Sheltering In Place

Reading Nook Watercolor Urban Sketching Sketchers Illustration

For our prompt of “Nook” today, I decided to do a very quick and loose urban sketch of my favorite little corner in my house. Even though I now I have to stay home most of the time, this is a nice spot for it. I first thought about making a fantasy reading nook as I saw several awesome ones on Pinterest, but instead, decided to sketch my own humble nook. The chair is an odd butterscotch color, purchased because it was on sale years ago at a deep discount. It’s not a super handsome chair, but what it lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for in comfort. The bookshelf actually has many more things jammed into it, but I needed to simplify things a bit for the speedy sketch. Indeed, it once looked like this until Philippe and I kept adding things to it. It had that purposeful cluttered look with each thing in its place. These days its burgeoning with memories and though it might be considered pure clutter by now, each one reminds me of something that once made me happy.

This particular prompt, along with several of the prompts this month came from Philippe. I was running super behind last month and he asked me how he could help. So, I suggested he make a list of wonderful things. No doubt the word “nook” came to mind because it’s a prominent name featured in the game Animal Crossing that we’re both playing currently. But, I’ve always associated the word with a reading nook and it’s a great word that always makes me think of a safe and comfortable place. As a kid, I loved little spaces like this. The ones reserved for only me, where I could read my books and travel to faraway places through those fabulous stories. Today, not much has changed. Given a chance, I can spend hours reading in my little corner, going on thrilling adventures or solving mysteries. I can visit a different world and experience something new. Today, more than ever, it’s a wonderful thing to do! And a huge thanks to authors everywhere who create such a wonderful way to escape.

Indeed, being at home all of the time can get a little dull. I thought Philippe and I were the perfect homebody types, and though indeed we are, we’re still feeling a bit caged. But, we’ve managed to find ways to liberate ourselves from our incarceration at least mentally and have a lot of fun. And I’ve been enjoying reading a bit more. I usually always have a book going, but hadn’t been reading much in March. So this month, I’m making it a point to read every night again. And, whenever I can, during the day in my little homely chair in the corner. I typically read on my Kindle these days, but the books on the shelf are like little trophies of books I’ve already read and loved. They’re more than decoration, they’re a beautiful scrapbook of memories. I’ve told myself that I might read some of my favorites again, but I usually end up reading something new. In truth, when it’s an amazing story, it’s really tough to forget. And, though I wish staying at home were only an option again, I’m quite happy enjoying my special little nook, while I’m sheltering in place.

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  1. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Complete with your lava lamp! It does look inviting! When I hear the word nook, I see a kitchen nook. One of those in a great old house. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      hehe! Yay! You spotted the lava lamp! 😃💕Yeah, I always thinking of reading because I’m rather rubbish in the kitchen!

  2. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    The perfect “nook” to relax in and to enjoy a good book!! Beautiful spot, Charlie!!

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 years ago

    A lovely respite filled with sweet memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I adore this spot… spent some time there today, actually!

  4. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I’ve often thought that a house without clutter is a house where people are afraid to live. Of course, by that standard, my house says that I live a LOT! So maybe I’m prejudiced, lol. By that way, anytime you need help with prompt lists, I’d be happy to help as well.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra!! 😃💕 hehe… yay for being afraid to actually live in a house! And you read my mind, I was going to reach out to you for May! 😉

  5. Leah Boynton 3 years ago

    Very nice!

  6. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Looks like a great chair to facilitate your escape into a story Charlie! Good to see your lava lamp is there. We all need a place that’s cozy and allows us to escape at least for a while.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕We all definitely need that wonderful place to escape!

  7. Lisa 3 years ago

    I love the idea of a reading nook like this one. I was going to say I wish I had one, but, truth be told, now that I have a wheelchair, every place I pull up to and read is my cozy nook. And when I was still mobile, I read in bed most of the time. I loved reading in bed since I was a kid and resorted to flashlight reading under the covers so I could finish a book without my parents yelling at me to turn off the light and go to sleep. Who can go to sleep without figuring out who done it in the end? Not me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      I’m the same way!! I can’t stop reading without figuring out what’s going to happen next! And I did the same with a flashlight as a kid. Sometimes now, I just fall asleep without meaning to though. 😊

  8. Robert Coleman 3 years ago

    Love the nook concept and that chair looks well lived in, it’s traveled by imagination all over the universe! And I see the lava lamp, a blast from the past. Enjoy your next book and may it take you to a new place never before imagined!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕Yep, I have my trusty lava lamp nearby. And so ready to be transported to a new place!

  9. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    I have to confess that I didn’t know what I nook was until I’d done my doodle, then seen other people’s pictures. I love your nook though Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s interesting how many things that nook can mean! Fun to see what everyone came up with!

  10. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Fantastic sketch and painting!!!

  11. Laura Kate 3 years ago

    What a surprise, to see a still life painted by you. I like it. It helps me to visualize your daily life. Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yep… this is my little reading nook… glad you enjoyed it!

  12. memadtwo 3 years ago

    Very inviting! (K)

  13. Heidi S. 3 years ago

    Nice and cozy 🙂
    My bookshelves are totally cluttered, books are double ‘rowed’, many paint boxes and related stuff is stashed in front of them, photo’s, paintings, stones.. hahaha
    total chaos – I have no nook… just this … home 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Heidi! 😃💕 YAY!! So happy you also have a chaotic bookshelf… I think there’s so much charm there!

  14. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Wonderful!!!! Love your nook!!! Someday I will have my ideal nook now its probably my bed lol. if i just want to chill and read or the like i snuggle up and do so lol and ya sometimes do my drawing. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yep… my bed is probably first on the list! hehe

  15. Nancy 3 years ago

    I’m envious of your little nook and your comfy chair regardless of it’s looks! Being an avid reader myself, I have a hard time understanding people who don’t read for pleasure or have piles of books about the house. Reminds me of that saying by George R R Martin: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Stay safe.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Nancy!! 😃💕 I adore that quote! So true! I feel sometimes like I’ve lived a thousand lives. It’s a wonderful thing indeed! Can’t imagine a live without reading lots of stories!

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