Quiet Moments

Two Birds In Tree Branches Flowers Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt of “Quiet,” I only had time for a quick little doodle today. So I made a fast watercolor sketch of a couple of little birds snuggling in a tree. It’s a holiday here today so for those of you celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you are having a wonderful one! Indeed, there are normally firework displays here, but due to our current times those have all been cancelled. And it’s also currently raining quite a lot outside, so things are certainly much quieter than usual this time of year. Our dog Phineas was not pleased at all when the rain started as he had spent the day lounging outside on the back deck. He’s currently just looking out of the window and watching the rain fall as if willing it to stop. And, as I sit inside just watching it fall, I’m feeling quite happy and content. It’s nice to enjoy these wonderful moments of quiet and relaxation.

Tonight we have a couple of friends coming over for a low key and quiet evening. The rain should stop before it gets dark so we still might wander up to the roof to see if we can see any rouge fireworks in the distance. I’m most excited because Philippe has been in the kitchen all afternoon singing and making things that smell delicious! I’m not entirely sure of the menu, but I do know that there will be a dessert of some kind. He was grumbling early while trying to find a recipe for a graham cracker crust and kept coming up with ones that involved boxes of graham crackers. This, of course, is the only version I’ve ever known growing up, save the kind that’s already made and ready to go. Of course, Philippe had to make his own graham crackers and so that’s what he did. I got to taste one and it was awesome. So, as much as I’m excited about dinner, I’m now rather looking forward to the finale.

And though a quiet evening at home is the standard fare these days, I’m happy to enjoy that as well. I get so excited during World Watercolor Month, like a little boy who’s just eaten too much candy. Then, I realize I’m only a little boy at heart and I’m actually a touch exhausted. But it’s that thrilling kind that comes with immense satisfaction. So much happens during this month, that it can be tough to communicate it all, but I’m doing my best. If you missed them, there are four new international giveaways that just launched today! Best of luck to everyone who enters! I love giving things away more than getting them. It’s just so much fun! And tonight, as the rain slows and I enjoy delicious food with close friends, I’m feeling quite lucky for every piece of happy that I have in my life. Things are very different today, but some things never change. The world is still spinning and there’s still so much beauty and love to be found in those quiet moments.

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31 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Happy Independence Day, Charlie! We’ve been having rogue fireworks since Wednesday and I expect it will be pretty bad tonight. We’ll probably have a good view from our living room. I really hate the smell of cordite that hangs around afterward!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Hope you have a wonderful 4th! Yeah, I agree… that smell is not pleasant!

  2. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    With a new law allowing people to buy their own fireworks for the 4th of July I’m pretty certain that our neighborhood will get rather noisy tonight. feel bad for all the critters…wild and domestic…our cats will be in hiding. Sounds like a wonderful evening, Charlie!!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, there were quite a few fireworks in our neighborhood as well this year!

  3. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Beautiful Charlie! Enjoy your evening with friends! We are relaxing this evening as I worked at a gallery this afternoon. We were able to open our Art in Bloom show that closed back in March a few days after it opened. I have 15 pieces hanging with works from 7 other artists. I may have landed another venue today. It was a good day but having a mask on for that long is hard. Breathing is an issue but it has to be. Happy 4th!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Hope you had a happy 4th! And that’s so wonderful on new venue! Yay!

  4. Hninn Hninn 4 months ago

    Beautiful art.
    Happy independent day Charlie ….
    Your birds in your art ….their eyes show ‘quiet with many thoughts’ …i feel like that….

  5. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    Hola, Charlie! Such lovely birds. Pajaritos means little birds in Spanish.😊 I would trade your rain for our 99*F today. haha My beagle named Monster (me and pet names— Nancy my male cat– haha) absolutely hated rain and taking a bath. He did not like wet paws, but I sure do miss my little boy. Anyway, I am in San Antonio, Texas and we have been asked to lockdown again so no city celebrations, but, like you said, the world and life moves on. We have to trust the Lord to see us through this. Thank you for such beautiful pictures/images. Happy 4th of July! 🗽🗽🗽

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Hope you had a wonderful 4th! Yeah, there were lots of fireworks here, but it was SO hot and humid when the rain stopped.

  6. Lisa 4 months ago

    There is a lot of noise here. Pandemic or not, these people are going to party. I’m kind of disgusted with the whole thing because these people don’t seem to care about the possibility of killing someone with their stupidity. At least 5 ambulance calls have screamed past our house yesterday and today. I’m usually a bit more laid back about stuff but the lack of human kindness is getting to me today. In the bright side, I ate peas from the garden for dinner tonight, and then we had caramel, pecan sundaes for dessert. That makes up for a lot.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yeah, I wish people would take things seriously as well. But fresh peas from the garden and caramel pecan sundaes sound awesome indeed! 😃💕

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

    Aweeeeeeeeeeeee so precious!!! Hope you have a fun night!!! 🙂

  8. Tom 4 months ago

    Nice and calming, Charlie.
    My latest watercolour not so: https://wp.me/sVkLb-stumped ! 😀

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Philippe made his own graham crackers? Of course he did! What did he put in the crust? This Doodlewash of these two little birds is so charming. Painting, food, friends – what a sweet way to celebrate the 4th of July.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I know right? Who makes their own graham crackers? lol It was for a strawberry cream pie as it turned out. Delicious! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

  10. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    So darling! I’ve never heard of homemade graham crackers! They sound delicous and I will be waiting to hear what delightful creation Phillippe made. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 I know right? They were delicious and made the crust for strawberry cream pie!

  11. Cathy 4 months ago

    je ne connais pas la marque Graham – ainsi donc vous recevez de nouveau des amis ? – étonnant quand vous dites aller sur vôtre “toit” çà doit être une terrasse – ou la traduction est mauvaise ? quels jolis oiseaux si doux, si bien colorés ! félicitations ! nous aussi nôtre fête en France sera le 14 juillet et il n’y aura pas de feux d’artifices, comme le 20 juin il n’y a pas eu la fête du printemps, fête de la musique –

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Cathy! 😃💕 Yes, the translation was correct, we have a rooftop terrace. And we did get so see some neighborhood fireworks!

  12. Linda Calverley 4 months ago

    Cute birds.

  13. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    Lovely little doodle, Charlie. I hope you had a good holiday.

  14. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    Your painting is lovely and I hope you had a great 4th!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Hope you had a great 4th as well!

  15. Hue & I 4 months ago

    Oh my god these are so cute !!

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