Staring Into The Stars

Dog Looking At Sky Watercolor Illustration

When in came to our prompt of “Stars” today, the first thing that came to mind was simply the act of staring up into the sky. So this little dog appeared to illustrate the moment. As a kid, and still today, if I’m outside on a summer’s night, you’ll find me looking up to explore the stars. Living in the city, we don’t see very many stars in the sky. Just the big name constellations appear as the city’s lights continually compete with the celestial show. But when I visit my mother’s house, which is in a very small town in northern Texas, I’ll often stand outside for several minutes in the evening, just staring into the sky. There’s a world of stars that I never get to see, and it feels like I’m looking into a galaxy of light and possibility. Our universe is truly immense and immeasurable, and as much as we know, we are still learning new things each and every day. To me, this is fascinating. Staring into a sea of stars raises more questions than answers. And, it’s this very feeling that I adore! Could there be life elsewhere that mimics our own? Definitely! But, we as a species like to only entertain that which is specifically known to exist, and sometimes even question those facts. For me, I like to explore and imagine all types of possibilities.

I’ve always loved science fiction books because of the strange and yet weirdly true alternate realties they present. In the end, they are simply fiction, as nothing of the kind has exactly happened yet, but the imagining is a rather interesting thing. Philippe and I often have nerdy conversations about life and the world as we chat in the evening. We’re never interested in politics, as that’s a rather made-up, mundane, and ridiculous thing indeed, but we are both keenly interested in the actual happenings in the world. Those far more natural occurrences actually taking place all around us. I think the natural world is the most inspiring thing in my life. It’s the bit of life that gets me through all of the ridiculous bits we humans can often introduce into it. And though I do worry about how we’re treating our natural world, I still happily enjoy my place in it. My own place is just one of awe and respect for everything that makes a single day naturally happen. So many different subtle and amazing things have to occur to provide even a single day on this big little planet. For me, that’s rather incredible to consider.

Sometimes, just the simplest of actions can produce something rather awesome. I often find myself worrying over a new idea and wondering if it’s “new” enough to be worthy. And then, find myself wondering what “new” even means anymore in our culture. We’ve lived through so many new inventions and new technologies, that we are mostly less impressed these days. It’s less about finding the new, and more about finding the same, but somehow different in a way that inexplicably excites people. The very moment anyone has an idea, that idea is transmitted around the world and copycats show up in abundance, often without even understanding the original idea in the first place. So, they produce rather awkward copies. Though, it’s indeed an odd world we currently live in, I still think it’s a beautiful one. I’ve no idea where it’s all going to go, but I know that I’ll just keep moving along, one sketch at a time, still seeking to find my place in all of it. And, the moment I find myself a bit confused or wondering about things, I’ll take that little moment in the evening to consider a much bigger picture, that can only be found when staring into the stars.

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23 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    I think we’ve often gone through phases of time where new ideas disrupted daily life and changed the way we lived and viewed life. The thing new about that these days is the accelerated rate of new ideas and push for change. I worry that it will end up like a 100-car pile-up that finally blocks anything new. I hope it result in a new idea that solves the problems like over population and global warming. Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy what we have and try not to fret because we don’t know what the future holds – why worry over things that won’t happen.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      So true about the 100-car pile-up… that’s rather plausible, though I hope it doesn’t happen. 😉 I think we push for more than “new” than actual change. Making the much needed change a bit of an afterthought. Yet, I’ve always been one to live in the moment, so I’m indeed taking each moment in stride! 😃💕

  2. Karen Fortier 3 months ago

    Great post! A starry night can be very enchanting. It is very easy to forget the problems of the world at least for a bit.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, the stars are mesmerizing… I love staring up into them!

  3. Lisa 3 months ago

    Having lived a country life for most of my time on the planet, I’ve seen a lot of stars. But the times that stand out the most are camping trips to Lake Superior. If you spread a blanket on the still warm sand and lie back waiting for your eyes to adjust, you will see more stars than ever before in your life. And if the lake is calm and glassy, you will see them times two.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      That’s so beautiful, Lisa! 😃💕 I’ve had that experience! It’s incredible! It’s like blinking and see the universe multiply! It’s so amazing!

  4. Robert J. Coleman 3 months ago

    With all the changes and permutations we experience each day, we can be overcome with confusion and even just give up trying to follow where our culture is headed. It’s those times that we must go out on a clear night and just look up, take in the unchanging skies, the constellations, the Milky Way that have been there for thousands of years. We can see that our problems are so small, so insignificant, that we just have to tell ourselves: DON’T PANIC!! bob.c

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Excellent comment, Bob! 😃💕 Exactly the way to approach this world! And a HUGE thumbs up for the Don’t Panic reference… that’s honestly been my guiding principal. I’m still just Hitchhiker in this galaxy! 😉 https://doodlewash.com/my-favorite-book/

      • Robert J. Coleman 3 months ago

        Ah, that’s where the phrase came from; when you had referenced it, I didn’t recall the Hitchhiker’s Guide…gotta go back and reread he books! And make a sign for my desk!

  5. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Ya, not many stars visable above L.A.! Best places I’ve seen for stars were on a cruise in the middle of the South Pacific, Arizona desert, New Mexico near the Colorado border. and in the High Sierras. It’s amazing how many are out there.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Hehe… yeah… the cities are not the best place for star gazing to be sure! 😉 I love finding them again in less lit places!

  6. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Ah, a star filled sky seen from a remote hilltop…such a wonderful sight! One of the advantages of living in the country away from city lights and another wonderful memory. Sweet puppy dog!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, the city boasts lots of light, but always managed to obscure the stars.

  7. LoriCtoo 3 months ago

    I remember when my son was young, we used to go camping where out in the middle of nowhere. We would spend the evenings looking up at the stars. It was always an extra bonus to see a shooting star. I don’t know about your puppy looking at stars, he looks like he is waiting patiently for a treat! Lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yeah, I’m rather sure as a dog, it’s just about waiting for treat! lol But I adore looking into the stars! 😃💕It’s so magical!

  8. Marilyn Black 3 months ago

    I so enjoy your posts. The star one really inspired me. I am also loving your activity book.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marilyn! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this post… and so happy to know you’re enjoying my Activity Book! Yay! I have a tiny group on Facebook I started where people are sharing their pages… would love it if you joined and shared yours! Here’s the link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/sketchingstuff/

  9. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 months ago

    I am in love with your puppy so cute!!!!!!!! I have a thought for you based on the comment about new things. It is very likely that others have done the same things before. But do not let that hold you back. I have seen where some have created a similar piece of art and do not know each other never saw the other piece to inspire.. Maybe the inspiration sparks come to us all to see who wants to play with them? But anyhow my point. No one can do things just the way you can so ya go for it whatever it is cuz that is your spark in the world and there will always been others who are into it. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕What a wonderful comment! Yes to that! We are all so incredibly unique. That’s what I’ve seen and loved on my art journey. No matter what, everyone has their own unique voice and style. It’s beautiful!

  10. smzang 3 months ago

    Charlie says,”I think the natural world is the most inspiring thing in my life. It’s the bit of life that gets me through all of the ridiculous bits we humans can often introduce into it. ”

    Yes!!

    Much enjoyed the article and that star gazing pooch.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! Thank goodness for the natural world… it always puts everything into proper perspective.

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Love this painting, Charlie, a little dog looking up, seeing the possibilities. It’s seeing the possibilities that will guide us toward a future that’s healthy for everyone on the planet. Your pooch seems to know this intuitively. Stars in his eyes. Stars in ours.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 That’s everything I was feeling when I painted this! That makes me so happy to hear you saw it!

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