Hello again! It’s Charlie O’Shields, back with another episode of Sketching Stuff! For this set of stories I simply pulled the ones that made me feel happy and hopeful. And it’s my sincere hope that they’ll make you feel the same way. These are trying times indeed where many things can seem to be nothing like we’d wish them to be if given the chance to choose. But, with a little bit of watercolor, life get’s a bit shiner and more hopeful. And for me, hearing the scratch of my fountain pen in my sketchbook as I scrawl out a doodle each day is a very relaxing break. I’ve always enjoyed it, but during these times, it means even more to me. And splashing color about after I’ve made my little drawing makes my inner child giggle with glee. It’s a wonderful way to transform any day into a sunny one.
Whether I can find a full hour or even just a few precious minutes, I’ve made it my goal to show up and make something each and every day. Yeah, that’s literally the entire goal. I’ve no expectations that each little thing I make will be something fantastic, but sometimes, on a really good day, something really awesome appears. It’s that day that I’m always sketching toward. It will come if I just keep right on DOing it! Taking a blank sheet of paper and turning it into whatever popped into my mind that day. And then, of course, rambling on about things that are on my mind soon after that. It’s a beautiful habit indeed to combine water, color, and hope!