Toys For Christmas

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 25 - Christmas Toys - Doodlewash

We’ve reached Christmas Day, and I hope all of you who celebrate are having a wonderful one! For today’s prompt, we have Santa’s bag filled with toys since that’s what came to mind while we were opening our stockings this morning as they were filled with fabulously fun and silly things that we’re probably far too old to receive. It’s been a blast indulging my inner child this month and although all the gifts have now been opened, Philippe and I both have a full week off work to play with them, so it’s still the holidays until the clock strikes 2018! I once again got lots of fun new toys last night, along with Philippe’s annual foie gras and what I call Christmas cake which made for a totally magical night. I adore our yearly traditions and while it’s bittersweet to see things come to a close, I still feel happy knowing that they’ll be back again next year. It’s such a warm and wonderful time, filled with love and a little chance to spoil those we love most. Even our dog got a special dinner of roasted duck, parsnips, and carrots, prepared restaurant quality by Philippe. This might have been too overindulgent as Phineas spent the rest of the evening with “wolf eyes,” primally staring at every piece of food that appeared.

As a kid in the 70’s, I was a huge Star Wars fan, and one Christmas my parents bought me a remote control R2-D2. My mother still has it, but we’ve never been able to get it working properly again. Philippe bought me the updated droid that you can control with your phone and it’s totally awesome. The best part about gifts this time of year is that I get things I absolutely don’t need, cannot justify spending money on, but still really, really want. This, of course, was a gift reserved for the end of the evening as the first gifts are always small and just for fun. My very first gift that I opened was simply a set of 3 white ink gel pens and I was thrilled! I immediately trotted off to start sketching things, leaving Philippe to marvel at how easily amused I am and also question his decision to give them me that one first. I started this month with a sketch on toned paper and didn’t like the gel pen I had so this one, though still perfectly inexpensive, is an upgrade and works great. It also pairs nicely with my larger Stillman & Birn Nova Series toned sketchbook I received a bit later in the evening!

I won’t be converting over to toned paper sketches as I still love my watercolor paper best, but it’s fun to try new things. My final gift was a practical one, but unlike the nose and ear hair trimmer I found in my stocking once before, this still felt like a toy. It was an upgraded scanner in the form of an Epson V600 and it’s totally awesome. I’ve just spent the day playing with it, but it’s fast and has a much higher color depth than my previous scanner, including a setting that magically removes the watercolor paper texture from images for illustration. I can already say that I highly recommend it! Philippe’s final present, after the requisite Lego sets and comics, was a a Staub round cocotte oven, so we ended the evening as actual adults at least. But if I listen closely, I can still hear the squeals of glee from my inner child. He’s once again thrilled to have had the pleasure of enjoying that happiest time of the year. And though his adult self just keeps getting older, he knows he’ll always be the one back in charge when it’s once again time to give toys for Christmas.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 25 - Christmas Toys - Doodlewash

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45 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Beautiful Santa bag of toys. Glad that your Christmas was all that you hoped for.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary!! 😃💕I hope yours was wonderful!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    Your teddy bear is adorable! Your Stillman & Birn toned journal will take some watercolor. I’ve painted in mine. Philippe’s oven looks like an awesome one – I googled it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, the candy cane I started the month with was in a super tiny one I got for testing. The new one is a proper size to play! hehe Philippe’s oven is fantastic… I’m so happy he liked the color… I chose Grenadine and it looks amazing in person!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    Enjoy your new toys! Sounds like a great Christmas for your family.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      It was wonderful! Hope yours was the same! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕

  4. Pamela Smith 2 months ago

    Love your Santa bag filled with toys…glad that you had a great day…

  5. Jennifer McLean 2 months ago

    you handled the fur on the bag so beautifully. I absolutely love your painting and of course your beautiful description of your Christmas night and morning. SO glad to hear you get to play on toned paper. With that great scanner you’ll be able to show your work spectacularly! Merry Christmas Charlie. I got a few Da Vinci tubes and crossing my fingers I get to add that palette to the mix. I would love to test them all. :o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Jennifer! I was so much fun! I hope yours was a well! 😃💕 And yeah, I’m excited for the toned sketchbook, but haven’t made it to that “toy” yet! lol And yay to the Da Vinci tubes! Love that paint!

