A Barn Owl

Since I wasn’t in the mood to paint an actual barn tonight, I opted for this barn owl instead. This is actually one of the most common types of owls and one of the most widespread of all birds, but this is the first one I’ve ever doodlewashed. I don’t really know much about barn owls other than that the baby ones look a bit like a Furby, in much more demure colors. But they’re rather fascinating with that heart-shaped face carved into a body that echoes the look of tree bark offering the ability to sneak through the night unnoticed. Kind of cool. I’ve always wanted to have the ability to make myself invisible. That has always been the superpower I would choose if I were ever granted a superpower. Mostly, so I could play practical jokes on unsuspecting people more than spying, though that might be fun too. And other times, when surrounded by crowds, my inner introvert gets a bit exhausted and just wishes to disappear for just a brief moment.

We went with friends to an amusement park today, which was a super fun time. What made it even better was that the park is within a week of closing and there were very few people there. It was amazing to not have to wait in long lines to jump on a few thrill rides, many of which we got to ride twice! Towards the end of the day, more people arrived and lines got too long so we decided it was time to leave. I’ve never liked crowds of people. It makes me uncomfortable. Despite the fact that I’m a generally happy and amiable person, I prefer interacting with people on a one-on-one basis. Being in a crowd of strangers has always made me a bit edgy. Though it’s generally easy to go unnoticed. Perhaps this is why I’ve never sought fame. I asked Philippe the other day if fame and fortune were inextricably tied, as I would rather enjoy the latter I think. He didn’t really answer as he considers most of my ridiculous thoughts to be merely rhetorical in nature.

And it may seem counterintuitive that a guy who is all about creating communities is like this. But I’m not creating random crowds, I’m helping to facilitate bringing people of like interests together so they can meet and communicate. I think it’s so awesome when a couple of creative people get together. Amazing sparks happen and ideas abound. It’s one of life’s most incredible experiences and that’s why I’m so determined to create as many ways as humanly possible to make it happen more. It’s not possible now for me to be part of every moment, but I love watching every moment scroll by. Seeing people share ideas, information, and now even art supplies. It’s all so cool! Thanks to each of you who have jumped into this little community and made it so incredible. And even though, some days, it may seem like I’ve disappeared for a bit, I’m always still there in spirit, cheering you on. I might just be taking a bit of time to recharge, fading into the background, a bit like a barn owl.

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34 Comments
  1. Kaye Boggs 1 month ago

    Ha! I don’t picture you fading into the background like a barn owl. You are here and present!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Hehe… thanks, Kaye! 😃💕 Some days I’m not sure if I’m present enough, but always excited to watch all the amazing things happen!

  2. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    We all disappear from the community from time to time, and why shouldn’t you be able to do that as well. We feel your presence because you’ve embued a bit of yourself here, so you are always here, even when you aren’t! Your owl is amazing. I can feel the softness of his feathers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m definitely hear, even if I’m sitting off in a tree somewhere just watching! hehe

  3. June Hadaway 1 month ago

    Although I have not gotten back into painting yet I do read your posts everyday to help bring me a smile. Thank you Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      I’m so happy to hear that June! 😃💕 So thrilled that I can make you smile. You deserve that!

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    Your painting is so full of charm, Charlie. I’ve always loved owls, barn owls being my favorite. Actually, I love birds of all kinds. As for the crowds thing – not for me either. I especially get worn out at parties and tend to crawl into a corner and hope not to be found. Still, I can’t wait to see what develops next, here at Doodlewash.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe.. Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 I have a distinct feeling that if we ever found ourselves at the same party, we’d have an amazing and enlightening conversation in the corner together! 😉

  5. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Great job on the barn owl! Yes, this community is incredible!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying the community!

  6. Elsie Yeiser McAlpin 1 month ago

    Lovin this!

  7. Mary McDonough 1 month ago

    Your owl is really good, Charlie. And this site always amazes me. You are doing very good work. Thanks!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 You’re always so sweet and encouraging! Thank you so much for that!!

  8. Sandra Gilbert 1 month ago

    Every one needs to become invisible a bit to recharge, or least every one of us artistic types. But we always come back better for it. Love your owl, he is beautiful.

  9. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 month ago

    In any business to be recharged is must. And in your case its not physically but mentally too.
    Owl is superb , beautiful 🥀 🐦.
    Charlie as about your presence it is must
    Couse people love u n without u its feels lonely.ok.lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Don’t worry… I’m always here, even when I can’t respond as quickly. This is the best community ever!

  10. Laura 1 month ago

    Once again, great art, great thoughts. Thank you for your hard work.

  11. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Love the owl…amazing eyes!!!

  12. Thomas Blanchard 1 month ago

    Love the color and texture. And LOL on the babies looking like a Furby!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 They totally DO!! LOL hehe… and now it makes me want to go buy a Furby! 😊

  13. Teri Casper 1 month ago

    It’s beautifully done Charlie. Just beautiful!

  14. Jill Gustavis 1 month ago

    Lovely! I always feel especially lucky if I catch a glimpse of an owl.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 I feel the same way… such amazing creatures!

  15. Tom Merriman 1 month ago

    A nice owl, Charlie.
    Yes, sometimes invisibility would be a wonderful power to have.

  16. Mickey Baxter-Spade 4 weeks ago

    Your owl has a lot of character, Charlie! We all need to disappear on occasion. It restores the soul.

  17. Yvonne Reeder 4 weeks ago

    I get all of these thoughts. (((hugs))) I do worry for your burnout level. It’s just not feasible for one person to go go go without help or down time. Take care there Mr. C. and DO take down time when needed, please. ❤️😘❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Von! 😃💕 I’m definitely trying to DO just that. I just had so many things to get done. But everything seems to have worked and is moving forward nicely now!

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