Pondering Pomegranates

Apparently November is Pomegranate Month so it’s fitting that this prompt occurred early so we all have a chance to celebrate properly. I’m not entirely sure what one does in honor of such an occasion, but I assume it involves lots of pomegranate consumption. As fruits go, I love the interesting look of these, but I’ve never really craved them when it comes to eating. Its name comes from Latin and basically means “seeded apple” which is a fairly good description. The thing that makes it odd is that, unlike other fruits, the seeds are all that’s on offer. There’s literally nothing else inside worth talking about. I asked Philippe if he liked them and he said, “Yes” and then clarified further by saying, “well, I’m not a fan, but they’re not offensive.” That’s probably a very accurate description as to how I feel about them as well. So it’s entirely likely I’m be celebrating this month with just this quick little doodlewash and leave the actual eating of this fruit to those who appreciate it much more.

This is also another of those foods that I didn’t have a chance to even try until I was an adult. They still never managed to seduce me, but the sight of them is a true signal of the holiday season and for that alone, they are a welcome sight. I should mention that they are labeled as a “super food” for the antioxidants they contain and their ability to keep fat from building up around one’s arteries. Thankfully, the juice version works as well, so if crunching seeds isn’t your thing then that’s also a perfectly healthy option. Instead of this super food this evening, we just had a snack of cheese and bread. It is Friday, after all, and one should have a bit of luxury. The cheese was a French artisan cheese made right here in Missouri, which was kind of cool. It’s a goat cheese that was insanely good and we paired it with an artisan rosemary olive bread from the local bakery. A decadent experience that was a wonderful way to cap off the week.

Dinner is about to come next, so my time is running short to complete this post. If you’re new to this blog, my watercolor time is my “happy hour” and I have to complete my little doodlewash and this post before dinner. If you’re one of my friends thinking I’m such a jerk for always turning down invites to an actual happy hour, then my apologies, but let’s do lunch sometime! I’d love to catch up! It’s true, watercolor has captured my heart and it makes me happy to take that tiny of bit time each day to make a little something new. In the process, I hope to illustrate to you that daily painting is entirely possible and you don’t have to wait until there’s “time” to do so. And yeah, I still have my glass of wine, so it’s totally like that other happy hour as well. I’ve no idea if painting daily will happen forever, but now it’s so much of a habit, that I don’t think I could avoid it if I tried! And why would I want to? While others are out spending money on fancy drinks in loud bars, I’m sitting quietly at my kitchen counter, paintbrush in hand, happily pondering pomegranates.

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39 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    Pomegranates are best consumed as a flavoring for something else-they’re so messy just to eat seeds. I’m glad you choose to spend your ‘happy hour’ painting and writing up a little something for all of us at Doodlewash to enjoy…and you say you don’t like crowds, lol. Your goat cheese and rosemary olive bread sounds sooooo good!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 LOL… yeah, physical crowds can make me anxious, but virtual ones filled with creative peeps are AWESOME! hehe And yeah… that bread and cheese is amazing!!

  2. Meenakshi Goel 9 months ago

    Perfect 😋

  3. Lisa 9 months ago

    Excellent pom!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    Wow, goat cheese and rosemary olive bread with wine, and you still get to have dinner afterwards! It all sounds wonderful. I love the color of pomegranates, and you’ve captured it well in your painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 hehe…. well I should mention that after consuming all that bread and cheese… dinner is just a bowl of fiber in the form of a vegetable soup. 😊

  5. Jacob 9 months ago

    Explosively pretty pomegranate – it almost looks like a bauble.

    It’s also Cliché Day (well, not for me any more, sadly) – I wouldn’t have remembered had you not jogged my memory! I’ve just been back to reread THAT classic post. 😉 Love!!

  6. Susan Cuss 9 months ago

    Looks delicious! I don’t eat them either, but I do like to embroider them on cloth. Happy Friday! Or, as my father used to say, “Happy Poits Day!” (Poits = piss on it tomorrow’s Saturday) LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Susan!! 😃💕 and LOL… love that! You dad and mine would have gotten along very well in indeed!

  7. Indira Govindan 9 months ago

    Pomegranate is very popular in middle-east and Induan cuisine. The juice is deliciously cool in summer and pomegranate molasses is a great sweetner. Dried and powedered pomegranate seeds add a touch of tartness to pindi chole. On the other sude, your bread, cheese and rosemary olive oil is mouthwatering.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Yum! Yeah as an ingredient or juice I rather like pomegranate. And yeah… the bread and cheese was an amazing combo!! We’ll probably do it again next week! 😃💕 hehe

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Your pomegranates are as beautiful as the actual fruit. Of course, one always has to paint a whole fruit and then another as the inside is so unexpected. Throw a handful of the arils over a baked chicken or a piece of white fish – now you’re talking heaven on a plate.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Lol… yeah, the inside of the pomegranate is much more interesting, but the outside serves for context! And yum!! That sounds good!

  9. Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

    I actually love pomegranates more in paintings than on the plate. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy them, they’re terrific on a salad, but they’re a lot of work to get into that said salad. Although, one can only LOVE a fruit that you have to spank with a wooden spoon to get it to give up it’s yumminess. ;o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      hahaha! I’m now just picturing someone spanking pomegranates and am now speechless and laughing! 😂

  10. Phil Cooper 9 months ago

    Wow, mouthwatering colour Charlie 😊

  11. Thomas Blanchard 9 months ago

    Great shine and shadow Charlie!

  12. SnehLata Maheshwari 9 months ago

    Wah kya bate hen.its Fabulous.

  13. Jill Gustavis 9 months ago

    I enjoy the tartness of pomegranates, and once you get them out of the shell, the remind me of cranberry popcorn. I agree with Jennifer too, they’re terrific in salads! I wouldn’t have the patience to paint one though, that’s a lot of shiny seeds! Great job!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Describing them as cranberry popcorn makes them now seem much more appealing! hehe love that!!

  14. smzang 9 months ago

    Love it! both painting and prose…excellent..

  15. Love the painting, Charlie. Like you I’ve never tried eating the seeds but I so enjoy the color and shape. Not sure why I’ve never painted them. Thanks for the inspiration to do so.

  16. Kati Brooke 9 months ago

    Ohhh, I love your pomegranate! If you’ll forgive the writer in me for coming out for a moment, it looks like it belongs on the cover of a book – perhaps a story of Persephone ruling, since the top almost looks like a little crown.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Aww thanks, Kati! 😃💕 As a writer myself, that’s a wonderful compliment. hehe… still planning for these to appear in a book one day!

  17. Sandra Gilbert 8 months ago

    Lol, your bread and cheese sounds far more yummy than a pomegranate. Pomegranates are okay, but I don’t go out of my way to eat them. 🤣

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