Finding A Pearl

Pearl In Clam Shell Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Beach” today, I decided to sketch a clam shell with a pearl inside. It would indeed be rather lucky to stumble across something like this on the beach, but mostly I just think pearls are really pretty and wanted to paint one. And though I have no plans to visit a beach in the future, it’s always wonderful to visit one in the pages of my sketchbook. Our world is certainly struggling at the moment, and headline after headline only makes things appear more grim. But, as a devout optimistic, I have to look for those little pearls in life that remind me that there’s always a way to focus on happy things. Indeed, making art is one of the best ways I can imagine to both create and share joy and hope with the world. So, I’m just going to keep right on sketching and taking each day as it comes. Always looking for those bright spots of hope and happiness, which artists everywhere are creating, each and every day.

Today, I was back to running far behind on things, as I had to stop and do taxes in the middle of everything. Well, compile everything to hand to the person who actually does our taxes, because I don’t do math things or understand weirdly written rules. Truly, my brain is the exact opposite of the one that created tax forms. I can’t understand a word of it. It’s like a forgetful mathematician and a misprogrammed robot wrote down their live, unedited conversation on the fly. And the outcome of the exercise is always a touch depressing these days as well. There are some things in the world that I simply can’t avoid. And yet, I still find myself in a very happy mood. Philippe and I are enjoying a longer bit of daylight and the evening seems quite fabulous. We’re enjoying our usual little routines at home and blocking out the rest of the world for a moment. It’s a blissful moment indeed.

Life can get a bit crazy, so taking time to pause and focus on the happy things is the best way I can live it. When I was a kid, I was perfectly oblivious to all of the horrible things that were happening in the world. My parents kept me well-protected from the bits of gloom and doom that kept cropping up. As an adult, I now have to protect myself. I have to understand the world for what it really is, and then make my best decisions from there. In my heart, I want to fix all of the problems, but I know I can only do my small part. So, that’s what I DO! Each and every day, I do what I can to make a tiny difference. It’s not really that much, I guess, but I have to believe that even one positive place in the world can make a change somehow. And, though I could get caught up in the chaos I can’t control, I choose to look past it and focus on the things I can control. All the while, searching for that bit of shimmer in the distance where I just might end up finding a pearl.

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28 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 4 weeks ago

    Fabulous pearl Charlie and thanks for creating this retreat where we can all escape the chaos of the world for a bit each day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 My pleasure! It’s great to have a creative place to escape to these days!

  2. LoriCtoo 4 weeks ago

    Ditto what Karen said! A little bit of peace each day. I guess I will be thankful that I have been held up in my home for the past two weeks! Plumbing is complete, happy with results. It will be interesting to go out in the real world tomorrow!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah… our little art group is a wonderful thing indeed. As it finally getting that plumbing fixed! yay!

  3. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful!!! I am not big on numbers myself lol. I am more of a word person! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yes! Give me words over numbers any day! hehe

  4. Zertab Quaderi 4 weeks ago

    Charlie, your pearl looks fabulous! Agreed on looking past the negatives and focusing on positives. Thank God for this platform that does indeed give us a respite each day. God bless!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Zertab! 😃💕 So thrilled you’re here with us. It makes the world so bright and beautiful!

  5. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    I always wanted a pearl necklace, so Joe bought me one for a holiday one year. It was after we were married, but that’s all I remember for sure. It is a lovely string of pearls though and I wish I had occasions to wear them. Maybe I should make them my gardening pearls. So long as I don’t touch them with my dirty hands, they would be a fetching accessory.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Hehe… I think gardening pearls sound wonderfully fashionable! You should DO it! 😉

  6. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    Yay for pearls! I’m composing this from a laptop that a dear friend has given me in the hopes I’ll have fewer problems. Having someone who is willing to go the extra mile to help me out is a pearl beyond all price, and I am so thankful for the internet that has given me so many great and wonderful friends!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Yay for pearls indeed! 😃💕 Sounds like you are surrounded by them! Wonderful!!

  7. Fanna 4 weeks ago

    I LOVE pearls and occasionally would find one inside my oyster, rare claims, but WHAT a gift! Lovely post Charlie. I finally own a long and gorgeous strand of Tahitian pearls and relish them! I understand and agree with Lisa’s comment. 🙂

    • Fanna 4 weeks ago

      *clams

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this. And wonderful that you have a string of pearls. Sounds lovely!

    • Lisa 4 weeks ago

      We can start a trend! Pearls for any occasion! 😁

  8. Gary Middleton 4 weeks ago

    Great painting Charlie. I look forward to coming here before I go to work in the morning. I post my doodle then look through all the other great pieces that have posted since yesterday morning. I echo everyone’s thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 So thrilled you’re with us… I always enjoy seeing what you come up with my friend!

  9. Placid Painting 4 weeks ago

    It’s nice to have sites like yours to take your mind off everything else for a while. It can be disruptive thinking about everything that’s going on in the world right now. And I agree. We need to focus on all the things we can control and contribute with, and just hope for the best in the end. There are many pearls to find out there 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      So true!! 😃💕 There’s only so much anxiety one can bear and then we have just keep focusing on the positives. Support each other with love and hope and, of course, keep right on making beautiful art for the world!

  10. Danai Mongkolrat 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful and nice

  11. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Doodlwash is definitely a refuge in these crazy times. Lovely pearl, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I love our community. It always makes the world shine bright no matter what!

  12. Fatima Chamkha 4 weeks ago

    Gorgeous painting !

  13. micropris613 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for a lovely image in words and pictures..I am grateful to be able to take a little time out each day to create something as that is my little bit of self care. And to have here to come to as well! Life has been a bit busy and about to get busier..but I hope to be able to catch up when and as often as I can here with you and all that is here. This is one of the pearls in my life!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thank you, Priscilla! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you come here to share you wonderful art!

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