Episode #41: Drawing And Coloring

Sketching Stuff 41_Drawing And Coloring
Sketching Stuff
Sketching Stuff
Episode #41: Drawing And Coloring

Hello again! This is Charlie O’Shields, back with another episode of Sketching Stuff! Though I paint with watercolor and draw each day, I’ve always looked at my sketchbook habit as fun playtime. And I’m not making paintings, I’m making drawings, or more accurately doodles that I then color with watercolor. This has brought me so much joy over these past few years. It’s a no pressure way to simply show up and make some art each day, which would make a mother proud. Do I have dreams of doing more? Yes, of course! Always! But, that will all come in time.

With my little hour a day of practice, it’s still taken me quite a lot of time to learn and improve as I go. There are so many things that I want to sketch and paint that I don’t practice a single thing, over and over again, very often. I’m getting better at dogs and cats, for example, slowly but surely. And I’ve gotten pretty darn good at sketching birds since I tend to sketch them quite a lot. And no matter what I end up putting in my sketchbook that day, I always DO it with the eyes of a child and the joy and wonder like I had when I was a kid. That’s why, still today, there’s nothing I enjoy more than just showing up to make something. So join me now for a collection of stories inspired by my habit of drawing and coloring.


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  1. I didn’t realize you also did a podcast! I really enjoyed listening to this episode. You exude the joy your clearly derive from your life. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Glad you found it! It’s been out for quite some time, but I’m not great at self-promotion! Hope you’ll keep listening and tell your friends! hehe

      1. In addition to also not being great at self promotion, my tech/computer-y skills aren’t top notch – hence, not realizing you also had a podcast! 😀

  2. Thanks Charlie, once again, for sharing that joy..!! Let me tell you, this week I am trying, for the very first time, my brushes with oil, and scary as it may be, the endless shades of colours that come up, are a wonderful prize that one gets for the bravery of giving it a try. And I am happily colouring my pages again…!!! And you are also part of this story..Thank you!!!

    1. Oh wow! That’s so incredibly awesome to hear, Edith! Glad you enjoyed the podcast! Yay! I’m thrilled to be part of such a great story. 😃💕 And I’m sure your oil paintings will be gorgeous!

  3. Oh wow! You have so calm voice for post-cast:)) My 8-year-old daughter hate school because dyslexia and school is hard but love drawing. . I create my goal more love for childhood period with drawing skills. We are listening and enjoy other big artist drawings and skills. She sketches than their version of drawings . She starts to fill then she is not failing like in readings.

    1. Aww thanks so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed the podcast! 😃💕 And so thrilled to know your daughter is sketching things! That’s awesome!