By Charlie O'Shields
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I’m Charlie O’Shields, and just three years ago, I started sketching and painting with watercolor and became so hooked that I created a little blog called Doodlewash. It’s since grown much larger over the years, featuring posts from hundreds of artists all over the world, and in many ways it’s your usual art blog. Until I show up and start sketching stuff and rambling on about life, creativity and other little things that come to mind. Most of which have more to do with life in general than art itself. Being a bit shy, I’ve never appeared on video like so many of my artist friends, so I thought I would start with audio and sharing, not my paintings, but the stories they inspired. Many filled with facts you didn’t even think you needed to know, others a bit autobiographical, and some just plain fun. Welcome to Sketching Stuff, a collection of stories sketched from life.
||CleanEpisode #19: Sketching Food||One of my very favorite things to sketch is food. Okay, I’ll admit it… I also just like food in general and love to eat so these two joys go hand in hand really well. For those of you who attended art school, once upon a time, I’m sure you have me||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #18: Those Good Old Days||Hey there, Charlie O’Shields here with another episode of Sketching Stuff. Many of you know by now that I’m often rather nostalgic, so this is a collection of stories about some fun things from the past. From lava lamps to cassette tapes, we’ve se||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #17: The Sweetest Things||February is the month of Valentine’s Day and stores are often filled with lots of little treats, so I thought I’d dedicate an episode to all things sweet. In truth, I just love sketching and well, eating, desserts so I have quite a few stories that||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #16: A Naturally Fun World||I’ve always loved all sorts of animals and insects ever since I was a little kid. Getting to sketch them as an adult makes me feel like a kid all over again. During my art journey of daily writing and sketching, I haven’t sketched many humans, but I||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #15: Stories Of Inspiration||In this episode I’ve collected a few stories about the things in life that have inspired me over the years. For me, I find that inspiration can happen at any moment and be triggered by some of the simplest things in life. Things I wouldn’t have even||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #14: New Year’s Goals||As we begin a shiny New Year, this often comes with setting new goals of things we’d like to accomplish. Sometimes these are called resolutions, but those seem a bit too resolute for me and can also be wildly daunting. I think that just setting a few||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #13: Lessons From Childhood||This Sketching Stuff episode is another little collection of life lessons I’ve learned while regrettably growing old, but happily managing to never grow up! Oh, and in case you missed it, I just published a Sketching Stuff book! It contains familiar s||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #12: Happy Holiday Moments||Welcome back to a very special holiday episode of Sketching Stuff! Though I know, not everyone celebrates Christmas; these are some of my personal stories of this time of year that I hope will put a smile on your face. Also, I just published a Sketching||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #11: For The Love Of Family||Life just wouldn’t be the same without family. Whether it’s children, parents, grandparents, and even our pets, there’s a beautiful bond there that touches our hearts in a unique and special way. Here in the states, our holidays begin with Thanksg||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #10: Sketching All The Way||Welcome back to a very special episode of Sketching Stuff! What makes it so special? Well first, it’s Episode Number 10, which feels like a nice round number and a bit of a milestone. And second, this one features stories primarily about sketching and||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #9: Halloween Hijinks||Since it’s around the time of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to have a selection of stories that fit the occasion. As a kid, I loved this time of year and sure, the ability to wander from house to house collecting candy was a huge selling point.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #8: Little Life Lessons||As I’ve spent the last three years sketching and writing each day, my thoughts on life and art have also been captured along the way. For this episode, I’m sharing some of those bits of well… I’m not sure if they qualify as wisdom or just bits o||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #7: When We Were Kids||Today we’re taking a little trip back in time to childhood. And while these are stories of mine, I do hope they’ll remind you of your own memories of being a kid. Those tender years when life was nothing more than a huge bundle of possibility. So, m||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #6: Laughing Until It Hurts||In this episode, it’s time to celebrate those little moments in life that make us smile and giggle. Those bits of life that are often so ridiculously commonplace, yet rather humorous when you take a moment to really think about them. Funny times spent||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #5: Those Furry Friends||For this week’s episode, I thought it might fun to celebrate all of those furry friends in our life. Most of us have had a pet at some point in our lives, and perhaps have one snuggled up next to them at this very moment. Owning a pet is certainly||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #4: When The Music Plays||I write and sketch with watercolor each and every day on Doodlewash.com, collecting bits of life and stories that pop into my head along the way. Today’s episode is all about another art form that is near and dear to my heart. Music. Music has an i||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #3: Childhood Favorites||For this episode I felt like sharing some of my favorite bits of childhood. Those little things that made me smile when I was a much shorter person. I grew up during a time when the world was changing a bit more slowly, and every new thing was so fascin||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #2: Cabinet Of Curiosities||When I first started sketching and blogging, I devoted an entire month to collecting bits of things that I referred to as my cabinet of curiosities. For those of you who don’t know what this particular type of cabinet is, according to author Patrick||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #1: Days To Celebrate||Once upon a time, I spent the entire month of November exploring the various National and World Days that happened each day of that month. I love these fun celebrations and they were ultimately what gave me the idea to found World Watercolor Month in Ju||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Feels Like Home
These podcasts draw on nostalgia and fun factoids, with a lighthearted richness that makes me feel like good things are always possible.
Feels Like Home
Charlie has a knack for feel-good nostalgia and recalling little details. These podcasts are always a fun journey. If you are into sketching...all the better! It's fun to see his sketches on Doodlewash along with the podcast :)
A Must-Listen Podcast!
Charlie has wonderful stories to tell, and he tells them in a melodious, likeable voice. This podcast celebrates memories that most of us can relate to! Do yourself a favor, and give Sketching Stuff a listen.