I started out with something else entirely and suddenly changed my mind and brought shrimp cocktail to the #DoodlewashDinner tonight. I’ve been craving shrimp for days and I’m not entirely sure what that means. But there you have it. Equally strange in this little journey is that when a subject pops up like this that I didn’t anticipate, I have absolutely no idea what to say about it. It’s basically just shrimp in a little bowl which, unless you’re allergic, doesn’t have much story and drama to it.
Also, heading into a three day holiday weekend here, I’m feeling a bit lazy in that really fantastic and unapologetic way that holiday weekends make possible. I love these types of holidays because, though short, the Friday heading in makes me feel wonderful! Like I can just sort of quit and relax for a little while without worrying about anything. Each weekend should have a bit of this feeling, but the three days make today extra special. And extra lazy, which means even less time and attention to doodlewash and post.
As for shrimp, it appears there are over 2,000 different shrimp species in the world, so I’m not sure exactly which of those are shown here. Well, whichever kind, I find them all delicious. They’re really one of my favorite types of seafood. And bonus, shrimp contain selenium, an antioxidant mineral that activates enzymes to fight cancer. Hope that’s also true of wine, because that’s really what’s coming next. I hope everyone who’s celebrating a long holiday weekend has a fantastic one! Cheers!
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Pale Green, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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59 thoughts on “A Little Shrimp Cocktail”
Ohhh Charlie your shrimps cocktail looks adorable and delicious you can always crave shrimps that for sure! <3 😉 great doodlewash! Have a great 3 days weekend!
Thanks so much Carolina! 😃💕Your shrimp had more panache and personality I think. It’s probably your fault I was craving shrimp today! Lol
LOL…I was thinking about it since you post it as the main photo, I figured that you were craving for shrimp when I saw your doodlewash! 😉
See? lol actually I just loved your doodlewash! Hehe
Ahah yes I am happy that you did!
Love them, the bigger the better…..but that does involve drama, if bbq’d with heads on, you got a pop those heads off! Yum yum, I never realised how good they are for us…popped on shopping list for tomorrow.
Excellent!! They’re on my list as well! Shrimp all around I say! Hehe😃
Oh ps, lame pen looks fab for the black lines on the shrimp, love this doodlewash, just got carried away thinking about dinner tomorrow.
Hehe…thanks Rebecca! 😃💕no worries at all. Dinner is super important. And glad I could help with the menu!
Your illustrations are always so visually “right” – real and appealing!! This looks edible. Right off the screen! Yummo
Awww thanks Cynthia! 😃💕What a wonderful compliment!!
Nice and they look like the shrimp we had tonight to kick off the weekend…also included corn, lobster and wine.
Ohhh you had lobster?!! Now I’m jealous. That’s my absolute favorite. You really know how to kick off a weekend in style!! Hehe 😃I approve of that menu!!!
Looooove shrimp cocktail! Gotta have that cocktail sauce 😜. Enjooooy your holiday weekend! Gorgeous doddlewash!
Thanks so much Jodi! 😃💕Yeah…in my lazy state I didn’t make the sauce. Hehe Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well my friend!!
Nicely done Charlie, and the jumbo size! Shrimp cocktail was a staple at all family holiday gatherings. I could never get enough of it. I loved the tomoto sauce with the horseradish added.
Thanks Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, I really have to watch myself when it’s on a buffet at cocktail parties. I can’t stop eating them!!😊lol
Awesome doodlewash! I’m afraid the only shrimp I’ve sampled – at least to my recollection – is the foamy pick ‘n’ mix kind, but this makes me feel I’m missing out rather. Best indulge your cravings, I say – it’s the bank holiday. It was the Sunday evenings and being able to stay up late where the euphoria would strike me! Whatever you’re doing with all that extra time, have fun – have shrimp! (Makings of a slogan, there!)
Loving the slogan!! Another great T-Shirt! Hehe And I’ve no idea what the foamy shrimp is that you speak of. Lol I think you’re missing out! But hope you’ll have a fabulous weekend!! 😃
They’re sweets that actually still exist (though I’ve not had one for years). There are also foam bananas, and strawberries – which makes for an interesting combination!
When Charlie ‘O has a crave
he’ll take you to your grave
So if you’re a tasty shrimp
beware of nets and Charlie’s teeth
coming at you from beneath
Awesome pome, Judy! 😃Wow…this makes me sound scary! That’s hot! I doubt I would ever come across so ruthless in person. Just a silly Teddy Bear. 😊lol
yum! I love the fact that you have a poem just for you Charlie! what a reward for such an awesome doodlewash…..I get a feeling your craving will be satisfied. 😀
Always a reward! Judy’s poems are always a welcome treat! Glad you liked the doodlewash Margaret! Thanks! 😃💕
While these look delicious, isn’t it redundant to say a little shrimp anything?
True…I thought of that. Little in this case is in regard to the portion size. I could eat a ton more of these! lol 😊
Yeah, where’s the sauce? I bet Philippe makes awesome mayo!
