Ordinary Days

Day 1 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Ordinary Days - Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers - #doodlewash

And so we begin a brand new adventure for March, moving into a world of possibility with a rather open-ended theme to simply paint what we love. The prompt for today was ordinary, which is the type of world where most stories begin. Just before the grand call to action and heading into an amazing new adventure, it’s that moment where we get to know our narrator. So, these are my favorite sneakers. Yeah, in better stories, there’s really more to it than that, but since my stories are super short this is about as far as I can go today. I have had these for a few years now. Beyond the scuff marks, the only significant change is the arch support insert that Philippe made me add instead of “throwing those damn things in the trash.” I’ve no idea why I grab for these shoes the most as they’re not really that comfortable, but there’s just something about them I like. And because of that, they’ve joined me on many different adventures. For today, it also just felt right that they should be there at the start of this one.

I don’t wear these sneakers to work. They’re for the days when I’m relaxing and not doing much of anything. The days so ordinary that they don’t give you much to tell the next day, but make you feel like you’ve just come back to life again. They’re a grayish green and not particularly beautiful, but they represent all those times when life wasn’t about the spectacle, but simply about the familiar. I’ve attempted to capture them here using just 3 primary colors, allowed to blend together and create whatever color they felt like creating. I love trying new things, but I still have a fondness for all of the little things that manage to make themselves a permanent home in my life. It might be that coffee mug that I received from a friend. The one that you have to squint a bit to see the logo which has now faded from too many washings. I might defend it by saying that it survived all the moves and changes in life because it keeps the coffee really warm. But, it’s more likely that it’s just a fond reminder of happy times with a good friend.

These little tokens that I collect in life are fabulous, not because the world thinks they’re precious, but simply because I’ve decided that they are. In most cases, they’re not only unimpressive, but nearly embarrassing for all the wear and tear they’ve accumulated over the years. But it’s really just that they’ve endured a lot of love. I’d like to think that as I grow older, and accumulate even more gray hair and wrinkles, that people would look on me the same way. That instead of thinking I’m simply old, they’d also say, “he seems to have been very well-loved.” In the end, it probably doesn’t matter whether they do or not. In my heart I’ll know that it’s true. Each little sunrise may make us older, but it’s also a gift. Another time to give and receive love. And even if you’re the only one to see the beauty of a certain moment, you’ll always know that in the end, there’s nothing more special than those beautiful ordinary days.

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 Day 1 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Ordinary Days - Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers - #doodlewash

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20 Comments
  1. Jacob 9 months ago

    Aha, I was wondering whatever you were going to pick for ordinary – great stuff, and cool perspective on these bad boys! They look comfortable to both amble about in and to kick off… and inevitably leave lying about the place. 😉 Ordinarily perfect!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, these are a great pair of kicks! hehe Definitely end up laying about after wearing them, which is where I found them for this sketch! hehe

  2. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    Charlie, did you ever read “The Velveteen Rabbit”? It’s a classic children’s book that is not just for kids. In the story, a stuffed rabbit starts out plush and new, but years later, when his owner is grown, the rabbit is ripped and worn. The book uses the exact words you did, “well-loved.” My grown children sometimes refer to me as a velveteen rabbit when I complain about being old. I know then that they love me very much!

    • Author

      I haven’t read that since I was a kid, but I should definitely give it credit then for locking into my memory somehow! Awesome! 😃💕

  3. A terrific painting and a wonderful post, Charlie, full of gratitude for ordinary things. A lovely start to my day – thank you so much!

  4. The comfort of favourite old shoes, well the love shines through in your painting, each little detail, and the perspective is bang on. Thank you for a sneak peak at your sneakers 😀

    • Author

      Thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕 I really appreciate that! This one was all about practicing perspective, which I still struggle with a bit. So glad you think it worked!!

  5. Syna Flores 9 months ago

    Perfect Post.

  6. Rebecca 9 months ago

    This is a lovely shoe portrait – wonderful perspective, colour, and casualness. 🙂

  7. memadtwo 9 months ago

    The comfort of well-loved things…no reasons necessary, the stuff of a good life. (K)

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Charlie, you’ve captured all the color and texture of well loved and well used old sneakers – I bet everyone has a pair. Yours would blush at your praise if they could only untie themselves from their lacings.

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Playing with a more muted palette on this one since I tend to favor candy colors. hehe So happy you liked it!

  9. jeanmackayart 9 months ago

    Really like the perspective here Charlie– and, as a Converse wearer, I like the subject, too.

  10. […] give me comfort as an adult whenever I see them. Like french fries and ketchup. Or that favorite pair of sneakers. Or a comforting cup of tea. I also have to admit that I’ve frankly grown too old and […]

  11. […] figure out the thing I should be doing next. The thing that makes me happiest. Whether it’s sketching a pair of my favorite sneakers or wandering off on a lovely tangent by taking a tea […]

  12. […] human beings, I might find the appeal if I practiced more, but I’d rather just sketch my shoes or my lunch […]

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