A Few Grapes

Rosy Peach Faced Lovebird Grapes Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Grapes” today, I did a quick little doodle of a little peach-faced lovebird admiring some. I’ve actually not eaten grapes very recently so I just sort of made up what I remember them looking like. Indeed, my life isn’t entirely grape-free as I do enjoy a glass of wine. But, Philippe and I never usually add fresh grapes to our grocery order and now I’m kind of craving them like this little bird. Yet, if I’m being truly honest, I’m also craving some of those yummy, and just a touch decadent, comfort foods that always arrive in autumn. Though, after sitting in place more than usual, I could probably stand to simply eat a few grapes and be done with it for awhile. Nope. Who am I kidding? I’m totally going to indulge in all of that wonderful comfort food. Perhaps not in large quantities, of course, but just a little bit of something wonderful is enough to add few smiles to the day.

Today was a super busy day and so I was feeling a touch exhausted by the end of it. Nothing of particular note to report here, but let’s just say it was definitely a Monday. One of those days where the pace feels a bit frantic with deadlines and I almost find it hard to catch my breath before the next email arrives. I was able to get most of it completed and only one thing is left and that I can do in the morning anyway. Sometimes, I just like to challenge myself a bit too much. I make this plan in my head of what I’d like to accomplish that day and then it’s off to races. About midway through the race I realize I’m not actually a superhero, nor do I play on on TV. I’m just a normal guy in the end who bit off a little more than he could chew that day. But tomorrow? Yeah, I’ll totally try to win that same race again anyway.

But for now, I’m going to go ahead and put up my racing shoes for the day and get some relaxation in. My dog Phineas has suddenly become insistent about something. It’s well beyond begging as it involves a lot of very pronounced paw on my leg followed by super angry sniffs. If one were to see this who didn’t live in our household they would likely thing the house is on fire. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Instead, he’s just decided that his next treat is taking entirely too long and if I don’t deliver it immediately his going to leave a poor Yelp review of my restaurant. I’m not entirely sure how I went from being an actual pet owner and to become “the help” to a surly basenji, but it appears this is not my lot in life. But, I’ll admit, it was fun to sneak away from those challenging duties to enjoy a moment to sketch a few grapes.

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  1. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Sweet!!! I was thinking today I really, really want to make a big batch of mac and cheese…and chili…and soup!!! It seems like a long time without our favorite comfort foods and I’m a bit tired of salad in every way imaginable. The weatherman says the first cold front is coming through tomorrow; that translates to a low of 70 degrees and a high of 85 with low humidity…not quite comfort food weather (or a cold front for that matter) but we’ll take it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I totally approve of that batch of mac and cheese, chili and soup! Oh my goodness.. to have all of them at once!! And yeah, that weather is a perfect excuse for comfort food indeed!

  2. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto

  3. heila 2 years ago


  4. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful Charlie! It has been down right chilly here.we had frost three nights in a row. I hate to turn the furnace on this early. I did bake corn bread to go with supper tonight. I hate to bake because neither of us need it. It did taste good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Awww.. baking is the best soul food ever! Always worth it!

  5. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    I think I am going to Karen’s house for cornbread. 💜 Charlie, such a beautiful parrot! So pretty! I love it! 💜 When I needed to feed Monster or give him fresh water, he would sit and stare at me. I can’t explain it, Charlie, but he could communicate with me with his eyes. He would actually motion with his eyes in the direction of his bowls. I would tell him, “Bad mama.” Now, when I went to bed and he got lonely during the night, I would hear tick-tick-tick as he walked down our wood floor hallway. He would sit at my bedroom door and start to moan. I would lay still and the groaning would get worse and louder. I would tell him, “You’re okay. Mama is here. Go mimi.” ( Mimi is sleep.) All he wanted was to smell me and get close to me and then he would go back to sleep. 🐕🐕🐕 I miss my little boy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 We’re all going to go to Karen’s house for yummy cornbread now! hehe Aww Monster was so special indeed. Sometimes, myself included, I think we forget that pets aren’t here to spend our life with us, but to spend their life with us. In doing so, they change ours in wonderful ways through the time we get to spend with them. That’s the gift that they bring us! And it’s such a glorious and priceless gift indeed!

      • Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

        Charlie, I can’t get over my little boy. Before we got him, we missed having a dog. I prayed and asked the Lord for the perfect dog for us. My uncle actually gave him to my mom, but he was sent for me. My whole day revolved around him. We had our schedule and he became a night owl like me. It would be 2 or 3 in the morning and we would be outside for his last potty trip. I would talk to him and, when the pain got so bad, he would hear me crying and butt me with his nose. When I got injured, I passed out coming out of the shower. Even the paramedic told me that Monster loved me because he would smell me and cry while I was passed out on the floor.
        I can’t get over him, Charlie. I know that I was blessed to have him for 14 years, but I wanted him to live forever. Losing him was one of the most painful parts of my journey, but, for me, he is still alive in my heart. There he CAN live forever.

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

          I know what you mean! Dogs are so amazing, but they’ll always break your heart one day. Thankfully, remembering them so fondly puts that heart all back together again. 😉 💕

  6. writerleenda 2 years ago

    Hey Charlie, I wanna pumpkin pie and I think I will actually buy one. I take the crust edge off so I can feel a bit less guilty. Yum. Lovely grapes — I don’t buy those usually either although I do like them. I just forget to eat them and they sit there and get tired. Sigh.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 I totally approve of your pumpkin pie idea! Yum! You totally should!

  7. Nellie Nellie 2 years ago

    Ya all are making me hungry!

  8. isaiah46ministries 2 years ago

    This is beautiful, but I am enamored each day to see which animal you will draw and in what habitat. Just lovely.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕Thrilled you’re enjoying these! I’m trying to practice animals more, and I prefer sketching them over people so they’re my stand-ins for whatever I’m trying to portray!

  9. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    I love grapes so this was an easy prompt to do…thanks for the lovely bird you added and hope the rest of the week is better for you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been a super busy time lately. Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

  10. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I used to look forward to all the pumpkin treats that proliferate this time of the year. In the last few years though they seem to just taste of nutmeg and not enough pumpkin. I’m not sure if that’s my taster getting tired, or pumpkins losing flavor. I suspect it’s a bit of both. I do miss a good pumpkin pie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Actually, Philippe isn’t a fan of pumpkin, only nutmeg… hehe… I think sometimes the memories matter more than the flavor. But I agree that pumpkin doesn’t seem to taste quite the same. 😉

  11. Lisa 2 years ago

    Two of our cats paw me because they want to be pet. Usually no big deal, but sometimes both of my hands are busy and I just want them to leave me alone! So far, telling them so has made no difference whatsoever! I’m thinking that fish make great pets! Or Guinea pigs!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Hehe!! Both of those are lower maintenance than cats indeed. hehe But cats are so adorable!! 😃💕

  12. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Beautiful painting, Charlie. We always have a punnet of grapes in the fridge.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yum! Brilliant to always have grapes!

  13. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Today’s sketch will probably be one of my favorites for some time to come. I LOVE grapes! And during my childhood, I had a pet parakeet who liked them too. And your Monday really sounds crazy but you soared through it like a superhero. If you could go through such a day without wanting to burst, that is a superhuman quality in itself. So really please go ahead and treat yourself to an indulgent autumn treat. And please take care of yourself.


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 This one was so quick.. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! And you’re too sweet… yes, it was an exceptionally tough day, but if I don’t sketch, then I don’t recognize myself. So I snuck one in again! Yay for autumn… it’s truly my favorite time of the year!

  14. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    What a beautiful bird. A pretty bird! Tee hee. Things are looking so much better on the fires. We’ve had clear skies for the last few days. Yeah!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yay for clear skies!! We actually started seeing the smoke here in the middle the past few days so I can’t imagine what it was like there! I’m so thrilled to hear it!

  15. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Nice painting, your grapes look very succulent!

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