Craving A Slice Of Pie

Apple Pie Cooling Window Cat Watercolor Inktober Illustration

For our Doodlewash prompt of “Pies,” combined with the Inktober prompt of “Pattern,” I ended up with a pie cooling in the window of a completely imagined place, up to an including the wonky perspective. There’s actually a crazy amount of various patterns on display here as I kept adding things to the scene as I went along. No doubt, adding a bit too much clutter, but I was just having a blast doodling with my pen and couldn’t stop! The real issue, of course, is that I’m totally craving pie now and I don’t actually have a pie to eat. Perhaps that’s why a cat longing for a slice ended up in my drawing. After this drawing, and seeing all of the delicious pies drawn and painted my the wonderful artists in our community, I’m now this cat. I couldn’t ask Philippe to make me a pie because it’s his birthday on Saturday, and we’ll be picking up his favorite cake instead. But this does not mean I’ll forget. I’ve made a mental note to literally beg for a pie next week. He makes a really fabulous apple pie this time of year that I’m so ready to sample again! Yes, one of my favorite bits of autumn is definitely the food!

Since I have sketched quite a few pies and pie slices, I decided to set this particular pie in a scene. When I was a kid, waiting for a pie to cool properly added to the experience. It was agonizing to know that there would be pie at dinner, but that I couldn’t have a little taste right away. Yet, somehow, it made it taste even better in the end.

Apple Pie Cooling Window Cat Inktober 2019 Illustration

I went a little nuts with ink on this one as, beyond the pie itself, I wasn’t quite sure what to add and just starting in adding things. What I’m loving about this month is that I’m doing the one thing I thought I could never do. I’m just glancing at several references and then making up my own sketch. When it’s time to color, I don’t use a reference at all and just color like I’m truly a kid again with a coloring book. As much as I always paint with my inner child, this month, he’s just taken over entirely. And I’m happy to hand over the pen and brush. My adult mind can truly be a bit of a bitch sometimes, stopping me from trying new things by whispering in my ear, “you can’t do that. you have no idea what you’re doing!” And, that voice has a certain logic. I mean to say, it’s actually correct. I don’t really know what I’m doing. But, what I DO know is that I’m having a heck of a lot of fun trying to DO whatever it is!

I’m also learning quite a lot by watching what others are doing as I go. I have the attention span of a flea, so I can only watch bits of tutorials. Mostly, I just watch what others make and observe the lines and choices. I’m humbled daily, watching the amazing artists that I follow. They seem like magicians to me. Am I more experienced and better than some artists? Yes, by this point, I am. But, am I a master? Absolutely not! I’ve stacks of sketchbooks ahead of me, and I’ve no idea if I’ll ever achieve mastery. The thing is, I don’t worry about it. My goal is simply to show up, and give proof to as many people as I can reach that one can sketch and, yes, also write, each and every day. Yet, not to discredit myself, I have become a master at one thing. The simple act of DOing! As it turns out, showing up to just try and practice is a feat in itself in our busy times. So, I feel quite proud that I’ve just made my 1,560th consecutive daily sketch and written post. And perhaps, also just a wee bit melancholy that it’s all still left me craving a slice of pie.

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47 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Surely you could come with some excuse … er … I mean perfectly valid reason to take a pie to work? I lucked out. I went to have lunch with a couple of Mom’s friends at her Assisted Living place. Neither has family close, so I’m trying to visit at least once a month. As it happens, they had apple pie for dessert! Good thing, or I might have had to buy one!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Take a pie to work is a great idea! 😃💕 hehe… and that’s awesome you’re visiting your mom’s friends! And, yeah, totally awesome they had apple pie to share as well!

  2. Bonnie Ottaviani 1 month ago

    Great post Charlie — I am so far from drawing a scene without a reference. What an achievement, 1,560 days! It is so fun seeing your ink sketches prior to painting, they are beautiful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😃💕 Glad you’re enjoying these! Actually, I had a reference for the cat… I still can’t make one from memory that doesn’t look completely insane! lol

  3. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Wow Charlie! You aren’t helping me pie craving! You are truly embracing Inktober!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… sorry about the pie craving. And yep, this is the first year I’ve fully embraced Inktober and it’s been so much fun! Learning a lot!

  4. Walter F Pierluissi 1 month ago

    YEA!!!!!! cherry pie with vanilla caramel icecream… YEA….. Mmmmmmmmm! Can’t resist it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Oh wow!… now you have me craving pie AND ice cream Walt! lol I agree! It’s the best! 😃💕

  5. Cheryl Anderson 1 month ago

    Love the patterns and the cat… so homey.

