Day 5 – My Favorite Movie

World Watercolor Group - Day 5 - My Favorite Movie - Popcorn - Doodlewash

When it comes to movies, my favorite is the one that’s served with a bowl of popcorn. I’ve enjoyed movies without this treat, of course, but they just don’t compare. We don’t make it out to the movie theatre very often. Unless it’s a huge spectacle that actually requires a large screen, we simply prefer to watch movies at home, away from crowds. Also, our popcorn is a much lighter variety, air-popped and lightly salted with a drizzle of olive oil. Admittedly, some of my favorite movies are animated. I’m still a big kid and sucker for a good Disney or Pixar movie. Though, admittedly, Disney seems to be reproducing everything they’ve ever made in live action now while Pixar makes sequels, but they have still created some of my favorite movies of all time. I think, Ratatouille would be at the top of the list. Barring the gross notion of rats in a kitchen, the uplifting message of “anyone can cook” is lovely. I’ve never given cooking serious attention to see if this is true, but I do strongly believe that “anyone can paint” so it’s a message that really resonates with me.

Perhaps my penchant for animated films is the same reason I also enjoy romantic comedies. I love happy endings. I’m impossibly optimistic, so I actually believe that these endings are more reflective of real life. There’s always something good to be found, even in the toughest of circumstances, if you simply allow yourself to see it. There’s that moment towards the end of every story, where the main character hits the lowest point. That place where all is lost and nothing seems like it going to work out. Then, suddenly, things change for the better and the hero ultimately get the very thing he always wanted. Okay, maybe in real life, there aren’t people breaking into song like a Disney musical, but honestly, how cool would that be? Either way, I believe that people have loved these stories for years, not because they’re a fantasy, but because at some point in our life, we’ve experienced the same thing. There was that moment when nothing seemed to work and then suddenly, everything changed for the better.

Maybe every low moment doesn’t have a perfect movie ending, but with just a little bit of creative thinking, it can always turn into something good again. At least, that’s what all those Disney movies I watched growing up taught me. When I first started painting, I was so excited and yet some days, felt like I had no real talent at all. But I knew, that if I just kept practicing things would change for the better. That even at my lowest point, my story would have a happy ending. And you’ll find every little painting I’ve ever made, right here on Doodlewash. I didn’t hide anything from you. Even if I thought it was rubbish, I posted it anyway. A great story has low moments and high moments. Not everything that happens is good, but good always triumphs over bad. Well, at least in the stories I prefer to tell, and the ones I prefer to watch, when I grab some popcorn to enjoy my favorite movie.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
World Watercolor Group - Day 5 - My Favorite Movie - Popcorn - Doodlewash
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40 Comments
  1. Nikki 3 months ago

    very inspirational comparison!

  2. Oh popcorn! Man you are so creative…perfect painting. Perfect story! Always inspiring.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      You’re so sweet! I appreciate the encouragement!! hehe Thanks so much, Shannon! 😃💕

  3. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    When I eat my popcorn at my next movie I will be thinking of your story….very inspiring. Thank you. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww that’s awesome! Glad you liked this post, June! Thank you! 😃💕

  4. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    Your bowl of popcorn looks great too. 😁

  5. Jennifer McLean 3 months ago

    OK, I have GOT to paint some popcorn soon! You’re two ahead of me, lol. I culled some photos of popcorn months ago then got distracted by some other idea, probably a fruit or veggie, lol. I love all the interesting shapes, great writing today, I totally agree with you on all of that good over evil, even though sometimes you have to take the long view. Oh, do you know when my Artist’s spotlight will go up, i want to put the link on my blog. Thanks Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 You should totally try painting popcorn… it’s so weird and difficult! hehe… doesn’t quite look like anything at first until you dab in all the shadows! lol And your post will go live on Friday, but I’ll send you a link as soon as it does! 😉

  6. Jakki G 3 months ago

    I am still reading your posts and those of your guests as we move into August! This World of Watercolor is sucking me in – a tiny toe at a time! I got lucky and was given a huge stash of Daniel Smith watercolor paint tubes! My washes are looking really lovely!! Even if I never get beyond those, I think I’ll feel like an artist!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That’s awesome, Jakki!! 😃💕 You’re in the right spot then… my entire plan is to pull as many people into the World of Watercolor as possible! hehe… and yay! Daniel Smith is wonderful paint. I’m sure you’ll be well on your way to making more than washes in no time! 😉

