Day 11 – #WorldWatercolorMonth – Beautiful Blooms

Day 11 - World Watercolor Month Beautiful Blooms Rose - Doodlewash

When it comes to flowers, I’m not really very experienced in painting them, since I rarely do. So today, I decided to mix things up a bit and use four M. Graham watercolors, two of which, Quinacridone Violet and Permanent Green Light, I’ve never once used before today. Lovely colors! One of my favorite bits of World Watercolor Month is that it inspires me to push myself a bit more and try new things. The effect today was a bit more moody than my typical candy colors, making me wonder about the story behind this little rose. Was it placed there as a gift for someone to find, or left lonely by someone who passed right by it. In many ways, when I dare to share my art each day, I place myself in this very story. When I was younger, I was terribly shy and putting myself out there was simply not something I would ever do. As an adult, I’m still rather shy, but I’ve learned that if I just push myself to show up and share something, even something that feels a bit personal, I can push past that shyness. And somebody, somewhere, will appreciate that I did. A simple exchange, like the gift of a flower.

My shyness was particularly at its peak in high school, even though I was a member of many different clubs and many times even one of the officers. As it turns out, my drive to try new things won out, no matter how nervous I was to start them. I remember my first year of high school. I really wanted to try out for the school musical, but the thought of actually doing so had me terrified. In truth, I had no idea if I could actually sing. Sure, the acoustics of a bathroom shower are stunning, and I had rocked many a tune while getting sprayed with water. But that was just me, all alone. To actually sing in front of an entire auditorium of people left me feeling, well, rather naked. While I was fretting about whether or not to give it a try, my dad in his typically blunt fashion said, “Do it. How else will you know?” This has always stuck with me over the years. It’s such simple and true advice. I was fretting about what might happen, but there’s only ever one way to find out for sure.

So, I began to trade shyness in for the pursuit of certainty. If nothing else, I just had to know what might actually happen next. How has this worked out for me over the years? Well, that all depends on how you look at life. In truth, my spontaneous impulse to just rush into things hasn’t always worked out exactly as I’d hoped. But I’ve never been left wondering what might have happened, and that, in the end is a rather amazing gift. And best of all, I’ve learned the things that I’m great at and the things that I sort of bungle my way through. But, I’m still doing all of it. And it doesn’t matter if I’m the best at any of it. What matters is that I’m enjoying myself along the way. The only things we shouldn’t do are the things that hurt ourselves or others. If there’s passion there, pursue it with all of the misplaced confidence you can muster! Don’t wait for anyone to tell you that you’re awesome, if you feel awesome doing something, you already are. All those new little experiences may not always turn into a lovely bouquet of flowers, but they are always guaranteed to produce beautiful blooms.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham. Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Violet, Permanent Green Light, and TurquoiseLamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
 Day 11 - World Watercolor Month Beautiful Blooms Rose - Doodlewash

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  1. Sandra Strait 4 days ago

    Your rose is beautiful. Do you think it feels lonely or does it just glory in its own beauty? Maybe on one of your podcasts you’ll sing for us? That would be awesome!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I think it just enjoys its own beauty. And wow… singing on the podcast…. now that would really be taking me beyond my comfort zone! lol Who knows, though…. maybe one day! 😉

  2. Sharon Nolfi 4 days ago

    Your dad gave you excellent guidance! By trying things, you have a lot of fun, and you’re never left wondering “what if”? The colors in the flower are wonderful – I’m glad you tried the new ones.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, he has a certain wisdom… I think we’re always better off trying new things!

  3. June Hadaway 4 days ago

    Gorgeous rose Charlie. You should paint more flowers! You have given such good advice. Thank you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 I have no idea why, but I never enjoy painting flowers as much as other things. But I always push myself to at least try every now and again.

  4. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 days ago

    Very beautiful 🥀 indeed is it for me ha ha.
    Lovely . thanks sir.

  5. Suzala 4 days ago

    My favorite prose yet. Lovely flower but even better raisone d etra !

  6. Evelyn Flint 4 days ago

    A very pretty rose…

  7. Laura Hale 4 days ago

    Once again—beautiful art and story.

  8. Mary Roff 4 days ago

    Love the colors and the advice. Thanks, Charlie!

  9. nshami14 4 days ago

    Lovely rose, lovely story.

  10. Lisa 4 days ago

    I was waffling over something when I was in my 20s. Probably a job thing, or relationship thing, and a friend of mine said to me that I needed to TRUST THE PROCESS! A rule I have lived by ever sense. I would definitely stop and smell that rose! I was shy once too. Then I realized that people are much more concerned about themselves then me, so there was really nothing to be shy about.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      hehe! So true! 😃💕 People are far more concerned about themselves than you, so yeah… there’s really never anything to worry about. And Yay to always trusting the process.. or honestly… just enjoying it. It is the entire thing after all. 😉

  11. TinaSei 2 days ago

    Thank you for this wonderful story – great advice. And, of course, the rose is beautiful too.
    Keep going, Charlie. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 days ago

      Aww thanks, so much! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Keep going as well… we should never stop pursuing our creative passions!

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