After It Rains

Snails Raindrops On Leaves Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Rain” today, I chose the moment just after it stops, when all of the leaves sparkle with raindrops that look like little jewels. It’s also the time when snails like to come out to play. Or, perhaps they are simply enjoying the beauty of the scene as well. There’s something wonderful about these moments. The world seems just a bit brighter and happier, just like my own shower fresh moments when I’m ready to conquer a new day. At least that’s how it always starts. Sometimes as the day moves on things can get a bit crazy and so busy that I wonder how I’m going to make it to the end. Today, was one of those days, so it was lovely to come home and get to start things all over again with a fresh new sketch.  Of course, just before making this, I worried that I didn’t have the time and couldn’t manage to make something at all today. So, I did what I always DO in those situations. I just took the time and did it anyway. And, again, I was reminded of how refreshed I felt! It’s such an amazing thing to make that time to create each day.

Snails have always been so weird and fascinating to me. They move so slowly that it’s like they aren’t really moving at all. But, with all of my rushing around today, I have to wonder if they don’t have a beautiful secret they’re not sharing. Though I had a lot to get done, I found myself a touch frantic in certain moments. This is rather rare for me as I’m typically really calm and take everything in stride. But, today, I tried to start with a bit of a rare plan and then the day had other ideas. Suddenly my plan was in jeopardy and I was left trying to juggle way too many things at once. It was then I realized once again that I’m not a planner by nature. It was a lovely idea to try, but for me, going with the flow always works best. I often try things I think I should be doing to see if maybe they will work out for me. I never say never and always give things multiple chances. What I discovered today was that I was trying to plan in the way that I’ve seen others do this particular feat. While some of the ideas were wonderful, the actual execution just didn’t fit my style. So it didn’t work well at all.

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to improve my productivity lately, so like most people, I checked out the Internet for inspiration. What I’ve learned is that I’m far better off when I listen to the concepts and skip through the bits about specific step-by-step execution. I love to learn “why” people do things and the concept of it all. That inspires me so much! But, many times, the precise way in which they actually do it, doesn’t quite work out for me. Though I do have to often re-learn this idea, it’s a rather awesome epiphany each time I rediscover it. Sometimes, when learning something new, I have to listen for the “why” and embrace it, just in case the “how” doesn’t quite work out for me. There are so ways to DO the same thing! But, everyone has something wonderful to teach me! The Internet is a virtual smorgasbord of ideas and there’s so much out there to discover. And, I know that even when I fail a particular “how-to,” I’ve still made huge strides on my path by learning someone else’s “why-to.” There are diamonds to be found in all of these concepts and ideas, that sometimes, can only be truly seen after it rains.

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39 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 10 months ago

    I didn’t use to be a planner but working for a health insurance company – they insisted you give them a plan (without giving you anything but the sketchiest of information), report on where you were on the plan each day, and explanations as to why the plan wasn’t working. Because they seldom did, having been made with almost no information or demands that were not possible to meet. I always felt half of my work day was just wasted on this but that was the job. Now I find it hard not to fall into that planning mode even though there is no reason for it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Yeah, plans are quite popular in jobs… hehe… I used to have to make them as well. So, I’ll slip back into it and think… well, this never works. At my last job I changed things up and starting doing storytelling presentations. It made people feel like they actually understood an idea rather than having to wonder what all those tasks might add up to! hehe

  2. Karen Fortier 10 months ago

    This reminds me so much of a summer day Charlie! I chopped ice in my driveway today so this sketch is a pleasure to see.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Awww I’m glad I could bring you something warm. Chopping ice doesn’t sound fun at all!

  3. LoriCtoo 10 months ago

    What a great sketch for rain. I prefer to see a snail in my garden than a slug, but living in slugville, it doesn’t happen very often. They are much more fun to watch!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, we get slugs here… not quite as pretty. Just look like naked snails.

  4. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 10 months ago

    Beautiful!!!! I notice that a some I know have actually been getting rain this winter!! Curious lol. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, we’ve gotten rain here and even a thunderstorm with snow! lol

  5. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    Gorgeous snails! They are definitely an under-appreciated life form.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I think they’re rather cute, even in their realistic form.

  6. Monica De Wit 10 months ago

    This time of year rain is not a good think in our parts…trouble is it turns to ice! LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      True that, Monica! 😉 hehe Yeah, we really really hope for snow instead here!

  7. Lisa 10 months ago

    I love snails! Yours are great!

    Your way of doing things is interesting. I used to teach employees new stuff by insisting they learn step by step what went into getting a task done. Once they had that under their belt, I let them have at it if they had a better, or more efficient way of getting to the same end point. The how and why of it. It works very well.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, my way is a little off the cuff… hehe… I tend to look at a plan and revise it in my head immediately to suit. I think whatever way works best for the individual is a win!

  8. smzang 10 months ago

    Charlie says, “There are diamonds to be found in all of these concepts and ideas, that sometimes, can only be truly seen after it rains.”

    Beautiful thought and language and so very true…
    I love that top snail especially. He has a perky little face that is adorable.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! And yeah, that top snail ended up being my favorite as well!

  9. Susan Masters 10 months ago

    Love the sheen of the shells… try to say or type that quickly! Lovely work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 hehe… I just tried saying sheen of the shells outloud and it’s so tough! lol

  10. Claire Randall 10 months ago

    What a beautiful idea, I spy the little ladybird on the snail:) I love the brightness you get, wonderful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Claire! 😃💕 Happy you enjoyed this! And that you found the little surprise!

  11. Fatima Chamkha 10 months ago

    Gorgeous doodle of snails and raindrops on leaves and so colourful!

  12. Mary Roff 10 months ago

    Your snails look they are having a grand time. Love this, Charlie! It was whacky Monday here too…a really strange day. Happy to see Tuesday arrive :-).

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, this trio is up to something, I know it! And here’s hoping Tuesday turns out better!

  13. NYCgirl 10 months ago

    I love your snails 😍

  14. shawnthompsonart 10 months ago

    Nice painting, and interesting composition. I really like the dull browns and reds of the snails!

  15. Linda Calverley 10 months ago

    I don’t like to see snails in my garden eating the plants but yours look super cute.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, so things in nature are better in a sketchbook than in a garden! 😉

  16. yeshuaschildart 10 months ago

    These little guys are adorable.

  17. Gary Middleton 10 months ago

    Lively painting. We have a couple of plants, cotinus and lady’s mantel, on which the water goes into silver beads when it’s been raining.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 That’s awesome! I bet it’s lovely. I just love those silver rain beads!

  18. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    You made one of my least favorite creatures look adorable. When we moved to this house in 1985, we faced several very rainy winters. A thick patch of ground cover abutted the sidewalk and every raindrop drew its own snail to clog up the sidewalk. It was nearly impossible to walk without squishing a half dozen or so. But yours sliding along the fresh green leaf are charmers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 That’s a great compliment for a realistic style… hehe … I always try to make things look cute still, even snails! In reality, they are more like what you described though. lol

  19. Carole McCleery 10 months ago

    Love the sketch. And there is a very apt saying ‘man plans and God laughs’

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carole! 😃💕 That’s a wise saying indeed!

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