A Moment On The Beach

Crab On Beach Watercolor Illustration

Today, for our prompt of “Sand,” I added a little crab for a bit of interest, and mostly because I just find crabs rather interesting. I often talk about my love of the beach, though I’m quite landlocked in the middle of the United States. I’ve told Philippe that he simply must take me somewhere on vacation in August, after World Watercolor Month, and that most likely will involve a beach. In truth, when it comes to vacations of any sort, it’s me that has to get the ball rolling. Once I start actually making reservations, Philippe is totally on board, but he’s never been one to actually initiate the actual planning of a vacation. This is a side effect of being rather happy at home, and worrying about leaving his precious baby behind. The baby in this case is our dog Phineas, who is equally on the fence about being taking to a resort with other dogs while we’re off traveling. While there are plenty of new smells to enjoy, he’d really rather just be home in bed. I was talking about Phineas just then, not Philippe, but the two do share many similarities. For me, I adore traveling to new places, but yes, in the end, I’m always thoroughly happy to be back home once again.

When I used to travel to Los Angeles for work quite a lot, I would always make a point to visit the beach. Even if it was just for a few precious minutes during a very busy schedule, I would always make the time. Walking through the sand and hearing the crash of waves is a wonderfully therapeutic experience. Though, I was often barely making it to my next meeting in order to make that experience happen, it was always worth it in the end. Though I have many things that I’d still like to do in life, I’m quite pleased that I’ve always taken the time to do those things I enjoy most. That’s something that I talk about often in these posts, because if I had one thing to teach, it would simply be that. No matter what is happening in our lives, there’s always a few moments to steal back, so we can enjoy the best part of it. When I find myself truly thrilling to something, I know that it’s something important to me. It’s something I shouldn’t ignore and push to the background. It’s instead, something I should celebrate and do all I can to move it to the foreground so I can revel in the moment. And, feel better than I felt in just that moment before it.

Don’t get wrong, life is busy and there are so many things that we have to accomplish next. I’m currently running a day or so behind on most of the things I’ve intended to get completed. But, what I’ve learned in life is that if I push myself to just do the things I know I have to do, I will end up in a rather joyless state. One that doesn’t even let me revel in the excitement of actually getting something done. So, many times, I do the opposite of what one would expect. I do nothing at all. But, better yet, I do a very specific kind of nothing that involves dreaming about what I love most. Even if I can’t experience the feeling of sand beneath my feet, I still have the ability to dream about it. And that’s a wonderful gift to possess. Sometimes, travel isn’t about looking at the next plane or train itinerary, but simply visiting an idea in one’s mind. This kind of travel is the type that I do each and every day. And, though I’m not actually in that exotic location, but instead sitting at the end of my kitchen counter, I still feel like I’ve traveled the world. That’s the power of imagination and the beauty of art combined. It’s a magical thought indeed to know that no matter where I am in the world, I can still simply pause and enjoy a moment on the beach.

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16 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    Your crab looks perfectly crabby yet not crabby at all! You’re so right about making sure to take time to do the things you enjoy and that refresh you. When I get too much going, I often freeze, feeling that no matter what I do I’m wrong because it isn’t one of the other things. That’s when I go do something else entirely and when I come back I usually have a plan for proceeding even though I wasn’t thinking about it all. Except I can’t let myself read. Reading I just don’t come back from – I’ll spend the whole day happily lost in a book … or two … or three.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕Yeah, I always try to make my crabs less crabby and more happy! lol And Oh, I adore spending the day lost in a book! It’s the best escape ever!

  2. Karen Fortier 4 weeks ago

    Great crab! I always loved to watch crabs at the beach. Horseshoe crabs were fascinating but I must admit that they scared me a bit. I’m glad that you realize that it is important to make time for the things that rejuvenate your spirit. It is important.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, taking time to rejuvenate our spirits is always time well spent!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 4 weeks ago

    Fantastic color on the body shell. I don’t like the taste of crab, but I love seeing them walk around.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕hehe… and crabs everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. I, however, find them tasty. 😊

  4. Robert J. Coleman 4 weeks ago

    A fine looking crab, but it would be better in a pot of gumbo, cooking over a fire on a beach along the Gulf. Those are memories of college in Mobile AL, to which I can return in my mind, just as you mentioned. And it’s a lot less expensive than plane tickets!
    And may I mention a website that will provide one with plenty of fascinating places for such imaginative travel: Atlas Obscura, easy to find on the Google. Members of the group report on their travels and provide photos, videos and all sorts of history to tweak your imagination, maybe even provide subjects for sketching…….

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Bob! 😃💕Yay to returning to memories in our mind. And Atlas Obscura sounds right up my alley… and might just provide the destination for our next vacation! Thanks!

  5. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    Turns out that I relate well to young people who make a point to keep me in their lives. How wonderful is that! But the point is, I received a FB photo of one of these young people who I have known since he was 14 years old. He is now almost 30. The photo shows him seconds before he jumps out of a plane! His third jump. My response? DO EVERYTHING! Spend more time on beaches my friend!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww yay to that, Lisa! 😃💕I that DO Everything is the best advice in life. Though, yeah, I’m too scared of heights to ever jump out of a plane. 😊

  6. Jodi 4 weeks ago

    Such a great way to live!

  7. LoriCtoo 4 weeks ago

    I like him! Yes, do what you love to do! Life is too short not to! Book that trip!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 I’m starting to look through trips now! hehe… I’m determined that we take one in August!

  8. Susan 4 weeks ago

    Your daily drawings are such a delight, your watercolor techniques inspiring. Thank-you for this amazing crab.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕So thrilled you’re enjoying my posts! That makes me very happy to hear!

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