An Imagined Picnic

Picnic Basket Watercolor Painting

While our prompt of “Picnic” today is something usually enjoyed outdoors this time of year, in the current state of the world, it’s more likely happening indoors. So, I made a very quick little sketch of a picnic basket that can be enjoyed anywhere. I was super busy today with projects and trying to keep them all moving forward. Indeed, these are exceptional times that we’re currently living through. In many ways, I just find myself super distracted, trying to keep up with everything. This is indeed an issue, since I’m super distracted on a regular basis, even when I’m not in the middle of a global pandemic. But now I’m finding it almost impossible to focus. Each night when I go to sleep, I awake to some new reality. So, I’ve decided to do what I’ve always done in times of stress and uncertainty. Make art! That’s literally the only thing I can recommend right now as everything else seems a touch impossible to predict.

While I still have loads of optimism that the world will pull through the current situation stronger and smarter because of it, I’ve still been knocked off my routine a bit. Philippe and I went to work today, but we’ve no idea how long that will continue and we know we’ll soon find ourselves just working from home. My own office building is almost vacated already so there’s only about 8 people there. Assuming we all stay a meter apart the risk is rather low for any sort of infection. That said, it’s also a bit surreal and strangely awful. The season of picnics has turned into a season of hiding out at home. In my own lifetime, this is an unprecedented event. Philippe and I were taking stock of our food supply and just discovered that our grocery store delivery was no longer available in our area. We’ve enough food to last a couple of weeks, and can only hope the panic hoarding has subsided a bit during that time so we can all share food more equitably. But, that’s no guarantee these days. Panic is not a predictable emotion, any more than one can predict a novel virus.

Yet, I’m not remotely depressed or even scared. The world has always been a bit crazy, we’re just now seeing it more accurately portrayed firsthand. What works best, is what has always worked best in our existence. Calm smarts and doing what’s right. In this current day and age, it’s best to social distance and connect online instead. We’re all still here, still creating, and together we can stay virtually connected and make this crazy world a wonderful place to live. Sure, maybe we can’t say hello in person, but it’s more important than ever to connect online. Let’s keep right on making awesome art and letting each other know just how happy we are to see that art appear! That’s the beautiful and positive world that we’ve always been creating together. Let’s not let anything at all stop us from making that happen. It’s more important now, more than ever. In my mind’s eye I see us all coming together, sketching and painting on a beautiful bunch of green grass. At least, that’s what my heart sees clearly as in my mind’s eye, while we all enjoy an imagined picnic.

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  1. JA Wilson 3 years ago

    Be well, be safe.

  2. Lisa Coleman 3 years ago

    Well said! Today was my last day in the office. Working from home indefinitely. We vote in our primaries tomorrow. Florida didn’t cancel. Ugh! Lovely drawing and we can always create a picnic inside with our loves. Stay safe! 💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay to picnic inside with our loves! Stay safe my friend!

  3. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Fantastic picnic basket Charlie! We will get through this. Our YMCA is streaming our exercise classes through Facebook now so I will be doing that at home. I went for a walk with a friend today and found out where a branch of our rail trail came out which gives me an alternative route to walk when the weather gets a bit better. I have plenty of art supplies and enough food for a bit so I’m good to stay home for a while. Our local restaurants were told by the govenor to only do takeout sales. Some will do curbside pickup and will do free delivery soon. I hope to help in a small way to keep our local economy going. Our grocery store let’s you order online and pick up your order. Hording of bread and paper products is an issue here too. A local bakery is doing online shopping and curbside pickup. If we all stay smart and careful and look out for each other maybe we can come out in a better place when this passes. Positive thoughts and keep creating art!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yeah, I think the weirdly inconsiderate hoarding will stop after a time like in other places. Once they finally realize this is just the new normal for a time. But, yay for positive thoughts and creating art!!

  4. Mireya 3 years ago

    yes I’m having a hard time as I love being outside.

