Today it’s time to celebrate all types of candy, and I’ve chosen to illustrate it with the first treat that popped into my head from childhood. This is a Brach’s Sundaes Neopolitan Coconut, which was said to be flavored in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry to imitate a Neopolitan ice cream sundae. So, I opted to paint with just three colors as well. It was actually made from real coconut and was like getting a delicious dessert in the size of a little bite-sized portion. Unlike the previous vintage treats I sketched, these have sadly been discontinued about four years ago. No more grabbing a little square and nibbling it slowly to taste just the strawberry, then the vanilla, then the chocolate only to discover each time that they all tasted nearly the same. I don’t eat much candy of any kind these days, but if someone placed one of these in front of me, it would be impossible to resist ripping it open and taking a bite.
Also of note, it’s Fountain Pen Day, which I definitely support as I wouldn’t know what to do without my fountain pens. I love them. They’re like old friends at this point who travel with me wherever I go. And the best thing about them is that they can help me resurrect my favorite candy and keep a piece of it forever it in my little red sketchbook. But as lovely as all that sounds, I really just want this damn candy back! There’s some “other” brand of it that exists and so I guess I could try that version, but getting it in some alien packaging in a different size kills all the fun memories. It’s not particuarly “good” candy it’s just candy that makes me happy when I eat it.
So here’s to candy lovers everywhere and may the candy dream of your childhood still be in existence. Yeah, the fact that mine is not totally makes me feel old. But I’ll always have the wonderful memories. On the other hand, it’s actually kind of cool to have experienced something that can no longer be experienced. It makes the remembering even more special that way. Perhaps, if I tried them today, I would find that it tastes completely awful. But thankfully, its perserved in time and will always taste amazing to me. That’s the power of a good memory and a tiny little doodlewash to help keep that memory alive and well.
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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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