Banana Day

Banana Day - Doodlewash and watercolor of bananas and banana slices on table

We’ll apparently it’s Banana Day, originating in 1996 by a student named Rodolfo P. Tellez at West Chester University as a way to boost school pride. Over 3,000 bananas were given out on campus and over 50 hours of community service contributed on that historic day. Today, it’s really just a fun day to pay tribute to the delicious yellow fruit and favorite sack lunch snack. Keep in mind, this day is not to be confused with Banana Lover’s Day, Banana Cream Pie Day, Banana Split Day, Banana Bread Day, or Banana Pudding Lovers Month. And that’s actually just a few of the celebration days devoted to this much-loved food.

Truthfully, I don’t really have a story about a banana, I just wanted to try doodlewashing them for the first time after yesterday’s garlic. But I do love bananas, so I guess any day set aside to celebrate them is a good thing. And apparently I’m not alone in the love as over 100 billion bananas are consumed each year making them the 4th largest agricultural product in the world. They’re also naturally radioactive thanks to a material they contain in the form of Potassium-40. Though you’d have to eat a ton of bananas to compete with the potassium your body already produces and ton more than that to actually start glowing.

Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit. In fact, it’s consumed more than oranges and apples combined. I’m guessing it’s just because it’s much easier to eat a banana and Americans are notoriously lazy when it comes to food. Not only is it easiest to peel, you don’t even really have to chew it. Just sort of swallow it down like pudding. What’s not to love? So tonight, set aside some time to relax like a little monkey and grab yourself a banana. Just peel and enjoy!

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month! 


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yello, Azo Orange, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
Published in By Charlie
44 Comments
  1. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Funny you should mention it, I’m eating a banana right now! Lol! 😉 Your doodlewash could make me a banana lover which I’m not…yes, I know I’m probably one of the few people who don’t like them but I do try to eat one once a week! 🙂 Happy Banana day, Charlie!

    • Author

      Hehe! Good timing!! But seriously? Not a banana fan? Hopefully this doodlewash will help convert you then! Lol So glad you liked it, Jill! 💕😃

  2. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Gorgeous! What a great day to celebrate. Your painting is beautiful, right down to the little flush of green…just the way I like them, and I like the way you handled the banana slices by keeping them in their skin… brilliant. Thank you for sharing.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Haunani! 💕😃 I realized I’d never painted a banana before which seems weird as it’s a pretty common subject! 😊 So glad you liked it!!

  3. Teri C 1 year ago

    Beautiful painting! Photorealistic. I like the little slices too. Very original.

    • Author

      Aww thanks Teri!! 💕😃I always slice them for my cereal, but usually peeled! Hehe… Just liked the look of them not peeled.

  4. Jodi 1 year ago

    beautiful bananas buddy!!

  5. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Beeeyoootiful banana doodlewash! Seriously! I’m not a banana lover (though we grow them indoors hoping they’d eventually fruit) but yours look mouthwateringly good! <3

    The saddest thing about bananas is that in order to make them shippable and mass-marketable, they've narrowed it down to mainly one species that's one of the blandest of them all (but hardier to make them less prone to bruising when shipped). Plus, there is so little genetic diversity that one bad infection would wipe most of them out.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Teresa!! 💕😃 And I know! I almost included that info in the post! It’s crazy to think all bananas we eat come from a single plant. Hope we manage to keep them around!!

      • Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

        I hope so, too…even though I don’t love them, they’re so versatile and healthful! 🙂

  6. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Yea bananas! I eat them everyday. Beautiful banana doodlewash!

  7. Carol 1 year ago

    Wish my grocery store always had bananas as fresh looking as these. Those slices would go great in a bowl of corn flakes. 😉

    • Author

      Hehe… thanks Carol! 💕😃I love bananas and corn flakes! Now you’re making me hungry and I already had breakfast! 😊hehe

  8. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Isn’t there a banoffee pie day? I love that!

    • Author

      Yum!! Thanks sounds delicious! I want some now! Darn that pesky diet. 😊 Actually the only day I found was a Pie Day in January. hehe… but everyday should be pie day really. 😉

  9. This is a fantastic doodlewash Charlie, delicious! Love bananas, but they do quickly go off their prime for taste, if you don’t eat them on the right day. But all is not lost because BANOFFEE PIE to the rescue, I love the magic trick where you peel a banana and SURPRISE it is already sliced.

  10. memadtwo 1 year ago

    You got the yellow just right! I’m actually surprised that bananas are the most-eaten fruit. I love fruit, but it’s way down on my list. And you have to eat it on just the right day…that’s definitely too much work for me (and my memory). Inevitably they are rotten before I’ve remembered to eat them! Now, apples…(K)

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kerfe! 💕😃I know what you mean… it’s so difficult to get the timing just right with bananas, we usually end up throwing half of them out so it seems wasteful. 😊Apples rock!!

  11. Kari 1 year ago

    Yummy!! I had a glance of your post yesterday afternoon and immediately wanted to have one.. So I asked my son to pick them up.. Lol. Your doodlewash is wonderful! Love the shadows! I used to make peanut butter-chocolate covered bananas for my kids that I freeze and then slice.. Now Dole makes them (without the peanut butter). Love them!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 😃💕Haha… that’s awesome this inspired to have the real thing! Yeah… chocolate and banana is a pretty amazing combo. My fave is the banana split!

  12. Yummy and beautiful my talented bro and buddy! Wow you can paint anything and everything! You are the Doodlewash Beast! And I mean that in the best of ways. 😘🙇💛👍😎🎨🌷

    • Author

      Awww thanks sis!! Hehe💕😃That is awesome… I am totally getting a t-shirt made that says Doodlewash Beast!! HAHA! Done deal!!

  13. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Banana’s certainly do get the attention. Deserving? Yup. Good one Charlie.

  14. Jacob 1 year ago

    Oh, they just look so darn real!! Love the hints of green. This makes me wish I actually liked bananas 😉 I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like them, apparently. Banana milkshake, on the other hand…! <3

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! I LOVE banana milkshakes. I used to get them all the time as a kid. Wait… milkshakes are made with ice cream… I thought you didn’t like ice cream! Lol

  15. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Great bananas celebration Charlie! I loved to read your post and all the facts and you always bring happiness! Your doodlewash look great and very natural well done!!! <3 I celebrate this day with the Pineapple Upside Down Cake like other in our beautiful group here! I hope you like it! here is my link https://yesterdayafter.com/2016/04/21/national-pineapple-upside-down-cake-day/ <3 😉

    • Author

      Thanks Carolina! 😃💕Glad you liked this!! Yours was awesome!! I totally wanted to do that day, but couldn’t get Philippe to make me one and the begging was making me look bad so I stopped. Love yours!! Thanks for making it! hehe

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Thank you Charlie yours was great too!!! And I am sure that Philippe will make you one when he can, maybe when you don’t expect it! 😉 as a surprise!!!

  16. jmnowak 1 year ago

    Ooohhh, I’m a monkey…where’s my bananas?!! 😀 <3
    Your doodle is so refined, Charlie…love it!
    We have a species called Lady Fingers which are much smaller, take quite a while to ripen so won't go rotten quickly and, once ready (blackish spots on the skin) are so sweet and delicious. I love bananas simply sliced with a light sprinkling of raw sugar and runny cream — yum!

  17. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    Very nice illustration!

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