After a day of working on my website yesterday and feeling pretty bullish today that everything was moving forward according to plan, things started to unravel. Apparently, there’s an issue on the backend that can’t quite be figured out so the only solution offered to me is to change everything back again and start from scratch. Working with support left me with almost zero time to paint and I nearly thought about skipping tonight, but then I thought again. I’m not going to let little mishaps hold me back! I’m going to forge ahead and keep on doing what I do. I’ve got big dreams that I’m bound and determined to see them happen! So, although I feel a bit sad and disappointed this evening, I know that things will somehow work out in the end. They’ll be just peachy soon and so that’s my response to our prompt of “fuzzy” today, albeit scrawled rather quickly through tears of frustration. I’m not sure if it’s quite fuzzy enough. I probably should have gone with bunny, but at least I made something in spite of it all and that always feels great!
In truth, I’m exhausted as I think I might have taken on more than my website creation abilities might allow. I’m really just an illustrator and creative guy. But, I figure, I’m also a smart guy and so I should be able to get everything figured out. Thanks in advance for your patience as I attempt to put everything back into its lovely place. It’s really not much different from when I was a kid. I would eagerly charge after things and try to do something only to realize that I probably lacked many of the skills needed in order to be truly successful. But the cool thing is, that as you muck something up or things muck up through no fault of your own, you always learn a lot in the process. That’s actually a really key aspect of learning. People talk about a “learning process” and its usually just a nice way to say that change can really suck sometimes, but you could actually be better off on the flip side. This evening, I’m just happy to be taking a break shortly and attacking all challenges with gusto in tomorrow. Everything has a solution. We just have to find it.
I would be remiss to mention that peach cobbler is one of my favorite dishes and that my birthday in April is actually National Peach Cobbler Day. Actually, I’m not sure why that’s particularly important at the moment, but now I’ve got this incredibly strong craving for cobbler. Philippe made cherry pie this weekend and we’ve already devoured it, so I’m left without a sweet treat this evening. It would seem on the surface that nothing is quite working out, but on further inspection, I’m still my usual optimistic self. I’m quite confident that it will all get sorted and things will be humming along brilliantly. But damn, I really do wish I had a dessert right now. And why doesn’t my spell check recognize the word “dessert”? Is it trying to tell me something? Is there ice cream in the freezer? I never want to check for fear of being disappointed. Oh well, it’s now already quite late, probably the latest post I’ve ever made. But, at least in spite of everything, I managed to make one, and well, that’s just peachy!
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M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Peach cobbler sounds delish, Charlie! 🍑 I always say about computers, you love ’em and hate ’em at the same time! 😖 Sorry to hear you had troubles but your painting turned out wonderful as always, friend! 🎨👍
Thanks so much, Jill!!! 😃💕 And yeah…it’s always a great time for peach cobbler right?? hehe I think everything has been sorted now and running smoothly! Well, except for the fact that I still don’t have any peach cobbler. 😊
Peachy keen Charlie!! 💕🍑😊
Peaches…my favorite fruit (especially from GA and SC) and I love, love, love peach cobbler and peach crumble, and peach ice cream. Shoot!! Now I have to wait until summer again.
Yay, Kaye!! ooooooooo you’ve got me wanting peach cobbler again now!! hehe 😊
Sending you hugs in this time of sucky/ great learning and transition
Thanks so much, Suzala! 😃💕 Learning is always a great thing! I’m not becoming a pro by any means, but I impressed myself today by making most things work like I wanted! Lol
So sorry you’re have your day in the pickle barrel, Charlie. Here’s a hug from a nana and a good thought for tomorrow. <3
Awww… a hug from a nana is the BEST thing in the world!! 😃💕 I can’t thank you enough, Susan!!
Its amazing, I love your painting.. 🙂
Aww thanks, so much, Kiran! 😃💕
Pleasure Sir. 😍😊
If every learning curve ended with peaches, lots more people would set out to learn something. Your painting is beautiful – I nearly tried to scrape the peaches off the computer for a taste. So with this new format you’re setting up, does it include scratch and sniff? I’ve always wanted that for this site.
Oh my gosh!! Scratch and sniff would be amazing!! See? there you go again making me think of even crazier ideas!! Lol Love it!! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕
Almost Italian has peaches on her mind today too, the flat donut-shaped kind which I adore. Yours are just as delish looking. As a midnight snack, some green tea with matcha powder and wafer could hit the spot for you! 😋
Thanks, Janina! 😃💕Yum!! I want all of that RIGHT NOW!! hehe… that sounds delicous!
Pretty perfect peaches! Even I love them, so that must speak volumes for how good they are. Sorry to hear about the technical gremlins, but yay for doodlewash therapy!
Haha, I can totally imagine you being afraid to check the freezer for ice cream levels. (rolls eyes) Oh, Charlie. I hope you got your just desserts! 😉
haha… don’t you dare start it with ice cream thing… it’s perfectly weird that you don’t engage in such frivolity! 😉 But much love of course for your support… hehe… things are now moving along wonderfully!! 😃💕
Thanks so much, Charlie! Thanks for trying something new, thanks for the encouraging words that remind us that things don’t always work on the first try, and thanks for a wonderful peachy and fuzzy doodlewash despite the late hour.
Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Things are working out now! Just takes time and a crazy amount of optimism! hehe … yeah… posts are a bit late lately, but hopefully things will be back to normal soon!
There’s nothing more opposite of watercolor than website woes – thanks for doing all that! I love your blog! PS – one question – do you ink and then paint? Or sketch in your details after you paint?
Thanks so much, Lydia! 😃💕 Yeah, things have been a bit bumpy lately as I role out some new features on the site! As for your question, I always start with an ink sketch and then dive in with painting.