Quick Little Balloons

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 12 - Quick Little Balloons - Doodlewash

This may quite possibly be one of my quickest little doodlewashes yet, clocking in at just under 15 minutes. I had very little time today to make this post and am sneaking it in between work and evening plans. But, as ever, I would be remiss to not show up to party, particularly when it comes complete with balloons! I loved birthday parties when I was a little kid. A day devoted to getting lots of little gifts for no reason at all, other than doing that growing up thing that all kids long to do. Now that I’ve sort of grown up, it does hold a bit less allure for me than back then. These days, I’m hoping the clock would just slow down already and I’m in no hurry at all to get older. But the clock keeps ticking forward no matter, and some days, it’s tough to even paint. I still insist on stealing a touch of time though, to make a little something each day. Even a few squiggles of paint is better than nothing at all. No matter how busy I am, I simply insist on getting that precious bit of time to sketch and paint each and every day. It’s what truly makes me the happiest.

Recently, I had some friends ask me to happy hour. That time after work when you have a drink and relax. I explain to them that it’s my painting time and offer up lunch instead. This is met with incredulous responses, but the reality is, it’s literally the only time I have to paint each day. There’s not a second chance. So, I changed my “happy hour” to my painting time, even if, like today, it manifests itself in only a quarter of an hour, it still manages to happen. One day, I long for a time when I’m retired and have a full day to plan out, leaving as much time as I need for painting. But today, I have to steal little moments. And it’s totally worth it. Some days, I make something that turns out amazing, and other days it’s just a little something. I cherish them all like a tiny trophy. It’s difficult in our busy lives to make time for the things that truly make us happy.  But when we do, it’s what makes life so much more fulfilling.

I should also offer apologies if Doodlewash has been loading slowly for you at certain times each day. I’m still working with WordPress.com to riddle it all out and figure out what’s going on. There’s a ton of functionality that’s been added to the site and each little piece interacts with the others in mysterious ways. With so many moving parts, it’s often difficult to determine the culprit, so bear with me and the developers smarter than me as we figure it all out. I’m still that happy child at a birthday party and I’m confident everything will turn out perfectly! Life would be terribly boring if we didn’t push the limits and try for impossible things. Doing so, we can make amazing things happen! So, even on days when I have no time to paint, and type out a post as fast as humanly possible, it’s proof that, in the end, anything can happen if we commit to doing it. Push forward and demand your dreams! When you do, they’ll always manifest themselves in the end. Each step moves us to the next, even when that step is just some quick little balloons.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 12 - Quick Little Balloons - Doodlewash

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15 Comments
  1. Lisa 3 months ago

    Sweet balloons! Being retired means I should have all the time in the world, but alas, I’m still always in the weeds. Maybe tomorrow. Lol

  2. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    Love the bright shadows on your balloons! I have the feeling that you’re the type of person who will be busier after retirement than you were before. All those things you’ve put off doing will just slide into place and fill up the hours so fast that you’ll go into a tailspin. Hopefully, you’ll have more time for painting, but whether you do or not, I know you’ll have a fabulous time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I’ll definitely put painting at the top of the list, but yeah… I’ll be perfectly crazy and busy as ever! lol

  3. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    I continue to be inspired by your commitment to daily painting and writing! Lovely little balloons and shadows.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Some days, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off, but I always make sure I show up with something!

  4. Rod Fletcher 3 months ago

    Nice thoughts again Charlie. Is it slow? I think it might be – a little, but it’s still loading, and for that I’m grateful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Rod! 😃 Yeah, the site has been slow at different times of the day. I made some tweaks and now it should be running faster or as fast as it probably can with all the functionality in it!

  5. Cindy 3 months ago

    I agree…finding that regular time to paint is a challenge. You’ve inspired me to not only take a chance with the “shiny” prompt, but to recommit to painting every day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay!! I’m so thrilled I inspired you, Cindy!! 😃💕 Yes!! DO it! hehe… it’s so rewarding, even if, like this one, it’s just 15 minutes a day!

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Aw, I love this Doodlewash, Charlie – it reminds me of my youngest grandchild who loves balloons and calls them “abunabunabuna.” Balloons are just this side of rainbows, another one of those things that are just too miraculous to exist.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! haha! I LOVE that name! I shall now always call balloons that! Awesome! 😃💕

  7. jmnowak 3 months ago

    Ha! Charlie, I’d love to see balloons with those white reflections parts as facial features, just like emojis. They’d be fabulous and fun! 👍

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe! Thanks, Janina! 😃💕 I could probably paint people better if I just thought of them as emojis. lol

  8. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    I insist on my painting time as well. I paint at the end of my day when often I am so tired that I should just go to bed, but darn it not until I get my little painting in. Even if it is a total whoopsie, it is my painting whoopsie and I am not going to miss my time. 😄

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe! I sooooo agree! 😃💕 Even a whoopsie is worth the time spent. So much learned and such joy doing it!

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