Croissant & Espresso

Day 1 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Croissant and Espresso watercolor on white background

It’s a brand new month and that means a new Doodlewash Adventure! This month’s adventure is A Celebration Of Food and more than half of the prompts this month also relate to various obscure food holidays that appear in November. Actually it’s not Croissant Day until January 30th, but that’s simply too long to wait for one. So we have this little three color doodlewash of a croissant and espresso. The fact that there’s literally a day for every food you could imagine is rather remarkable and simply a sign of just how important food can be to people. And not to worry, the food this month is also a rather balanced diet with healthy options included. Yes, there’s a dessert or two on the list this month, but that’s just healthy in a different way as smiling and euphoria are actually quite good for you! So grab a brush (and a fork) and join us!

While I was in Paris, I fell under the spell of various pastries, but the delicious simplicity of a croissant is hard to beat. Sure, it’s not so simple when you’re on a diet as it’s basically dough layered in butter, but that’s why it’s so yummy. The espresso was added to this little ensemble because I’m quite fond of the combo. My one regret in life is discovering really rich and wonderful food as an adult when my metabolism had already started to slow down. Most of my youth and fat-burning potential was wasted on food that came out of a box or a can. So today, I still sample whatever I can, but all of my portion sizes have gotten smaller. Basically, even if the food isn’t Spanish, I’ll still be enjoying it as tapas.

Thankfully, when it comes to sketching food, I often work from photo references and won’t be consuming everything on the menu this month. At least not necessarily in the order that it appears. I really can’t stand the idea of letting prepared food sit uneaten while I attempt to sketch it. So that pretty much just leaves raw fruits and vegetables for live sketching assuming they’re available. Okay, admittedly, I just love eating food. So, staring at the real thing for too long without digging in is an excrutiating experience. And, I hope some of you out there will be joining me for this watercolor adventure. Food is ever better when you can enjoy it with friends.

Join us for the November Doodlewash Adventure: A Celebration Of Food,
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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 1 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Croissant and Espresso watercolor on white background
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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!
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24 Comments
  1. Laura (PA Pict) 9 months ago

    Your painting perfectly captures that golden, crispy, rich, toasty wonderfulness that is a fresh croissant.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Most of the credit for the golden texture goes to Quinacridone Gold…. hehe… love that color!

  2. Sarah 9 months ago

    I get the feeling that I will be constantly hungry in November 🙂

  3. Anya 9 months ago

    Lovely one, Charlie! You have no idea how excited I am for this month’s challenge, but unlike you I have no self-discipline and will end up cooking all the foods as well. Oh well, roomy sweaters will hide that extra padding (I hope) 😀

    • Author

      Thanks, Anya! 😃💕 Yay! so happy to hear you’re excited for this month’s challenge. Food painting is so fun… as is… food eating! Get those sweaters ready!! Let’s do this!! Lol

  4. callmetrav 9 months ago

    I love this😊

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Perfectly delectable croissant and espresso!

  6. Teri C 9 months ago

    May I join you in this delicious treat?

  7. When the temperature drops my thoughts turn to food! Much as they do when the temperature rises… This is a wonderful painting, Charlie. I wish I had that rather than this piece of toast.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Michael! 😃 hehe… yeah… I couldn’t think of anything else this month, so that’s theme for November! And yeah… toast just can’t compare to a good croissant. Hopefully you’ll correct that for tomorrow’s breakfast! 😉hehe

  8. Brainpanstudio 9 months ago

    Food expressions. 🙂

  9. Rowena 9 months ago

    Charlie you could do food doodlewashes several times a day and I would never get bored. My metabolism has slowed down as well and while it’s no problem to drool over freshly-baked croissants, I can only put away 1 of the “real” deal, butter be damned!

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Rowena!😃💕 I’m so glad you like my food doodlewashes as there will be 29 more coming your way this month! hehe But yeah… slower metabolism is a horrible thing. I just fast accordingly… I’m no giving up on the good stuff! 😊Lol

  10. snigdhadotcom 9 months ago

    Well done charlie.. it is looking so delicious..😋😋😃

  11. Great combo, I could do with both now 😀

    • Author

      Thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕hehe… me too! Let’s all have some now!! I really need the espresso… it’s hit that point in the day where I need little extra boost to get through it! 😊

  12. Susan King 9 months ago

    Fabulous! I’d be interested to know more about your photo references. Always your own? Or??

    • Author

      Thanks Susan! 😃💕 Actually, they’re sometimes my own when I happen to have the subject handy, but if not, they come from copyright-free or public domain photo sites.

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