A Gift Of Flowers

Day 1 - A Gift Of Flowers - #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash

Today is the beginning of May and the start of brand new Doodlewash adventure! This month, we’ll be exploring all of those things that are certain to produce smiles. I came home this evening with literally no idea in mind of what to paint for today’s prompt of flowers, and so I’m running a bit late. I spent several minutes joyously procrastinating. I finally landed on a little jar of freshly picked tulips as it’s the season and they certainly make me smile. I love seeing the tulips pop up in spring. They seem to be the signal around these parts that we’ve definitely had an official change in weather and winter is behind us. That said, once it did actually snow in May a few years ago, so anything is possible really. But seeing these little flowers dotting the landscapes around the neighborhood always fills me with a sense of hope. Philippe and I don’t really give each other flowers, but we’ll often pick them up while at the grocery store to display for a few days. Most of time, we forget to assign someone to check the water levels and they’ll begin to wilt far sooner than they should. But for whatever time we manage to keep them alive, it still feels like a gift.

Since the weather has been perfectly crazy here and cold for far too long, we haven’t been in the mood to plant any flowers yet. I’m hoping that the mood strikes us and we decide to line the terrace with something colorful and awesome. But, outdoor flowers don’t fair much better than their indoor counterparts under our care. Thankfully, it’s rather rainy here this time of year so they can pretty much fend for themselves. Once summer hits, though, they’ll be wishing they lived elsewhere as we takes turns forgetting to water them. We both have the best of attentions but paired with a level of distraction only a squirrel might appreciate. Or the cute little squirrels themselves become distracting, so really, in the end, I think I blame them. Either way, we’re just happy to see the lovely flowers on the terraces of the more deliberate and focused neighbors.

Philippe is out at a work event tonight so I’m home alone. Like in the movie by the same name, where I’m just waiting for the bungling robbers to appear and thwart them with my childish antics. But suffice it say, this doesn’t help much with my already tenuous focus. It’s funny how much I rely on our regular routine to create these posts. When I’m left alone to wander about in my thoughts, time seems to stand still, and I lose track of it all. But, in some ways, it’s also really fun. Just letting the moment take me in whatever direction it wants and doing things as they come to me. I hope many of you will be joining me on this month’s adventure. As most of you know, nearly all of my drive to show up and paint each and every day is created by all of you. Your lovely paintings and encouraging comments keep me coming back for more! I really can’t thank you enough for joining me on my adventures. It means the world to me. In many ways, it’s like each and every day, I’m getting a gift of flowers.

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 Day 1 - A Gift Of Flowers - #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash
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29 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 8 months ago

    Beautiful tulips, and of course, you’ve mastered glass! Hope you find something vastly intriguing and entertaining for the rest of the evening!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I almost sketched tulips without glass, but yeah… I couldn’t do it! hehe

  2. SnehLata Maheshwari 8 months ago

    Beautiful 🥀🌼🌷. Summer has started here.I love ed the art of Your s. thanks.

  3. Nancy Jackson 8 months ago

    Love the rocks in the jar. I live in Wallace Ca. ALOT of rocks here. The mix if colors in your painting is great! You keep inspiring me too! ☺

  4. Jill Kuhn 8 months ago

    I had flowers on the mind today too, Charlie! 🌷 Tulips are such a special delight this time of year, I so agree! Happy May Day! And cheers to a month of smile! 😃👍

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Yeah, I figured May Day had to start with flowers… so happy for the spring weather that finally arrived here! Yay for smiles!!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    Love your tulips but I’m waiting for peonies to show up in stores so I can enjoy a bouquet. Ah Spring!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕Spring was SO late here, but it seems like it’s finally arrived for a little bit. I imagine the full heat of summer will come early so I’m enjoying every little moment!

  6. June Hadaway 8 months ago

    SUCH a nice message. Thank you. Your tulip is lovely and like myself, the mason jar suits the first cut flower of spring very well since they_ seem to pop up one by one. You really know how to shade to make the water look real. Vety n ice.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, June! 😃💕You know me and any chance to paint glass! hehe… I just really push contrast more than most. It really makes it pop and creates a sense of transparency!

  7. Lisa 8 months ago

    The saying when you take more food than you can possibly eat is, your eyes are bigger than your stomach. But when you buy more plants than you can possibly plant, what is that? Cause I do that. It’s a sickness. Plus now I need tulip bulbs! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe! Love that, Lisa! 😃💕 I have no idea if there’s a saying for a plant addiction, but I adore the idea. Seriously, who can ever have too many flowers??

  8. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    Wonderful colors inside the glass. Your daily post is like getting flowers for me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      That’s the sweetest thing to hear! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕

  9. smzang 8 months ago

    “as we takes turns forgetting to water them.” big grin!

    I love the painting. You are a ‘glass-master’. The tulips
    speak spring so beautifully.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… yeah we are not great caretakers when it comes to our plants, but we DO love them!

  10. Sarah 8 months ago

    Such beautiful tulips, Charlie! Hope the weather soon improves so that the mood may strike you and Phillippe to plant some new plants outside! It´s been treacherously sunny here and I was tempted to give it a try but know that there will be some cold days coming in the middle of May and then all my efforts would be in vain. In the meantime I enjoy watching your flowers here! 🙂
    Also will try and see if I can participate in your wonderful doodle wash adventure this month – though maybe not everyday. 😉 Have a lovely Spring! <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      That’s awesome, Sarah! 😃💕 I DO hope you’ll join us in May!! And yes… the fear of “is it really spring” is still with us so that doesn’t help our planting efforts at all! hehe

  11. ann christina 8 months ago

    Beautiful tulips, Charlie, and nice post! 🌷

  12. bingingonabudget 8 months ago

    Thanks for sharing, you’re so talented.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      You’re so sweet! What a nice compliment! Thank you so much! 😃💕

  13. Pamela Smith 8 months ago

    And yet you pulled it off,good job,Charlie

  14. Dominik Neuffer 7 months ago

    Looking really great, love the reflections on the glass

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