A Pear In A Glass

#WorldWatercolorGroup - A Pear In A Glass - Doodlewash

Well it’s been an interesting week so far, and I’m still trying to debug an issue on Doodlewash, which proves to be perfectly mysterious. For anyone attempting to upload art and having issues, please hang in there as I’m still trying to sort out the problem. In this particular case, the problem is perfectly bizarre and unusual, much like my take on pears today. So many times in life, we find ourselves in a situation which proves to be a bit inscrutable. A part of me gets a bit tired in these times and feels a little deflated. The other part me, the one that usually wins, is ready to jump in and figure out how to create a solution. I might need to take the site offline tomorrow for a brief period to sort things out, but never fear, all will be fixed shortly. At least that’s the plan. Sometimes, when you set out to do something big there can be a few bumps along the way, but they’re simply there, not to upset us, but to remind us that we’re actually doing something. And that’s always better than never trying in the first place.

In spite of any recent challenges, I still make a little time to make something each day. In the end, this is still one of the most important things of all. It would be really easy to say I simply couldn’t paint today, but why? I’m not sure how I could ever deny myself the pleasure of grabbing a paintbrush and making a little something in my sketchbook each day. What on earth could be so important as to dissuade me from doing so? The answer is nothing. Honestly, there’s always a tiny bit of time to make a tiny something. And best of all, that time is rejuvenating and incredible. Whatever it was that threatened to steal me from it, will be solved or enjoyed much more once I’ve taken the time to create. You know you’ve become an artist, not when you’ve created and sold a masterpiece for thousands of dollars, but when creating something becomes as important as breathing. When it’s simply something you have to do each and every day.

And that’s the thing that always keeps me driving forward with a positive attitude. There are many bumps in the road in an art journey or a life journey. But there are so many highs compared to those lows that it makes the journeying worth all the fuss. And each day, I see small improvements in the work that I post here. Some days, I read a line that I’ve written and think that it sounds rather nicely composed. As I write and illustrate each day, I’m learning new things and discovering bits about myself along the way. I don’t often approach life in a very linear fashion. I tend to bounce around from thing to thing and moment to moment. Even when I stop to consider things, I can often find that I’ve put myself in a perfectly ridiculous situation. Instead of trying to find a way out, I look to find a way in. If it’s a bit crazy, then it’s probably going to produce the best results. In life, there’s what you might expect, and then there’s the intriguing, if not ridiculous, sketch of a pear in a glass.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 16 - A Pear In A Glass - Doodlewash

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  1. Pamela Smith 5 years ago

    Charlie you are killing me,more beautiful glass and look at that pear,,,so nicely done…

  2. Fikria Novalisa 5 years ago

    Always make me interest. So beautiful pear in a glass is a great idea. I love it

  3. smzang 5 years ago

    “There are many bumps in the road in an art journey or a life journey. But there are so many highs compared to those lows that it makes the journeying worth all the fuss.”

    More words to live by, and the pear looks delicious.

    Sometimes I am able to load your site and sometimes I can’t. When I can’t, I just come back later and eventually it loads without a hitch. It’s worth the extra tries it sometimes takes. Good luck in finding the bug and exterminating it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s been a little glitchy lately, and still one last bug to squash, but should be running fine now most of the time. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! I’m trying a crazy amount of things at once that’s probably too many, but I’m certain they’ll all work in the end.

  4. Sharon Mann 5 years ago

    Wow, outstanding Charlie!!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Charlie, I think discovering yourself is the most important thing you can do. And this painting of a pear in a glass is lovely. As for fixing the problem on this site – I am able to wash the computer screen. Does that kind of fixing things count? Guess I can’t help you then.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      haha! That totally counts! 😃💕 Don’t think I haven’t tried just washing my screen to see if things appear as they should. hehe… in the end, I’m out of my league so I’ve left it to the experts to figure out. I’ll stick with painting!

  6. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Your pear in a glass is incredible. As you know, I’ve been going back and reading some of your earlier posts and the improvement, both in your painting and your writing, is inspiring. I do some kind of artwork almost every day, though not always painting, and I do miss a day or two every so often. I find I sometimes need a break, whether because of physical wear & tear on my wrist or just to let my creative juices rejuvenate. I’m in awe of someone who can go day after day after day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yay! So happy you’re seeing improvements in both! In many ways I end up finding the painting and writing is actually the break itself for me. That’s how I’ve managed to keep it going. I haven’t found a better way to unwind each day yet!

