Blue Skies And Coffee Breaks

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 6 - Blue Skies And Coffee Breaks - Doodlewash

With my quest this month to practice perspective, I noticed the blue sky reflected in my French press and tried a quick sketch looking down on it. Since the angle is a bit extreme, I’m not sure how well it reads, but it was a fun challenge. The sky today was a lovely cloudless blue for a few moments, which was a fabulous change from the dull gray skies that have been the norm here lately. That said, it was still crazy cold and so we spent much of the day snuggled up indoors drinking coffee. So, I’m rather wired at this point, typing really quickly, and thinking hot herbal tea might have been a better option. We actually have two French presses, one that’s smaller and this one that is, I think, the largest one they make. I adore coffee, but only take it black with nothing else at all. This I get from my mother who drinks coffee like some drink water throughout the day. Weirdly, it has no effect whatsoever on me when it comes times to sleep. My body shuts down like clockwork around the same time each day and I’m fast asleep for the night.

I’ve no idea why any of that would be interesting or relevant, but it’s simply what just came to my over-caffeinated mind. Philippe has been on a Lego bender today, putting together a model of Buckingham Palace, which was rather cool in the end. We have a couple bookcases to display the architectural models and cars, but what once looked like a curious avant-garde decorating choice is now resembling the toy aisle at Target. But I don’t mind it, as we’re the ones who have to live here and enjoy each one like little trophies. And when we have guests, they’ve all been carefully selected to be the type of people who find it fun as well. Perhaps it’s all the coffee, but after putting together the first Lego set, Philippe is currently putting together a couple smaller ones as dinner is baking in the oven. We are really like a couple of big kids, but I think that’s what makes life so fun and happy.

Also, I should note that if Doodlewash has been loading a bit slowly for you these last few days, please hang in there with me. We’re getting more traffic than ever and I’m working with developers on ways to optimize the site more. I’m thrilled that so many of you are enjoying the community and I’m doing what I can within the confines of shared hosting to make it run smoothly. This site has quickly moved from a simple blog into something far bigger and that brings a few more challenges along the way. That’s when it’s good to do a bit of blue sky thinking and come up with clever solutions. I love to puzzle things out and if I ever end up sleepless, that’s usually the culprit. My mind is constantly buzzing with various ideas. I don’t mind at all, as that’s when I’m truly the happiest. It’s like a vast world of dreams waiting to be realized and that’s a pretty amazing world indeed. One that might be just a bit too idealistic at times, but always fun and filled with blue skies and coffee breaks.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 6 - Blue Skies And Coffee Breaks - Doodlewash

 

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36 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 11 months ago

    Nice sky reflection and perspective.

  2. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    I think the angle of your frenchpress perspective is awesome! The reflection is amazing. Maybe the coffee had nothing to do with it, but maybe it gave you that creative edge! The site has been a little slow but the wait is always worth it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… maybe the coffee did help then! I tried some things they told me on the site, which helped a lot, but when there’s a ton of people at once, it’s still a bit slow some times in the day.

  3. Sharon Nolfi 11 months ago

    Fantastic observation and painting of it! I’ve noticed how fast the community is growing, so no worries over slow site.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m doing what I can to speed things up on the site. It’s better at some times of the day than others.

  4. Laura 11 months ago

    I’ve been enjoying your perspective studies and, as always, I enjoy your rendering of reflective surfaces.

    I like your attitude towards the Lego collection. This isn’t just because our house is filled with Lego, including a Death Star and Yellow Submarine in our living room; it’s also because for a house to be a home it should reflect the personalities and interests of the people living there.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Laura! 😃💕 And YAY!!! So happy to know another soul who has Lego decor! hehe I totally agree… it’s more fun to walk into a house and see full on personality! (and Legos, of course! hehe)

  5. Pamela Smith 11 months ago

    I see the sky captured beautifully..very nice..great perspective.

