Fresh Fruit

Apricots On Tree Botantical Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Apricots” today, I decided to doodle a couple of them on a branch. I always love visiting places where there’s a fruit tree on the front lawn. This is not something I ever had growing up so it always feels so magical. One day, I hope to have a fruit tree of my own, but it will have to wait until I’m no longer living in the city and actually have a yard. As for apricots, I don’t typically eat them whole, but they are my favorite flavor of jam. And when Philippe and I visit Paris, we always have a baguette with a bit of jam for breakfast. We like the all-fruit variety without added sugar best, and could likely indulge in that here, but for some reason it’s only become a tradition for us in France. This is not so much about the jam, but the fact that we can’t walk a few feet each morning to get a fresh baguette. It’s just not the same here. But, now I’m craving apricots, so I think they just might get added to the grocery list this week.

Today was overcast and chilly, which didn’t feel very much like spring at all. After being spoiled with so many days of sunshine it was a very different feeling. Instead of feeling inspired, I just wanted to curl up bed for bit as though it were a lazy weekend. This wasn’t possible, of course, as it was a work day, and there was work to be done. I realized that I should probably take a couple of days off, but it’s strange to do so when you’re only ever home these days. But, not having to respond to email would be a lovely break, at least, so I might just do so. In my mind, I was thinking I’d save days for some future vacation, but I’m not entirely sure if there will be one this year. I imagine it will be sometime next year, post vaccination, before Philippe and I will feel ready to take any real trip. Yet, that’s not a long time to wait, so I don’t feel any sort of gloom. Indeed, I’m still hopeful and happy. This too shall pass, and life has this wonderful way of always moving forward.

I’ve spent the past evenings before I go to sleep dreaming of new things I could try next. I’ve always been known to do this, but lately, I’ve been doing it a bit more. It’s been awhile since I had a project that felt new in that way that makes each morning feel like a kid waking up on Christmas day. Truly, this is my favorite kind of project. They’re the ones that only happen once a year and involve doing things that I’ve never tried before that moment. Well, bits of things I’ve done before, but when they spin into that new idea, they glitter like gold. So, that’s what I’ve been visualizing just before my eyes grow too weary to stay awake. That grand new thing. It’s nothing specific at the moment, but bits of ideas pop forward each time and I can then weave them together like a tapestry into something grander. It’s not an immediate process, but like all good things it’s worth the wait. And one day, that next thing will finally work it’s way to the surface of my restless imagination and magically materialize like fresh fruit.

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  1. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful apricots Charlie!. I was lucky enough to live in Virginia one summer and there was a peach tree in the door yard. I have never had peaches that taste as good as those since.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Oh wow! That’s so awesome you had a peach tree once!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I hope your new and upcoming project is something you’ll be able to share with us. I know it will be something interesting and fun!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… oh yeah, whenever it manifests finally in my crazy head, I’ll definitely share!

  3. Lisa 2 years ago

    I have an apricot tree in my yard. I’ve only had fruit off it once, and then only six pieces. This year I didn’t even see it bloom, so I’m guessing there will be nothing. I too love apricot jam, but my favorite is raspberry. I make my own with low sugar and it’s just like eating the real thing. Between yesterday and today with cold, sleet, snow, and rain, it feels like we may never get fruit this year. 😁 But my peas are popping up, so good things are coming.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Awesome that you haven an apricot tree! Hears hoping the fruit returns! 😃💕 And yeah, raspberry jam is delicious, as are peas! YUM! Now I’m hungry again!

  4. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie. Those apricots look delicious.

  5. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Fantastic job

  6. Cathy France 2 years ago

    Bonjour, les abricots sont arrivés en France, depuis très peu de jours, dans les magasins, comme vous j’adore la confiture d’abricots et moins le fruit frais – il y a des nectarines, des pêches, encore des fraises et des framboises, les français ont été déconfinés hier lundi 11 mai 2020 – quelques écoles ouvrent aujourd’hui, pour que 50 % des enfants, les parents, si c’est possible, sont encouragés à faire du télétravail et les garder, et faire leurs devoirs avec eux – nous avons eu, de forts orages, les 9.10 mai – des grelons et des inondations juste là, pour cette rentrée ! – alors, que, comme vous, il avait fait si chaud – çà se nomme ici les “Saints de Glace” – à vous suivre encore avec joie – Cathy Picardie France

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 Yay for apricot jam… it’s SO good! And sounds like things are starting to shift a bit there, so that’s nice. We are getting storms this week, but hopefully nothing too serious.

  7. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Nice one Charlie!😊

  8. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Nice apricots! When I was searching apricots, I was surprised how much they looked like peaches. I pictured them more elongated than featured. I thought about researching it more, but it sounded like work and I wanted to play. Tee hee.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, I have to admit that I don’t each them whole, so I had to google references as well! I almost just sketched a bottle of jam!

  9. Beautiful! The apricots look luscious!

  10. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Great branch of apricots Charlie!

  11. Ann 2 years ago

    Charlie, I’ve enjoyed watching your artistic skills evolve over the years, but this month alone they’ve improved dramatically. Les renoncules, et les abricots, et les tomates sont fantastiques.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ann! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you’ve been enjoying the sketches this month, and see improvement! I can never tell! hehe I just keep showing up! 😉

  12. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Love it and can’t wait to see what your next fantastic project will be..New Fruit! 😊

  13. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful sketch and painting!!

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