Back on the prompts for today, I’ve made this little handful of green beans. Not in an actual hand, of course, as it was all I could do to figure out which bean I was painting in this crazy cluster. But green beans are definitely on the menu as Thanksgiving approaches here next week. These usually come in the form of a green bean casserole, which, when I was kid, consisted of combining cans of green beans with cans of cream of mushroom soup. Mushrooms don’t really have cream, so the last can was a bit of misnomer. It was more of a concoction of ingredients with a bit of dehydrated cream to live up to the name. I never really liked it very much and thought it was weird. Then Philippe, who as a Paris native had never celebrated Thanksgiving, grew keen to the idea of reproducing the classic dishes. His version was not canned, created entirely from scratch, and tasted amazing. It was like I was experiencing this classic for the very first time. So now, I’m a confirmed fan, but only if it’s sans can.
For those of you who regularly visit the site, you might notice some problems accessing it at times these last couple of days. There’s an issue for some with uploading art in the existing gallery and I’m still waiting for the plugin developers to return my email. In the meantime, not being one who likes to simply wait around, I’m tinkering with new and improved options as a backup. So hang in there with me as I try to figure it all out. As it turns out, painting a cluster of green beans is far easier than trying to debug an increasingly complex website. But, I’m confident I’ll soon be able to come up with a solution and get things running properly again. Thanks so much for your patience. Since I’m not a web developer, creating this new iteration of the site is a bit like making a casserole. You gleefully combine all of the ingredients and hope for the best. But sometimes, things don’t always work as as you imagined.
At family gatherings, this would happen quite a bit. There would always be that dish that someone would bring, smiling mysteriously as if daring you to guess what was actually in it. Many times, even tasting it failed to give up the mystery, and many other times the taste was something you wished had never happened. Of course, one never reveals this so we would all nod with mouthfuls of whatever it was, and make overly dramatic yum yum sounds. The bringer of the dish, certain it was a new classic, never stopped for a moment to think our yum yums might be contrived. And in the end, everyone was happy. This probably constitutes a white lie, but sometimes these are what keep families together. There was really no point in discussing our discomfort in that moment, and it was much more joyful to giggle on the inside. I really miss those moments. These days, our family is too far to visit during the holidays, so there’s no chance of reliving those times. But I still think of them often and it warms my heart, each time I see a handful of green beans.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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