Delightful Decadence

Donuts Doughnuts Six Colorful Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Donuts” today, I decided to show up with a half dozen of them to share. Donuts were my favorite treat when I was a kid, and I still remember the little donut shop that we went to in our town. At the time, I always got a very specific cake donut with pink frosting. It was my absolute favorite back then, second only to the chocolate Long John donut with the white stuff inside that was just called fluff. As an adult, I still love many donuts, but they all taste a little too sweet to me. Not sure if my tastes changed or if, like most things, the amount of sugar inside just doubled over the years. And, at my age, it’s not wise to indulge in too many sugary things. But, I believe all good things should stay in my life even if moderation starts to mean that they become super rare. For many my age and older, the “donut” has become a “do not,” but I still have them sometimes, or my inner child would throw a full and complete tantrum. Today though, there’s only one kind that I find impossible to turn down and it’s not one of the ones I’ve sketched here. It’s just a simple glazed donut. Nothing colorful or covered in sprinkles, but just the most basic donut of all. Looking back, my early donut choices were pretty basic as well, save the pink icing. Color is something that’s always attracted my attention.

In truth, I was perfectly wowed by color when I was a kid. The bright pictures on the cereal boxes wooed me, and I’d want those colorful marshmallows the Lucky Charms leprechaun was offering. And while I did get that cereal a few times, I ultimately ended up just wanting Frosted Flakes. It was sort of the glazed donut of the cereal aisle at the time. Though I loved the look of colorful treats, I tended to enjoy the simpler options best. It’s equally why I’m perfectly satisfied with just a big bowl of whipped cream. Though Philippe never actually lets me have a big bowl. The term “decadent” is often used to describe rich desserts or just about anything made with lots of chocolate. It’s a word that wasn’t meant to be a compliment as its first definition is “a state of moral or cultural decline.” But these days, that’s a bit tough to riddle out, so it’s mostly shifted to the second definition of “luxurious self-indulgence.” I rather like this one, as it sounds just a touch naughty without creating the fall of an empire. A perfect way to describe a rare and fabulous treat. Indeed, I believe we should be self-indulgent at times. This is simply the act of doing exactly what one wants. It sounds easy enough, but in practice, the hardest part is knowing what you really want in the first place.

There are constant moments in my life where I think I really, really want something. Something that’s perfectly unnecessary, but so pretty, interesting or novel that I just have to have it. I’ll usually let the notion simmer in my mind for a few days in order to see if it’s just a passing fancy. And, depending on the cost, I might just go ahead and indulge myself. Philippe is similar in this, but will ponder things for many weeks before making a purchase. I once caught him studying something he saw in an online shop for the fifth time in a matter of weeks and glanced over his shoulder to see the cost. I was expecting something atrocious, but in the end, it was only five dollars. I had to marvel at this level of shrewd scrutiny when it comes to indulgences. And it’s nice to know I have a very frugal husband to balance me out. But, I learned a lot in that moment. It wasn’t about the price of something, it was only about the value. He hadn’t decided if it was something valuable to him yet. Looking back on that little pink donut as a child, it was very valuable to me because it only happened a few times a year. When something starts to feel truly special, it becomes worthy of indulgence. Whether it’s rich dessert shared with someone you love or something that just makes your heart smile. Life is never more wonderful than when it comes with just that perfect touch of delightful decadence.

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  1. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    If you ever have the chance to visit a Voodoo Doughnut, you should do it. Probably most of them would be too sweet for you, but the variety and color! Easy Kesey Lemon Peasy, maple bacon, guava colada and, of course, the voodoo doll are just a few of the options. A few even have risque names. Voodoo Doughnuts is in OR, CA, CO. FL & TX now making them easier to find. Excuse me now, while I tear through my kitchen trying to find SOMETHING that will ease my donut craving!

    • Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

      Hahahaha, too funny, Sandra!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Oh yea! I’ve heard of them, but have yet to ever visit one. I had a friend who did last year and loved it! 😃 Hope you found something in your kitchen! hehe

  2. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Beautiful donuts!! These days a donut is a special treat indeed.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, this is one of the rarest treats for me, but I still enjoy them!

  3. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Fabulous donuts Charlie! It is a struggle to find the balance between being good and healthy and indulging now and then.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, finding balance is so tough when it comes to treats!

  4. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Aweeeeeesome doughnuts!!! My indulgence is cheese cake. I will sometimes buy the cake by the slice stuff. I love Ny style cheese cake ahhhhhhh lol 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… cheese cake is so good!! When I was at my mom’s last year, Golden Girls was on television. That show just makes you crave cheesecake! lol

      • Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

        LOL I love the Golden girls they are so fun!!! 🙂

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          Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

          There was actually a marathon running one day… hehe… we let it run! It’s still fun today! 😉

  5. Lisa 3 years ago

    Whenever you paint donuts, I gain weight! Funny how that works. We live in an area where there is a small Amish community. They have a retail bakery on one of the farms. Every Saturday they make and sell fried raised donuts with plain white glaze. Those things are killer!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      haha! Sorry about the weight gain, Lisa! 😊 Though judging from your story, I think the culprit comes from that lovely community and what sounds like insanely wonderful donuts!! Yum!

