Today is World Dream Day, which invites us to embrace all of our dreams, goals and aspirations. This made me think back to when I very first started painting, and purchased my very first set of boxed watercolors. They were Winsor & Newton Cotman at the time, and I was so thrilled with all of the possibilities that I might create next. It made me feel like a real artist, even if the paints were labeled “student grade.” I would go on to learn about richer colors and pigments, but I’ve never forgotten that feeling of getting that first set. And I still very much consider myself a student today. But, it was truly like a dream in a box. All I had to do was open it, grab that brush and let those colors come out and play. There’s always a lot of discussion on art supplies, but one of the most important sometimes goes unmentioned. And that’s passion. It’s free, by the way, and doesn’t cost a dime. And when you have that in your painting kit, you’ve got the most important art supply of them all. The one that makes dreams come true. I’m still dreaming and changing, but for this post, I decided to paint this doodlewash using all of the 12 colors in my current palette (listed at the end of the full post).
So much has happened since that first day I picked up a paint brush, which was still just a little over 3 years ago now. And my dream back then hasn’t really changed much today. I just wanted to make some people smile when they saw my art and hopefully evoke some lovely memories and stories along the way. For myself as well as for the viewers of whatever it was that I posted. My dreams have come true in so many ways. Thanks to the internet, I was able to connect with people around the globe who did smile when they saw my art, and better yet, shared their own wonderful stories that it evoked! And, for my part, I’ve faithfully shown up each and every day since the very beginning, painting random things and sharing the random stories and thoughts that come to mind. A couple of months ago, I started a podcast called Sketching Stuff, telling these stories in an audio format. Sort of like a cross between a radio play and an audiobook. Something I wouldn’t have dreamed would happen when I first opened that little box of paint. (And, by the way, Episode #7 came out today, so please take a listen when you can and leave me a comment!)
It’s been an incredible journey and what’s more incredible is that it’s still happening now! I have no intention of stopping and, if nothing else, I hope to provide living proof that we can indeed show up each and every day to pursue our dreams. Never let anything in the world stop you from chasing your passion. It’s the thing that makes us feel the most alive and makes us better people to the people who rely on us. I know I’m always being the best person I can be when I’m true to myself and doing what I love most. And sure, I have dreams so large and ridiculous that they will likely never come true. But the very act of dreaming them makes me feel more alive. That feeling of being on the edge of possibility is truly amazing. In many ways, just feeling that fills me with enough hope and wonder to propel me forward. In this state, I can at least do something cool, if not the amazingly wild thing I had in my head. Like simply showing up, to share and write about a little thing I made today. Nothing elaborate, to be sure, but an image of a tiny box of possibility that started me down this journey in the first place. So now, I simply want to pause, smile and reach out my hand to every other person on this planet who will join me in embracing the infinite possibilities that are waiting for each and every one of us on this wondrous World Dream Day.
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About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Azo Yellow, Vermilion, Benzimida Orange, Quinacridone Red, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, and Indigo. 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!
Passion is indeed the most powerful tool of them all! Thank you for showing up every day and giving us a reason to smile, think, reflect and occasionally cry!
Thank you so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Your constant encouragement is a fantastic gift. I really can’t thank you enough my friend!
I love this post, everything about it, and most of all I love that you inspire me every day with your posts.
That makes me SO happy to hear, Laura! 😃💕 Thank you so much!
Love to you as well my friend! 😃💕
That was so wonderfully written!! Thank you for your daily posts. They do make me smile!
Aww thank you so much! 😃💕 I’m so happy to know I make you smile!
I loved the story, n yes true the first time bought a colour box inchanted The life
Thanks so much lie.
Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕Yeah, there’s really nothing like that first box of colour! So wonderful!
I love World Dream Day! I have never heard of it before and will be discussing it with my pupils at school. This is the first blog of yours I have read and I will definitely be reading more after this!
Thanks so much, Katy! 😃💕 Yes, it’s a wonderful day to be sure! And thrilled you discovered my blog, hope you’ll come back and join me!
