Day 18: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 18: #WorldWatercolorMonth Whole Pineapple Sliced Slices white background

Here’s another bit of playing with just three colors in this doodlewash of a sliced pineapple. For this one, I used just Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, and Burt Sienna and sepia ink. I have a painting crush on Quinacridone Gold because when you use very little water with it you can get a deep golden brown that increases your palette a bit. This is the first time I’ve ever painted a pineapple, but I was thinking about dessert and thought this was a healthier option. I love a perfectly ripe pineapple, though if it’s not perfectly ripe I’m sort of on the fence with this fruit. At any rate, here I present to you my first ever attempt at a pineapple, ripened like I prefer. Hope you like it!

We’ve hit another evening where I’m moving fast and running desperately behind, so I don’t have much time to type. The one thing I really want to say is that I’m thoroughly enjoying everyone’s paintings for World Watercolor Month! It’s been a huge thrill to see so many people coming together to celebrate the month with beautiful art. A special shout out to those of you still managing to keep up with the 31 watercolors challenge! I hope you’re enjoying the wonderful feeling that only comes from making art daily. Personally, I keep hoping that I’m improving overall even though some days it feels like I’ve taken a few steps backward. That’s all part of the process. And honestly, all part of the fun. If I knew what would happen each day, I’d probably get bored. So cheers to just enjoying whatever comes next!

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  1. kungfunaomi 1 year ago


    Darnit why does your stuff have to be so realistic…

    • Author

      Lol… thanks Naomi! 😃💕Actually, this was a “loose” sketch for me… was hoping to abstract it more, but just can’t help but make things look real! 😊

  2. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Wow! Charlie your pineapple looks good enough to eat!! Better go make supper. LOL

  3. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    Deeeeeeeeeeeeeelectibly deeeeeeeeeelicious watercolor.

  4. Teri C 1 year ago

    Fabulous painting. Photorealistic.
    I am also enjoying all the beauty being painted this month. It’s so inspiring.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕I went fast on this thinking it would be loose and abstract, but I’m learning that photorealism is just my style! Lol So glad you’re enjoying all the work this month! I’m loving it!

  5. Jodi 1 year ago

    Holy Schmoly! Look at your pineapple!!!!!!!!!! WOW! Amazing Charlie! I don’t know how you do it. You rock every subject you tackle!!! Must be nice to be YOU! 🙂 <3

    • Author

      Awww you’re so sweet, Jodi! 😃💕 I think food is one of the things I connect with most. Probably because I just really, really, really love to eat it! 😊

  6. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    I love all of the above comments, all so true Charlie. Delicious pineapple.

  7. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Oh charlie what a lovely pineapple! Is beautiful! 😉

  8. Carmel Campbell 1 year ago

    Really enjoying seeing your work with different sets of primary colors.

    • Author

      Thanks Carmel! 😃💕I’m so glad… it’s been fun to play with different color combinations. I was getting a little too attached to Neutral Tint for my darks. hehe

  9. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    wow this is something amazing! This month we’ve got a variety of pineapples. Thanks Charlie! Great work!

    • Author

      I know right? hehe… I keep seeing pineapples and realized I’d never painted one! Inspiring month! Thanks Snehal! 😃💕

      • Snehal Kank 1 year ago

        heheh ture! Inspiring month! 😀

  10. Yummy!!! Excellent doodlewashed, Charlie!!! Colorfull and mouth-watering! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Carsten! 😃Always shooting for “edible” when I paint food… hehe… so mouth-watering is a wonderful compliment!

  11. memadtwo 1 year ago

    You do have a way with food Charlie. And I’m glad you’re still managing to fit in time to have fun in between your doodlewashing. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕Yeah… it’s been a crazy month… feels like I’m constantly moving to fit it all in. But it’s definitely fun!!

  12. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Well done, Charlie, you managed to make it look juicy! Did you use Quin gold for the yellow bits?

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Marina! 😃💕 Yeah… Quin Gold really watered down gets you a glowy kind of yellow, gold with a little less water, and a golden brown with almost no water at all. So I was able to use it alone to get every shade of yellow!

      • M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

        Thanks for the tip! Will try it.

  13. Food is your thing, I think! You and P will do that cookbook, I feel sure of it! Wonderful, Charlie and we are all learning so much from our daily dance with Lady WC. Thank you for inspiring us to the challenge and for showing is so delightfully how it’s done! Bravo and encore, my friend!

    • Author

      Thanks, Laura! 😃💕 I really do love food… well… also painting food! Lol I just love to eat and Philippe likes to cook, so I think that’s why food tends to come out pretty well in the wash for me. Glad you like it!

  14. It must be summer, lately everybody has been tempting us with delightful yummy pineapples, and yours has not missed that spot for wanting to rush to the shops to buy one, yummy!

    • Author

      I know!! I was either going to have to start eating them all the time or break down and paint one myself! Lol Or both! Thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕

  15. Jacob 1 year ago

    Oh wow wow, this is wonderful, and just in time for afters! I really love those blue shadows against the mouth-watering sunny flesh. Irresistible! I do like a good chunk of pineapple any time of the year, but it does certainly add a touch of zing to the week-long summer. Yum yum!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob! 😃I decided to just dab color around rather than be fussy about it. This is, then, an abstract for me! Lol As close as I can get! Yeah… pineapple just seems to taste better in summer.

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Haha – my kind of abstract! I love it! It’s so effective!

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    I’ve lived in Hawaii twice as a child, and pineapple is a staple fruit there. I quickly learned that only fresh pineapple will do, no fruit flavors or canned stuff. Your art reminds me how visually gorgeous the fruit is and that I should get some for the weekend. Three colors – wow – you are an outstanding artist, Charlie.

    • Author

      Awww thanks Sharon! 😃💕I’m so thrilled you like my art! And totally agree!! Only fresh pineapple should ever be considered! hehe

  17. Danaye 1 year ago

    It’s got such amazing depth and realism for only three colors. I’m impressed! That’s also a wonderful creative exercise. I may have to try it 🙂

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