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Tangerine Tree Watercolor Illustration

We’ve reached the end of another month’s challenge with our final prompt of “Tangerines.” Actually, I can’t remember the last time I’ve eaten one. It’s not like they’re an exotic fruit or anything like that, as they’re readily available where I live. But, for some reason they just don’t make the shopping list. I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who joined in the challenge this month, and helped inspire me and hundreds of others as we created things together each day. I hope you’ll keep right on sketching and drawing with me for our June challenge, which is up next! And for those who adore watercolor, then definitely save the date and join us for the annual World Watercolor Month challenge in July! Though I sketch and paint my way through each day of every month, it’s still feels like a little victory each time I get to the very end! Of course, the end is only the beginning as a fresh new month comes along and brings more wonderful days of making brand new things!

Today, I did my usual Sunday routine of playing videos games on my Nintendo Switch Lite and being perfectly lazy. It was absolutely fantastic! The only problem is, when you’re having fun, the day speeds by so rapidly that it feels like it’s never quite long enough to enjoy properly. For a moment I felt blissfully disconnected and then suddenly I’m feeling like I’m rushed and running behind. Which is actually quite true as there were certainly far more productive things I could have been doing. But, for me, I think that exercising my brain a bit differently by playing a game is a wonderful thing to DO! And it’s super fun. My dog Phineas wasn’t terribly interested in what I was doing, but was laying next to me snoring loudly the entire time. So, I think he had a similarly awesome day, even though that’s roughly how he spends every day. Oh to be a dog! They really know how to live.

Philippe spent the afternoon playing a simulation game by building a virtual theme park with rides and concession stands. It’s fun to watch it come to life, and makes me wish I could actually visit a theme park, but that will be many, many months from now. Until then, I can just visit the one that Philippe is creating. There’s truly not enough hours in the day to DO all of the things I wish that I could do. But even a brief amount of time just unplugging from the internet and jumping into something else has made for a wonderful day. And, of course, my day would never be complete without sketching stuff. It’s truly the best way I’ve found to take a little break from the news and bleak headlines and enjoy something that’s guaranteed to make me feel happy. I feel very lucky to have formed this little habit and it’s something I hold very dear to my heart. Even on a day that doesn’t feel quite as wonderful, I know that all I have to do is turn a page in my sketchbook and soon, there will always be fresh stuff.

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  1. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Beautiful tangerines, Charlie!!! There aren’t enough hours in any day of the week.

  2. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    There are so beautifully done Charlie!

  3. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    My back has been acting up, and it means I can only stay online for a short while at a time, so I haven’t been nearly as active as usual. You have to take the good with the bad, and it has been a little bit of a break not spending so much time online. I’ll hope it doesn’t last for long though!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Actually, a break like that sounds awesome! 😉 But I hope your back feels much better soon my friend! 😃💕

  4. CURIOUStotheMAX 3 years ago

    Your tangerines are so plump – I just want to squeeze them. It’s a sign of my gluttony, not my savagery.

  5. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Beautiful tangerines Charlie! Another beautiful day in New Hampshire even if it was much cooler than yesterday. It was a great day for yard work. We are making progress on our clean up tasks. We are both tired but that isn’t bad. I also did some sketching which always makes for a good day. I’m glad that you got to relax. I am looking forward to watercolor month in July!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 So happy you have another beautiful day!

  6. Cathy 3 years ago

    il a fait très beau et chaud au nord e Paris – info pour Philippe – nous pouvons ressortir dans les parcs – aller à la plage – mais avec des précautions – je suis étonnée que tous les deux – vous jouez – aux jeux – et longtemps – sur des grandes durées – et les jeux anciens ? monopoly – jeux de cartes – jetons – jeux des petits chevaux ? c’est pourtant l’enfance aussi – moi j’y joue avec les enfants – jamais sur écran – je trouve que nos têtes sont complètement hors du temps après – Mandarines ou Clémentines ? mais sont magnifiques de vérité ! je suis toujours à vous lire – je suis abonnée – mais je ne vous envoie aucun dessin – le savez-vous – vous êtes un de mes rendez-vous importants – j’ai regardé vos archives – incroyable les progrès que vous avez fait ! vous ne répondez jamais – où, je suis mal abonnée ?

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      So happy you enjoyed this, Cathy! 😃💕 We love all sorts of games, but mostly play them on video these days. And so thrilled you see improvement in my sketches… yay! As for me answering… I always answer, but not sure why it isn’t working if you checking to be notified of responses. I can only hope you’ll revisit one of these posts you’ve commented on to see I’ve replied to every one! 😃💕

  7. Linda Murray 3 years ago

    Whoa Charlie! Those look so real- I could pluck them right off the tree! Glad you enjoyed your Sunday!

  8. Miishuangmu 3 years ago

    The painting shouted S U M M E R loud and clear. Very cheerful. 🌻

  9. Lisa 3 years ago

    I just ate an orange. I love citrus fruit, but really it’s at its best in winter. Next up, June strawberries. I have everything I need to make jam, so that’s where my brain is. Maybe I should make marmalade next winter. Tangerines would make great marmalade I think.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Oh my goodness! Yes to all of the above! hehe… it sounds delicious! 😃💕

  10. Stephen Booth 3 years ago

    Stunning painting Charlie😊

  11. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Those are gorgeous! I love the highlights. We finally ventured out today as a family. We drove about an hour out of town to an antique store. It was nice to get away.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Aww that’s so wonderful you all got away for awhile!

  12. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Beautifully done Charlie. I do like a small tangerine.

  13. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    Gorgeous color on the tangerines! You’ve captured them perfectly.

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  15. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Just perfect!

  16. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Nice painting of tangerines, I really like the sense of lighting you achieved as well as the 3D effect. I really like the orange you used in the tangerines, it is not overly saturated, and looks very earthy.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed that color… I tried to keep these more earthy.

  17. Linda Calverley 3 years ago

    My mouth is watering, they look delicious.

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