Spring Is In The Air

Bluebird Red And Pink Dahlia Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Dahlia” today, I paired some with a little bird, because I just adore sketching birds. Today there was initially snow predicted in the forecast, but that changed suddenly to sunny skies so it’s been quite lovely here. The kind of day that makes it impossible not to smile a bit more. Though a chill is still in the air, things definitely seem to be warming up for spring! There’s just something about sunshine that feels like fuel to me. On a sunny day, I can get twice as much done as I can on a gray and cloudy day. I love cloudy days, but they just make me want to snuggle up with a good book rather than actually work on projects. Even though sunny and warm days are heading my way, there will be lots of rain coming as well. Where I live, the rain doesn’t just make an appearance, it shows up and stays for several days, raining nonstop. This bit of spring, I don’t care quite as much, but it’s worth it for all of the beautiful flowers that it brings.

There’s something oddly cozy about thunderstorms, and I’ve liked them since I was a little kid. Philippe, however, isn’t as much of a fan. Indeed, he doesn’t like the calm before the storms because it’s also the time of year that’s tornado season. This is not something he grew up with or had ever experienced before, so that’s made spring a bit of dicey season for him. While we both love the sun and longer days, there’s certainly nothing wonderful about a tornado. I’m very used to them and have spent many bits of spring hiding in basements since childhood. On a stormy evening that has a potential for tornadoes, Philippe usually has a laptop, phone, and iPad all open with screens showing various different meteorological maps. It’s like our house is suddenly transformed into a weather center. I didn’t even know there were that many different maps available. But these days, I’ve noticed that he seems to be a bit less tense when this season arrives. Like anything, after a few years of experiencing something, you just get used to it.

I’ve only ever lived in the same city with four full seasons. For me, it’s a way to mark the year and each season brings new and different impulses along the way. Though I’ve had many opportunities in my life to relocate to other places, I’ve always been most fond of the one I’ve always called home. Spring is one season where I get a little kooky and extra dreamy. I start thinking about new ideas and things I’d like to try next. Yes, I’ve not even come close to completing all of the crazy ideas I already have in play, but I can’t imagine a life where I would ever stop dreaming and trying new things. Sure, it’s likely a better path to mastery to focus on something specific and keep working at it until I’ve achieved greatness. But, I think living a life full of fun and possibilities is equally great. Perhaps, it’s not a way to master something as singular as a challenging technique, but it’s definitely a wonderful way to master life itself. There’s so much joy to be had in trying new things. And each year, I get that urge all over again as I experience that singularly fabulous moment when spring is in the air.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Red, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen (Broad Nib) with black ink  in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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32 Comments
  1. Zertab Quaderi 1 month ago

    What beautiful bloom and birds!

  2. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Beauty! Definitely makes me think Spring!!

  3. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Gorgeous Charlie! The birds were very active in our yard today.we have had several days of above average temperatures and almost all the snow has melted. One inch of rain is expected tomorrow. Being excited about new things is great! I’m getting ready to take down one art show and hang up another. Life is good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Sounds like the weather is improving there as well. Love a bunch of active birds… always a fun thing to hear! And yay for your art shows! That’s fantastic!

  4. Lisa 1 month ago

    Having lived my entire life in a tornado zone, I’m used to it, but not complacent. A number of years ago we had straight line winds come through our neighborhood while I was at work and Joe was working out of town. I knew something was up when I couldn’t get home after work because of roads being closed and when I finally picked my way home on back country roads, my yard was full of emergency vehicles. It was night, so I couldn’t really tell the damage until the next day. What a mess! Trees down all over and four days without electricity. Plus it was so hot I thought I might melt. With a handy chainsaw, and a generator, we managed to clean up and save all of our frozen food. I never want to have something like that happen again!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Oh wow!! That sounds like a mess indeed! Glad nobody was hurt. Yeah, tornado season is not fun at all. Nor is being without power. That’s always the worst! But… saying all of your frozen food is pretty awesome!! 😉

  5. Miishuangmu 1 month ago

    Lovely blosom.

  6. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    I love thunderstorms, although we don’t get them often! We do have 4 seasons in SoCal, but outsiders don’t notice them. Winter is December and January – some rain and cold, some warm and clear. Spring starts with February (daffodils bloom) and ends in May – mostly clear and warming up. Summer, June through October – some overcast in June, but no rain ever. Fall is basically November – clear but some colder days. Maybe wind. Grass and many trees and plants green all year. Blooms all year. Some trees turn red and yellow in Fall, before dropping. The changes are subtle, but I can feel the start of each new season. Beauty in nature wherever you live!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      That’s so wonderful, Sharon! 😃💕 So true!! My other friends in SoCal all report to sensing those seasons. But blooms are year would be a wonderful thing indeed! I’m jealous!

  7. Laura Hale 1 month ago

    Beautiful spring art! Since you are occasionally a day ahead of us weather wise, hopefully we will have sunshine tomorrow. Thank you for sharing spring in case it doesn’t show.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Here’s hoping you get that sunshine!!

  8. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Beautiful dahlias. We seemed to have had rain and wind every day since Christmas. As a cycle commuter I’m getting a bit weary if it. I love a thunderstorm but I would be scared if we had tornadoes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I can imagine. I get tired of those elements even when riding in a car. Can’t imagine a cycle! And yeah, thunderstorms are fine, but tornadoes are not fun at all!

  9. jayesjoy 1 month ago

    love this arts!!!very unique!

  10. smzang 1 month ago

    Charlie says, “There’s so much joy to be had in trying new things. And each year, I get that urge all over again as I experience that singularly fabulous moment when spring is in the air.”

    I raise my glass to Spring and to that lovely bird and dahlia painting. Spring is always in the air when flowers bloom at DOodlewash.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one. I’m sooooo ready for spring it’s making me crazy. I want to see those flowers bloom!

  11. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    What a great flower and bird. So much detail. I really would like to sit next to you and watch you create. 😉 Seasons are something I miss living in Oregon. (I don’t miss the tornadoes!) Some years we have all four, but most years they just all blend together. And some years they are mixed together. We had winter one day back in January for about 20 minutes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I think the weather in general has just decided to keep getting crazier. Global warming is certainly a culprit. We get a “spring tease” hear during winter and then it snows again usually.

  12. Hninn Hninn 1 month ago

    Beautiful flower

  13. Donna Macauley 1 month ago

    Spring is around the corner and your image is making me wish it’d come sooner. Beautiful dahlias and bird.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Donna! 😃💕 You and me both! I can’t wait for spring to come!

  14. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Awesome image of Dahlia and bird.May spring come soon!

  15. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 month ago

    Breathtaking!!! 🙂

  16. Susan Masters 1 month ago

    Awesome

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