Reflections On Pears

One of the fun parts of these daily doodlewashes is that while the prompts can help me figure out what to paint, I never have a clue what I’m going to write in response to whatever happens next. Since today’s prompt is pears, I guess I’m meant to reflect on fruit. It’s the end of an extremely busy week and I’ve really no idea what comes to mind when thinking of pears other than that they’re delicious and I adore them. But only when they’re perfectly ripe and can be eaten in a way that barely requires any chewing at all. That’s when they’re perfection in both texture and taste. I’m actually no expert on pears, but that’s the way that I prefer them, at least. Weirdly, I’ve always struggled with painting pears, and this one seemed a bit more successful. Philippe actually said he liked it and described it as a punk Anna Mason. The punk part is because mine was made in 45 minutes and not given any of the time and attention to detail that Anna’s amazing works are given. One day, when I have the time, I’d love to try that style! So awesome! But today, I’m satisfied with just being a watercolor punk.

I’m truly not a punk or a rabble-rouser when it comes to art or anything else at all. I’m not really attempting to buck the system so much as trying to find my place in it all. And to help others find their place as well. I often talk about rules and how I don’t like them, but it’s mostly because I feel like most of those rules simply weren’t written with me in mind. This isn’t surprising, really, as I’m not remotely famous, just a guy with a blog who adores watercolor. There’s no way they could have known about me when they decided that things should be this way and not that way. Those people who decide such things, at least. And I figure, I’m not really alone in this. As we each approach our art, in our own unique ways, it’s strange to be told there’s anything remotely approaching a “right way” or a “wrong way.” Okay, I get it, when it comes to rewiring an electrical outlet, the wrong way is not a happy experience at all. But with art, when someone does something the “wrong way,” it can make hundreds and sometimes thousands and thousands of people really, really happy.

I’ve never figured out what constitutes right and wrong in art. I just keep taking a little moment each and every day to make something new. Since I barely have time to sit down to paint, I can’t possibly waste an extra minute fretting about whether or not what I’m doing is actually art. What I DO know, is that I love what I’m DOing! And that’s all that really matters in the end. If I love it, then it’s twice as possible someone else out there might just love it as well. And that’s what makes me happy. I’ve never been interested in fame. It just seems like a lot of work. I’m more interested in making a difference in the world. And I don’t mind at all if in doing so, people forget my name. I’d rather instead that they remember a name like Doodlewash. A fun idea that simply means, make what you love, and love what you make. Whether you’re taking weeks to make a masterpiece or stealing a few minutes out of your day for reflections on pears.

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47 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 4 weeks ago

    Beautifully painted pear. Just like you, I only eat pears when they are fully ripe, soft, and extra sweet. It’s worth the wait.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yay! They’re soooo good that way!

  2. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    I LOVE your pear. While I’m only so-so about eating them, I love painting them (on paper, not actually painting the pear itself, lol) and I’d have been proud any day to have painted something like this. When it comes to something as subjective as art, the rules are always more the opinion of those who like to make rules than true value. That said, they do provide a structure with which to start out. After that, the fun is breaking those rules and making it work!

    • Laura 4 weeks ago

      Well said Sandra. Although I enjoy pears when they’re still pretty firm, I completely agree about the rule making.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 So true! The rules are important so you know when you’re breaking them! hehe And I do like learning the structure… I just never appreciate when someone says that structure is the only way. To heck with that! hehe… it’s art!!

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 weeks ago

    This pear and its reflection is a really gorgeous painting, Charlie O’Shields of Doodlewash fame. The colors are as delicate yet vibrant as the fruit, and I like the way you left some of the white paper to show through. And of course, pears have freckles, making them even more special. This painting must accompany Phillipe’s pear compote recipe in the forthcoming cookbook – right? (Maybe I’ll learn to cook.)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… actually he said he didn’t have anything for pears, though I tried to persuade him!!

  4. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    I love your punk pear! I lean toward your style over Anna Jason’s as far as pears go. It is more inviting I think.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Aww you’re too sweet… I really love Anna’s style and super impressed when she can teach others to do it as well. But yeah, mine will always remain a bit looser and faster! I don’t have the patience! lol

  5. glacken2016 4 weeks ago

    Love your pear!

