A Fresh Autumn Salad

When it comes to fresh, my mind goes directly to salad. And then I realize just how incredibly difficult a salad is to sketch. I didn’t have anything as a source today, so Philippe made me this delicious endive salad with blue cheese and walnuts. As well a few other ingredients that only added to complexity when trying to sketch it quickly. But I can say that it was perfectly delicious! It’s a new addition that he created recently and I totally love it, so I’ve been requested it daily since (I’ll be revealing the recipe at the end of the month). Since many of you only read the first bit of this post, I’ll go ahead and mention here the exciting things are happening in Doodlewash Club! This is the online community right on doodlewash.com where you can log in with social, create your own, totally free artist profile, post your work, and interact with other watercolor artists. And best of all, you get DO Points as you interact and those can be exchanged for cool products and other prizes! Kind of like a bitcoin, but way more exclusive. The very first prize you can redeem your DO Points for launched today and there are many more to come. So, be sure to check it out! I mention it, for anyone wondering where the free samples have all gone. You can now find them in the Club! 

This is one of the final stages of my crazy vision for this site. There’s one more huge feature coming to complete it all that I will be launching soon, so stay tuned. Thanks for joining me on this awesome fun journey by the way. Whether you just read these little posts or have jumped into the group, I love that you’re here with me! In reality, I’m a bit of an introvert, but I love people and I love artists, so it’s fun to have a little place where we can all hang out virtually. And my vision will always be one of acceptance and inclusiveness. This space is open to anyone who loves watercolor. Period. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all have a meet-up where we can hang out in person. And you can see that I’m actually a person, though a touch shy, and not just an avatar. (Oh, and I’m rather sweet, though, and I do enjoy hugs!). But anyway, back to salad, for those of you are are just stopping by to read. I just get a bit excited about all these cool little features that I’m adding. I’m not actually sure what makes an autumn salad, if there is such a specific thing. I just love nuts and cheese, and they show up a bit more in the fall.

Okay, I’ll be honest, I really just love cheese. Seriously, I’m an addict when it comes to cheese and there are few versions that I don’t like. This wasn’t always true, of course. When I was little, blue cheese was grotesque and nasty to me. And so were walnuts for the record. But as I get older, I’m enjoying many more things. It’s one of the true benefits of aging. As I’m holding my phone at “just the right distance” in order to see what the hell is happening there, I can at least enjoy the fact that I’m learning to love new foods. This is lovely thing indeed. And as I continue to DO and make things happen, I hope each of you are DOing the same. Life is meant to be an experience, not a project. We’re here on this earth to try things, fail at things, be nice to others, and smile. It sounds a bit ridiculous when put that way, but it’s actually quite an important thing. What we make matters. What we DO has beautiful rewards. And when we DO it together, we become a delightful mix of ingredients, that make people all across the globe a bit happier. Like a fresh autumn salad.

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Charlie, your salad is charming (though now I want blue cheese and walnuts. The green stuff is okay, but mostly I want the cheese and nuts!). Your new features are amazing. I was thrilled to order my watercolor block and I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for all your hard work.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah…. I’m all about the cheese and nuts…. the greenery is just garnish! LOL And yippee! Thanks so much for jumping in and being the very FIRST person to redeem DO Points!! I hope this will be a really fun thing in the future once more people discover it!

  2. Nay Aung 5 years ago

    Great new feature Charlie!!!Also your salad,I wanna taste it 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Nay!! 😃💕 Hehe… it’s a delicious salad… but mostly because of the blue cheese.

  3. Jacob 5 years ago

    Yay, so points mean prizes now! You even have your own currency now. That’s fantastic. What a nice way to encourage all sorts of doodlewash activity. Cracking salad too, by the way!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, I figured if I can’t have a zonkey in real life, I just have to do something insanely bold like inventing my own currency instead. Perhaps, one day, DO Points can be exchanged for one… or Citrus Polos!! One can dream!!!

      • Jacob 5 years ago

        Well, if anyone can make it happen, you can!

  4. Kelly 5 years ago

    I enjoy your art. Delicious doodles.

  5. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    I like that, that we DO together. All of us are creating something wonderful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay! I agree! 😃💕 It’s WAY more fun to build something as a group. I can’t wait to see what we’ll make happen next!

  6. Sharon Mann 5 years ago

    Gorgeous art and I’m sure very delicious.

