Day 28: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 28: #WorldWatercolorMonth Ball Mason Jar with Lemon water and purple straw

I got a little ambitious with my glass obsession today and attempted this mason jar with lemon water. Halfway through the doodlewash, I could barely even tell what I was painting anymore there were so many textures and overlapping shapes. Also, I challenged myself to use just 3 colors again and chose Dioxazine Purple, Gamboge, and Cobalt Teal. This sprung to mind as I was drinking a ton of water this week in effort to combat whatever strange invader was attempting to take over my body. Thankfully, it worked and I feel much better, but I’m still a bit tired and needing some rest. Looking at this now simpy reminds me of the ridiculous number of trips to the bathroom I’ve taken over the last few days, which I realize as I type this is a bit of an overshare of information.

Even if when I’m not feeling a bit under the weather, the wonderful thing about lemon water is that it always reminds me of summer. As the heat continues to climb, there’s really nothing more refreshing and I find myself drinking more water this time of year than any other. I’m also particularly fond of these Ball Mason jars as they remind me of the various jams my grandmother would make and send home with me as a kid. These days, you’ll find them used to serve water in hip restaurants, but in those days, they were just used for canning every vegetable and fruit you could imagine. It was cool to have a little taste of grandma’s food even though I lived miles away from her. It just made it so much more special and no matter what was in the jar, it tasted better than anything else in the pantry.

These days, I only use these jars for lemon infused water but each time I take a sip, I remember being a kid again. Of course, the bendy straw is also a requirement. Whenever I was feeling under the weather, one of these straws was always a perfect remedy. As a kid in the suburbs though, this was more often jabbed into a can of 7up than placed gingerly in naturally lemon-infused water. But the effect was still miraculous. Soon, I was better again and happily enjoying whatever crazy thing it was that I was into at the time. It’s funny how something so stupidly simple can bring back a host of amazing memories. But it can. Just a little water, some lemons, a bendy straw, and a mason jar can make you feel like everything in the world, no matter how bad it seems, will eventually find a way to get better.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Dioxazine Purple, Gamboge, and Cobalt Teal. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

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52 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 12 months ago

    Mouthwatering perfection, my dear! <3 I'm thinking I need to clean off some of our antique green Ball jars and do this!

  2. waynejacques 12 months ago

    Nicely done Charlie!

  3. Susan Feniak 12 months ago

    So cool and refreshing looking. Thirst quenching. I am thirsty just looking at it. 🙂

  4. artandmoondreams 12 months ago

    Such a beautiful painting! It looks so cool and refreshing, love your use of light, reflections and layers of colors glazing…absolutely stunning painting. For some reason it seems anything served in a mason ball jar is so much more tasty and delicious…especially beverages…and always with a straw! Thanks for sharing such a delightful piece, glad to hear you are feeling better.

    • Author

      aww thanks so much, Haunani! 😃💕 I’m so happy you liked this one! I’ve been trying to practice glass as part of this month. Not sure why… just decided to! hehe… glad you liked the outcome!

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  6. Laura (PA Pict) 12 months ago

    You are going from strength to strength with these paintings of glass and with the challenge of using just three colours. I’m in awe. Reading about your memories of mason jars sparked in me memories of using Kilner jars to preserve foods with my Grandad. You are right about simple things carrying such significance.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! I’m thrilled you like this! 😃💕 And cool… even happier this brought back great memories!

  7. jmnowak 12 months ago

    Yeah, this mason jar drinks thingy trend has permeated throughout Australia too. There is a place in Degraves St in the CBD which serves nothing but teeny tiny cupcakes (you’ve seen one of them on my blog — the Coffee + Cake gallery in the sidebar) and absolutely delicious Belgian milkshakes, rich and creamy, served in a mason jar with a thick straw. Yum. I like your doodle, Charlie, and all the textures you’ve captured so well…kinda reminds me of something I’ve seen somewhere, now where could that be..?!! 😉
    PS: Enjoy your weekend!

    • Author

      Awww thanks! Glad you liked this! I just keep on practicing glass… hehe… hoping to get to a point where I feel more comfortable to play with some other ideas. It’s so trendy though to drink out of these though… guess it echoes back to the past in a way people like! 😃💕 Hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

      • jmnowak 12 months ago

        Thanks. Charlie…my weekend has been spent getting to know my new Windows Lumia 950 smartphone…a huge learning curve! I really like your latest glass effort, the glass of tea!

      • Author

        Thanks so much!! And wow… cool on the new phone, but sounds like there might be learning curve there. Good luck!!

      • jmnowak 12 months ago

        …an easy learning curve, as I’ve been finding out. User friendliness and functionality have been stepped up a notch or two! In fact, it’s really a tiny PC.

