Autumn Flowers

For today’s prompt of flowers, we have a quick little 20 minute doodlewash of some fall ones in a vase. While weekends should provide more time to paint I always find myself rushing a bit to get a post made. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m actually extra busy or because I tend to relax and lose track of time. Okay, I goof off, do fun random things and then realize I haven’t left myself much time before dinner. I’m not complaining, as it’s a totally fun thing to do every once in awhile. And as for fall flowers, with everything beginning to wilt outdoors and more leaves on the ground than in the trees, a vase of flowers adds a nice burst of color and life to the season. We often buy some at the grocery store to add a little happy to the table. I’m sure they would last longer if we actually changed the water, but soon, like the trees outside, the petals are coming off and landing in little piles around the vase. I guess that’s why they call it fall.

While I don’t necessarily like feeling rushed, it’s fun sometimes to do a super quick watercolor in a slightly looser style. This still isn’t super loose, but it’s as loose as I get. And as I’ve mentioned before, flowers aren’t my preferred subject matter and can sort of stress me out. So rushing to squiggle some into place made the whole process more enjoyable. Now, I’m wondering if I should try that with portraits, another thing I rarely do. Something tells me that this could look perfectly frightening, though, in my pseudo realistic style. An eye out of place works a bit better in abstract. At any rate, where I guess I’m going with this particular ramble is that quick doodling is great way to get something down on paper before that inner critic has a chance to complain. It’s all about fun and nothing else!

And every day, and each little watercolor sketch, should be just like that. The moment something isn’t fun is a moment to pass and move on. While I have shown you every watercolor I’ve ever made on this site, there are sketches still waiting to be washed. Sometimes, I’ll have penciled or inked a complete sketch only to realize it didn’t inspire me that day. In the case of the pencil versions, many of those have simply been erased and replaced with what ultimately ended up here. When I first started, I would push through only to find that I didn’t really like the end result. Today, I’ll happily toss something aside and bounce on to something else. If nothing else on this journey, I’ve learned that painting what you love is the most important thing to remember. And I’ve learned that I can even enjoy subjects I normally don’t, if I just let myself play a bit, and make some autumn flowers.

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37 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    Lovely Autumn colors and the vase is great. Nice quick doodlewash!

  2. Meenakshi Goel 3 weeks ago

    Perfectly beautiful ❤

  3. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    You paint the best glass and shadow, rushed or not! I agree about needing to enjoy what you’re doing. I do some kind of art almost every day but have always resisted trying to make a living from it. I quickly found that other people’s fantastic ideas seldom thrill my must and trying to paint them quickly drained my creative pool. Having just read your cliche post, I must chant “I gotta be me! I gotta be free!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      haha!! Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 That post has definitely been a memorable one! LOL And yeah, vases are the way I get around painting flowers. I love painting glass!!

  4. smzang 3 weeks ago

    I love the autumn colors, and the philosophy.

  5. Sharon Nolfi 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful glass refections and shadow!

  6. So pretty Charlie!

  7. Marrianne Wadley 3 weeks ago

    Those are such pretty flowers!

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 weeks ago

    Autumn flowers r perfect. And the philosophy of ur story is mind blowing Charlie its really beautiful.

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    Charlie, I think your attitude is very healthy. I like to try to finish things but sometimes you just have to move on. Your bouquet is beautiful and has the benefit of always being fresh and vibrant.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I used to bully through and then realized… why? LOL Much more fun to punt and move to what you really love!

  10. Jennifer McLean 3 weeks ago

    good to hear you’re relaxing a little Charlie. You deserve it after all the work you’ve done here.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕 It’s been a crazy ton of work, but SO worth it! So much fun to see our little community taking shape and having the tools to make it happen!

  11. Pamela Smith 3 weeks ago

    Very Nice Charlie, I love the color of the flowers.

  12. Thomas Blanchard 3 weeks ago

    Lovely fall flowers Charlie. And as usual, your glass and shadow are on point 🙂 Great job. Hope you guys are having a great weekend. Cheers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah… give me glass and shadows over flowers any day! hehe… I’m the oddest watercolorist ever! 😊

  13. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    I really like them…very pretty and cheerful.

  14. Debbie Celusniak 3 weeks ago

    Those are beautiful — so bright & happy! I especially love how you created your glass vase & the colors you used.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Debbie! 😃💕 Glass is one of my favorite things to paint, so I often combine it with flowers, which is my least favorite. 😊

  15. Susan Cuss 3 weeks ago

    Great reflections and pretty flowers!

  16. Kati Brooke 3 weeks ago

    Your flowers are lovely! 😀 I’m glad you’re relaxing a bit.

  17. Ellie 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful autumn flowers! And those petals will stay put, so you can enjoy them without changing the water.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Ellie! 😃💕 So true!! Doodlewashed flowers are WAY easier to take care of! hehe

  18. Sandra Gilbert 2 weeks ago

    What beautiful orange flowers! Lol, I often find that my seriously quick doodlewashesbturn out better than the ones I spend lots of time on. I think the quick ones are more intuitive and we have less of a chance to over think it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I think that’s so true… I tend to overwork things if I give myself too much time.

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