Swatch Doodlewash by Charlie O'Shields

This is a doodlewash of my watch, because I wasn’t sure what to sketch and while looking at the time, I was suddenly inspired. I guess someday I’ll have drawn just about anything you can imagine and will seek more interesting subjects, but today, I’m still quite easily amused.

Philippe gave me this watch as a present on our first Christmas together. When we were in Paris earlier in that year, I was eyeing a watch like this while we were passing a Swatch store. I had never really thought about owning a watch by this brand as I didn’t think they made anything that wasn’t the color of fruit.

Later that year, I was thrilled when I received one from Philippe! It had exposed clockwork, which has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why, but the idea of that many tiny gears coming together to make something function amazes me. And it had the perfect band as I can only wear fabric or leather, since my wrists are roughly the size of an eight year old girl’s.

And not only does it have clockwork showing it actually is a completely mechanical watch, powered only by movement. On me, this means it always runs about five minutes fast. Also, each month you have to reset it in order to get the date to display properly. I’m too lazy to bother with this so when anyone asks me the date on the street, they walk away roughly three days earlier.

When I received this watch, for all I knew, this was going to be my only reminder of my time with Philippe. We were always running out of time back then. Being together was like looking at the ocean for the last time on a beach you’ve visited for the first time. You make a silent wish that you’ll be back, but in the end, you just never know for sure if that wish will come true.

Today, with all the hours and minutes ticking away, it never feels like I can get everything done. But whenever I feel like I’m not accomplishing the things that I want fast enough, I just look at this little reminder on my wrist and stop worrying. Things always work out, and there’s no need to rush. I’ve got time.

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  1. Jodi 7 years ago

    Awh…. what a sweet little teaser story….. leave us waiting for more you little stinker 🙂 That doodlewash is amazing! You blow me away with the beautiful art you create out of such ordinary things! The detail! Yowsers! Oh Charlie O! You are extraordinary!

    • Author

      You’re trying to make me blush on purpose now!! 😊😊Thanks Jodi!! It was actually more fun than I thought to doodlewash a watch!! But ironically …the story was a bit shorter because I ran out of time! lol

  2. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Beautifully rendered watch and lovely story, Charlie. I’m so happy our wonderful technology allows us to zoom in and see all of the details.

  3. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Terrific sketch and good story. I’ve always wanted a groovy watch like that, but I’m hard on them, banging them hither and thither.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk!! Im not better with mine…I really shouldn’t own nice things. When I went to sketch this one, I thought I had really scratched the glass somehow. Thankfully it was just white gouache 😊😊

      • kirkistan 7 years ago

        I am constantly scratching my cheapo watches.

        • Author

          My only other watch is a Mickey Mouse watch I got for a steal on eBay, but I’m afraid to wear it much because I’ll scratch it! Lol

  4. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Your painting looks so real I want to reach in and wind it up! 😀 I love that Philippe noticed you looking at those watches and bought one for you! My hubby wouldn’t be quite as observant. 😉 Great story, as always!

    • Author

      Thanks Teresa! ❤️😃 I would be the unobservant one when it comes to things like that. I always rely on Philippe when it comes to gift suggestions for others as well! Hehe 😊

  5. chronicle0545 7 years ago

    Reblogged this on chronicle0545.

  6. Jacob 7 years ago

    I love it – the lighting on the frame is exquisite, and then there’s all the detail in the face… clever sod, Charlie! Sweet stuff.

    A pretty enviable beast it is, too – I’ve never trusted myself with a timepiece like that, and I certainly haven’t had one bought for me! I used to have so many watches, but where they’ve all gone I couldn’t tell you. I feel this likely vindicates my lack of self trust!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Jacob! This was really fun to doodlewash, but the details almost drove me mad! 😳lol Glad you liked it! And you should treat yourself to one…I’m sure you’d look smashing in it! 😉👍🏻

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        Ha, I wish. Fingers crossed, Santa brings me one to lose after a few months!

  7. Kari 7 years ago

    Wow on the doodlewash! Metal to me is so difficult with watercolors and you did it so well!! And the sentiment behind the art makes it so very special!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kari!! ❤️😃 I was scared of doing metal, but Philippe always just says “paint what you see” When I did that and stopped trying to make it actually look like metal, it all worked out better! Hehe

      • Kari 7 years ago

        That’s the hardest to do.. Paint what you see.. My brain often tricks me into thinking I see certain things.. I think your brain works better than mine.. Lol. 😜

        • Author

          Not at all! Lol… I just learned to turn mine off to paint. It’s so weird too, because when I do that it feels like I’m doing everything wrong and then I step back and think…cool…that looks kinda right! 😉

  8. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Time is precious! So happy you and Philippe appreciate the time you have together. ❤️ Wonderful story and awesome Doodlewash Charlie! 😊🎨🌟💖🌟🌈

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill!! ❤️😃 It’s been a long journey, but so happy where it ended up! And I got this cool watch!! Lol Glad you liked this doodlewash friend!

  9. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Beautiful story, it melts the heart…in a good way. Love your painting, particularly how you did the inner portion of the band, really gives a personal feel with the fine rendering. Now, as for watches “the color of fruit”, you say this like it’s a bad thing…lol (I loved those ‘fruity’ watches back in the day)…Peace to you both.

    • Author

      Haha…it’s not a bad thing if that’s what you’re into. I was probably just too lazy to attempt to coordinate my clothes with a fruit-colored object on my wrist. 😊 Thanks Haunani!! ❤️😃So happy you liked this one!

  10. amaryllislog 7 years ago

    A swatch is one thing but a swatch from Paris is a whole wonderful thing and then painted! Lots of love for this one Charlie!

    • Author

      Awww thank you Cathe!! ❤️😃 I almost forgot to add it to this series…that would have been a huge miss! The month is almost up! 😊

  11. Really really good! Tag swatch on your Instagram. I bet they’d love to use it!

  12. A lovely painting and a really special story. Lovely post!

  13. Snehal Kank 7 years ago

    Wooow such a nice gift so your illustration too 😍.
    Well said Charlie “Things always workout, and there’s no need to rush. I’ve got time” 👍🏼👍🏼

  14. Catherine Johnson 7 years ago

    That’s a really great doodlewash and story. All my watch stories are about losing them lol.

    • Author

      Lol… weirdly I’ve never actually lost one, which surprises me, because I lose everything else. 😊Thanks Catherine! I’m glad you liked this one! ❤️😃

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    Very cool, Charlie.

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