Huîtres Du Marché

Day 30 Huîtres Du Marché Live Oysters from the fresh market in Paris, France

For today’s post, we have more food, but this time it’s actually not a French pastry so that’s something different at least. Instead, we have a doodlewash of some fresh oysters we picked up this morning at a fresh market in Paris. I’m going to just admit that I’m completely in love with food and so walking through a market is an incredible joy. I wanted to eat everything in sight, but instead, we only left with these live oysters to take to our evening at a friend’s house. Personally, I enjoy a single oyster, but can’t really do much more than that because I find the taste too strong. While it does make me think of the ocean, it also tastes like being pulled under by a tide and getting a mouthful of seawater which I find a little overwhelming. Philippe is a total fan though, so it was fun to go and grab some for the evening’s festivities.

Today is the last day of this month’s adventure, so for those of you interested in painting along in October, there’s a new adventure you’ll find posted here. Next up is a tribute to all of the simple things in life that make us smile. I’ll still be here in Paris for another week, so may not be joining in with all of the prompts until I return. Also, many of you who love to sketch in ink will be participating in Inktober next month. If so, I’ve linked to the official prompt list for that as well and you can feel free to use these prompts as a backup if you like. Doodlewash isn’t affiliated with Inktober, but I’m highly supportive of any art challenge that gets people making something new each day!

I really hoped to find more time to sketch outdoors, but as it turns out my schedule here doesn’t really allow for it yet. So, you’re likely to see more food as that’s the one thing I have in front of me during my down time on this trip. That said, I’ve already started to favor salads, as I don’t think my waistline will appreciate another full week of eating like I have been. And even though I only tried my single oyster this evening, it was still rather awesome since it was part of the adventure. My head hurts a bit, but it’s less the champagne and more the intense concentration it takes to attempt to understand all of the French conversations around me. One day, I’ll be more comfortable with the language and able to converse with my extended family and friends properly, but until then, I’m content just living in the moment and enjoying the wonderful experience of shopping for oysters at the market.

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 Day 30 Huîtres Du Marché Live Oysters from the fresh market in Paris, France

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  1. Laura (PA Pict) 6 years ago

    This is a stunning painting, Charlie. The way you’ve captured the textures and hues of the shells is impressive. Love it! I’m actually hoping to join in with Inktober for once but we shall see if I find time as I’ve failed to do it the past two years.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I honestly never stared at oysters this closely before! Hehe And yeah, I figured lots of sketchers will do Inktober. Everything I do is in ink first so I end up just adding the tag, but sometimes seems like it’s more about ink only for that challenge.

      • Laura (PA Pict) 6 years ago

        Yeah I also tend to add watercolour to my ink drawings but for Inktober it’s going to be ink only out of choice and necessity and probably largely just line drawings.

        • Author

          Nice! Yeah… it seems that community better embraces the ink only drawings for this challenge. Wishing you good luck for making all 31!! Do it! Do it! 😉👍🏻

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    don’t think i’d like to eat one, but your painting of the oysters is wonderful

  3. Teri C 6 years ago

    Great sketch of the oysters! But eating them, no way. Give me a salad

  4. berolahragabasket 6 years ago


  5. berolahragamatras2 6 years ago

    Nice sketch

  6. Anya 6 years ago

    Amazing oysters! I can’t eat them though, always wanted to and never could *sigh* an acquired taste I just can’t acquire 😀 October challenge looks great, will do my best to join, really enjoyed September prompts, thank you for setting it all up :))

    • Author

      Thanks, Anya! 😃💕 Glad you liked this and I don’t think I’ve quite acquired the taste for them either. 😊hehe Yay to joining in for October!! Awesome!!

  7. bigmac122014 6 years ago

    Great food sketch…tasty as well

  8. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    Love the textures on the shells!! Wow! Hard to believe you have been there a week! 🍷💕 Cheers to more FABULOUS food and fun!! 🎉

  9. jmnowak 6 years ago

    The detail in those oysters is fabulous, Charlie! You’re becoming a true Master, if I may say so. Me, well, I don’t like oysters, never have; however, other seafood intrigues me. As to French conversations, just do your sketching whilst they are talking, letting it wash all over you and soon you’ll be speaking like a pro…guaranteed! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Janina!! 😃💕 Yeah…I can say I’m not truly an oyster fan. I’ll leave them to Philippe. In the situations I’m in it would be rude to sketch, since it’s mainly round the dinner table, so I’m having to sketch just after. Hehe

  10. I enjoy your painting much much more than the thought of eating one, I love most stuff from the sea, but the oyster I only enjoy when it delights with a pearl 😀….hope your head feels better this morning Charlie?

    • Author

      Feeling much better today!! Thanks!! And yeah…oysters are fun to sketch but I’ll skip having many of them to eat. Hehe😊

  11. Carol 6 years ago

    Kudos to your painting making these look so beautiful. Kudos to you, too, for actually stomaching one. 😜

  12. Ellie 6 years ago

    Awesome painting, Charlie! The texture and colors are amazing. I’m glad you are painting food, because that’s an important part of your trip – and don’t worry about that waistline. You have 50 weeks in the year to think about it, so keep enjoying the fullness of Paris, which includes your friends, family, and food!

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