Lost In A Dream

Mouse Sleeping Under Storybook Fly Agaric Mushrooms Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Mushrooms” today, I opted for some in a bit of a storybook style. It’s Monday and the day was rather gray and rainy. So, I wanted some spring colors instead. My mind kept wandering a bit and it was hard to stay focused. Out of my list of things to get done, the most important things all happened, but I’m still a bit behind on everything else. Yet, I was rather happy today in that way you can’t quite explain. Instead of feeling stressed, I just went into a rather dreamlike state. This particular sketch is simply a quick doodle of what I saw in my mind. Indeed, I wish I could curl up and nap under a mushroom. I’ve always thought it would be cool to experience the world in a miniature size. It’s sometimes hard to notice the little things in the world when you’re towering over them. In life, it’s always good to look at things from a different perspective.

In truth, today was one of those odd days were I was in a good mood, but not particularly motivated to DO much of anything. Everything I attempted to do felt drawn out and forced and nothing seemed to be coming very easily. As much I should say that I simply pushed through, instead, I did what I always do. I gave in to that lethargy and let it take me where it wanted to go. Although this sounds perfectly counterintuitive, I know me and it’s exactly what works best. I just move to other things and distract myself for a bit and then come back to whatever it was I working on and I always feel a bit more refreshed. This always works when it’s a problem I can’t solve, but also works when I’m just feeling a touch uninspired. Granted, I didn’t get everything on my list done, but what I did manage to DO, I did pretty well. To me, that’s the best goal. I’ve no desire to check something off my list, simply to make it disappear. I want to earn that check mark.

I say this like I make proper lists, and I actually don’t do that, although it sounds like a pretty productive idea. My list is all in my head and I rarely write anything down. I know this sounds crazy, because it totally is, but that’s just how my mind works. For large projects, I get a touch more organized to keep track of everything, but for smaller tasks, I just file everything in my mind. Most all of my work is of a creative nature, so my brain becomes a melting pot of various ideas. I don’t like to keep them neatly separated because one idea can then influence another one. A random association that I might miss if I had attempted to place everything into neat little columns. Real life never really fits into neat little columns. A problem on one project leads me to a solution on another and vice versa. It’s a sure path to get to more magical thinking, but drives most people crazy just thinking about approaching anything this way. And, as much as I have wished in life to be a bit more organized, it’s strangely worked out for me to spend the majority of it lost in a dream.

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24 Comments
  1. Zertab Quaderi 1 month ago

    What a wonderful doodle, Charlie!

  2. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Nice and dreamy Charlie! We had a beautiful day here but the rain that you had is coming. I got to fill a large chunk of my day with art and art related activities. That always makes me happy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Sounds like a beautiful day indeed! Yay for filling it with art related activities (I’m actually a wee bit jealous! lol) 😉

  3. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Sweet little mouse, Charlie!!

  4. Lisa 1 month ago

    Cute painting! And yes, you would have made me crazy. I made lists like mad when I was working. There were too many working parts to running a library for me not to have both a list, and a calendar. Now that I’m retired, I still keep lists. I have a running grocery list–Philippe must keep one of those–and assorted others like a garden list, and a list of things my housekeeping girl needs to do. I even have a death playlist of all of the songs that I want played at my funeral. 😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 haha!!! I KNEW I would have made you crazy! lol Lists are awesome… I DO use them for things like World Watercolor Month and big work projects. But at home? No lists… so Philippe would drive you nuts as well. He keeps his grocery list in his head. 😊 Now a funeral playlist… that’s just smart!!

  5. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Hey! I just realized, if I get too far behind, I’ve already done a page with a mushroom. Check! What a good feeling. Your little mouse is so cute snuggled under the mushroom. I just watched another Hallmark Val movie today and they approached a problem in a different way that solved it. Instead of moving the tree, they moved the underground pipes to above ground. Whether in real life it would work, is another question. LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Hey that’s awesome you have a mushroom already. And that’s the wonderful thing about Hallmark movies, they’re what you want to happen, so it doesn’t matter if it’s possible! hehe

  6. Walt. F Pierluissi 1 month ago

    Very nice Charlie, looks the he is having a good time!!!!

  7. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Great painting Charlie. We had a wet and windy day, again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, those days are not what I love about spring… hehe… I want the sun!

  8. Susan Masters 1 month ago

    Love love this

  9. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 month ago

    Cuteeeeeeeeeee!!! 🙂

  10. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Lovely done!

  11. Priscilla DeConti 1 month ago

    Beautiful..I love the little mouse…and I too would like to be more organized but at this stage of my life I choose to have fun more…:)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe… I vote for more fun as well!!

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    What a charming painting, Charlie. I just sent my younger grandson, who studied mushrooms in his kindergarten class and became fascinated with them, a watercolor of mushrooms and banana slugs. When he got the card, he asked his dad how I knew what color banana slugs are. I’m in awe of all that he’s learning about life, he’s surprised I know anything at all.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… I adore that story! So awesome you could impress your grandson like that!

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