The Tortoise And The Hare

Tortoise And The Hare Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Turtle” today, since my mind has been on bunnies, I first thought about the story of the tortoise and the hare. So, we have a quick little doodle of the moment after the hare wakes up and the tortoise is triumphant. This is one of my favorite little tales. The cocky hare challenges a tortoise to a race, decides to really show him up by taking a nap along the way, while the tortoise continues on slowly, step by step. By the time the hare wakes up and realizes the tortoise is ahead, he can’t catch up and loses the race. I also like this story because I had the starring role of the tortoise in kindergarten. Indeed, I’ve approached my life in both ways, both like the quick to act hare and the slow and steady tortoise. For my art journey, I’m the tortoise all the way! I’ve taken a steady daily approach that means I’ll one day win this race. I’ll ever so slowly, but surely, improve and so I can illustrate like I’ve always wanted to, ever since my acting debut as a turtle all those years ago.

Though I have to admit that the hare in me sometimes gets very impatient with things. Especially when it comes to being able to DO the things that I want to do in my art. And even after I learn how to do something, especially when it comes to watercolor, I struggle doing it the next day. Or, like today, I simply didn’t have any time at all so I felt a bit rushed. But, the cool thing? It really doesn’t matter. I still get that rush each and every time I sit down to sketch stuff. It’s a joy! And each little sketch isn’t the race itself, it’s just one little tortoise step along the way. Once I realized this, everything got a lot more fun. I can play and do whatever I like with little daily steps. So, in case you haven’t noticed, my inner child is in full control this month. I’m making little scenes and I’m doing them in a few different styles to see which I enjoy most.

Time, however, is not my friend and I don’t have much of it lately. So, I’m typing this extra fast as well as I need to have it finished before dinner. Philippe is making something delicious that I can only just now smell and it’s helping me along. I’m like my dog Phineas when it comes to food. I’m always up for a treat! Indeed, Phineas is up for more treats than his fair share lately. He’s been rolling his treat ball that we got him, in order to slow him down, across the floor for the past few minutes. This, and a little show starting in the background is pretty much every night in my house. And, part of the reason I don’t have time is that I always make time for my little family. I could sketch and write into the wee hours of the morning, but I choose to spend my time with them instead. That crazy little dog and my amazing husband. It’s a beautiful evening each and every time. So, I’m not going to rushing through life. I’m quite happy being the tortoise, not the hare.

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  1. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I’ve pulled way back from the amount of time that I spend on the internet, and while I obviously miss some things, I was finding that I wasn’t really interacting with people. It was almost the opposite problem from the hare’s. I was hopping around so fast just trying to say hello to everyone, everywhere that I didn’t have time for much else. I’m enjoying the slower pace. I will speed back up a bit, but I’m going to try and avoid getting into the fast lane again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      A slower pace is a wonderful thing indeed! I go through phases of jumping around and just hiding for a bit to rest up! The fast lane is not all it’s cracked up to be! 😉 💕

  2. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Lovely painting and I love that fable as well. I try to be slow and steady now..Glad that I am out of the work I tend to take things a bit slower now..And I think that is more important to be slow and steady than rushing around and still getting very little accomplished….A lot to be said for that dear old tortoise….Great words and work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for taking life steady and slow! Glad you enjoyed this!

  3. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful post, Charlie!!

  4. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fabulous Charlie! Retirement helps with the pace of life. I do keep very busy every day but I don’t fret about what I don’t get done. There is always tomorrow and I keep my commitments to a manageable level which allows me to set a pace that is comfortable.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 That sounds like the perfect way to live indeed!

  5. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto

  6. Lisa 2 years ago

    This is great. I like that tale too.

  7. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting, Charlie! So lovely! I think the pandemic has helped people slow down and enjoy what’s important. 😊 I emailed you my message again. 😊 Phineas sounds crazy fun. I love dogs like that. Monster did get grouchy as he got older. Grouchy or just spoiled and entitled? Haha Haha

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I think we’re all learning to take things much more slowly now. It’s probably a great thing. Phineas is crazy fun… but yeah, gets a little grouchy and spoiled as he ages! hehe

  8. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Wow! Look at all of that. So incredible! I work better under pressure when it comes to a project, even though I don’t like it. I think for those of us with wandering minds, it’s good. It keeps us focused. I have been wandering a lot on projects. Yesterday, I made myself sit down and finish one of the many classes I signed up for. I finished all the online part, and only have some embellishing to do on the final project. Felt great! The pressure of me maybe going back to work got me a little motivated too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, me too! I like a little pressure or a deadline. Otherwise, I’ll just keep wandering forever! hehe

  9. Cathy France 2 years ago

    Bonjour, je ne sais si nous parlons du même conte ? écrit par Monsieur Jean de la Fontaine qui était français – sa ville natale est dans le département de l’Aisne – la ville se nomme = Château Thierry, se visite la maison natale du grand écrivain Jean de la Fontaine, et chaque année – vers mi juin il y a une fête dans les rues – avec des chars décorés – sur le thème d’une “fable” de lui – tous y participent les enfants aux plus âgés – allez voir sur internet, vous trouverez – étonnante transformation actuelle dans vos dessins

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 I’m quite sure Monsieur Jean de la Fontaine could have done something with this story, though I’m not familiar with it. This one is from Aesop’s fables which is from ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. It’s been told and retold forever so it’s a marvelous tale indeed! So thrilled you’re enjoying my recent drawings and I’ll definitely check that author out!

  10. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Another wonderful doodlewash and I really am awed at the texture on the tortoise’s legs and shell. I didn’t understand one thing though – why do you still feel like you haven’t won at watercolors????? WWM is proof that your daily steps have taken you well beyond the finish line long ago. 🙂 And I totally agree that delicious smells from the kitchen can be the best motivation for getting something done on time. I hope you always have these loving beautiful moments with your family.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… I personally have so much more to win when it comes to art… but yes, WWM and this site has made me feel a little like a winner. It’s so wonderful to have so many artists come together in a space I made! Here’s to many more wonderful moments with friends and family!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    What a wonderful application of the story of The Tortoise and the Hare to your life, Charlie. It’s good to know yourself, your strength and limitations, to better develop mastery of your skills. Again, I love reading the line, “I had no time to paint today.” Ha! Can’t prove it by this painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I have to admit that I tend to like my “more time” paintings better, but my no time paintings are turning out better than they used to so yay! Slow and steady progress! 😉

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