With All My Heart

Heart Shaped Pink Diamond Jewelry Mouse Love Watercolor Illustration Painting

For the final day of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Jewel,” I’m ending with this quick little sketch of a shiny pink gem and a happy little mouse. I’m so thankful to everyone who came together to celebrate the biggest month for watercolor of the year! It’s been an amazing, exciting and beautiful month filled with wonderful paintings and fabulous people from across the globe all for a wonderful cause in support of the International Child Art Foundation. It’s truly a special month that simply connects each of us through our shared love of this fabulous medium known as watercolor. And, I’m personally humbled and honored to be your host for the month. I’m sending much love to each and you. In many ways, this month always seems to fly by and is over way too quickly. If you participated in the full 31 day challenge, then a huge congrats to you!! We did it!! And, I hope you’ll keep right on drawing and painting with us for our August challenge, which is up next! Sending you hugs and a wish that you continue to make the world more beautiful with your art, each and every day!

As for me, I’ll be back once more tomorrow, and then taking a break again from daily posting. Rest assured, I still doodle and create each and every day, as I couldn’t stop now if I tried! But, I’m also working on something new and awesome that will take me quite a bit of time to complete. It might be months before I’m ready to share the crazy idea I have next. My hopeful and optimistic inner child has come up with the most ambitious project to date and it’s going to take a lot of time for it to take shape and fully form. That’s the beauty of creating things. Whether it’s arts, crafts, writing, or any sort of creative endeavor, the joy is always in the DOing. I’ve learned that if you have a dream, it’s best to simply chase it with all of your heart. The journey is everything, no matter the result.

Philippe and I are going to relax and enjoy some television this evening. Right now, we’re binge watching the show Unwrapped on Discovery Plus. Philippe is fascinated by all of the various American foods that are featured on the show. They just had an episode all about tv dinners, which was really fun and nostalgic for me. And extra fun to hear Philippe make audible and horrified gasps at some of the food. Our dog Phineas seemed to actually be watching the show as well, no doubt intrigued by all of the images of any type food at all. After the flurry of excitement this month always brings, I now get a peaceful glow as another successful World Watercolor Month comes to a close. A huge thanks to our sponsors and Artist Ambassadors! We can do the most amazing things when we come together as a global community. Thank you for another month of wonderful memories, that I’ll take with me once again, and cherish with all my heart.

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  1. Zoie McIntyre 1 year ago

    How perfect Charlie. I so love it when you are able to post every day – but with your busy life I don’t know how you find the time. Just awesomely talented you are!!! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. I’m going to miss you! The little mouse with the heart is adorable 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve got big plans for the future and a couple creative projects I’m going to focus on now, but I’ll be popping in from time to time! 😉

  2. Teri 1 year ago

    My first journey with you and watercolors. Amazing!!! Thank You so much!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕 That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you joined me! I’ll be back from time to time, so stay tuned!

  3. Mary Roff 1 year ago

    So special, Charlie, and the perfect way to end WWM. Thank YOU for this wonderful month and community!!! Hugs back at ya! 🤗😍

  4. writerleenda 1 year ago

    Charlie? New project? Now you have me going!!! And I agree with Philippe’s take on those horrid frozen dinners EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW preservatives etc etc. This Italian cook is aghast. Speaking of which tomorrow is spaghetti day — and the day I paint the tiger swallowtail butterfly I snapped on an early early morning walk awhile ago. It sat there and waited for me!! I look forward to seeing you here tomorrow too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww that sounds awesome!! How cool the butterfly waiting for you! 😃💕 And yep… no to frozen dinners these days for sure! hehe And yes, I’m cooking up something new, that will take me longer than I thought as usual, but I’m excited to share it one day! 😉

  5. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Charlie, thanks for a reminder to make the donation. I’m making it in honor of Sharon Mann–I don’t know if you know she died of brain cancer last November.
    As always, I enjoyed your month of stories and art. Best, Kerfe

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 And that’s so beautiful… Sharon was so wonderful. And yes, I knew, I’m happy to have participated in the group journal that was sent to her before she passed. She will always be missed. ❤️

