Day 5: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 5 #WorldWatercolorMonth Coffee Cup on green saucer with spoon and cookie white background

Besides wine, coffee is right up there on my list of “favorite things to drink when I know I should be drinking water.” There’s really nothing better than coffee to start the day, make tolerable mid-morning, and supercharge the afternoon. Outside of the occasional cappuccino, I take my coffee coal black with no fillers. Though Starbucks has made a lot of money on doctored-up, sugary alternatives, I actually enjoy the taste of coffee so I don’t feel the need to transform it into a liquid candy. I likely get this from my mother who, years ago, was appalled while ordering hers when the girl behind the register asked, “what flavor do you want?” “Uhm… coffee?” she responded, confused by the silly question. “I want it to taste like coffee.”

And more and more research is appearing declaring the health benefits of plain old coffee. Folks who tout things like this are touting wondrous things it helps with including the prevention of diabetes and lowering the risk of liver disease. The latter benefit, if you think about it, balances out the wine perfectly. Despite all of this, I have to admit to enjoying the primary benefit of going from half asleep to awake enough to function. This alone is enough to make me a true coffee lover and the added benefits are just a delightful bonus really. If you’re not a coffee fan, then that’s perfectly fine, of course. Actually, better than fine as it leaves more beans for the rest of us.

Those folks who tout have also spoken of the benefits of wine. The problem with their touting of both wine and coffee, of course, is the fine print which always includes the quantity one should drink. Turns out, all these wondrous effects are indeed possible, but only if you’re willing to ingest the minuscule amount that would only satisfy a hamster. Whoa, now seriously hoping that they didn’t test all of this on hamsters. But whatever drink you enjoy, I hope you’re having yours right now (even if it’s just water) and smiling. The world is suddenly a much more beautiful place this month.

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76 Comments
  1. Susan Feniak 11 months ago

    I want my coffee to taste like coffee too!! Nicely done Charlie. 🙂

  2. Sharon Mann 11 months ago

    I look forward to my cup of plain coffee in the morning. Beautiful watercolor Charlie.

  3. dkatiepowellart 11 months ago

    Nope. If it was plain I’d do tea. Fresh sliced ginger and a teaspoon of brown sugar and goat milk. YUM. Nice image!

    • Author

      Now, I do rather love goat milk… grew up on the stuff via my grandmother! Hehe Glad ya liked the doodlewash! Thanks so much! 😃💕

  4. Teri C 11 months ago

    Here I am, one of those who needs the additives, vanilla flavored cream. Iced vanilla latte is also a fav. My husband likes it black and I tried it..yuck! But wait I digress, love your cup of coffee and biscuit.

  5. Mmm a nice cuppa coffee, look at the reflection and shine on that spoon, well painted, and for the record, to make you feel less guilty about the black gold you enjoy…..there is water in it! 😋

  6. Carol 11 months ago

    I like coffee strong but with a splash of cream, and it would surely taste extra special in the cup and saucer you painted! Wine? I prefer a Cabernet or Pinot Noir. Cheers, Charlie!

  7. Jodi 11 months ago

    what a lovely doodlewash! And I am right there with you – coffee all morning – try to hydrate during the afternoon with water – then to wine after dinner! 🙂 And I believe I greatly exceed the recommend “serving size” of all but the water! 🙂 LOL!

    • Author

      Haha! You and me both, Jodi! I think some where along the line I may have inverted the recommended portions. Oh well…. life is good! Glad ya liked my doodlewash! 😃💕

  8. KB Garst 11 months ago

    Very nice! I love coffee, but I like to jazz mine up with some cream and sugar.

    • Author

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 My dad always had to have his that way, but my mother was fierce about only taking it black! hehe

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    And I love the cookie you chose to go with your coffee – one of my favorites! I loved the fragrance of coffee as a kid, took me a long time to enjoy the brew, I still need lotsa milk and a bit-o-sweet in some form. But your painting I can take as is – perfectly delectable.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, I’m a total fan of those biscuits! Hehe… and I’m finding pure coffee drinkers might be the minority. Lol Glad ya liked the doodlewash!

