Just One Wish

Cat Looking Up Stars Galaxy Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Stars” today, I decided to take the opportunity to try a galaxy painting for the second time ever. I featured a dog in my first attempt, so I figured a cat should have the starring role this time around. I’ve no idea if animals wish on stars like we humans are prone to do, but it’s fun to consider. There’s nothing more magical than being far away from the city lights and enjoying an evening under a canopy of shimmering stars. It’s precisely why I love wandering outside on an evening when I’m visiting my mother in north Texas. Since, I live in an urban setting, it’s sometimes easy to forget the look of a proper night sky. Though many orbs of light appear, so many stars are missing like so many lost wishes. There’s just not that incredible feeling of vastness and endless dreams that I feel when I’m outside the glow of the city lights. When it’s properly dark and I’m given a chance to look into the night sky, I feel a sense of hope that can only come from that wondrous glimpse of celestial infinity.

These are strange and uncertain times indeed, so I find myself looking up often to appreciate the stars more than ever. Somewhere in all of those glittering bursts of light is an actual answer that will come one day. Until that time, I’m just enjoying the little moments that come my way. Philippe and I have been watching videos of places we would normally visit this time of year. For example, our local zoo has been sharing videos of various animals in their care and we’ve been watching them as they come available. We’re not sure exactly when we can visit again, but we’ll happily be there with our face masks on at the very moment it’s allowed. With proper social distancing, of course, as that continues to save lives. We can get through this together, even if we’re not quite together anymore. Life has a funny habit of always moving on. No matter what happens in the world, we can always look out for each other. We can rise above anything that comes our way and make the very difference that’s so needed in someone else’s life. Even if it’s just a bit of art, or something we wrote and shared that day.

And writing during these times has proven quite a challenge. What on earth should I talk about when our earth is experiencing so much trouble. In truth, I’ve never been very topical when it comes to my posts. I love to focus on the aspects of life that are enduring and universal. Those things that still exist and will continue to exist no matter what. I can’t change the world and make it what I want it to be. I can’t fix the problems that it currently faces. But, I can DO the thing that I’ve always done. I can show up and share a little sketch and some thoughts for the day. Truly, it seems a rather inadequate offering during these troubled times. Yet, I have to believe that showing up to share a little bit of hope is always something this world deserves. Life is only ever as wonderful as we envision it. Sometimes, you just have to look up into that wonderfully starry sky and make just one wish.

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  1. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Very beautiful and wonderful painting!!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    You are right Charlie! There is always hope, and we have to remember that life changing as we know it isn’t the end of everything, but the beginning of something new. Some will be bad, but if want it to be, more of it will be good.

  3. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    This makes me smile Charlie! It is such a rollercoaster we are all on now. I think that I have it all under control and then life takes that fall off the deep dive and I am back trying to pull it all together again. On a happier note. A batch of baby piglets were born today not far from here. I got to see them on Instagram! The same farm moved some of their breeding stock across the road from me. I need to take a walk tomorrow and see if I can see them. Baby goats may have moved in next door and that is exciting too. Nature is a wonderous thing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      So happy this made you smile, Karen! 😃💕 Oh wow! Baby piglets! And maybe baby goats?! Now that’s something to smile about for sure! yay!

  4. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    I have to say I love your words as much as your sketches. And I remember being a city girl, the first time I experienced the night sky full of stars and wonder. Even today coming home some nights I love looking up and seeing the vast array of gorgeousness up there..and it does leave me trusting and believing in the wonder of it all and our Creator and it brings me back to joy. Thanks for the reminder! Have a blessed night!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, sometimes when we need that extra burst of joy we need only look up!

  5. Lisa 2 years ago

    I have a girlfriend with whom I exchange emails every week. Since I’m homebound and retired I feel pretty boring, especially in winter when I don’t even have gardening to talk about. She tells me she wishes her life was as dull as mine.

    We ordered out pizza tonight! First food from outside that we’ve had since this stay home quarantine bega n. I was thrilled b because I didn’t have to cook, and it let me rest my shoulder longer. At least my first chiropractor of my life is willing to come here tomorrow to give me a treatment.

    We see all the stars here. At least I thought so until I spent time in the UP. Lake Superior stars are the best.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I always think I’ve seen all the stars and then visit a place that has even more! Cool! 😃💕 And yay for pizza… that’s a lovely break indeed!

  6. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Beautiful. I love the starry sky.

  7. Miishuangmu 2 years ago

    Brilliant! You should paint a series of galaxy works. Keep it up. Good art.

  8. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Love this, Charlie! Your daily posts are a bright spot in the day. You DO make a difference!!

  9. Laura Hale 2 years ago

    Hope is always a good thing. Thanks for sharing Charlie!

  10. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Your cosmos is beautiful. (K)

  11. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Beautiful pondering kitty sketch. Made me ponder, which your sketches always do. That is why I enjoy reading your posts. I may not post my sketches every day, but I do show up every day. Lol! Here’s something to ponter: If we woke up tomorrow and were told we go back to our normal daily lives…..what fun thing would you do? Now that is something to ponder! 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 That is something to ponder! I think the zoo would still be top of my list, but for things that won’t happen as quickly like indoor things, it would be live theatre!

      • LoriCtoo 2 years ago

        Well that was easy for you! I think mine would be going to antique stores/shows. At least that’s it for today!

  12. Laura Kate 2 years ago

    Charlie, I am happy to read anything that doesn’t dwell on the pandemic. The universe is too beautiful and wonderful to be ignored. So do feel free to write about the stars and anything else you can think of that might give us some perspective on today’s crisis.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah, I feel like my usual niche is still one that works even during these crazy times. 😉

  13. Tom 2 years ago

    Not inadequate at all, Charlie. We have to do whatever we can to try to keep things ticking along until the normal balance is restored. You’ll get to the zoo soon – I can feel it! Love your painting as usual.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah, I think if all just keep doing what we still actually can these days, everything will work out in the end.

  14. Ellie 2 years ago

    What a wonderful painting, Charlie! The kitty is fantastic and the cosmic colors lend such an air of wonder. Thanks for brightening my day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 So happy this brightened your day!

  15. tinafolks 2 years ago

    Well Charlie, I think that by sketching and posting your thoughts with your work as often as you do provides a glimmer of hope for people. It’s kinda what you always tell your readers, that this is an adequate purpose for our art. Be Well!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tina! 😃💕 What a lovely thing to say! Be well also!

  16. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    So breathtaking Charlie!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for continuing to do what you do it matters and it helps the doodlewash community so much!!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Appreciate the kind words of encouragement!

  17. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    The cat looks really interested in the stars. Nice work Charlie.

  18. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    The cat is great spotting the night sky!

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