In my quest to make doodlewashes of subjects I’ve never tried, today I chose a couple of my favorite fruits, apples and pears. I had less than 30 minutes to complete it, so I kept getting impatient waiting for the layers to dry, and bounced from fruit to fruit, hoping for the best. The pear was tough for me and seemed to require a ton of colors including: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Phthalocyanine Green, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrol Red and Neutral Tint.
The fun thing about choosing the doodlewash before the story is that I have to stare at the end result and see what memories it jogs. Philippe looked at this one and said, “That looks great! So I guess you must have a story about.. fruit?” I just stared at him and said, “Uhmmm… of course!” Meanwhile, inside my head, I said, “crap, crap, crap!”
So next, I’ll do what I always do and just start typing and see what comes out. I mean, who doesn’t have a great apple or pear story, right? Okay, I admit that I haven’t heard many. I must have one somewhere in my dusty memory, but the only thing that suddenly springs to mind is my age-old fear of apple bobbing.
I used to hate bobbing for apples as a kid, having only been forced to try it once or twice, and never attempted it again as an adult. For anyone who doesn’t know what this “game” consists of, you basically are disallowed the use of your arms (sometimes they’re actually tied behind your back) while you shove your face in a barrel of apples floating in water, desperately trying to grab one in your teeth like a wild animal.
It’s often a game played at Halloween parties and I used to dread it as a kid in grade school. I was a bit of an awkward child, on the chubby side, and too smart for my own good. I would watch in horror as my fellow students would shove their whole head in what was essentially a communal bowl of food. It grossed me out and seemed like the most unsanitary thing on the planet. I had no idea where these kids had been, and to risk drowning by shoving my face into a watery mess of food they’d licked at and attempted to gnaw on repulsed me.
I told my teacher I didn’t want to do it and she immediately launched into her teacher/mother voice and told me it was, “Fun! And I should give it a try!” Not to be dissuaded I asked her if we would also be eating off the same lunch tray later without the use of our hands? Her face recoiled and she said, “Ewww! That’s gross!” When I asked her to explain the difference between the two, she feebly said, “Charlie…they’re just apples…”
I was blissfully excused from this barbaric ritual that day and every day moving forward. But they did seem to be having fun. Those other kids, laughing and screaming and happily shoving their faces in that barrel. Perhaps I was missing out on something more than a sinus infection. I guess I’ll never know. Instead, I’ll just sit quietly at a table and consume my apple and pear while I practice the even older tradition of eating with one’s hands.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in By Charlie
37 thoughts on “Apple Bobbing”
Haha funny story and awesome apple and pear! It’s amazing what can be done 30 minutes.
Thanks Sharon!! ❤️😃 I’m glad you like them! I don’t have as much time lately to doodlewash so I’m getting better at going faster. Hehe…or I guess just going for it! 😊
The fruit is pretty can’t believe you did it in 30 mins. About the story, I did not like bobbing for apples because I can’t swim and the one time I did it I felt like I was drowning. Not my thing but it does look fun!
Hehe…yeah….I didn’t even mention the horrible drowning feeling!! 😳 Not my thing for sure! Lol Glad you liked the fruit doodlewash!! 😃
I’m behind you 100% there!! Eating with ones hands is far better than some sort of sinus infection!! Blech!!
Haha!! Yes! It’s really just how things were meant to be. 😉👍🏻
That’s a lovely pear you have there, Charlie. I mean the apples are lovely too, of course, but that pear… amazing colour!
You certainly plucked a good-un out of apparently a blind search 😛 I love how you were apparently a total smart-arse kid, answering back and stumping your teacher like that. Brilliant. I share your distaste at the whole concept of apple-bobbing. It doesn’t seem to be too ‘in’ over here – or perhaps we just realised how very awful it was – so mercifully I never had to suffer it!
Glad you liked the pear Jacob! Wasn’t sure I got the shadows right on it. 😃hehe… and yes, I was a total smart-arse as a kid…actually I also carried that into adulthood! 😊😊
Hahaha! I was going to say, not much has changed there 😉
I love, love, love your fruit Charlie! Radiant apples and pear! More please!
Thanks Cathe!! ❤️😃I realized I have never attempted to paint fruit yet! Hehe…I’m sure I’ll try more after I’m done grabbing random things I’d like to doodlewash this month! Hehe
Seriously, I share your EWWW reaction to bobbing for apples. Your painting, though, wow!! Those apples look so real and beautiful, I want to reach in, grab one and take a bite!
Hehe…yay! I knew you’d agree Teresa! 😉 And I’m glad you like the apples! ❤️😃I struggled with the reflections at first, but that’s one of the good things about a compressed time frame, you just have to go for it!! Hehe
Wow! That’s so good! I especially for thirty minutes! The apples look really shiny!
Thanks Megan!! Glad you like them!! 😊😃
I have never bobbed for apples! I don’t think I would enjoy it. But your fruits are gorgeous! So rich! I want to take a bite! 😊
Hehe…thanks Kari!! ❤️😃 Glad you liked my first fruits! Yay! And don’t bother with bobbing, it’s horrific! 😱LOL
Yes, who doesn’t have a great apple story? You make me laugh. Great painting too. Think I’ll go have an apple myself (honeycrisp–the best). (K)
Hehe…glad ya liked it Kerfe!! ❤️😃Hope that honeycrisp was delicious!
WOWZA! Charlie! I wouldn’t mind bobbing for apples if they looked like your painting! Love how REAL and delicious they look! After my own fruit painting, I am truly impressed! 😊 Can I ask how you used Neutral Tint? 🍏🍐🍎
Awwww thanks Jill!! Glad you liked them!! ❤️😃 And as for Neutral tint, I use it at the very end to over-exaggerate the shadows and dark areas so things look more dimensional and to add the surface shadows. Usually because I don’t have time for building up many layers! Hehe… I sometimes add a dot of color to the neutral tint if I’m applying it thicker (with less transparency) so it doesn’t look too flat or to add color to the shadows.
Great sketch and love the story. What a fastidious child. Never occurred to me to worry about germs as a child lol.
lol…thanks friend!! Glad you liked both!! 😃 Yeah…I was a bit of a handful as a child according to my mother. 😊
One of mine was and still is a germophobe. Watched a germ video at the dr as a small child. Never recovered lol. 😊
Haha! I bet!! Those things are scary!! 😳
Gorgeous fruit doodlewash! I can’t believe you created this beauty in 30 minutes! You are the apple of my eye!
Awww thanks Jodi!! ❤️😃 You’re so sweet!! (I’m getting fast…not having enough time is paying off! Lol)
So beautiful, love the colors, light and shadow – it´s perfect!!! You´re so talented, Mr. Doodlewash! 😊
Awww you’re too sweet Ann!! ❤️😃So happy you liked these!! It was my first go at fruit so wasn’t sure what would happen! 😊😊
This is a wonderful painting. I’ve just gone back through your blog and your progress is amazing. Inspirational stuff.
Awww thanks Ros! 😃I truly appreciate you saying that! I felt like I was getting better, but I’m too close to it to tell! Lol I’m so happy you see improvement!! Yay!! 😃😃😃
Your fruit are gorgeous and look good enough to take a bite.
Awww thanks Haunani!! ❤️😃
These look great! very real…perfect colors. I too hate bobbing for apples, or even worse, the dreaded musical chairs with concurrent popping balloon noises.,,I am scarred for life from a few choice childhood parties…
Yeah…childhood parties are just cruel and unfortunate events sometimes.lol Thanks Rachel!