  10. YesterdayAfter 11 months ago

    I love coffee anytime! LoL your watercolor is really nice now I have to go to make me a cup of coffee…. 😉

  11. Connecting Souls ❣ 11 months ago

    What makes me crave more for coffee now is your watercolor. Beautiful indeed..❣

    • Author

      Awww that’s a wonderful compliment! 😃💕And I say… go get more! more! Lol Can you tell I’ve had too much this morning. 😊

  12. debiriley 11 months ago

    your coffee cup illustration is soo good Charlie! I got sidetracked, by your witty post though. wine and coffee….. IS it possible to invent wine with ‘hints of coffee’ or, coffee with hints of Nice red Shiraz? That, is where your posts take my mind!! off, on these tangents. or ice cream with wine flavored coffee… LOL cheers, Debi

    • Author

      Ohhhh a hybrid… just get it all in one shot!? Brilliant! This needs to happen! Lol Though it also sounds super dangerous so maybe it’s best I have to chose one at a time. So happy you liked the doodlewash! 😃💕

      • debiriley 11 months ago

        I did! 🙂 Starbucks could create the
        Cab Sav-Coffee Shots. LOL

  13. Jennifer McLean 11 months ago

    GOD I want a coffee right now!! I’m trying to go a month without it and drink water but your picture isn’t HELPING. Hehehe, I’m in the liquid candy hoard, sorry. Although I use artificial sweeteners which probably makes it even worse. But I MISS MY HAZELNUT COFFEE. *sigh*. All your fault if I run into traffic Charlie, just remember, all your fault. ;o)

    • Author

      Wow! I didn’t know my little doodlewash could cause all that to happen! Haha! That’s the power of art I’d say! Lol What?? A month with coffee for me would be like a month without feet… I could do it, but I wouldn’t get very far. Sorry for the lurid temptation, but happy you liked my doodlewash, Jennifer!! 😃💕

  14. thetirelesstangler 11 months ago

    Lol your pictures are making me hungry! But I love them. Thanks for this special month! I’ve already learned a lot!

    • Author

      Awww… I love hearing that! I’m learning a lot as well! it’s been so fun!! And glad you liked my doodlewash! Thanks! 😃

  15. Jill Kuhn 11 months ago

    Can’t drink coffee anymore and I do miss it! 😔☕️ Your doodlewash looks awesome, Charlie! 😄❤️

    • Author

      What!?? I just cried a little… so sorry to hear that, Jill. But wine is still a go right? Or I might start sobbing.😰 Hehe So glad you liked my doodlewash! Thanks Jill! 😃💕

  16. I’m right with you on the joys of good, ‘real’ coffee, Charlie. Your mother really put her finger on the absurdity that is peddled on some places! Lovely painting too. Time to get into that kitchen…

  17. Birgit Winter 11 months ago

    Cappuccino is my favorite and I am glad that coffeeshops over here are improving. Several years ago when you ordered cappuccino you got coffee with whipping cream! Nowadays you can almost everywhere get a “real” cappuccino 🙂
    Your sketch is great, like always;-)

    • Author

      Yeah, I know…I love that you can get real coffee now, even though the price was all the weird fake stuff! It’s so good! And glad you like my doodlewash! Thanks, Birgit! 😃💕

  18. artandmoondreams 11 months ago

    Beautiful painting! It invokes a feeling of….wanting a cup of coffee and a sweet treat…as always your post is a delight.

  19. Noémie 11 months ago

    Gorgeous painting, I love the simplicity of the lines and the colours are superb. I love the way you managed to paint the silveriness of the spoon so well! I’m off to have a coffee now, after reading you 🙂

  20. jmnowak 11 months ago

    The only time I’ll drink a black is when it’s an espresso, but done beautifully — creamy, rich, not too strong, and a small dose of sugar, just my late step-brother used to make. Otherwise, my stiple of choice is a flat white, with a dose of coffee art on top (a heart or leaf). Love that biscuit too, Charlie!

  21. Carrie Lynn 11 months ago

    You got me nodding with the liquid candy thingy! 😀 Your painting looks so yummy and maybe…hmmm…yup, a cup of cafe latte and cinnamon roll at starbucks will do the trick.

    • Author

      awwww… hehe… glad ya liked that bit, Carrie. And so glad you liked my doodlewash! Thanks! 😃💕

      • Carrie Lynn 11 months ago

        you are most welcome! thank you too for spearheading the world watercolor month. it was the perfect push as i am more inspired to learn and play with watercolors. 🙂 <3

      • Author

        So happy to hear that!! Yay!! Glad you decided to play along! Happy painting! 😃💕

  22. Arianna 11 months ago

    Many people’s drink it for the taste, mostly in Starbucks and few drinks it as an energizer, yeah coal black energizer. Doesn’t matter its 7am, 5pm or 2 at night. That gives me more energy to complete my work. Many of my friends rarely drinks black and I rarely drink other than black. I love this kicker. My mom always tells me to decrease coffee intake and I always tell her benefits of taking it, That saves me many times 😀 Try some best machines for fresh brewed.

