Spring Magic

Ladybug Leaf Morning Dew Drop Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Dew” today, I sketched a dew drop on a leaf and it reminded me of a crystal ball, so I added a ladybug gazing into it. Even with everything that’s happening in the world now, I’m still just as excited for spring and in a constant state of awe watching all of the lovely transformations in nature. I’ve no idea if ladybugs are truly as fascinated by dew drops, but I’ve always found them incredible. Those little sparkling gemstones that appear in the morning or after a lovely rain are just kind of magical. And seeing them always brightens my day. I even like the glitter of dew in a spider’s web, though I don’t like the idea that a spider might be lurking nearby. I’m not a fan of spiders. But, give me a lovely sea of dew drops to admire and I’m the happiest boy on the planet. Proving, once and for all, there are indeed other ways to my heart beyond dessert.

That said, I still have birthday cake to enjoy and that makes me pretty darn cheery as well. Philippe and I just received a shipment that we’d forgotten ordering filled with various snacks as well. I’d ordered it at the peak of people hoarding things just to see what we’d get and it took awhile to arrive. I’d totally forgotten what I’d even ordered, so it was like getting a little gift today. Granted, it’s a gift box full of calories, but I’m not going to focus on that bit quite as much. And the sun has been shining brightly all day which always lifts my spirits. Philippe has the week off work so he’s been upstairs building a virtual zoo on his computer. Every so often I hear him talking to the screen, which would normally be a sign of insanity, but under the circumstances seems appropriate. Apparently a tiger escaped because he had failed to put in the right sort of fence. I’ve honestly no idea how it all works, but it looks beautiful on screen and it’s fun to visit at any rate.

For my own part, I’ve been super busy working from home and it’s been a bit tougher to squeeze in time for a doodlewash and a post. I thought I was running late, but Philippe the zookeeper hasn’t come downstairs yet so it’s given me a bit of extra time to get caught up with things. Or, at least get less behind on things. And so as evening arrives, I’m ready for a little break. I’m not sure what next show we’ve be watching or which streaming service we’ll choose, but whatever happens next will be a nice change of pace. And as I look out the window and watch nature happening just as it’s meant to, I feel energized. Life is mostly happening just as it should. Though I can’t look into a crystal ball and see when daily life might return to normal, I can say that life is still normally quite beautiful. It’s still a world filled with blooming loveliness, dew drops, ladybugs and that indescribably wonderful spring magic.

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  1. Lisa 2 years ago

    It was snowing here a bit today!! This does not make me a happy or cheerful person. I made chocolate chip cookies today though, and that helps.

    I had a lady bug in my bathroom sink the other day. How does that happen?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Hehe… even the ladybugs are determined to enjoy a proper spring with you indoors! 😉 Yeah, it’s colder here than it should be… I’m soooo ready for actual spring weather!

    • Brandon 2 years ago

      That’s funny. It smelt the chocolate chips, sitting around waiting to be used 😂

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    This is beautiful and uplifting Charlie! These prompts always remind me that I have to take time to practice few drops, glass and several other things. Today was filled with catching up on art videos for one if my online courses. I did get to go downtown, but didn’t get out of my car. Denis had to take his car in for four new tires so we did the drop off and pick up routine. The sun was shining, buds are growing on the weeping cherry tree, the daffodils are getting close to flowering, and Spring is going to come!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yeah, the world is certainly different in so many ways, but those signs of spring will come no matter what!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    I love this sketch, especially the ladybug! Everything looks bright and happy. A good reminder of the beauty unfolding around us, even in these strange times.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yes, the world is still quite beautiful!

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  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!! Rumor has it we are going to get snow lol. I hope its wrong. i want to play in the dirt!!! lol 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, spring doesn’t want to come easily this year!

  6. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I find it heartening to look around and see the signs of Spring. The plants and animals are all doing their thing with nary a care for viruses and it’s a reminder that our way of life has been disturbed, but at the core of things, the world itself has not.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      So true! The world is still doing what it always does. And nature is enjoying a little respite from us! 😉

  7. Purnima Manjunath 2 years ago


  8. Haripriya k 2 years ago

    The lady bug looks great staring the dew drop😍😍

  9. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    The greens make this painting very appealing Charlie..great job!

  10. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Beautiful doodle. I went out for a pre-dawn walk today. It was a typical British spring morning, with a frost on the grass, but a warm sun once it was up.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww… your walk sounds so wonderful!

  11. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonder, Charlie! Love and miss those obvious signs of Spring! Did enjoy seeing a beautiful Jacaranda tree in glorious purple bloom recently. Always a sign that the season has changed.

  12. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Beautiful Charlie !!

  13. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    I just love this littel sketch. Ladybugs are such a fascinating beneficial little bug. I loved your story about Phillippe’s lion getting out. Lol! I was telling a friend yesterday, that the previous day, I ran out of time to do some things I had planned on doing. One might wonder how this could happen in the world we are living in, but it did. I’m not going to think too much about it because I feel, it’s one more day closer to when our world will return to normal. 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕So true! I just celebrate every little thing I manage to DO despite all of the distractions around me. Each day is a new chance!

  14. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Lovely. My attempt at dew didn’t turn out very well, guess I need to practice more.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕In truth, I think I’ve still yet to sketch dew in a way that I think is awesome! One day!

  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    A tiny bug, a tiny orb of water, grown large through your artist’s lens. My younger grandkids were out exploring their neighborhood a few days ago and found themselves to be a perfect landing for ladybugs. I only get to see them on my iPad photo albums now, but at least that.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww… I can still remember discovering ladybugs as a kid… it’s the coolest thing ever! And yeah… so happy for technology to keep us all connected during these times. But, this too shall pass!

  16. Brandon 2 years ago

    Wow, your art is fantastic!

    I could look at that for hours, absolute amazing 😃

    Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to looking at your other content now.

    Keep up the good work! 😄

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Brandon! 😃💕 What a fabulous compliment! So thrilled you’re enjoying my blog!

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