Awesome Autumn Food!

When autumn begins, beyond the chilly weather, leaves and sweaters, my favorite part is definitely the food. So, for this month, I’ll be focusing mostly on food and either diverging from prompts entirely or interpreting them in wildly unique ways. For today’s prompt of leaves, we do actually have parsley leaves present in this bowl of butternut squash soup, so that’s fairly close. If you were hoping for autumn leaves, please see my previous post. Philippe made an amazing version of squash soup with a wonderfully unique mix of ingredients. Normally, I can’t get him to write down any of these awesome recipes he dreams up on the fly, but he’s agreed to do so this month. If all goes according to plan, at the close of the month, I’ll be offering up those recipes, these and other illustrations, and some fresh new stories in the form of a small illustrated cookbook. If all doesn’t go according to plan, I’ll have at least eaten well, but will be labeled the biggest tease on the internet. So, I’m determined to make it actually happen and produce something that I’ve only been hinting about for months. With your help and encouragement, I’m sure I’ll be able to DO it!

My favorite thing about about starting any new plan is approaching it with a healthy dash of “what the hell!” Though I’m not the cook in the family, I do cook up lots of crazy schemes and ideas and approach them with this same primary ingredient. For me, it’s just about giving myself permission to proceed without worrying about the outcome. If I bothered to take time to worry about what might happen, I might never begin anything in the first place. That’s why my motto and the motto of this site is simply “DO”! There’s really no better way to make a dream come true. Years ago, I wanted to be a writer and started reading books and buying software. I got so into setting up the software and folders that I entirely forgot to actually write. Sometimes, I think as an artist, the same thing can happen. You can spend all day researching supplies and studying techniques, but if at the end of it you’ve not produced a painting, then it’s difficult to tell if any progress has really been made.

So, for this month and every month ahead, I’m laying down an ultimate challenge to anyone reading this. Make time to DO! That’s it. Nothing more. If you have a dream that’s burning in your heart, then build time into your life to make it happen. This world is a crazy and uncertain place and there are so many challenges that we face each and every day. Just 30 minutes to an hour each day can transform a dream into a reality. Just pick the one idea you’ve always wanted to try and devote your time to that. Each day for a month, and see what happens. I’m confident that you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Don’t forget, of course, to add the primary ingredient of “what the hell!” What’s the worst that can happen if you try? And more importantly, what’s the worst that can happen if you don’t try? So, I’ll be trying crazy things this month and I invite you to join me. Pull up a chair, grab a fork or spoon, and enjoy some awesome autumn food!

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  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Nothing says autumn as much as leaves falling from trees and squash. This bowl of soup looks really yummy. I do paint, BTW, I just don’t post my art, and I agree that the best way to learn to paint is to make the art that calls to your heart. Even if you end up eating the subject later!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 hehe… I love that you paint and would love to see what you make someday! And yeah, this month is really just a masterful plan to get Philippe to make more of my favorite food to eat! lol

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

        I’d have to start a new blog in order to share my art, not something I want to do at the moment. Nowadays, I mostly paint for family. I still sometimes teach art. But thank you for the encouragement.

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          Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

          You know of course, you’re always welcome to share it on Doodlewash as part of the Club! hehe… if you want to test the waters first. (and so we can get you properly addicted to finally start that blog! 😉💕)

  2. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    You are so right about getting caught up in the process and forgetting to actually DO something. I tend to be a list-maker anyway, so the temptation is strong. Love the idea about recipes. From the sound of it though, cooking is Philippe’s art, so even with the instructions we’ll have to throw in a healthy dash of talent in order to match his results. Oh, and I keep meaning to add a thank you for adding the information on the pigments, paper and inks that you use. What brush though? You have everything listed but the brush!

  3. June Hadaway 5 years ago

    So happy you and Philippe are going ahead with the cookbook. It’s part of your journey. The soup looks delicious.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s going to be a rather mini one, but I hope people will like it!

  4. June Hadaway 5 years ago

    So happy you and Philippe are going ahead with the cookbook. It’s part of your journey. The soup looks delicious.

  5. Jodi 5 years ago

    woohoo – just do!! and recipes too!!! 🙂

  6. Vicki Rowley 5 years ago


  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    This is as super as ever. Yes here soup season have started and your recepis now very useful . Thanks lie . beautiful art.🥀

  8. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Love the idea of a Charlie/Philippe cookbook!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I hope we can actually pull it off before the end of the month! Yikes!

  9. memadtwo 5 years ago

    A good challenge, and I hope to see the cookbook at the end of the month! Happy eating, Charlie! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I figure all one can do is set the challenge and see what happens! hehe … fingers crossed!

  10. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Awesome plans, Charlie! Looking forward to more mouth-watering art.

  11. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Yum! Looks great and I’m sure it tasted just as good. Looking forward to the cookbook. It’s going to be a fun month!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 Yeah… totally hoping we can pull it off! hehe… but it will be fun either way!

  12. Chad S. 5 years ago

    Excited to hear about the cookbook. And thanks for the encouragement to DO!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Chad! 😃💕 So happy to hear that! Totally hoping to make it happen… and just DO!

  13. smzang 5 years ago

    “For today’s prompt of leaves, we do actually have parsley leaves present in this bowl of butternut squash soup, so that’s fairly close.”

    Unique and delicious!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… thanks!! 😃💕 Look for plenty more of that this month. I’ll be wildly interpreting the prompts to steer them toward food much of the time.

  14. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    Yummy that soup looks good

  15. Elizabeth 5 years ago

    Oh boy, a squash soup recipe! I love a good squash soup. Your illustration caught my eye. If requests are allowed, I’d like to see a Philippe version of vegetarian stew. Almost (sigh) a whole month to wait for the recipe.

    I do get caught up in looking artists works, and information about materials. A good dose of “what the hell” attitude along with the “DO” may be just what I need.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… it’s just what the doctor ordered! Thanks, Elizabeth! 😃💕 Most everything we make is vegetarian, so that will be the bulk of the recipes. (that we didn’t really plan in advance and just hoping we can compile before month’s end… hehe😊)

  16. alwaysshimchef 5 years ago

    l like your post. I can try to make it!

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