Sunny Side Up

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 23 - Eggs Sunny Side Up - Doodlewash

As I was trying to come up with an answer to the prompt of “sunshine” I got a bit distracted and thought of breakfast. That’s the moment when the sun first shines and eggs, served sunny side up, seem like a bit of sunshine on a plate. Or in this case a skillet, as any chance to paint a shiny metal thing and I’m in. As a kid, I’m rather embarrassed to admit, I wouldn’t stand for any egg that wasn’t served cooked completely to death. I hated the runny yolk and wanted my eggs perfectly scrambled. Or, imperfectly scrambled to the finish, it didn’t matter as long as the yolk was totally cooked. I actually loved deviled eggs the best as the yolk was completely transformed into something else entirely. It was barely yolk at all really, just a new invention scooped into a waiting cooked egg white. I’m happy to say that those days have changed and I can now enjoy eggs in all their various varieties. This was helped along by Philippe, who prepares eggs in a multitude of ways. But, I’m also validated, as even he admits that the runny yolk versions were equally scorned when he was a child. It’s weirdly comforting to know that even a French kid experienced the same tastes.

I should mention, for those of you visiting Doodlewash daily, that I’m still trying to debug and get this site running at its full potential. All of the awesome functionality built into Doodlewash is based on themes and plugins which can cause a bit of issue from time to time. I’m working with the wonderful folks at to assess and figure out the issue now. The last issue to address is that the site goes down during peak times in the evenings. In order to deduce the problem, I may have to switch themes for a moment, so if things look perfectly crazy when coming to the site, rest assured, it’s only temporary as we get things figured out. The site is going down each evening like clockwork and this is “hopefully” the final test to get to a more complete solution. On the bright side, I’ve been busy optimizing the site and now, save the weird down times, it should be loading faster than usual for you. So, I’ll take those little wins and say that it’s actually been a rather sunny adventure, after all. I jumped in with big dreams to create a thriving community, and I’m determined to figure out how to make it happen.

By the way, it’s really just me making all of the functionality on this site happen. I don’t have a staff of folks, save the awesome support of, and so getting to a solution takes more time than it probably should. I’ve spent my life like this. Always trying to catch up to my dreams that are bigger than any one person should probably ever bear. But I think, in the end, that’s the perfect way to live a fulfilling life. Just DO what you think should happen next and figure it all out along the way. Sure, there will be hurdles and problems to overcome, but DOing is always the first step. I’ve found that the only regrets I truly have in life are the things I didn’t try. Those are the ones that haunt my dreams. The things I rush into and actually DO are always wonderful. There aren’t enough problems in the world to combat the sheer thrill of pursuing one’s dreams. So, hang in there with me as we move this particular dream to the next chapter. I hope, like me, you’re perfectly curious as to what will happen next. Nobody knows, but one this is always certain. When you pursue your dreams, life will always turn out sunny side up.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 23 - Eggs Sunny Side Up - Doodlewash

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  1. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    Yep. You definitely rock the shiny stuff. Not just in painting, (and tonight’s was awesome as always) but it this community too. I’m sure it will be still be around when the age of ‘Firefly’ rolls around, and when the good guys mention Doodlewash, they’ll always say shiny. Who knows. Maybe this is where the saying starts.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… I love that! Yes… this community will definitely be around as long as I’m alive to make it happen. Which is hopefully quite some years ahead as I’m not that old. At least in my head! lol

  2. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    That egg and the reflections in the pan look wonderful!

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    This is a wonderful little painting, shiny and golden and well composed. It could hang on the wall of a bed and breakfast establishment. I also hated eggs except for the deviled kind – i make a really delicious deviled egg that my grandson eats like it’s popcorn. Anyway, I still dislike runny whites – they make me gag. So you’ve grown up way beyond me in the egg department – (but I’m still way older than you.) And I think it’s very cool that your dreams are coming true.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I had a lot of nudging to grow up in the egg department. And still secretly love those deviled ones the best!! lol

  4. Anita Sinha 2 months ago

    Loved the last line of this blog…We are with you..All the best..Skillet is painted so well..!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Anita! So happy you enjoyed this one! 😃💕

  5. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 months ago

    Its good break fast.
    Lovely art lie.

  6. Sarah Tan 2 months ago

    Love your painting and your story, but most of all, I love the reminder to Just Do. Thanks for being an inspiration! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yes! DO! That’s the only thing to remember in life! Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕

  7. June Hadaway 2 months ago

    Wow, looks so real. You did a great job with the shine again. I love the way you end every story with the prompt.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, June!! 😃💕So happy you enjoy my posts! It encourages me each day to make more!