  6. Marisela Delgado 1 year ago

    Charlie, do you like making people cry? haha haha I know that you don’t. Someone should play that old song: 🎶🎵 You made me love you! I didn’t wanna do it.” 🎶🎵 You know how I feel about you. Now go kick some booty and know that we’re cheering you on. 💕
    Yeah, I grew up on tv dinners. It was the thing to do. I was remembering Shake and Bake the other day. Remember that? My mother used to make pork chops with it. It was kinda weird, but it’s what you were given for dinner. Yeah, I imagine it would make anyone cringe, but we’re talking about a time when they used asbestos as insulation in homes and thought lead in paint was a good idea. Or worse, kids would run behind the city truck spraying for mosquitoes. How have we survived this long? haha haha
    There is a show called “Life After People,” which is so fascinating! I think Philippe would enjoy it. They never explain why humans disappear, but they look at different aspects of life and how they would change without us here. They looked at concrete buildings and how long it would take to fall apart and why. Another episode showed what would happen to the food left behind in our absence. It was gross, but fascinating as heck! They did another one on how natural bodies of water would take over cities and how long it would take. A sad one was how pets and animals would fare without us. It’s FASCINATING! Like not wanting to go to the restroom until a commercial fascinating! Totally worth looking for, Charlie.
    Nos vemos manana, mi amigo. Ya sabes que te queremos mucho. Eres lindo y Dios tiene muchas bendiciones para ti. Un fuerte abrazo, mi amigo. 💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Okay… I have to admit the bit in Spanish totally made me blush, which I know YOU did on purpose! lol 😉 That show sounds interesting! Philippe and I will definitely check it out! Much love to you my friend, and I’ll be back from time to time so watch this space!! ❤️

      • Marisela Delgado 1 year ago

        I didn’t mean to make you blush. I only spoke the truth. Eres lindo, Charlie! 💜 💜💜

  7. Sandra Strait 1 year ago

    I feel like I really accomplished something this month. I think I did at least two or three paintings a day. It has to be a record for me, lol! I can’t wait to see what your next project is going to be!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Yay!! I’m so thrilled to hear that, Sandra! Congrats! 😃💕 I sure enjoyed seeing them!! Next project will take me quite a bit of time, but it will be fun!

  8. Gary Middleton 1 year ago

    Fantastic doodle Charlie. It’s been great seeing your daily posts. I can’t wait to here about your new project.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I hope to be ready to report by this fall, but I’m taking my time with this next one. hehe

  9. Robert Coleman 1 year ago

    Charlie, thanks for a great month and super doodles. Today’s puts he crown jewel on it all! We’ll be watching for the next chapter of your adventure! God bless!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 I hope everyone stays tune… even I can’t make posts every day and do something big and brand new… hehe… but I’m excited for this next chapter!

  10. Irene Hynes 1 year ago

    Hi Charlie!
    Thank you for all your hard work and daily posts for World Watercolour month!
    It is a lot of work, and you did a great job!
    I loved reading your posts and your doodles are amazing!
    I am looking forward to whatever comes next!
    Have a great rest now!
    Happy painting!
    Irene Hynes
    Ontario, 🇨🇦 Canada

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, Irene! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed the month, and my doodles and rambles! hehe Hugs to you my friend!

  11. Mugdha 1 year ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Congratulations on yet another successful WWM! Am so happy to hear you’re gonna be back tomorrow – as happy as the mouse in today’s Doodlewash. And it’s hilarious to know of Phillipe gasping at food shows. Wait till he watches one on street foods in India. Your new project sounds very intriguing and exciting. Wishing you all the luck for it.


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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it’s totally hilarious to watch Philippe watch tv. It’s never sports, but he still talks to the television like he’s watching a game. And thanks on the project… I don’t mean to be mysterious, but I’m going to let this one simmer to a boil before I share it. All the best!

  12. Mari 1 year ago

    It’s been awesome having something from you in my inbox every day of July! Love the inspiration! Sending you good wishes for a fun adventure with your next project!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Mari! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to know you’ve enjoyed my daily posts. That makes me so happy to hear!

  13. Priscilla DeConti 1 year ago

    Love your sketch and will miss your daily postings..Yet excited for your next project. It has been a fun month of great prompts…and like yourself I will continue to sketch, paint and draw daily!!! Enjoy your evening!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yay for making something daily. It’s the best habit ever, isn’t it!! Hugs to you my friend!

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