Lost In A Good Book

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 8 - Lost In A Good Book - Doodlewash

For today’s prompt of “cozy,” my mind went to a quiet moment complemented with a glass of tea and lovely book, and of course, a story that pulls me in and takes me on a journey. I grew up loving to write, because as a kid, I would spend hours lost in books. Whether I was traveling through the jungle with Rudyard Kipling, heading to the Yukon with Jack London, or solving a mystery with the Hardy Boys, it was always a wonderful adventure. In my mind, I would imagine myself as one of the characters. Not often the protagonist, but usually just the helpful friend cheering them on. I loved to watch the journey of the hero in my mind and see all the wonderful things happen for them. For me, I didn’t have to be the hero to be inspired and feel that wonderful spirit of hope. The same sense of accomplishment one feels when everything works out in just the intended fashion. I’m still living vicariously today, as I feature wonderful artists on Doodlewash. Their stories thrill me and compel me to try new things and keep painting onward. If you’re an artist with a story to tell, send me a note and let’s share it! 

So much of the internet now is filled with simply informative information. It’s all tips and how-to’s and those are, indeed the very things one should focus on in order to create a successful blog that search engines will love. Doodlewash has never followed those rules. Here, you’ll find a lovely mix of information, yes, but mostly just stories about art and life and all the things that happen in between. I personally think it’s rather cool that you’ve showed up to read this right now, as it means that you’ve found me in spite of an algorithm. When I started this blog, I began by following many of the rules and doing things in the usual fashion one might expect from an art blog. I quickly grew bored with this and branched out into illustrated stories about life and memories. The final result is a bit bizarre, to be sure, but it’s what gives Doodlewash it’s unique place in the world. The majority of content on this site consists of simply stories meant to inspire and delight, just like when I was reading all those books as a kid.

What I learned was that by reading the stories of others, I gained far more information than I could from anything else. I love learning not just how someone does something a particular way, but why they chose to do it in the first place. This question of “why” has always been the most interesting and exciting thing for me. I would assault my parents with “why” questions over and over again until, exasperated, they sent me back to my reading instead. Today’s world is mostly about video, watching and listening to things. I think that’s awesome, but I miss the world where words themselves created images in our minds. This was the very playground where I developed my perfectly overactive imagination that still thrives today. My mind had to fill in the gaps and insert my own ideas, emotions, and personal stories. I had all of the information, but for the images, well, I could just paint those in my head. It’s not surprising then, that when I finally wrote my very published story, it was, of course focused on reading. So, while I adore watching movies and television, there will never be anything to compare to the wonderful feeling of being lost in a good book.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 8 - Lost In A Good Book - Doodlewash

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33 Comments
  1. Lisa 5 months ago

    I love your blog, and all of your guest artistr. It is a highlight of my day.

    And I still love books. I read 92 last year and hope to get as many this year. Nothing is better than the fictive dream. Books saved my life in many ways.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa!! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoy the posts here! And yay to loving books! Wow… 92 is amazing! Love that!

  2. louiseaprimeau 5 months ago

    Books fire the imagination. Some of my best childhood memories involve books. One of the very first books I remember reading was Little Women. Getting lost in a book, travelling back in time in historical novels, reading about someone’s life such as in The Diary of Anne Frank, all the classics I read as a child have all contributed in some way to the person I have become. You won’t be surprised then that I became an English teacher… I am not sure how watching you tube videos will have a positive influence in the future. However, I know that many young people do appreciate a good book. There is still hope!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Me as well! Books are amazing! 😃💕It’s such a different experience to go on a journey with words. And Little Women was the first play I ever acted in… hehe… great story!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    I also had a childhood filled with reading and imagining. I was never bored, so long as I had a book to read. I ended up publishing personal essays (writing similar to your blog!) while I has home raising my kids. I’d like to pick up that book you painted and see whatever magic is inside!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕Yeah, writing is a wonderful thing, and it’s always fabulous to know there are readers out there who enjoy it! And I hope you DO pick up that book I painted… hehe… I think it turned out really wonderfully!

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    Your self analysis reveals much about how you approach life – without regret but with total focus on the discovery. What a great way to live.

    As for reading and writing – they have both been the focus of my life as well, with a long career teaching art to kids, and now time for me to discover the writer I always wanted to be. I still love to paint and draw, but I want to try to give my writing a chance to see the world – and the world to read my writing.

