Twists And Turns

Cat In Tree Twisted Branches Perspective Watercolor Palette Illustration

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt of “Twisted,” my mind first went to the gnarled branches of a tree. I wanted to try an unusual angle as I always loved climbing trees as a kid. It was fun to find different paths through the trees, though I could never climb very high. This is likely a good thing as I’m a bit clumsy and I would have likely fallen out. And, unlike a cat, there would be no guarantees that I would land on my feet. The tree in the front yard of the house I grew up in had a couple large branches that I could venture out onto and get a bird’s eye view of the world. And I also just loved staring into the branches themselves and tracing the lines with my eyes. It was fun to imagine being able to climb to the outermost branches, following each twist along the way. I also enjoyed paths like this on the ground as well. I always dreamed that there would be some kind of adventure waiting for me around the corner.

These days, I still hope for adventure each and every day. I think life is always at its best when it comes with the promise of adventure. Or, at the very least some fun little new thing that happens. It’s doesn’t have to be anything major, just something I didn’t expect. Of the positive and happy variety, of course. Indeed, that often happens just in the pages of my sketchbook. I didn’t know what I would make for today, and then found myself up a tree, so to speak. That’s equally one of the wonderful aspects of my olympic-level lack of planning. I just jump in and see what happens. Indeed, if I’d thought about this one I would have deemed it too complex to attempt, but when I don’t think too much things always seem to work themselves out somehow. Though, the result varies greatly, it’s always fun to play and try something that I’ve not yet tried.

It’s the end of a Monday work day and that always feels like a bit of a victory, simply because it’s hard to shake off the weekend. Philippe and I are having our usual evening of nothing special that always manages to still feel a bit special anyway. Our dog Phineas is playing with his “brain toys,” which are complex little games with treats inside. It was the only way we could get him to not simply beg for treats all evening. And, he’s a smart little dog who needs to keep his mind busy all of the time. I think he and I share this in common. I love finding new challenges and new things to try next. And when I find something new that’s big and takes some time to figure out, then I’m thrilled for days on end. Things like that are a bit more rare, but when they happen it’s truly amazing. It’s not possible to have that all of the time, but I have to admit that I often love life’s little twists and turns.

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34 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 2 months ago

    Fantastic Charlie and great angle! We had big old elm trees in our town which were fantastic to climb. So sorry that they all had to be cut down. Good memories remain!

  2. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 months ago

    wowza!!! Love this so much so fun and whimsical Charlie!!!! Happy week!!! 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  3. Hninn Hninn 2 months ago

    Wow…amazing….
    It is nice view! Nice angle!

  4. Susan Feniak 2 months ago

    Love the prospective in this one Charlie. Awesome 🎨

  5. Zertab Quaderi 2 months ago

    Super perspective done so well!

  6. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I’m much the same way about finding something new. In fact, generally once I have something really figured out and am getting good at it – I’m bored with it and looking the next new up and coming thing!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      I’m the same way!! 😃💕 Thankfully, I’ve still not quite figured out sketching stuff, so it always brings me back! hehe

  7. Lisa 2 months ago

    I was a tree climber too when I was younger. We had a box elder on the edge of the woods by our house, and it was an easy climb. The tricky part was the step from the elder to the giant oak next to it. I mainly chickened out, but every once in a while I’d make the leap and feel quite brave for a few days, until I had to do it again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww that lovely feeling of bravery! That sounds so fun! 😃💕

  8. Marisela Delgado 2 months ago

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! So beautiful, Charlie! I never climbed trees. Too risky for chubby kids. Okay, THIS chubby kid was too scared. haha haha This painting blew me away! 😀 Please, oh, please paint Phineas!

  9. Marisela Delgado 2 months ago

    Forgot….my beagle named Monster was bilingual! haha

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww that’s awesome! Phineas is bilingual as well… with French! 😉

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    This Doodlewash is fabulous! Whimsical and adventurous! A perfect book illustration – for when you write that storybook one day. .

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww so happy you think so! I’m trying to practice storybook illustration more when I can!

  11. Gary Middleton 2 months ago

    Great doodle,Charlie. I used to climb apple trees in an orchsrd. There was one I couldn’t climb because i couldn’t reach the lowest branch. It was like a measure of me growing,because eventually I could climb it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww that’s so cool! I remember those moments when everything came into reach!

  12. Mugdha 2 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I can’t stop loving and admiring your unique perspective for the things that seem the most obvious! Thats surely a magic tree. No matter which branch the cat chooses, it seems like when she walks to the end, she’ll jump into a magical world. She can jump into a different world everyday and have a new adventure! Thanks so much for this. 🙂

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  13. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Love this, Charlie! Looks like a wonderful adventure.

  14. LoriCtoo 2 months ago

    I love, love, love this! So cool! I didn’t have time to sketch in the morning yesterday, so I panicked last night. My sketch shows it. At least it got done! I need to see if they make those treat toys for cats. My cats begs for dinner for an hour every afternoon. I can’t wait until we change clocks again! Tee hee!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, so true on the time change! Phineas is up before we are in the mornings, which is not at all the same in the fall and winter! hehe

  15. shawnthompsonart 2 months ago

    Nice painting, it looks like that cat has a lot of places to go.

  16. Priscilla DeConti 2 months ago

    Being a city girl we didn’t have many trees..but I loved going to the parks and beaches for outings to see nature in its finest..Fond memories…thanks again for a lovely painting and lovely words!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 Glad this one brought back good memories!

  17. Viki Banaszak 2 months ago

    This is awesome!

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