Slipping On A Banana Peel

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 8 - Peeling A Banana - Doodlewash

Perhaps one of the easiest fruits to eat, a banana comes in its own wrapper for holding while folding away to reveal the fruit. I enjoy bananas precisely for this reason. They’re no fuss and don’t require a knife to remove a pesky core, or incessant gnawing to ensure you’re getting all the good bits out. You can just grab one on the go and enjoy it whenever the mood strikes you. It’s the laziest, most amazing treat there is! Also, along with a pie covered in whipped cream, they’ve the been the source of jokes for more than a century. Slipping on a banana peel has been depicted in countless cartoons and vaudeville shows. There’s a theory that people used the term banana peel as a more polite way to refer to slipping on pet droppings. This is gross, to be sure, so it’s nice the actual origin of the joke failed to take hold. Instead, we’re left with pratfalls on banana peels to make us giggle as we revel in schadenfreude.

I would love to think that I’m above this feeling of reveling in the misfortune of others, but I have to admit to loving those hidden camera shows as a kid. Watching the silly practical jokes played on unsuspecting people was kind of funny, mostly because it wasn’t happening to me. When the roles are reversed, it’s not quite as hilarious to be sure. It was always safe to sit behind a television and giggle, where nobody could possibly see what I was doing. Part of me feels a bit guilty for doing so, but I wasn’t alone, so it didn’t bother me all that much at the time. Today, I feel a little bit differently. That’s why, each day, I share whatever I made in whatever form it came in. I don’t edit my doodlewashes or the rambles I quickly type after creating them. Some days, are great when everything comes together perfectly and others, well, aren’t quite as amazing. But perhaps those jokes of my youth have helped me in some small way. Instead of getting frustrated, I just giggle at myself.

While laughing at others is certainly part of who we are, I also think that being able to laugh at ourselves is a wonderful gift. For example, I have so many ridiculous projects planned at the moment that I’ve no idea how I can possibly accomplish them all. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day, so one would think I would abandon some of them and move on. But that’s not quite how I work. Instead, I just chase them all like a crazy person and hope that at least some of them manage to occur. This is not a sensible way to approach anything, but being sensible is never how anyone makes the impossible happen. No, when you really want something in life, taking risks is the only real way to proceed. Dreams are worth chasing, no matter how insane or impossible they may seem. And if you chase them, some will come true, and if some don’t, just giggle and move on. What’s the worse that could happen, after all? There’s still a bit of joy to be found in slipping on a banana peel.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 8 - Peeling A Banana - Doodlewash

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32 Comments
  1. Rebecca Coday 1 week ago

    Unless you put peanut butter on them, then you need a knife and then you get your fingers sticky, and then you have to get up and wash them…love the purple tones you have going on with your banana 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Hehe.. thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m totally in for bananas and peanut butter! Yum!

  2. June 1 week ago

    Looks good enough to eat. So real looking. You were brave to peel and paint the inside too. I took the easy way….just a banana. 😁 your story is so funny. Love it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 hehe… I realized this is the only way I haven’t painted them yet so figured I’d give it a try!

  3. Mickey 1 week ago

    Didn’t know about the pet poo thing and the banana peel, hmmm. You are right about those old shows, the jokes were always funny when they happened to someone else. Now what does that say about us?!? 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha! I try not to think about that too much! I think that as long as we also laugh at ourselves, everyone is laughing so it can possibly be a bad thing. 😉

  4. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    Absolutely great work on the inside of the banana peel. Keep following your dreams, Charlie!

  5. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    Yes! I peel that it is very important not to take yourself seriously. But I banana know what floats your boat when the tide turns and carries you in too many directions. Okay, I’ll take pity and just complement you on your beautiful banana painting. *ba-nan-na-na giggles like a minion*

    • Sandra Gilbert 1 week ago

      Your response was as funny as Charlie’s story…. *ba-nan-na-na…. Giggles like a minion too

      • Sandra Strait 1 week ago

        Live like a minion! That’s what I say.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha!! LOVE minions!! 😃💕 I was totally thinking about that the whole time I was painting this! LOL

  6. smzang 1 week ago

    “Dreams are worth chasing”

    Philosopher of the finest ilk, artist, poet, author…
    no wonder this site is such a huge success.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww you’re just so sweet! I really can’t thank you enough for the encouragement. I show up each day with my rambles and it’s always wonderful to know that someone feels they actually have something to say. 😃💕

  7. Susan Cuss 1 week ago

    Amazing banana! Love the shadows. I like my banana with peanut butter on rice cakes (no wheat). Smooth with a crunchy bottom, and no slipping.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe… that sounds like the perfect way to have a banana, Susan! 😃💕

  8. Sandra Gilbert 1 week ago

    Lol, Thanks to you and Sandra now I keep hearing minions singing *ba-nan-na-na……. Now I want a banana and all I have is grapes… You can’t walk around singing grapes… It just doesn’t work…. 😊

    • Susan Cuss 1 week ago

      But you can toss a grape and catch it in your mouth! It’s a bit harder to do with a banannana! LOL!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha… Yeah… I can’t think of anything but minions right now! AWESOME!! LOL 😃💕

  9. Marrianne Wadley 1 week ago

    Looks convincing!

  10. Nay Aung 1 week ago

    Beautiful painting and beautiful thoughts Charlie!Laughing at oneself is not an easy job for everyone.But I agree if someone can laugh at himself,his living will be more meaningful 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww I’m so happy you agree, Nay! 😃💕 Yeah, I think being able to laugh at yourself is one of the most important bits in life!

  11. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 week ago

    I totally agree with Nay Aung.
    So many jocks in it.and u r art , with shades.is fabulous.
    When ever you get time make. 🌹.i Am too poor in this. thanks Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 I always find that even on the busiest days, there’s always just a tiny bit of time left to make some art!

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    You reminded me of my own banana story, Charlie. The peel may have dropped out of the trash as a neighbor dragged their cart to the curb for pick up. It had blackened so it matched the asphalt outside our house. I slipped enough to do a fair mimic of the splits but caught myself before long term damage. So your banana looks innocent and appealing – until you think of all that “peel” implies.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Oh my! Wow… glad to know you made it through unscathed. Actually…. believe it or not, I used to be able to do the splits in my youth. hehe… haven’t dared to try again in years of course. 😊

  13. Thomas Blanchard 1 week ago

    Wow the inside of the peel is spot on. I need peanut butter really enjoy a banana. With most of my extended family being from Georgia, banana pudding is another favorite way to enjoy this fruit 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 Oh yesssss! Banana pudding was definitely on our list at family gatherings. I have family in Georgia and South Carolina.

  14. Jennifer McLean 23 hours ago

    I swear to god, I see this piece and I can SMELL bananas! That’s so weird, that’s a good drawing if it makes me smell bananas Charlie!

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