The Magic Of Bubbles

Soap Bubbles Watercolor Illustration - Doodlewash

When I was a kid, a little bottle of soap bubbles could turn into hours of entertainment. Okay, not really hours, as I had a notoriously short attention span back then as well, but I did really enjoy them. Blowing bubbles and then chasing after them to pop each one was a blast. As the reflected colors swirled inside each bubble, I remember being mesmerizing. It was like a mysterious rainbow world of moving and ever-changing colors. Perhaps that’s why today, I rather adore watercolor. Watching the colors move and blend in ways I never anticipating is lots of fun, and holds my interest in the same way bubbles did as a kid. And, as most of you know, I approach watercolor with all of the glee and joy of a child as I make my little coloring page each day. I remember running through a sea of bubbles as well when I was really little, feeling each one pop in a soapy burst on my face. Little pleasures like that sound ridiculous when described, but at the time it was the most joyous thing in the world. Many of the things I enjoy most now in life are the simplest of all. It’s tough for even the most amazing new thrills to beat the simple comforts being home and spending time with family.

When it came to blowing bubbles, however, my lack of patience usually always meant that I would begin by blowing too quickly and not producing a bubble at all. I soon learned to slow down just enough to make a satisfying bubble. This hasn’t changed either as it’s a pretty good description of how I approach just about everything I create in life. I rush in with glee, often too fast, and throttle things back just enough to accomplish the task properly. While having a firm plan in place before one begins something is a good thing to do, I just can never bring myself to approach things in such a methodical fashion. Even when I’m painting, I’ll switch colors and say to myself in my head, “I’m bored with green, I’d rather try some orange now instead.” So, when people asked me to share my process, this was why I was a bit slow to do so. Then I realized that I have a palette, or coloring set as I call it, built around the color wheel and I use basic color theory even if I tend to go out of order all of the time when I paint. So, I do use some very foundational ideas in my approach. It’s not totally the random scrawling of an impatient child that it can sometimes feel like when I’m doing it. I’m just so busy having fun!

This has been a rather fun weekend, as it was mostly about relaxing and getting caught up on some projects. I’m not at all caught up to the point I’d like to be, but better off than I was before so that’s a win in my book. One of the projects was more of a chore in that it was doing laundry. Laundry is not something that’s ever fallen into a pattern in our house. It’s not something either Philippe nor I ever signed up to do. All other household chores are clearly split, yet laundry didn’t end up like this. Instead, it’s like Philippe and I both jumped up at the same time and shouted, “Not It!” like kids and couldn’t figure out who lost the game. So, it’s now more of a game of wills as we each wait to see which one of us will finally crack or run out of clothes first and actually do it. But, all things will get done and we’ll end the weekend happy that we didn’t bother doing very many things that don’t make us smile. It makes me chuckle to think that little has changed since I was a kid. You’ll still find me doing things very like that little boy I was many years ago when I was just running around in circles, happily enjoying the magic of bubbles.

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Day 28 - Bubbles Soap Watercolor Illustration
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20 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    My dryer died a couple of months ago, and I’ve been visiting the laundromat. We got a new washer & dryer last week, and for now at least, I’m appreciating doing laundry. And when I hate it the most, I remind myself that at least I’m not out on the river beating it with rocks while keeping an eye out for alligators and crocodiles. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of things like that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Oh wow! Yeah, I would appreciate doing laundry then indeed! 😃💕Though I loved going to the laundromat with my mom when I was a kid because we got to eat a diner called Johnny Ray’s! It was so fun! And definitely beats a river with alligators to be sure! hehe

  2. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    That is one gorgeous bubble!! Glad that you had a weekend to relax…even if it did involve doing the laundry. There is a definitely laundry line drawn in our house since my husband thinks every load of laundry needs bleach…he does his and I do mine 🙂 It works just fine! hope you have a wonderful week!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… love that you worked it all out when it comes to laundry! lol Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  3. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    Beautiful bubble. Now a days kids have things that blow bubbles for them. Missing out on getting lightheaded! I rather do laundry than cook!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 hehe I know, right? I feel like everything does everything for us now. Even bubbles! But yeah, cooking is a definite line in the sand… I don’t DO it! And everyone is happier. So, laundry is a small price to pay indeed!

  4. AlanYoung 4 months ago

    I was just telling my wife that since we now have a kid, we get to experience bubbles again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Yeah, having a child is the best excuse of all to enjoy your childhood again! 😃💕

  5. Lisa 4 months ago

    At some point when I was a kid, probably Jr high, our washer broke and for some reason instead of getting a new one, we would load all the laundry in the car and head down town to the laundromat. As far as I’m concerned that was quite the waste of a Saturday morning, but, it was also nice to have all the laundry done in a few hours and not have to think about it again for a week. The unfair part was that my dad would drop us off then leave to go do something else. Not fair I say!

    But surely, you guys can find someone to do your laundry! I totally, 100%, believe in paying someone to do my most hated chore. Joe hates to mow the lawn, so I hire someone to do it. I also have a teenager come in once a week to clean house. My good excuse is that I can’t do it myself any more, but even if I could, it is totally worth the money to hire it done.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Love your story! Our most hated chore is house cleaning so that’s what we splurge and pay someone for. hehe… So laundry is still up for grabs! lol

  6. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    You are so right about the magic of soap bubbles. It’s hard not to smile and try and catch some when bubbles are afloat. Your painted bubble is lovely!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕So happy you enjoyed this! Bubbles are crazy hard to sketch!

  7. literarylydi 4 months ago

    Hi, I just bought your book of daily watercolour sketches! My mum did the daily sketch challenge and enjoyed it. I got that for her birthday so she can be inspired. Love your style and the writing which compliments it.

    https://literarylydi.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/the-spring-phoenix-poem-with-photos/

  8. map195 4 months ago

    great blog post charlie ….ya childhood day’s will never come again…childhood days was really wonderful…thanks for share

  9. smzang 4 months ago

    Charlie’s daily wisdom, “all things will get done and we’ll end the weekend happy that we didn’t bother doing very many things that don’t make us smile.”

    That makes me smile…maybe because it leads the reader to realize there is joy in the simplest things and the two of you live that joy (except possibly in doing the laundry…and even that can turn into a hoot)

    I love that shimmering bubble…

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, even laundry can be a hoot with us. It’s fun as we dare each other each week to DO it! lol I usually lose… Philippe is far better at this game than I am!

  10. June Hadaway 4 months ago

    Glorious bubble wand. All the colors are so pretty. Like you and Philippe, my days are full. Taking time to make life simpler and enjoy it through making art is the best.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 So happy you liked this! And so thrilled to hear your days are spent appreciated the simple things through art! Those are definitely the best days of all!

  11. memadtwo 4 months ago

    I love your bubble Charlie. They can turn anyone into a child again. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Glad you liked this. Bubbles are SO tough to sketch! hehe But yay for being a kid again!

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