  5. Ellen 3 years ago

    I was wondering…could I please possibly get one of these lovely picnic baskets to go, preferably with curbside pickup? It contains what appears to be a very fine bottle of wine and a lovely goblet for my sipping pleasure. Might there also be a bit of cheese hidden in the depths to go with the perfectly baked crusty bread? If not, I shall content myself with enjoying the fantasy that your art conjures up for me whilst reading your entertaining wit and wisdom. Stay well and happy! Thank-you!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕 Oh I wish I could provide these picnic baskets for everyone! Just the wonderful essentials. I hope you stay well and happy as well my friend!

  6. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I would love to be at the picnic where that basket is waiting! Hopefully, this panic will end soon and we’ll be able to spend time picnic’ing to our hearts content!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay to that! 😃💕 I do hope we’ll do the right things to make this end sooner.

  7. memadtwo 3 years ago

    Thanks for the picnic and positive words Charlie. (K)

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Hope you and yours are doing well and staying healthy!

  8. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!! So inviting!!! Thanks so much for the lovely words they sure were a much needed boost. 🙂

  9. Lisa 3 years ago

    Please pass the potato salad.

    I’m ready. If I cook creatively, we are good for a couple of weeks I think. We might run out of cream for the coffee, but can live without that. I would like more pasta, but since Joe is supposed to be low carb, even that is probably a good thing.

    And I have art supplies to last a year I think, so hunker down!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay to that, Lisa! 😃💕 I figure if we all have art supplies, we’ll be just fine in the end! hehe

  10. Sometimes taking a break from social media will help you to refocus on what is important or things you need to get done in your personal life.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      That’s very true! 😉 But conversely these days, it might also me the only means we have to stay connected.

  11. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Take care and have a good healthy for everyone.your sketch and paint are wonderful!

  12. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie. We love a picnic with our grand children.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Nothing better than a good picnic with family!

  13. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    Lovely picnic basket beautifully done,Charlie!

  14. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Lovely picnic basket, Charlie! The good thing about an indoor picnic is that it can happen rain or shine, day or night and it’s a good exercise for the imagination. Stay safe and well my friend.😍

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay to that! So true! And hope you and yours stay safe as well!

  15. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Great detailed sketch. I particularly like the lines you used for you picnic basket. So simple, but gives the texture. I haven’t gone on a picnic since my son was little. Thanks for the memory!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕So thrilled you enjoyed this! I went back to my original… fast and just see what happens style for this! hehe… glad this brought back good memories!

  16. Anita Sinha 3 years ago

    Beautiful picnic basket!👏💕👏 Yes, my husband has started working from home since last Wednesday and daughter is also at home since last Friday. Situation is same here in Bangalore, India. I think it is the effect of globalization…but it is so nice to see the art of our online friends everyday…which makes us optimistic and hopeful…

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Anita! 😃💕 Yay to our online art… I think it’s the best thing in the world in general, but these days? It’s priceless!

  17. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Actually Corronavirus is a good reason to Get Outside, Away from people. I’ve been doing a lot of walking the last few days on local trails. and I am looking forward to enjoying the sun soon.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yes! Walking if you live somewhere that you can avoid others while doing so, is definitely a wonderful thing indeed! 😃

  18. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Nice picnic basket, and I like how you used blues to cool down your colours.

  19. Linda Calverley 3 years ago

    I’d love a picnic basket like that.

  20. Gaina 3 years ago

    I think art in all it’s forms is going to be increasingly important in the next few weeks (maybe months), and for my part, I’ll be creating and sharing as much as I can. Creators of all types on Twitter are sharing ideas to stave off cabin fever and support eachother in practical ways already. 😊

    Best wishes to you, Philippe and Phineas. 😊

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gaina! 😃💕 The same wishes to you and yours! Indeed that’s so true! Art will get us all through this!

  21. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Fantastic be well

  22. louiseaprimeau 3 years ago

    Stay safe Charlie.

  23. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Precious drawing..stay safe..Lots of love to you and Phillipe…One day this will be over…

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 One day, this too shall pass!

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