  8. Margaret Parker Brown 12 months ago

    One of my favorite posts and doodles of yours…..you seem to share more and more of yourself (including the very personal shares) and I find that refreshing! Love your jar and the colors are so beautiful, your memories connected to canning jars, food and your grandmother was so wonderful to read about. Feel better Charlie! it is almost over….what a journey 🙂

    • Author

      awww thanks Margaret! hehe… I was sharing a lot of personal things when I started my blog, but sort of bounce in and out of that. Glad you liked this one! It brought back a lot of great memories for me!

  9. Teri C 12 months ago

    Another wonderful painting. That wonderful lemon water not only cures you, it gives you exercise when running to get rid of it. 😄😄😄

  10. Jodi 12 months ago

    Amazing doodlewash! So much expressed with only three colors! Hope you’re feeling better. 😘

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 😃💕 So glad you liked this one! I’m feeling much better now… just in time for the weekend! Yay!

      • Jodi 12 months ago

        🙂

  11. Jacob 12 months ago

    Summer in a jar! This looks incredibly refreshing and chill. How trendy, too, especially the complimentary colours going on with lemon and straw 😉 I am a sucker for a good straw (now that one wasn’t even intentional!) I used to love the ones so complex that it took about five minutes for the drink to reach your lips. At the moment I have these ‘magic’ straws that have tiny chocolate dragee inside, and thus turn milk into chocolate milk on the way through. They are pretty good for a chill, but nowhere near as summery as this beaut!

    • Author

      ooooo yes!! those magic straws were so fun!! But yeah… they did take forever to get the actual drink and the ones I had also seemed to possess a peculiar smell. Eek! lol Glad you liked the doodlewash! 😃

  12. Carol 12 months ago

    You certainly have mastered glass and its reflections and shadows, Charlie. I am glad you are feeling better and hope you are 100% quickly!

  13. M. L. Kappa 12 months ago

    Well done, Charlie, you are turning into a master glass painter! Next you will institute a GlassPaintingMonth, making the rest of us look pathetic 😰. Glad you’re feeling better 💕

    • Author

      awww thanks, Marina! 😃💕Lol Oh my… I don’t think I have the energy to found another Month! But nobody looks pathetic… I think everything is looking beautiful that I’m seeing being made this month! Sooooo cool!!

  14. Jill Kuhn 12 months ago

    It is funny how certain things remind us of our families. 😉 Thanks Charlie for sharing your stories along with your awesome Doodlewashes! ❤️🎨 My day doesn’t seem complete without a Charlie story! 😊 P.S. Grandmas are the best!! 🌟🌟🌟

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jill! 😃💕 It’s been harder to squeeze the stories in than the doodlewash this month! Always seem to be running far behind…. but have fun! So that’s all that matters I guess! Hehe (and yes to grandmas!! Totally awesome!)

  15. Phil Cooper 12 months ago

    Tricky subject buy you really get a lovely feel to your paintings of glass Charlie, beautiful. I had some lemon water out f just such a glass this weekend when the weather was so hot in Berlin, it really hits the spot 😊

  16. You have pulled this off to perfection, the water has worked wonders….drinking it, painting it, and painting with it! With the addition of some lemon, your painting really zings, nothing sour about this one 😀

    • Author

      Thanks Rebecca! 😃💕 hehe… so pleased you liked it! It’s been tough to squeeze in painting and writing about it while sneezing, but well… somehow I’ve managed. Lol

  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    Great painting, good medicine, may you feel well soon.

  18. memadtwo 12 months ago

    They are now selling mason jar drinks at baseball stadiums…for $16! But yours looks much more refreshing. And I do remember those bendy straws. Rest up this weekend, and you’ll be good as new for August. (K)

    • Author

      Wow! That’s pricey!! hehe… but do they have bendy straws? Then maybe it might be worth it! Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕

  19. Beautifully done! This almost has a bit of an abstract feel which I am loving. Taking it slightly beyond reality, but in a way that makes it better than the strictly representational painting would have done. I love it! Oh and bendy straws and mason jars really are the best things ever. Glad you’re feeling better. 💜💜💜

    • Author

      Thanks Laura! 😃💕 I’m actually trying to be a bit looser, but you know me…. still lots of suggested details at least! Lol I’m so glad you liked it!!

  20. Sharon Mann 12 months ago

    How refreshing! I love the light shining through the glass, Charlie.

  21. Snehal Kank 12 months ago

    What a perfection Charlie! So cool you did a great job with typo too👍🏼

  22. Beautywhizz 12 months ago

    There is a lemon water by my side as I read your post, forgot the straw though!

  23. Cute and Simple Design 12 months ago

    That is beautiful! I love Mason jars!

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