Spring Dreams

White Tailed Fawn Baby Deer Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Deer” today, I chose a little fawn sitting in the grass. This is a storybook concept that’s more suited for a spring story, but I wanted something warm and cheery since it’s cold as heck where I am. Though winter hasn’t technically arrived, it still feels like that’s what’s happening outside and the sky seems a bit sad and gloomy. So, inside, I decided to conjure up a bit of spring as my rebuttal. I had lunch with Philippe today at home and he stopped by Costco and arrived with a massive bag of salad. As much as I was craving spring, I wasn’t necessarily ready to return to salads. I go into soup mode as soon as there’s a chill in the air and don’t come out of that until it goes away. It’s the absolute laziest way to eat vegetables and lazy is what I’m all about in the winter. For me, it’s time to cocoon in a fuzzy blanket with a lovely mug of hot chocolate. For the record, though, I did eat my salad like a good boy, while imagining it was squash soup instead. Tonight we’re ordering out for pizza, so a salad was probably the best balance. And if I were truly cautious about such things, I’d be eating only salad in preparation for next week’s Thanksgiving feast. But, I’m just not a planner like that.

I actually took the day off work to relax, so it was a lovely day indeed. I got caught up on several things I was behind on, and even had time to play some video games. My inner child would have sulked for days if I hadn’t managed to make that happen today. I’m excited for the weekend, which technically I’ve already started, because we’re having friends over for dinner tomorrow night. It’s actually been ages since we had one of our tiny little dinner parties, so I’m looking forward to the evening. Philippe still hasn’t decided what he’s making yet and it seems to keep changing every time I ask him. Whatever it is, it’s going to be delicious. And I’m excited to see our friends whom we haven’t seen for over a month now. Sunday, I insisted that we have lunch at Alamo Theatre and see Frozen II. When we saw the first one in the theatre we were with my family in Texas and every single one of us was sick. We didn’t know it at the time, but the symptoms all started while we were watching the movie. Still enjoyed it, but was also rather grateful when it finally ended.

So despite the cold and gloom outdoors, I’ve had a very sunny day indoors! It’s fun to simply adopt whatever feeling you like and run with it. I thought about imagining myself on a beach and making a lovely cocktail of some kind like a margarita. This didn’t happen as it was just after lunch when I thought of the idea and if I drink anything that early these days, I’ll be asleep before dinner. As it happened, the day really rushed by and suddenly it was already time to paint and post something. Unfortunately, time does indeed fly by when one is having fun so the day was but a blip in the end. But it was a much needed break that’s left me feeling refreshing and super happy. Our dog Phineas already knows how to relax properly and spend the day sleeping through it. He’s curled up in a ball so tight it’s hard to tell he could ever expand back into his normal shape. Though, I can’t blame him as the cold isn’t kind to a little short-haired dog. I’ve not doubt whatsoever that while he was lying there, snoring like a sailor, he was also having lovely spring dreams.

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28 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 2 weeks ago

    Love the fawn among spring flowers and mushrooms. A great antidote for these short winter days.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, I needed a touch of spring color! hehe

  2. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    A sweet fawn and touch of Spring!! Sounds like your weekend is off to a wonderful start. And, there are never enough hours in the day…I can never figure out where the day goes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  3. Walter F Pierluissi 2 weeks ago

    Lovely Charlie….. I like it a lot.😍😍✌️✌️ very cute……

  4. Karen Fortier 2 weeks ago

    I love your little fawn, Charlie! Yeah to taking the day off.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, a day off is truly a gift indeed!

  5. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    Aww! When I was little, there was a local supper club called Babe and Ray’s. There was a diorama set up in the bar that had a taxidermy fawn it. In hindsight, it seems gross and weird, but as a kid, it was incredible seeing how perfectly tiny and perfect a fawn was.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Yeah, I liked taxidermy as a kid as well… just seemed educational and cool! Guess it still is, but yeah, as adult it’s a bit gross and weird! lol 😉

  6. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 weeks ago

    Aweeeeeeee so cute!!! Wishing you guys a wonderful weekend. Lol I had pizza tonight too. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay for pizza! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  7. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    I’m a soup any time of the year person myself. I have spells where I crave salads but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the season. And neither happens nearly as often as craving for pie! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Yeah, I have to admit that pie cravings win out all of the time! 😃💕 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. smzang 2 weeks ago

    The fawn is a keeper for sure!
    So is the picture in my mind of Phineas curled
    into a ball. My idea of a perfect meal anytime of
    the year is soup and salad…hot soup when its cold
    out and cold soup when it’s not.

    So good that you had a day of R and R. That is good
    for mind, body and soul!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, soup is the best thing in the world any time of year! As is R and R!

  9. Gary Middleton 2 weeks ago

    I was out for a bike ride in the hills near me a few years ago, and saw the fawn of a Roe Deer laying not far from the edge of the lane I was riding on. It was one of those moments that lifts your heart. Love your painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 Awww I long those moments! That sounds like a wonderful one indeed!

  10. Loan Anh Pham 2 weeks ago

    Lovely fawn, Charlie 🥰. And my inner child seem like being in a spring dream right now 😋

  11. LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

    He is so cute and does make me think of Spring. 🙁 You should have put a red nose on him. He would have fit right into the holiday season. I was telling my hubby last night, that technically in a “normal” year it is the Christmas season. It’s just Thanksgiving that is all mixed up! And on that happy note, Im putting up the Christmas tree this weekend!! Bahawaha!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks! 😃💕 hehe… I know, but I’m waiting until next month to do a reindeer! Though one can never have too many! And I sooooo agree. It feels like this should be Thanksgiving weekend. I’m jealous of your tree! We don’t have the time, but I wanted to put one up now too! Definitely happening on Friday though! 😉

  12. Linda Calverley 2 weeks ago

    Gorgeous and I love his surroundings.

  13. Fatima Chamkha 2 weeks ago

    Gorgeous fawn love the setting !

  14. shawnthompsonart 1 week ago

    Nice drawing, and interesting concept, I really like how you show a closeup of the deer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed my little deer!

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