Ice Cream Cone Memories

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 1 - Simple - Ice Cream Cone Memories - Doodlewash

Today we begin a fresh new month and the start of another new Doodlewash adventure! This month’s daily challenge is a paint what you like challenge with open-ended prompts that could produce just about anything at all in the weeks ahead! Today’s prompt is “simple” and so I simply let my mind wander a bit until it chose something. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s read my blog posts for awhile now that we’re beginning with dessert. As desserts go, this is one of the simplest and brings back great memories from childhood. My favorite flavor of ice cream has actually always been plain old vanilla, but strawberry is a close second and lets me play with more colors, so I’m  serving that up for today. As a kid we’d often get Neapolitan ice cream which meant you didn’t have to bother choosing at all and could have both of these flavors, plus chocolate, which I actually liked the least. Don’t get me wrong, I adore pure dark chocolate, but in its milkier forms I’m just not quite as much of a fan. But really, in the end, there’s very little ice cream I’d ever turn down if offered a bit in a cone.

For me, a cake cone is one of the best ways to eat ice cream, both as a kid and even today. I remember wandering around fair grounds in the summer quickly trying to eat it before it collapsed into a molten mess on my hands. That was, after all, part of the fun of it all. I actually didn’t have these very much as a kid, which made them extra special. They were there during special events or that one amazing time when my mom brought a box of cones home from the supermarket. My other favorite ice cream treat actually came from the local drugstore we went to when I was a little kid. In the back, they served up a banana “health shake” using ingredients that are still a complete mystery to me today. It had a strange and unique flavor that I really loved and I was always thrilled when we went to that particular store. Also, they had a lot of Hallmark merchandise in the front so it was where I got my very first Snoopy plush. This little Snoopy had a yellow raincoat if I recall, and I thought it was the best thing ever.

To this day, I’m still just so enthralled and intrigued by the simplest of things in life. The very possibility that a banana shake could create such strong memories in my childhood is a testament to those littlest of pleasures that life has to offer. Perhaps, that’s why today I find myself sketching stuff that is perfectly mundane and ordinary. I don’t place these things in a scene, as it might not be the scene you imagine. I love hearing your comments and stories that come to mind when you view my little paintings and read my posts. Together, we can keep those bits of the past alive as we hurry through dealing with the present. I’m not stuck in the past, but I know that it holds all the answers to my future. I always want to stay in touch with the me that was forming way back when. That little boy who dreamed bigger than an adult could possibly imagine. I hope in everything I do each day, I’m not simply remembering him, but helping him to fulfill his destiny. He thought that anything was possible and I really want to believe that’s true. So here’s to you, Little Charlie. Thank you once again for bringing back these wonderful ice cream cone memories.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Yellow, Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 1 - Simple - Ice Cream Cone Memories - Doodlewash

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    I love all the colors in your shadow. Proof that you take the simplest things and make the absolute most out of them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yay to that! The simplest things are always the best!

  2. Mary Roff 5 years ago

    Looks quite yummy and best of all filled with memories!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Nice job on the cone – reminds me of my own childhood. Ice cream is my favorite food.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe!! Yay to that! 😃💕 Thanks, Sharon! Ice cream is a very important food group!

  4. louiseaprimeau 5 years ago

    Delicious. That cone is especially lovely with all its shading and details.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 I tried to make the cone a bit more accurate than I normally would. Glad you liked it!

  5. Anita Sinha 5 years ago

    Nice painting of the ice cream cone..Reminds me of the softie (ice cream in a cone from a machine) that my mother used to buy for us when we used go for shopping before the festivals..

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww that’s sounds fantastic!! Glad this brought back great memories, Anita! 😃💕

  6. Jodi 5 years ago

    Great job and story Little Charlie! I’ll take a scoop of Butter Pecan please, with an extra scoop of possibilities!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe!! Serving it up to you now my friend! Thanks, Jodi! 😃💕

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    So glad I waited till 1 AM to read this post as there’s no ice cream in the house, and had I read it earlier, I’d have jumped in the car to go buy some. Chocolate for me, or dulce de leche, but in a sugar cone – those cake cones are like cardboard. Still, your painting is absolutely charming, even the shadow is enchanting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 This one was an agonizing fantasy.. we have no ice cream in the house and it’s the only thing I can actually make so it’s my job. lol Can’t wait for warmer weather to start making some!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    And don’t forget – dessert first!

  9. smzang 5 years ago

    ” He thought that anything was possible and I really want to believe that’s true. So here’s to you, Little Charlie. Thank you once again for bringing back these wonderful ice cream cone memories.”

    A huge amen!

    I love the detail of that cone. It is as perfect as a mirrored reflection. I have some Cherry Garcia in the freezer.
    It’s 4 a.m. so nobody will no that I’m headed to the kitchen to have just a taste (or two).

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 (I keep wanting to say Thara! lol!) So happy you enjoyed this one. And you should totally indulge yourself!!

      • smzang 5 years ago


        I did, but ate ‘rabbit food’ the next day.


  10. memadtwo 5 years ago

    The shadow is indeed intriguing. It’s like a cloud…holding all your wishes. I think ice cream and childhood are forever entwined. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww that’s a fabulous description! Love that Kerfe! Thanks so much! 😃💕

  11. Jacob 5 years ago

    Well, it’s certainly looking happy and pretty in pink! This is a surprise, though, because I thought it had been well established over the past couple of years that you somehow don’t like ice cre… oh wait 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      haha!! I almost added “Dedicated to my friend Jacob” at the end of this post. LOL 😃💕 I totally should have. If we ever meet… the first thing we’ll do is to go for some ice cream. 😉

      • Jacob 5 years ago

        Haha, that would have been hilarious. And that too would be hilarious! It would be a pretty special occasion, so I’m sure I’d be polite enough to have ice cream with you. I know, I’m selfless 😉

  12. Alice Hendon 5 years ago

    absolutely wonderful! we still have snow on the ground here but ice cream sounds lovely!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Alice! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s still very much winter here as well, but one can dream! lol

  13. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Mmmm……ice cream! I loved it as a child, and really, I still love it today, but it no longer likes me as much 🙁 and so I have it very seldom, even though I have to pay for my indulgence. mmmmmm pralines and cream…yes please, but no cone because wheat doesn’t like me either. sigh Love your shadows!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Hehe… it’s it awful how these childhood memories don’t always fit with our adult issues. I rarely have ice cream as it shows up on my waist almost instantly! 😊 But lately I’ve found a cashew vanilla shake that I can have and adore… hehe… just have to find yummy alternatives! 😉

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