A Goodnight Kiss

Baby Giraffe And Mother Bedtime Sleeping Watercolor Illustration Painting

For Day 10 of World Watercolor Month, our optional prompt of “Hushed” could really be a million things. I wasn’t quite sure what to sketch at first. Then, what came to mind was that moment when a parent finally gets their little kid to fall asleep. Indeed, a last kiss from someone you love before drifting off to dreamland is a wonderful thing indeed. When I was a kid, I would often have trouble getting to sleep as I was always excited about something that I discovered that day. I wanted to keep thinking about it and exploring whatever it was and it was tough to shut my mind off for the night. Today, as ever, not much has changed and I still end up lying awake in bed while various thoughts and ideas bounce around in my mind. I still get so excited when thinking about ideas and new discoveries. Thankfully, I do end up drifting off to sleep eventually, but not before dreaming while wide awake about a life filled with infinite possibilities.

This afternoon I was working on a new project and got super excited as I figured out new things to try. The time sped by and before I knew it the day had nearly come to a close and I hadn’t made a sketch or a post yet. Besides being productive and actually getting things done, including all of the laundry, which was quite unusual for me, I still managed to get distracted. Laundry is something that still happens at the very last possible moment out of sheer necessity. Philippe pulled up the live action Aladdin movie on our new large television to test the picture and before we knew it, we had watched the entire thing… again. For a moment, I felt like I’d wasted time. After all, I was supposed to be doing something else. But then I had to remind myself that taking time to just relax and enjoy something is also productive. Sometimes, like when it comes to a creative project or making art, it’s the best thing one can do!

So, although I’m typing like a madman now trying to complete this post, I’m in a wonderful mood. I feel like I’ve recharged and I’m more excited than ever to tackle those projects again. And, going into my lovely zone for a quick little watercolor sketch was the icing on a sweet and delicious cake. Now, I’m super excited to enjoy a lovely evening with Philippe. And yes, our dog Phineas, but he’s just snoring on the floor behind me waiting until we have our first little snack of the evening. Then he’ll burst to life suddenly and start demanding to be included. Though days seem far too short, especially when they’re of the weekend variety, I’m happy that I made the most of this one. There’s always tomorrow to start again with a fresh perspective. And then there’s tonight when in the final hours of a blissful day, everything ends just as it should, with a goodnight kiss.

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14 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    A charming watercolor.

  2. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Wonderful idea for the prompt, Charlie!! It’s amazing how even just a little bit of time for R& R can recharge the creative batteries!!!

  3. writerleenda 4 months ago

    Charlie I can just see you getting out of bed at 1 AM and Philippe demanding to know what is wrong with you painting at this hour and get back into bed. Hahahahah you’ll get Phineas all confused too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Haha! At this point in our relationship, Philippe just sort of goes with whatever I end up doing! 😃💕 And Phineas never wakes up at all at that hour. lol

  4. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    I know that restless idea syndrome well. At least it’s better than when it’s a song that gets stuck in your head and plays all night long.

  5. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Such a sweet painting, Charlie. I LOVE giraffes! Yup, sometimes you need to kick back and enjoy the moment. Have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Indeed… kicking back is the best! Hope you’ve done the same and are having a fabulous weekend!

  6. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    That’s really beautiful, Charlie. I’m going to show my wife, she’ll love it.

  7. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I love the cozy Doodlewash and here’s wishing you many more Rest n Relax days, and nights of exciting ideas – anything but some irritating song that’s entered your head. Have a super duper delicious week ahead. 🙂

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… here’s to only good songs in our heads and a wonderful week ahead!

  8. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    Aww just wonderful!! Rest is just as important as work. We need it to have our bodies recharge..so go with the flow the other stuff will get done!! hugs and blessings!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 So true!! hehe… we run on batteries as well, just a different kind. hehe

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