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Cute Baby Elephant Painting Self Portrait Watercolor Illustration

Welcome to a brand new month and the start of our August Doodlewash Challenge! Our regular monthly challenges are open to all types of drawings (ink, colored pencils, crayons, etc.!) as well as watercolors and gouache. I hope that if you joined us for World Watercolor Month, that you’ll keep right on making lovely things with us all year long! I’m going to be taking a break from daily posts once again to work on some projects I’m cooking up next, and popping in from time to time instead. I’ll be back at least once a week if not a little more. First prompt up this month is “Elephant” and I ended up with a little baby elephant painting a self-portrait en plein air. I wasn’t sure exactly what would appear for the painting when I made my quick little sketch, but that’s what happened. It’s fun to simply let my inner child play as I’m always intrigued by what will appear. And, I’m wishing all of you a fabulous month ahead filled with energizing creativity and beautiful drawings and paintings!

I’m enjoying the final hours of the weekend, that once again passed by way too quickly. Indeed, it still seems like July was just a quick flash of fun and it’s already a new month. Today was overcast so Philippe and I got to go on a couple extra walks and it was really fun. All of our favorite critters made appearances, from the many bunnies, all named Peter, to both Chuck and Gladys the groundhog pair. There are actually so many bunnies in our neighborhood now that they seem more populous than even the squirrels, which is really saying something. And the little kid in me gets so giddy when I see them hopping around. I don’t know how I’d be able to stay inspired with my creative projects without that kid. Little Charlie gets me through every single creative block and always steers me back to hope and optimism.

It’s been a blast spending every day with you this past month, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my incessant rambling. Most of all, I hope you’ve been inspired to make something new each day and chase every single one of your creative dreams. Anything is possible, even the craziest things one can imagine. I’ve made many of my crazy dreams come true and I’m looking forward to making even more things happen in the future. I’ll have more to report when things take shape, but I’m excited for what’s coming next! For now, I’m going to go offline for a bit, while I keep playing daily in my sketchbook and coming up with new ideas. I’ve learned that a sketchbook is a fantastic companion and not a day goes by still that I don’t open it to make a little something. Sometimes it’s just a simple doodle, and yet it’s always somehow so much  more. There’s always something wonderful and magical that happens when we create.

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24 Comments
  1. writerleenda 3 months ago

    God bless you and your little family Charlie. Have lots of fun!!!!

  2. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    I hope your new project takes shape and gets off to a fabulous start this month! Have a great week, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra!! 😃💕 Hope you have a fabulous week!

  3. Marisela Delgado 3 months ago

    Ready for lift off….. go rock it, Charlie! We’ll be cheering from the sidelines! 💜 We’re all excited for you! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Yay, Charlie! 😀 Now, go be awesome!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Appreciate the encouragement! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead my friend! Hugs to you!

  4. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Have fun with the new project, Charlie!!!!

  5. Ron Porter 3 months ago

    Enjoyed all the post and paintings.

  6. Zoie McIntyre 3 months ago

    I LOVE your incessant rambling and I will miss it as you cut back a little. Love the little elephant 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 So happy you enjoy my ramblings. I’ll be back to pop in soon!

  7. Gary Middleton 3 months ago

    Great doodle Charlie. I’m still not brave enough to go out and paint en plein air.

  8. CaroleMcCleery 3 months ago

    I love your rambles and I’m going to miss them. Hope your projects go well x

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Carole! 😃💕 I’ll be popping in from time to time still! So happy you enjoy my posts!

  9. Mugdha 3 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Wishing you a Happy August and fabulous week ahead! Wishing you all the luck for your project to take shape smoothly and just as or even better than you’ve imagined. 🙂

    Hugs & Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’m super excited, but quickly realizing there’s SO much to do to make it happen. lol My inner child has the craziest ideas! But I’m excited to try at least! Much love!

  10. Lisa 3 months ago

    For the first time since I started doing WWM I didn’t finish because I got sick. Not really sick, but I got an ear infection. It took a lot out of me. But I did get twenty, so it’s a win.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That’s a total win! And I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope you feel better soon!! 😃💕

  11. Priscilla DeConti 3 months ago

    Thanks Charlie! You are really an inspiration and I am glad I joined this site. I get joy from creating daily as well even if I don’t post..Take care and “see” you soon 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 yay for the joy of making something each day! Yep… that’s the key… even if it doesn’t get posted it’s still does the trick of advancing our daily practice. So it’s always awesome!!

  12. Kiran Khan 3 months ago

    Beautiful painting Charlie. 😍❤

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