  7. lcihlartds.net@gtempaccount.com 5 years ago

    So I painted a bunch of watercolor dots today.for my palette quick guide. That’s kind of like a salad right? Lol

  8. Mary McDonough 5 years ago

    Great looking salad. You are a lucky guy, Philippe, creating great food for you. And we are lucky to have this site that you have created. Will check out your new features.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m lucky and sort of spoiled. Maybe that’s why I feel the need to pay it forward and spoil the group with cool stuff! hehe

  9. Mary Roff 5 years ago

    Great looking salad! Thanks for the Doodlewash club!!

  10. memadtwo 5 years ago

    A still life made to order (and eat!). Delicious. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Kerfe!! 😃💕 This was sooooo good… thank you blue cheese! hehe

  11. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    yum! is that apple I see in the center? I love beets with blue cheese and walnuts. Beets! That was a gross old people food that I now love. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yep! Apples as well… another awesome ingredient. So glad you could decipher it… I was moving so fast! hehe And beets!! Totally love them now! I’m officially a gross old people!! YAY!!

  12. Amit Paul 5 years ago

    Yummy Salad, wonderful example of art.

  13. Teri Casper 5 years ago

    Even though I’m looking at this in the early morning….yummy! Thinking of lunch. 😄

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay! hehe… I’m sure this would be delicious at breakfast as well! 😃💕

  14. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Salad is not only a terrific meal, yours is extraordinarily beautiful. Please tell Phillipe I said so. The colors and textures create a vision lovely to see. I make a green salad almost every night but I pile it into bowls – you can’t see how pretty it is. I may try plating it next time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 I’ll let him know! This one is truly lovely and delicious so it’s going in the cookbook! hehe He does has a way of plating though… not sure if I captured it, but this is sketched from his vision!

  15. itsmyhusbandandme 5 years ago

    I love blue cheese too. It’s hard to make food look good in a photograph let alone a painting. Well done. I think I know what I’ll be ordering for lunch.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, JP! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, salads are horribly tough to sketch and make look appetizing so I’m thrilled you liked this!

  16. smzang 5 years ago

    Love the painting and the salad! It is impossible to get decent lettuce here this year.
    Everything is wilted…no crisp. I ate at my favorite local restaurant the other day and
    the salad was brown looking. I got huge apologies and a free meal but no salad. I must
    admit the endive and the romaine are a bit better than the iceberg but none of them come
    close to looking as delectable as your lovely salad. As always, great painting and great writing.
    (and kudos to the chef)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I tend to punch colors, but this is surprisingly accurate. Trader Joe’s has the great endives! hehe I’ve never been a fan of iceberg lettuce… I like really leafy things, but never brown! Yikes!

  17. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    My husband loves pickled beets in his salad and I like feta or blue or gorgonzola in mine. We were made for each other.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yum!! That sounds like a match made in heaven on all fronts!! hehe 😃💕

  18. Kati Brooke 5 years ago

    The new features are awesome! 😀 I look forward to seeing what’s available in the future.

    Also, your painting makes me want salad, and I don’t even like salad that much. 😛

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay! Then mission accomplished! Thanks, Kati! 😃💕 And double yay… hope you’ll enjoy the new features. Just one more big feature coming to complete my crazy vision! Well, two, if you count the app. 😊

  19. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    I make a delicious salad, too: greens, peppers, cucumber, sliced cherry tomatoes, black olives, pecans toasted in maple syrup, all with an oil and vinegar dressing that has 4 oz of goat cheese added. Yum!!! Your salad looks good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      YUM! Your salad sounds perfectly delicious, Susan! I would love that! 😃💕

  20. Carol Hartmann 5 years ago

    Charlie, what a delicious-looking salad! Did you ever notice that salads taste so much better when someone else makes them? If I make one for myself, it doesn’t seem to be such a grand thing. Wonder why that is. Also, I can’t wait to see the last part you have up your sleeve. Perhaps an app? I would LOVE to meet you and Phillipe some day! 😘. Don’t worry, I am shy too but love hugs 🤗

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Carol!! 😃💕 I totally agree! I think food in general tastes better when it comes with love from someone else. And yes! Would love to meet you as well! As long as there are hugs, I’m in!

  21. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    Cheese and hugs. There’s nothing quite so good as either of those. Or both.

    Or both and new art supplies.

    But definitely cheese and hugs. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Elizabeth! 😃💕 Life just wouldn’t be complete without cheese, hugs, and art supplies! hehe

  22. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Lovely greens and reds!

  23. Kamlesh Tribhuvane 5 years ago

    Very Nice

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