A Perfectly Baked Pie

Fruit pie is definitely one of my favorite dessert options, but only if served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’ve chosen blueberry today, but give me cherry, apple, or peach and I’m equally thrilled. Again, as long as the companion vanilla scoop is present. Philippe is a master when it comes to baking pies, and I’ve seen the thrill on his face when a crust seems to come out just perfectly. As for me, I can’t personally speak to the thrill of this specifically. Were I to actually attempt to bake a pie, my definition of “perfect” would involve producing something vaguely edible that didn’t send people rushing for the toilet. For someone who actually bakes, of course, the bar is far higher. What I can attest to is the thrill of eating that perfectly baked pie, and that alone qualifies it as a top simple pleasure. The truth is, whenever someone makes something that turns out really well, their audience also gets to enjoy a similar rush of excitement. And when that something is pie, the thrill is even sweeter.

I’ve tried many things with success in life, but cooking just hasn’t been one of them. Gardening is another skill I lack entirely. Proof, I guess, that we can only hope to master the things we truly love to do. No point in pushing ourselves to perfection if the thing we’re doing in the first place simply doesn’t capture our hearts. You won’t find a master of anything who truly dislikes what they do. Some folks just starting out with watercolor ask me what they should do in order to improve. The answer is incredibly simple and applies to everyone. Simply DO. Each and every day, for 90 days, and see if you truly form an addiction that you simply can’t shake. The rest, will take care of itself. If you’re doing something each and every day, it’s impossible not to improve. Sure, some days sort of suck and it can feel like you’re moving backwards, but then there’s that day when everything comes together just as it should. This is the day that was meant to be, and those other days were the flukes.

I just keep charging on and making things each day without worrying too much about the outcome. I’ve seen how time and practice force me to improve, whether I like it not, just by looking back through old posts on this blog. I love having absolutely everything I’ve ever painted in a single place! From that time Doodlewash turned 90 days old, which was the very first time I ever painted food, until today. I’ve no idea what my paintings or even Doodlewash, for that matter, will look like two years from now, but I’m confident that both will keep improving! And I’m thrilled that so many of you have joined me here on this journey. (Seriously, if you haven’t checked out our watercolor community, then log in with social now and join in the fun!) Each day is another opportunity to grab some ingredients and create something new. Though not every day will feel like a success, at some point in time, you’ll always surprise yourself, like bakers everywhere when they open the oven to reveal a perfectly baked pie.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 16 - A Perfectly Baked Pie - Blueberry Ice Cream - Doodlewash

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  1. Meenakshi Goel 6 years ago

    Perfect 😋

  2. Sandra Strait 6 years ago

    Okay, fruit pie with ice cream is almost as good as chocolate. Almost! Your pie looks yummy and fortunately (or is it unfortunately?) it will last longer than Philippe’s artistic success. So he’ll just have to keep recreating it. Yeah, that’s fortunately.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      haha! Excellent!! Exactly… I love the way you think, Sandra! 😉💕

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Wonderful painting of something delicious I’m not supposed to eat so I’m just enjoying it here. Looks yummy@

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, these doodlewashes are always diet friendly in that way. hehe

  4. Susan Cuss 6 years ago

    I thought it might be elderberry pie–so delicious! And, yep, gotta have warm pie with cold ice cream! I can’t have the ice cream or the pastry, but it sure brings back yummy memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 I’ve never tried elderberry pie… I should!! Sounds yummy!!

  5. Jacob 6 years ago

    The (ice) cream of the crop! I remember that ninety days post, it’s amazing to see how things have come on since then, and to think of what awaits! Mmm 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      hehe.. thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 It’s just so cool you’ve been along for this whole journey! Mostly, because you’ve just made it WAY for fun!! And yeah… I know… just flick off the ice cream and eat the pie! lol

  6. Lisa 6 years ago

    Chocolate cream pie with whipped cream!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      YUM, Lisa!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I still didn’t go the chocolate route with whipped pies. My mom made a killer coconut cream pie that was my favorite!

  7. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    Your pie looks a little like a Huckleberry pie! 💜 Looks delish, Charlie! 😃

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 hehe… for you… it’s definitely Huckleberry then!! And you know… I’ve STILL yet to try that. Must make a note to fix that.

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 6 years ago

    Looks yummy but i have to control my self. U know due to figure hey .its lovely painting

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 hehe… everything good in moderation, of course!! I need to loose 10 pounds, so this is the only kind of pie I can have. 😊

  9. YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

    Beautiful slice of blueberry pie Charlie! And great post it is always fun to look back at old painting and see that perseverance and a good drawing routine daily will go very far! <3 😉 You need to do InkTober this year!!! 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks so much, Carolina!! Glad you liked this post!! 😃💕 And yeah… since I ink and paint daily, does that mean I’m always doing Inktober? hehe… I’d never go watercolor-less of course, so I just add the hashtag in October. 😊

  10. Thomas Blanchard 6 years ago

    Look tasty! And you are blessed to have a talented baker around 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah, he’s an amazing cook AND baker which is sort of ridiculous actually. LOL But, yeah, I’m soooo lucky!! 😊

  11. Sandra Gilbert 6 years ago

    Charlie, you paint the yummiest looking desserts. 90 days to make a habit… Okay although I have been watercolor painting for about 2+ years, it has been as I had time or not :).

    But since World watercolor month this year, I have made the time every day. I am up to 78 days. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And YAY!!! You made my heart so happy hearing that!! See?? You’re almost there. At the end of the month, you’ll be a true addict and will always wonder why you thought you couldn’t find the time to do it daily. 😉 hehe

  12. Yvonne Reeder 6 years ago

    Amen to that “Simply DO!” Spot on, Charlie!

    Oh gosh – pies! Gramma and Mama were excellent at them. Gramma perfected the cocoanut creme, banana creme, homemade butterscotch and lemon and so on with her lovely meringue toppings! Mama’s expertise was in the fruit pies but she also made a frozen pumpkin pie that was a revered treat!

    To those flavoured and favoured memories brought to the fore from your post, I salute you Charlie! 😍❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Awww thanks so much, Von!! 😃💕 But seriously… I was salivating reading your description and almost couldn’t think. I’ll have a slice of each of those pies please!! YUM!!!!

  13. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    I’m adopting Yvonne’s mom.

    Also, pie is perfection. Even bad pie is awesome. 😀

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