  7. Jodi 3 months ago

    You are such an inspiration Charlie! And I love your attitude on life! Popcorn and all!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 I figure there are worse things to be in life than a devout optimist! 😉

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    We may be having popcorn for dinner tonight – I’ll tell my hubby it’s your fault and then show him your Doodlewash – he’ll understand.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe… excellent! I’ll take full blame and credit! Yay! Popcorn is soooo good!! 😉💕

  9. Jacob 3 months ago

    This popcorn looks sooo good! And your talk of Disney and Pixar films made me think of Rex for the first time in quite a while. <3 I still love Doodlewash Rex! I like the philosophy here and totally agree, though indeed it's probably a happy ending for everyone else that I don't go around singing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 Aww Rex was fun!! Wow… that seems like ages ago. I really enjoyed that month of sketches. Yeah, I think if spontaneous song happened in real life, it might not be quite the same as in the movies! lol

      • Jacob 3 months ago

        Yes, eighteen months or so isn’t it – crazy. I do remember that series being fun; we had Rex, Benji, and that awful Oozinator advert which I’m incredulous at once more!

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        hahaha! awww… I just had to watch it again. It’s sooooo awfully inappropriate!! 😂

  10. itchywolfpaws 3 months ago

    Ratatouille is a fantastic movie! My favourite movie is also a Pixar film, I love the movie Up. Have you seen it? I don’t know if you ever painted the house floating with the balloons, but I think that would look amazing as a watercolour.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes! I’ve seen all the Pixar movies… love them! And Up is such a great one!! I’ve never painted a floating house, but who nows! Maybe one day I will! 😉💕

  11. Lisa Cihlar 3 months ago

    Despicable Me is my favorite animated movie, and one of my favorite overall too. I love those Minions! And is a movie really a movie without popcorn?

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Lisa!! 😃💕 I love Minions!!! hehe… so much fun!

  12. Carol J Forrester 3 months ago

    Fantastic artwork as always. I tend to prefer watching movies in the comfort of my own home as well, the other half on the other hand has a habit of falling asleep mid-movie so the cinema is the better choice if he actually wants to make it to the end.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 Oh wow… it’s often the same for my other half as well! LOL too funny! I have to make sure we start early enough or yep… it’s night night time for him.

  13. Lisa McClure 3 months ago

    I’ve always loved my popcorn with lots of salt and melted butter and cheddar cheese! Now that I think about it, just about anything is better with lots of salt and melted butter and cheddar cheese. I really like the line drawings you do with the sepia ink. It just feels so much softer/natural than black ink line and wash paintings. I want to try this out, but have hesitated to trust myself with an actual bottle of ink. Do you have to worry about this ink drying up in your pen?

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 True… melted butter and cheese tends to make anything awesome!! And yeah, I tend to prefer sepia as well lately. I jump back to black with glass and things less organic, but sepia has a lovely soft effect. I haven’t had an issue with the Carbon Platinum ink in my Lamy pens drying up, but then again, I use them every day so that probably makes a difference!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm popcorn. Best part of any movie.

  15. Vivs Moyano 3 months ago

    Your painting is awesome 😀
    I also post everything I paint because they are all part of me. Good or Bad, they are a lesson learned. And this lesson could teach not only to me, but other artists that at least they know “what you should not do” haha.
    Regards from another disney fan 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Vivs! 😃💕 Yeah, I totally agree! When I first started posting, I would even post the aftermath on my palette paper of just random colors and brush strokes! hehe… it’s all beautiful when it’s in watercolor!

  16. Phil Cooper 3 months ago

    Your popcorn looks so light and fluffy Charlie, lovely! Yep, i’m a huge Disney fan too, if only my life was more like a Disney musical lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Phil! 😃💕 Yeah, I have to admit my life hasn’t quite gotten as magically perfect as a Disney musical… lol… but its had its moments!

  17. memadtwo 3 months ago

    I don’t even need a movie to be happy with popcorn! Now my mouth is watering…(K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah… I wouldn’t turn down popcorn sans movie either! lol

  18. Elizabeth Metz 1 week ago

    I’m a romcom girl, myself.

    (Though, I’ll admit, I DO actually randomly break into song in real life. And bouts of interpretive dance. At least J can say he’s never been bored.) 😀

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