In trying to figure out what to paint for the prompt of “miniature,” the only thing that kept popping into my head was bite-sized food. Most likely because I’m starving and need to eat soon. Well, more precisely, what I was thinking about was just how much I miss the different types of petits fours, canapés, and amuse-bouches we have when we go to Paris each year. These tiny little pieces of amazingness are incredible. So, that’s where we landed for this super fast Friday doodlewash. Here, in the States, you might see them at a fancy restaurant, but in France you can grab little desserts and appetizers that look like pieces of art right in the local grocery. As an American kid, the fanciest hors d’oeuvres I might see would be a plateful of mozzarella sticks, and pretty much anything you could fry and turn into the shape of a stick. My finger food never look like culinary art that came from a 5-star restaurant, it just looked like actual fingers.

Watercolor Book By HahnemühleOn a side note, I’ve also switched to a new miniature sketchbook for this doodlewash! The fine folks at Hahnemühle sent me this new little watercolor sketchbook to try. I was super excited because when I was in Paris last, I saw several sketchbooks by them that looked really cool, but there wasn’t a one with watercolor paper in the shop I visited. This is my first test in the new book, and the paper is really lovely. At 200 gsm it’s a lighter weight than the one I was using previously, but it seems to handle water really well. Granted, this particular sketch doesn’t have a lot of wet washes, so I’ll have to test that out in the future. But the cover is gorgeous and the prettiest and most elegant I’ve seen on a sketchbook of any kind. I’ll let you know what I think about the new book as I use it more, but wanted to mention it for those of you who noticed the change in the About The Doodlewash section below.

Going back to this miniature food, well it’s really just the best invention in the world is all I really have to say on a Friday night (did I mention I was hungry?). These little treats provide all the decadence you’d ever want in a single little bit of food so small it’s impossible to feel guilty about it. What’s not to love about that? I’ve always loved food like this. Actually, I’ve always just loved all things miniature and small. I think that’s why I prefer to keep my doodlewashes small. Not only does it mean it takes me less time, but also because I get to blast through something and start each day out with an entirely new painting! I have a rather shot attention span, so it’s just really more fun that way! I’ve always imagined that one day I would have the time to create a larger painting, spending days on getting just the right amount of color and detail, but today, I’m just happy keeping it small each day and serving up these little bites.

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Indian Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Red Orange, Opera Rose, Perylene Maroon, Dioxazine Purple, Phthalo. Green Light, Phthalocyanine Blue, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 10 - Little Bites - Petit Fours On White Background Watercolor - #doodlewash
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!

27 replies on “Little Bites

  1. Wonderful painting, as always, Charlie. I just had dinner and now I’m wishing I had one (or more) of those little sweets. Which reminds me….not that I’m counting or anything, but have you actually painted food for every prompt so far this month? 😉🍽

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    1. Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 I wish I had these sweets as well, they were unfortunately not live and sitting in front of me. Which was probably a good thing! And yeah, I’ve managed to make most of the posts of the edible variety, but I did have some sneakers, a light bulb, and a trumpet. hehe

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  2. Yes, you’re quick ‘shot’ McGraw, the fastest watercolour sketcher in the West! 😎👌🌟🎈
    I always used Hahnemühle paper in my photography wet darkroom. Simply the best. Luv those petits four, yum. 😋

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  3. These miniature are very inviting and they looks delicious! I did enjoy painting miniatures during our month of December my 31 Winter Wonderland paintings were all miniatures my mini sketchbook was 5×3″ it was fun to paint that small! Btw I sure want to know how works your new sketchbook it seems really nice I know Hahnemühle does great paper! Looking forward to know…. ❤ 😉

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    1. Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕 Happy you liked this one. Yeah, I tried a small Moleskine early on, but didn’t like the paper and 3×5 is still a bit too small for me. This one is just a touch smaller than the one I was using but is closer to 4×6 so it’s really a great size. So far I’m really loving it, but am just a couple sketches in so I figured I’d report back in a future post after I’ve had more time to play! hehe

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  4. So scrumptious looking – which one do I start with? That’s the problem with miniature food, whether dessert as pretty as costume jewelry or clever things like pigs in a blanket – tiny hot dogs wrapped in dough – oh yum! Who stops at just one? My absolute favorite were always petit fours, those four layer wedding cakes small enough to fit on an appetizer spoon. How does anyone but a fairy godmother make those?

    So here I sit, hungry, reading this post, and gobbling bite size brownies because the calories don’t count, right? Bad, Charlie, altogether bad. Tomorrow better be a painting of baby carrots. (Doesn’t she have any self control? No, she doesn’t.)

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  5. Ah-ha! “Bite size” doodwashes 🙂 I know what you mean about the pretty food – you see that a lot in Japan too. It is so cute (including the container they give you to take it home) that you get stressed out trying to decide whether to actually eat it or just freeze it for eternity! I am with you – i like the small portion as most of the time that is all you really need! We happen to force ourselves to eat more here in the US as we tend to like “a deal” and unless our plate is the size of a tray, we do not feel like we got “a good value” – no wonder most of us carry a few pounds more than we should! I love the doodlewash – got my mouth watering just to look at it! Have fun with the new sketchbook – what a “treat” 🙂

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    1. Thanks, so much, Yvonne!! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m totally loving the new sketchbook… it’s impressive how it seems to hold washes even though it’s lighter than the paper I had previously. And so true on “big plate” food here in the States! hehe… my dad used to only want to eat at a buffet because otherwise he didn’t feel he was getting his money’s worth! Lol

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