Piece Of Time

Mickey Mouse Watch Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Keepsake” today, I looked around my house to see what various treasures I could find. It’s funny how some things become a keepsake, while others just stay things in my life. Lovely things I might not be ready to part with yet, but not things I will keep forever. Sitting on one particular shelf, there was a Mickey Mouse watch that Philippe bought for me. I have it on display rather than wearing it both because it was so special to me and also because it’s rather old. In fact, it’s the same age as I am, which makes it nearly 50 years old. He bought me the exact Mickey Mouse watch that came out the year I was born. Though, I was far too young then to wear a watch way back then, of course. Yet, I’ve been a Mickey fan my whole life and had a watch when I was a kid, but I’m not sure what happened to it over the years. So, I love that I share a birthday with this watch, and well, that after all of these years, we’re both still ticking.

Sometimes the word keepsake makes one think of precious family heirlooms, but I don’t really have anything quite like that. The only thing that came to mind once was a brass turtle hotel bell that my mother has sitting on a table when you walk into her house. I remembered this vividly from childhood, so it always makes me smile and feels like something very precious indeed. And though time spent with something can certainly increase it’s value, I have lots of lovely keepsakes that I’ve received over the last few years. For me, anything special I receive from a family member or good friend becomes an instant keepsake in my life. Scanning my shelves today to find something to sketch was a fun trip down memory lane. Sure, there were things I had to stop and question as to why they had survived so long and others that looked suspiciously like clutter. But every so often I was met with something that caused many happy memories to come flooding back to me.

The one trait that all of my keepsakes share is that they aren’t particularly valuable in a monetary sense. But when I look at them through the lens of emotional currency, each one becomes priceless. As today’s world looms around me with so much uncertainty in the air, I realized that these are the things that ground me. No matter what happens in my life, these little treasures will always remind me of what’s truly important. They remind me of times far simpler, times without worry, and times when all I felt in a single moment was simply a rush of love. I thought about wearing my Mickey Mouse watch today, just to have it close to me. But I left it on the shelf instead in the company of my other special memories. And though the watch will continue to age with me, it will still be here after I’m gone. They say that life is short, so I know that I’ll keep right on celebrating my memories each and every day, while doing all that I can to make the most of my own piece of time.

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  1. JA Wilson 2 years ago

    What a cute piece! Brings out the kid in us all.

  2. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Love your Mickey watch!! Somewhere around here is my Cinderella watch…from the 50’s maybe? Every keepsake does seem to have a sweet memory attached.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay! I love that you have a Cinderella watch!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    Amazing job on the clock face! Yay to all things Mickey!

  4. smzang 2 years ago

    Your painting looks like the real thing. I was ready to put my ear to the screen to listen for the ticking. All I heard was my bones creaking. That was a really spectacular gift…Awesome!!

  5. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I had a watch like that once upon a time. Unfortunately, I have a black thumb when it comes to watches. I’ve never had one that worked for more than a month, even the expensive ones. I was also known to cause mainframe computers to crash just by walking next to them (way back when). For years, I was forbidden to go near one at work.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      haha! That’s too funny… hmmm… yeah I bet they didn’t want you anywhere near those computers then! 😉

  6. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fantastic details Charlie and what a treasure!

  7. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    A worthwhile piece and great idea for the prompt.It’s a very valuable Mickey Mouse watch and is beautiful executed!

  8. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Fantastic sketch!

  9. I know this doesn’t have anything do with the subject here. But I was wondering if you could show us how to paint a soap bubble?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Hi there! I don’t have a tutorial on soap bubbles on the site at the moment. 😊 I personally just sketch every little shape I see there and then use lots of contrast and colors!

  10. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie. I love all the detail.

  11. Lisa 2 years ago

    Joe had your exact same watch when he was little, given to him by his surrogate grandma. He still misses that watch which was lost years ago. I have a pink Cinderella watch that was given to me by my grandparents. I still have it in one of my jewelry boxes. I wore it for years which you can tell because the pink band is worn out. The same grandparents also gave me my second watch that I still have too. It is especially important to me because I lost it once on a beach, and a few years later I ran into a woman who asked me if I had ever lost a watch on the beach. She had found it and kept it, and recognized it was mine because my name is engraved on the back. My last name was Cochenet. Not many of us around. So I got my watch back!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Oh wow!! That’s an amazing reunion story indeed!! I love that! So cool she found and kept the watch for you! 😃💕

  12. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Nice Mickey Charlie…It used to be a trend in the 80s i guess…very nice rendering.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jerson! 😃💕 Yeah, they’re such fun watches!

  13. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Oh what a wonderful sketch, for so many reasons! You nailed this one. Obviously your whole heart was in it. 😉 I love the reasoning behind why you own it. So sweet!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Aww… thanks! Yeah, it’s really easy to sketch something you love! (unless it’s people… then I freak out! lol)

  14. Linda Murray 2 years ago

    Thumbs up, Charlie! Love the painting and your post! So many memories to sift through. I still have those, even if I didn’t keep many actual objects 🤗

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕Yeah, the memories are always the most important thing to keep!

  15. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful line and painting.

  16. Miishuangmu 2 years ago

    My first watch is a Mickey. 😊

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww that’s so awesome! 😃💕 Mickey watches are just so fun to have!

  17. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 years ago

    I had one just like that…… Wao, I forgot about it… I think that my sister still have it… I am going to call her and ask… Thanks Charlie for giving me back that memory!?!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Oh wow! That’s awesome, Walt! 😃💕 Glad I could bring back this memory!

  18. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Very interesting watch, you really did a good job on the Mickey Mouse Illustration on the watch. I also like how you added a shadow and how you created the little hatch marks and numbers on the watch.

  19. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Lovely idea, lovely painting.

  20. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Fabulous!!!! awee what a special treasure!!! 🙂

  21. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    My first watch was also a Mickey Mouse. Mine had a dark brown velveteen strap and if I remember correctly, a hexagon shaped face. But the watch has long been lost and my memory may be foggy. (More than 20 years older than you, my memory is definitely foggy.) As for keepsakes, I seem to be the family keepsaker, by choice. One of my most favorites is the tiny pale yellow jacket that my grandparents took my dad home from the hospital in. Then I, first child of my generation on both sides of the family, also wore it. I took home both of our sons, and they took home their first born, a son in each family. Their daughters wore home the tiny dresses their moms had worn. The yellow jacket is too fragile to be washed, so newborns now wear it draped over their shoulders. The jacket, which we’ve always called a kimono, is now with younger son, awaiting the next generation. I should paint images of the babies brought home in it – that would be cool.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      So wonderful you had one of these too, Sharon! 😃💕Oh wow… I love that the jacket kept bringing new family into the world that’s such a lovely thing!! Beautiful keepsake!

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