Living Life In Abundance

Pig Vegetables Crate Abundance Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our optional World Watercolor Month prompt of “Abundance,” I of course immediately thought of lots of food as I’m prone to do. Any chance to sketch a bit of food and I’m in! I liked the idea of a successful harvest of vegetables and so I tossed in a happy little pig to share in the abundant joy. Granted, during this period of perpetual quarantine, I’ve had to temper myself a bit to avoid pigging out on things. Indeed, if one is going to pig out, then vegetables are a wonderful choice. While I’d love to say that I’ve been stuffing my face with only vegetables these past few months, that would fail to honor the potato chips and ice cream that have lovingly kept me company. One of the things I love about summer, since I really hate the heat, is getting fresh vegetables. Not only are they quite delicious and healthy, consuming such nutritious things more than justifies my little cravings for a big fat, honking dessert.

Indeed, I have actually curbed most of my eating as summer is my time to shed a few pounds. This is in preparation for winter so I can happily indulge in all of the holiday treats that will soon be heading my way. Philippe starts cooking things so light and healthy that I begin to feel more like I’m eating like a rabbit. But, I do love all of the color on my plate. That said, this has not at all stopped me from constantly mentioning to Philippe that he should bake some cookies. I caught him looking at some new apparatus online recently for making cookies and I was thrilled. He told me it was meant to replace the one he has and I reminded him that he never uses the one he has. So, if this new contraption will provide the necessary inspiration then I insisted that he should get it. Unfortunately, since he’s not given to impulse shopping like I am, it will be some weeks before a thorough decision is made on that front.

Our dog Phineas tends to sleep much of the day these days, but when it’s time for dinner he’s up, alert, and sitting next to the refrigerator. It’s like clockwork, and usually around the correct time, but sometimes it’s up to an hour early. This is no doubt simply because we’ve never purchased a watch for him. I feel a little bad knowing he’ll have to sit there for close to hour until the proper time. Usually, though, he gives up and sulks into the other room, making slow and dramatic steps like a wounded child. This comes with a lot of angry sniffs and I’m rather glad that I can’t understand what he’s saying as I’m not sure it would be entirely appropriate to repeat. Of course, I can totally empathize with his enthusiasm. I too can’t wait for dinner each night as it marks the end of the work day, and sometimes it seems like the moment can’t come soon enough. It’s a lovely time indeed. And I’m once again reminded that you don’t need much in life to be throughly happy. Just enjoying a bite to eat with the ones you love most is truly living life in abundance.

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  1. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusta

  2. Lisa 3 years ago

    This is up early, so it must be pizza night! I was out watering the garden today when I discovered the two tomatoes I’ve been waiting for were eaten by a raccoon! I was very unhappy 😡😡!

    We raised pigs when I was a kid. They are smart creatures. If I was healthy and able, I’d try to talk Joe into getting a couple of them. Fact is, I’m a hobby farmer at heart. Chickens, pigs, alpacas, maybe a goat or two. I’d be in my element. Joe, having grown up in town thinks cats are all the livestock we need.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Hehe! Yes!! Must post before pizza night begins! 😉 I love the idea of hobby farmer… I miss having a connection to a farm.

  3. heila 3 years ago


  4. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Wonderful assortment of fresh fruit and veggies and a darn cute pig too! Enjoy your weekend!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  5. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Wonderful post Charlie! I have to chuckle a little as I see that all your food is healthy! Where is the pie? 😉🙃😊😇

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 We have no pie, and I’m crying!! hehe… this is my world now!

  6. Nellie Nellie 3 years ago

    OK Charlie, I have not heard the words, “BIG, FAT and HONKING” in a sentence together outside of my family in decades!😄😆🤣 It took me a minute to stop giggling and add-we would only use that in reference to something we love as much as my mom’s apple cake or something so unbelievable like the spider hanging over the sidewalk that made me an hour late getting home. (Yeah, that one never worked 🤷‍♀️) I love the pig, he looks abundantly happy!

  7. Susan Cuss 3 years ago

    I imagine if the little piggy ate that abundance of food, he’d become honking big and fat! I had a friend who always used honking as her favourite adjective! so that took me back many years. Love your take on the cornucopia. And piggy? He’s honkin’ cute!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, honking really does need to make a comeback! lol

  8. Fascinante, Charlie, muy buena la acuarela y tu imaginación

    • Mugdha 3 years ago

      Hello Charlie,

      That piggie looks abundantly happy to know that all those lovely crisp veggies are just for him. 🙂 I absolutely love your plan of eating healthy and light all summer to shed some pounds in order to be able to gorge on winter treats! A most logical and intelligent plan indeed. You could start a Charlie O’Shields inspired diet plan… you’d gain tons of followers there too. 😉


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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Muchas gracias, Eduardo! 😃💕

  9. Walt. F Pierluissi 3 years ago

    Ok, I will not eat pig but that’s a very happy pig….

  10. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    I just love this sketch! Adorable pig, colorful vegetables, nice detail. Lovely take on the prompt.

  11. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Having owned a basenji in the past, I can totally imagine what Phineas looks like stalking from the refrigerator unfed and unhappy. I can guarantee that you’re given the stink eye, too, and I’m surprised he hasn’t come up with some other means of revenge. Our basenji was not above relieving himself on our bed if he was truly unhappy with us.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thankfully Phineas hasn’t done that! hehe 😉 But yeah, he lets you know his displeasure indeed! My previous dog was half basenji half yellow lab, so everything was tempered a bit more!

  12. Susan Feniak 3 years ago

    Indulge ❤

  13. Maybelle Marcial 3 years ago

    That’s a nice artwork!

  14. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    That little piggy went to market! Look how happy he is! Nothing like fresh vegetables in the summer. I am not sure if my tomatoes will ever start producing. However we are in for some 100 degree weather later this weekend, so maybe that will increase their growth hormones! Hahaha!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Hehe!! That should totally increase their growth hormones! 😃💕Tomatoes love heat…a trait I don’t share! lol

  15. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    That’s a fun doodle, Charlie.

  16. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Lovely painting!!! and the little piggie looks so happy…I really need to add more vegetables to my diet and maybe one day I will LOL

  17. Linda Calverley 3 years ago

    I love this one, it’s fabulous!

  18. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Aweeeeeeeeeeeee super cute!!! 🙂

  19. Nicely penned
    Stay wealthy healthy safe and happy

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