National Garlic Day

National Garlic Day - Doodlewash and watercolor of red pink and white garlic bulbs

Yep, today is a day to celebrate that relative of the onion that’s also lovingly known as the stinking rose. To celebrate, just add a little garlic to your next meal and enjoy! That’s pretty much it, really, as there’s not much more to this unusually specific celebration. According to legend, garlic grew where Satan’s left foot was when he left the Garden of Eden (if you’re curious about the other foot, it apparently produced an onion). So basically, I guess, eating garlic is like snacking on Satan’s footprint, which I’m sure we’re never likely to see in an ad from garlic growers. They’ll instead focus on the myriad of health benefits from this wonder food.

But I would be remiss to not mention it’s incredible ability to ward off the “evil eye.” For those unfamiliar, this is essentially a curse made with the eyes, sort like that look you make when someone cuts you off in traffic. It’s equally known for being good vampire repellent, should you find yourself worried about coming into contact with one. And if this happens often you really should consider moving. But if you feel it’s necessary, simply drape some garlic around your neck and you’re good to out for the night. Diseases caused by mosquito bites used to be referred to as “the touch of the vampire” but as it turns out, garlic works pretty well as a repellent for those little bloodsuckers as well.

There’s even folklore surrounding dreams about garlic. If you dream about the garlic that’s sitting in your house, it’s considered a sign of good luck. Just don’t tell anyone as it’s also cosidered a sign of insanity. If instead, you dream of actually eating it, not just enjoying the fact that it happens to be there, you will discover hidden secrets when you awake. Hopefully one of these will be an answer to why the hell you’re dreaming about garlic all the time. It is pretty delicious though, but still not really dream worthy. Better to just stick with more common sense things like thwarting werewolves or lightly beating brides-to-be with garlic stalks to make sure they bear healthy children. Yeah… people can get pretty weird about their garlic.

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M. Graham watercolors: Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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61 Comments
  1. Carol 1 year ago

    I enjoy garlic very much, and I enjoy your painting even more. Perfect use of that gorgeous Opera Rose. It’s cool how it is reflected in the white head of garlic!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Carol!! 💕😃 Glad you liked this one. And extra glad you’re a garlic fan as well. It just makes everything so tasty!! Hehe

  2. Arts & Rhymes 1 year ago

    What a coincidence! I made cheesy garlic bread today…. 😁

  3. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    A very nice tribute to the stinking rose!

  4. Jacob 1 year ago

    What a beautiful doodlewash! The colours and textures are exquisite! An unusual but reasonable celebration. Mm, I do love a bit of garlic bread… or should that be, Satan’s footprint bread! 😉 And fascinating about the dreams… I’ve looked in my dictionary and it does indeed say all will be will if I dream of garlic. Fingers crossed!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! 😃 Glad you liked this. Here’s to sweet dreams tonight of Satan’s footprint to bring you good fortune! Man, that sounds weird! Haha! But if it actually works…that would he kind of awesome. You’ll have to report back in the morning and let me know! 😉

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        I did meet Patrick Stewart last night, but don’t think there was any garlic – sigh, no miracles today, I guess!

      • Author

        Hmmm… no idea what it means to meet Patrick Stewart… not sure that one is in the dictionary. I guess it depends on what exactly happened in the dream. 😉hehe

  5. debiriley 1 year ago

    what a lovely painting and illustration of the garlic Charlie! great tones, colors, and the shapes are so perfect! there are some weird tales out there about garlic 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much Debi!! 💕😃 I was about to grab for Cobalt Teal…hehe… But I got lost in Opera Rose. Yeah…each garlic tale is stranger than the next it would seem. Lol

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        there is validity that garlic actually will kill/block Viruses from replicating. tiny bit of Well Being trivia for you
        ps, you could’ve gotten away with a dab of CTB 🙂

      • Author

        Yeah… I almost wrote about the wellness aspects, but the folklore made me giggle. 😊 And yep! I could have totally gotten away with some CTB… oh well… next time I guess! Though I don’t know when I’ll ever doodlewash garlic again! lol

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        on National Vampire Day!! lol for a hoot 🙂

      • Author

        Lol! Yes!! Monday, October 20…Dracula Day!! Haha

  6. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    I love your painting today Charlie. I love the shape of garlic and each little clove. Thanks for always interesting narrative!

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 I thought garlic would be easy until I started sketching it! Wow it’s complex!! Yikes! Hehe… So happy you liked how it turned out!

  7. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Charlie you did a very great job I love the two colors with this! I knew you would do the garlic, and it turned out beautiful! I am join you today celebrating the National Amaretto Day here it is my doodlewash! <3
    https://yesterdayafter.com/2016/04/19/national-amaretto-day/

    • Author

      Thanks so much Carolina!! 😃💕Glad you liked my garlic. I actually was planning on Amaretto Day and changed my mind at the last minute as I’m prone to do! Lol Yours is stunning!! A gorgeous sketch and tribute to the day!!

