourage each other along the way! Thanks for inspiring me on my wild adventure, and supporting me as I continue to mix things up and follow new, uncharted paths. So, please accept this rose on behalf of myself and my doodled kitten companion as I whole-heartedly share my gratitude and simply say, “to you, with love.”

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18 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Just reading about all your projects leaves me breathless, Charlie! I can’t wait to see what you come up with – I know it will be spectacular!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! You and me both! I may have just overextended myself just a touch… lol… but it’s so fun to try to do a million things at once at least! 😉 💕

  2. Linda G 4 months ago

    Sketchbook Revival! Yayyyy Charlie — I love it! I will be there (online of course). And of course I read the entire post!! Take care.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yay to Sketchbook Revival… see you there my friend!

  3. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    You have been one busy guy!!! All of these projects sound so wonder…YAY to ICAF…something close to my heart. Can’t wait for Sketchbook Revival and yay that you are going participate this year! You have truly been working on some wonderful and exciting projects. You’re an inspiration, Charlie!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 It’s been a crazy few months, but I figured I should let folks know why I can only show up weekly here now. I’m excited for everything that’s ahead… it’s going to be super fun!

  4. Zoie McIntyre 4 months ago

    Aaaw Charlie, thank you so much 🙂 That is so sweet – I love your ramblings just as much as I love your art. I love how you share what you are doing or have been doing and taking us through bits and pieces of your life with Philippe and Phineas 🙂 Thank you for all the joy 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy my rambles… I tend to write whatever pops into my head and that’s a crazy place, as we all know! lol Hugs to you, my friend!

  5. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Whoaaa Charlie!

    The Doodlewash, as usual, is very cute. And you, my friend, are breathtaking! I only wish I could paint something half as well to send to you. Someday soon. Congratulations on all your projects. They all sound so exciting and inspiring – specially the one involving children. What a joy it must be to see what the future is already creating! I’m sure you are a fun person to live with Charlie and I’m very sure Phillipe and Phineas go to bed smiling and wake up grinning just looking forward to another day with you. More power to the magic in you Charlie! Big hug (and please continue to be safe).

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Well… Philippe is still here, so I must be a little fun and not totally crazy to live with! lol I’m super excited for what’s ahead… a bit different path, but still all the same sort of silly fun! And I’d love to receive a painting from you… I shall be awaiting one in my inbox! hehe Hugs to you, my friend!

  6. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    Great doodle Charlie. What an exciting year. As a huge wizarding world fan, the Harry Potter book sounds great.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I read all of the books as they were being released! hehe… big fan and so it was fun to be on this project. It’s going to be super cool!

  7. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Aww, Charlie! You deserve all of your dreams realized and more! Eres un amor con lindos sentimientos. 💕 You are a joy and a blessing to all of us. You make travelling this road with you easy and fun! Kudos on all of your accomplishments and for those yet to be had. We’re cheering for you. Te quiero mucho, Charlie. Eres muy especial para mi. 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Muchas gracias, mi amiga! 😃💕 I’m glad you’re enjoying the crazy ride. I honestly don’t know exactly what I’ll be announcing even a month from now, but that’s a bit of what I know is happening. I just love to say “Yes, please!” to life and then see where it takes me. It’s a fun way to live! Hugs to you!!

  8. Victoria Marie 4 months ago

    Wow! You are busy. Glad you’re loving it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Hehe! Yes… it’s been pretty busy lately, but it’s all so fun! I think we’re always capable of more than we know. It takes saying “yes!” a little more than we think we should to find out! 😉

  9. Cathy France 4 months ago

    Ne changez pas !! même si, de la France c’est plus compliqué de vous suivre – je vous présente à vous et vôtre mari, mes bons voeux pour cette nouvelle année 2022 – continuez à nous faire rêver ! moi personnellement, je vous vois aussi sur Facebook et ici. je vais aller voir les nouveaux liens

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Merci beaucoup, Cathy et bonne année! 😃💕 I truly couldn’t change if I tried! hehe… But there are some new things coming that I hope will inspire people to be more creative and have a lot more fun. I’m excited for what’s next!

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