Butterflies And Hummingbirds

Hummingbird And Butterfly Flower Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt today of “Free,” a million things came to mind. Indeed, this one could be just about anything at all which is sometimes a bit challenging. Though it’s been super fun to see how everyone who’s using them has been interpreting these. For some reason that I can’t possibly understand, the first thing that came to mind was an old Goldie Hawn movie called Butterflies Are Free. So I decided to sketch a butterfly and then thought adding a little hummingbird might be fun. Either they’re going to happily share that flower or things are going to get a bit crazy. In truth, I just felt like using lots of bold color so this made for an easy way to do so. Well, mixing them, at least, since I only used 5 colors. It’s equally worth noting that Butterfly and Hummingbird Day is on October 3rd, so you can mark your calendars now for that. And I think it’s quite lovely that this lovely little pollinators get their own special day to celebrate.

As many of you know, when I first started out I would often use these celebration days as my prompt. After sketching through weeks of days like this, I got the idea that watercolor should have it’s own official celebration as well, and it actually happened. July is now and forever officially World Watercolor Month and I couldn’t be more pleased about that. I’m not sure any other type of official celebration produces this much incredible art in a rather short time period. Though I did see a lot of paintings paying homage when it came to Ice Cream Day. Yet, I couldn’t be sure if that wasn’t somehow linked since that celebration day takes place on July 19th. So, it makes my heart smile with glee to know that after five years, this month just keeps growing and growing with artists and watercolors. It’s fun to look back and remember that I never had a clue this is where things might end up. That’s wonderful thing about simply pursuing a passion rather than a goal. Whatever comes next is anyone’s guess, but it’s always guaranteed to be full of surprises!

Tonight, when I went  upstairs to scan my little sketch for the day, Philippe was watching a video on YouTube. There was a young woman in full hair, makeup, and dress looking like she just stepped out of the 1950’s. What made me giggle was that he was watching her defrost a refrigerator. Yep, that was actually happening. Apparently, her passion was what’s now considered “vintage” appliances and products. I figured that this word also applies to fine wine so it should always be taken as a compliment for those old enough to remember such things. Even as I was giggling at such an odd subject matter for a video, I found myself watching it along with him. The thing is, when someone who’s truly authentic shares their true passion, it’s rather compelling, no matter what that passion might be. So, I hope that if there’s anyone out there a bit shy about sharing what you’re making this month that you’ll go ahead and DO it! It’s a month to be happy, confident and free, like butterflies and hummingbirds.

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38 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Gorgeous Charlie! The milkweed is in bloom next to our driveway so I’m hoping to see a monarch or two. So far just a big bumblebee.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Here’s hoping you see a monarch or two!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    You must have been in our garden this spring – it was bursting with Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. Hubby planted flowers they love. Two of the Monarch chrysalises hatched and the butterflies keep coming home to visit. So your Doodlewash is completely believable – and beautiful!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww your garden sounds so wonderful!

  3. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

    Aweeeeeeeeeeee so gorgeous!!!!!!! Sounds like a fun video. I too love to see others who are freely being who they are. Its a beautiful thing to see. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 It’s definitely a beautiful thing to see!

  4. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Beautiful,Charlie!! I love watchinthe butterflies in our yard!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I adore watching butterflies!

  5. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Butterflies are free! I haven’t thought of that movie in years. I liked Laugh In, even though it probably lead to the cancellation of classic Star Trek. The third season was scheduled for Monday 8 PM, but Rowan and Martin wanted the time spot at the last minute, so Star Trek ended up at 10 PM Friday nights – the dead zone. I was devastated when the show was cancelled! But it’s kind of wonderful, leading to conversations that start out with Goldie Hawn and end up with Star Trek!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Indeed! Love that! 😃💕 Yeah, I liked Laugh In as well! I have no idea why that movie came to mind, but it did. Poor Star Trek! I loved that too!

  6. Laura 4 months ago

    Beautiful!

  7. kiddlescarol 4 months ago

    From one vintage watercolor friend to another not-quite-as-vintage watercolor friend, your Doodlewash is just lovely, Charlie. I look back at when I was “showcased” on Doodlewash and how proud I was of those simple creations, and how humbled I was to be featured. My, how I’ve leaned and my art has grown since then, which came from encouragement of your community and practice. Thank you! Everyone, no matter your skill level, take the leap and be featured – step on up!! We are a great group of people at every level. Thanks for so many kind words and connections, Charlie! 🥰😘 🎨

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 Aww I love your words! That’s such a great story. I’m so happy to have featured you and love seeing what you make today!

  8. Nellie Nellie 4 months ago

    Ok, my hummers and monarchs seem to bump each other mid air around the lantana and aloes in bloom! And I thought mine were just kind of aggro or uncoordinated ;-D

    • Nellie Nellie 4 months ago

      ps hummingbird and butterfly day is my birthday!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Oh wow! I’ve never seen that! Seems like that would be quite a show! 🙂

  9. Lisa 4 months ago

    There are loads of monarch butterflies around here right now. They must like the heat. My goodness it’s been hot here. Then we had a quick thunderstorm and when it was gone there was a double rainbow and a glorious sunset and the fireflies were rising from the grass as if spurred in by the lightning. All I did was paint three plaid pears. 😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Sounds like it was beautiful after the rain indeed! 😃💕 And plaid pears are awesome! hehe

  10. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Just gorgeous!

  11. heila 4 months ago

    Beautiful. What a lovely start into my day (here in Israel).

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Heila! 😃💕 Glad this made for a good start to your day!

  12. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    Oh, to only know what these two are discussing! So charming! Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything when you shared your freezer defrosting video. I would have spit it across the room. Hahaha! I used to have to defrost my freezer in my old apartment. Hated every minute of it. Ahhh modern conveniences! Why was Phillippe watching that video anyway????? Tee hee!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 I had no idea why Philippe watches some of those things. But it’s always interesting! hehe

  13. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful, Charlie.

  14. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    What a beautiful beautiful sketch!!!! The butterfly & hummingbird both look like they might just end up sharing the nectar of that flower. And again, one line jumped out of your post. “That’s the wonderful thing about simply pursuing a passion rather than a goal”. Thank you for this… it was much needed. Finally about the sharing of the pics, I feel brave enough to show you one of things I’ve painted. But am not on social media… so is there an email address I could connect through?

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy you found something inspiring in this post. You can reach me via my contact form, who join Doodlewash club – https://doodlewash.com/community/ – and send me a private message there! (then you’ll be all ready for when you’re ready to share with the group!)

  15. Hue & I 4 months ago

    Oh my god. I love the details of the butterfly and the idea of painting a hummingbird with it!

  16. Susan Masters 4 months ago

    Such a bright and lively image Thank you Charlie for sharing your passion and giving us such a wonderful place as Doodlewash and WWC Month. Bravo to yoy!

  17. Jerson Antao 4 months ago

    Nice composition Charlie! Keep going!😊

  18. Snehlata Maheshwari 4 months ago

    Charlie O’Shields since longtime I am not connecting u by Google nor Facebook. Could u pls help me. But gettingyourpost regularly
    MannyThanks. .

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Hi, Snehlata! 😃💕 I’ve no idea how Facebook chooses to show or not show posts, but if you’re subscribed to them here on Doodlewash, that’s always the best way to get them!

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