Little Surprises

Day 24 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Unexpected Surprises - Fruit Tart With Kiwi and Berries - #doodlewash

Today, when met with a prompt of “bugs”, I wasn’t quite sure what to paint. I’ve already sketched a ladybug earlier this month, and they aren’t really bugs at all, they’re beetles. They like to eat tiny aphids, which are technically true bugs. But, I didn’t really want to sketch one and instead ended up engrossed in several articles saying that we end up consuming aphids as well, whether we like it or not. Apparently, here in the States, the FDA does allow a certain amount of aphids and other insect parts in our food. The little boy in me was fascinated by this potentially gross fact. They’re tiny, perfectly edible and they say bugs outnumber humans 200 million to one, so those are pretty good odds they’ll end up on the menu at some point. In the end, I realized I could literally sketch any food that caught my eye and know that somewhere, there’s a microscopic bit of bug there. Prompt completed. And so we rather unexpectedly have this fruit tart.

Even if you told me there were little bits of bug in a dessert, I would probably still eat it. I just love dessert. And I guess a polite person probably wouldn’t bring any of this up in the first place, so apologies for bringing it to your attention if you were blissfully unaware. But I find it all so fascinating. These little facts, even the ones I might guess to be true, are fun to discover. As a kid, I loved playing Trivial Pursuit and could pretty much answer all of the science questions, but was rubbish when it came to sports. The latter is simply something that I’ve never been interested in. But science and nature are endlessly thrilling to me. As I’ve been doing this blog, I’ve learned a lot of fun facts that I’ve enjoying sharing with whoever might be reading along. Last March, I spent a month sketching Uncommon Creatures and it was fun to discover some of the lesser known species on the planet.

Little known facts and bits of trivia keep life interesting. It would be a shame to spend life with only the knowledge we currently have. Sketching and painting each day has been so rewarding, but often, when I’m searching for an idea to paint or looking at references I get lost in articles and information. Often to my detriment as it leaves me with even less time to paint, but it’s such a fun journey. So, sure, bugs in our food are not the thing you’d probably want to consider, especially if you’re reading this near mealtime, but for me, it’s fun to know. Like painting, when I discover an interesting mix of color or a particular way to shade the edge of a piece of fruit. Each of these little discoveries is a wonderful experience. So much of my day can include things that offer little to shock or impress me, so I’m endless thankful when I come across those little surprises.

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 Day 24 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Unexpected Surprises - Fruit Tart With Kiwi and Berries - #doodlewash
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30 Comments
  1. Jodi 5 months ago

    this is BEAUTIFUL! Much preferred over bugs for me! 🙂

  2. Eileen Rigby 5 months ago

    Thinking outside the square always leaves room for dessert – especially pretty ones!!

  3. Laura (PA Pict) 5 months ago

    The fruit tart looks delicious. I’ve eaten many such little pastries over the years. You do make me chortle with the way so many prompts lead you back to food. It’s no wonder you are so great at painting food with all the practice you get.

    I was also a Trivial Pursuit nerd as a kid and into my 20s. Like you, sports was my one Achilles’ heel. I had no interest so the knowledge had trouble sticking even after I’d played the same deck dozens of times. It got to be, however, that friends wouldn’t play against me because I would always win. I once beat my husband at a game when he hadn’t even had a chance to roll the dice. I had to agree that that was no fun. We still play lots of board games (we have a slight board game addiction in this family) but haven’t played that one in ages.

    • ejmordasky 5 months ago

      Laura I did also enjoy your comment! Maybe I could beat you in Cribbage? NO?…ah well…I’ll look for your comments as I love good one—as you know Charlie is A Master of them….

    • Author

      Thanks, Laura! 😃💕 I really just want to focus on food, but still want to play along with my own prompts, so yeah… things like this happen! And yay to nerds! They’re so awesome!! hehe But I agree… it’s not as much fun when you’re not evenly paired up. Philippe says he’s going to kick my butt at MarioKart 8 when it comes out for Nintendo Switch on Friday. We’ll see….

