A Little Rest

Bunny Rabbit In Grass Flowers Watercolor Painting

For our final February prompt of “Rabbit,” I ended up with this quick little doodle of one. This has been a fabulous month and I’ve loved seeing all of the amazing things that all of you have drawn and painted along the way. Thanks so much for your continued inspiration! And, I DO hope you’ll keep right on drawing and painting with me in March as we begin a new challenge! It was a lovely day today, mostly because it was slow and full of relaxing. I almost ended up taking a nap, something I never do, as I lulled myself into full on laziness. Then I jumped out of it and took a bit of time to make a sketch. It was a lovely segue since sketching is equally relaxing for me. But, it still takes a bit of thinking and so the required alertness woke me up again. And since I sketch daily, one would think a new month is just another day for me. But, therein lies the trick! I take things one awesome month at a time and treat each month like it’s a brand new start. So, I’m excited for March to begin!

Philippe and I went to our favorite French restaurant for lunch today and it was wonderful as always. It was only a tad bit decadent, but enough to send up both into a bit of a stupor afterwards. We ended up having monkfish sandwiches, which were quite delicious. I’ve always liked monkfish, though it’s often referred to as the “poor man’s lobster,” and the actual fish looks a bit like a sea monster. Thankfully, we didn’t have a show to attend, so we could just hang out after lunch and play video games like big kids. I’ve just finished playing Lego Harry Potter on my Nintendo Switch and it was so much fun! Getting to spend part of the afternoon as a boy wizard was really kind of awesome. Definitely a wonderful way to reconnect with my inner child so I can keep trying to see the world more clearly. And when I was a kid, you couldn’t play a game like this in the palm of your hand, so it all still feels a bit magical to me. I love games like this one because they’re all about storytelling and problem-solving. So, even if it seems like being a bit lazy, my mind is still working hard to solve the next step in the mystery.

It strikes me that even my version of relaxing is still a bit mentally stimulating. I think relaxing my brain is something that I often struggle to DO! When I’m awake my brain is always on and when I sleep, even my dreams are attempting to sort out problems. I’m cool with that, since many fun things that I’ve made happen first happened in one of my dreams. I don’t always remember my dreams, but when they manage to come up with a cool concept, then I awake remembering that bit at least. Once, however, I did awake with only a partial idea and couldn’t remember the full one that had me astounded in my dream. Perhaps, one day, when I’m doing nothing much at all, I’ll happen to dream of it again, because whatever actually happened, was a super cool idea. Or, maybe, I just need to love those moments where I managed to relax my mind a bit, enough to enjoy a little rest.

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  1. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!! I can relate my mind is always ticking with something or another lol 🙂

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I tend to think a lot in my dreams, though too often I get stuck on one thing and keep going over it again and again in a loop. That isn’t always fun. The other problem is when I think through a painting I want to do, and actually do it in my dream. Then I wake feeling that it is already done and I don’t want to do it again. So generally, I prefer not to remember my dreams, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe! Yeah… we’ve missed out on some great paintings then I bet! 😉

      • Sandra Strait 2 years ago

        Oh yeah! In my dreams, they paintings are always aMAYzing!

  3. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Beautiful bunny. Yes shutting down the mind is very difficult to do. It gets a bit easier in retirement but old habits are hard to break. I will say that it is more fun in retirement! 😉 hope that helps.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I can’t wait for retirement! hehe

  4. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Gorgeous bunny…I enjoy the leisure of retirement so I don’t have to be on all the time thank goodness..and weekends are made for shutting down and relaxing…Enjoy your weekend and I am ready for March’s challenges!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕Yay for the weekends, and thrilled you’re participating in this month’s challenge!

  5. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Lovely painting Charlie.

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    Yeah, I don’t see you as being still for very long. You’ve got so much going on in your head. But this little bunny is a keeper – charming.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I can’t sit still for very long at all!

  7. Lisa 2 years ago

    I read recently that some people don’t have an ongoing dialog in their head narrating everything they are doing, saying, and writing. I think they are more picture thinkers rather than word thinkers. But it still seems so different to me. I can’t even imagine not having the voice in my head. So much so that I have to think about it to notice it. There is a thing coined the fictive dream that readers fall into when they are absorbed in a book. I think reading may be a way to rest the brain from all of the talk talk talk that goes on in there.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I agree! I think reading is a wonderful way to get away from that talking brain…or at least change the story! 😉

  8. Heidi S. 2 years ago

    I often remember my dreams, often because they are not very nice ones.
    No bunny’s 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, sounds like you need more bunnies in your dreams, Heidi! 😉💕

  9. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    He is so cute! He reminds me of my rabbit Bob that I befriended one week. I don’t know how much sketching I will get done this week. I’ve done something to my dominant shoulder. I’m hoping it works it way better. 🙁 I can always use my left hand for fun and muscle memory.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! Oh no! Sorry to hear that. Hope you recover quickly!! 😃💕

  10. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    Sweet Rabbit.

  11. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Loving this beautiful rabbit! Running wayyyy behind this weekend but will catch up with all of the wonderful posts from yesterday and today. No rest for the wicked my mother used to say. Hmmm, me wicked? hehehe 🤨🤔😏😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 haha!! My mother used to say that as well. But she made it seem kind of fun to be a bit wicked sometimes! lol

  12. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Live this bunny and the ideas you muse on!

  13. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful paint wonderful drawing and very beautiful

  14. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Nice Rabbit, I can see the blues and browns in his fur!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Shawn! 😃💕 Yeah, I love to use colors that just sit next to each other. It makes for a really interesting look!

  15. smzang 2 years ago

    a beautifully huggable bunny…I love it!

    I’m so glad you decided to paint it instead of that monkfish!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Lol… yeah, I’ve never one painted a monkfish… though perhaps I should one day. They are intriguing creatures, but wow… not pretty!

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