Red Bell Peppers

Red Bell Peppers Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Red Pepper” today, I made a quick little doodle of a couple of bell peppers. I’m a huge fan of eating this type of pepper, but I actually love really spicy peppers as well. In truth, there’s not a pepper I can think of that I don’t enjoy. The other awesome thing about adding these to a dish is that is adds a lot of fun color to the mix. I still remember Philippe arriving from Paris and remarking on some of the plates of American food that he saw. He complained that there wasn’t enough color on the plates, and this is often rather true. I was recently trying to talk him into ordering takeout from one of the fried chicken places I loved when I was a kid. Though he looked at me sideways as ever at first, he told me to pull up the site so he could see the menu. This, I knew, would be my downfall, but I dutifully did as he asked. There was an audible gasp as he scrolled through plates of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, and coleslaw.

I then feebly pointed out that there was a bit of color in the coleslaw and he squinted to try to find it. Then he asked me, “what’s it swimming in?” I told him I had no idea, but nobody in my family ever really liked the stuff. “But what did you eat for a vegetable?” I just shrugged and returned, “Potatoes?” He shook his head as one might when not having the energy in that moment to explain something to a child. Needless to say, I didn’t get my wish. At least, not on that occasion, but as always I have infinite hope that I’ll get to experience it again one day. In truth, it’s been years since I’ve had fried chicken. It wasn’t something we ever really made at home when I was a kid. And though it’s likely not the healthiest menu item around, it’s still really delicious. Thankfully, Philippe knows how to cook any vegetable on the planet and make it takes amazing, so dinner is always a wonderful treat.

Yet, during this time of social distancing, I’ve gotten extra nostalgic when it comes to food. It’s not just the things I had in my childhood anymore, but even restaurants that I used to visit often. There’s a Thai food restaurant I adore and I’m sad that I can’t visit anymore. Other restaurants I enjoyed have closed indefinitely, and won’t be returning at all. Yet, someday in the far future, new things will certainly return in their place. Our local farmer’s market will be reopening soon, but we will probably wait a bit longer before returning. In the meantime, Philippe will just have to put up with my childish whims when it comes to food. Thankfully, he made broccoli mac and cheese last night without waiting for me to beg for it. Though, it’s really all become a bit of a game to see what odd thing I’ll request next. In truth, I’m actually quite content with my lovely colorful plates, while enjoying the beauty of red bell peppers.

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  1. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Beautiful and wonderful painting, Charlie!

  2. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I have to laugh in a way, because we did have fried food quite often when I was a child, and I remember the pot of lard that sat next to the stove. After cooking the grease would be returned to the pot for the next time. Makes me shudder to think of it now, but that’s the way it used to be done. I wonder if there was some hidden health benefit but it makes me shudder all the same.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Yep! I remember that old grease… hehe… truly my grandmother lived to 99, so there just might be something there! 😉

  3. Lisa 3 years ago

    I just got one today in the groceries. The thing I didn’t get was oranges. I mainly wanted them to feed to the orioles, but I would have eaten a couple myself. We had salmon and asparagus tonight for dinner along with some Oreos for dessert. They were calling my name when I put in the grocery order, so I got them. Otherwise it’s mostly healthy stuff because that’s what happens when I shop from home and am not tempted by all the eye candy in the store. I bought the stuff for red beans and rice, which is undeniably ugly, but it tastes so good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Red beans and rice is so ugly delicious!! I love it! hehe And yeah, not being tempted by things in the store has been a lovely benefit. 😉

  4. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    These are beautiful Charlie! We are fortunate here as many of the local restaurants have figured out takeout so we try to do that once or twice a week to help support the local businesses. Tonight was Thai so I did eat some sweet red peppers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, one of our favorite restaurants seems to be doing well with carryout. I hope it lasts! And yay for Thai food! Yum!

  5. Nabeela 3 years ago

    How did you draw this??? Its amazing….

  6. Nabeela 3 years ago

    And I love the way of your writing….

  7. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Beautiful…Not a pepper or veggie fan at I will eat your portions of fried chicken :)Be blessed

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe… Oh I’ll still eat that fried chicken if Philippe would ever let me get it again! lol

  8. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    A wonderful pair!

  9. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Brilliant doodle. I’m not a fan of pepper so usually pick the bits out when we have a stir-fry.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕Oh wow… yeah, I just love all vegetables.

  10. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Beautiful peppers

  11. memadtwo 3 years ago

    I’ve always got a red pepper on hand. (K)

  12. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Beautiful, even for peppers. I love seeing them all lined up in the store. All the colors are so pretty. You know you are an artist when you notice all the colors in the vegetable section. Haha!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yep! That’s a sure sign of an artist indeed!

  13. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    Beautiful sketched and colored!

  14. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 years ago

    Love red bell peppers, the red color zinging loudly. All that gorgeous shine! So vibrant! And I agree with Philippe about the color on a dinner plate – variety is appealing. If something is going to be all white, I’d rather it be vanilla ice cream.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      So true! I agree entirely! A colorful plate for dinner followed by vanilla ice cream sounds perfect! 😃💕

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