Like Ketchup And Fries

Ketchup And Fries Watercolor Sketch - Doodlewash - #doodlewashApril2018

Certainly one of the best combos in the world consists of french fries paired with ketchup. At least, that’s I would have said as a kid, since that was my favorite combo at the time. There were other dipping options, of course, which included mayonnaise, mustard, aioli, and even milkshakes. But I always preferred the standard fair best back then and would just try the other options occasionally. In truth, fries are pretty awesome and go well with a host of pairings. Really anything fried is pretty delicious and turns into a questionably healthy, but certainly satisfying dish. I was at a bar once that served fried Twinkies as their signature dessert. These are those little oddly yellow pound cakes filled with unidentifiable fluff and inexplicably promoted via an anthropomorphized cartoon cowboy version known as Twinkie The Kid. I, of course, had to order and try this fried version, if nothing else, for the sake of pop research. When it arrived at my table, however, I was a little aghast. In its fried form, it’s not quite the sunny dessert that it once was, and looked a bit more like a turd. It was lightly dusted with powdered sugar, but that didn’t help the presentation one bit. It only managed to transform it into a turd with unfortunate case of dandruff.

Though I’m certainly a huge proponent of innovation and trying new things in general, not everything new turns out to be a winning idea. Sometimes, there’s not only comfort to be found in the usual everyday things, but a very good reason why they were paired together in the first place. Some things just work well together and when you find that wonderful pairing, it’s fine to simply stick with it. Whether it’s a dish you enjoy or a dish of person you managed to find and marry. When things work, they just work. There’s no need to question or wonder why, it’s best to simply lean into that joy and experience each wonderful moment it brings. While painting each and every day, there are days when I feel like branching out and trying new colors, for example, and others when I simply must have the comfort of my core little palette of only four colors. Like, today, which seemed a good fit for this popular comfort food.

As we head into the weekend, I hope you’re enjoying all the pairings that make you smile the most. Life’s far to short to try to force a fit. When something works for you, I say, cheer and enjoy it! For the record, I’m about the enjoy a little spätzle and a glass of wine. A pairing I actually enjoyed last night and asked Philippe if we could repeat this evening. Though there are so many new things to be discovered, when you find something you truly enjoy, it’s fun to try indulge in it again and again. When you’re painting and sketching and find that perfect match, it’s what will ultimately become the very ingredients of your personal style. Embrace it and share it! It’s such joy to view all the wonderful artwork of our big little community here on Doodlewash. Though lots of people showed up with paintings of fries today, not one of them is the same. We’ve each made our own personal choices, picked colors that excite us, and delivered our own view of the world. And the results are always just the right combination. A blend of personal choices that are sometimes complex, yet always a simply satisfying combination, like ketchup and fries.

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 Ketchup And Fries Watercolor Sketch - Doodlewash - #doodlewashApril2018
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26 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 7 months ago

    Love your fries and ketchup! LOL..Will never think of a Twinkie the same way as I used to .

  2. smzang 7 months ago

    first, let me say I approve of the steak fries, the fatter ones that you depict.
    The skinny ones just get too crisp for my taste. As for fried twinkies, I have
    heard of them but never seen one. Your commentary makes me ever so
    thankful for that. Always a boost to visit your site.

    As for the spätzle, that too is new to me, both the dish and the word. Of course
    I googled and I am positively gleeful that I have learned a new word. It sounds
    like a delicious entrée too.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Yay to steak fries! 😃💕 Yep… I definitely prefer these over the skinny ones. And yippee to new food to try… you really must try it… it’s delicious!!

  3. Sandra Strait 7 months ago

    Ah, I haven’t had fries and ketchup in so long – yours make me want some! I’ve always wanted to try a fried twinkie, just because, but your description makes me glad I haven’t. Well, there’s always the fried snickers bar that’s been on the list forever, too.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Yeah, fries are still a guilty pleasure for me, but rare… like dessert! 😃💕 And yeah, I’m rather sure a fried snickers would even more resemble what I described though.😉 lol

  4. Sharon Nolfi 7 months ago

    LOL re the fried Twinkie! I don’t need to ask what Philippe would think of such a horror (both the original incarnation and the fried one).

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      hehe! You’re right… neither version is allowed in our house!😊 lol

  5. Myra 7 months ago

    such good work! How did you learn to create such reality?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much, Myra! 😃💕 Just lots of practice and careful observation. I sometimes just stare at my reference for awhile before I even start to sketch.

      • Myra 7 months ago

        thanks that makes sense.

  6. Rod Fletcher 7 months ago

    Sorry Charlie I can’t stand noodles at any price. But there are the ‘go tos’ of life – like cheese on toast. But in terms of new foods; I had recently been on a carb free diet, and couldn’t believe what I ate in terms of veg. I fell off the wagon and returned to all the unhealthy foods that got me fat in the first place. The thing is, I’m actually missing that veg (No doubt Philippe would approve), but the delights of France and their wonderful cheeses beckon next week, so I’ll defer being good until I get back. LOL

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Lol… I’m pretty sure it’s actually an official crime to visit France without enjoying cheese while you’re there! SO good! 😃💕

  7. Snehlata Maheshwari 7 months ago

    AaaaaaAwhat to say speech less .u can present any thing beautifully.
    Super 🌸💐🥀 work done.loved.Thanks lie.

  8. creatingincolors 7 months ago

    I love this painting! Good thing they are on paper because I have no will power when I see ketchup and fries.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 You and me both… I can’t be around fries without indulging! hehe

  9. louiseaprimeau 7 months ago

    You so often make me hungry with your food paintings and this one is no exception. Look at the those big fat fries! They look yummy! I will take mine with vinegar , please!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      That’s such a wonderful compliment! Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 And yay to vinegar as well… that’s yummy!

  10. Lisa 7 months ago

    I just had a cheeseburger and fries with ketchup for dinner! It was great! Now I have to wait six months for another! Lol

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      haha! That’s the same with me! I rarely ever indulge, and after I do, it’s a long wait for the next one! But sooooo worth it! 😃💕

  11. Pamela Smith 7 months ago

    Very yummy looking fries..

  12. Miss Gentileschi 7 months ago

    Definitely one of the best combos in the culinary world! 😀 <3

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      hehe… love that you used the word “culinary” in reference to this! Exactly!! YUM!! 😃💕

  13. […] red meat or much meat at all. And if I’m eating out, this is usually paired with a pile of french fries. Another definite smile maker. Despite my love of sandwiches, many are incredibly difficult to eat. […]

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