That was a charming and uplifting post! I belong to a group of which the name escapes me because it’s kind of late at night, but, the point of the group is to make art and abandon it with a little note, passing it on to the finder. Due to circumstances, I put my own spin on this idea. When I’m out in public, I reach into my bag and pull out some art I made and give it to someone. A store clerk, a pharmacist, a lady with a whiny kid. It doesn’t matter who, it is just the act of giving them escaping before there is too much thanks. I guess that is sort of a dream come to fruition.
What a great idea!👏👏
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 And I adore that ritual! That sounds amazing!! I’m sure you’re making people smile every day!
I love that there’s a day to celebrate dreams! Your paints are some great colors.
Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, who couldn’t love a day to celebrate dreams! Sign me up!
It’s truly inspirational to read this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and well done getting as far as you have! I was amazed to read that it’s only been three years since you started painting. That’s awesome!☺👏👏
Thanks so much! 😃💕 I really appreciate it! Yeah, just a short 3 year journey so far, but I’m enjoying every bit along the way! 😉
Thank you so much Charlie. You brighten my every day with your stories and those of your guests whose contributions I hungrily devour. I have been painting for only six months (I’m 76) and my toes still curled and my shoulders hunched in delight at your line “That feeling of being on the edge of possibility is truly amazing.”
Aww that’s so wonderful to hear, Jenny! 😃💕 Thank you and yay! So thrilled you’re painting and experiencing that feeling of being on the edge of possibility!
Happy World Dream Day! May all your dreams come true. I really hope mine do soon.
Thanks so much my friend! 😃💕 I’m quite certain that with the right amount of passion, all of our dreams are just bursting to come true!
So true about passion! That and the fact that we find time to do the things we love. Your little paint box made me smile because I just grabbed this set out of my drawer the other day. I decided to challenge myself with fewer color choices.
Thanks! 😃💕 Yeah, I think anytime we stop and do the things we love is time well spent. And yay to fewer color choices…hehe… mixing is the best part!!
Lovely post and even better dream. Art makes us pause and feel/reflect for a moment is an entirely too busy world.
Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕So true… I think art has been the best escape I could possibly imagine from all that business the world demands.
A colorful doodlewash….I totally agree with Sandra…Thank you Charlie for showing up everyday…Your passion and dedication is little infectious..He he….It really helps us to paint everyday and learn about something new ….I have used my small paintings alongwith my knowledge and interest in dream interpretation and face reading…so I benefit twice as much from the whole activity as it helps me in my writing….and in explaining things to others….
Aww thanks, Anita! 😃💕 I truly appreciate that. It’s not always easy to show up each day and sometimes I’m a bit rushed, but I’m determined to prove it’s possible!! hehe And I agree… our visuals are wonderful when paired with words… they inspire words we never would have though of.
Charlie your post certainly inspires me to keep painting. Thank you for sharing daily with all of us. Have a great day.
Thanks so much, Debbie! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to hear that! Never stop painting… it’s the best thing you can do!
Charlie, you are the best! 😘 your posts are so uplifting and your paintings are heartfelt and fabulous! I am so thankful to have found you on Facebook.
Aww, I’m so thrilled we found each other!! 😃💕 Thanks, Brenda. So happy you enjoy these posts!
I have the same small palette, and I swapped out the Cotman colors for a mix of my other favorites (Daniel Smith, Da Vinci, Winsor Newton, Schmincke …). It makes a great lightweight travel palette.
So true! It’s a great little palette! 😃💕
You’ve painted a luscious box of watercolors – So tempting to want to dip my brush right into the computer. Oops – that didn’t work. Winsor & Newton Cotman are a very good way to start painting and they served you well. You’re absolutely right about the most important element: having passion for the task. I’m off to paint birthday cards for the grands – passionate about this.
Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 And yay to birthday cards hand painted… that’s the best ever!! Yeah, I think passion is the first art supply… you can do pretty much anything with any tools on hand after that. 😉
Lovely painting 🙂
Charlie says: “So now, I simply want to pause, smile and reach out my hand to every other person on this planet who will join me in embracing the infinite possibilities that are waiting for each and every one of us on this wondrous World Dream Day.”
Thinking like that can only bring peace and fulfillment to all.
Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕And as you know, I always reach out my hand to you my friend. Let’s keep on creating and make this crazy world smile!