Lost In Reflection

Day 11 - Lost In Reflection - Aperol Spritz - #doodlewash

As we near the weekend, I’m finding myself with a bit less energy, so it was nice to dive into a prompt like “reflective” for today’s post. This is some sort of spritz that I didn’t actually have, as my glass like this one was filled with wine instead. My mind has been buzzing with things that I need to do this week. Sort of like a constant low hum of energy that both propels me and exhausts me at the same time. So, it was nice to get a bit lost in the thousands of reflection that appear on a glass of something. I didn’t capture them all, of course, but I hope I got the idea of them across. I love painting glass because watercolor seems perfectly suited for the occasion. Using transparent paints only seems to make sense when painting something like this. I’m sure it would look particularly amazing given time for layers to dry properly and bit more attention to detail, but even in my quick and sketchy style it still manages to create a glassy effect.

At the moment, I’m sitting here listen to the Paris Combo and relaxing. It’s quite lovely, and seriously, if you’ve not listened to them before, I highly recommend it! They never seem to be in Paris at precisely the same time that we are, but maybe one day we’ll be able to enjoy a live show. And their music is a perfect complement at this very moment. One of the things I’ve been reflecting about is this blog and where it might go next. I’ve lots of ideas, as I typically do, and if any of them actually manage to jump out of my dream and into reality, then there may be some changes ahead. I sometimes lay awake in the middle of night, dreaming up new ideas. I know I should be sleeping, but my mind doesn’t shut off sometimes. In my half-asleep state I’ll trot through grand scenarios of things I’d like do next. I love these moments. They’re the kind when anything is possible and everything seems plausible. Sure, come morning, I’m left wondering how the hell that could ever happen, but in that moment, it already is. That magical moment when dreams come true.

One of the things that makes me pause is a fear of messing something up. That I’ll make a horrible mistake and should just leave well enough alone. But if I did that, then none of those amazing dreams would ever have a chance of seeing the light of day. They’d be lost in those twilight hours, drifting through thoughts and never actually coming into reality. So, sometimes, I push myself a bit further and force myself to just go for it already. What’s the worst that could happen if I do it? Wait… that’s not really the question. What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t do it? I’d never know what was possible. I’d then lay awake wondering what could have happened next. That won’t do at all. No, far better to risk it and move ahead into the unknown. Only then will it ever become the known. And finally, those dreams that I only wondered about, might just be the ones that actually come true. That’s a wonderful feeling indeed. Perhaps, after all, it’s not such a bad thing to be lost in reflection.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Pyroll Red, Azo Yellow, Azo Orange, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 11 - Lost In Reflection - Aperol Spritz - #doodlewash

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  1. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Always looking forward to your new ideas! (K)

    • Author

      Thanks, Kerfe!! 😃💕 I have some cool things brewing that will be coming soon! When I get up the courage to risk breaking my site to make them happen. hehe 😊

  2. Jacob 6 years ago

    Exciting! Is one of the planned developments to acquire a zonkey mascot? ‘Cause if not, it ought to be! 😉 You and your reflections are always a force to be reckoned with. This drink is so spritz – that makes no sense, but it’s good!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Hehe… a zonkey mascot would be brilliant!! Well… it’s not exactly that, but I’m sure a zonkey could easily make an appearance in some way. 😉

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    THIS is a beautiful painting, Charlie, enhanced I think by your “sketchy style,” perhaps better called a gestural technique that lets the watercolor paints create part of the painting by their intuitive movement. Maybe?

    As for where your blog might go in future – always your choice. I’m interested to see what you will do. Sweet dreams along the way.

    • Author

      Oh wow… you just made me sound like a true artist, Sharon! Thank you! 😃💕 Actually, yes, I do like letting watercolor do its thing while still trying to create something a little more rendered. It’s like I’m using the techniques of painters who spend more time combined with urban sketchers. Whatever it is, can only be called a doodlewash! hehe But yes, exciting things ahead I hope, once I figure out how to pull it all off! 😉

  4. susan wood 6 years ago

    looks like the perfect cure for the cold i have here….nicely done,love the tasty colours

    • Author

      Oh no, Susan! 😃💕 How you feel better soon! But yes, I’m sure something like this would either cure you, or make you forget about the cold entirely! hehe

  5. krishnakumarsinghblog 6 years ago


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