Flowers On The Stairs

Flower Vase On Stairs Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Stairs” today, I was going to sketch multiple pots of flowers going up a flight of stairs, but then decided to switch to a glass vase and zoom in quite a bit. The idea of climbing stairs can be used to describe the climb upward to a success of some kind. Each step is another metaphorical step toward some envisioned accomplishment. I’ve always found the trip itself to be the most intriguing, and get easily distracted by all of the lovely things that can be found along the way. While I know I should be continuing the climb upward, I will often find myself going sideways or back down a few steps instead. When I was a kid I used to like to walk up steps in a zigzag pattern. Walking down one row entirely before proceeding to the next. I’ve no idea what this says about me as a person, but I just didn’t want to miss any wonderful thing along the way. Indeed, I’m not terribly different today, and it’s equally why it can sometimes take me a bit longer to finish the projects that I’ve made for myself. Making a quick little doodlewash has never felt too challenging, though, because it’s just one little step up the stairs. And the journey is truly what matters most.

Today, Philippe and I shared a wonderfully relaxing afternoon. The only goal we had was a bit of adulting that included taking out the trash and doing a load of laundry. Beyond that, it was a perfect day of traveling sideways on the stairs and doing whatever came to mind. This included a rare event of Philippe painting with watercolors again. Watching him, I was reminded of the distinct difference between our two approaches. He took quite a bit of time determining what he would paint and then carefully worked on his painting. I, on the other hand, changed my mind as I was going along and attacked the page like a small child who just ate too much candy. As we were painting, we talked about how we were both curious to know what Phineas would make were he given a chance to paint with watercolor. This was just a silly thought, of course, but we were suddenly intent on finding out just what might happen. So, we dissolved a couple of Crayola watercolors in a glass and set a sketchbook on the floor in front of him. Weirdly, he seemed interested, so we dipped a paw in paint and set it on the paper. After making a few marks in one color, we switched to the next. He didn’t run through the house painting it with watercolor, but instead, just sat there and stared at his masterpiece. Perhaps he has an interest in painting after all.

Phineas’ painting was really wet so it’s still drying now. Only time will tell what sort of painting he made today. When we picked up the sketchbook to check it later, he rushed over and sat down as though ready to make another. I’m quite sure dogs don’t actually have a penchant for making watercolors, but what he was responding to was the same thing we all enjoy. Positive reinforcement and being part of something as a group. It’s a testament to just how important it is to support each other as we each go along on this art journey. However, Phineas is not your usual sort of dog, so it’s equally possible he does fancy watercolor painting a bit. We’ll likely give it another try in the future. Having a little gallery of paintings by Phineas is a rather awesome thing to consider indeed. Things in life can change quickly and there’s no way to confidently predict the future. What’s certain is only what’s happening right now. And I, for one, intend to make the most of every little moment, always stopping to admire those flowers on the stairs.

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  1. Lisa 3 years ago

    Ha! Like that elephant who paints. They go for a lot of money. Phineas could get rich. You never know. Like our cats, if they had opposable thumbs, we would become superfluous. They’d probably hire us back to clean the litter boxes. They are too good for that job!😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Haha! So true!! 😃💕I just mentioned opposable thumbs in the today’s post where Phineas’ painting is revealed! Too funny! True though… after seeing his painting dry, I was sort of glad for the edge of opposable thumbs! 😊lol

  2. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    I LIKE the idea of Phineas painting and why couldn’t, wouldn’t or shouldn’t he? And, yes, there is that thing about positive reinforcement…😍. Beautiful vase of flowers, too!!! Happy to hear that you had a nice, relaxing Sunday!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I has a wonderful Sunday, and survived Monday which is always a good thing! hehe… Glad you like the idea of a Phineas painting… I’m revealing it in today’s post!

  3. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Have you ever seen the paintings done by Michael and Koko the gorillas? They are abstract but it isn’t difficult to see what they were painting and they definitely seem to be done with joy. I don’t see why Phineas shouldn’t enjoy painting too. Probably envisioning tasty cookies and hoping they’ll pop off the page so he can eat them, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      hehe! I have seen those videos so that’s what made me wonder if he might be able to do the same! 😃💕 Turns out… he’s rather talented… but don’t tell him that as it will only go to his head! lol

  4. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Great vase of flowers at the top of the stairs! I hope that you will share Phineas’ painting with us but then again we understand if it is too precious to share.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! I’m sharing Phineas’ masterpiece in today’s post actually! 😉

  5. Bonnie Ottaviani 3 years ago

    Gorgeous vase of flowers and your Sunday sounded perfect. I hope you post Phineas’ painting once it has dried.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😃💕 Check today’s post for Phineas’ painting!

  6. Robert J. Coleman 3 years ago

    Excellent vase of the flowers of autumn, perfect colors. And it would be great if Phineas does have an artistic bent, giving you some competition! And please, do post his efforts. For my dogs, paint on their paws would be dangerous, colors right into the mouths; maybe use strawberry jam, they like it. Now, when will you convince Philippe to post one of his paintings??

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! And yes… it appears Phineas does has a bit of an artistic bent… hehe… his painting will appear in my very next post! As for Philippe, he posted quite a lot early on… here’s an example (side note, it sold! Before I ever managed to sell a painting! hehe) –

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  8. Ariel Blocker 3 years ago

    Love this Charlie!

  9. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I can see it already, a book called Phineas the Painting Dog! Please give me credit for the title when it’s published. ;P Another beautiful vase to stare at and ponder how he does that! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      hehe! Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, Phineas would totally want his own book, he just has that personality. I’m posting his first work in my very next post, so watch for it! 😉

  10. Laura Kate 3 years ago

    I tend to agree with you about Phineas’ painting efforts. He just wants to be with his people and participate in your endeavors. I had a dog who wanted to dig in the garden, but only when I was digging in the garden. It was comical, though he often barely escaped an accidental knock in the head with my spade.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      So true, Laura! 😃💕 But, also, a rather beautiful reason to paint as well! 😉 Love the story of your dog… they are such awesome creatures!!

  11. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    First fabulous flowers!!!! I think is so awesome that you all painted as a family aweeeeeee. lol. I will say in regard to taking steps and forward movement in life. It can be those side trips and changing our mind for better newer adventures that make life so enjoyable and help us become who we always were but maybe did not know realize it. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Yay for those side trips… they make life so much more fun!! Like getting your dog to paint! lol Phineas’ masterpiece will be revealed in the next post!

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