A Pretty Day

Butterfly And Lilac Flower Leaves Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Lilac” today, I added a butterfly for a touch more color and interest. Though flowers haven’t quite started to bloom where I live, it was a beautiful sunny day today that felt like spring was already here. Even with the tiniest of chill in the air, it was truly exceptional day. Philippe and I, along with our dog Phineas went for a long walk to enjoy the weather. Even without leaves returning to the trees, the sparkle of sunshine made everything just really pretty. A perfect reminder that world is filled with truly beautiful things. Phineas has been sort of hibernating all winter and is used to only short walks, but today he was ready to explore. Though, he was panting by the time we were heading back home and is currently curled up in a ball and sleeping again. I have to admit that he really knows how to truly enjoy a weekend properly and I envy his dedicated approach.

Last night, we went to our friends’ house for a fantastic evening of fun and food. It was so good to get together as it’s been several months since we’ve been able to meet up like that. When I was young, hanging out with friends was an almost weekly if not daily occurrence, but as we’ve all gotten older it gets much more difficult to do so. Our lives aren’t built around the same activities anymore and often go in very different directions. So, it’s often tough to find a time when we can spend the evening with each other. Though I wish this wasn’t the case, it does make each moment matter even more. And, being with the people you love always makes the day feel much brighter and happier. The current headlines we are met with each day aren’t particularly sunny. The world seems to be struggling to keep up with itself. So, I just keep right on making the most of each and every day, one sketch at a time.

And this is the weekend that’s also the shortest one of the year. Clocks jump ahead and we’ll lose an hour. While I don’t like that one bit, I do love that the sun will stick around a bit longer each day. I love when winter begins, but I always get tired of it well before it officially leaves. Though I can handle the colder temperatures, I just want a day filled with more sun. Though I don’t like the heat of summer, the super long days are something I really do love. Phineas is a true sun worshipper, so he’s perhaps the most excited about the days ahead. Also, super excited to spend them sitting outdoors rather than sitting on the heater vents in our floor. And I have to agree with the little dog on this one. It’s very energizing to have a lot more sunshine filling each and every day. And, though I don’t know what the future will bring, it’s more than enough for me to enjoy this very moment, and one singularly pretty day.

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  1. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 years ago

    Very nice, Flowers and butterflies…. Good combination for a pretty day!!!!!!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    What a fantastic feeling this painting has. Spring is coming! I went downtown this afternoon to get a big piece of watercolor paper for a class and to buy a birthday gift for my mom. It was nice to walk around in the sunshine!

    • Mireya 2 years ago

      Yes made me feel spring and it’s night here

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for a day of walking in sunshine! Sounds perfect!

  3. Laura Hale 2 years ago

    Today’s art is a wonderful celebration of Spring. Thanks for sharing Charlie.

  4. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    With daylight savings here, we’ll soon have light from about 5:30 am to almost 10 pm. I do kind of like that but I really hate the change. Oregon is trying to move off of Daylight savings time and I’m all for it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I’d love it they just left the time alone as well! Hope Oregon does it! ;-)💕

  5. Lisa 2 years ago

    Clocks don’t roll back, they spring forward. But we do lose an hour. I prefer the evening light, so I’m good with it. Joe hates it because he says it messes with his sleep. I think it’s all in his head. Since he works from home and has no exact time he needs to get up, what possible issue could he have? 😂😂
    I saw a robin this week, and my Lenten roses are out of the ground, so something is definitely happening. Can’t wait!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa!! I caught that error later and switched it up! Sometimes I just type too fast! lol And yay to seeing signs of spring in the air! 😃💕

  6. Mireya 2 years ago

    Yes it feels like spring here too. Wow lilac is so pretty. Thanks for reminding me.

  7. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Beautiful and yes spring is so close!

  8. Heidi S. 2 years ago

    I will love the longer sunlight in the afternoons, that will mean I can draw and paint longer. But over here the clock will change the last weekend of March.
    It’s too warm for the time of the year, so trees have start to blossom and there are flowers. I hope we don’t get icecold nights (or days) anymore, because it can happen, and then many fruit trees will carry no fruits.
    No lilacs so far over here, certainly not such a beautiful butterfly. But I enjoy your painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Heidi! 😃💕 yeah, each year I’m almost shouting at the flowers that try to come out early. Wait! Wait! hehe… we always seem to get one late freeze here. I’m so excited for longer sunny days!

  9. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful drawing and painting

  10. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Because of your wonderful sketch, I can smell the lilacs. I love lilacs. On warmer years, they are blooming for my birthday in April. One year I drove up to the Hulda Klager Lilac Historical gardens(Google it!) and bought a pink bush for my birthday. The flowers on it are much larger than my two older bushes and the fragrance from it much stronger.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 I love the smell of lilacs! Oh wow! That historical garden looks amazing!

  11. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Breathtaking!!!! I know what you mean i don’t even watch the news for all the intensity. I am not oblivious to it all but choose to feed my mind and life with the things that make me happy. Right now I feel like Snoppy doing his cute doggie dance.
    Remember that? lol I am so elated its almost spring!!! 12 days to be exact!!! Happy dancing!!! lol 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕haha! I love the Snoopy dance!! A perfect way to behave when spring arrives! lol

  12. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Pretty butterflie and lilac branch!!

  13. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Very pretty!!And yes spring is in the air!!Yeah!!!

  14. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Beautiful butterfly and lilacs, Charlie bring back wonderful memories ofspringtime in New York State. A true indication that Spring has arrived and summer is close behind

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I love the sharp changes in seasons. But also, love it bit more with the change is spring! hehe

  15. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    So lovely – butterfly and flowers! Brings a smile to my face.

  16. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Beautiful Butterfly!

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