From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Entrance. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 6. Look Closer. 10 Things I Noticed About One of My Shoes Tie Dyed Pink Interior Blue Ribbon White Borders on tongueContinue reading “From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6”

Stir Vigorously


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bowl. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 5. Scribble Fun. My text got cut off in the scan, but it says “The Instructions said stir vigorously!” Mary Roff MultiContinue reading “Stir Vigorously”

I’ve Got a Frog In My Throat!


Did you know that Charlie O’Shields published a new Sketching Stuff book (Sketching Stuff – Create Like A Kid Again! ) a few weeks ago. It’s full of exercises to engage your creativity – whether you write, draw or just like mental games. He also has a Sketching Stuff website () where you can see what’sContinue reading “I’ve Got a Frog In My Throat!”

Raisin Bread & Cocoa


Here’s the colored version of the exercise I posted on Friday. It’s from Charlie O’Shields ‘Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food’, which I reviewed yesterday. Doodlewash prompt: Chocolate Tools Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food Zebra Pen: Zensations Technical pens (review) Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils

REVIEW – Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food


This is the second book in Charlie O’Shields Sketching Stuff Activity books. The theme for the first book was Nature and this time out the theme is Food. Gather up some snacks, because you’ll be hungry by the time you’re through with the book, lol. Before I forget, there is a Sketching Stuff Facebook GroupContinue reading “REVIEW – Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food”

Teaser – Review of Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food Coming Tomorrow


Just one of the drawings I’ve done so far, from the exercises in Charlie O’Shields ‘Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Food’. I have a review with a video walk-through coming up on my blog, Saturday morning. I hope you’ll come check it out!

Golden Opportunity


Artwork: Zebra Pen Technical Pen and Finetec Watercolor in Sketching Stuff Activity book. If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #17 , you can find it here. The prompt at Doodlewash today is Golden Opportunity. You may be thinking ‘Where’s the Gold?’ Well, this seemed like a golden opportunity forContinue reading “Golden Opportunity”

Blue-plate Special


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #16 , you can find it here. Artwork: Zebra Pen Technical Pen and Fineliners in Sketching Stuff Activity book. The prompt at Doodlewash today is Blue-plate Special, and I think this illustration would make a special plate. That’s my story and I’m stickingContinue reading “Blue-plate Special”

Closed-Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway 15


Open Internationally. To Enter: GIVEAWAY IS OVER Answer the question below, at the Life Imitates Doodles blog Giveaway post (answers on Facebook & Instagram don’t count as an entry.) Leave a comment on this post telling me what artist you would love to have a picnic with (can be living or dead, famous or aContinue reading “Closed-Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway 15”

Review-Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Nature by Charlie O’Shields


The Sketching Stuff Activity book by Charlie O’Shields has a wide range of activities. The themes of this book are fun and nature. It is written to appeal to a child, both the actual youth, and the inner child we all carry within us. Charlie puts emphasis on approaching art like a child, but don’tContinue reading “Review-Sketching Stuff Activity Book: Nature by Charlie O’Shields”