Wearing Too Many Hats

Day 23 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Wearing Many Hats Orange and Blue Summer Hat - #doodlewash

Since I rarely wear hats at any time of the year, even when it’s horribly cold in winter and I should, I was stumped on what to make for today’s prompt. When Philippe first arrived from Paris, he was astounded and confused by the number of people wearing baseball caps. I remember him asking why people would wear those around the street if they weren’t actually playing baseball. To him, it was no different from walking around wearing a bicycle helmet with no immediate plans to actually ride a bike. Come to think of it, it sort of does seem a bit odd, but that has never stopped popular American clothing trends. For a time, everyone was wearing bucket hats, like the one pictured here in a 2-color doodlewash, that could make a rugged man look like he’s a true adventurer. But, unfortunately, it made someone like me look more like the namesake of the American sitcom, Gilligan’s Island. Hats just fail to ever make me look cool, so I tend to avoid wearing them whenever possible.

There was a time when I would occasionally dawn a cap, (as illustrated almost a couple years ago by yesterday’s guest, Jenny Kroik). But I realized that as each year passed, they just made me look older so I wasn’t a fan anymore. I quickly went from silly newsboy to that old man who uses rolled up newspapers to swat flies. So, these days you’ll find me hat-free and simply ducking into the shade whenever humanly possible. Well, actually that’s not true as I wear several metaphorical hats during the day while attempting to do far too many things at once. I’m quickly writing this post at a feverish pace because I have to head out the door shortly to dawn one of the most important hats of all. The friend hat. We’re heading to dinner with friends soon and since we rarely do so, it’s quite a big occasion. I won’t be wearing an actual hat, of course, though a glance in the mirror at my remarkably disheveled self tells me I should reconsider.

I look a bit tired and should probably spend the evening resting up, but that just never sounds like fun. Sure, I’ve been going at a breakneck pace these last several weeks, but I’m having a blast! Thanks to all of you who’ve logged in and tried out the new Doodlewash Club. Your troubleshooting and suggestions are so incredibly helpful. I love that we’re building this thing together and because of that, it’s going to be something amazing! Turns out the friend hat is a pretty awesome thing to wear as it’s just not possible to do some things alone. Sometimes you need a lot of friends to help make an idea truly come to life. And in just one week, I’ll join friends from all over the globe in celebrating World Watercolor Month so I’m currently thrilled beyond belief! I guess, despite what they say, whoever “they” are, really good things can happen when you find yourself wearing too many hats.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Orange and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 23 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Wearing Many Hats Orange and Blue Summer Hat - #doodlewash

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25 Comments
  1. Jacob 7 months ago

    I doff my hat to thee 😉 I actually tried on a hat very similar to this just last night. It’s quite something for me to look more of a prat, but I think managed it! I should have accepted by now that me and hats just don’t work!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      LOL… yeah… hats and I don’t really get along very well either. I’m always impressed when someone looks good in them. Also a bit jealous! hehe 😊

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 months ago

    Hats off to you, Charlie, for all your accomplishments, and maybe hat on to protect you from the summer sun. The one you painted would do a fine job.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it would probably do nicely, but alas, I just look too ridiculous in it to try!

  3. zuzala 7 months ago

    I love wearing hats. My head is small so berets are usually my choice. A fedora on rare occassion. But in the summer because of my obsession with maintaining my” dead whales belly palor” and total fear of skin cancer, i shelter my face under parasol sized hats that offer protection fron uva/b rays. I look like a russian grandmother circa 1930 that heard beachwear was the same as winter wear minus a woolen vest. Persist I shall I tell my friends. And when weare all 90 you will look 110 and i will have the skin of a 70 year old beached whale.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! so true!! And I kind of want to see pics of your 1930’s russian grandmother get up. That sounds awesome!! 😉💕

  4. Patricia Mellett Brown 7 months ago

    My house is full of hats 😀 I love them !

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Yay! Brilliant! And I’m sure you look beautiful in them, Patricia! 😃💕

  5. Tom 7 months ago

    I don’t usually wear a hat, Charlie. OK, I never wear a hat as I look silly in them… even baseball caps. I think I have the wrong shaped head.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! I feel the same! It’s like I must be horrible misshapen or something because hats just never look right on me! 😊

  6. memadtwo 7 months ago

    I’m in awe of all the hats you wear so well, Charlie! And friend is definitely an important one. (K)
    PS did you know that you can no longer make comments on your post when viewing it in the Reader? It’s happened to a few blogs–in my Reader anyway–so if I don’t comment so often, that’s why. I don’t always have time to also go to the blog itself…but I’m still reading and enjoying!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Ugh… yeah… I did see that… I’m surprised that Likes still work, as it seems like I’m half in and half out of the WordPress community with all the updates. I’ll have to check into that to see if it’s an error on my end or a side effect of moving to the upgraded plan. But so glad you can at least see my posts! I’ve been a little slow on visiting other blogs lately, but hope to get back into the habit once I get all these crazy new features worked out on my site. 😊Thanks my friend!!

      • memadtwo 7 months ago

        It’s happened to a few blogs…I think it’s just another WordPress bug.
        Visit when you have the chance…the personal comes first, always!

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          Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

          Yeah, I’ll check in with them. And yes! I’ll be back to visiting very soon! This recent set of crazy new features was tougher than I thought. (but I’m rather happy to confirm I’m truly an artist… It would be cool to be a programmer, but I’m sooooo not that! hehe)

          • memadtwo 7 months ago

            I just had to get my daughter to set up my new printer! I am totally inept at the digital world…

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            Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

            I’m learning that I’m not quite as savvy as I hoped, but managing to get most things working better than I thought, so I guess that’s good! I checked in with WordPress and the comment thing is a known bug they say they’re fixing, but haven’t given a timeframe on when it will be fixed.

          • memadtwo 7 months ago

            At least they are aware of the problem…that’s a start!

  7. Kaye Boggs 7 months ago

    You inspired me to donate in spite of your hat.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Awww yay!! hehe… however it works! 😉 Thanks so much, Kaye! 💕

  8. jmnowak 7 months ago

    I look silly in hats. Love the doodle!
    PS: The type of video you use can’t be viewed on my Win10 fone. I’ve come across this elsewhere.

  9. jmnowak 7 months ago

    The YouTube trailer works great and is very catchy! Also NB: The Recently Active Members — those without a gravatar image kinda makes it look like bots have been signing up! 🎈

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks, Janina! 😃💕 Yay! Glad that version worked for you! Thanks for the heads up! hehe… yeah, sometimes people’s privacy settings can block their avatar from other social networks. Hopefully they’ll change it to a new one!

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