Coins In A Jar

Day 29 - Coin Jar Watercolor Illustration - Doodlewash

Today, we have coins as a prompt, since even a few coins as a kid felt like getting bits of gold. I remember counting my pennies and the most amazing shiny quarters to see if I had enough money to buy something all by myself. It was a real sense of empowerment to be able to make a purchase without having to ask Mom for the money first. Even the smallest thing in the world was made more incredible because it was something I made happen. I still keep a coin jar around today, but it’s mostly there to catch loose coins in my pocket on the rare days I actually carry cash, and then later used for bus fare. Not quite like the candies and toys of my youth. But each time I look at it, it brings back all of those memories of a time when coins could make dreams come true. The thing is, this is still true for many children everywhere in this world, so that’s why I founded World Watercolor Month in support of arts education. I hope you’ll join me and artists around the globe in July once again! It’s early, but mark your calendars now and join me for the 31 watercolors in 31 days challenge in July! A non-profit event to support The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and get arts supplies to kids who need them. Our future artists!

Though collecting coins as a child was fun, as an adult, I find myself counting dollars instead, and recently had to replace the transmission on our one and only car. Perhaps, this is why I often look back to childhood! I didn’t even know what a transmission was back then, and today, I barely know still. But, like everything in life, if you smile your way through it, things always work out just fine. I’m an eternal optimist as many of you know. I think that life is always good and wonderful when we take a moment to appreciate the simple and fabulous things that it offers. Tonight, for example, Philippe made a lovely spring risotto and it was incredibly delicious. In that moment, I was filled with joy and that’s the very kind of moment that I know matters most. No matter what happens in life, these ridiculously simple moments with the ones we love are the moments that count. All of my dreams and wishes take a back seat to that thrilling time when I can just enjoy something wonderful with someone I love. Sure, it was a delicious dinner, but nothing too complex. It strikes me that experiencing a bit of nothing with someone who’s everything to you is definitely the most incredible thing in the world.

And, this is why I’m just really happy all of the time. Bad things come my way, sure, but I just can’t give them that much attention. I have a very short attention span in general, after all. So, if something is going to claim my precious attention span, it has to matter to my heart. I’ve learned that although my mind spins in way too many directions at once, my heart is much more reliable. I can always trust it to point me in the right direction. And even when that direction seems odd or unproven, I follow what my heart tells me. Life as an adult is far more complex than we ever had to deal with when we were kids. But, our younger selves got something precisely correct. Our dreams and wishes are not something that we should ever ignore. Back then, we all felt empowered to become something amazing and I contend that we all still hold that power today. The one benefit of being a grownup is that you can now make all of those childhood dreams come true! It’s just a bit of collected magic and chasing those impossible dreams that can make it happen, like collecting coins in jar.

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Day 29 - Coin Jar Watercolor Illustration
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16 Comments
  1. Lisa 7 months ago

    This is convoluted, but stick with me. I was 15 years old in 1975 when Jaws was released and became a summer blockbuster. I loved that movie. I saw it three times that summer. In 1978 I left for college and became an English major when the art major I was considering didn’t work out because I found out that I was a little fish in a big pond vs. high school where I was a big fish in a little pond. Translated, that means my skills couldn’t compete against the way better art majors. But in one of my English classes we studied universal themes and the man vs. nature theme brought me back to Jaws which I read and watched. After college, whenever Jaws popped up on t.v., I watched it, and I learned a lot of the dialogue just because of repetition. When it came out on video, I had to buy a copy. Same when it came out on DVD. Whenever I got sick, I watched it because it made me feel better. When Beanie Babies were hot, my staff bought me the Shark. A number of years ago Joe and I were at a garage sale and they had one of those plastic beer can holders in the shape of a shark. Joe bought it for me. Cheap! And now that can cover with its wide open mouth sits on a table in our living room where it is the receptacle of all our spare quarters. “That’s some bad hat, Harry. “

    • Ellie 7 months ago

      Love this! Thanks for sharing, LIsa.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! I adore that ramble, Lisa! 😃💕See? That path of logic totally makes sense to me!! lol I love that you could go from a love of the Jaws movie to keeping your spare change in a shark!

  2. smzang 7 months ago

    Charlie’s daily wisdom: ” It strikes me that experiencing a bit of nothing with someone who’s everything to you is definitely the most incredible thing in the world.

    And, this is why I’m just really happy all of the time. ”

    I love the joy and peace in those words.

    As for the painting…I know you were simply glowing, getting to paint shiny coins and shiny glass. I can picture the smile in your soul.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this post! Thanks my friend! I had a lot of fun making the doodlewash for this one. It was insanely quick, but I liked how it turned out!

  3. Sandra Strait 7 months ago

    The treasure you gain from following your heart is more valuable than all the gold in the world. But it sure hurts when you have to part with some of that gold, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! SO true, Sandra! 😃💕 But, I always think if we stay positive, that gold will always come back in some way. hehe

  4. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    When I helped clean out the family houses of my own family and my husband’s family (when our elderly mothers moved to smaller homes) I found multiple jars, boxes, and old coin purses filled with coins! Many had not been touched in years. Pennies were the most common coin, but there where larger denominations as well. Our parents lived through the depression and it showed in the things they squirreled away.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Oh wow! That’s such an interesting story, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, how we think about money really does depend on the time in which we grew up.

  5. itsmyhusbandandme 7 months ago

    We all have a jar like that – well perhaps not so pretty!
    JP

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Yay, JP! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, ours isn’t this pretty either so I looked for something cooler to sketch. One is a plain jar and another is a plastic container that once housed gelato. 😊

  6. Mary Roff 7 months ago

    Wonderful jar of coins and post, Charlie. Since i’m rarely awake when you post in the evening your daily post is read first thing in the morning and it’s always the perfect, put a smile on my face start to the day. Thanks for always starting my day on a positive note!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Aww yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Mary! 😃💕 Glad I could help start your day with a smile!

  7. LoriCtoo 7 months ago

    Yep, coin jars a thing of the past. So sad. I was waiting to see what you would produce for this prompt. Perfect in everyway!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… I had no idea what I would make for this prompt until just before I made it! That’s often part of the FUN!

      • Lori 7 months ago

        It’s stressful to me! Bahawaha!

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