Little Bits Of Beauty

Dandelions In Vase Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Dandelion” today, I opted for a couple of them in a little vase. Indeed, these are nature’s landscaping as they tend to pop up all of the time in yards, whether people want them or not. But, I’ve always thought they were rather beautiful. A few have started to appear here, though the weather remains much cooler than it should be this time of year. I’ve been so happy to see little wild flowers popping up here and there. A perfect reminder of something simple and lovely during these stressful times. Watching as little pops of color return to the world is my favorite part of spring. And no matter what else might be happening right now, those bits of color will still appear no matter what. It brings me a lot of comfort to know that some of the most beautiful and wonderful things in the world never change.

Philippe and I have been setting things up so that we can work from home for the next few weeks. It’s quite a different approach to life, but we’ve gotten it all figured out. Though it does seem strange that at a time when everyone should be returning to the outdoors, we’re all mostly staying indoors. But we’ll be taking lots of walks soon, and probably a few more than we’d normally take, so it’s all good! In truth, as with anything that happens in life, making the most of it and looking for the good things is a perfectly wonderful approach indeed. This evening, we’re back to watching fun distractions on Disney Plus. There are quite a few live action movies that Philippe has never seen that I adore, so I’m using this time to share them with him. All of them share that wonderful feeling of positive hope and escape that’s so needed right now.

Also, today was the first day of Sketchbook Revival, and my video was one of the first two out of the gate. So, if you haven’t signed up yet, I hope you’ll DO so and join me by clicking here! I’m so shy when it comes to videos, and this is only the second one I’ve ever done, but I’ve been loving seeing what everyone sketched along with me! It was my first full tutorial of a single doodlewash, and so I was a bit nervous to try it. But, after seeing the lovely outcome from those who sketched along with me, it feels really good! I’m not an art instructor, nor do I intend to become one full time, but it’s really fun to share what I’ve learned along the way. This coincided with my very recent release of my second Sketching Stuff Activity Book focused on sketching food!  It’s so new that it hasn’t appeared in search results yet, but if you’re interested, I hope you’ll check out! Thanks to all of you for continuing to provide so much joy in the world. Together, we can make sure that no matter what happens, there will always be those little bits of beauty.

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Dandelions In Vase Watercolor Painting Sketchbook Detail

 

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31 Comments
  1. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    That was a fun class today! You seemed way less nervous than last year. And the cupcake was very cute.

    I loved Disney so much as a kid. First we’d watch Animal Kingdom, then Disney would come on. The one I remember best was about the cat named Thomasina. It was so good. I’m rather amazed I have never named a cat Thomasina.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕So happy you enjoyed the class! hehe… you totally should have named a cat Thomasina!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 weeks ago

    What a beautiful little bouquet Charlie! I use to pick them for my mom. We had an elderly neighbor that use to harvest the greens to eat so we never put any chemicals on our lawn. I’m glad that Sketchbook Revival went well today. We had a heavy wet snow late today so it was very slippery when my husband was returning home from work this evening. Tomorrow they are calling for above average temperatures. Spring time in New England!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for above average temperatures! I’m soooo ready for warmer weather!

  3. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed your second video and painting along with you! I’ve printed off the freebie pages so I can do the exercises in those while waiting for my Sketching Stuff: Food book to arrive.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Yay! Thrilled you enjoyed it!! 😃💕 And thanks so much for getting a copy of the new book! I really appreciate it!

  4. LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

    Dandy-lions, a mother’s favorite bouquet! Do you remember holding a dandelion under someone’s chin to see if they liked butter and then squishing it on their chin? LOLOLOLOL!

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful!!! I so love these lovely dandelions. I truly adore them. I remember one time when I was a kiddo my friend Brenda rubbed one all over her face to pretend she was sick so she could stay with her mom at work instead of hangout with her cousins. Her mom and mine worked together and that weekend day we were both there and she wanted to hang out with me instead. Almost worked til her mom saw the pieces of dandelion on her face! LOL 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… that’s a clever idea indeed! LOL Too funny!

  6. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    I wonder how many times I picked dandelion bouquets when I was a kid. Love those cheerful wildflowers! Great job on the Sketchbook Revival workshop! Enjoyed painting the cupcake with you…you make it seem sooo easy! Thanks for the amazing freebie and I can’t wait for my copy of your book to arrive!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed the workshop session!! Yay! And thanks so much for getting my next book. I truly appreciate it!

  7. Gary Middleton 2 weeks ago

    Great painting. I love dandelions in my garden but not as much as the bees do. It’s one of the first flower for them to get nectar. I try anf pinch the heads of before they go to seed though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕hehe.. yeah… going to seed looks cool, but it’s not great for a lawn!

  8. Fatima Chamkha 2 weeks ago

    Lovely done dandelions in a vase!

  9. Ellie 2 weeks ago

    It was so great to see you on Sketchbook Revival again! Loved your lesson, and it was wonderful to see you “live” in your blue glasses. I know you only do videos with Karen (hahaha) but you are so joyful, I wish we could see more of you. Take care!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕So thrilled you enjoyed the video! hehe… yeah, I’ve only done them with my friend Karen, but maybe one day I’ll do more!

  10. Danai Mongkolrat 2 weeks ago

    Line and colors are wonderful

  11. Sandra Gilbert 2 weeks ago

    I love dandelions too and yours are lovely. You did a great job on your video and you needn’t worry about your teaching style, you did great. I painted my little cupcake last night, but I still need to post it. I had no trouble finding your new activity book. Amazon says my copy will be here Saturday!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed the video. And thank you SO much for grabbing a copy of my new book! I really appreciate it! Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Linda Calverley 2 weeks ago

    I love dandelions too, they remind me of mini dahlias. I enjoyed your video and learnt something new.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed the video and learned something new! Yay!

  13. Selma 2 weeks ago

    Dear Charlie,
    Thank you so much for teaching us to paint cupcakes. It was really fun and I’ve learned so much in just one video. Wish you all the very best.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww…. I’m so thrilled to hear that!! Thanks so much, Selma! 😃💕

  14. Priscilla DeConti 2 weeks ago

    I missed the class yesterday but was able to catch up today and what fun it was to see you “live” . The lesson was easy to follow and I was able to get pretty good results. I can’t wait to get your book..Thanks for sharing your talents and joy of living with us! God bless!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww yay! So happy to know that! Thanks so much for your support, Priscilla! I really appreciate it! 😃💕

  15. kiddlescarol 1 week ago

    Hi Charlie! I’m catching up on WP as I’ve been a bit distracted lately, as have most of us. Seeing your paintings is a delight! I am participating in Sketchbook Revival and was thrilled that you were presenting on the first day! I’ve decided to work on smallish projects on days when I am feeling overwhelmed, and your Doodlewash books are going to be perfect! When my brain feels preoccupied, I find it best to practice tutorials and follow instructions because it is less taxing on my thought process. Thank you for continuing to inspire, especially at times like this! Also, both of your Doodlewash books are awesome – thanks for creating them, Charlie! 🎨 Stay well! 💖

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww… thanks SO much for getting my books!! I’m so happy you enjoy them and hope they provide LOTS of fun during this time. I think fun activities and positive distractions are the best thing we could all enjoy right now! Stay well my friend and have FUN!! ❤️😃

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