A Breathtaking View

Yeah, I’m rather positive that when people described a breathtaking view, they were thinking about a sunset on a warm beach or standing over the grand canyon. When I thought of this prompt, my mind, of course went to an elaborate dessert. Well, at least in the sense of scale, as the ingredients in this one are rather simple. But I’m equally not a landscape artist so I’ll leave that to those better qualified. My favorite thing to paint in the world is food, and dessert is my favorite thing to eat. So, I knew that if I combined the two and stuck to what I enjoy most, I would hopefully end up with a lovely view, if not breathtaking. That seems like a rather high bar. I’ll let you be the judge as right now I’m just craving cake. I love that we’re heading into autumn as the menu gets a little richer and more decadent. I’ve no idea why, as the colder temperatures make walking less of a pleasure, which means less exercise. But I don’t question it. Instead, I’m ready to revel in all the food and baggy sweaters I can fit into the season!

I’ve suddenly lost all train of thought as now I’m thinking only of whether that ice cream that was there is still waiting in the freezer. It’s been a few days and I can’t recall if the last time I tried it was thorough. My pause now is blamed on finishing this post, but it’s really the fear that I’ll be horribly disappointed should I brave a peek. I’m not even sure I’d describe myself as having a “sweet tooth” as that usually implies you want sweets all the time, which I don’t. But at the end of an evening or a particularly wonderful meal, I sort of demand dessert. It’s the view I really must see next to celebrate properly. It’s the icing and the cake. Both please. That will do fine. Though I do try to live life with a healthy moderation, I’m equally persistent when it comes to making sure it’s rife with indulgences. There’s simply living and then there’s actually feeling alive. I want to be sure I’m enjoying the latter as much as I possibly can. That, requires dessert.

And when it comes to painting, I’m no different. When there’s something I’ve been craving to create, I simply must find a way to make it happen. This explains my sometimes loose interpretations of my own prompts. But that’s all part of the fun. In the end, if you take the time to sit down and paint something, you better be certain that it’s something you truly enjoy. Let you mind wander to wherever it takes you, and paint that. It’s exactly the thing you were supposed to make in that moment. That’s why I keep coming back and painting and writing. This post is rambling and ridiculous, but it’s exactly what I needed today. A sweet dessert that doesn’t try to hard to make a point, just provide a touch of happiness. And a simple reminder that when you create anything at all, if it comes from the heart, you’ll always end up with a breathtaking view.

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34 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and your strawberry shortcake certainly looks beautiful to me!

  2. Cathy Inzer 4 weeks ago

    Great post, I love the permission you give to draw/paint what you like! What are the ingredients for your cake?

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Cathy! 😃💕 I think giving ourselves permission is step one when it comes to art! As for this dessert… it’s filled with my favorite ingredient… whipped cream!!!

  3. Sharon Mann 4 weeks ago

    Hi Charlie – delicious and gorgeous. So good to be commenting on your fabulous artwork. I’m finally back to blogging after a rough year. But, I feel like I I can do it now. I made sure I was following all my artist friends again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 And so thrilled you’re back!! Yay! To bring you up to date, you can now log in on Doodlewash and join the community there! (Yeah, it should not surprise you in the least that I would try something as crazy as starting my own social community! LOL) Welcome back my friend! Are you going to be blogging at the same address?

  4. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    From where I sit, your view is perfect!

  5. smzang 4 weeks ago

    Oh these late night desserts are going to be the death of me, but what a joyful way to go!

    : )

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      hehe… the BEST way to go!! LOL Glad you liked this one! 😃💕

  6. Sharon Nolfi 4 weeks ago

    Lovely painting of what looks like a delicious dessert.

  7. Jill Kuhn 4 weeks ago

    Such a “sweet” post Charlie! 🍓 Cheers Friend! 🍷

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 4 weeks ago

    Charlie wonderful story and amazing art.

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 weeks ago

    This looks delicious to me – that qualifies as a breathtaking view! Your observations about enjoying life are perfect.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Shari!! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this post… yeah… a tower of dessert certainly qualifies I think! hehe

  10. memadtwo 4 weeks ago

    Mountains of deliciousness…I’d say that’s a good view! As is the empty plate when finished! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      hehe… yay to that, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, but an empty plate is always a bit sad. hehe

  11. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Yum! Love your interpretation of a breathtaking view. Around here, a day without dessert is like a day without sunshine. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 And well said!! I totally agree with that!!

  12. Sandra Gilbert 4 weeks ago

    Now that is a view I enjoy. I love desserts but don’t often let myself enjoy them, so I’ll just sit and enjoy the view of yours.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah…. I have to limit my dessert intake, but I think that’s what makes having one such a wonderful experience!

  13. Thomas Blanchard 4 weeks ago

    So beautiful and tasty! I agree dessert should always available post dinner. Heck I’ve had dessert for dinner 🙂

    • Kaye Boggs 4 weeks ago

      Yum…this painting makes me hungry for dessert

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Tom!! 😃💕 And yes to dessert for dinner!! That solves the problem perfectly!! LOL

  14. Ellie 4 weeks ago

    Definitely a breathtaking view! (And I hope there was some ice cream in the freezer!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Ellie!! 😃💕 There was, but we just had the ice cream tonight with the apple cake Philippe just made… yum!! hehe

  15. Yvonne Reeder 3 weeks ago

    Delicious! Being diabetic, sweet treats are a rarity but today we have a better understanding of carbs and how to make our favourite food bits with lower carb ingredients … for which I’m endlessly grateful! 😀 Desserts were always part of every meal growing up, because that’s how gramma taught mama. <3 Nowadays we keep it as a treat and enjoyed all the more for it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Von! Yeah… moderation is the new norm, but I do think it makes the treats taste that much sweeter! hehe 😃💕

  16. Elizabeth Metz 3 weeks ago

    Never have I been so tempted to lick my screen as I am right now.

    (I should probably clean it first, though.) 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      awww.. thanks!! 😃💕 Yes, definitely sanitize the screen first!

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