  7. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    I also love love love my set of six Escoda brushes too. And as for the pear in the glass (which is very beautiful) you are just showing off how wonderfully you can paint glass and I can’t. (I haven’t had any problems with the site when I’ve been on.) You can fix it!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 So happy to hear you haven’t had any problems with the site! Yay! yeah, they’re not widespread… just a crazy little bug that needs to be squashed. And I love painting glass!! hehe… as much as I love food, glass is probably my favorite and I’ve no idea why. So thanks for the compliment, but it’s really just a lot of practice. 😊

  8. Marrianne Wadley 5 years ago

    Your glass looks amazing… your pear, too!

  9. Nay Aung 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot for your effort and attitude on the issue Charlie!!!Hope everything will be fine soon 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Nay! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s just the gallery that’s affected I think (the +Paintbrush icon), but you can still share your work with the image icon at the lower right for now, just below it). I’ve got techs working on it now, and hopefully they’ll provide me a solution!

      • Nay Aung 5 years ago

        OK Charlie 🙂 I’ll try with image icon.

  10. Julia Proulx 5 years ago

    I love your pear, and especially how you paint glass. I did try to upload one just now using Chrome and mine disappeared too. Things may get worse before they get better. I don’t envy you the task of fixing the issue.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Julia! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yeah, as to the issues… I’ve put them in the hands of tech support. They’re behind an illustrator’s skill level… hehe. Hopefully things will be fixed soon. Weirdly…. on mobile… things seemed to work, but that was on an iPhone.

  11. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    yep, difficulties always push us forward as long as we don’t quit. It does get tiring though when you don’t have enough time in the day to fix everything. Good luck Charlie, wish I could clone myself and lend a hand, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… no cloning would be a wonderful superpower!! I chose invisibility first, but now I’m changing it to that!! Awesome!! 😃💕 LOL

      • Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

        invisibility??! Holy crap, that’d be awesome! Let’s get a BOGO!

  12. Super Charlie! I was trying to post my pears here on Doodlewash, but because of the current upload problem, I went back to my blog and made a post there. If somebody is interested to see it, here is the link: https://violetad.com
    I keep my fingers crossed for solving the problem with Doodlewash.
    Btw, have you checked out the Storage Space (it is shown in the Dashboard section)?

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Violeta! 😃💕I actually have unlimited storage, so that’s not the issue. But you can try using the Image icon below the input box rather than the paintbrush. It should still work, even it it doesn’t post to the gallery.

  13. June Hadaway 5 years ago

    I love this one. Very pretty pear in the glass bowl and such a nice bowl for it.

  14. Delores Azary 5 years ago

    I am impressed with your glass! I also appreciate your positive attitude!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Delores! 😃💕 Yeah, I always keep a positive attitude… things will eventually work out, even if it’s not the way we expected.

  15. Ellie 5 years ago

    This pear in glass is one of my favoritest of all your paintings! Just wonderful, and as you point out, just a bit out of the norm. I’m sure the site will get sorted out. Thanks for creating and maintaining it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Sites are so tough to keep going and yeah, that bit is entirely me. hehe… I’m probably in over my head, but I’m still having a lot of fun trying!

  16. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    There is no wrong with a pear in a glass, it looks simple and elegant. And there’s nothing wrong with bouncing around either. I often think bouncing is the best way to see things from all angles providing a better understanding and giving more options for solutions. Keep right on bouncing, I have faith you’ll solve the site problems. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Sandra! 😃💕 I hope I, along with a lot of help from tech support can sort out the issues. hehe… Bouncing is definitely the best way to approach problems. There’s always something you’ve missed that you can see more clearly when you bounce back.

  17. Yvonne Reeder 5 years ago

    Thank you for keeping at this puzzle, Charlie. (((hugs)))

  18. Jacob 5 years ago

    Inspirational as ever, Charlie! I hope the gremlines sort themselves out. Cracking pear, too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Now you have me thinking of the Gremlins movie which I really want to watch again! LOL It’s weirdly a Christmas movie as well. hehe

      • Jacob 5 years ago

        Ha, same! Although I thought of your doodlewash before the actual film. But yes, it’s a classic; definitely find time to watch it this Christmas!

  19. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Fabulous glass and pear Charlie! You amaze.

  20. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Glass and reflections are excellent.

  21. Fanna Turano 2 years ago

    Charlie, I’m not sure that you’ll get this in 2020, but I am responding to your crystal clear pear in a cup. Always enjoy your glass paintings, but to put a pear in a square glass reminded me of those ink blots. “Pear-fectly different.”

    The more salient point of this comment is to tell you how beautiful it was to read…”…when creating something becomes as important as breathing.” Probably the most beautiful line I’ve read about watercolor yet.

    Just wanted to tell you so…


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww so thrilled you enjoyed this one, Fanna! 😃💕Thanks so much for letting me know!!

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