Just Hopping Around

Day 3 - Rabbit Watercolor - Doodlewash

Today, I decided to play a little with perspective for our rabbit prompt. Though I’m constantly sketching different things, I’ve drawn a handful of rabbits since I started this art journey as I think they’re really cute. I keep thinking that one day I’ll focus on a single subject matter for a time, but my short attention span reminds me I’m doing exactly what works for me best. I often feel like a rabbit hopping from one thing to the next, but I always have a lot of fun. And, for me anyway, I find I learn more when I’m simply doing things I love rather than conscientiously trying to learn. There’s no pressure that way. I approach online classes in the same way. It’s just super fun to play and try things that other people teach, like all those field trips I enjoyed as a kid. So, when it comes to sketching and painting, I just show up and play each day, enjoying the moment. Yet, it’s still rewarding to see little improvements appear over time. I do hope to improve and discover new and different ways to approach my illustrations. But, I’ve learned that just showing up is the simplest way to do so. And, as it is so often in life, the simplest things bring the most happiness.

Today, it was a bit warmer here, but still a bit of a chill in the air, so I spent much of the day indoors. Philippe and I ended up in a bit of rabbit hole watching one of those makeover shows. This one was from Great Britain where people are nominated by friends or family because their look is a little garish or questionable. Three stylists, one for hair, one for makeup, and one for clothes all jump in to create a new look for the person. What was fascinating is that, many times, Philippe and I found ourselves not liking the final look presented. And each time we disagreed with the stylists, it was because the look didn’t match the personality of the person. They didn’t make an enhanced version of someone, but instead, simply made them into someone else entirely. There were indeed some extreme personalities on the show, but there was always something rather endearing about these people. It was a good reminder that while it’s certainly fun to try new things and mix up styles, there’s always something precious there that makes a person unique. That, to me, is something to always keep, cultivate and celebrate.

As much as I wish I could be more focused, it’s that very quirk of doing whatever comes to mind that created this very site and everything that’s come along with it. So, I’m certainly pleased for that. Maybe it all could have happened in the same way with a plan in place, but it was a heck of a lot more fun because there wasn’t one. And it was the perfect approach for me personally. That’s why, I don’t advocate any single approach to watercolor painting and sketching, but happily celebrate them all. I’ve no idea what might be the best approach for someone reading this. It all depends on the person. But, I DO know some amazing teachers who’ve helped me along my art journey, so I happily recommend them! I’ve jumped in and tried lots of different painting styles on my journey and that’s the method I think works best. So, when people ask me what I suggest when they’re just beginning to paint and sketch, I suggest that they try all of the methods they possibly can and see what clicks best for them. I’ve personally found there’s so many wonderful things I can learn this way, even when it feels like I’m just hopping around.

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  1. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    I’m surprised you weren’t watching the cooking shows, especially the ones where they make cakes and cookies. I won’t let hubby watch them when I’m in the room because they make me tooooo hungry! Love your rabbit!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Actually, we’d run out of The Great British Bake Off, so this was the next recommended! lol

  2. memadtwo 4 years ago

    I often like the “before” photos more than the after myself.
    Another wonderful bunny! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕Yeah, I find myself enjoying the before much better. People are never cooler than when they get to be their true selves.

  3. Jodi 4 years ago

    such great wisdom!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Wonderful perspective on the rabbit. His ears are perfect! I’ve taken those classes with Shari Blaukopf, Marc Taro Holmes, and Stephanie Bower, and I agree they are great. I should probably watch them again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve gone back to watch bits of those classes. So much good info there that I often forget!

  5. Lisa 4 years ago

    How to draw a rabbit? First you draw an almond, then you put ears on it. Simple right? But my rabbits don’t look that good! 😁 And I really want the name of that makeover show. I’m not big on reality TV, but this one sounds amusing. And now that I’ve said I don’t watch much reality TV, I must admit a great fondness for the Great British Baking Show because the contestants are soooo nice. As for online classes, I credit online writing classes for saving my retirement. I was really worried when my health forced me to retire early that I was going to go stir crazy or become a couch blob. Luckily I discovered online fiction writing classes and they saved me. I had something new to occupy my brain, and new people to meet and interact with. From there, poetry, then art, and it’s been great!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! Yep, that’s how you can draw a rabbit! 😉 In truth, I had to erase my initial contour sketch because it wasn’t almond enough! lol And we had just finished watching the Great British Baking Show… it’s so fun! The show is called 100% Hotter… it’s ridiculous in every way! And yay for online classes… I think they’re a wonderful thing that technology has given us. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to show up each day without them!

  6. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    He reminds me of my temporary bunny I befriended last summer, Bob. 🙂 Thanks for the class info. I see most of them are from Craftsy, which is now Bluprint. Which I signed up for a year of classes. Yeah!! Now just to remember I have it. Lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Aww… glad this brought back memories of Bob the Bunny! 😃💕 And yeah, you should definitely try out some of those classes. I’m notorious for just hopping around those as well, but even a few minutes of the ones I recommend are fantastic!

  7. smzang 4 years ago

    Charlie says, “I find I learn more when I’m simply doing things I love rather than conscientiously trying to learn.” a life lesson for every living being

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 I know that’s true for me, at least. I can’t seem to learn when I’m actively trying. I do much better when information sort of washes over me and I grab little thoughts along the way.

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