  6. Mireya 3 years ago

    ha, I was thinking about donuts today. I think I apreciate moer color today.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Hehe… well, colorful donuts definitely way more fun to paint! 😉

  7. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    These are so tempting, Charlie!

  8. Jill Kuhn 3 years ago

    Your colorful donuts take me back to my childhood, Charlie! 😍🍩 I had a sweet tooth as a kid but now not so much. 😉 My favorite donut as a child was the jelly filled ones! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yay! Glad this took you back in time, Jill! 😃💕 Yeah, I liked the jelly ones too, but I was SO messy that I wasn’t allowed to have them often. lol

  9. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Lovely colourful painting.

  10. Jerson Antao 3 years ago

    Did you have one Charlie? nice rendering of donuts Charlie.😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Jerson! 😃💕 Sadly, these were made up… hehe… I’m not even sure if they come in some of these colors, but I guess they must!

  11. smzang 3 years ago

    Charlie says, “It wasn’t about the price of something, it was only about the value.”

    that so reminds me of my Dad. He used to say,”It doesn’t matter if it’s on sale, if
    you don’t need it , it’s not a bargain.”

    Your painting has my mouth watering. My cupboard is bare of donuts. Guess I’ll just go to bed dreaming of fresh chocolate donuts. Thanks Easter Bunny!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Sounds like your dad was a wise man indeed, Sarah! I think that’s a wonderful way to live. That said… I struggle with it much more than Philippe! lol

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 years ago

    I love the appearance of donuts – all that sugar, all that glaze, all the delightful yummies piled on top of the garland of fried dough. But I have to admit – I eat one and wonder why I wasted the calories on such a thin promise. And I’m not shy about overindulging, but donuts are flimsy on taste and experience for me – and heavy on the pounds. Still, your do look tempting! Now, TastyKakes – don’t let me near them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe…. yeah, I have to agree. Combine that with being exposed to French pastries each year and suddenly the humble donut becomes a thin promise indeed.

  13. Fanna Turano 3 years ago

    Hi Charlie! This is my 3rd comment to you re: donuts! Each time I find a new one, whether it be tastier, prettier, more icing, more jimmies, I ALWAYS think of you! Not sure if I mentioned it last time but I have discovered 2 fantastic and colorful donuts here in Denver.
    1). Safeway. Yes, ’tis true, they are blowing the new Dunkin’ Donuts’ out of the water ’round these parts. I’m no longer crazy about their jellies, albeit because I’ve jellied myself out of this category. However…
    2) A “team” of other folks in line at the Dollar Tree all echoed one loud sentiment when I inquired about the best Denver donut place. The instant refrain was: “VOO DOO DONUTS!” After getting basic directions, and some weeks later, my husband trekked on down to Broadway to inspect the goods. Parking was atrocious, as he circled the block several times, but eventually he was in the front line of the very clean and sparkly donut shop!
    He cited, several times, about the difficulty in attempting to choose one or two for me, and in the end, opted for coconut and yes, a jelly. Charlie! You would have loved them too! Not only did they “shine,” they were huge and generously filled and iced! And this point is important: they were created as though a lovely presentation to royalty. I had 2 over the weekend, and they were magnificent.
    Simply wanted to share on donut day. 🙂
    Fanna Turano
    Denver, CO

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Fanna!! 😃💕hehe… love that you always comment on my donuts! And hmmm… Safeway you say! I remember those stores, but we don’t have them here anymore unless they’ve been renamed. Those Voodoo Donuts sound so amazing! I’m surprised they haven’t come our way yet! Guess I’ll have to head to Denver soon! yum! 😉

      • Fanna Turano 3 years ago

        I’m so happy we have our donut connection, Charlie! (those 4X WWM tees will come in handy if I keep this up, but for now, they’re sleeping garments). However, VooDoo donuts are incredible in size, appearance, taste, and creativity. My husband is appalled that some of them are near $4, but I consider it art, the dough, watercolor paper. In the event they ever come your way, we shall do a countdown! I ALWAYS think of you in all things donuts! Painted a bunch this summer, very satisfying. And I wouldn’t mind overnighting a few to you and your hubs! 🙂

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          Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

          They do sound really delicious!! I’m wondering what Philippe would think of them! lol

  14. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Mhhhhm Sprinkles, and good composition, I like how the doughnuts are all not completely round.

  15. Hninn Hninn 3 years ago

    I feel hungry,Charlie

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