A Drink Of Spring

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 5 - A Drink Of Spring - Doodlewash

When I was at lunch today, the little cafe where we ate had some citrus-infused water that was delightful, so that was on my mind for today’s prompt of “glassy.” The water was actually mostly oranges and maybe a lemon, but limes make things so much more colorful. The weather was sunny for a brief period, but the wind still had the harsh chills of winter. In that moment at least, I could at least enjoy the idea of spring and warmer weather. Dreaming of the lovely days ahead once winter decides to finally give up already and move on properly. Our dog Phineas is not a fan of winter and has been sneezing his disapproval each time he dares going out on the terrace to his favorite spot. The spot where one day he’ll spend long afternoons baking in the sun as though that’s what actually gives him his golden color. There he’ll no doubt be dreaming of smarter dads who had the good sense to move to southern California in the first place. But for now, we are all simply waiting and wishing the winds would blow some warmer air our direction.

I have to admit, though, the act of painting something citrus did warm me up a bit. Or perhaps it was the glass of wine I had nearby, safely out of reach so I didn’t dunk my brush into it. Which has, of course, happened a few times before. Either way, it was a happy little moment this evening. I’m running a bit late with this post as I had a dental appointment after work. All seems good and I was told if I would only floss a bit more, I might be able to keep these same teeth until I’m 80. I wasn’t told what would happen after that, but still felt good with the diagnosis. Yes, going home directly after having your teeth cleaned to drink red wine probably defeats a bit of the purpose, but all other ways to celebrate a successful dental appointment seemed dull and less festive. Actually, I didn’t spend much time thinking of other ways, and instead thought that most people probably don’t use a dental appointment as an excuse for a celebration. I, however, will use an excuse I can, any chance I get.

Beyond citrus drinks, Philippe has already moved our menu into spring mode. We’re done with winter and ready to move on whether it likes it or not. Tonight we had a lovely little appetizer of spicy beans and avocados that’s a sure signal that warm weather food is coming back. Soon we’ll be eating our dinner out on the terrace again and enjoying evenings when the sun stays around a bit longer. I always seem to be in a bit of a dream state, thinking of things ahead and in the past. Perhaps this is why I rarely sketch exactly what’s in front of me, but instead what’s on my mind in the moment. Bits of memories and dreams that can be far is the past or as nearby as tomorrow. I use painting to reflect and ground myself a bit before moving on with life. It’s a bit of therapeutic exercise that makes me happier each time I sit down to create something. And though even the windy winter day that I actually had today was lovely in its own right, I prefer to take a little moment and enjoy a drink of spring.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 5 - A Drink Of Spring - Doodlewash
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38 Comments
  1. Jenna 9 months ago

    Infused water is so energizing and delightful – especially a tangy citrus blend! Beautiful, as always.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jenna! 😃💕I adore infused water!! hehe…. so good!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    I love the way you painted the fruit in the water! I hope Phineas will soon be able to sleep in the sun. He’s right about Southern California – it was warm and sunny in L.A. today.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕hehe… yeah, Phineas would totally prefer to be there! Some days, we would as well!

  3. Laura M Bailey 9 months ago

    Love this much! A delightful and vivid rrad

  4. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    Your lemon/lime water does indeed look like something lovely to drink on a spring day! I had to laugh at the image of you dunking your paint brush in wine. I haven’t done that, but I did spill most of a glass onto my journal once. I just grabbed my paint brush and and made a wine painting. I liked the result, but I have to admit I regret the loss of that wine – it was a good one.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 LOL… yeah… the regret of the lost wine is the worst bit! hehe… but any sort of cup is a danger when it comes to watercolor!

  5. Lisa 9 months ago

    In case you forgot, they make white wine! 😂😂😂😈
    I’m sick of winter too and in the last few hours we had five inches of snow dumped on us. Its like starting over!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      LOL… yeah, but I still couldn’t drink it after dunking paint inside! 😊 And yeah… so ready for winter to be over. Today it rained frozen pellets that looked like bits of styrofoam!

  6. Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

    You painted glass again! Happy day. I wanted to add, I LOVE all the stuff you added to the store! That beach towel and tote are GORGEOUS Charlie!! You Rock!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 So happy you liked those!! So, the question is… which one will you get? 😉 hehe

      • Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

        EVERY SINGLE ONE!! (and if I don’t win a million dollars first… ) the tote so I can have a bunch instead of one! It’s so adorable!

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          Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

          Aww thanks! Glad you liked it! Philippe gets credit for making the pattern as I had zero clue how to do that. But I think it did turn out great! I think you definitely need one! hehe 😃💕

  7. mynewsdrive 9 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    I really liked this painting, Charlie, of a refreshing pitcher of lemonade. You did a great job – I can smell the tang of the fruit. And you’ve given me something to think about as I head off to bed. Getting grounded is a good idea but remembering past adventures with family and friends keeps me smiling.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 You always comment with a lovely turn of phrase that makes me think again as well. Love your words!

  9. Pamela Smith 9 months ago

    Beautiful..looks refreshing..

  10. gpeppers 9 months ago

    This post made me happy. We too are ready for the winds to blow warmer here in North Central Alabama, USA. Love your watercolors.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoy my watercolors! And here’s to warmer winds blowing our way soon!!

  11. Jacob 9 months ago

    Very springlike – and I naturally I have to approve of anything citrus!

    Sounds like you deserved a sticker from the dentist! We used to go to McDonald’s as our post-appointment celebration, though only because it was pretty much next door.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… Citrus Polos forever!!! But wow… McDonald’s really cancels everything out. You win! That’s awesome!!

  12. smzang 9 months ago

    this one would be a great one to go with that still life

    (I’m adding it to my wish list for next month)

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      hehe!! Yay!! 😃💕It’s now my goal to fill every wall in your home. lol I wish I could offer these smaller than 10×10 so people could build a collage!

      • smzang 9 months ago

        I actually ordered the 14 X 14 because it’s just made for the spot by my dining area. By the time I add a frame, it will look as if it were created specifically for that spot. I wish I were rolling in dough so our little town could have a Charlie O’Shields Exhibit with Chardonnay and Brie and good conversation with the artist. Alas, my piggy bank is gaunt, so I will treat myself from time to time with a purchase, and every day with a visit to the Doodlewash Exhibit. It’s all good!

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          Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

          You’re so supportive and awesome! Thank you Sarah!! 😃💕You had me at wine and brie…. when I can I come?! hehe I really can’t thank you enough for your encouragement. It’s not easy to show up to paint each day and knowing that people actually enjoy it makes me so happy.

          • smzang 9 months ago

            I love it! I’m going to do some research. Who knows…something might just click and maybe you will have a new sideline to add to your already impossible schedule.

  13. ann christina 9 months ago

    This lemonade painting looks absolutely awesome, Charlie! Loved your little story about Phineas, my dog loves sunbathing too. I once stepped out of a sun studio with her on the leash, and a guy passing by told me that the tanning booth had a really good effect on her (she is black) 😄 Does Phineas like snow? My dog LOVES is, as much as she loves sunbathing 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Ann! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one. Lol… love that story!! And no, Phineas really hates snow. hehe… he just sort of hunkers down and gets through winter while he waits for the sunshine of spring and summer! hehe

  14. Susan Cuss 9 months ago

    That looks so refreshing!

  15. Relax with Art 9 months ago

    Delightful is the perfect word to express how it feels to see this little scene! This illustration is gorgeous and now makes my citrus loving mouth water 🙂

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