A Lovely Beginning

Tulips And Robin Watercolor Painting

Welcome to a brand new month and a new Doodlewash art challenge! For our first prompt of “Tulips,” I paired some with a little robin. The weather was beautiful here today, and though it’s not quite spring where I live, it felt like it had already begun. This is especially good news for our dog Phineas who was getting really tired of winter and a little bit stir crazy. Today marked the beginning of what Philippe and I call “door season,” so called because Phineas will sit by the door in our kitchen leading outside. We’ll walk over and let him out and he’ll sit on the terrace for a moment and then decide he wants to come back indoors. Though he can open the door and let himself back inside, he’s not learned how to close it so one of us has to walk over and do so. He returns to the door moments later, indignant that we didn’t realize he was just taking a break. It’s a bothersome game, but it always marks the beginning of wonderful days filled with sunshine.

All three of us went for a walk this afternoon to enjoy the lovely weather. Well, it’s not really a sustained walk as Phineas leads it and has to stop every few feet to sniff something intriguing. If it’s interesting enough, this always involves peeing on it as though he’s just claimed it as his own. He actually did this in front of one of the most lovely and extravagant homes in the neighborhood and then looked up at me as if smiling and thinking, “I just bought that. When do we move in?” I just smiled back as I didn’t have the heart to explain to him that’s not how real transactions actually work. As we kept walking, I spotted a girl walking a little farther ahead wearing headphones. She was just walking, she was skipping a bit and every so often breaking into something that looked like a bit of a dance. I was already in a wonderful mood, but in that moment my mood grew even a few shades brighter. And though I couldn’t hear the song, I found myself adding a bit of a skip to my walk as well.

There’s definitely something magical that happens when signs of spring start to appear. My mood starts to take on a new feeling of infinite possibilities. Something that may have seemed challenging just a day before is now just a fun problem to conquer next. And, I’m ready to charge ahead this week and take on any challenge that comes my way. Okay, I have to admit that I hope there’s nothing that’s too much trouble as I could also use another day of weekend fun. It feels like the weekends are zooming by lately. I think three days is a far more acceptable period of time for a proper weekend. Two simply feels like a horrible tease. Phineas is now back at the door waiting for me to let him back outside for a moment, for the hundredth time today. He’s currently staring me down as though trying to yell at me telepathically. And, as much as I should find this annoying, I just have to smile, excited to be reminded once more of the promise of spring and a lovely beginning.

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32 Comments
  1. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 7 months ago

    What a beautiful way to start the month–a harbinger of Spring in clean, happy colors!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    Love Phineas and those bright tulips!

  3. Sandra Strait 7 months ago

    We’ve had robins hopping in the backyard that weren’t there when we flew off to Florida. A sure sign that Spring has sprung! I don’t think mine are quite as cute as yours is though!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, robins are everywhere here. One was very curious and sort came my direction, which always makes them see cuter!

  4. Lisa 7 months ago

    Sounds exactly like two of our cats. They want the door open so bad that they sit staring at the door most every season! Then when I do open it, one cat charges out, the other one stands in the doorway sniffing the edge of the door frame and the brick and if I close the door he looks at me as if I couldn’t possibly have anything more important to do than watch him sniff.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! awww that sounds just like something Phineas would do. Love it! He is a bit cat-like in some ways though. 😉

  5. Zertab Quaderi 7 months ago

    So pretty!

  6. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 7 months ago

    So gorgeous!!! Phineas and my furbaby nephew Charlie both have a similar thing they love to do. Charlie loves to have the window opened for him and it does not matter how the weather is outdoors. And he may walk away but as soon as its closed he wants to breath the fresh air again lol so funny. Gotta love the furbabies. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay for furbabies! That’s so cute!! Yeah, it’s like… what are you doing? I was coming back for that fresh air!! lol

  7. Gary Middleton 7 months ago

    Beatiful painting Charlie.

  8. Susan Masters 7 months ago

    So full of life love the painting and the musings!

  9. Donna Macauley 7 months ago

    This is beautiful, Charilie, and I loved your account of how spring starts at your home.

  10. Mary Roff 7 months ago

    Beautiful, Charlie! There were Robin’s in our yard a dew weeks ago so Spring is definitely headed your way.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay for spring! And robins… I love them too! hehe

  11. LoriCtoo 7 months ago

    So bright and cheery! I do love the flowers of Spring. I’m a bit nervous about my Bleeding Hearts. They are about 4″ tall with some blooms. Way too early. I would hate to lose them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh no! The bleeding hearts better not be too soon! There were lots of wildflowers showing up here. No freeze in the forecast, but anything’s possible.

  12. Danai Mongkolrat 7 months ago

    Best composition best colors best paint

  13. Linda Calverley 7 months ago

    Lovely painting Charlie

  14. Fatima Chamkha 7 months ago

    Gorgeous painting Charlie!

  15. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    Lovely painting of a magical creature!

  16. smzang 7 months ago

    Charlie says, “There’s definitely something magical that happens when signs of spring start to appear.”

    Yes, yes and yes!!

    BTW, I love Phineas’ idea of how a real estate transaction should be transacted. Super grand!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, Phineas things we are FAR richer than we actually are. I sort of wish he was right sometimes. lol

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