Make Your Own Magic!

Rabbit Pulling A Carrot Out Of A Magic Hat Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Magic” today, I made a sketch of a rabbit pulling a carrot out of a hat. When it comes to magic, I think we all have the ability to do extraordinary things. What makes it all so magical is that we also have a uniquely wonderful way of seeing the world. While I may share many of the same tastes and interests as someone else, there’s always a lot of little differences that make life more diverse and interesting. Also, if I could pull anything I wanted out of a magic hat, the something I would choose is likely to change from day to day and year to year. I tend to get really excited about a new idea and will pour everything I have into creating it. For whatever time I spend on that particular idea, the entire experience always feels rather enchanting. If I don’t have something new that I’m working on or at least considering in my mind, I tend to get a touch bored and restless. I’ll often lie awake at night considering my options, always wondering what I might pull out of my own hat next.

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Title Page

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Title Page

One my recent collaborations was working on a book with the incredible artist (and World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador!), Tugce Audoire. I helped to compile and edit the text on a brand new book from Insight Editions called Harry Potter: Watercolor Magic: Flora & Fauna that just released today! Though I didn’t do any of the artwork for this particular book, it was an amazing and super fun experience to be a part of making it come to life. And, if like me, you or something you know are a fan of Harry Potter, then I definitely hope you’ll check it out. It’s a lovely book and I’m very proud to have been a part of the process. Watercolor is truly a magical medium, so if you combine a bit of wizardry then you have a perfect recipe for lots of fun! I still remember reading the Harry Potter books as they came out, eagerly awaiting the next one. I used to lock myself inside for a whole weekend to read them so I wouldn’t chance upon any spoilers.

Today has been a rainy, cool day that was entirely gray with not even a small cameo from the sun. When Philippe picked me up from work, it felt like it was a rainy autumn day instead of the end of summer. This actually made me happy since fall is my favorite time of year. Though, when I got home, my puppy Elliott was not a huge fan of the weather since it meant that he wasn’t able to go for a long walk. But, we’ve been playing some made-up games indoors instead. From the weather to life itself, things don’t always work out quite as planned, but with a little creativity, a new and sometimes better plan can definitely be formed. I think that’s pretty much how I live each day. I just start down the path I think I’d like to go and then take all the lovely detours that come my way. That’s what makes life so much fun! Whenever something unexpected happens, with a little faith and hope, you can always make your own magic!

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  1. Mireya 1 month ago

    What a great idea!

  2. JA Wilson 1 month ago


  3. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Whether Spring or Summer or Fall – that fresh feeling of a rain after hot, dry days – you can’t beat it! I’ve got my order in for the Harry Potter book!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Definitely the best feeling! 😃💕 And yay! I hope you enjoy the HP book!

  4. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Love the reversal of roles…yay rabbit!!! I think I may know the perfect recipient for the Harry Pottery Book.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I figured it was the rabbit’s turn! And great! It’s a lovely book!

  5. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Nice twist on the magicians hat and rabbit. Yesterday we had the first rain since June 30th with a few rumbles of thunder. It was very refreshing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww that’s wonderful! I’m sure that was refreshing!

  6. Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

    Delightful Charlie! I feel the same way – there is almost no experience I can have where I can’t find joy. It’s not that I am an annoying person who always is ‘bright’ and ‘bubbly’ – its simply that I seem to be able to find the good in the bad – the easy in the difficult. I think having a difficult life can make you that way – you either fall prey to the despair or you find your own path through it all. That is really all I do – now if I could only get that imagination down on paper – lolol. Lots of hugs to you Philippe and Elliott… always feel the magic!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Hugs to you! Yeah, I think having a touch of hope is really all we need to lead a happy life!

  7. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Hola, mi amigo, Charlie! Such a sweet painting. Yeah, those ups and downs of life are like riding a rollercoaster, which, in all honesty, CAN be terrifying as well as fun. I try to stay upbeat and excited about what’s to come for me like a new adventure that’s about to begin. Who will I meet? When? Where? How? Why? Surely, after all that I have been through, great things are to follow.
    We’ve cooled down a bit, too. We’ve had some rain and overcast days. They make me sad, remember? Then, I get sadder because my birthday is coming up. 😂😂😂 Hugs! Te quiero mucho, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 Aww your birthday is coming!! Yeah… hehe… it was much more fun to get older when we were young. And I think that great things are definitely heading your way, my friend. Hugs!!

  8. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I love today’s Doodlewash – though I must admit that in all the magic shows I’ve ever seen, no one has pulled anything from a hat. 🙁 But many many congratulations on the book. Am so excited and happy for you Charlie. I hope you get to do all the things that make you happy. Speaking of magic, I’ve been waiting for magic to happen Charlie… am still waiting for the Universe to pull a new career out of a hat for me. A happy fun one that is fulfilling. I know waiting is a test but sometimes I get so restless and scared. Hopefully magic will happen soon. Fingers crossed! Much love to you my friend 🙂


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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, it was so much fun to work on that book! And here’s wishing for that magic you seek. You deserve to have a career that you adore. Just follow the path that seems intriguing and see where it leads! Much love to you!

  9. SRT News Admin 2 weeks ago

    Very cute😊❤️

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