I was far to lazy to paint the sauce!😊 Lol But Philippe does make awesome mayo!! 😃hehe
3 Cheers to a relaxing 3-day weekend!! 😃 YAY! Charlie! 🍴🎨🍷 Love shrimp cocktail – your doodlewash looks divine, friend! I love shrimp too!!! 🍤❤️✨ Enjoy you time off! 😍
Awww thanks so much Jill!! 😃💕Hope you’ll have an amazing weekend!! Cheers to relaxing!! (And eating!! Hahn hehe)
It’s the lemon slice that gets me – I love how you’ve made it semi-transparent. Wonderful! 🙂
Awww thanks Rebecca!! 😃💕I wasn’t sure if that would come out, so I’m glad you liked it!
Yeah, I’m with Rebecca re the lemon slice, really fabulous colour, transparency and detail and twist to it! Your shrimp is our prawn; our shrimp is what the Italians call scampi, quite tiny. Love it any which way. BTW all seafood is brain food, so I would say your craving tells me your brain needs a refresh, which you’ll get this weekend; not too much wine now, Charlie! 😉
What? Wine isn’t brain food as well? Lol yeah…I need a reboot, so happy it’s a long weekend! Glad you liked the doodlewash. Thanks, Janina! 😃💕
hahaha…it kinda is brain-food, if you call getting sozzled feeding the brain! LOL. Enjoy your break…I too love long weekends, but, then, all my weekends now are ‘long’, as a retiree! PS: I had a glass of lovely red with lunch yesterday; it was truly mellow, like I was later! 😉
Haha! That wine sounds perfect then!! Hope your enjoying all your long weekends, Janina! (I’m so jealous! Lol)
..your turn will come…trust me! *wink
Delicious doodles – drawn so yummy!!! Great work, Charlie!
Thanks so much, Carsten!! I really appreciate it!! 😃
Now this one I love because it makes me hungry AND I can actually eat it! Woot! You really have a gift for this, Charlie, seriously. If there is such a career as food illustration, you belong in it and no lie. If every menu had illustrations like this, no restaurant would go out of business ever. Beautiful work, my bro and pal. Have a wonderful weekend!
Yay! Got one you can actually eat sis! Hehe Thanks so much for the wonderful words!! 😊💕 This has been a fun month! Food was more enjoyable than I expected. But, of course, I’ll probably think that ba out whatever is coming next month! 😉
Looks great and so delicious. See you at the table.
Thanks Teri! 😃💕 Yay…glad you’re a shrimp fab as well! Love this stuff!
Oh scrumptious looking shrimp Charlie! Such a nice way to start off the holiday weekend! Such a great doodlewash! Enjoy your relaxing extended weekend!
Thanks so much Cathe! Glad you liked this one! 😃💕It’s good to take a little break and relax some.
I like your shrimp, Charlie, but not the real life version. I think I’ve only tried it once, and once was enough for me! Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks Tom! 😃Really? Not a shrimp fan?! hehe… I love these things! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Great looking painting, yummy looking shrimp…ooooh, now I’m hungry again. lol
Hehe…that’s a good sign then! Thanks Haunani!! 😃💕
I think shrimp cocktail is such a great summer appetizer! Love the details on the shrimp and such a fancy lemon wedge!
Thanks, Kari! 😃💕Yeah…I decided to fancy it up a bit. The shrimp looked lovely! Lol
Your shrimpy lunch looks so inviting, Charlie! Alas, shrimp is one food I just can’t enjoy. I don’t know why because I love so much other seafood, but I just can’t eat shrimp. The only shrimp I can say I ever enjoyed is deep fried coconut shrimp, but I couldn’t get past two pieces. I mostly tasted the coconut and deep fried flavors, negating any healthiness of eating seafood, so I simply opt out. Shrimp cocktail always sounded so fancy to me when I was a kid, but I just couldn’t get past the first bite. Then to make matters worse, a few years ago we watched the shrimp boats being in their daily catches, shovelling fresh, iced shrimp onto conveyor belts. To my horror there were people at the end quickly grabbing the little critters and popping off their heads. To extend my horror, our friends bought some of these headless creatures and brought them back to our rental, where they spread out newspapers, shelled (or deshelled?) and deveined the shrimp. It was all so foul that I had to take a long walk on the beach to escape the barbarics of preparing dinner, which of course I didn’t eat. And you didn’t think shrimp had much drama in their lives! 😉 However, there is one thing about shrimp that I like – before cooking they are a grayish color, but after cooking they have such a lovely coral color, just like in your doodlewash. Hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing, lazy weekend, Charlie!
Thanks so much Carol! 😃💕I think if I witnessed all that I’d probably skip the shrimp as well! That deveining part is where I get repulsed. As long as it’s all done where I can’t see it, I’m good though. 😉
Oh there be little tiger-striped shrimp on the plate – basking under a lemon umbrella. Oh yum!
Love how the lemon slice is delicately transparent.
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Hehe… this was a fun one to paint… and always a fun one to eat!
Very nice! (yum)
Thanks! Glad ya liked this one! 😃