For our prompt of “Tomatoes” today, I decided to doodle a few of the heirloom version. It’s always a treat as summer nears marking the return of fresh tomatoes along with these more unusual varieties. They taste amazing, but I also just really love all of the odd shapes and colors. Each one is so incredibly unique and always feels like a one-of-a-kind treat. Of course, like all things that aren’t as readily available, they cost a bit more than the common tomato. This means actually getting them requires the additional effort of convincing Philippe that they’re actually worth the higher price tag. Typically, though, rather than the getting them at the store, I’m always able to convince him when we visit the fresh Farmer’s Market. Though still a bit higher than the other tomatoes in price, there’s something about shopping directly from the person who lovingly grew them that makes it even more special. Perhaps it’s this added touch of love and care that makes them taste so much better as well.

This afternoon was beautifully lazy and Philippe and I just did various things while we let classic movies play in the background. Well, at least classics in the sense they bring back fun memories like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. We attempted to order groceries online and were successful in getting some that will arrive tomorrow. Philippe was inspired to make a sweet of some kind today, which I was certainly excited about, but we’re unfortunately out of eggs until tomorrow. So, he popped some popcorn and made his version of kettle corn instead. This seemed like the perfect combo for our movie fest. Though, our dog Phineas did not agree and was noticeably miffed because he doesn’t get to have any of this version. Our dog actually ends up with the healthiest menu in the house since the two of us are known to treat ourselves with little snacks. Though Philippe’s kettle corn has very little sugar and would qualify more as savory compared to what I had at the fair as a kid.

Now that we’ve had a treat, of course, the evening will consist of primarily vegetables. But, that’s just fine. It’s not quite the season for tomatoes, but I’ll be excited when they arrive. And I adore lazy days like this one. It’s exactly what I needed after a busy week. I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend as well and have found something fun to do in the process. Of course, I always hope that includes making a little bit of art! Whenever I watch movies from when I was younger, it always makes me happy. I remember all of the grand dreams I had of the things I might do once I graduated from school. A few of those dreams came true and I know there’s still time for the others to catch up. Life is good. And despite all of the challenges we face today, I’m looking forward to the months ahead. Another season of colorful fresh food and the simple, yet joyous, experience of once again enjoying those heirloom tomatoes.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Vermilion,  Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink  in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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24 thoughts on “Heirloom Tomatoes

  1. I am so craving fresh garden tomatoes after all these posts! Heirlooms are my favorites. These are beautiful Charlie! It snowed here in New England last night. The dusting we got was melted by early morning but 6 inches fell north of here. It is May isn’t it?

  2. I love tomatoes, but they make me break out. I can get away with processed tomatoes in limited quantity, but it just isn’t the same. Sounds like you’ve been watching some of my old favorite movies!

  3. What a colorful group of tomatoes. I agree, there is nothing better than a fresh tomato. I spent the morning in the yard. It was hot even with the wind. Then I spent the rest of the day making art from one of Joanne Sharpe’s classtes. It’s been fun. Now off to help my son make a succulent planter from an old insulator for his Grandmother. Then some sketching time! Dig up the Apple Dumpling Gang movies!

  4. I love these tomatoes. I’ve been growing heirlooms for a long time. They are my favorites. I get one called Hillbilly Potato Leaf that produces the most beautiful red and yellow and orange stripped tomato you ever saw. Joe is building me two new raised beds the week so I expect to grow a bumper crop of tomatoes and green beans. I never want to wish my life away, but I sure can’t wait for midsummer and that first ripe tomato from the garden, still warm from the sun.

  5. Lovely tomatoes Charlie! My husband enjoys his container gardening each year. I look forward to the Farmers Markets in the Spring/Summer and all the produce, baked goods and crafts. Uncertain how that will be done at this time during social distancing. Thank you so much for your upbeat, positive posts each day. You are a piece of sunshine that I can count on in my email! 🤗🌞

  6. J’adore vous lire – et maintenant encore plus en premier, vous lire et en 2e, regarder vos dessins, que j’aime – vous devriez écrire des livres, aussi – j’aimerais un jour voir, des dessins de vous, de vôtre intérieur, de chez vous – de vôtre ville – de vôtre rue – comment est le Kansas ? comment un jeune français a t il pu vous rencontrer et partir si loin ? oui je sais l’Amour est le plus fort – parfois je vous envie – Cathy de France Picardie

    1. Merci beaucoup, Cathy! 😃💕I’m so thrilled you enjoy these posts. Scattered through the site are some occasional images of my life, like this one – – I compiled my most autobiographical posts in my Sketching Stuff memoir – (it’s called “Sketching Stuff: Stories Sketched From Life (English Edition)” on and yes, love is strong! And the Internet connects us across oceans! 😉

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