    • Author

      Haha… glad to know that spouting the health is working! Lol Always glad to meet a fellow coffee addict, Arianna! 😉

  23. memadtwo 11 months ago

    A nice accompaniment to my morning cup! Cheers! (K)

  24. Cathe 11 months ago

    Yep, her I sit, drinking my coffee in a early morning daze, trying my best to get motivates and stay on task. I love this post Charlie and your Doodlewash. It absolutely speaks to me…drink more coffee, in the coffee flavor. Just a little milk please. Two things I would have a heck of a hard time giving up, coffee and wine!

    • Author

      Awww love that this post speaks to you! And okay… you can have a “little” milk, but no more unless it’s a Latte! Lol And totally agree! If I had to give up coffee and wine I’m not sure I’d be able to make these posts everyday! Thanks, Cathe! 😃💕

      • Cathe 11 months ago

        Ha, I LOVE a latte, but that’s as fancy as I get. I really like the flavor of coffee!

  25. lol I only drink water. Nothing else. But I did use to like the Starbucks frappucinos (or however you spell that)! I admire people who drink coffee the way it’s meant to be, without all the cream, sugar, Starbucks adds, etc. I just love the smell of coffee, it is so wonderful. Way to go, Charlie! You and mom rock! 😀

    • Author

      Yeah… you really can’t beat the smell! Hehe… so good! As long as you like that at least, we can still be related! Lol Thanks so much, sis! 😃💕

      • 😃

      • PS I used to like wine before my body started not tolerating it. Blueberry wine is my favorite – you ever had that Charlie? I can tolerate it in small quantities and it is just amazing. We have a winery nearby that makes lots of traditional wines and other fruit wines too and it is wonderful. 😎💙

      • Author

        I’ve never tried it…is it sweet? I can’t do sweet. I like I really dry. Hehe

      • Oh, then you wouldn’t like it. I don’t like anything dry. I even like sweet champagne. Moscato is as dry as I ever get lol.

      • Author

        Oh my…yeah…can’t do Moscato! Lol 😳

      • 😊😎

  26. Ellie 11 months ago

    My two favorite things in the world – coffee and wine. And I’m with you on the black coffee, nothing added. Well, with the exception of a cappucino or flat white if I’m feeling fancy. Remember that Folger’s commercial? I can’t stand Folger’s now that I’ve acquired a taste for better, freshly ground coffee in my French press, but definitely the best part of waking up most mornings. Great doodlewash!

    • Author

      Oh my gosh… that song was trapped in my head for years, but the coffee is swill! Lol Glad you enjoy it French press and black! Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕

  27. Snehal Kank 11 months ago

    Your Illustration is so good Charlie! Spoon has turned out really well!
    I love coffee too but COld one 😉

  28. Jacob 11 months ago

    I don’t even like coffee – I’m certain we’ve had these heated, caffeinated disagreements in the past – but this is still mighty tempting and makes me feel as if I’m the one missing out. Perhaps it’s the biccy – I’d happily take that. 😉 I can almost hear that exciting clink as I clumsily plonk this down on the table!

    Hilarious about your mum in Starbuck’s. I expect the girl was well and truly caught out by such an outrageous request!

    • Author

      I don’t remember the heated caffeine debate, but I do recall a problem with ice cream that was horrid. My mother was definitely appalled… lol… she was usually just in the habit of saying no to cream and sugar. But we can still be friends even with your strange tastes! Lol 😉

      • Jacob 11 months ago

        Phew! Big sigh of relief!

  29. twistedsisterweb 11 months ago

    I with you on the hamster wine portions. That’s why when I am making dinner I have my wine in a large opaque tumbler!

  30. Manny 11 months ago

    This is my favourite watercolour right now! How wonderful!

    • Author

      Awww really? Cool! Thanks so much, Manny! 😃💕

      • Manny 11 months ago

        You’re welcome Charlie – I love food and drink illustrations… Especially coffee ones, they always look so damn beautiful!

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