A Wonderful Combination

Cookies And Milk With Straw Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt of “Complementary,” I first thought of things that go well together and then ended up with a quick little sketch of some cookies and milk. Next, of course, I thought about complementary colors, so I used those for the little candies on top. I DO hope you’ve been enjoying this fantastic month of watercolor celebration, which is coming to a close very soon! Just a reminder that the World Watercolor Month souvenir shop closes in just a few days. There’s awesome limited edition products to commemorate the month and, best of all, 100% of proceeds goes to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to get art supplies for underprivileged kids. So, I hope you’ll check it out and support our wonderful cause! I adore this month as we all come together from all across to globe to celebrate this fantastic medium! Together, we’re making the world more beautiful and more hopeful one painting and sketch at a time. It’s quite complimentary, and just what the world needs right now.

I was thinking I was ahead of schedule today and then my actual schedule proved me perfectly wrong. Sometimes, I think time has a way of fast forwarding like some sort of magic. This often occurs, and I’m left scrambling at the last moment to figure out what to create. When this happens, you will often find desserts and treats of some kind. Not simply because I adore them, which I do, but also because I’ve practiced them the most so I can quickly sketch them from memory. One of the things I’ve learned on my little art journey is that when in doubt, sketch something familiar. Try the the thing you can draw with your eyes closed and see how it turns out this time. The cool part is that even if it’s something you’ve made many times before, it always turns out just a bit differently. And that makes everything super fun. It’s wonderful to discover a little choice that I made this time that I wouldn’t have thought of making the last time.

But yeah, I have to admit that right now I’m just really craving cookies and I’ve yet to get Philippe to bake any. I keep leaving little subtle hints that he might notice. Like a couple of days ago when I left ten pages of recipes carelessly on the keyboard of his laptop with a scribbled smiley face on the top page. The only cookies I’ve ever baked were the kind that came in a roll, where you just separate them onto a baking sheet, place them into the oven for the indicated amount of time and then end up a master baker. I tried to sneak some of this version into our last grocery order and Philippe stopped me. He told me that he would make the real thing, so I shouldn’t buy that… well I can’t repeat the word he said after that. So, in my defense, I did attempt to take matters into my own hands, but my other half intervened. I kind of love that he did. His version will be far healthier on that day in the future when it finally arrives. Until then, I’m left with the lovely glow of what it means to live a happy life that’s always a wonderful combination.

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  1. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful Charlie! I hope that you get your cookies soon!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    While shopping at the beach, we saw a bunch of Oreo cookies in different flavors. Since it was his birthday, he decided he wanted to try the new coconut caramel flavor. They were tasty but not a hint of coconut or caramel that I could detect, lol. I’m sure they were not as flavorful or healthy as what Philippe will eventually bake.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww that’s awesome! hehe! 😃💕 Back when I went to an office, my team would bring in those Oreo flavors. They were always good… but I could never quite taste the flavors they were supposed to be. And they they had their mystery flavors where you had to guess. It’s totally unfair with artificial flavors!! lol

  3. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Looks good enough to eat lol. And cookies oh ya hope you get them soon 🙂

  4. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    Philippe, make the man his cookies already! 😀 Your painting is wonderful, Charlie. The way that your straw appears so 3-D is so awesome! How fabulous that you can do that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Both for the wonderful compliment and the phrase I shall repeat immediately to Philippe! hehe

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  6. Lisa 2 years ago

    I like M & Ms, and I like cookies, but I don’t care for the two together. That seems weird to me. I think I just can’t get past the candy coating. Plain chocolate chip if you please. So I bought myself my gift for finishing WWM. A few more to go, but I’m sure I’ll finish now. Especially because when I’m done, I’m sending them to a friend to be scanned and turned into a calendar. Fun times! Plus I sold one of the originals, which made me very happy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yay! I’m so thrilled to hear that you’re finishing World Watercolor Month and for getting a gift! And big congrats for selling an original… that’s so cool! 😃💕

  7. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Brilliant doodle, Charlie. As usual I’m in awe at someone who can do a painting of glass.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Aww painting glass is just a bit of trickery with contrast. It’s not as hard as it seems. Painting milk, however, is something I still sort of struggle with. 😉

  8. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful, Charlie! Love that straw; it seems like it has something to say.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… I always like to make my straws look like they have something to say. 😉

  9. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto mucho, hasta ya me dio hambre

  10. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Lovely and yummy! Your painting is great! I love cookies and milk but my favs. are Oreo’s! Ate them through both of my pregnancies LOL Hope you get yours soon!!!

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