I’ve made it to lovely Paris, spent the morning with family and just got home from spending a fabulous evening with a dear friend. Once we arrived at our apartment for the next two weeks, the lovely owner treated us to espresso and a pain au chocolat so I made a quick doodlewash of it to share. What makes it all so remarkable is that I’ve somehow managed to do all of this on just 2 hours of sleep. This is because I find it impossible to sleep on planes and only managed a short nap today. I’ve absolutely no understanding of what time it actually is right now, but am attempting to speed type this before my battery runs out entirely. But as tired as I am, it feels great to be here enjoying a lovely break and getting my first taste of french pastry, while drinking more espresso than I probably should in order to keep moving through it all.

What I love about this trip is that it’s simply a new place to escape and sketch. There are no firm plans and no rush to see anything in particular as I’ve hit the major tourist sites plenty of times. This trip is simply about living in Paris for a bit and enjoying the simple things around me. Sure, I’m definitely going to hit the nearby Sennelier store as soon as I get a chance (tomorrow!), and I packed nearly nothing in anticipation of visiting my favorite clothing store, Jules, so I’ll definitely have to shop there soon to find something to wear. But everything else will just happen as it happens. To me, that’s the best way to spend a little bit of time off. Just letting the next thing you do choose you instead of the other way around.

So this post and future posts while I’m here will show up a bit earlier than usual, but I’m still going to try to make a post each day because I enjoy the challenge. Even though I didn’t have a plan for how things would be had they gone right, I can definitely say that everything so far has been perfect. The weather is lovely and I’m happier than ever. Just one confession, this is actually Philippe’s pastry because there was only one and he loves chocolate more than I do so I chose the plainer version. Sketching someone else’s food is the only way I could possibly do it live as I don’t have the restraint to wait that long when it comes to my own. Philippe’s mother has requested that I speak more French, so for the remainder of my trip the post titles, at least, will be entirely in French. Eventually, I know I’ll learn to speak the language properly, but for now, I’m just happy to be in my other home, having a little taste of pastry.

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M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
 Day 23 #WorldWatercolorGroup Pain au chocolat avec espresso
Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

55 replies on “Pain Au Chocolat Avec Un Espresso

  1. Perfect drawing ! Merci pour le titre français😉
    Sennelier is a lovely place for art supplies but I can tell you that the best prices and choice (so many brand) is “Le Géant des Beaux Arts”. 2 adresses in Paris
    -166 Rue de la Roquette 11ème
    – 15 rue Verginaud 13ème.
    I always order on the website (huge) and don’t know if those shops are little or tall, but I think for 2 weeks you can have time…
    An other nice shop is “Adam” around Montparnasse (perhaps rue Edgar Quinet (or not far from) if I remember when I lived there…)
    Enjoy your trip !

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  2. Soo excited to now see Paris through Doodlewash. Hope you both have a wonderful trip. Bring me back something tres chic!! Xo (and you know that pain au chocolat avec espresso would have immediately in my tummy had we been at cafe Phineas…)

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  3. Oh, the cravings! Sorry Philippe’s mum, les cravings, I’m sure that’s how it works. The perfect doodlewash to kick the journey off, Charlie – now, back to that French dictionary with you.😉 Here’s to having fun and having the naps wait their turn!

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  4. Sennelier was my favorite place in June..whatever your ♥ likes and you can afford..bring it home.
    I have regrets..we arrived at lunchtime(they close) but a lovely gentleman let us look and shop for a bit anyway.

    I regret not buying a few Sennelier pans..etc..
    I love that place.

    Great watercolor.

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  5. Bonjour Charlie! J’espere tu as dormi bien!

    Well Sennelier never see this branch in the art Supplies store where I always buy my stuff for painting but I will asked around. I am curious to see and practice new brands, now using DS paints and I love the smootness.

    Looks and sounds tastefull espresso et pain au chocolat, marvellous painted by you!

    See forwards for the next Doodlewash and your adventures in Paris.

    Bon sejour a Paris!💕

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  6. Bienvenue à Paris, Charlie ! C’est merveilleux d’avoir tes nouvelles, et de savoir que t’es bien arrivé. Je te souhaite un séjour magnifique, et j’ai hâte de suiver tes aventures à travers de tes beux peintures. Bonne chance aussi avec ton français, mais souviens-toi : personne n’arrive jamais a le parler parfaitement ; c’est plus important de le faire avec panache. 🙂

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  7. I was wondering how you could be painting something that looks so yummy! 😉 And chocolate too! 🍫❤️ So kind of you to restrain yourself and paint it! 😄 Lol! Looks like you are off to a fabulous vacation, Charlie!! YAY!! 🌟🌟🌟

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  8. Oh Merci Charlie! Your watercolor of that delicious pastry with espresso coffee is very inviting! I love your plan of no plans in Paris😉 and just take the days how they come and enjoy your French home!❤ And of course a trip to Sennelier is mandatory!😉 Have funt!

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