Like A Butterfly

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 2 - Like A Butterfly - Doodlewash

When I made these prompts for the month, I was certain I put “butterfly” on a weekend day as they are incredibly tough to paint. I have a bit more time on the weekends and am most rushed on Friday nights. As it turns out, I didn’t do that, so I had to quickly try and render one at top speed, which was a fun exercise. But this is the official start of the weekend so that’s a wonderful thing indeed! Butterflies fascinate me in that they seem almost too ornate to be real. Like a tiny bit of stained glass that decided to part from an old church window and begin zooming through the sky. Each time I see one, time stands still for a moment as I stop to consider it. This is a rather big accomplishment for me as my mind tends to zoom along at impossible speeds, moving from one thing to the next all the time. Taking a moment to actually pause and consider nature is a wonderful way to rest a restless mind.

I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I was never really content with doing just one thing when I could be doing six things at once. I always had a million projects going at the same time in various states of completion. This, of course, meant I was constantly doing things non-stop. But the good part was, that some of those project actually managed to find a sort of completion. I was never worried about the ones that didn’t as I just assumed they didn’t want it badly enough. It was like my dreams had dreams of their own. To me that’s the fun part about trying new things. You don’t have to stress over whether or not they’ll turn into something you envisioned, if you just enjoy DOing them. The act of creation is the real gift and there’s nothing that can take that feeling away from you. It’s funny, but sometimes I post something on social media I’m not at all pleased with and people really love it! Other times, I’m quite proud of something and it produces no response at all. Just the sound of crickets.

And in each case, it’s a perfect success! As long as somebody is happy, then something good has happened, so I don’t fret about it much. Sure, a few times, I joined in the round of cricket sounds for something I made, but I know they’ll always be tomorrow. I’ve learned that when you make something new each and every day, you don’t have time to wallow in failures. You just doodle on and forget about it. It’s kind of cool, really. By the way, I rather liked my one today, because it was produced so quickly and managed to look like the thing I intended. And I’m thrilled to fly on to another thing tomorrow and yet another thing after that. It’s exciting for me to see what will appear here each day. I have no plan or thought about what I might do and sometimes look at the prompt just before I start sketching, which is shortly before I make this post. I guess, I’m still that little kid, always excited to keep flying along from one flower to the next, like a butterfly.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 2 - Like A Butterfly - Doodlewash

 

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24 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 9 months ago

    Love this Charle. It’s all about he DOing. 🙂

  2. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    I love your butterfly too! I don’t know why I fuss so much over my paintings because I’m not attached to the finished product. I hardly ever look at them and it is the journey I enjoy. Maybe that’s the problem – I don’t want the journey to end, lol. I did manage to do a giraffe and a bear in about 20 minutes each and not fuss today, so maybe I’m finally absorbing the lesson you’ve been teaching all of us.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And yay! hehe… yeah, the journey and the process are all that really matters. That’s the FUN part! Never worth getting too caught up in the result! 😉

  3. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    Really lovely, both the butterfly and the flower. Beautiful words, too.

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Butterflies do look like bits of stained glass – the colors are vibrant and nearly translucent. It must be fun to be you, with your dreams having dreams. This blue and yellow wonder is a lovely contrast to the rich pink carnation. Yeah, I do think you are that little kid still.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m definitely never going to lose that kid inside. But even if it makes me seem crazy in my later years, I know I’ll still have a blast being me!

  5. Lisa 9 months ago

    Charming! I have been known to spend a summer’s afternoon chasing butterflies with my camera! Time well spent I always figure!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 I used to chase butterflies with my camera as well! hehe… My first blog was a photo blog and I loved photographing butterflies!

  6. Rod Fletcher 9 months ago

    Our family would also call you the classic butterfly brain LOL

  7. blogturtle 9 months ago

    Simply stunning butterfly Charlie !

  8. M. Caulder 9 months ago

    Stained-glass butterfly very lovely! 💕🦋 You sound like Thomas Edison, always having a bazillion projects waiting! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Oh my what a compliment! 😃💕 I don’t think I’m quite that smart, but I certainly have as many projects in my head! hehe

  9. Kerry C. Mitchell 9 months ago

    Your butterfly and flower are beautiful. Well done, bravo!💘🌟💘

  10. Phil Cooper 9 months ago

    Beautiful painting Charlie, so good to see all that lovely delicate colour , it’s been such a grey, wintry day here 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Phil! 😃💕 Yeah, we’ve been living in grey and wintery days here as well… I figured it was time to evoke a bit of spring! hehe

  11. Susan Cuss 9 months ago

    We’re getting more snow on this grey day, so butterflies and flowers are cheery! Love it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Yes to that! We were told today would be a light snow which started on the way to the grocery and when we came out it was a blizzard!

  12. Alice Hendon 8 months ago

    I like your statement about making something new every day and not having time to wallow in failures. I tend to be a wallower. I added your statement to my bullet journal quotes so I will have it to remind myself. thanks 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww that’s so wonderful to hear, Alice! 😃💕 Yes to that! I’ve learned that when you make something each day you can take the wallowing out… there’s no time for it then. It’s works wonders!

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