A Quick Chat

Two Birds Bee Eaters Talking On Branch Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Feather” today, I sketched a couple of bee-eaters having a little chat. This particular type of bird is very social and they are often seen sitting together on the same branch. I’m not entirely sure what they discuss, but I’m sure it has something to do with the latest insects they just devoured. This really isn’t much different than a couple of humans talking about their favorite new restaurant. It seems that though we humans have so many ways to chat now, it can also just seem so overwhelming and we end up with even less meaningful communication. I sort of miss the days where the only way to be sure to have an uninterrupted conversation was to get together in person. When I was a kid, there was no guarantee that the one and only land line in the house would even be available. Nowadays, there seems to be more fly-by conversations that take place within a couple of text messages. While it’s nice to make contact of any kind with friends, there’s really nothing that beats having a good old-fashioned one-on-one conversation.

Of course, being able to talk to folks all over the globe is what makes the newer technologies so wonderful. I’ve loved that Doodlewash has brought so many artists together over the years, like a virtual tree branch. It’s truly amazing! As I get older I seem to be getting even more introverted and can get a bit lost in my head much of the time. It’s been a truly therapeutic experience to break out of my creative haze and reconnect with other artists. I find that when I stay too long in my own little bubble, my anxiety sort of creeps in and I can get a bit out of sorts. I’m always more energized when I get the opportunity to be part of a flock. Ideas definitely get better when we get a chance to discuss them with others. Though, there is still something to be said for alone time and being lost in one’s own creative process. I had music playing while I was making this particular sketch and was completely lost in the act of painting. Divine!

This past week, I finally found a spot in my home for a proper desk, and I just finished putting everything together to create my own new art area. It’s an electric desk that moves from sitting to drafting height to standing. Though I’ll always have a sentimental spot in my heart for the edge of the kitchen counter that I used for the past several years, it’s nice to have an artistic spot to call my own. My own little nest, so to speak. And, I was so used to sketching at counter height that I wanted a way to replicate that experience. My pup Elliott came in and inspected my work after I had completed it and then sat and stared in awe as the desk automatically moved into different positions when I pressed the buttons. Philippe liked it as well, but his reception lacked the completely enamored, childlike wonder that I received from Elliott. Yet, conversations do seem to get a bit shorter when you live with someone every day and practically know what the other is thinking. Sometimes, to connect, all you really need is a quick chat.

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  1. JA Wilson 3 weeks ago

    Likely telling each other the bird’s version of “fish tales”

  2. Linda G 3 weeks ago

    Yep it is nice to have one on one which is why some of us vocalize our thoughts to ourselves (don’t try this in public).

    As for the desk, I use mine for FB and my art sites whereas the creative stuff takes place at table about two feet away from desk. Its surface is replete with paints and sketchbook, writing notebook, and NoteBook himself (Julia Cameron’s recommended Morning Pages and journal entries).

    Your bouncy desk sounds intriguing, no wonder Elliott became so excited. I mean really, desks sit. Only dogs jump, right?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Hehe! Yep… I think Elliott was impressed at how well-behaved the desk was. Definitely great to have a dedicated art space… I always have to pack up and move each day. 😉💕

  3. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    I remember the days when everyone had party lines, and it wasn’t unusual for some stranger to just jump in on your conversation. I remember my father and brother getting into arguments because of that on occasion! But it was kind of fun, in a way. I envy you your desk! One of these days, I hope to have one like it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Yeah, it’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to finally have a desk of my own. I realize now that I could have done this sooner, but didn’t come up with the idea for what to get or where to put it until recently. lol 😊💕

  4. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    Your new desk sounds intriguing, Charlie, and your birds are delightful. Driving to work this morning I had the opportunity to see an Osprey flying with his breakfast held securely in his beak, fresh fish from the bay or Gulf, while another Osprey flew after him looking, I believe, for a free meal. It was a wonderful sighting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Oh wow! That sighting sounds awesome! What a fun day!

  5. Morgen E Machen 3 weeks ago

    I’m always impressed with how you interpret these prompts, and appreciate the playful , light hearted energy conveyed through your sketches.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww thanks so much, Morgen! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy these!

  6. Victoria Marie 3 weeks ago

    I resonated with your statement, “I’m always more energized when I get the opportunity to be part of a flock” but also with the need for quiet alone time. Thanks Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Victoria! 😃💕 I agree… I want both and in just the right doses. hehe

  7. Brenda Sommerville 3 weeks ago

    Charlie your desk sounds amazing, I have what is usually called the formal living room but now my art room, with an adjustable drafting table the top is clear and sometimes I can see myndog Pepper watching me paint🥰

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Brenda! 😃💕 Your table sounds awesome… and I’m sure Pepper enjoys the show! hehe

  8. Marisela Delgado 3 weeks ago

    I could sit and chat with you for hours, my friend. Chatting with people from around the world is fantastic, but it will never replace the touch of a hand or a bear hug or looking into someone’s pretty eyes or hearing someone’s voice/laugh. I miss that. Of course, I miss letter writing, too. Writing beautiful words from your heart to someone. Those letters can be read and re-read and cherished forever. You re-live those words that caused funny feelings in your stomach and heart. I love that and I also miss it. 💜
    I’m coming along. Upside (???) is that I have dropped a little over 20 pounds. Downside… feeling like crap. 😂😂😂 Love you much, my friend. Congrats on your new desk.

    • scrittoralinda 3 weeks ago

      Have a happpy and blessed New Year and beyond, Marisela. Take care!

      • Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

        Happy New Year, Linda! I hope you have a great year also. 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, mi amiga! 😃💕 And I hope you feel better soon!! I agree on letter writing… I sort of see my blog posts and Sketching Stuff newsletters as actual letters written to friends. Which, I guess, they are really! Sending you a big virtual bear hug and much love! ❤️

  9. Gary Middleton 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful painting, Charlie. At Christmas I surprised my mum with a video chat with her brother, who lives in Australia. She hasn’t seen him since the funeral of their father about 20 years ago. Technology definitely has it strong points.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Oh wow! That’s such a wonderful surprise and gift for your mum. Technology does have some good points in that regard!

  10. ANGELA D BROWN 3 weeks ago

    Really well done.

  11. Mugdha 2 weeks ago

    Hello hello Charlie,

    I completely agree with you on the joys of a good old-fashioned person-to-person chat. But then I’m so talkative, I can have long conversations with my plants too.😊 However, of late I’ve noticed that I crave silence.Is that weird? Or does it just come when you enter your 40s? Your desk sounds exciting. Here’s to loads of new sketches and paintings being born in that space! Tons of love to you Charlie,


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I think I definitely craved more and more silence after I passed 40. And now that I’ve passed 50, I like a little extra silence even more. But always wonderful to connect with friends, and that’s worth breaking that silence. I’m kind of envious of your plants… hehe… one day we’ll have a proper live chat, I’m sure. Much love to you! ❤️

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