Urban Picnic

Day 19 - Urban Picnic - Salt and Pepper - Urban Sketching - Doodlewash

Between yesterday and today, I’ve been traveling for work and have been in 5 planes and 2 rental cars, finally landing in SoCal for the next few days. With such a crazy schedule, finding time to paint was rather challenging, so I opted for some quick urban sketching. Philippe and I stopped to have a salad before racing to board the last plane to Santa Ana and these shiny salt and pepper shakers caught my eye. This wasn’t the type of picnic I enjoyed as a child, but as an adult it seems to be the more common. The weather is lovely here compared to the cooler temperatures I left behind, so it still felt like a lovely picnic indeed! As a kid, the food would have most likely been a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but tonight it was simply salad and a glass of wine. I’m thrilled that we’ve finally ended up in the same place for a few nights now so that was something worth celebrating. Next, I’ll be racing off to bed and hopefully have a little chance to sleep in tomorrow.

While I do love traveling, getting there can often be exhausting and disorienting. I’m still a bit jet lagged and not even sure what time it is, but this post is probably appearing at a time when most of you are sleeping. I hope you’re having sweet dreams and I hope to do the same shortly! I’m probably crazy to even attempt to make a post, but I’m always determined to show up for the challenge, no matter what. This is the habit that has turned into a full on addiction. But it always feels so wonderful when I sneak in that little bit of time to sketch and paint. That said, writing a full post is probably a bit too ambitious considering I’m about to fall asleep, so I’ll cut this short, meet you here again tomorrow, and leave you with this little sketch of my urban picnic.

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 Day 19 - Urban Picnic - Salt and Pepper - Urban Sketching - Doodlewash
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34 Comments
  1. SnehLata Maheshwari 6 months ago

    Daily post nart is an adiction of course .pretty well n here 11 .30 .A M. Friday’. N u be in good night sweet dreams.
    Don’t worry about the things n do enjoy.
    Thanks lie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 That makes me so happy that you enjoy these posts, Snehlata! They are coming at odd times these days, but I’m still hoping to make them! 😉

  2. travelingmommy 6 months ago

    You’re in my neck of rhe woods, Charlie! Greetings from Huntington Beach!

  3. Rod Fletcher 6 months ago

    Sleep well

  4. Lisa 6 months ago

    A a wonderful few days of vacation and warm weather!

  5. Sharon Nolfi 6 months ago

    Welcome to Pacific Daylight Time! Great job on the salt and pepper shakers.

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 months ago

    You’re in Santa Ana? You are fifteen miles from my house! Great job on the salt and pepper shakers – they are ubiquitous. I love that you got the dented caps and all the reflected colors. Even on the fly, you do a great job, Charlie.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I’ve since moved to San Clemente… hehe… well traveled there that is. I’m not living here… yet! It’s lovely!!

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 months ago

        This is a pretty time of year in So Cal, especially at the beach. We were at Laguna Beach a few weeks ago, my granddaughter having a great time playing in the freezing surf while dolphins leaped past. If you’re still in San Clemente, eat at Sonny’s, a wonderful family owned Italian restaurant – 429 North El Camino Real. Also plenty of bars and bistros along Del Mar. And you must walk out to the pier where if you look back toward the north end of the city, you can see the condo my parents owned. Stick around for the 4th of July to see a fabulous fireworks show off the end of the pier.

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          Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

          Oh wow! The fireworks would be awesome! We actually ended up at a little bistro called Vine Restaurant & Bar which was fabulous. Portions were surprisingly large though so we didn’t have room for dessert! 😥

  7. smzang 6 months ago

    I have just awakened, and thanks to your art and your article,
    I’m in a picnic frame of mind.

  8. Mary Roff 6 months ago

    Enjoy those warm temps and a little time off. Nice salt and pepper shakers!

  9. Pamela Smith 6 months ago

    Traveling usually is exhausting,,glad that you have arrived safe,lovely painting.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so Pamela! 😃💕 Yeah.. so good to be in one place for a little while! hehe

  10. Delores Azary 6 months ago

    You have been busy!! Sometimes it is fun to just paint the every day simple things in life! Hope you get a chance to catch your breath!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks, Delores! 😃💕 Yep… super busy, but finally to the weekend and a little time to relax!

  11. Jan Williams 6 months ago

    Love this quick sketches they seem to get the feel of the items that would never appear in a photo.

  12. Sandra Strait 6 months ago

    Love the salt and pepper shakers! Hope you find some time to just have fun!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 I’m in fun mode now as work is done so yay!!

  13. zebrakat 6 months ago

    Love the painting, yu make it look so easy, if only.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Aww thanks! 😃💕 It gets easier and easier now that I’ve been practicing every single day. So happy you liked this!

  14. Jeanne McBrayer 6 months ago

    Love the shiny shakers!

  15. Ellen 6 months ago

    You are definitely the “salt of the earth” with a dash of pepper that provides the zing! Your Doodlewash and thoughts are enchanting. Thank-you!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      That’s such an awesome compliment!! Thank you so much, Ellen! 😃💕

  16. June Hadaway 6 months ago

    I love the shakers. Funny, I remember the tops being not so straight, looking a bit bent and used. You captured that perfectly along with the wonderful shine. I hope with all the business you are doing in California you will
    still enjoy the nice weather and do something fun on your off hours too. Have a safe trip.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 I know, they are always dented, which gives them character. That’s what caught my eye even more than the shiny! (which is saying a lot! lol). And yes! built some time in for just fun while I’m here!

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