Day 24: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 24 - #WorldWatercolorMonth Red Vintage Alarm Clock Watercolor

This month has flown by and there’s only one week left of World Watercolor Month! So this made me think of time, and well, that’s why today’s doodlewash is this red vintage alarm clock. I kind of miss these old clocks as they seem to have more charm than the little phone bricks we carry around in our pockets today. Also, the sound they made was perfectly startling and the digital version can’t quite replicate the sheer terror one felt when hearing one of these burst to life on a Monday morning. Although time is fleeting for this first annual global event, I hope most of you have discovered the joyful addiction of daily painting and will keep on painting as we move into August. For those of you in the Facebook Group, stick around, as the group will continue as World Watercolor Group moving forward!

When I was a kid, time didn’t seem to move this quickly. Summer days would linger on in a fabulously endless way as we’d ride our bikes through the neighborhood, dreaming up something brilliant to do each day. I now realize it was because our mothers and fathers took care of all that awful “adult stuff” and we were free to play and be kids. Now I have to do all that stuff myself and frankly, some days it kind of sucks. But painting has become my play time and I’m very protective of the precious little time I’ve set aside for it. It’s become my time to recharge and relax in a way that I just can’t get from doing anything else. Not even wine. And that’s saying a lot.

During that amazing time when I’m holding my paint brush, I fall into a zone and time begins to slow down a bit. Just like when I was a kid. All the noise of the world goes away and it’s just me and those little swirling pools of pigment and water. I’m not actually shutting the world out so much as letting it all in. Letting my thoughts and everything I experienced that day wash over me without really stopping to question anything. Every worry, every little doubt, flows out onto the paper and I’m left with a quiet contentment. I’m at peace. And no matter what happens the next day or the day after that, I always know I’ll have this moment again.  Me, my pen, my brush, my paints, and that perfect little moment, when time stands still.

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36 Comments
  1. love your post 🙂 and your vintage alarm clock of course

  2. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    That last paragraph says it all Charlie!! Painting is my escape, providing that perfect little moment when time can stand still. I had a white version of your clock when I was growing up. I can still remember the clattering of that ring every school day morning. 🙂 Memories……. Thank you.

    • Author

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕Yeah, it’s such a glorious escape isn’t it?! Glad you liked the clock…that sound was so iconic!!! And loud! Hehe

  3. Teri C 1 year ago

    Exactly! The zone is the perfect place to be and I try to get in there as often as I can.

  4. Kristy Brenner 1 year ago

    The “sheer terror” of a real alarm clock on Monday — or any other — morning. You captured it.

  5. Carol 12 months ago

    Charlie, just reading your last paragraph made me feel peaceful and I wholeheartedly agree with you! We are truly blessed to be able to experience this through watercolor, in my opinion. Now, for that noisy, skillfully painted alarm clock – I might have been known to throw a pillow at a similar one back in the day 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Carol! 😃💕I know! Feels so lucky to have watercolor to turn too! And yeah…those clocks deserved the pillow!!! Haha!

  6. Jacob 12 months ago

    Well it’s about time! This certainly makes me tick! 😉 How wonderful. I have one of these at my bedside, but have never used the alarm, for that terror you mention would just be too much at the start of the day. When I was younger I had a digital clock whose alarm sound was your own personal recording. A sixty-second loop of me shouting insults at myself proved surprisingly good for getting me out of bed, so naturally I didn’t use it for very long! 😉

    Yes, things move so fast, it’s nice to have a device with which to slow it all down; I’m sure it’s a good thing you’re depending more on the doodlewashes than wine for that! Your contentment is clear with each post.

  7. Carmel Campbell 12 months ago

    So nice to hear about the peace your daily watercolor brings to your day. I don’t have an alarm clock. I do dream about sketching🙂

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    What a wonderful approach to life you have. And all of us benefit.
    Oh, and a red alarm clock – that is so cool!

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I just always try to keep life fun! Glad you liked my clock. Hehe…it was fun to paint!

  9. Birgit Winter 12 months ago

    Indeed it was terror every morning, one of these had to wake me up when I was still in school. And it still has a place in my cupboard, hiding behind books and candles and stuff. And it is a red one too just a little more oval shaped:-) I always look forward to your doodlewashes and thoughts!

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Birgit!! 😃It makes me so happy that you like my posts! And yeah…sounds like you found the perfect spot to hide this little terror! Lol

  10. I love these vintage clocks, and you are so right, they made you get out of bed……my fruit brand of phone seems to allow the odd lie in, I think it decides, ‘ no alarm today, so you can sleep through’ not ideal, why does it sometimes not work? And it’s never loud enough! Fab doodlewash, this month is flying by 😀

  11. Cathe 12 months ago

    What fun…until the alarm clock goes off and all that adult stuff kicks in!

  12. What a beautiful painting, and Charlie, not sure if your words this time may have outranked it. What a wonderful way to express what we all feel when we squeeze in a little time for art each day. Just fantastic. Beautifully expressed and painted, my friend. <3

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed the post. I sometimes worry I’m rushing so fast lately I’m not even making sense. 😊hehe So glad you liked it!!

      • You make perfect sense, you were built to do what you’re doing, my friend. You always make it look effortless. 💙

      • Author

        Thanks! Some days it feels like it’s flowing, but some days… feel like a lot of effort! hehe… at least I’m glad it “looks” effortless mostly!

  13. Jodi 12 months ago

    So lovely Charlie. ❤️

  14. memadtwo 12 months ago

    Keep playing, Charlie! (K)

  15. dapplegrey 12 months ago

    I loved hearing you say ‘not actually shutting the world out so much as letting it all in.’ That’s exactly how I feel and why it makes you feel so connected. There’s nothing else like it, I agree!

    • Author

      Nothing in the world!! It’s such an amazing feeling. I wish I had time to paint more, but any little time is a gift and worth the wait until the next little time! 😉💕

  16. artandmoondreams 12 months ago

    Lovely painting, so charming and delightful…a perfect little moment. Thank you for sharing.

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