Some Tropical Treat

Day 10 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Some Tropical Treat Fast Sketch - #doodlewash

Faced with a prompt of “rough” today and with very little time left to complete it, I grabbed for the first rough thing I could find. This is some sort of pineapple bowl with berries and I’ve no idea what this treat might be. With less than 30 minutes to paint today, choosing something this insanely complex was probably not the wisest option, but it was equally an interesting challenge. I literally just scribbled away and then painted like a madman until something appeared. I guess you could say that this one has an extra bit of doodle in it. My extra busy day could also be described as rough so it all culminated in this treat I can’t quite identify. I’m sure it’s rather delicious, whatever it is, but I’ve never actually tried anything quite like this. It makes me think that I would certainly love to be on a beach somewhere right now, enjoying a bit of sun, rest, and relaxation. A day when I would have plenty of time to paint something as difficult as a pineapple bowl.

Okay, I’m mentioned this a few times before, but I live in a place that is completely landlocked and there is no beach nearby. This is not a problem when one has time to travel to a beach, but I haven’t had that time in years! I think the last time I was on a beach was a quick walk on Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles while attending a meeting back when I was working on a Hallmark movie called Northpole. This actually happened by accident as I hit the “Home” button on the rental car’s navigation system assuming it would take me back to the rental car place. Apparently, the last driver had re-programmed it for their hotel so I ended up on the beach instead. I was fine with that, and risked missing my flight to have a quick little stroll. When fate decides for you, it’s best to just go with it and not ask too many questions. I tend to live my entire life this way, and I know that one should probably do things with much more prior planning, but it’s fun to just let life take you to wherever it wants you to go next.

And today, even though I was short on time, it just felt good to scribble and sketch something. I think, in a way, my little painting time has become a bit like my visit to a beach. I sort of lose myself and get a bit lost for a moment. It’s a brilliant way to end a stressful day, even when you’re not quite sure what is you’re actually making. I have dreams of doing so many things, but time is never really on my side. What is always there is my desire to create something. That’s what drives me each and every day and no matter what gets made, I’m a happier person because something did. No matter what is happening in my life, there is always time to make a bit of art. Some folks are lucky enough to have many hours in the day to dedicate to painting, and some, like me, have just a few precious minutes. But that doesn’t make the journey any less incredible. Some days you can take all the time you think you need, and others, you might just find yourself with a blazingly fast little sketch of some tropical treat.

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 Day 10 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Some Tropical Treat Fast Sketch - #doodlewash
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8 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Well, everything is as it should be ~ turns out. This is a magical treat, love the colors and the texture. Yummo. Cool story about your time at Santa Monica beach.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! 😃💕 Glad you liked this one! It was soooo fast! hehe… and yeah, any time on Santa Monica beach is a wonderful thing!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    Your pineapple treat looks delicious. I’m imagining the pineapple shell filled with frozen yogurt and lots more fruit hidden in all that sweet delight. I’m a sucker for food presented this way. Many years ago, we ate at a restaurant that served chicken in a papaya. I think it was a fairly standard chopped chicken with grapes and almonds in some kind of sauce, but piling it in the papaya half made it seem elegant and other-worldly. It tasted delicious also, but I may have been overly influenced by the way it looked.

    If you’re going to get detoured in California, Santa Monica Beach isn’t a bad place to wander, but next time leave your schedule open for a drive through Big Sur along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. A hike through Yosemite to see the many falls. Camping in Sequoia National Park under the trees. Wine tasting in Napa Valley. Sailing in the Pacific off San Diego. A food tour of San Francisco. Rock climbing in Joshua Tree. A craned neck at the trees in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Museum hopping in Los Angeles. Shopping in Old Town Pasadena. Window shopping along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. (You note the difference there, right?) Star gazing at the Griffith Observatory. Skiing at Mammoth. Castle walking at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. And finding the mouse ears that fit just right at Disneyland.

    That’s just for starters. We really have a very beautiful state – come see for yourselves.

    Meanwhile, there are pineapples.

    • Author

      Oh wow… you’ve made me drool for the vacation I wish I could take right now!! Fun!! Philippe and I talked about going to Disneyland next trip out that way and Napa… well… I’ve never been! Which is crazy, because I adore wine! hehe Okay… must plan a trip soon!! 😃💕

  3. Jacob 2 years ago

    Certainly a novel way to treat a pineapple! How indulgent it looks – and how that comes through in your doodlewash; the texture of the pineapple is bursting with a very tropical energy. Love!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah… this little pineapple would have been better served by someone with more time and patience I think! But it certainly created a unique interpretation! lol

  4. memadtwo 2 years ago

    This looks delicious Charlie! You do have a way with food. (K)

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