  6. Jill Kuhn 4 weeks ago

    Cool pear, Charlie! 🍐👍 I posted one on my blog today that I did in pastels – it is of the rainbow variety…hehe🌈💕 Sometimes I like that I don’t have much time to create art as then I don’t fuss over it and try to make it PEAR-fect! 😍

    • Laura 4 weeks ago

      LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Hehe… just bounced over to see it! Love your art, but also a total sucker for your wordplay!! Makes me smile! LOVE IT! lol

  7. Meenakshi Goel 4 weeks ago

    Awesome pear!

  8. Nay Aung 4 weeks ago

    Love the light you’ve caught on the surface and also the reflection of course!!!

  9. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 weeks ago

    Lovely. Pear , what a reflection . Its fabulous. Charlie.

  10. smzang 4 weeks ago

    The art is always beguiling and the wisdom is awesome.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      You’re so uplifting and encouraging! Thank you SO much!! 😃💕

  11. Laura 4 weeks ago

    Perfect pear, Charlie.

  12. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Perfectly wonderful! Love the reflection!

  13. Susan Cuss 4 weeks ago

    Love those reflections! The ones of the pear, as well as the reflections on life, fame, and making a difference. All good. That pear blush is beautiful.

  14. Thomas Blanchard 4 weeks ago

    Lovely painting and writing Charlie. Great reflection!

  15. Jennifer McLean 4 weeks ago

    Hehehe, ok, you made me choke with laughter about the wrong way to rewire an outlet. YES that has a wrong and right way. My dad was a civil engineer, building houses, mom and dad were house flippers before that was a “thing”. so YES I know all about the fact you CAN rewire something and blow yourself off the ladder, lol. Your pear is awesome and isn’t it lovely to have your guy know so much about art that he can compare you favorably to Anna Mason? How about I meet you in class in a couple months? She’s on my list of courses to take SOON. By January at the latest. Perfectionism here I come, then I can decide just how painterly I want to go, after I learn her amazing skills. Hugs Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Hehe… thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕 That’s so awesome you’re going to take Anna’s class! Yay! Yeah, I think I’ve already crossed over and decided perfectionism isn’t quite for me! LOL It’s mostly my painfully short attention span. I literally can’t paint more than an hour or I get antsy and want to start something new!

      • Jennifer McLean 4 weeks ago

        I know after I learn her techniques I’ll dial back the perfectionism, I want the artist’s hand to show in my work. But I want to learn her techniques so I can then DECIDE how I want to paint something, not have the painting decide for me. LOL. You’re a nuclear reactor of ideas, it’s good that you get bored easily, it keeps you moving forward and doing new things.

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        Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

        Lol… nuclear reactor… I love that! Makes me sound so cool! But I totally agree! I definitely recommend learning Anna’s techniques… then dial back as you say. For me, it’s just a question of time and attention span. I have to start something new every day! hehe

  16. Kaye Boggs 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful painting of the pears.

  17. Fantine Ponter 4 weeks ago

    LOVE your paintings Charlie! To top it all, you always add a delightful story, which I look forward to every day! You are an inspiration!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww, that’s such a sweet comment and compliment! Thanks so much, Fantine! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoy my posts!!

  18. Teri Casper 4 weeks ago

    Omg, my daughter just brought us some pears from their tree and I thought I would paint them.
    You did a fabulous job on yours!

  19. Antonio David Gil 4 weeks ago

    A really beautiful artwork, Charlie. Believe me, I was viewing it for many minutes. I hope to be able to do something similiar in the future. Congratulations.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww thanks, Antonio! 😃💕 What a wonderful and encouraging comment! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  20. Sandra Gilbert 4 weeks ago

    Yep, I totally agree. Rules were not written with me in mind. Those rule writers had no idea we were coming along to do our own thing or that we would all be part of a like minded community. I do believe we are all a quite lovely surprise that the rule writers didn’t know they wanted and needed.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Yeah, I think many people find rules comforting, but I’ve only ever seen them as suggestions! hehe😉

  21. Yvonne Reeder 3 weeks ago

    Love your pear, Charlie! I don’t think it looks punky nor funky – I seriously like it and the reflection. ❤️

    Pears are my all-time fave fruit but I like them crunchy green unripened … no mushy stuff here! lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Von! 😃💕 Actually, I were punk as a badge of honor! I’m a realistic watercolor painter with zero patience! lol

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