Imagined Travel

Windmill And Tulips Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Windmill” today, I opted for a little doodle of one with some tulips in the foreground. While this is not a view that I would normally see where I live, it’s fun to imagine and sketch. And, it’s a lovely reminder that even during this exceptional moment in time, there are still so many wonderful things in the world. I’ve always found windmills fascinating and it’s really wondrous indeed to think of just how long this invention has been around. This version dates back to the 12th century. And tulips always make me happy as they are a beautiful sign that spring has finally arrived here. Today, was a beautiful sunny day with just a few puffy clouds in the sky. It was nice to get outside for a bit and go for a long walk, after being trapped at home for so long. Nature always has a way of lifting my spirits and making me smile.

This is the season where Philippe and I love visiting our local zoo, because it’s so expansive and simply a beautiful place to walk. But, like so many things today, it’s closed for the moment, of course. So, we downloaded a game called Planet Zoo where we can build our own! The graphics are amazing and it’s fun to see all of the animals and scenery. Of course, you have to build it as you go, so it will be awhile before it’s transformed into a full and proper zoo. I’m quickly discovering that it’s extremely technical as well, so my attention span flags a bit. Thankfully, Philippe has taken to all of the technical details and the virtual zoo is coming along nicely. I mostly just like do the decorating and adding all of the trees along with naming all of the animals. It’s certainly not as good as the real thing, but in times like these, it’s a wonderful diversion.

And even though we’re indoors much more of the time now, seeing the sun, blue sky, and flowers outdoors has been such a beautiful thing. It will be a long time indeed before I’m ever able to travel to see a windmill like this one in person, but sketching one made me smile. My sketchbook is my own little virtual world. It’s a place where I can imagine anything I like and visit it in my mind. Though this is something I’ve always loved DOing, it’s been extra helpful during these days of quarantine. I still get to travel to places. I still get to revel in the beautiful of the world around me. That’s a gift that I truly treasure. There’s so many places I’d like to visit one day in reality, but until that time, I know that I can still experience a lovely mini vacation each and every day. When I sit down to make a quick little doodle and color something new. In that moment, I’ll always be transported to somewhere else, somewhere lovely, as I once again enjoy a bit of imagined travel.

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  1. Lisa 3 years ago

    A quick trip to Holland Michigan will get you a windmill closer to home. And if your timing is right, glorious tulips. I didn’t do anything much today except nap and play on the net. Yesterday evening I planted some tomato seeds to start some plants. I hope I can get some at the nursery when planting season comes, but you just don’t know what is going to happen with this crazy virus. So better safe than sorry.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay for planting tomato seeds! Yeah, it’s anyone’s guess how things will be going forward. Great that you got some plants started! 😃💕

  2. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Another cheery sunny scene Charlie which is very welcome. Spring allergy season appears to have started to hit here. I made some disposable facemasks from a few of my shop towels that I use in my studio. No one wants me around them when I am sneezing. I will need to mask up if I have to make a food run. On a happy note I will venture out in the yard tomorrow to see if the daffodils are poking up yet.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, I have allergies that crop up this time of year as well. Perhaps the mask will help! Here’s hoping those daffodils are poking up!

  3. Leah Boynton 3 years ago

    I absolutely love this!

  4. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Cheerful imaginary journey, Charlie!! Good for lifting spirits! Thank you!

  5. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I’ve been to Holland but I got there from England via the Channel Crossing. I got so truly, absolutely, awfully seasick that they almost turned me away because I looked so obviously ill. I was only there for a couple of days before beginning my ‘if it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium’ tour, and didn’t see a single windmill! I was robbed!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Oh wow! You were totally robbed indeed! Ugh… never fun to get sick on a trip. I’ve had that happen once or twice as well.

  6. Anita Sinha 3 years ago

    Lovely sketch of the windmill and tulips. I have never been to the famous tulip garden in Amsterdam!😢 But it reminded me of my 2 months stay in Utrecht ( 35 kms from Amsterdam) two decades back. How time flies…

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Anita! 😃💕 Glad this brought back good memories! I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but hope to visit one day!

  7. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    Wonderful colors, Charlie! Love this sketch!

  8. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Very nice and beautiful

  9. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Beautiful doodle Charlie.

  10. Haripriya k 3 years ago

    Beautiful painting

  11. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Lovely scene. This reminds me of the one time I took my son to the tulip fields just south of here. It is such a beautiful sight to see row after row of beautiul tulips. They have a makeshift windmill of course. They ship tulips all over the world. It is called the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Thanks for the warm memory! Oh! I ordered your book last night… was the eleventh hour of placing an Amazon order and we needed an additional $2.46 to get free shipping (one of the few households without Prime!). I checked my wish list and voila! Your book. A nice little birthday present to me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Awww… the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm sounds amazing!! What a wonderful place! And thank you SO much for getting my book! Yay! I hope you enjoy it!

  12. Laura Kate 3 years ago

    You windmill is whimsical. I like it!

  13. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    Such beautiful dutch windmill and the tulips almost like a postcard from Holland!

  14. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!! 🙂

  15. Linda Calverley 3 years ago

    I saw some windmills in the Netherlands a few years back so this is a nice reminder of that holiday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay! Glad this brought back good memories, Linda! 😃💕 I’ve never been, but hope to one day!

  16. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and so colorful..I got a similar feeling just sitting on back porch for a bit. Spring is coming and we will be able to enjoy the outdoors soon! Thanks Charlie for a nice reminder!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for spring!! I’m SO excited it’s finally here!

  17. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Wonderfully done

  18. ourcrossings 3 years ago

    Wow, this is so beautiful and you are so talented 😊

  19. annadusseau 3 years ago

    Love your artwork! This really made me feel like the spring/summer vibe has fully set in. Thanks for brightening my day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕Aww I’m so happy to know this brightened you day!

  20. Nabeeha Jameel 3 years ago

    Soo pretty!🤩 You certainly are a talented artist!

  21. swagatasharma 3 years ago

    Wonderful 💯💯

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