Holiday Happiness

Christmas Ornament Evergreen Pine Branch Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Evergreen” today, I made a quick little doodle of an ornament on a pine branch. In truth, I started with a scribble of something much more elaborate and then realized there was no possible way I would have the time to complete it. So, I decided to simplify things quite a bit and ended up here. I didn’t have a reference for this one so I just made up something from my imagination. That’s always a super fun thing to DO! Also, as many of you know who read my full posts, Friday is pizza night and I have to be done with everything before it begins. Well, at least that’s always been my hope as I adore pizza night and I want to simply relax and enjoy it properly. I’m sure we’ll watch some sort of holiday movie as well so I wanted to be ready to enjoy that too. This is my favorite season and I don’t want to miss a single sparkling moment!

Today I finished the first draft of my new storybook, which felt rather nice, though there’s a lot of editing and tweaking to be done. That was only the text, of course, and now I need a lot of illustrations that I’ve yet to make. But, I’m excited to make them and make the little world I’ve created come to life! It’s going to be a challenge as I’ve not tried something quite this elaborate before, but it’s always good to jump into something before you think you’re ready. And, I’m super happy that it’s the end of the week and just two weeks left until Christmas! It’s less than two weeks really, since Philippe and I actually celebrate on Christmas Eve. The actual day is just spent relaxing and playing with all of the fun little toys we received. In other words, literally nothing has changed since I was a very little kid. And that’s why I adore this season most of all!

I’m not sure what movie we’ll watch tonight yet as we’ve already watched several of the ones that we wanted to see. We’ve already resorted to movies that just happen to take place at Christmas like Bridget Jones’s Diary, but that was actually quite enjoyable to watch again as it’s been years since I’ve seen it. We were able to stream a show from one of the theatres we would normally visit this time of year and it turned out to be rather awesome. I was really missing our trips to see shows so it was like getting gift, especially this year. Our actual gifts have mostly arrived, though I think I’m waiting on a couple more. I sort of shopped and then forgot what I purchased, so opening the boxes to wrap them will be a bit of a surprise to even me. I love a season filled with little surprises around every corner. So, I’m ready to fully enjoy every little bit of the holiday happiness!

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29 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 6 months ago

    Wonderfully festive Charlie! Enjoy your pizza and congrats on the first draft. You will enjoy doing the illustrations. I stated my day with a trip to my favorite coffee shop to buy a couple of pounds of coffee which smelt marvelous. I ended the day with a major reorganization of my studio space. It’s getting there.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for your trip to the coffee shop! Sounds lovely! And congrats on the studio as well!

  2. Mary Roff 6 months ago

    Simply beautiful, Charlie! Enjoy pizza night and have a fabulous weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you’ve having a wonderful weekend!

  3. Sandra Strait 6 months ago

    One of these days I’ll have to watch Bridget Jones Diary. I managed to miss it when it first came out. It’s one I keep meaning to watch, so maybe this will be the year!

  4. Marisela Delgado 6 months ago

    Yay! How exciting to start a new venture, Charlie! I am positive that you are going to rock it! 🎉🎉🎉 Enjoy your pizza 🍕🍕🍕 night! And have a great weekend! We’re supposed to get cooler, but we’ll be in the 80’s soon enough. Can you believe that the year is almost over? I am ready for a new venture, too, Charlie. 🐻🐼💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for new ventures! And your “cool” weather is sooooo enviable! It was freezing here today! hehe

  5. Lisa 6 months ago

    I told you that Joe is building me two more raised garden beds for Xmas, but my birthday is next week and he is getting me some gauche to play with. I’ll be making my own birthday cake as Joe’s kitchen skills are like yours. But he’s learning a bit at a time if I died he’d be able to feed himself anyway.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Oh that’s awesome! Sounds like you have lots of lovely treats ahead!! 😃💕

  6. writerleenda 6 months ago

    Hey Charlie You’re always in hurry. Me too and I am sure Alabama (I am sure it was they) came out with, “I’m in a hurry and I don’t know why” just for me. Now since you are always in one of those and always doing quick sketches, what do you think you’d do if you had an entire day to sketch? What would you draw?

    Congrats on first draft done. I’m doing another on a novel ms. and another on a memoir. Excellent stuff to do when we can’t haunt the thrift stores and go on all those Artist Dates Julia Cameron talks about. Even my Christmas shopping got all done to my complete surprise — and I hadn’t even touched online shopping yet.

    Happy sketching, movies, pizza, and not peeking at your packages til Christmas Eve (we are doing ours then too).

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Well I’m going to have to try illustrating for a whole day at some points, so I can get these pages done! hehe Sounds like you’re being quite productive as well! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

  7. Zoie McIntyre 6 months ago

    Enjoy pizza night and whatever movie you pick to watch. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie!! 😃💕 It was a lovely night! Hope yours was as well!

  8. Gary Middleton 6 months ago

    This is a great doodle, Charlie. The Bridget Jones films are great. Have a great weekend.

  9. Unique Tales 6 months ago

    Sweet hope the pizza was enjoyed. 🍕😊

  10. Unique Tales 6 months ago

    Have a great weekend 😊👍

  11. Linda Murray 6 months ago

    Your Christmas spirit is enviable! What a wonderful, beautiful time of the year! I remember the absolute joy of walking into our teeny, tiny living room and looking with awe at all those colored lights on the Christmas tree! Oh, how I wish we could go back in time and experience so much with that childish innocence. Happy Holidays Charlie!

    • writerleenda 6 months ago

      LInda Murray, No one can experience a had experience and you can create your own. I did. I find myself enjoying the lights and ambience more than ever (I have more colour in there this time. Amazing what red willdo). I stretch out in my Reading Chair and fall asleep before I read a single line. Enjoy

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m still a big kid at Christmas… hehe… I don’t think much as changed. It’s still just as fun as back then! Hope you have very Happy Holidays!

  12. LoriCtoo 6 months ago

    What no critter reflection??? Just keeping you challenged. LoL! I know, I know, you were short on time. It’s still a lovely sketch! I am good at buying stuff early on and forgetting what it was. That is why I like to wrap things as I get them! It’s all a suprise Christmas morning, even for me. Which brings the kid in me out!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      hehe! Yep! The critters are the first thing to go when I have no time. They’re a bit tougher to pull off in 15 minutes! Still practicing! 😉 Yeah I was wanting to wrap gifts early this year, but I’ve yet to start! lol

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 months ago

    Charlie, congratulations on your new story book – can’t wait to see it. My granddaughter is enjoying the Sketching Stuff Activity Book I got her about a year ago. She’s gaining lots of confidence in her skills. For some people, just one bright and shiny ornament is enough to celebrate the holidays – this one would do nicely. Well done.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy to know your granddaughter is building confidence! That’s my hope with my new storybook as well… just have quite a lot of illustrations to make first! hehe

  14. shawnthompsonart 6 months ago

    Hohoho nice Christmas Bulb, I really like your pine boughs.

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