Little Pot Of Flowers

Pot Of Flowers Watercolor Illustration

Today’s prompt is “Flower Pot,” so I opted for a metal pot since I love sketching shiny things. After the sunshine of the weekend, today was a steady cold rain and gray skies. It was still lovely in its own way, but I’m definitely ready for more sun in the future. After sketching a flower pot, I was inspired to think about planting a few this year. It’s been a couple of years since Philippe and I covered our terrace in flower pots. Mostly because we can get the energy to make them, and love the effect when we do, but then began to lose the energy to water them all of the time. Indeed, like so many household chores, neither of us is fully committed to the job, leaving it all to a bit of chance. The same is true with laundry, and it’s getting close to that time where we watch to see who will break down first and do it. It’s a bit like a game of underwear roulette, where the one who runs out first loses. Our domesticity skills leave much to be desired.

In truth, the weather here is a little unruly and spring comes with shockingly few days where we can actually be outside without an umbrella. This is another reason for our lack of enthusiasm for decorating a terrace with spring plants, as there aren’t many days where we get to enjoy them. Things dry out by summer, and Philippe will spend time sitting outdoors, but I really hate the heat and tend to run warm in general so I’m usually still indoors except for the mild days. Thankfully, we have a bit of shade, so if the summer brings moderate days, it’s actually quite lovely. For about 2 weeks, though, when spring officially begins, it’s the perfect temperature and usually sunny most of the time. This is my absolute favorite part of the season. A wonderful transition from the cold of winter and a beautiful chance to sit outside and watch all of the flowers blooming. Even if they aren’t always blooming on our own terrace.

Today, I felt like I was getting a lot of things done, but at the end of it, I felt like I was still so far behind. Instead of feeling like a complete loser, though, I feel rather wonderful. There’s always tomorrow to try and tackle all of those projects again and I did advance some a bit. In some ways, I do have to blame daylight savings time as the Monday after I always feel a bit jet lagged. It’s that strange feeling where you didn’t take a trip at all, but somehow managed to change time zones anyway. But, I’m excited for the extra light ahead and ready for longer evenings. The rain has finally stopped here in time for burst of sunset to appear. And it makes me smile. It’s that little ray of hope that appears at the end of the day to remind me that things are still quite wonderful. And just maybe, Philippe and I will find that inspiration this year to ring in spring properly by adding at least one lovely little pot of flowers.

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28 Comments
  1. Pat Boglio 6 months ago

    Refreshing

  2. Karen Fortier 6 months ago

    Gorgeous, I love your ability to paint shiny things Charlie! We were in the high 60s here today and there is a gorgeous full moon that I got a glimpse of as it came up through the trees. I hope to embrace Spring with redoing a couple of flower beds. I bought tall colorful garden boots last year as a deterrent to the ticks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 You know how I love painting shiny things! hehe Yay for your new flower beds… I’m sure that’s going to be beautiful!!

  3. Sandra Strait 6 months ago

    I’m pretty much the one who does housework here, but I kind of play the same game – how long can I go before doing this particular chore? If I do one, what can I put off because I’m doing it. And of course, there is always artwork desperately needing to be done – I guess the laundry will just have to wait.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      hehe!! If I have to choose art over laundry, I can say that art ALWAYS wins! lol 😉 💕

  4. LoriCtoo 6 months ago

    Nice shiny little pot of flowers! I’m with you on the pots. I love seeing them bloom, but dread having to water every other night. Yes, even in Oregon we have to water. There are some pretty cool succulents out these days and they don’t need much water. I have problems with Daylight Savings Time because I want to put my jammies on at 6:30 p.m. and it’s still light out. Bahawahahah!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, that watering bit gets us every time! lol And I know!! Philippe and I end up heading to bed when it’s still light out by force of habit!

  5. Lisa 6 months ago

    Plant something! It’s such a good feeling in spring to watch something grow up close and personal. I love uncovering my garlic plants in early spring. I stick garlic cloves in the ground in the fall, and all winter they lay dormant under snow, then a few warm days come and they send lovely green shoots skyward. And I have faith that they will do just that. It’s a wonderful thing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      So true!! 😃💕 We adored our plants when we had them and even had some herbs in pots. We’ll have to DO it this year for sure!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 6 months ago

    Happy little sketch! I keep some potted plants indoors and enjoy them very much. Never had any flowers in pots but love them in the yard.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, we’re all pots here since we live in the city and don’t have a yard of our own. But the landscaping around us has lots of gardens and flowers to enjoy so that’s wonderful!

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 6 months ago

    So beautiful!!!!! Planting things is another part of art to me and something that truly keeps me going. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 That’s awesome!! Yeah, planting is a wonderful thing indeed. We’ll have to try it again this year!

  8. Susan Masters 6 months ago

    Fantastic shiny thing! I must learn how to do this

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Shiny things are so fun to paint! Just takes a lot of contrast! 😉

  9. Gary Middleton 6 months ago

    Brilliant painting Charlie. The metal looks brilliant. I’m counting the days until I can sow some hardy annual seeds. It’s a bit wet at the moment though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! Yay for planting seeds!

  10. Danai Mongkolrat 6 months ago

    Wow! wonderful

  11. Mary Roff 6 months ago

    Beautiful pot of spring flowers, Charlie!! Brought home two pots of beautiful sunflower plants yesterday and stuck them in the ground. Fingers crossed that they will survive…I am such a lousy gardener.😍🤔

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Those sunflower pots sounds lovely! hehe… fingers crossed! Though I’m sure you must be better than I am! 😉

  12. Fatima Chamkha 6 months ago

    Such pretty pot of flowers!!the shiny pot makes the image complete!!

  13. Linda Calverley 6 months ago

    I like how metallic the pot looks.

  14. Priscilla DeConti 6 months ago

    Lovely sketch..your shiny pot is amazing ! I love spring and summer and look forward to sitting outside and enjoying the sun!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay to sitting outside and enjoying the sun!!

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