For our prompt of “Candle” today, I made a quick little doodle of a single votive candle and some holiday decorations. There’s something magical about lighting just one candle. Even though it doesn’t provide a ton of light it often seems to shine the brightest. Today, I spent a few hours writing as I’m working on a new idea for a storybook series. It was coming along quite well and then I suddenly noticed the time and that it was getting a bit late. So this sketch was lightning quick, but I rather liked how it turned out. Mostly that it did actually turn out to be something at all, since I was moving so quickly. But I was in a creative zone all day and that is absolutely one of the best places I could hope to spend a day. I feel like I accomplished quite a lot and I’m excited about my new book, though there’s still lots of work ahead before I can complete it.

As with most things I create, my new storybook idea is built around a rather elaborate concept. But today was a breakthrough so I can see the finished product in my mind. Though it will take quite a few more sketches so I’ll have to find some extra time to create them. Mostly, I was just thrilled to have a new project again. I thrive on new creative projects and I haven’t had one in quite some time. I’m not quite ready to share the idea, but I can share that it came to me in a dream. I dreamed the first few pages and even the design of the cover. I woke up the next day and designed the cover and typed up all that I could remember. And today, it was finally starting to really come to life. I’m thrilled and I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s something I’m excited to work on so that’s always a great sign. It means I’ll be able to sneak in time in the most unexpected of ways.

I didn’t have a candle burning while I was writing, but I had all of the Christmas lights on. I think being surrounded by all of that sparkling light was very inspiring. Tonight, I think I shall light a single candle in honor of a successful creative day. I think that kind of day is one that’s definitely worth celebrating. At one point I rushed upstairs and wanted to share something I’d written with Philippe, but he was too busy on a project of his own. He was creating a 3D animation of a Christmas Card that had a sparkling foil embossed design. It was impressive, but seemed way harder than what I was doing at that moment. So, I just went back downstairs to continue writing. There’s something special about this season that brings me fresh inspiration. I know a lot of it is my inner child doing backflips all of the time and giving me permission to play. Not to succeed, but simply play. And that was all I needed today, to experience just a bit of light.

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29 thoughts on “A Bit Of Light

  1. Your new project has got me excited as well! All the best, Charlie! Can’t wait to see the new book! Your lightning-fast doodle is awesome. I can’t imagine ever being to do that great a sketch in such a short time.

    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m excited for this next idea. I think it’s really cool. Even if it’s going to take a ton of work! hehe And, I’ll have to see if that card he made is going to be posted on social. It looks really cool!

  2. Hey Charlie I hope your inner kiddo keeps that flashlight beamed out for you all the time. When something comes to you in a dream that could be divine guidance. If it sounds like that could be then follow it. Take care.

  3. How wonderful, Charlie, about your book! Yay! How exciting! I bet it’s going to be wonderful! 🎉🎉🎉 I can’t wait to see it!
    Wow, Philippe ‘s card sounds awesome. Being a card maker and stationery aficionado, that got my attention. 😀 Does he design cards as a profession, Charlie? It sounds awesome.
    haha haha Know what else would be a great Christmas card? A picture or painting of Phineas donning his hot dog costume. haha haha Please, oh, please, Charlie, paint Phineas in his costume. 💜

    1. Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Hehe… Philippe’s card was SO cool… I was like… I wrote half a book, but it didn’t seem as cool as what he just made! lol It was a 3D animation of an existing card, but still awesome. I’m not sure if we even have a pic of the hot dog costume… he never keeps it on for long! 😉

  4. I used to light candles all the time, but then we got a cat with long hair and she jumped on the table where the candles were, and all I could think about was what if her tail caught fire and she ran through the house lighting everything on fire as she went. What a nightmare! No more candles for me!!

  5. Best of luck with your book Charlie! I know what you mean about dreaming an idea. That has happened to me a few times. Crazy, but so exciting when it comes to fruition. Can’t wait to see your dream come true!! 😁👍

  6. I have just bought a relax candle with a piece of sodalite and a piece of amethyst with the smell of Lavender breeze mmm!! My bath time pleasure. Light off bathing on bath salts. Close to Heavenly. 😊🕯️🛀

  7. Nice Candle, I really like how the pine boughs draw your eyes into the candle. The ornaments add a lot. I am still waiting for my “Grinch 2020 Stink Stank Stunk” Christmas Ornament. Its gonna be fun to look back at it over the years and remember how lousy of a year 2020 was.

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