  4. ejmordasky 5 months ago

    I am so drooling over the fruit thing you posted…wonderful style and color…it would cost a pretty penny to buy all the ingredients…….so I guess it has to be raid the fridge and make what I find…being a part of these daily themes is the best medicine for me…

    • Author

      Aww thanks! 😃💕 And that’s so wonderful to hear! yeah… desserts like these are best just purchased. They’re all over Paris when we go, but tougher to find where we live.

  5. berolahragasepak3 5 months ago

    drooling all the wayyyyy….

  6. Elizabeth 5 months ago

    As far as I know, beetles are bugs. I’ve always thought of “bug” as another word for insect. What does “bug” mean to you? Just curious.

    • Author

      Bug just means insect to me as well, but apparently, there is a distinction between true bugs and beetles. Something to do with the “sucking mouth parts”… no lie… I blogged about it earlier here: https://doodlewash.com/2015/10/17/giant-lady-beetle/

      • Elizabeth 5 months ago

        Now I’m gonna have to look it up.

        Yep, as I remembered, Class Insecta have exoskeletons, 3 body segments (head, thorax, abdomen), 3 pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and a pair of antenna. So cicadas, beetles, ants and flies are all insects.

        AND there are about 30 orders of insects.

        Yep, as you blogged, Order Hemiptera (“true bugs”) have sucking mouth parts, and include cicadas, leaf-hoppers and aphids. Ladybugs and other beetles belong in the Order Coleoptera.

        So, ladybugs are insects, but are not bugs!!

      • Author

        Lol… wow… now I’ve learned more than ever! The little boy in me just laughed at the “sucking mouth parts” bit and so it stuck. But good to know I’m reported things accurately! Hehe Thanks so much for sharing that!!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    I cut off the leafy end of strawberries to get rid of the wee little bugs but I love your Doodlewash of this fruit tart. So many different fruits on top of one little tart – so much yummy!

  8. sweethandlettering 5 months ago

    I did know there were bugs in our food! And I don’t think its gross at all..I mean, you liked the food before you knew there were bugs in it so why stop eating it? I only enjoy it more because I know what is in it. Have you ever heard of Handlettering? I am sure you would be fantastic at that!

    • Author

      Thanks! 😃💕 Yeah, there’s not a bug in the world that could scare me away from a good dessert! lol As for Handlettering, I’m amazed at the people who can do that, but that’s not something I can do. I can barely write legibly, much less letter something beautiful by hand. 😊

      • sweethandlettering 5 months ago

        But handlettering is just drawing letters! My handwriting sucks aswell. Anyway, you’ve got talent and I love your blog messages! They are very nice to read and they make me smile 🙂

      • Author

        Aww thanks! 😃💕 Perhaps I’ll try again to letter one day. hehe

  9. memadtwo 5 months ago

    I always enjoy your creative renderings of the prompts. We consume many tiny spiders too…yum? (K)

    • Author

      Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 All about food for me these days… trying to practice! hehe… and yep… tiny spiders are in there too. I used to paint bugs so painting food is like a two-fer! haha

  10. Heide 5 months ago

    Whether you’re painting tempting little fruit tarts or slightly-less-tempting fruit flies, I always love your posts, Charlie! Thank you for once again brightening my day with your lovely art and cheeky humor.

    PS: Did you by chance read that article about spiders theoretically being able to eat every person on Earth within a year? It’s clear that the survival of our species depends on eating more bugs. 😀

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/28/spiders-could-theoretically-eat-every-human-on-earth-in-one-year/?utm_term=.360ddd7b12ec

    • Author

      Thanks, Heide! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! And oh wow!! What a great article! well… and ewwwww! Lol Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. YesterdayAfter 5 months ago

    Aww Charlie I would just eat this fruit tart right now that I am drinking my coffee! Looks so delicious, what a beautiful watercolor! <3 😉

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕 Glad you liked it! And yeah… definitely better served with coffee! Bugs and all!

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