  8. Lisa 2 months ago

    My grandma always called eggs with soft yolks eggs with gravy! And she cut our toast kittycorner so we could dip the points into the yolks. Best eggs ever. Best grandma ever! Thanks for the memories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe… those DO sound like the best eggs ever! YUM! What a great story! Thanks for sharing it, Lisa! 😃💕

  9. jansiking 2 months ago

    You are amazing, Charlie! You are so thoughtful and so thoroughly complete in your doodlewashes and blogs. I really enjoy your sense of humor and self deprecation. I usually read your blog in the evening and you never fail to entertain and cheer me up, if I need cheering up. Keep ‘em coming!❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      That is such a wonderful and encouraging comment, Jansi! 😃💕 Thank you so much! It’s often difficult to show up and make these posts when life gets in the way, but knowing you enjoy them propels me on! I can’t thank you enough!

  10. Kamlesh Tribhuvane 2 months ago

    Great Job Charlie

  11. Charlie, you become a master in painting metal and glass. The egg texture is excellent; the egg looks hot, oily and shiny. Superb!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      That comment makes me so happy! Thanks so much, Violeta! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  12. Rod Fletcher 2 months ago

    Personally I like eggs anyway – probably because eggs were Dad’s domain whilst us kids were restricted to cornflakes or porridge! My brother only liked eggs that were frizzy around the edges (don’t tell Phillipe!).

    This site is an adventure for me as well. I don’t have the emotional investment you do Charlie, so I can watch, with relative detachment, and thus enjoy the downs (pun intended) as well as the ups. To be fair, I’m in a totally different time zone, so I suspect that the downs are whilst I’m asleep. I am glad of the opportunity share in others experience of painting, and share with others my bumbling efforts to improve.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I’ll keep that first bit to myself and not tell Philippe! lol (but I will secretly agree to that point! Yum! hehe) 😃💕 And yes, it’s true, you’re in the perfect time zone. There are only errors for folks in the U.S. it would seem. So, please disregard and you can assume the site is always working perfectly! 😉

  13. ann christina 2 months ago

    Love this post! The picture looks great, love those eggs and the shiny metal! And your words are so true. I’m completely into the “Just DO”-thing. Not doing is helping nobody! Have a wonderful day, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ann! 😃💕 Yes! We just need to DO more and then everything will be incredible!

  14. smzang 2 months ago

    I love the painting and the writing, but I gotta tell you,
    a runny yolk is still enough to chase me from the table; even a cadbury
    egg upsets my equilibrium. : )

    As for what you have accomplished with this site…you have done wonders.
    There are bound to be frustrations, always will be, but Doodlewash is a one
    of a kind delight.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      haha! Love that! Yes, I totally feel your pain on runny yolks. I still have the old aversion coming back, but yet, I’ve managed to get past it with a little help from Philippe’s awesome cooking! 😃💕 And thanks, I’m thoroughly thrilled you’re enjoying the site!!

  15. Jill Gustavis 2 months ago

    I was just noticing that the load times were much faster! No complaints here, not even if I noticed an issue. I still think Doodlewash is such a positive place that I’ll take a little site bugginess over negativity any day! As for the egg, I’m more of an over-easy sort of egg enjoyer. But eggs are great, I still regret not having them on days I choose an easier breakfast like a freezer waffle and wonder why I”m hungry again 2 hours later…

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww yay!! 😃💕 I’ve been working like a crazy person to deliver faster load times, so thanks so much for letting me know it’s actually happening! But seriously…. freezer waffles are amazing… they do absolutely nothing to heal hunger, but oh what they can do for the soul! lol

  16. Pamela Smith 2 months ago

    Perfect painting of the egg, “sunny” side up…

  17. Thomas Blanchard 2 months ago

    This is awesome! Love the pop of color on the stainless steel pan. I’ll admit a sunny side up egg looks the prettiest but I still can’t handle a runny yoke.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 And yay, glad you liked the pop of color… I’ve learned to just toss in color in glass and metal for the heck of it. Seems to make it more realistic. And yeah… I can still only eat the runny yolks that Philippe prepares. Otherwise, I still get that childhood aversion. lol

  18. Jennifer McLean 2 months ago

    Count me in, skipper! I want a ticket to ride. And don’t worry, I think most of us know that you’re working with your nose to the grindstone trying to find solutions. Just consider me one of your cheerleaders. Yay Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      You’re so sweet! Thanks, Jennifer! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been a bit crazy trying to keep up with the extra traffic on Doodlewash. But what a fun problem to have! We’re creating such an awesome community, so it’s well worth the extra effort to keep it all running smoothly!

  19. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 months ago

    I loved the painting of omlete .u know seen this i feel hungry and maid one omlete haha.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕hehe! YUM! So happy I could inspire you!

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