Shadows In Mulled Wine

While I’m pretty sure a prompt of “shadows” around the time of Halloween might elicit more ominous renderings, I’ve had mulled wine on the brain recently. And I had less then 30 minutes tonight to paint so this one is quick and loose. In truth, I’m excited to move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season where life pretty much revolves around food, drink, and gifts. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Tonight, I did get to enjoy a bit of Halloween festivities at local block party where I work. There was an ice cream truck and everything! My inner child was in heaven and yes, I went back for seconds. And my adult was pleased by the appearance of the wine van. It was all pretty perfect. But I’m even more excited to enjoy a bit of sweet mulled wine in front of the fireplace soon. It’s just such a cuddly season and really, cuddles are probably the best thing in the world, after ice cream.

Showing up to paint every day is always the easy part. I love taking a little moment to unwind with a brush and a splash of watercolor. Writing is always the toughest part, as I’m never sure what I’m going to say and don’t have time to spend figuring it out. So I simply ramble on in the hopes that some idea will present itself. Some little nugget of truth will manifest itself somehow while I’m typing at a feverish pace. But when I saw a prompt of shadows, decided I really want mulled wine, and started typing tonight, I found myself in a moment of “what the hell?” My mind has been a blur lately and I’m busier now than ever and I honestly have no clue what brought me to this subject today. It’s interesting that mulled also means to ponder something deeply. Perhaps, that’s where my head has been lately and it somehow manifested in a glass of spiced wine.

So, instead of forcing something to happen as the clock ticks forward and I’m nearly out of time, I’m going to just let this little ramble end briefly. My mind is full, my body exhausted, and yet, I’m still quite content and happy. I’m off to get a bit of rest and try to let my mind take a tiny break for a period time. Going to watch a fun and stupid show of some kind and let my mind escape for a bit. The wind outside has started blowing loudly and it seems like the perfect night to curl up and do nothing much at all. At least for the couple little hours left of it before I’ll be heading to sleep. Hopefully only dreaming of silly things that take very little brain power at all. Like unicorns and bunnies. Maybe not together, as I’m not entirely sure how they would get on, but something like that. A simple and silly thing for my mind to enjoy, like pondering the shadows in mulled wine.

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34 Comments
  1. Susan Cuss 4 months ago

    The mulled wine looks comforting. I think I could get lost in the shadows, but it wouldn’t last long enough in the glass to allow for that. Bottom’s up!

  2. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Here’s to mulled wine (that perfectly captures the light) and to mulling over rambling confusion that is life! Enjoy your evening!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    Yes to cuddles and mulled wine! I love the shades of violet in your painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Cuddles and mulled wine sound perfect, don’t they! hehe

  4. C Hintz Studio 4 months ago

    Love reading your ramblings, Charlie. You are absoultely one of my inspiration “go-to” guys. When I’m dry and in need of a boost, you offer me mulled wine. Looking forward to the holiday time, too. — Cynthia

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      That’s the sweetest thing I’ve heard all day, Cynthia! 😃💕 Thank you so much for that! I really appreciate it! When I sit down to ramble each evening, I’m never sure if I’m producing anything of value or just spitting out words. I’m thrilled you enjoy them!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    This is a really beautiful glass of wine. And I like the idea of cuddling up by the fireplace. Of course, it’s been close to 100 degrees out here for most of the week. I’ve really been cuddling up in front of the ice cube maker.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Oh my gosh!! I can’t believe that heat wave there!! Yikes!! Definitely pack on the ice… sending you cooling thoughts my friend!! 😃💕

  6. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 months ago

    I may say that glass is superb.and colour is wah kya bate hen. I love that
    Wether no idea of this drink .but looks pretty.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Glad you liked it… it’s really good. You should try it some day!

  7. smzang 4 months ago

    “Shadows In Mulled Wine”

    yet another poem!

    I love it!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww cool!! Thanks so much!! I always love it when I manage to delight a wonderful writer such as yourself! 😃💕

      • smzang 4 months ago

        You are too kind! I will post the poem in a couple of days with a link to the inspiration.

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          Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

          Awesome! Let me know or ping me in it… as these days it’s tough to make it to all the sites I would love to visit more! 😊

  8. Ann Christina 4 months ago

    Mmmm, that looks delicious. I think tonight I will have some mulled wine. In German it´s called “Glühwein”, “glühen” means to glow. Glowing wine 🔥🍷😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      ooooohh!! I love that!! Makes me what it even more!! 😃💕

  9. Kaye Boggs 4 months ago

    Your rambling was hilarious. (I sound like that sometimes) I hope you enjoyed your mulled wine as much as I enjoyed reading your post. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kaye!! 😃💕 hehe… I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this!

  10. Laura 4 months ago

    Thank you Charlie for bringing a community together to share in the comfort of your watercolor and prose. That ranks right up there with cuddling.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! I love that, Laura! 😃💕 Like a virtual cuddle! How cool is that?!

  11. Thomas Blanchard 4 months ago

    Lovely glow and shadows Charlie. I enjoy your writing style as much as your paintings but be sure to take a break when you need it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah, i’m horrible about allowing myself breaks, but I think this weekend we might go the zoo. My inner child needs a vacay! lol

  12. Yvonne Reeder 4 months ago

    Oh that looks so tasty! I’ve not had it forever and can’t even remember what it tastes like at the moment. lol Papa is a recovered alcoholic so I gave up alcohol a long time ago out of love and respect for him. 🙂 Enjoy a sip for me! ❣️

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      I’ll enjoy a sip! 😃💕I’m pretty sure this could be recreated without the alcohol… hehe… it’s mostly the sweet spices and cinnamon that make the magic!

  13. Carol Hartmann 4 months ago

    Charlie, I enjoy wine as much as you do, and although I’ve never tried mulled wine, I have a feeling I’d love it! I must find a recipe. Wishing you many unicorns, bunnies, and snuggles. Happy weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 You should totally try it! It’s delicious! Though I have to admit I only have it once or twice during the holiday season. hehe Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  14. Mickey Baxter-Spade 4 months ago

    Love your vivacious colors and lovely painting, Charlie. But I’m still mulling over the cuddles being the best thing in the world after eating ice cream. That’s a tough one, cuddling after a walk in the rain or snow is pretty close for me. Have a great weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Mickey! 😃💕 In the end, I don’t think there’s ever a bad time for cuddling! hehe

  15. Sandra Gilbert 4 months ago

    Lol, reading your post created a mental image of bunnies clinging to the unicorn horn while they froliced in a meadow. And no I haven’t been drinking mulled wine. Although it does sound lovely. Just the way my mind works. 😆

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! Hehe.. you should totally try mulled wine…. it’s amazing!! 😃💕

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