Pizza Party

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 30 - Pizza Party Pepperoni - Doodlewash

One of the happiest moments during a busy day at work can often be finding out there’s a pizza party coming at lunchtime. Though this is usually because it’s the simplest thing to order for a large group, it’s equally one of the coolest, so one never minds. As a kid pepperoni was my definite favorite, but as an adult I prefer plain cheese pizza or that with a few vegetables added. Depending on where you get it, pepperoni is a grease festival of the wildest proportions. I couldn’t bear to paint all of the grease that would actually be present on this one, so just imagine someone has already sopped some of it up with a paper towel. That said, I was still one of those Americans visiting Italy when I was young wondering were all the pepperoni pizza was. It wasn’t there at all. Pepperoni is the Italian word for large peppers and no salami in that part of the world actually exists by this name. I was to discover it’s an entirely American invention. Italy has instead a pizza alla diavola, which literally translates to “pizza in the devil’s style” because of its spiciness. It was delicious and I ended up ordering it every time pizza was on the menu there.  

I haven’t been back to Italy in years. I’ve only been twice, but I enjoyed it both times. My favorite place was Florence, possibly because I’m a Leonardo Da Vinci fan, but mostly because it’s just a really cool city. It’s amazing to be in a place where so many wonderful artistic minds came together so many years ago. And those influences are still being felt today. On my first trip I picked up a book on Da Vinci, that I read on the trains that brought me through other parts of Europe. I’ve never been able to find it again, but later found another book by Serge Bramly that I really enjoyed. I still have the other book in a box somewhere. It was translated from Italian, and sometimes the translation left a bit to be desired, but it was fascinating. Actually, I have several books about Da Vinci, some rather ancient as I became a bit of a collector for a very brief period of time. By collector, I mean, I just thought they were intriguing and cool and got a great price on eBay. I’ve no idea if they’re worth anything to anyone else, but they still mean the world to me.

As for pizza, many Italians still contend the only real kind is the simpler marinara and margherita varieties. But when you’re in America, it’s more of a contest to see what sort of crazy combinations one can make on top. Actually, much of American cuisine feels like a bit of a contest, and in many ways, that’s what makes it so interesting. We didn’t steal recipes and try to plus up as much as we tried to one up. The result can be a perfectly insane combo of flavors that can leave the rest of the world cringing. But, even if I can’t even bear to try the mixtures of all of the flavors that appear, I have to admire them for their sheer audacity. We’re an incredibly young country that is still trying to figure out everything as it goes along. That youthful exuberance can often make the oddest things happen, but it’s an American signature to be sure. Perhaps it’s our own version of a Renaissance, or we’re just that kid who never really wanted to grow up. Either way, I have to admit I only smile when I hear that sometime around noon, it’s going to be time for a pizza party!

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 30 - Pizza Party Pepperoni - Doodlewash
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  1. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    During my ‘If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium’ tour of Europe, I ordered a pizza in Italy. My friend and I thought it would be safest to just get a cheese pizza, but evidently cheese must sound like mackerel in Italian. The pizza arrived with a whole mackerel on it – head, eyes, scales fins, tail and a whole pool of fishy grease. I really tried not to be the ugly American during that trip, but couldn’t eat the whole thing and slunk out leaving it half-eaten (we paid in advance). There was a group of Japanese sitting near by, and they did a collective ‘AAAAAHHHH’ with huge, unbelieving eyes. I’ve never felt so ashamed and pizza has just not been the same for me ever since. Love your painting, though!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 haha! I’m sure they must have been messing with you! Eeeek!! I don’t think I could have liked finding that on my plate at all! lol I never like it when my food looks back at me. 😊

    • Delores Azary 11 months ago

      Sandra, I have a visual in my mind of that and it is not a pretty sight! I am not sure how you even made it through part of the pizza. That would have grossed me out!

      • Sandra Strait 11 months ago

        It was neither pretty nor edible! But at least I got a good story out of it.

        • Delores Azary 10 months ago

          You definitely got a good story out of that one for sure!

  2. Sean Kupisz 11 months ago

    Wow!That slice is making me hungry! It looks soooo good! Amazing! The paper plate is awesome.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sean! 😃💕 Hehe… I totally had pizza for lunch today… couldn’t get it out of my head!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 11 months ago

    Anytime is a great time for pizza! Nice job on the shaded areas of the paper plate – very recognizable.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I wasn’t sure how to do those… made the painting harder than I wanted. Glad you liked how it turned out!

  4. Lisa 11 months ago

    Yum! Even at home, when we don’t feel like cooking, pizza is the go to. But I’ll have vegetarian pleaxe! 😀

  5. Ellie 11 months ago

    From pizza to da Vinci! Your posts are always such a treat, Charlie. Walter Isaacson just published a gorgeous biography of da Vinci you might want to look at. Love the pizza painting and I appreciate you omitting the extra pepperoni grease. ( :

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I couldn’t bear showing the actual grease! lol And yes! I saw that book, but have yet to read it. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  6. Nancy Sapp 11 months ago

    MMMMM. Pizza! My mouth is watering AGAIN! Charlie, so many of your posts & paintings make me very hungry. I doubt that our local TO’s Pizza here in Virginia, IL is authentic-tasting pizza but we sure love the flavor AND the crust!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Nancy! 😃💕 Hehe… I bet it’s authentically American and that’s still a great pizza! Just very different! It’s all in the crust… gotta have a great tasting crust!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Someplace in the world, it’s pizza time. When our sons were young, I’d call our favorite pizza shop and they’d answer with, “Do you want your usual?” My parenting skills weren’t terrible, but my cooking was, and after working a long day, standing over the stove was not desirable. Pizza was. The boys are grown with their own families. We still love pizza and try to stay away from the pepperoni, but it is frankly one tasty food. Your painting is making me hungry, Charlie.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon!! 😃💕 Haha! That totally made me laugh because the same thing happened in our house when we were growing up. We’d just say yes to the usual and the pizza would arrive. It was awesome!!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    BTW – do you think Leonardo ever ate pizza?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      hehe! I have no idea, but now you’re going to make me have to find out! lol 😉

  9. Anita Sinha 11 months ago

    Yummy pizza slice..

  10. memadtwo 11 months ago

    Pepperoni is still my favorite! And Florence…(K)

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Yay to both, Kerfe! 😃💕 hehe… man I really do miss Florence. Philippe has never been so I see a trip in our future!

  11. Susan Cuss 11 months ago

    I was in Rome with my high school Latin class eons ago, and ordered a pizza, and found it to be entirely different from the pizza I was used to eating. But wine was cheaper than pop, and readily available, too! So that was fun. Nowadays I usually only eat the pizza I make myself with an almond flour crust. No pepperoni, but carmelized onions and some nice cheese and black olives. Yum!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Oh wow… now you’re just making me hungry! That sounds awesome! 😃💕 And yeah… really, when wine is less than pop… that’s gotta be the perfect trip indeed! hehe

  12. Myra 11 months ago

    I’m wondering how you captured this pizza so well bending the plate and all. This is awesome.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Myra! 😃💕 I had to catch myself when trying to render to plate bend and not make it too round. Glad you liked it!

  13. Delores Azary 11 months ago

    I enjoy the olive oil glaze instead of marinara Your pizza looks great!

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