Losing My Marbles

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 7 - Losing My Marbles - Doodlewash

For today’s prompt I decided to try something rather complex in a very short amount of time. I used to love marbles as a kid, but I lost them somewhere along the way, so I had to use a reference photo for today’s doodlewash. When one loses their marbles its another way of saying they’ve gone crazy. At least that’s the phrase my mother used to use to describe me most of the time. It was meant in jest, but I was always very distracted as a child, and still as an adult. She quickly learned that having a child with a high IQ was not much different than the having the opposite. I had trouble staying on task and was a bit clumsy because I was always thinking about the next thing instead of the thing in front of me. I’ve thankfully learned to focus a bit more as I’ve gotten older, but my imagination still transports me to other places much of the time. I normally have way too many projects going at once still today, nudging each of them on to completion as the mood strikes me.

Each year, as part of the New Year’s resolution frenzy, I always say to myself that I’ll commit to being a bit more organized. This involves looking at various apps to help me do so and ends about 24 hours later when I decide that doing something else entirely would be much more fun instead. Somehow, I still manage to get most things I’d like accomplished eventually, so I guess it’s not so bad after all. The lists I end up with are a barrage of various thoughts and ideas swimming around in my head. I figure the ones that weren’t meant to be will fade out and let the strongest ideas live on. When I had a thought that simply won’t fade away, then I know it’s one I ought to try and make happen. I’m sure there are far more scientific approaches to life, but this is the way I’ve always done things. It’s driven my pure passion and impulse, which seems reckless to some, but might perfectly sensible to my fellow dreamers out there.

If I’ve learned one thing about life in all these years it’s that life is not sensible. It’s full of twists and turns that often make no sense at all. Approaching it sensibly just doesn’t seem like a complementary way to sort it all out. And it’s far more fun to let your mind take you to places that surprise even you. That’s the beauty of imagination. It’s not an escape from life, but a method to solve your way through it. Each challenge I face can always be met and conquered with just a little bit of magical thinking. So, while I’m certain that pure logic can indeed help in many cases, more often I choose the path less traveled. It’s just a path that’s always going to be a bit more interesting and fun. The one that’s paved with unexpected things that keep live interesting in a positive way. Life is a very happy thing indeed when I spend it losing my marbles.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Da Vinci Yellow, Leaf Green, Cobalt Tuquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 7 - Losing My Marbles - Doodlewash
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29 Comments
  1. Catnip Blog 9 months ago

    Losing your marbles in public takes courage Charlie . . . however, if all your marbles are this beautiful you can afford to lose more.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Judith! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I rather think that blogging daily is often like losing one’s marbles in public. 😉

  2. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    Great post that shows how you’ve embraced your creativity and life’s craziness. Your painting is quite lovely, too.

  3. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    Dreamers are often accused of losing their marbles, but we’d still be living in caves with no plumbing, computers or Doodlewash communities without them! Fantastic painting and interesting ramble!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 So true!! hehe… I can’t imagine a world without Doodlewash! That would be a dark one indeed!

  4. Laura Hale 9 months ago

    Gorgeous colors.

  5. Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

    Hehehe, I KNEW you’d attempt marbles soon! Ahh the challenge and to do it fast is even more of a challenge. I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll have to muster up my courage! I always think of Peter pan when I hear that phrase, but that kid really did lose his marbles,lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Jennifer! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve tried marbles a couple times before, but never this many at once!! hehe… you should totally try it… it’s maddening and yet still really fun!

  6. June Hadaway 9 months ago

    These marbles are fabulous.

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    I think having an active imagination allows us to escape situations we’d otherwise find making us crazy. So if losing my marbles counts, I’m all in. And yours are really pretty . Want to trade?

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      haha! If I had any left, I would certainly trade with you! 😃💕 And I agree… sometimes crazy is the only way to handle crazy in life!

  8. Lisa 9 months ago

    I love your marbles!

  9. Rod Fletcher 9 months ago

    Now what was Phillipe playing at? If marbles weren’t crying out to be a Christmas present in your house I don’t know what is! Good job Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      hehe.. thanks, Rod! 😃💕 I know, right? I really thought he’d buy be one of those marble runs where you can build giant contraptions, but I’m happing with the R2-D2 I got instead. Still a big kid at heart!

  10. Lieve Bekaert 9 months ago

    As children, every day we played with our marbles, yours or beautiful painted Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lieve! 😃💕 Glad this brought back great memories!

  11. Ellen 9 months ago

    Love these colorful marbles and the beautiful written reflections. Way back in my childhood days, my brother never ventured far without his bag of marbles. Which brings to mind these words that I read somewhere – “You may not have lost all your marbles, but there’s definitely a hole in the bag. Thank-you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      LOL… love that line, Ellen! 😃💕 Thanks so much for sharing! I think that’s quite true for me, actually!

  12. M. Caulder 9 months ago

    Lovely colors & shapes! ❣️ Marbles are cool. I used to find marbles everywhere, so I started collecting them, until I had 2 big jars full and then stopped picking them up! 🤣

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Miste! 😃💕 Oh wow! Cool! I really did lose all my marbles! lol I’ve thought about collecting them again.

  13. Beautiful! You see, you can always paint your lost marbles 😉 How big is this painting, Charlie?

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Violeta! 😃💕 These are all currently in my sketchbook which is 148 x 210 mm.

  14. Delores Azary 9 months ago

    Love the marbles!! Great post!

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