Grab The Brass Ring

Kitten Cat Brass Ring Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our final June prompt of “Ring,” I thought of the idea of “grabbing the brass ring” which can mean to go for the highest prize, or simply to live life to the fullest! So, we ended up with a little kitten about to do just that. Next up is the official month-long celebration of watercolor as World Watercolor Month returns in July! Please join us by simply remembering to add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth when you post any art featuring watercolors (or gouache) on social media! And be a dear by reminding all of your friends who adore watercolor to do the same! If you’re participating in the full 31 day challenge like me, then I bet you’re just as excited as I am to begin. Or, you’ve already begun if you live on another part of the planet, so that’s totally awesome. Let’s make this year’s World Watercolor Month the most colorful and amazing one yet. Spread the love and help me spread the word as this is a non-profit event that helps get art supplies for underprivileged kids via The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! Together, we can make a positive difference in the world!

I always feel a touch of accomplishment making it to the end of month of daily sketching and writing. Indeed, I’ve been doing this for just about 5 years now, which also feels like a rather major accomplishment. Or, just the beautiful addiction of someone who truly adores making things. As addictions go, this is a rather lovely one to have. Thanks to my daily habit, I’ve now made over 1,800 illustrations and stories. And, I did this just by taking a tiny bit of time each day to focus on what I love to DO! That’s truly the real secret. I think we all deserve to make that time each and every day. Life can get hectic and the world can even seem a bit bleak at times, but making something always manages to make things better. Though I had always been a generally optimistic person, these last five years have turned me into a devout optimist. There is always something good to be found in the world. Sometimes you just have to let your heart find it, and then let your artist’s eyes view it clearly.

While I’m thrilled for the month ahead, I realize that making a little challenge to myself each and every month has been the most awesome thing in the world. Though World Watercolor Month is indeed one of those longest months of the year and a full 31 days, it’s really a simple challenge. The truth is, 31 isn’t really a big number. Instead of committing to big numbers on my art journey, I’ve just taken life each little number at a time. Looking back, I have to admit this was entirely how I’ve managed to do what some seem to think is rather impossible. Trust me, it’s not. It’s so easy. If you love doing something, make a little time each day and DO it! No matter what! After you’ve done that for a few months, it’s rather impossible to stop. And it’s super simple when you just take things one little month at a time. Soon, you’ll discover, like I happily did, that you’ve found true bliss and you continually grab the brass ring.

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  1. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Ooh how much fun is that going to be once it rolls in an obscure place that only the kitty knows! Fantastic Charlie! On to World watercolor month.

  2. Lisa 2 years ago

    Looking forward to it. I have a cup from a self years ago, and a zipper pouch from last year, so I’ll have to pick this year’s incentive early in the month. Since I’ve decided to paint pears, maybe I need a pair of something! Lo!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yay for that, Lisa!! Thanks my friend! 😃💕 Happy World Watercolor Month!

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  4. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. I’m looking to my first watercolour month.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Oh wow! Awesome, yeah, this is your first! Ahhhh… you’ve got this! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make!

  5. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Great Work Charlie..Keep the spirit going….you are truly awesome!😊

  6. Lilolemey 2 years ago

    Amazing artistry with a message always. Excellence!

  7. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    You taught me something new in the very first line of your post! Thanks so much. 🙂 Your love, enthusiasm and commitment to watercolors and your doodlewash sketches is infectious. I’ve decided to give it a shot and try doing one small watercolor everyday – no matter how silly it looks. Thanks a ton for being my inspiration.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy you enjoy my posts! And eve more happy to know you’re going to do a little watercolor each day! yay!! Happy World Watercolor Month!

  8. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful doodle, Charlie!! Yay for sharing your optimism every day!!

  9. Tom 2 years ago

    Nice kitten, Charlie, intently watching that ring! 😀
    I’ve finally created a watercolour, in time for WaterColorMonth!
    I know I’ll not be able to do the full month, but I will try to create a few others for the challenge!
    Happy July, Charlie! 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Tom! And yay!! You made my heart smile! 😃💕 Happy World Watercolor Month my friend!

      • Tom 2 years ago

        Ooops… my comment vanished!
        Keep smiling, Charlie! 🙂

  10. Loan Anh Pham 2 years ago

    I love the kitten’s eyesight, Charlie ❤️. I just thought this June is a watercolor month and try to celebrate with you as much as I can he he. Now I have had many watercolor paintings since the day you inspired me 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Loan! 😃💕 And yay for so many watercolor paintings! July is going to be an incredible month indeed! Happy World Watercolor Month!

  11. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Lovely kitten. I was thinking this month I would choose my own ideas but one down and now I’m stuck. I may go back to the prompts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, prompts are always totally optional, but I find myself always turning to them. If nothing else just to see what random thing my mind might come up with!

  12. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Wow what a lovely kitten and again I love your thoughts. I am excited about World Watercolor month as its how I really got started on my journey last year😊 Thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 And yay!! I remember!! Year two then… you’ve got this my friend! Happy World Watercolor Month!

  13. Tom 2 years ago

    Smiles are always good, wherever they are! 🙂

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