Looking Forward

Cat Looking In Mirror Tabby Watercolor Illustration Painting

July has arrived and that means it’s officially the start of another World Watercolor Month! I’m always so excited when this month begins each year and find myself running late to the party as I get a bit lost enjoying all of the lovely watercolors that people are posting. This month, I’ll be back to daily posts and I’ll be using the optional prompts most of the time as well. Though, just a reminder this isn’t a prompt challenge, just a chance to come together and share lovely works of watercolor. So, if you don’t want to use the prompts, make whatever you like! Tag any art you make that contains watercolors (or gouache) with #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media all month long! I decided to sketch a little kitten for today looking at its reflection in the mirror. As I look back on my art journey, I’m thrilled and excited with everything that’s happened along the way. And I’m super thrilled for whatever comes next!

Philippe and I are both on vacation until next week, which simply means that neither of us are working our day jobs. We haven’t traveled anywhere for more than a year and a half, but will at least be visiting my mom again later this year. I do miss being in a new location, but I’m not missing the stress of travel one bit. Our dog Phineas has, of course, adored this past year as he never once had to go to camp while we were gone for an extended period of time. He really won’t be pleased at all the next time he has to go. Right now, he’s curled up outside on the porch enjoying the warmth of the sun which finally decided to appear. It had been rainy and gloomy most every day this week, but it’s brightening up for our long weekend. I had hoped to have a little more time to paint, but I’m guessing that I’ll just get super distracted with things as usual and still find myself sketching stuff quickly as ideas pop into my mind. My mind is crazy place, but it’s taken me on so many fabulous adventures.

For a moment, I was super excited thinking that tonight is pizza night, but then realized that it’s only Thursday and not Friday. I mentioned this confusion to Philippe wondering if it might inspire two pizza nights, but he just shrugged and said, “Yeah, it’s Thursday, I know.” Completely missing the point. Oh well, it’s probably for the best. This is a phrase I’ve been repeating to my inner child all afternoon to prepare him for the imminent disappoint. But, it’s been a lovely, quiet day and I’m ready to enjoy some more days just like this. When I thought about the prompt of “reflection” today, I couldn’t quite tell where my mind would head. At first, I was definitely thinking back to all of the things that have led me to the place I am now. But then, I got even more excited about what’s to come. So, as I begin this full month of daily watercolor sketches, I’m not looking back, I’m just looking forward.

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20 Comments
  1. Marisela Delgado 4 weeks ago

    Charlie! Yay so wonderful to see you and hear your voice every day again! Such a cute kitty. Ha! I laughed imagining Phineas at camp! I once saw a video of a dog that got picked up every day for doggie day care in a school bus ! He was so excited to see and hear the school bus pull up to his house. Monster would have been like,”Hell no, mom.” haha haha I want to travel somewhere, anywhere, but that Delta variant is becoming an issue. We shall see. So great to have you back daily, my friend, and it does feel like a Friday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Oh wow!! That’s so cute about the dog and the bus. Yeah, that wouldn’t be Phineas. lol He would definitely be more like Monster. It’s good to be back daily this month… it’s going to be lots of fun!

  2. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Welcome back for World Watercolor Month, Charlie!! Always nice to read your posts and see what you’re painting. I’ve thought it was Friday all day today too…must be something in the air. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!!!

  3. Laura H 4 weeks ago

    Enjoy your vacation with your family, which is wonderful even without pizza. But of course that is a pretty awesome event to look forward to. Here’s to looking forward with our watercolor family to WWM!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 It’s been a lovely little mini-break so far. And yay for World Watercolor Month!

  4. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    I feel for ya – it’s a terrible thing to be ready for pizza and not get it! I hope that’s the worst of your trials and tribulations for some time to come. I’m enjoying all the beautiful artwork too. It’s hard to get anything else done!

  5. writerleenda 4 weeks ago

    Hi Charlie, so great to have you back daily! I only get pizza once a week too and I always get Sat and Fri mixed up. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Hehe… yay for weekly pizza. It’s good for the soul! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Linda 4 weeks ago

    Great to see and hear from you.
    Linda

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I’ll be back daily in July! Happy World Watercolor Month!

  7. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    And they’re off! I painted my first tree today. This year I’ve decided to paint trees every day. I assume it will be less boring than last year’s pears. So many kinds of trees. Plus, I’ve given myself permission to do woods and stuff too, so that will keep things exciting. I have two dentist appointments this month, so I foresee missing a day if the one hurts as much as I anticipate. I hope I’m wrong. Anyway, cute kitty.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay! Trees are a great idea! Endless options! And I hope all goes well at the dentist. I have an dental appointment this month as well.

  8. Gary Middleton 4 weeks ago

    Lovely doodle ,Charlie.

  9. memadtwo 4 weeks ago

    Looking forward to seeing your daily musings Charlie! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, I only pop in once a week now, except for World Watercolor Month. hehe This will be fun!

  10. Mugdha 4 weeks ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Happy World Watercolor Month!!! And a BIG thank you for creating it in the first place. 🙂 The fact that it’s also my birth month makes it truly very special. Just like you, I will be entering a new decade (40) and while most people around me feel that I need to be very serious in my outlook, the little Mugdha continues to rule. Which is why Im sending you a wish for a whole pizza weekend to make up for the disappointment of Thursday. I am SO looking forward to your daily posts again. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Love & big hug,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Happy Birthday Month! And listen to little Mugdha, she always knows best! Our wow… a pizza weekend would be amazing, but Philippe would never allow it. That said, we do have extra treats this weekend coming including veggie burgers, fries and caviar… oh, but not all on the same day as that would be weird. Big hug!!

  11. Priscilla DeConti 4 weeks ago

    So glad to see you joining the party! Missed your reflections 🙂
    Great painting to start off the month!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 I’d never miss this party! I’m the host… it wouldn’t be good manners… plus it Super FUN! hehe Happy World Watercolor Month!

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