Magical Moments

Arctic Fox Northern Lights Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Arctic Fox” today, I decided to add a touch more color by including a background of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. I realized after I decided to do so that I’ve never once painted anything celestial like this so this was all a bit of an experiment. Thankfully, I’m off work today and had a chance to play. I used an old tooth brush to flick on some white gouache and made a perfect mess of the kitchen counter top. Luckily, I cleaned it all up before Philippe came back home from work. I really shouldn’t be left unattended for long periods, especially when I’m all hyped up for the holidays. And there’s definitely magic in the air as Christmas gets closer. Packages have been arriving at the front door and Philippe and I run over to see who’s name is on them. If they’re addressed to Philippe, I’m not allowed to even touch them or pick them up as that drives him crazy thinking it might spoil the surprise. I’m so well-trained at this point that I don’t even notice where it shipped from. I have most of Philippe’s gifts now so I’ll be wrapping them tomorrow. I wrap gifts like a small child hopped up on candy canes, and they don’t always look amazing, but it’s the thought that counts.

Today, I was a touch more productive and got some projects moved forward. I didn’t have time to play my video game at all, which made my inner child whine a little bit, but there’s always tomorrow. It’s not the official break until the weekend when Philippe joins me for a long holiday and we stay home until next year! I can’t believe it’s almost 2020! And, well, that we’re not all riding around in spaceships as that’s what was supposed to happen by this point according to the movies when I was a kid. Technology did indeed advance though, but not quite as drastically as was originally envisioned back then. But no matter how much new tech arrives on the scene, I’m still perfectly fascinated that I can turn on my Christmas tree lights and candles with a remote. It really doesn’t take much to impress me. That little kid inside is always stunned into a perfect state of wonder by the silliest and simplest of things.

And each day, as I open the little door on my Lego Advent calendar and put together a tiny toy or figure, I’m thrilled. Though I still wish my Italian Cookie Advent calendar didn’t come with quite so much biscotti. As I type this, I’m sitting next to the lava lamp that Philippe bought me last year. He insists that it be turned on along with the Christmas decorations as he likes the added glow. And he’s right, it’s quite lovely indeed. Our dog Phineas is currently curled up on the couch and snoring lightly. Okay, not that lightly. Sometimes it sounds like a drunk old man stumbled into our house and collapsed on the sofa. Ah there, it’s back to sounding more like a cute little dog again. These hours of relaxation and fun are so rare during the year. This is why I go a little nuts each time December arrives. Though a new year is rushing my way, I’m happy to just sit and enjoy the rest of this one and these preciously extraordinary magical moments.

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33 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    I’ve always thought that Science Fiction writers were better predictors of the future than scientists because the best writers in that field are scientists who are letting their creative side ignore some of the rules. It’s always interesting to see which predictions come true and which don’t. Even more interesting is figuring out what other technology got in the way of the prediction.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      So true! There are so many other things that happened that got in the way. Interesting indeed! 😃

  2. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    This is beautiful Charlie! Yeah that you had another day to relax and get a few things done. Today was very cold and windy here. I managed to get our Christmas tree up and decorated. Task done!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yay!! So happy to know your tree is up and decorated… hehe… let the season officially begin! 😉

  3. Zertab Quaderi 4 months ago

    Love the whole atmosphere of warmth and bon homie that shine through your words. Happy wrapping, Charlie 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕 So thrilled you’re enjoying these posts!

  4. Anna 4 months ago

    Fantastic! For the last two winters I’ve been trying to see the northern lights, but as soon as you get to a warm house, you just don’t want to crawl out into the cold again. Beautiful painting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Anna! 😃💕 Ohhh I would love to see the northern lights one day!

  5. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    Gorgeous colors in the sky and on the fox!

  6. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Oh i know about technology. Sure wish the hoover boards turned out the way they were in the movies lol. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 haha! I know, right? I was bummed they they were even allowed to call them hover boards. It’s like they gave up already.

      • Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

        If I was skilled in that way I would be all over it! lol We need them in the world! lol 🙂

  7. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    Beautiful painting. I’d love to see the aurora.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Me too! I’ve always wanted to see the aurora. Maybe one day!

  8. Lisa 4 months ago

    Nice little fox! Book group was over for dinner tonight. We had Stir fry and pot stickers with chocolate cake for dessert. I got candles! Just six, one per decade, but it was enough. Lots of gifts were exchanged which is always fun. Now we just hang on until the 25th.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay! Thrilled to hear you had a wonderful evening and bday celebration! Sounds wonderful!

  9. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Beautiful, Charlie!!! Love the sky!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’d never down a sky like this before. It was fun!

  10. memadtwo 4 months ago

    Your northern lights are beautiful–you seem well-suited to painting the cosmic as well as the down-to-earth. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕What a lovely compliment! Glad you enjoyed this one!

  11. Linda Calverley 4 months ago

    Great fox and I love the background Charlie.

  12. the Painted Apron 4 months ago

    What a great idea to dramatize the color Charlie, it really makes the scene come to life! I am looking forward to drawing and painting colorful things in January! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
    Jenna

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 And yay! thrilled you’ll be joining us in January! Hope you have a fabulous holiday, Jenna!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    I giggle through this entire post – not a traditional Christmas at your house but sounds like it’s filled with traditions you and Philippe have created together and those are the best. I’m not at all surprised that you have a Lego Advent calendar, nor that you’re a bit disappointed that you don’t fly to work in your space ship. All the more for you to paint imaginatively at this imaginative season. Like the Arctic Fox trotting under the Aurora Borealis – so gorgeous.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one. Yeah, I love our little traditions that happened organically. The only thing I changed from switching my Lego advent from Star Wars to Harry Potter this year! lol

  14. Tazzie 4 months ago

    Hi Charlie, I am so envious of your Biscotti Advent Calender! I personally loved seeing your painting of the Arctic fox with the background of Aurora Borealis. I enjoy taking photographs of the Aurora Australis. I am typing with my two also snoring soundly with full bellys. I Enjoy your paintings and words.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Tazzie! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoy my posts! And yeah, it was billed as an Italian Cookie calendar and yet the other cookies are a bit scarce! lol And hugs to your two!

  15. SMZ 4 months ago

    I love that fox…not sure if Phineas will be jealous or just enamored, but what a joy to see the Northern Lights highlighting such a beautiful creature.

    Charlie says, “Though a new year is rushing my way, I’m happy to just sit and enjoy the rest of this one and these preciously extraordinary magical moments.”

    Yes!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃Glad you enjoyed this one. The Northern Lights were a bit of an experiment on my part. I think Phineas would enjoy them though! hehe

      • Tazzie 4 months ago

        Charlie when I go out to shoot the Aurora Australis my guys are in the car usually barking at possums and wallabies for a while until I have had enough and tell to stop. Then all I hear is snorting and little whimpers noises and can feel the car move as one of them begins chasing possums wallabies chooks or flying dragons in their sleep.
        Phineas would be awed and want to try and catch the moving lights

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          Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

          Oh wow! That sounds like such a fun and magical experience indeed! Love it! 😍

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