Daydreams At Night

Cat Kitten Moon Galaxy Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Half Moon,” I wasn’t sure what to make and then saw videos of a friend’s cat online and was suddenly inspired. So, I sketched the little kitty, named Theo, daydreaming under a crescent moon before heading off to sleep. At least that’s what seemed to appear after I just jumped in and started making something. I was going to use masking fluid for the moon, but I couldn’t find it easily in my art supplies and, being terribly impatient, ended up just using a white crayon instead. Which, was super fun, because playing with crayons always makes my inner child smile. I haven’t met little Theo in person yet, but even though I’m a bit allergic to cats, I’m going to risk it and meet him soon. He’s adorable and each video I watched as I studied him was cuter than the last. His eyes always seem to be curious with thought as though half in a daydream of something wonderful.

I think I’m often in this state as well. No matter what I’m doing, my mind is always drifting off to think of other things as well. Often, these thoughts are about things I should be getting done or upcoming deadlines, but more often than that, they’re just imaginative thoughts that flit through my mind. I love going to these mental places as I think that’s where I get my most interesting ideas. I had a creative coworker once who called it the “back brain.” We had worked on many projects together and it never failed that when we were feverishly trying to riddle something out, we’d hit a wall. It was only switching to think of something else that we were able to suddenly figure out the problem. Our back brains did all the heavy lifting and eventually came up with a wonderful solution. I love the surprise of thoughts like that. This happens all of the time when I’m sketching stuff as well. What I first intend to sketch is rarely, if ever, what ends up appearing in my sketchbook.

Tonight, we’re getting together with a couple of close friends for a quiet evening on the porch. And, also for lasagna, which is one of my favorites, but not a dish I have very often. I think Philippe made it once, but it’s been so long now that I can’t quite remember. Our dog Phineas will be staying home as he thinks any event involving more than his two dads is a full on party and it makes him crazy. He’s currently just sitting on the floor in preparation for his mealtime and then he’ll spend the evening doing whatever it is he does when we’re away for awhile. No doubt, he’ll have Michael the squirrel over for a round of poker before just heading off to bed early. Soon enough, we’ll be back home again and joining him as well. And, just as my head hits the pillow, I’ll let my mind do what it always does as I once again enjoy those beautiful daydreams at night.

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  1. Laura 2 years ago

    It turned out purrrfectly! 😉

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Yay! For getting out and socializing! I’m half-afraid too – I’ll have forgotten all my social skills and will just want to hide in a corner! Have a great time!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Well… it was just a couple very close friends, and so fun! I’m rather glad there aren’t parties these days as I always spent my time hiding in the corner of those! 😊hehe

  3. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fabulous Charlie! Enjoy you evening with friends!

  4. Bonnie Ottaviani 2 years ago

    Oh, he is adorable and looks so cozy.

  5. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Gorgeous!!Enjoy your evening!!☺

  6. Cathy 2 years ago

    Demain dimanche le 7. juin sera la fête des mères en France, et enfants, petits enfants, viennent chez moi – comme dans un commentaire de Sandra, je voudrais presque, rester seule – nous devenons vite sauvage, trois mois sans relations physiques – que du virtuel – vais-je mettre un masque ou pas ? les petits sont à vouloir des caresses, les prendre dans les bras, à venir très près, à embrasser…je sais qu’à la fin de cette journée, je serais heureuse – mais en me disant, pourvu que personne n’avait le virus, adorable vôtre petit chat

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      A very happy Mother’s Day to you, Cathy! 😃💕 It’s wonderful that you’re getting together, but yes, these days still come with bits of caution, but there’s still room for lots of love!

  7. Loan Anh Pham 2 years ago

    Impressive cat and beautifully done, Charlie😍. Hic, I got an impatient case in this prompt, too. Prompt passed so fast and I love to follow every friend. Their half moon are really evocative and wonderful. I decided to paint this prompt after I finished ‘shark’. Some dusks or unexpected strokes appeared on my unfinished painting and couldn’t refix. It’s crazy at the midnight and I painted it again at the dawn with other idea 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 That’s true dedication my friend! I don’t think I would ever be able to paint that late at night without falling asleep. hehe And your work is always lovely!!

  8. Lisa 2 years ago

    We are not strangers to napping cats around here. Right now I think bbq they are all sleeping in preparation for bed. 😁.

    Well, the art show my painting was supposed to be in was cancelled due to the virus, so they ended up doing the show online. Not the thrill of would have been to be in a galllery, but pretty cool any way. Here’s the link. Mine is the fourth one.

    • LoriCtoo 2 years ago

      Lisa, Your painting is beautiful! Congratulations and good luck!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I think cats know how to nap better than anyone! And that’s so awesome on the art show! Even virtually, it’s a fantastic thing indeed. And your piece is so gorgeous!! 😃💕

  9. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle, Charlie.

  10. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful doodle, Charlie! Hope you had an enjoyable evening!!

  11. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    So darling! I literally took the prompt of half moon and did exactly a half moon. LoLoLo! I fought it the whole time, moving it’s position. I finally gave up and left it. 😉 I have done my first week of prompts on one sheet of paper, as soon as we do pie, I am actually going to post it! Yeah!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Oh that’s awesome you did them all on one sheet. It’s so fun to see them all together!

  12. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    So a sweet Kitty Charlie beautiful doodle!

  13. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Awesome makes me feel so safe

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww yay! I thought people could use that feeling now. So happy you enjoyed this, Susan! 😃💕

  14. Fanna Turano 2 years ago

    OMG, Charlie…your kitty is sooo cute! I just want to scoop him up and cover him with smooches! What a terrific painting–all of those beautiful colors. It’s rare when a painting I view makes me feel emotions for the subject, but the face on this guy was precious and palpable! I’m going to have to add him to my collection. LOVE this sweet fella! Especially the sky. The whole thing–amazing. Have a lovely day.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this… it was a bit of an experiment, but I liked how it turned out. So happy you did as well! Hope you have a wonderful day my friend!

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