  6. Laura M Bailey 1 month ago

    *Sigh* As I told you before, I’m not one whose talents lie in stretching, drawing, painting. But, I too have been craving pie lately. My creative talents produced a lovely apple pie. Yours remarkably reminding me of my own.
    https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/longing-for-home-apple-pie/

  7. Lisa 1 month ago

    My stove has been broken down for three weeks so far and Joe has to repair it. I told him I wanted to make an apple pie, and he still hasn’t done it. I think he forgot about the pie. And apple is his favorite. Since I’m not a big pie lover, I’m not too concerned, but I am in the mood for pork roast, and I need the oven for that.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Oh wow… here’s hoping you get that oven fixed! 😃💕 It’s a requirement this time of year! I’ll take both the pie and pork roast! hehe

  8. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Lovely composition with view out the window! Excellent line work on that pie.

  9. Sue Visker 1 month ago

    How big are your sketches you do daily for inktober?

  10. Stephanie Louise 1 month ago

    Gosh I’m craving for a slice of apple pie topped with dollop of vanilla ice cream

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe… yes!! I also love pie topped with whipped cream as well! 😃💕

  11. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Looks good enough to eat. I think the cat likes the look of it too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I have no idea how this scene ends and if the cat wins! lol

  12. Zertab Quaderi 1 month ago

    What a gorgeous scene!

  13. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Great composition with the window view and cat and fresh pie out of the oven!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Fatima! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! Scenes are a bit new for me!

  14. memadtwo 1 month ago

    I’m really liking these scenes Charlie–this one is delicious! (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 I’m enjoying making them… they just might stick around after the month is over. 😉

  15. Laura Kate 1 month ago

    Wow, this image has a bit of everything: still life, animal drawing, landscape and architectural detail. This must have taken extra time to draw.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Actually, the total time is about the same, around an hour. But it’s completely flipped! hehe I used to sketch an outline in 10-15 minutes and then spend 45 minutes coloring… now I spend 45 on the drawing and just 10-15 minutes coloring.

  16. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    This could be the view from your new home with the front porch and the swing!! It’s a wonderful Doodlewash and I can’t decide which element I love the most! That pie does look delicious!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 If my new home comes with fresh pie, I’m in! But the cat, is sadly not allowed inside because of my allergies! lol

  17. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 month ago

    So beautiful Charlie!!!! Feels so warm and cozy. This image is very much apart of my “Dream home” White picket fence or wrought iron the porch that curves around the sides of the house, yummy desserts cooling on the window sills the kitty snuggled on the counter. ya that 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay, glad you liked this! I love scenes like this so it was fun to sketch. Always makes me feel warm and cozy.

  18. Linda Calverley 1 month ago

    Looks like the cat wants some pie, me too. Sounds like your attention span is like mine.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe… yeah, that cat looks like he’s going to get some of that pie. And yep… way short attention span here. My style is built around it! Scribble, Doodle, Color! 😉

  19. smzang 1 month ago

    The sketch is positively a dream. Both black ink and color are grand, but it is the color one this time that set’s my soul to sighing at the perfection. The ginger cat is the perfect mood setting touch. Everything about the painting makes me want to be sitting in the center of it, eating that pie and petting that kitty cat. Gorgeous!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, I like the color one on this better as well. Thrilled you enjoyed this. Though you might have to fight that kitty for the pie! 😉 lol

  20. Lisa Coleman 1 month ago

    Reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen except the cat was never allowed in the house. He was a Tom meant to keep the varmints away. 🤨

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww love this reminds you of your grandmother’s kitchen! Yay! Glad you enjoyed it, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah… cats were never allowed in my grandmother’s house either. Always outdoor rodent catchers.

  21. Loan Anh Pham 1 month ago

    What’re many lovely things in your sketch!!! Lively colorful done, a cat looking so innocent but cannot know when a cat caughing the delicious pie besides, outdoor landscape touching my mind, ink lines are skillful….I love this sketch, Charlie!!! Yub, I love to be known anyone always remember the inner child, I see the that feeling 🥰

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Loan! 😃💕 Thrilled you liked this! It’s been an inner child month for me! hehe! I’m having so much fun!!

  22. Harry 1 month ago

    Oh my! What beautiful artwork

  23. Imdalegreene 3 weeks ago

    Gorgeous artwork. I love the transition from drawing to painting.

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