When The Flowers Return

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - When The Flowers Return - Doodlewash

After the dark days of winter, it’s always lovely to see signs of spring. Buds appearing, and a tapestry of nature just waiting for her moment to spring to life and bloom. Today, I grabbed a larger brush and made a quick little doodlewash of a vase of pink flowers. The flowers haven’t quite appeared here yet. It rained pretty much all day long and the sun isn’t promised to return until dawn. The temperature is still a bit cool and feels like it’s uncertain as to whether it wants to make the transition. But tomorrow is the first official day of spring here, so I hope the weather will just give up already and comply. Though it can be a bit rainy throughout the season where I live, there are glorious days worth waiting for that deliver beautiful sunny skies at just the right temperature. For my friends in southern California, the equivalent of just another day, but here, it’s always rather exceptional. We’ll move outside to the terrace for dinner and enjoy a lovely evening watching the sun set. There are definitely magical times ahead.

As the seasons change, I always find myself reflecting more and more about what I’m currently doing and what I’d like to do next. No crazy mood swings or extreme shifts in behavior, just a quiet contemplation about new things. There are, of course, a ton of things I’d love to do in my life while I still have the precious chance to do them. Some of them may never happen at all, while other things will just come a bit close, and still others will reveal some very lucky moments. And what’s funny is that even dreaming about wonderful things makes me happy. Sure, it would be lovely if many of them occur, but the act of simply imagining them fills me with enthusiasm and joy. Philippe and I had a goal to publish a book this year and we did so, though it was a bit of a learning experience. It appears that Amazon has moved our DO Cook! into only marketplace sellers at a higher price, so we’ve reformatted it into a brand new version, in hardcover and softcover, at a much lower price that you can find by clicking here!  This version turned out lovely, but our original square version with premium paper that we gave to our moms, will always be close to our hearts, and is still available in limited edition hardback with just three copies left! 

Spring is a time of rebirth and that always makes me rather giddy for all the lovely changes ahead. There are lots of amazing new things coming to Doodlewash so please stay tuned. As you know, I don’t simply dream, I DO! So there are lots of fun new things coming. I won’t reveal them quite yet as many of them are still like those little buds, patiently waiting to fully bloom. And, in truth, so many of my dreams are a bit crazy and require a lot of research and skills I don’t actually possess. But that has never once stopped me from pursuing them. No matter what happens in life and no matter how many challenges I face, I know in my heart that I have the power to make amazing things happen. We all do. The impossible is always a bit more possible than we ever realize. It just takes a lot of determination and hope to make those dreams become a reality. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s that you can’t ever stop trying. Each little moment is a launching pad that sends me into the next cool thing and soon those dreams get just a bit closer to coming true. It may not happen as quickly as I’d like, but eventually I’ll find myself in that lovely and shining moment when the flowers return.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, and Cobalt Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - When The Flowers Return - Doodlewash

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33 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Your spring flowers are gorgeous and I needed them. We’ve had decent weather here for a few weeks, but the flowers have been slow to blossom, so it’s great to see the color. I’m waiting eagerly to see what you have planned for us – when Charlie dreams, we all win!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕It was still so chilly here today, but I’m hoping the warmer weather gets here soon! And what a sweet thing to say! I hope the new ideas ahead will be fun for us all!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    I love your painting of flowers! The colors are just right and the reflections are beautiful. Such a happy little sketch makes me think of summer and reminds me to notice and enjoy the nice weather in L.A. (instead of taking it for granted).

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 yes… you definitely win… hehe… though I think I’ll be heading to California next month for a meeting so I’ll get to indulge a bit as well.

  3. Lisa 1 month ago

    Very pretty! Happy spring! The tulips and daffodils are peeking from the ground here! I’m ready!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Happy spring to you as well! I’m soooooooo ready!! hehe

  4. Shannon 1 month ago

    Oh how pretty!

  5. Rod Fletcher 1 month ago

    Your unrelenting enthusiasm amazes me, and so does your ability to create illusions on paper so quickly.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      That’s so nice of you to say, Rod! 😃Creating illusions is my favorite bit about watercolor. So fun!

  6. Delores Azary 1 month ago

    Love your Spring flowers! Our weather has been insane. One day the weather will be warm and beautiful, the next cold and windy. Sound familiar?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Delores! 😃💕Yep… hehe… totally familiar… the same is happening here! Ugh! Come on and be spring already!!

  7. Miss Gentileschi 1 month ago

    Your beautiful spring flower painting is exactly what I need today – it´s snowing right now and I can´t believe it!! Wat the heck?! 😉 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 What the heck is right?! Weather is crazy lately! I can’t wait for sunny warmer days!

  8. Sandra Gilbert 1 month ago

    I am so ready for Spring, it is being rather stubborn here and not quite showing its head yet. But it will soon arrive and with it the chance to and paint outdoors again. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      I agree! 😃💕I’m so ready for it… but alas… cool and chilly yet again today here. Ugh!

  9. Kate Powell 1 month ago

    Love this Charlie!

  10. Nancy Jackson 1 month ago

    I love how loose and free this is! I need to be a little more loose. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Nancy! 😃💕 Actually, this was a total exercise in being looser as I’ve noticed some of my illustrations have gotten a bit tight. hehe.. glad you liked it!

  11. Jacob 1 month ago

    Oh, it’s sooo light and fresh. Totally captures the essence of spring, just what we need at the moment!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 I know!! I want spring NOW! It’s the first day here and still that silly chill in the air. The first sunny and warm day I might actually faint. hehe

  12. Andrea England 4 weeks ago

    Those fresh greens and pinks feel so perfectly like spring. Love your light, fresh painting!

  13. Mia Archambeault 4 weeks ago

    Got me on the edge of my seat over here. I am super excited to see what is to come from Doodlewash!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww yay!! Thanks, Mia! 😃💕 Yep, so new things coming… always worry if I set things up this way if they won’t be very impressive, but definitely new!

  14. Jill Gustavis 4 weeks ago

    Dreaming of flowers here too Charlie, at least when I’m not thinking melting snow, wishing I could think it into happening, hehe. I get contemplative during season shifts too. I’m probably a wee bit slower at actualizing my new dreams and goals, but they’re there, building up more like mountains than budding blooms. For starters, I’m planning on actually submitting my latest painting into a juried competition! eek!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Yay to that, Jill! 😃💕 That’s so awesome!! So thrilled to hear you’re entering a competition! Great! And as long as though dreams are always brewing there, it’s a totally amazing thing indeed!

  15. smzang 3 weeks ago

    Those flowers are not just beautiful, they are serene.

    It won’t be long; Spring will soon bring green and bloom.
    Great vase too. Shiny : )

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks! Glad you liked these! 😃💕 Yeah, spring is slooooooow here… still chilly out and even snow predicted in the coming days. It will come eventually though!

      • smzang 3 weeks ago

        60 degrees here yesterday…I felt so alive…
        s’posed to snow on Easter Sunday…bummer!

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