When Hearts Come Together

Bleeding Hearts Watercolor Illustration - Doodlewash

There’s nothing more powerful in the world than love. Not simply romantic love, but so many other different kinds of love as well. Like the kind we share with friends and family. The kind that bonds us together in that way that only poets can ever articulate properly. And then there’s a seemingly simple idea of love. Simply loving to do something, like making a bit of art each day. But, when it grows into a passion, it becomes a wondrous thing indeed. An act of the heart. And finding others who share that same passion is one of the greatest gifts I’ve experienced on my art journey. We all share a beautiful bond, made stronger when we come together to share what we create and what we’ve learned along the way. And there are many people who’ve come before us that we admire, though they’re no longer with us today. That bond is a connection of the heart that makes us stronger. And each of those hearts that have come before us are still with us today in spirit. I know that my own journey is just a small part of a much bigger picture. Life is like an oil painting, that never quite dries. Its artist is continually making changes along the way, and we’re all part of this same painting. A riot of colors, shapes, and lines that seem so different in appearance, but form something magnificent when love appears to connect it all.

When I was younger, love was often something that caused confusion. There was that certain quest to find the person I would share my life with and several heartbreaks along the way. Feeling love for someone else seemed to make the world spin in a chaotic way that posed more questions than it answered. As I grew older, I learned that the opposite is true. Love brings things into sharp focus, and we can finally see the world clearly. Not that I’d ever want to go through the woes of dating again with this knowledge. It’s nice to know that I’m with my perfect match and can simply enjoy things. Yes, of course, I mean Philippe when it comes to romance, but I’ve also had the joy of finding a type of art that I love as well. Sure, it’s just making coloring book pages each day and coloring them in with watercolor, but that brings me endless joy! So, I know it’s the right match for me. And I’ve also come to learn that approaching it all like a child might has made life and art so much more fun. There’s always joy in my heart and that’s the most exciting feeling I can ever hope to have.

Though I don’t have many people in my life that I see in person on a regular basis, I love knowing that I have them as well. And I adore the memories of people who shaped my life before, but are no longer living. Those memories will keep them alive in my soul until I too have passed, hopefully leaving memories for others to enjoy as well. Finally, I know in my heart that I couldn’t have made this current journey without all of you. It’s wonderful to connect through our shared interests of painting, sketching, writing, and just life in general. I hope to keep making things for years to come and continue to connect with others who make things as well. It sounds like such a silly and simple goal, but I know it’s all I need to make me happy. Perhaps that’s the real wisdom I’ve gained as I get older. Being happy takes very few things to accomplish, they just have to be the right things. Discovering what truly makes me happy has been the best side effect of this wild and winding art journey. Though I once thought joy came in a long list of things to acquire or achieve, I now realize it’s just one thing, after all. That singularly thrilling and joyous moment, when hearts come together.

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Day 27 - Bleeding Hearts Watercolor Illustration_IG


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  1. Karen Fortier 4 years ago

    Very beautiful.

  2. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    The best post yet…and the flowers are beautiful!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this one!

  3. J.S - WEW 4 years ago

    Love has so many kinds. Respect, good relation, help, cooperation, coordination, kindness and goodwill are also some examples of love. If I take a closer View of your painting, then it looks like a “Lovely Heart Surgery” of different kinds of Love. Nice idea of painting.

  4. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    And I love visiting this site. Not just to share my art, but seeing what others have done and sharing their joy in having done it. And, of course, I love reading your rambles!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I’m so happy to know you still enjoy reading my rambles! hehe No idea what will come out each day still.

  5. Lisa 4 years ago

    Love is a funny thing. It makes the world go round, no doubt. But the word itself gets bandied around an awful lot by people who really mean they are thankful for someone. Maybe my definition of love is too narrow. Still, when some celebrity says that she loves all her fans, I think she means she is grateful for them and happy that they are willing to buy tickets to see her work. This isn’t a bad thing, just more precise. On the other hand I do love individuals who I have never met. They have touched me in some way and my love for them soars.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      I agree, Lisa! 😃💕 I think there’s a fine line between grateful and love… but when people share something they made or a story they remembered…something they came from their soul, I always feel closer to them! That’s been the most amazing part of my art journey!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Especially beautiful and inspiring words today!

  7. smzang 4 years ago

    … an absolutely super Memorial Day post.
    From beginning to end it demonstrates what love really is.

    The Bleeding Hearts are beautiful. They look so real.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Love these flowers… they’re so beautiful!

  8. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    Bleeding hearts are one of my favorite flowers! They are just so fascinating to disect and see what they are made up of. And of course you can turn them into dancing ladies when disecting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yay to that, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I love these flowers…. so interesting and intricate. Like a mystery waiting to unfold!

  9. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 years ago

    Super gorgeous flowers Charlie!!!! Thanks for the love post as well. As the Beatles sang… “All you need is love” I feel so fortunate for the many ways it has come into my life. One of them is community which comes in so many ways. Thanks to one of them The sketchbook revival I found this one. This feels like home. so much support and awesomeness! Ty for creating this wonderful space for us all. I am so grateful. 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕You made my heart smile my friend!! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying the community we have here! An art journey can feel a bit lonely at times, so it’s always wonderful to find others and realize, we’re not alone at all!

  10. Jodi 4 years ago

    beautiful painting and words <3

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 years ago

    Some words – snow, love, hate – have so many meanings that you’re never sure what’s meant unless an explanation is included. Probably the reason for so much misinterpretation and disappointment. So let me just say that I love this painting, am glad there’s no snow here in my part of California, though there’s snow in the mountains an hour away, and that I’d hate it if my words were misconstrued.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      So happy you love this Sharon! 😃💕 yeah, words are an odd thing indeed. I ramble on with mine, only to discover words are very difficult to put together. I only hope they come out with my intention, but most days, I’m just happy they come out at all! 😉

  12. herthoughts 4 years ago


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