  6. Mary McDonough 2 months ago

    Enjoyed your writing on your Christmas presents and the spirit and fun of the day. Your Santa bag of toys is great. Glad to hear you had a great day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you had a wonderfully special day as well!

  7. Ellen 2 months ago

    May we never outgrow the love of toys for Christmas! Here in the midst of old age I still love them, hope that never changes. Love your bag of toys and can not wait to show Benjamin. We have been enjoying all your December posts immensely! Thank-you from both of us. Merry Christmas too! P.S. Benjamin got his first set of watercolors today!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed these posts! Thanks, Ellen! 😃💕 And YAY!! Thrilled to hear that Benjamin is starting to paint! Awesome!!

  8. June 2 months ago

    Wonderful toy paintings and Santa sack. Glad you had a fabulous Christmas. Enjoy your time off.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Hope you are having a wonderful time as well!

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    Squeals of glee from your inner child – that’s the noise I’ve been listening to all day, trying to figure out what it is!
    I’m glad you had so much fun.

    I gave both my older grands art supplies, among other gifts, and taught my granddaughter how to make a “pinata people” ornament. Grandson and his dad made a house for the cat that adopted them – out of Fed Ex boxes. So there’s still a bit of child in all of us, no matter our ages.

    I want to say good bye tonight by stating how beautifully you painted Santa’s bag – he is glowing with joy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to hear about your day… it sounds lovely! Yay to giving art supplies! And the cat house our of Fed Ex boxes sounds awesome! Well… I guess you shouldn’t call it a cat house and that means something else entirely, but still, sounds FUN!!!

  10. Lisa 2 months ago

    Wonderful Doodlewash! I got some new flat brushes that I have been coveting! Score!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Total score!! YAY!! hehe Enjoy those brushes!

  11. Kamlesh Tribhuvane 2 months ago

    Beautiful

  12. Amit Paul 2 months ago

    Oh ho! Santa is ready with toys. Wonderful. Merry Christmas! 😃

  13. Laura 2 months ago

    What a cheerful, fun Doodlewash and description of your Christmas. May all of 2018 be Merry and Bright for you and your family. Blessings to you and yours Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Wishing you and yours the same my friend!

  14. smzang 2 months ago

    There is joy evident in everything you create.
    I think that might be the secret to your magic.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Awww what a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so much, Sarah! 😃💕

  15. Teri Casper 2 months ago

    What a wonderful painting! All that detail, wow!
    Hope you had a great Christmas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕 As ever, the detail is sort of faked in, so please observe from a polite distance! hehe

      • Teri Casper 2 months ago

        Lol. I will and with my eyes half closed. 😂😂😂

  16. Jodi 2 months ago

    Glad you had a great Christmas. Thanks for the beautiful painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 I hope you and yours had a fantastic Christmas!!! Much love!

  17. Kaye Boggs 2 months ago

    After sharing your month of Christmas anticipation, it was so nice of you to share your actual holiday events and to hear about your surprise gifts. . For years I couldn’t wait until Christmas and was a pro at unwrapping presents I found before the actual date and actually rewrapping them and acting surprised when I opened them. Fortunately, I outgrew that rude habit and everything has been a surprise for many years now.(me bad).

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 You were on the naughty list?! lol Love it! That’s so funny… yeah, life is far better with surprises.

  18. craftyboutiquebytam 2 months ago

    I just love the Santa bag and bear!! Its fabulous. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! =)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much!! Glad you liked this! 😃💕 Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!

  19. Jacob 2 months ago

    I love this Christmas bag and WANT that teddy!! Is this from the new scanner? I thought it looked a little crisper. Neat.

    Have a fun week!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yes! This is from the new scanner… it’s really sweet and twice as fast so I’m thrilled. Still getting the hang of it, but as long as I don’t spend too much time playing with my R2-D2, I should get it figured out this week!

      • Jacob 2 months ago

        Nice! Perhaps R2-D2 can help you figure it out – he kinda sounds like a make of scanner 😉

  20. Susan Cuss 2 months ago

    Oh, Santa’s sack of goodies is enticing. So happy you’ve had a delightful Christmas! Enjoy playing with all your new toys.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Hope you got lots of fun toys as well!

  21. Sandra Gilbert 2 months ago

    Lol, oh my gosh I can soooo see you running off with your new gel pens to sketch while Philippe was probably laughing and shaking his head at you. Something my husband does often with me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe… yeah, it takes very little to amuse me in the end! lol 😊💕

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