  6. Teri Casper 11 months ago

    That is just totally awesome! The perspective and the colors…WOW!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      aww thanks so much, Teri!! 😃💕 I wasn’t sure how well it came across, but I was looking at it too long. lol

  7. memadtwo 11 months ago

    Coffee doesn’t keep me up either. I love this perspective, and of course, the sky! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 And yay… I think we’re somehow related.

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Beautifully painted glass and reflections, Charlie. My sons both have French presses and love them. Me, I love when they make coffee and I get to have a cup. But even sniff coffee past 2 PM and I’ll have trouble sleeping.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I think French presses are awesome… I like my coffee rather bold. And I think you’re in the norm, we have several friends who turn down our offer of espresso after dinner.

  9. Rod Fletcher 11 months ago

    Sat here with my cafetiere admiring yours. I’m banned from having more than one per day by my wife so I enjoy it all the more.You’ve got the perspective spot on, do you use inks or transparent colours for the reflections? I’m beginning to realise the signifcance of that label on a pan of watercolour LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Rod! 😃💕 Glad you could live vicariously through this at least! hehe… I only use ink for the sketch and contours, the rest is always all transparent watercolor! (varying number layers)

  10. EK O'Connor 11 months ago

    You are really a master with reflections and glass! Love my French presses. Yes, plural. I don’t know how you find the time to manage all of the writing and responding to comments, but it’s a lovely touch to your wonderful site 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks! 😃💕 I figure if someone takes the time to comment, I should make some time to respond! I always appreciate the feedback. And yay to multiple French presses… sounds like the perfect house indeed!

  11. Thomas Blanchard 11 months ago

    mmm coffee! I’m doing my morning routine of sipping coffee and checking out doodlewash right now. Great French press! That reflection is awesome. The perspective looks like you are hovering over it, looking at the clock so you plunge ASAP 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 That’s exactly what I wanted to come across… time to take the plunge!! hehe And I approve of your morning routine… both the coffee, and the Doodlewash! Yay!

  12. Kaye Boggs 11 months ago

    while most of your readers remark how great your reflections are and your fine perspective in drawing..I was most impressed that you actually use a French press. I volunteer in a children’s charity thrift store and you’d be surprised how many volunteers and customers haven’t a clue what one is, much less how to use it! They bring it up to the register and ask “what is this?” Way to go Charlie! Thanks for explaining why the site is so slow. I was afraid it was my computer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Hehe… Thanks, Kaye! 😃💕 Yeah, I was wondering how this one would come across since many people aren’t really aware of what it is. And yeah, the site is getting a ton of traffic and with it comes some slow periods, but I’m doing what I can to optimize it as we grow!

  13. Liza Gonen 11 months ago

    Charlie you are amazing! it’s stunning!

  14. Kati Brooke 11 months ago

    I love that sky reflection! It’s so hypnotic.

    I’m slightly amused that Philippe was putting together a Lego model yesterday, only because this weekend is when a major Lego exhibit of some sort is going on near me, and Legos are all over my facebook feed because of it. 😛 I think they’re following me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kati! 😃💕 hehe… we actually have a Legoland and Lego store just down the street from us! And next to that, is Union Station, which has an Art of the Brick Lego exhibit later this month. I wonder if it’s a similar exhibit! lol

  15. Jennifer McLean 11 months ago

    I think your perspective work shows just how far you’ve come as an artist. You must be very pleased. :o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks, Jennifer! 😃💕 I just keep pushing forward… I do think that I’ve gotten a bit better though, so that’s promising! Still can’t draw the wheels of a bike well, but all good things in time! lol

  16. louiseaprimeau 11 months ago

    Very cool! This looks like a challenging angle but you really nailed it Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 Yeah, totally crazy angle! hehe… glad you liked how it turned out!

  17. crossfitmomm 10 months ago

    Very, very cool! I would never think to draw that!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks!! 😃💕 hehe… it’s a wonder what you come up with when you have no idea at all! lol Just sketch the thing next to you!

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