    But I love your blog, Charlie. It’s one of the highlights of my day, to see the featured art and read about what prompted it.
    Did you have a favorite book when you were a kid? A favorite artist?

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Since you’re a wonderful writer, it means so much to me that you enjoy my blog! When I was a kid, my favorite books were always mysteries of any kind. I’ve no idea why. I can’t remember the one that I loved most… I’ll have to sleep on it and see if it comes back to me. My favorite artist though has always been Leonardo Da Vinci.

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

        The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (when I was a kid – today, too many writers to list) and Johannes Vermeer for me.
        Thank you for the very kind compliment.

  5. Anita Sinha 5 months ago

    Yes ..it is a wonderful feeling …lost in book..I completely agree with you..Also a cup of lemon tea or a flavoured green tea alongwith it…Hmmm…Happiness ????

  6. SMZ 5 months ago

    “I miss the world where words themselves created images in our minds”

    There is wisdom in those words. In addition, I would add, reading a story on a
    screen is wonderful but holding the book in your hands adds an awesome
    dimension that connects the reader to the author. I love books. A cozy spot
    with a cup of tea and a good book is just about as close to heaven as one can
    get on this earth, imo. Your painting takes me there.

    Thara

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Thara! hehe!!! So happy you enjoyed this post! 😃💕 And yay to that cozy spot with a bit of tea and great story!!!

  7. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Love today’s story and art. Spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book and through those stories experienced wonderful adventures.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 This is why we get along so well! hehe… best place to get lost!

  8. Jodi 5 months ago

    Your book looks adorable Charlie! You have such vast creative experience. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕Actually, creative is all I know how to do… I’m rubbish at anything that requires numbers and pure logic! hehe

  9. Debra 5 months ago

    I loved the sharing re truck driver to artist, giving me a view of life, of change, which I understand an dlove to hear about. And your piece of writing , above. I want to see not only the art, but the artist, as it is one in someway. I’m curious as to why, and how… not the technicalities of the actual medium to painter, but the inner thoughts and inspiration ( not names of people), as it brings connection of the creative spirit to me. I just read your blog for the first time. Love it. And now, I need to make time this afternoon, to start a new book and pot of tea.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Debra! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoyed Eunice’s story… it was awesome wasn’t it? I love stories like that. They move us and inspire us in ways we can’t alway describe. And yay to starting a new book with tea!

  10. Sharon Mann 5 months ago

    What an inviting warm scene, beautiful Charlie.

  11. Eunice Miller 5 months ago

    Felt the warmth come through on this one. Perfect for Book Club members when sending out Thank You Note Cards 🙂

  12. I love books. I love painting and drawing (trying to!). I love stories. I love your blog. I love this watercolor.
    robert, absolute beginner

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Robert! 😃💕 hehe… we’re always beginners when it comes to watercolor!! But it’s so much fun to love!

  13. Ellie 5 months ago

    I just realized why this site is so awesome – it’s stories! Not just a great painting but a story, too. Even if the story seems not to relate to the picture, it really does in the end, in a way that only you can do! One of my frustrations with something like Instagram is that there is just an image, with maybe a few words. But a story…..that makes all the difference. Thanks for telling us amazing stories every single day. You are amazing, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie!! 😃💕 Your comment makes me so happy! I so appreciate you stopping by here. My work is a combo of painting and words, so it’s lovely when people view the entire piece, so to speak! You’re so sweet to say that!! Thank you!!

  14. Nancy Wait 5 months ago

    I love reading your posts Charlie, and I so identify with “…but I miss the world where words themselves created images in our minds.” It’s one of the reasons I turned from art to writing, this idea of creating a picture in the reader’s mind. Thank you for all your delightful, inspired sharing! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Nancy! 😃💕 I’m so with you there. It’s wonderful to have access to some many great visuals, but I still hope people time the time to read a story every now and again. Our imaginations require it!

  15. Miss Gentileschi 5 months ago

    Ooh! I love this painting! A cup – well, in this case a glas (which you´ve painted just perfectly btw!) and a book are the most wonderful things to enjoy on a busy day. Your drawings simply made me smile and feel good, Charlie – so glad to have found your blog! 😀 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      I’m just so thrilled you’ve found this blog as well! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I truly appreciate them! 😃💕

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