The favorite place in my home is without a doubt the kitchen. Not because I’m a cook or anything, but because that’s where we spend most of our time in the early evening and also the location of my nightly pop-up art studio. These two residents of my kitchen are dear to me because the KitchenAid mixer is used for making waffles and ice cream and the French press produces coffee. The mixer is used for many other things as well, but the fact that it aids in the creation of such wonderful things puts it at the top of my list. I’ve established in earlier posts that I can’t cook at all. I did try really hard to cook a few times, and felt good that what I made was indeed rather edible. But all it served to prove was that I wasn’t meant to be a chef, so I’ve become the kitchen help and just take care of the cleaning up.

Philippe is truly a chef. He can do that seemingly magical thing of taking random ingredients and turning them into cuisine. Like those people on those challenge shows who only have bacon, squid, and ketchup, yet manage to produce something that looks like it could be served at a fine restaurant. Sometimes, I look in the refrigerator to find what seems like completely empty shelves and yet, he manages to create something incredibly delectable. Cooking is indeed an art form and he is an artist. I try not to think too much about the fact that he can also draw and paint with equal aplomb, and just rest easy in the fact that I at least married up.

And each evening, as I grab my paint brush, music is playing and we’re singing along to whatever comes on. Lunging for the keyboard of the computer to fast forward Spotify when some drunk rap star uncermoniously stumbles into the middle of a lovely pop song. I lose all since of time, though I know I need to quickly finish before the food arrives. Somehow, once again, I’ve managed to make something just in the nick of time, even though this time, much like last time, it seemed impossible. That’s the magic of our little kitchen. And that’s why it’s my favorite place in my home. It’s less about making memories and more about just enjoying each little moment. Sometimes it’s the simple little routines in life that matter the most.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Teal, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

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50 replies on “My Favorite Place In My Home

  1. Awww Charlie you managed to paint the KitchenAid and the lovely French Press I love the coffee made with it! I can relate with Philippe because when I cook I love to to create dishes with what I find…creativity in the kitchen😉❤ these days I haven't painted much but soon I will come back…<3

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  2. In one year you can do these?
    You can cook.
    And you can bake.
    No question about it.I have been trying to perfect teacups all afternoon..not even close.
    Baking and cooking way easier

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  3. Those two pieces are really wonderful with their shine. WOWZERS!
    I think more art is made in the kitchen than any studio. It’s the place to be. And I so envy you having someone cook and be so creative about it. Cooking has never been my forte. Phillipe sounds like an angel!

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  4. Wow, Charlie this is a masterpiece. Machines of any kind are really a challenge.
    The kitchen is the center of my home too, even when not cooking. When family is around, this is where we congregate. I can hear you singing from here…(K)

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  5. Wonderful doodle…..which colors did you use? outstanding job depicting silver… goodness, I am astounded. I have to admit the kitchen is one of my favorite places as well, there is something special about cooking, food and eating it that brings it all to a wonderful mash of good living.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! 😃💕 I always list the colors at the bottom of each post. For this I used primarily Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and then dabbed in some Cobalt Teal and Pyrrol Red in the reflections. The blue is actually the blue wall that’s on one side of my kitchen! hehe

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  6. Wow, great KitchenAid doodlewash! Like you, I enjoy the little things, like drinking coffee in the mornings with my honey or enjoying a glass of wine on the patio while we watch the hummingbirds fight over their feeders. True bliss. We are blessed, indeed 😊

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  7. Wha… bu… I just… how is that even possible!? Ha – I actually don’t know what to say anymore. Me! That’s quite an achievement, Charlie. Incredible.❤

    As for favourite room, I think I'd have to go with the bedroom – it's not an especially nice space but it does have my bed in it. I tend to enter the kitchen only in emergencies!

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    1. hehe… thanks, Jacob! 😃 That’s so sweet of you… all this practice doodlewashing shiny things is starting to pay off a bit I think! Lol And yes, a bedroom is a close second for me as well. I lived in a studio apartment for some time where that was all there was. It works fine! (except then you actually have to make your bed each day… hehe)


  8. Great image! We have an old mixer like that from my mother-in-law. I use it to bake bread. Hey Charlie, I’m thinking of getting one of those Lamy fountain pens. What nib do you prefer? Are you a fine or extra-fine nib person?

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    1. Thanks so much, Kirk! 😃 Fresh baked bread is the BEST!! I highly approve of that use! hehe… as for nib… I have Extra-Fine on all my pens. I had one that was Fine, but didn’t like it as well. I can make quick marks with the Extra-Fine that are lighter… almost like a pencil sketch. (that’s how i did the reflections on the lid of the French press in this one. I very lightly sketch in the shapes I see in pen)


  9. Georgeous work, Charlie, on my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment. I live in an RV now, so the Kitchenaid is down under but when I long for it, Michael gladly hauls it up, Too hot here in the Florida Keys to bake, but winter’s coming, I think. Thanks.

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  10. Your evenings sound wonderful! You are very lucky to have a talented cook whipping up your dinner. My husband is a pretty good cook, I must say, but a) he makes a complete and utter mess in the kitchen any time he cooks and b) he is never home early enough in the evenings to cook. Nowadays he makes Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and that’s that. I am a pretty good cook, even if I do say so myself, but I always think the food would taste better in my mouth if I had not been the one slaving over it.

    The way you have rendered the metallics of the objects and the reflections are fantastic. I am always in awe of your attention to detail.

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    1. Thanks, Laura!! 😃💕 I’m so enamoured with the details of things. I’ll never be fully abstract and loose I think. And Hehe… yeah… I definitely think food tastes best when you’re served it. And the few times I did attempt cooking I made a complete and utter mess! Lol So I can relate to your husband! 😊

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  11. I discovered “doodlewash” just a few weeks ago, and I already look forward to each new post. I’m not sure what I’m enjoying more – your gorgeous paintings or your stories of life – both so well done.

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