A Touch Of Spring

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 4 - Vase of Pink Purple Flowers - Doodlewash

Flowers are not one of my preferred painting subjects, but any excuse to paint some glass and I’m in. Actually, a little bundle of temporary flowers like this is all I can usually handle in reality. The potted and meant to be kept alive for long periods of time version wilt in my care. And though we’ve many weeks here before spring comes again, I’m ready for it. After Christmas, I find little point to winter and just want to move right along to greener grass and warmer temperatures. We’ve talked of putting pots of flowers outside on our terrace again this year. It’s been three years since we did it seriously and now only the strongest plants and or weeds come back each year. I can’t quite tell the difference and only remove what doesn’t look visually pleasing. The end result is an accidental native plant look that somehow seems intentioned. But a bit of color and life indoors this time of year is definitely a lovely thing indeed!

I returned to work just yesterday after a long holiday break and I’m still trying to get back into the groove of it all. I used to be a complete workaholic who was incapable of taking any sort of break at all. That was when I was younger and thought it somehow mattered. As I got older, I realized that being necessary to a something is not the same as being required. They’ll get only just fine for a bit until you return, hopefully refreshed and ready to begin anew. I’ve often thought that a plant in my office would be a lovely thing, but I know I would go days forgetting that it needs a drink. My mind just doesn’t work in a very sequential way. Even when I know a series of things should happen in a specific order or timing, I do them in a totally different way each time. I’m not trying to be contrary or unique, it’s just that I’m not interested in order. I just seek a bit of balance. I look for harmony in things that I do and do them when it feels like the right time. As strange as it seems, things have worked out pretty well for me so far.

But it’s not spring at all and we’re still in the cruel icy touch of winter. It was so cold when I went to lunch today, that I didn’t even want to remove my coat when I got indoors. It was a restaurant with all locally sourced food and they had a gallery of paintings on the wall. It changes each time and this time it was human skulls and horse heads. I’m not entirely sure what the message was, but the colors were quite nice and I rather enjoyed the brush work. Perhaps it was meant to be a metaphor of some kind, but came across as a bit odd and strange. Maybe if it was evening and I were drinking wine at a gallery opening I might see something more. Something that showed a strange connection between life and death and everything in between. Or, more likely, I would just see a bunch of skulls and horse heads, hoping the artist was present to explain his vision. I love hearing the ideas and thoughts of fellow artists and what they were thinking at the time they painted something. It’s that burst of wonderful creativity that always feels as vibrant and alive as a touch of spring.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 4 - Vase of Pink Purple Flowers - Doodlewash

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    I think you paint beautiful flowers, and of course, you ace anything glass! Maybe if you paint enough flowers you’ll bring spring around early. Probably not likely, but it’s a lovely thought!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… if I thought THAT could happen then there would likely be flower paintings all month! lol

  2. memadtwo 5 years ago

    We need that touch of spring here in NYC…I can smell it! It’s on it’s way, right? (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hmmmmm… yes?? lol Okay… yeah… still several more weeks, it’s definitely on its way! 😃💕

  3. Pamela Smith 5 years ago

    I’m with you that is my kind of plant, nice painting

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    This is so very pretty, Charlie, I even like the little squiggle of lavender shadow slipping away to find something else to pester.

    So: You can’t cook, you can’t keep your plants alive, your garden looks like it was dragged in by the trash man, and you hover in the corner at parties – are we related? No, wait, you like wine and I hate it. Two of a kind but different. Whew.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 The shadow was Philippe’s favorite part of this one. And yay… we were nearly related until the wine bit. But still, SO much in common!

  5. Deb Whittam 5 years ago

    I kill all plants … green thumb i am not

  6. I really like this. I live in Michigan and we are in the beginning of the never ending winter. The colors are nice to see. I never read people’s posts but I do enjoy yours. Thank you

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Elissa! 😃💕 I’m so happy you like my posts! Appreciate it!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    A stunning painting! I love the inside of the vase.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I sort of just faked the inside, not knowing how it should look, so yay!

  8. Jill Kuhn 5 years ago

    Loving the pink-purple color! And your painting of glass is awesome!! I’m ready for a trip to Hawaii, how about you? Lol! 🏄‍♀️🏝🍹

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 YES, Please! Let’s pack our bags immediately and head there! I’ve never been, actually, so that’s even better! hehe

  9. Chris Malone 5 years ago

    Beautiful, as always. Love the dainty flowers. And, of course, the glass is perfect.

