A Bit Of Hot Water

Day 25 - A Bit Of Hot Water - Watercolor Sketch

With truly no idea what I would sketch for today’s prompt of “metallic,” I looked across from me and sketched the first metal thing I found. In this case, it turned out to be our water boiler with the morning’s empty cup of coffee still sitting forlornly next to it. Rather than get up and do the dishes, which was certainly what this scene would indicate, I decided instead to sketch it. I chose to urban sketch it fast and loose as though it were a person on the street that might actually be getting up to move on. I don’t actually sketch people very often, but would like to give it a go this year. Pretending a pot is a person is certainly the first stages of insanity, but it was a good exercise in quick observation. The circus tent of color I included was an exaggeration of what was truly there as the various reflected colors were fascinating to me. The blue is actually our wall across the room, while the red was just a piece of a cutting mat far closer, and the yellow was provided courtesy of a glint of sun that only stayed around for five minutes. An entire moment in a room condensed into reflected stripes, rapidly changing in the light of one innocent heating pot. This, in a nutshell, is precisely why I love sketching.

So many ordinary things go unnoticed throughout the day. There are many more interesting things going on, more thrilling moments to capture, and the mundane things just sit there, doing their mundane thing of nothing much at all. But when you look closer, they become the very handprint of life itself. A story of a little pot that does nothing but deliver boiling water at the beginning and end of each day. Coffee in the morning and a spot of tea before the day finally says goodnight. It’s an important job, indeed. Like a silent narrator that starts and ends our story each and every day. I’ve never found this pot to be remarkable until thinking about it made me realize just how important it has become in our lives. Sure, we could probably get through a day without it, but the day would always be lacking something important. Something primal and necessary. Not the coffee or the tea, but the inexplicable comfort of enjoying a daily ritual that makes us happy.

Soon, our annual ritual will occur as my mother and sister are in town for a visit. It’s annual, because my mother has used the same tax guy for years and drives up from Texas every March to meet with him. Of course, this could all be done online, but she never used the computer I bought her and gave it to my niece instead. She now uses my sister as a computer, standing over her shoulder with Facebook open saying, “Click that! Click that!” This old-fashioned approach, however, means I get to see her so sometimes a lack of technology can actually be a good thing. It’s become a lovely ritual that I wish could happen more often, but alway cherish when it does. So I should probably close out this post now as they’ll be here any minute. Time to unplug for a moment and leave this daily ritual in exchange for an annual treat. Also, the little kid in me knows if I don’t I’ll get in trouble. Though my mother is rather used to it. I spent my childhood always finding ways to end up in a bit of hot water.

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23 Comments
  1. Pamela Smith 7 months ago

    You sure know how to do shine Charlie…metal,glass,plastic, you’ve got it covered……love it

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Pamela!! That so sweet of you to say! 😃💕

  2. Sandra Strait 7 months ago

    Lovely thoughts and lovely coffee pot! Enjoy your visit with your mother!

  3. Like It !

  4. Mary Roff 7 months ago

    Love the colorful reflections! Enjoy every minute of the visit with your mother.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks, Mary!! 😃💕 It was a wonderful time! So lovely to unplug and enjoy family!

  5. Jodi 7 months ago

    such a wonderful story of the normal “stuff” of our lives – and such a lovely painting of it. ENJOY our time with Mom!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 It was a fabulous time!! A shame it doesn’t happen very often, but it’s always wonderful when it does!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    I love the colorful reflections! Have fun visiting with your mom.

  7. Snehlata Maheshwari 7 months ago

    Amazing 🌼 lie. The coffee pot is excellent.
    So as the story is.love it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this one!

  8. Rod Fletcher 7 months ago

    Love the final pun

  9. Viola Bleu 7 months ago

    That’s our kettle!!! Seriously! Did you buy it from Tescos too?? Love the painting so so much

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Actually I think we picked this one up at Target… hehe… but it’s been a workhorse. We use it every day!

  10. Jacob 7 months ago

    I like this quicker approach, and I’m certainly intrigued by the ‘circus tent of colour’ – what a kitchen it would be! 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, I realized that I’ve gotten a lot better at drawing so if I take the same amount of time, it kills a bit of the spontaneity and wonkiness! Good news is… I can sketch and paint really fast now! lol

  11. Miss Gentileschi 7 months ago

    I was so intrigued by the colorful reflections on your hot water boiler and thankfully you provided the necessary background with your description! And I couldn’t agree more about the value of the mundane things in our lives that are much more important – and beautiful! – than we often take care to notice. And I know what I´m talking about when I say “I love my hot water boiler!” because mine went bust a couple of months ago and I had to face the day without my cup of green tea because heating the water in a pot on the stove wold have taken hours! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      I know, right??? A hot water boiler is one of the most amazing things around! hehe… funny how these simple household objects can bring so much joy!

  12. smzang 7 months ago

    “An entire moment in a room condensed into reflected stripes, rapidly changing in the light of one innocent heating pot. This, in a nutshell, is precisely why I love sketching.”

    and that is precisely why I love doodlewash. It is an ongoing saga of life that has no beginning or end. You can jump in at any spot and be instantly in tune . It is vivid and vibrant and good. It makes 5 minutes of sun light a lifetime.

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