Some Green Beans

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 15 - Some Green Beans - Doodlewash

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.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 15 - Some Green Beans - Doodlewash
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44 Comments
  1. M. Caulder 10 months ago

    Nice! Going to cook some for Thanksgiving?

  2. Pamela Smith 10 months ago

    Ready to eat,,nice color

  3. lisacihlar 10 months ago

    This is the second time I read about green bean casserole today!. The holidays must be coming! Lol I like your green bean painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Hehe… yep! That’s a sure sign of the holidays approaching!

  4. Carol Hartmann 10 months ago

    Yum to homemade green bean casserole – none of those floppy, salty canned green beans here! I even make my own cream sauce to add and use less of it. Thanks for working so hard on this website, Charlie, and it definitely is worth the wait – just like green bean casserole with fewer processed ingredients!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Carol! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been a bit crazy trying to play the role of web developer. I’m definitely more of an illustrator and green bean casserole admirer! hehe

  5. Marrianne Wadley 10 months ago

    The beans look delicious!

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    A concoction of ingredients, some of them even resembling food! I like your simple green beans much better. Eat em hot, eat em cold. Yum yum, genuine, not contrived.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… but those concoction of ingredients do bring back a lot of great memories!

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

        I have to admit that one of my very favorite food memories is the sweet potato casserole covered in pounds of marshmallows toasted in the oven. What better way to ruin a perfectly healthy vegetable than to cover it with marshmallows?

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          Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

          Oh wow!! I never liked that one… just couldn’t develop a taste for it, though it showed up many times at family gatherings! 😊hehe But it sounds like something a kid or inner child should love for sure!

  7. Fikria Novalisa 10 months ago

    Nice work. Look so fresh!

  8. Thomas Blanchard 10 months ago

    Lovely bunch-o-beans Charlie! Great tone and contrast to make em pop right off the page 😉

  9. memadtwo 10 months ago

    Food is full of memories. Green beans are good anytime! but I’ll have to try them with mushrooms (although not cream of mushroom soup) (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      hehe… the soup version does bring back awesome memories, but the real version Philippe made is amazing!! Sooooo good!! 😃💕

  10. June Hadaway 10 months ago

    Really nice work on the beans

  11. nuwansenfilmsen 10 months ago

    Like Philippe, I’ve never experienced a Thanksgiving dinner. And speaking of Philippe, the french are really good at cooking from scratch. Natural Masterchef’s

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      I know!😃💕 They are naturals… guess it comes from living in a culture that appreciates food and not just eating. hehe

  12. SnehLata Maheshwari 10 months ago

    Yes the fresh beans if used ,its taste is so different. We used fresh. Charlie bunch of beans , art is fabulous.liked it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Yes! Fresh is always the best! Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕

  13. Delores Azary 10 months ago

    Your green beans look great! My mouth is watering thinking about how Philippe’s green bean casserole tastes! It is so much more healthy to eat dishes made from scratch.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Delores! 😃💕 Yeah, you can eat a little bit decadent even, when it’s made from scratch. So good!

  14. Jacob 10 months ago

    I actually like green beans (!) and these certainly look the part! I’m going to have some tonight as it happens – with other things too, I hasten to add. Yum yum.

    I did notice the site was a little slow to load but figured you’d be well on top of it! It seems much better now.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… the site is experiencing a bit of growing pains, but I’m trying to sort them all out. And yay… you actually like green beans?! Alas, if only you could have some ice cream for dessert! 😉hehe

  15. Susan Cuss 10 months ago

    The beans look good.
    I’m one of those people having troubles…….can’t log in…….etc.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Send me an email about the log in troubles… those aren’t what I’m currently debugging.

  16. Mickey Baxter-Spade 10 months ago

    Lovely, Charlie, great colors!

  17. anamika808creative 10 months ago

    Oh…I really like them…:)

  18. Sandra Gilbert 10 months ago

    Lovely green beans and after hearing all your tales of Philippe’s cooking, I think he should open his own restaurant or just send us all food in the mail. Especially the desserts. 😆

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And yes, we’ve actually talked about that! In the end we settled on an illustrated cookbook, but have been too busy to make it happen just yet. It’s still coming though!

  19. Mary McDonough 10 months ago

    Green beans look good enough to eat. Family dinners hold great memories. Favorite foods and silly family jokes, usually my Dad and Uncle told the same ones year after year. Your blogs always bring back memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah… I had the same retold stories, but they’re always wonderful to hear again. Though eye-rolling was still happening in the telling.

  20. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    LOL re family dinners.

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