Today marks the start of December and the beginning of a brand new Doodlewash adventure – Winter Wonderland. It’s time to celebrate the icons of the winter season, starting with a bit of peppermint. Today, I have a handful of starlight mints to add to the occasion. We’re heading to Texas to visit my family tomorrow, so this was a speedy one. Kind of a fun experiment really, as this one was just a 5 minute sketch and 15 minutes to paint with only two colors (listed at the end of the post). No matter how fast this one was, everything I sketch and paint seems to come out rather rendered and realistic, even though I thought this one might turn out a bit looser. But in truth, these little mints are seared into my brain as they’ve been readily available my whole life.

After spending last week in Paris, we’ll be heading to a long weekend in Texas next. I really do love seeing family, but the travel to make it possible makes me exhausted. Though Texas is far closer than France, since my family lives in a little town in northern Texas, we can’t get there direct and will have a layover in Dallas. When it’s all said and done, we’ll have shaved just three and half hours off a drive there. But when it comes to travel, I prefer to let someone else do the driving. If someone else could also do the packing, that would be amazing as well, but that’s still on me. Whether it’s Paris or Texas though, I always wait until the morning that I’m leaving to throw things into a bag and rush out.

Tonight, I’m just rushing off to enjoy a little bit of normal evening time. So I’ll cut this post short and simply say that I hope all of you are having a wonderful day. For those of you who are joining this adventure, it’s been lovely to see your peppermint creations! I hope you’ll enjoy the prompts this month and are inspired to paint not matter what’s happening during this busy time of year!

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Sennelier Red and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 1 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Peppermint Starlight Mints wrapped on white background watercolour
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!

15 replies on “Starlight Mints

  1. Oh how perfect! What iconic little candies they are, I didn’t know they had such a romantic name. I can’t believe you did this so quickly! Goodness, fifteen minutes is giving the wheel a run for its money😉

    All the best for the upcoming journey, and I hope you have a great Texan Weekend (whatever that entails!)🙂

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  2. You did it again, Charlie – a perfect peppermint candy, with the stripes bending to the curves and the clear wrapper reflecting the light. I’m not sure if any other artist gets as much out of two or three colors as you.

    I also hate to drive but I’m really good at back-seat driving, even when I’m in the front passenger seat. I’d really prefer to be tele-communicated to other locations.

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  3. Those mints look delicious! I’ve never associated mints with winter, though! Have a great weekend in Texas. I always associate Texas with that TV prog ‘Dallas’ with JR and the oil barons, and people living on huge ranches. I bet it’s not all like that, though! Have fun

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  4. Once again, you nailed it! The perfect peppermints. They’re always “there”, their ever-presence somehow a small feeling of comfort – if that makes sense the way I describe it!

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