A Frothy Cup Of Joe

Day 12 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - A Frothy Cup Of Joe - Cappuccino With Spoon On Plate - #doodlewash

So today’s prompt of “frothy” is one of those words that isn’t particularly pleasant. Frothing at the mouth is something one does when they are excited, angry, or are unfortunate enough to have contracted rabies or the even more unfortunate victim of a zombie bite. It’s just not a pretty word. Focusing on just the food-related meaning, I immediately though of a cappuccino. Or, powering through the end of the week, I may have just had coffee on the brain. So we have this little 3 color doodlewash. Coffee is also sometimes referred to as a “cup of joe” which is an equally odd phrase so the two seemed to fit together well. There’s an elaborate story that the 1914 Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels banned alcohol, which forced guys to drink the next strongest drink available and thus name the cup of coffee after Joe. Another, more likely theory, is that coffee was quite a common drink and consumed by the ordinary “average joe.” Either way, it’s a weird phrase that I never really use except to make myself giggle while creating the title of a blog post.

It’s the weekend again and I’m thrilled to have a little break and enjoy the apparently perfect weather the people who know are promising. It will actually be far too warm for a cappuccino finally and that’s a wonderful change. In truth though, I love coffee and it really doesn’t matter what the temperature is for me to indulge in a bit of caffeine. I prefer it coal-black without anything extra to kill the buzz. This was a habit picked up from my mother who enjoyed it the same way and still does. When my dad was alive, he would always add lots of sugar and cream, so the end result was a bright yellow-beige that lost all resemblance to coffee. It looked and tasted more like a liquid caramel. I tried it once, long enough to learn that his habit wasn’t the one that would be inheriting. The only thing I like less is very weak coffee. The kind still served plain, but with the look of a cola and an oddly watered down coffee flavor. That’s almost worse.

Those of you who know me by now know that I’m not drinking coffee at the moment, but enjoying a lovely glass of wine. It’s been a busy week and I’m happy to take a few moments to relax. I’ve been slowly brimming with ideas for new things that I’d like to do with Doodlewash and yes, there’s definitely the amazing return of World Watercolor Month coming in July! So, mark your calendars for a painting extravaganza! Well, a fun let’s-really-go-for-it and paint 31 watercolors challenge, at least. This is also the month when both this blog and my own painting habit officially turn 2 years old. What makes me happiest is that so many of you have been here from the very beginning of this journey. It’s been quite an amazing couple of years and I promise to keep things exciting as we move into the future together. For now, I hope you’re well on your way to enjoying a beautiful and creative weekend, that may or may not include, a frothy cup of joe!

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
 Day 12 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - A Frothy Cup Of Joe - Cappuccino With Spoon On Plate - #doodlewash
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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! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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12 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    Liquid caramel – I’m with your dad on this one. I never drank coffee until about 20 years ago, and even now I only drink it if someone else makes it. Since hubby doesn’t like it at all, that means I only drink it when I’m out and about. And I love your frothy Doodlewashed version – the fun of seeing what the coffee baristas (such a silly title) will create.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… so you like the liquid caramel version, eh? My mom and I are probably the only ones in our family to enjoy the bitter black version, actually. Most of the family likes the added sweetness!

  2. Carol 2 months ago

    I love a good cuppa Joe each morning, but I am with your dad. I like a little vanilla almond milk in mine. Otherwise, how can you make a fun design in it? I participate in Doodlewash challenges at least twice a week and am very excited for the second annual Doodlewash World Watercolor Month 2017! I so enjoy seeing what everyone creates and how it differs from what I make. So many lovely points of view! Cheers to the weekend, dear Charlie!! 🍷🍷

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Yay!! So happy you’ll be participating in World Watercolor Month! It will be so much fun!! I do the little challenges all the time, but it’s fun to say… let’s really DO this for a whole month!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend as well, Carol! 😃💕

  3. krishnakumarsinghblog 2 months ago

    nice

  4. memadtwo 2 months ago

    Two good years! congrats. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks, Kerfe!! It’s been such an incredible journey! So happy you’re on it with me! 😃💕

  5. photoscientist 2 months ago

    Great artwork here. If I could drink coffee without hitting the roof, then I would want it to look that the image your have produced here.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much! hehe… sounds like this image is a perfect compromise then! 😉

  6. princevenusa 2 months ago

    Wow. Great Blog!favor please? its my requirement for my school. can you follow me ? 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks! 😃 That’s an odd assignment… I typically only follow sites that include art. But sure, I’ll follow!

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