Spring In Winter

Cherry Blossoms And Blue Tit Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Cherry Blossoms,” I added a little blue tit bird to the mix, because I just like to sketch birds, and pop one in whenever I get the chance. I’ve always loved the look of cherry blossoms and, like so many beautiful things, it’s their rarity that makes them intriguing. Cherry trees only bloom for one or two weeks and the blossoms only retain their richest color for about three days. It’s a beautiful way to usher in spring, even though this is a month early. It’s so cold here at the moment, that my face actually hurt while walking outside. So, any dream of spring is a welcome thing indeed. It looked for a moment like the groundhog was right and we would be getting an early spring this year. But, nature had other ideas and there are still many cold days ahead. Seeing the first blossoming arrivals of spring always makes my heart skip a beat. While I do love the weather turning a bit warmer, it’s the fabulous show of colors the season brings that thrill me most.

Though it’s very cold here today, it’s looks quite beautiful. There’s an impossibly blue sky and lots of sunshine, giving it the feeling of a spring day as long as one stays indoors. And it strikes me that no matter the subject matter that I’m painting, I often lean toward bright spring colors. I just like to sketch and paint things with a touch of a sunny feel to them, that also reflects my continual optimism. This isn’t some blind belief that everything will turn out perfectly in the future, but simply a fervent hope that it will and believing it’s just maybe possible. In truth, some of the things I want to happen in the future are deeply improbable. They’re those things that feel more like whims and dreams than actual goals, but they stay on my list because very few things in life are actually ever impossible. I’ve no clue if I’ll be able to make even the things happen that I want to make happen in the next month. But, I’ll keep right on trying and hoping no matter what!

This is definitely my inner child at work. I’m not sure there’s a way for an adult mind alone to remain positive all of the time. But, the kid just believes what the kid wants to believe, so I let him! It’s fun to chase a dream that feels nearly unattainable. It would be so boring to only go after the things in life that I’m certain I could accomplish. While uncertainty can cause a few butterflies to flutter about in my stomach, I love setting improbable goals for myself. Everything from this blog, my books, my podcast to making an official month for watercolor each year in July when World Watercolor Month returns. It’s been such a fun journey made more fun by always trying new things and always believing those things are possible. It’s really just that easy, but there again, that’s an inner child talking. Which is why it’s the voice I always choose when I’m wanting advice on life and what to DO next. And even if things get tough, or stressful, or bad things happen as they tend to do in life, I know I’ll always get through it. I only need my childlike spirit that’s capable of making the most improbable things happen, like spring in winter.

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  1. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful hope of Spring in your doodle tonight, Charlie!!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fantastic Charlie and such a great bit of Spring. The snow you had yesterday arrived here today and the cold is coming in overnight. I got to snowblow the driveway because my art show meeting was canceled until tomorrow. It gave me a day to catch up a bit. Feeling better about the pending exhibit of flowers in art. Stay warm!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 I always send weather off to you next! hehe, but yay for a snow day as it’s a wonderful chance to get caught up! Awesome!

  3. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Thank you for your lovely taste of spring! Your words and work is always inspiring to me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying my posts!

  4. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Maybe Punxsutawney Phil meant that Spring would be early in your heart! That’s the out I would use if I’d made the incorrect prediction, anyway.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Awww… I love that! 😃💕 yeah, Phil is cute, but he’s really not good at forecasting actual weather.

  5. Claire Randall 2 years ago

    Oh wow just wonderful

  6. Lisa 2 years ago

    Having grown up in Door County, cherry and apple blossoms were a big part of my life. The way the county juts out into Lake Michigan means that we had a warm side of the peninsula on the Green Bay side, and a cool side by the lake. The trees blossomed across the county so the season of bloom lasted longer. But, we only had white cherry blossoms. The apple blossoms were pink, and smelled amazing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I love apple blossoms! They do smell great and look totally beautiful as well of course! 😃💕

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!!!! 🙂 This Spring baby is so ready for Spring too!!! 🙂

  8. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Wow, I couldn’t believe when I saw your painting. Great minds think alike. Fantastic painting Charlie.

  9. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Gorgeous painting Charlie!

  10. Tazzie Gee 2 years ago

    ahh love it,

  11. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    I agree Spring is full of beautiful colors and happy little birds like your sketch. Happy Valentines Day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

  12. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    This is wonderful Charlie

  13. Teresa Osgood 2 years ago


  14. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Lovely work

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