  10. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    I hear you about wanting spring to show up. It’s that lull after the Christmas buzz. We’ll both perk up once we hear the new buzzzzz from the spring bees. Love that glass, awesome Charlie. Oh, and I’m logged in but still can’t see your profile, even logged out and in (facebook) and it didn’t change that when I click on your pic I get a blank page.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yes… it’s another weird bug I haven’t been able to squash. I thought it was just me, but apparently logged in users can’t see the admin’s wall. I’ll file the report! hehe And yay to spring bees!! Yes, please! 😃💕

  11. Lieve Bekaert 5 years ago

    Whatever you may say Charly, I love to paint flowers, yours is perfect.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Oh I was certainly only speaking for myself! MOST people adore painting flowers… hehe… I’m definitely in the minority there. Glad you liked these! Thanks, Lieve! 😃💕

  12. Liza Gonen 5 years ago

    WOW Charlie this is a beautiful painting, I love everything about it, the colors the subject the transparencies, and the shadows are do delicate and wonderful.

  13. anamika808creative 5 years ago

    Ho wow!!! amazing!!!….after so many days it is very nice to enjoy your paintings again…!!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks!! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’re back! Glad you liked this!

  14. Lisa 5 years ago

    I love your spring painting. I can almost smell the hyacinth. I too have become quite tired of the forced hibernation that is winter in Wisconsin. I am ready to plant stuff now!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s time… spring is welcome at any moment!!

  15. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    Spring will be here before you know it. The cold weather just makes you appreciate it more. In Florida we have 4 seasons: hot, not so hot, hotter and Africa hot. Right now it is not so hot and in the 50’s here and we think it’s freezing cold, but soon it will be HOT. (that’s all I’ve got)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Lol… yeah… it is definitely relative! hehe… I would LOVE temps in the 50’s now… probably be wearing shorts! 😃💕

  16. Shar Kennett 5 years ago

    Beautiful as usual Charlie. I have noticed that you very often incorporate glass in your paintings (and rightly so), and now you mentioned in this post “any excuse to paint some glass and I’m in.” So, here are the questions: how did you learn to paint glass so well, and can you give us some pointers? Can you direct us to any resources for painting glass? I am sure everyone here would love to learn. Thanks. (obviously previous comment did not fully post and had to re-write)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Shar! 😃💕 I didn’t really use any tutorials for glass, so I’m not sure. I just sort of discovered things along the way. One is that I sketch in every weird shape that I see, and mentally flag the areas that should be white. Then I keep pushing contrast on the dark shapes until things look more like glass, stopping before they become chrome. If it’s the top of the glass, I don’t quite draw a full circle, leaving bits for the sparks of highlights. But mostly, I just forget it’s glass and paint the shapes I see and the glass eventually appears. This may not be super helpful, but that’s likely why I don’t make tutorials. 😊

      • Shar Kennett 5 years ago

        Thanks, I will try it that way the next time I attempt to paint glass.

  17. Jacob 5 years ago

    A much-needed touch of spring – it does get a bit dull after Christmas doesn’t it, even if my birthday is on the horizon (honestly these days it makes it all the worse!)

    A belated Happy New Year, too! I just nominated you for the Unique Blogger Award – no obligation of course, just a bit of fun! https://onwardigo.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/very-mysterious-ice-cream/

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob!! 😃💕 I hope you’re having a splendid New Year so far! And that’s so sweet of you! Yeah, I don’t usually find the time to do these so I’m horrible at breaking the chain, but I thoroughly appreciate it. I saw the “ice cream” bit and thought… wait… he didn’t? Did he try ice cream?! LOL ❤️

  18. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Awesome shiny bits as normal and great shadow!!

  19. debiriley 5 years ago

    thank goodness, there are NO skulls or heads showcased here! lol I quite like your more uptempo approach. Flowers work just fine! they are lovely 🙂 cheers!

  20. Kati Brooke 5 years ago

    I love these flowers! They look quite a bit like some we have in our garden in the spring. 😀 And your glass is always excellent.

  21. M. Caulder 5 years ago

    Love the flowers and your love of painting shiny, glassy things is fun to see! 💕 You have a lot on your plate and I’m always amazed at how you manage to do it all. For me, sometimes juggling too many things is overwhelming and I don’t know what to do first! I’m reading a book right now called, “Success God’s Way” by Dr. Charles Stanley, and it’s helping a lot. Paso-a-paso, step-by-step. 🙂 May I borrow your boots made for walkin’? 🤣

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Miste! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I’m usually a few steps behind, but I’ll always manage to stumble forward and catch up somewhat. I’ve realized not all things need to be part of the juggling, so I only juggle those that move things forward.

      • M. Caulder 5 years ago

        That’s a winning way to look at it, Charlie! ❣️

  22. Ali 5 years ago

    I also think you paint flowers beautifully.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Ali! 😃💕 I really appreciate that as I tend to find flowers really tough to paint. So happy you enjoyed this!

  23. Thank you Charlie! It reminds me on my childhood, my mother always bought branches like this on the market. she liked it more then cut flowers I think. I liked the ones with the tiny fluffy soft hair. I don’t know what they are called? https://www.zuidhollandslandschap.nl/foto-katjes

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      So thrilled this reminded you of your childhood! 😃💕 I liked those as well… though I have no idea what they’re called either! hehe

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