A Gigantic Ladybug

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 15 - A Gigantic Ladybug - Doodlewash

When I had to very quickly sketch a ladybug today with limited time, I happily splashed paint around and finished minutes later only to realize my ladybug was terrifyingly large. I looked at what I’d done and thought, “damn that’s big!” Of course, if you want to paint the details of a ladybug, they need to grow in size a little, but if this one landed on me, and I could make my ladybug wish, the first would be that it use its pterodactyl wings and fly away immediately. Part of the fun of these daily prompts is that some days I don’t have much time to worry about concept or composition and just throw caution to the wind to see what comes out. Sometimes it’s a cute little life-sized kitten and others, like this one, it’s the beetle that ate Manhattan. Either way, it’s always a fun time and I love discovering what will happen each day. What’s been fun is even at their speediest, my current sketches are a touch more refined than my earliest attempts, so it feels a bit like I’m making some progress or at least developing a sort of style.

The reason I’ve continued painting daily since I started is both a wonderful addiction to sketching and watercolor itself as well as the journey along the way. No matter what I sketch and paint and no matter how quickly some days I have to attempt it, it’s so rewarding to have done so. First, it means that I didn’t give up, even when it felt like I couldn’t possibly pull off another painting and post. That’s sort of a fun challenge in itself. But mostly, it’s about demanding time in life to DO the things you love most. Too many times, our dreams get a bit pushed into the background while we tend to the things we assume we have to do. And sometimes, it’s that we don’t feel like what we’re doing is good enough or important enough to ever take the place of those things. Let me solve this for you right away. If you’re making something new each day, trust me when I say, it’s the most important thing you can do. Anyone can answer an email and fold a towel, but what you do as an artist is special. No matter what kind of creative thing you do, it’s always the same answer. DO! The world needs to see and, if you’re writing, read what you make each day.

I dearly love seeing your comments and chatting with you over these posts. It’s a wonderful way to get to know each other better and share a bit of our lives together. That may seem a strange thing for a watercolor blog, but that’s always how it’s been here. This has really just been a safe space to interact with other folks who share an interest and joy of watercolor, yes, but also simply creativity, art, and the best of life’s little moments. It’s only been a little over two and half years since I started painting and started this blog. So much has happened and changed in that time, but the vision of focusing on life as art and not the other way around has remained. We paint and write stories about how we see the world and how we feel about what happens in it. Even when we don’t realize it. Every brushstroke and keystroke is influenced by our own perception and feelings of the world around us. And, it’s the most exciting way to connect with others. That’s the simple vision of Doodlewash. For my part, you’ll find sometimes poetic and nostalgic moments, randomly mixed with a different sort of ramble and a surprising appearance by a gigantic ladybug.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Leaf Green, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 15 - A Gigantic Ladybug - Doodlewash
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24 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 8 months ago

    Love your “beetle that ate Manhattan” and thanks for the words to smile over tonight….much needed .

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe.. thanks, Mary! 😃💕And so thrilled you enjoyed this post!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    That giant ladybug is magical, all the more able to make your wishes come true. This community is a safe, encouraging, and ultimately uplifting group. Thanks again for starting it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I’m so happy to hear you say that! I was such a challenge to put this community together and I’m so incredibly happy you’re enjoying it!

  3. Karen Howard 8 months ago

    I love the ladybug, so easy to see the details

  4. June Hadaway 8 months ago

    Beautifully done.

  5. Sandra Strait 8 months ago

    Love your beetle that ate Manhattan (that’s going to follow you for a long time!). And I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating – Thank you so much for creating the Doodlewash community where we can come and share our watercolor creations safely and enjoy conversation with like-minded souls!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      lol… I think The Beetle That Ate Manhattan would be a lovely title for a book! 😃💕 And thank YOU for being such a wonderful, enthusiastic and supportive member of this community my friend!

  6. Ruth Bailey 8 months ago

    Well, Charlie, you pulled off the bug’s-eye perspective on this one! The only reason it looks like a giant is that you haven’t given us anything else for comparison. Although, to an aphid, this is a dreaded monster!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Lol.. yeah, this one would scare the hell out of an aphid! lol Thanks, Ruth! 😃💕My penchant for removing context works far better for some things than others! hehe

  7. louiseaprimeau 8 months ago

    Very well said… I love writing almost as much as I love painting. And while many of my artist friends question whether they should stop posting on their blogs, I don’t. I started my blog in 2015 and I am still writing. Even if no one reads my blog, I am writing for myself first. I concede though that it warms my heart when I receive feedback about my posts on facebook. I have met truly lovely people through my art and my writing. And you, Charlie, are among them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕I’m thrilled you enjoy my writing… I wanted to be a writer once upon a time but it never quite happened liked I expected. And I’m so thrilled to have met you as well my friend! It’s a wonderful thing to share your heart each day. It most certainly spreads and brings love so I say… we BLOG ON!! 😉

  8. smzang 8 months ago

    absolutely love the painting, the awesome article and the comments

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww thanks so much!! So happy you enjoyed this one… this beetle seems so big! hehe 😃💕

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    The beetle that ate Manhattan – really, a bit of an exaggeration. Maybe the beetle that ate Trenton, now that I could believe. She’s quite gorgeous in her red patent leather coat with her thigh high black boots and headlamp eyes. And vivid proof that a brushstroke here and a dribble there can create a beautiful work of art. And that fingerplay over the keyboard can express a thoughtful philosophy about life.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… Trenton only? Yeah… you’re probably right as ever. And as ever, thank you so much for your encouragement!!

  10. NYC 8 months ago

    But just think how many garden pests she could gobble up! 😀Love your blog!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Lol… she could gobble them ALL up! And thanks so much! So happy you enjoy my blog! 😃💕

  11. Pamela Smith 8 months ago

    I love her take charge size and as your story implies,be in charge of what you do in life and the impression you leave.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      That’s such a beautiful way to put it, Pamela! Love that! 😃💕 Thanks!

  12. Delores Azary 8 months ago

    Love your lady bug! My brother lives in a house that is all white on the outside (with traditional southern columns). One year a lot of their neighbors decided to buy Lady bugs for their gardens. They all let them loose and were expecting great things to happen. Unfortunately all of the lady bugs in the area were attracted to my brother’s beautiful home The lady bugs decided they wanted to see if the interior was as beautiful as the exterior. All of a sudden they discovered hundreds and hundreds of lady bugs inside their house! He jokingly said he thought about reselling the lady bugs to his neighbors. However, he was afraid the lady bugs would just come back to his house and he would have to capture them all over again. Instead he drove a distance and released them in a garden.several miles from his house.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Delores! 😃💕 Oh my gosh!! What an incredible story! hehe… sounds like a very attractive house indeed. Wow! I’m impressed he managed to capture them all!

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