Going To The Theatre

Though I love going to the theatre, I had no clue what to paint for today as the options seemed limitless. There are so many different kinds of theatre and my mind first went to the iconic comedy and tragedy masks, but those seemed a bit drab. So I went the venetian mask route to add a bit more drama. It’s the equivalent of taking a traditional theatre mask and pimping it out in full drag. Much more colorful and fabulous. My theatre style of choice has always been musical theatre, though drag is perfectly wonderful as well, if that’s your thing. Beyond just going to the theatre, there was a time, many years ago, that you might also find me on stage, performing in a musical. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to return to the stage, but these days, you’ll instead find me in the audience. Happy to be treated to a little escape into someone else’s story.

Though I only took one painting class in college, I also happily accepted work as a set designer for several shows. I never took a single class in this at all, but I’ve always lived life with a “DO” mentality and figure everything will work itself out after that. I wasn’t so much fearless in pursuing things I had no experience in, as much as I was horribly curious. All the nagging doubts I had about whether or not I could do something were quickly opaqued by my insatiable curiosity. I just wanted to know what would happen if I took the opportunity to try something. That was it. No larger goal or metric for success. Just pure wonder of what might happen next. As it turns out, I wasn’t so bad at set design and managed to create rather interesting worlds to perform in. This led to doing everything anyone would let me do in theatre. I would go on to write plays, write music, direct shows, and even choreograph some dance numbers.

What I learned is that talent is just a dash of natural ability, and most of the real credit goes to sheer perseverance. I never did anything because I thought I was “good” at it. My mind doesn’t usually provide me with such compliments. So, instead, I have always listened to my heart. I can’t imagine what I would have missed in life, if I had let my mind direct the show. I’m sure the script would have been adequate, but perfectly dull. Instead, when I look back on my life, I feel proud of all the risks I’ve taken and all the times I’ve simply nodded in agreement when my heart said, “Yes.” And today, as I find myself writing and illustrating each and every day, I still enjoy that element of surprise. I have absolutely no idea what image will appear or what words will come out each day. And my curiosity still brings me back, as I find out what will appear next, like I’m going to the theatre.

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41 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    I love how the colors (terrific hues) meld into one another. Magical.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! So happy you liked this one! 😃💕

  2. So glad that you are a yes I will try it kind of guy! Makes life so much more interesting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, life is WAY more fun when you have to courage to say, “yes!”

  3. Thomas Blanchard 3 months ago

    Now we really need to hear one of your shower singing sessions 🙂 Great mask!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕Haha!! Yeah, you thankfully won’t find any YouTube videos of that. But, someone did post a scene from my old show on my Facebook page! hehe… I don’t even know if I sounded good. I was too distracted by how YOUNG I looked! LOL

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    I enjoy reading about your can-do attitude. The mask is beautiful, I especially love the peacock feathers. Painting is something I’ve always loved though I took no art classes when an undergraduate, and only started taking classes after I’d been teaching art for several years. Talk about chutzpah!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah… that is total chutzpah!! LOVE THAT!!

  5. Jacob 3 months ago

    How suitably extravagantly theatrical a mask it is! You’ve done it all, Charles!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… I have definitely lived a few lives. And glad you liked my mask… it’s a weirdly exuberant thing. I actually did drag once at a party. I sent my mother the picture and she said I looked liked her! 😊

  6. memadtwo 3 months ago

    Oh I love this mask! Served with the usual good advice! (K)

  7. Ellie 3 months ago

    Gorgeous mask! Listening to your heart not your head is something I’m learning to do. There are so may rewards to taking a little risk and wonderful doors open. Thanks for jumping in to creat Doodlewash – we all are benefiting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Yes, I’ve found, no matter what, the leap is totally worth it!!

  8. Mary McDonough 3 months ago

    Your mask is beautiful and your words inspirational. Listening to your heart is a good message. Thanks for sharing your words with us.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I’m so pleased you like my words! They are typed so quickly, probably need a bit more editing,😊 but always come from the heart!

  9. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    Your post today reminded me of my favorite quote, “Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down,” Kobi Yamada. I love the way you think, and your daily art amazes me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That’s the best quote ever!!! Love it!! 😃💕 Thanks so much, Sandra!

  10. Teri Casper 3 months ago

    I just love these colors. Just beautiful!

  11. mphadventuregirl 3 months ago

    I love musicals a lot. A world of song, dance, and spectacle, which bring the story to life. So many reasons to love musicals

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay! I’m so glad you’re a musical fan as well! 😃💕

      • mphadventuregirl 3 months ago

        I grew up with them where the love was sparked in middle school and where the passion began in high school. Les Mis, Rent, Wicked, Sound of Music, Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Music Man, South Pacific, and Newsies are different musicals that I love

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          Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

          Aww… that’s a wonderful list!! Love those!! South Pacific was the only one I was ever in though! 😊hehe

          • mphadventuregirl 3 months ago

            I have never been in a musical, but being an audience member is fun. I love exploring character’s emotions whenever I see a musical and just getting know them and musicals feel like an escapism

  12. smzang 3 months ago

    I love the mask…the vibrant blue is exciting.
    The whole view has a certain mystique…I think it is a combination of the mask’s
    eyes (almost catlike) and the eyes of the peacock feathers. The fact that the mask’s eyes
    are ‘openings’ (as opposed to the eyes of a face that convey a mood) makes the painting
    all the more captivating. I’m thinking this one is a poem I can’t refuse. If I get it right, I will
    post it on my blog with a link to your painting that inspired it.

    As for your commentary…it is a delight. Your joie de vivre is contagious. Your
    outlook is healthy and sustaining, and in my opinion your many talents are
    amazing. When you put all of your Doodlewash articles into a book, I would like
    to purchase an autographed copy. Please don’t delay too long, I’m getting long in the tooth.

  13. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 months ago

    I loved the beautiful masks . Lie your stories always come from your ❤️ this hipnotized me.this is awesome.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 That’s so sweet of you to say!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    Charlie you are an awesome breath of inspiration.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That is the sweetest thing I’ve heard all day! Thank you so much, Sandra!!! 😊💕

  15. Yvonne Reeder 3 months ago

    Charlie !!!! Are you sure we aren’t related? Seriously! I was involved with music and stage, my daughter with musicals and two of my grandsons with stage and musicals. lol How fun to hear of your experiences. Love that mask – it’s absolutely stunning! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Von!! 😃💕 hehe… I would be proud to be related to you, assuming we aren’t somehow already of course. Theatre was definitely one of my early loves and obsessions! hehe… my mother used to make some of my costumes!

  16. Elizabeth Metz 2 months ago

    This post is amazing. No, really. The whole ability + PERSEVERANCE = “talent” is mindblowingly simple, and so, so true.
    <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      You’re awesome! You’re totally making me feel relevant with your amazing comments! So thrilled you’re enjoying my posts, Elizabeth! 😃💕

      • Elizabeth Metz 2 months ago

        I can’t believe I missed all of these, truth be told. So much good stuff in the Doodlewash archives, and all I knew about was the challenges.

        I’m gonna be soaking up this blog like a sponge for a few days. <3

  17. mphadventuregirl 2 weeks ago

    My theatre of choice would also be musical theatre. There is something about song, dance, and spectacle that makes musical theatre more exciting. Musical theatre with those elements makes it easier to connect to the characters their journeys. I cannot fully describe why I love musicals and that love shows through the blog

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      So true! I love musical theatre! 😃💕 There’s just something about music that adds a second layer of story.

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