A Ripe Banana

Day 5 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Ripe Bananas Watercolor - #doodlewash

There’s really nothing tastier than a ripe banana and it also happens to fit perfectly with today’s prompt of “spots” in this month’s challenge. Bananas are devilishly difficult to sketch and paint and would probably have been better served with more time and attention, but even in less than an hour I think they look rather banana-like so I’m satisfied. Though I admit to loving the taste of ripe bananas, the texture leaves much to be desired. When they reach this point, they’re far better relegated to banana bread or a lovely bananas foster. I tend to like them a touch greener when I’m consuming them on their own. But bananas have always made me really happy because they’re usually associated with monkeys which I find rather adorable. My mother using to refer to my childhood shenanigans as “monkey business” which literally means wasting time on some foolish project. I didn’t consider any of my amazing ideas I had as a kid “foolish” and actually loved the idea that a monkey might find a way to make a successful business out of it. This hasn’t changed very much.

Today, I’m still chasing dreams and following my heart to wherever it leads me. I watch people who have business plans and other such things in place and I’m truly impressed. How wonderful to know exactly what you want to happen next. I, on the other hand, run on pure love and impulse. I simply do what I feel like doing on any given day and assume that my love of the act will make good things happen in return. This may indeed seem like “monkey business,” but I don’t think it’s ever foolish to follow your passion. When you’re focused on what you love, the world will simply love you back for that. I truly believe this. Love is by far the strongest emotion you can put back into the world and the way things are going in our world today, I think it’s the primary emotion that’s needed right now. That combined with a healthy permission to play and seek joy is really the best way to live life.

As we head into another weekend, I’m exhausted as ever from a very busy week. A million things have happened over the past several days and I’m looking forward to taking a little break. But I was so happy to paint something today before heading into my evening. And that little joy is what gets me through almost every day. As a kid, I know my mother was dealing with quite a lot. I had so many dreams and so many things that I wanted to accomplish. I can only imagine that raising me was an exhausting endeavour. But I’m driven not to succeed, but to make some sort of difference. And even as I slowly type this, feeling the last bit of energy drain from my body, I hope that I’m on the path to doing just that. I just want to bring a bit of good into this world and make people smile. I think, in the end, that’s always been my goal. Even on days like today, when I’m left simply feeling like a ripe banana.

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 Day 5 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Ripe Bananas Watercolor - #doodlewash
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  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 weeks ago

    Only you, Charlie, could make overripe bananas look appealing. I just threw out two that looked like this painting though they would have made good banana bread – if I were capable of making good banana bread. Ha!

    More than the charm of your painting is the charm of your story about childhood shenanigans. Allowing kids time and space to play and invent is more important than vacations to exotic places or classes – though those are great also. I think your mom had it just right in the how-to-raise-kids department. And I bet you wore her out far less than you made her very proud and probably astonished her with the imaginative little kid you were. And the imaginative adult you’ve become.

    • Author

      Awww that’s so sweet of you to say! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I hope she wasn’t too exhausted in the end by me. hehe

  3. ksbeth 3 weeks ago

    great image and i am a monkey lover as well. –

  4. Susan Feniak 3 weeks ago

    You are bringing so much to this world of ours by just being you Charlie. Please continue with all your “monkey business”. The world is limitless. Put your feet up and chill. ❤😊

    • Author

      That’s such a wonderful thing to say. Thank you so much my friend! 😃💕 It’s been a lovely and relaxing weekend so far! Hope yours is the same!

      • Susan Feniak 3 weeks ago

        Thank you Charlie. We have been busy getting the boat ready for the season. See me smile? 😆🍷

      • Author

        hehe! I can see the smile all the way from here! Happy boating! 😃

    • Nancy Sapp 3 weeks ago

      Charlie – Love your childhood & adult stories. I ALWAYS enjoy & admire your paintings.
      Thanks for sharing them all with us!

  5. jmnowak 3 weeks ago

    Yeh, I’m with you charlie re spotty bananas. I’m more your Banana Day post banana for eating as a snack. But spotties would be great for Bannoffee pie or a smoothy. Yum. 😋
    Enjoy your weekend! 🎈

    • Author

      Hehe… yeah… this kind isn’t for snacking!! But glad ya liked the doodlewash, Janina! 😃💕 Hope your weekend is going great!

  6. shellypruittjohnson 3 weeks ago

    I love this blog! It makes me really happy. Thank you for your pictures and your accompanying essay. You are doing a great thing for the world.

    • Author

      Aww I’m so happy to hear you love the blog, Shelly! 😃💕 Thanks so much for the kind words!! I really appreciate it!

  7. brygydmyry 3 weeks ago

    Do you think this is one of your best paintings? A lot of yours are good but this one is like “boom”!

  8. beverlydyer 3 weeks ago

    I wish we lived closer. I’d love to have a glass of wine and discuss being a dreamer. Even though my husband thinks I’m occasionally spacey, dreamers make the world a better place. Cheers, bev

    • Author

      I totally agree, Bev! 😃💕 I’m sure we’d have a blast chatting over a glass of wine! hehe… and being spacey together. We can just blame it on the wine. 😉

  9. Jacob 3 weeks ago

    Wonderful! “Monkey business” is a delightful phrase, and I think I had it thrown at me a few times aswell. I assumed it was a grown-up’s way of acknowledging brilliance 😉 Go bananas. (Another hilarious phrase!)

    • Author

      hehe… thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 I think you’re right on that! lol And yeah… Go bananas is a great phrase and fun to do as well!

  10. debiriley 3 weeks ago

    this is Beautiful Charlie! you must realise by now, that You do, touch many lives Charlie and make a difference. I am positive, that there are lots of people who have now allowed them selves to Create, to do Art, to become more fulfilled in life. Because of your posts, you. See. You do make a Difference!!! as always, Cheers, Debi 🙂

    • Author

      Aww thanks, Debi! 😃💕 This blog has definitely been an incredible and rewarding experience. And you definitely make a positive difference with your posts my friend! They always make me smile!

      • debiriley 3 weeks ago

        🙂 cheers, and …. try to go have a bit of R & R PS is July the big one for Wc? if so, I’ll try to gear up for most, of it 🙂

      • Author

        Yep!! World Watercolor Month is coming back! I hope you’ll hop in and play along! It’s going to be amazing!! 😃

      • debiriley 3 weeks ago

        great, I’ll get some in at least 🙂

  11. Lee 3 weeks ago

    Great artwork! 🍌 it actually looks pretty realistic when you’re quickly scrolling by.✨ I have been using bananas for my smoothies😋

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Lee! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one… and yeah… this kind is totally ready to be in a smoothie! hehe

      • Lee 3 weeks ago


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  13. NostalgicKat 2 weeks ago

    I’m so happy ripe bananas are getting a mention!! Speckled bananas are so much more sugary than greenish/yellow bananas. So unfortunate people tend to throw them out, give them to me!

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