Birthday Treats

Day 13 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Birthday Cake Slice Watercolor - #doodlewash

After babbling on about how it’s my birthday month, we’ve reached a rather special occasion in that it’s my actual birth-day. Here’s an insanely quick doodlewash of some cake as I’m rushing to move to the celebration bit! A few decades ago on this particular day a little blue-eyed baby arrived and his parents named him Charlie. That was really the only name that had chosen, never Charles, it was way to formal for this kid. Somehow, they must have known by the way his eyes were sparkling that he wasn’t going to grow up to do something that would require such formality. He was already laughing at some joke they hadn’t realized they’d told and smiling as though something great was about to happen. It was. The incredible sights around him were each so new and different it was startling, but he was excited to learn about each of them. How would he ever find time to understand it all? Perhaps this is why little Charlie never quite agreed to grow up. Didn’t sound fun anyway. There were too many new treats to discover, still so much more to learn, and so many wonderful people yet to meet.

I get a little bit contemplative on my birthday. I look back on my life and wonder if I’ve done what I’d hoped I do and look forward thinking about what more I still want to accomplish. It’s exhausting really, so luckily I have a glass of champagne to accompany me on this little vision quest. All in all, I have to say that I certainly didn’t reach all of my goals and dreams, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Why wouldn’t that get me down? Because my dreams have always been so ridiculously big! Honestly, I’m not sure any human could accomplish all of the things I’ve planned for myself in my jumbled head. But my imagination is what’s gotten me through this little life. Thinking of new ideas and passionately pursuing them, only to have a handful of them turn out to be anything notable at all, has always been what drives me. I love the art of the possible. The idea that something amazing could very likely happen if only this or that would happen as well. The sheer thought of that amazing thing actually taking place is so vivid in my imagination it’s as though it actually happened. Or maybe I’m just crazy, that’s entirely possible as well.

But on this rather auspicious day of my birth, I’m incredibly happy. I’ve met hundreds of artists across the globe and hope, in my small way, given them a stage to promote their amazing works. This thrills me! When I think back to that time when this thing called the Internet was just gaining traction, the first vision I had, was to create a gallery for artists. That was it. Nothing about me at all. I wasn’t even painting at the time. I wanted to be a curator, finding and showing the best art I could discover. I never made that site, but it’s now occurred to me that I did manage to eventually make this one. And so, sometimes, those dreams we envision come in a form that we never quite imagined, but they do actually come true. Thanks so much to you all for being part of this journey and dream. And a special thanks to the lucky winners of today’s giveaway! It was so much more fun to share my birthday gifts with you! No matter how much delicious cake I have on this day, it’s the people in my life, near and far, that will always and forever be the absolute best birthday treats.

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 Day 13 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Birthday Cake Slice Watercolor - #doodlewash
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54 Comments
  1. lynne 3 months ago

    happy birthday, charlie! may it be a good one!

  2. Jessica Seacrest 3 months ago

    Happy Birthday lovely friend!

  3. Jodi 3 months ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie!!!

  4. jmnowak 3 months ago

    Woohoo! Charlie’s got a birthday. Can I come and play?! Definitely wiser, but older? Nah. 💝

    • Author

      Haha! You’re always invited to come over and play, Janina! 😃💕 And thanks for that… definitely want to get wiser, but older… no way!!

  5. Chris Alves 3 months ago

    Happy birthday Charlie!! Cheers

  6. Jada Kay 3 months ago

    May all your birthday wishes come true!!

  7. Bill Jackson 3 months ago

    A really nice post Charlie….full of optimism. I enjoyed reading it. All the best on your”natal day”.

  8. Laura (PA Pict) 3 months ago

    Many happy returns on your birthday, Charlie!

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  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Happy, happy birthday, Charlie! And may all your wishes and dreams yet come true.

  11. Mama Cormier 3 months ago

    All the best on your birthday and wishing you a wonderful year.

  12. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 3 months ago

    Happy birthday, Charlie!!! Thanks for sharing your cake. <3 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks, Myriam!! 😃💕 Oh I’ll share it this way… in person… you might have to fight me for it. 😊Lol

      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 3 months ago

        Lol! 🙂 I’m sure you are super sweet about sharing in person too.

  13. Snehal Kank 3 months ago

    Wish you many many happy returns of the day friend 🎉🎂🎁

  14. Elizabeth 3 months ago

    I am wondering if you are part hobbit. It is their custom to give gifts on their birthday. And I’m wondering what kind of cake you get for your birthday. I gather today’s doodlewash cake is “a cake” rather than your actual “birthday cake” , since it was done before dashing off to celebrate. I’m guessing it will have chocolate on it or in it.

    Having no cake at hand, I shall celebrate your birthday with Irish coffee and a cookie. Here’s to you, Charlie, way to go, happy birthday!

    • Author

      hehe!! Thanks so much Elizabeth! 😃💕 No idea if I’m part Hobbit, actually… I’ll have to ask my mother about that. 😉lol And love your choices of treats!

      • Elizabeth 3 months ago

        It would have to be a very small part. I couldn’t resist that one. I believe in a post somewhere you mentioned you are tall, 6 foot I’m thinking, and of coarse hobbits are small. Was I right about the chocolate?

      • Author

        Yeah, I’m actually 6 foot 2, so I’d be the world’s largest hobbit, which would be sort of cool as well! As for chocolate… actually… that’s Philippe’s fave, but I love white cake with white icing. Like a wedding cake, only without having to actually attend a wedding.

  15. YesterdayAfter 3 months ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie! I hope you enjoyed your great day! Much love to you dear friend! <3 😉

  16. A very happy birthday to you, Charlie, and long may you have those big dreams to follow!

  17. shruti502 3 months ago

    Wish you many many happy returns of the day Happy Birthday!Wishing you a spectacular year ahead.I am so happy that I happen to know you via this blog. Loads of respect!!

  18. memadtwo 3 months ago

    Happiness…the best gift. And many more to come, Charlie! (K)

  19. jotsfromasmallapt 3 months ago

    Sooooo many more happy days for you, Charlie. Not just today, but every day! Happy Birthday!

  20. Eric Disney 3 months ago

    Wishing you a plethora of happy days ahead Sir CHARLIE-not-Charles!!! 🙂

  21. Tom Merriman 3 months ago

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! We’re on the same wavelength! I’ve just written a post about growing up (or not) and now I read this! Hope you enjoyed your champagne and celebrations – and you’re right… you have created a magnificent art gallery right here.🎨🖼☺

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Aww cool! Hehe… I actually have zero clue what will come out when I sit down to type these. But the champagne sometimes helps! 😉

  22. Ellie 3 months ago

    Happy, happy birthday, Charlie! And thanks so much for the daily gift you give to us.

  23. Jacob 3 months ago

    You’re a year younger than you were last year, just like me! I hope you had a splendid birthday! Hmm, how big must this scrummy cake have been to give an equal slice to all your followers? What a thought! 😉

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 Yeah, that might be a big cake! hehe… but that’s kind of cool to think about! I had a really great birthday… I’ve decided to just keep on celebrating through the weekend. No sense in stopping now.

  24. KathyAnne 3 months ago

    Such a delightfully bubbly and happy Happy Birthday! You make your readers, especially this one, smile a lot! MANY best wishes to you!

  25. beverlydyer 2 months ago

    Cheers to you Charlie!

  26. Teresa Robeson 2 months ago

    I wish my actual baking efforts look as great as your painted baked goods! 😉 Happy birthday, my dear! <3 <3

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Teresa!! 😃💕 This is actually the ONLY way I can “bake”! So, you’re still one step ahead of me! lol

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