Blending In

Chameleon Rainbow Colorful Camouflage Watercolor Illustration Painting

For Day Twenty-Seven of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Camouflage,” I made a little sketch of a chameleon blending in with some flowers. Or, at least some quick scribbles I made while thinking about colorful flowers. Though chameleons aren’t quite as capable of changing into any background they pass like we might see happen in cartoons, it’s a really fun thing to imagine. Indeed, as an introvert, it’s often a superpower that I wish I had at large gatherings. And chameleons are rather cute for a lizard in that they always seem to be smiling and have a positive and hopeful attitude, which is the best kind of all to have. I’ve been in a very happy mood this month with all of the excitement and celebration. I can’t believe we’re nearing the end again, and I hope that everyone participating is having blast as well! Oh, and I must mention that if you want any of the cool limited edition World Watercolor Month souvenirs (100% of proceeds goes to International Child Art Foundation), then be sure to shop now as those products will actually disappear on Sunday morning!

I’m typing quickly as today I’m bound and determined to be done a bit sooner than usual. The only deadline that I ever have is dinner and snacks, but I had a very light lunch and I’m totally starving now. My dog Phineas would appreciate that feeling as he acts like he’s totally starving most of the time. After cheating a bit on the weekends, the regular work week turns back into healthy food and very light portions. I’ve managed to lose 20 pounds over the last few months, which puts be back on track to where I was last year. The weird part is that I mostly seem to gain it all in my face. It’s like my head wants to be a balloon. So, now I guess you could say I’m a bit deflated, but in the best way possible. And though I still haven’t mastered the actual act of invisibility like my chameleon friend, there’s at least less of me to hide now.

Truly, as I show up each day now, I’m really running out of things to share. Not much has happened in the last 24 hours that warrants chatting about, but here I am again. Oh wait, there is something that’s totally unimportant, but super awesome all at the same time! I ordered wooden tv trays so that Philippe and I could enjoy our snacks in front of our big screen television. This reminded me of being a kid and enjoying a bowl of cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons or eating a 3-course meal out of a little aluminum tray. It’s awesome! And they actually look very nice, though I wanted the metal kind with flowers on them. I knew Philippe would never go for that as he has more elevated food memories than I do. They’re made to fold and be put under the couch, but I have a feeling they’ll just sit out on a regular basis until company comes over. We’re just like that. When it comes to clutter around the house, we just treat it as though it’s all blending in.

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18 Comments
  1. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 2 months ago

    You’re such an inspiration–24 hours without a “anything” happening to write about and you simply show up, managing to intrigue and entertain us readers with your imagination! Oh, and 20 lbs, lost over the past few months; that’s amazing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kathy! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you still enjoy these rambles! hehe Thats my me happy to know!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I think I know where the 20 pounds you lost went and I’d really like to send them back!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Lol!! Naw, I don’t think I want ’em back. They were much tougher to lose this time around. 😉

  3. Valerie 2 months ago

    Love, love, love these blogs. Could we have world watercolor YEAR? I a certain you would come up with some cheerful message every day. Thank you for the inspirations.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Valerie! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you enjoy these! I’ll be here at least weekly after this, and I’m plotting something new that may bring me back more in the future. 😉 hehe

  4. Gary Middleton 2 months ago

    I agree it would be great to be able to blend at times. I like this little chameleon, Charlie.

  5. Mugdha 2 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Yaaayyyy for clutter that blends in! It would be pretty freaky to live in a picture perfect house that looks like some kind of furniture gallery. Yikes! My aunt maintains such a household and I don’t visit her coz I feel claustrophobic there. And maybe your face gets chubby coz that’s what Little Charlie looked like? Or were you a skinny kid? Enjoy your tv dinners. 🙂

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I was totally a chubby kid, until I hit high school. My mother claims I wasn’t, but I wore husky jeans and was called fat by the other kids. I wasn’t huge, but not remotely skinny then. As an adult I was dancing, exercising, performing in shows and one costumer said she refused to alter my clothes to be any smaller. Things change indeed! lol And I agree! Those furniture gallery houses make me so uncomfortable!! 😃💕

  6. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    I remember those tv trays…with flowers. Congrats on the weight loss..it is not easy. Love your happy chameleon!

  7. Cathy France 2 months ago

    Bonsoir de France mercredi 28 juillet 2021 c’est déjà presque le soir, 18 heure, si vous pourriez nous dessiner ces plateaux repas s’il vous plait, ou me joindre un lien, une photo, je ne vois pas ce que c’est ? merci. Joli ce doux caméléon – portez-vous bien, vous parlez peu du covid dans vôtre région, en France de nouveau les indices remontent à la hausse, surtout que ce sont les vacances d’été, et tous les bords de mer sont avec un % élevé – remettre les masques, avoir un pass sanitaire dans nos téléphones pour prouver que nous sommes vaccinés…une autre vie, sinon pas de cinéma, pas de restaurant, pas de sortie, ne pas prendre l’avion, le train, le bus longue distance.Les enfants à partir de 12 ans seront vaccinés dans les collèges à la rentrée en septembre. Bonne nouvelle, j’ai un contrat pour travailler à partir de septembre, de nouveau auprès des enfants, leur enseigner les divers arts, chez les très petits en premières années d’école. Mon métier, avait été suspendu. Je suis “intervenante” c’est à dire leur apprendre autre que les bases scolaires, les éveiller à d’autres choses. A vous suivre … Cathy

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 The tables are not really interesting enough to sketch… hehe.. and we have much healthier food on them than tv dinners – https://doodlewash.com/tv-dinner-day/ – hihi… Congratulations are returning in September! That’s wonderful you’re returning to the kids again! (and apologies, that I’m only fluent in French reading and not in writing yet😊)

  8. Priscilla DeConti 2 months ago

    Your chameleon is gorgeous as the colors you used! Enjoyed the story of the tv tables which always were a staple in our house. I have one now but it mostly holds books and pads(for drawing) by my tv chair 🙂 Good memories though thanks!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yesss!! Those trays work for doodling as well! hehe

  9. Marisela Delgado 2 months ago

    We have more in common than we thought. I was a chubby kid also. I’m still chubby. haha haha You made me laugh when you said that your head wants to be a balloon. Congrats on your 20 pounds! 🎉🎉🎉 You’re wonderful, Charlie, no matter what your weight.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… everyone mentions my face when they notice the weight loss, so it’s become a thing! lol

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