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Thank you Charlie I was debating too lol then I said is something from Italy I have to do it! 😉 Your garlic is great I love that you made the two colors! And btw I do too change plan or ideas a t last minute, you’re not alone! <3

      • Author

        Hehe… that’s good to know! I’m pretty much a last minute kind of guy! lol

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Ahaha Charlie that’s part of being an Artist, I guess our brain work fast and it’s filled with many different things! 😉

      • Author

        Yeah…that sounds much better than attention span issues! lol I’m sure that’s the real reason! 😉hehe

  8. Teri C 1 year ago

    Really wonderful garlic painting Charlie! Love it.

    • Author

      Thanks Teri!! 💕😃I found some references of pink ones and any chance I get to use Opera Rose I take it! Hehe… Glad ya liked it!

      • Teri C 1 year ago

        Oh yea, I love that opera rose also.

  9. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Hahaha! I don’t know about luck and warding off vampires but with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it’s kept hubby from getting sinus infections for the past 10+ years (he used to get them just about every fall). 🙂 I love the look of purple garlic so I’m glad you painted those! <3 Also, there's no such thing as "add a little garlic." I think 6 cloves is as small an amount as hubby ever puts into a dish. 😀

    • Author

      Thanks Teresa! 💕😃Sinus infections are pure evil so I would say garlic works just as the stories say then!! Yay! Glad to hear that. We liked a lot of garlic on this house too. It’s so delicious!!

      • Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

        It is super delicious (though I’d prefer it in my scampi than my gelatto…LOL!)!

  10. Jodi 1 year ago

    your garlic painting is AWESOME Charlie O! Boy – that is some crazy info about garlic. I love it and don’t want to think about Satan’s foot when I’m enjoying it! LOL!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 💕😃 This is want happens when you quickly google interesting “facts” about garlic. Wasn’t expecting Satan’s foot, but who ever is really. So many weird things in garlic lore!

  11. A brilliant post and a wonderful doodle wash, Charlie. My kinda day, I must say!

  12. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    LoVe your garlic colors! WOWZA! 💕🎨👍 Awesome doodlewash, Charlie! 😄 I found out on the internet that roasted garlic is easier to digest – which I didn’t know. I also found a funny YouTube video of a gal shaking garlic in a container to easily remove the skins. Looked like it could be a good aerobic workout. Lol! 😉

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jill! 💕😃I just had to try the purple pink ones for a little more color! hehe Oh my… that video sounds awesome!! Haha! I must find it now! lol

  13. Kari 1 year ago

    They maybe be smelly but they sure make everything tasty.. Your doodlewashed cloves are perfect! Love the highlights.. Makes me want to roast some whole cloves of garlic!! Yummy!

  14. Phil Cooper 1 year ago

    Great post Charlie, I didn’t realise there was so much folklore attached to garlic; I’ve never dreamed about it but if I do now I know what it means 😊 .

    • Author

      Yep! Considered yourself informed should you ever dream of garlic! hehe… so many weird things out there about garlic. I didn’t have any idea either. Thanks so much Phil! 😃

  15. This is the most superb garlic, and I never would have guessed how accurately you have achieved the colour, in opera rose, it has proved perfect for the vampire repellent. Golly gosh and wow, were my thoughts when I saw this, great illustration for a book on the benefits of garlic…or a book on garlic folklore? Thanks for sharing Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Rebecca! 💕😃 Ultramarine Blue is a great background singer to help the Opera Rose along a bit! hehe… I’m sure there is enough material for a whole book on garlic folklore. I had no idea how many weird stories there were surrounding it!

  16. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Could a dream dictionary be in your future? (K)

    • Author

      I’m sure I could do a whole month on dreams if I had a dictionary like that, Kerfe! 😉hehe

      • memadtwo 1 year ago

        That would be fun! I used to have a great dream dictionary with the strangest entrys, but I haven’t been able to find it for years…probably lost in one of my moves. But I think you could come up with some great topics!

      • Author

        Oh wow… that dictionary sounds awesome. I like things a bit more weird and not too clinical. But then you already knew that! lol

  17. Wow you’ve done an amazing job with this, Charlie!!! One of my v favorites of yours! Were you painting from life?! So realistic!!

    • Author

      Awww thanks sis! 💕😃hehe… it took a lot longer than I expected so I posted it late. Who knew garlic was so challenging? Well, I didn’t at least, but I’ve never attempted it before. Lol Thrilled you liked it so much!! 💜

  18. Birgit Winter 1 year ago

    Wow, such beautiful garlic colors! It really pops out of my monitor:-)

  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Garlic perfume – oh what a thought! Funny how much superstition surround such a pretty and tasty little bulb. Maybe if it wasn’t wearing such a flashy costume, people would be less likely to project all those silly attributes. I say, bland is great with garlic and lemons – unless it’s oatmeal, and then maple syrup does the job.

    A wonderful painting, Charlie – this one should hang over the sofa and then you’ll cover all bases – there for health, there to keep out the bad guys, there for good taste, there for beauty.

    • Author

      Oh wow! I never thought about that. I guess I should market this piece as vampire repellent!! That would probably get it more attention!! Lol gotta love garlic for all it inspires! So glad you liked this one, Sharon!! 😃💕

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  21. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    I absolutely love these colors!

  22. […] was celebrating the various national days that crop up so I would be remiss not to wish you a very Happy National Garlic Day. I didn’t eat any garlic today, so I’ll have to make a note to celebrate that one […]

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