Standing Tall

Pineapple Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Pineapple” today, I decided to doodle this one. I love pineapples, but they are rather complex when it comes to sketching a realistic one, which was my goal for today, at least. I’ve actually had the day off, but spent a bit of it playing video games and snacking like a kid. It was fun to take a break and just play for a bit without trying to do too many adult things. That said, I’m pleased to report that I managed to do two loads of laundry in the process so I felt that was more than enough chores for one day. Then I went right back to being a kid again. To me, that’s the best way to spend the holiday season. And, as I always say, it’s the best way to sketch as well! When faced with the inordinate complexity of a pineapple, I just grabbed my pen and set to work with full confidence that a pineapple would appear there. Confidence is not something I have in spades naturally, but when I let my inner child take over, I get really bold! Perhaps, even better, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m proud of what this kid comes up with in our sketching sessions. I think, no matter what we make, we should always feel like a proud parent in the end. I always do, and the Internet has become my digital refrigerator where I display my art! Look, mom, I made this today!

Well, as many of you know, my mom doesn’t see these posts as she doesn’t see the need for the Internet. All attempts to convert her over the years have sadly failed. This means that when I visit her next week, I’ll end up sharing some of my sketches with her that she missed this past year via my phone. After all of these years, I’m still intrigued to know which pictures she likes best. Which ones would have made it onto the refrigerator gallery and which ones would end up in a folder somewhere. Indeed, a fridge would look rather cluttered with 365 images added to it every year. So, choices would have to be made. I’m not particularly precious about what I create. It’s made for the mood of the moment whenever I sketch it. I have my own favorites that have somewhat magically appeared over the years, but it’s always wonderful to know what mother likes best. Also, I have my fingers crossed that my own art isn’t the only thing shared. She promised me a new version of Paddington Bear that she’s making for my Christmas present.

And heading back to family for the holidays definitely turns me into a kid again. Every nutcracker on the shelf that my dad had collected over the years brings back so many good memories. It’s not the house I grew up in, but it still contains many of the wonderful little things that I grew up with. Like the little brass hotel bell shaped like a turtle that rings when you push down on its head. Nothing truly significant or valuable in monetary terms, but in emotional terms, completely priceless. I can’t wait to see my family again and enjoy yet another break next week. That’s another fun perk of this time of year. I get a lot of time off work. One would think I would plan lots of projects for all of that extra time, but I’ve planned nothing at all. That makes things even more fun. Just going with the flow and enjoying each and every thing that happens. While never knowing exactly what’s going to happen next. Doing what I can and enjoying the pride in whatever I end up accomplishing, always standing tall.

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29 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 1 week ago

    Wonderful pineapple Charlie! I’m glad you had a chance to relax today. I should have cooked but I cleaned instead. Tomorrow morning will be a whirlwind as I pull together our Thanksgiving feast. There will be 7 of us and too much food. I try to get most of it done prior to everyone arriving. I have a small kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Sounds like a wonderful gathering! Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

  2. Mary Roff 1 week ago

    This is one spectacular pineapple!!! The doodle and colors are perfect! Glad to hear that you had a fun day and Happy Thanksgiving Day Eve!!🥰

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! And I hope you and yours are having a lovely Thanksgiving!

  3. Jacob 1 week ago

    A perfectly punchy pineapple! And yay for kicking back with video games, obviously. I find myself gaming much more towards the end of the year, especially the old classics. It’s all part of the fun!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah… I LOVE the chance to just play and have fun this time of year. I got a Nintendo Switch Lite that I’m adoring… hehe… going to play a bit now actually. 😉

      • Jacob 1 week ago

        I do like the look of the Switch, maybe Santa will bring me one if I’ve been good enough this year. The game I’m working on is coming out on it, too. If I did get one, we might even be able to play online! 😉

  4. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    It was a wrench for us when Mom moved into Assisted Living and most of the household stuff, including the Christmas ornaments had to go. I think my niece ended up with most of it (I don’t decorate – I know! I’m a Scrooge!). This will be a difficult Holiday season for me but I’m so thankful that I had Mom for 66 years. That’s longer than many people get.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      That’s a wonderful gift indeed, Sandra! 😃💕 And you’re extended family is always here, sending you much love this season! ❤️

      • Sandra Strait 1 week ago

        Thank you so much, Charlie! That means a lot to me (and, of course, it flows both ways!)

  5. Linda Murray 1 week ago

    Perfect pineapple, Charlie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!! Enjoy family time and your days off!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 Hope you and yours have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  6. Zertab Quaderi 1 week ago

    Wow, your pineapple sketch is brilliant!

  7. Lisa 1 week ago

    Did some housekeeping today because company coming. Not that they care really, but Joe and I were feeling a bit slovenly. I’ve been dealing with medical stuff for long enough that things had begun taking on a life of their own. Now the stove is clean again and I won’t feel as if I’m doing a science experiment by cooking on it. Have a wonderful day! I’m thankful I met you and all these watercolor pals!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww, thrilled to have met you as well, Lisa! 😃💕Big hugs to you my friend! And I hope you and Joe have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

  8. Gary Middleton 1 week ago

    You’ve done an amazing job. I’m always in awe when people get reflections and shadows so real.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕This one had a bit of help from extra ink. Then I do a very technical thing I call “jabbing bits of dark in places”! hehe

  9. Robert J. Coleman 1 week ago

    A fine pineapple, good enough to eat! I’m sitting here checking out all the detail on it, and enjoying the aroma from the kitchen of the pineapple pie my wife is baking! All of these sensory inputs triggering our memories of holidays past, and melding them all together into a pleasant melange. Have a marvelous Thanksgiving and the best to your entire family and to our Doodlewash family too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕Oh my goodness… I got to pineapple pie and got jealous! lol That sounds amazing!!! And all the best to you and yours!

  10. Loan Anh Pham 1 week ago

    I love your pineapple a lot, Charlie 😍. And I love to enjoy the joyous atmosphere that your story brings, it’s priceless 🥰

  11. North Liza Lane 1 week ago

    Such a delightful read, and as always, all of your brilliant refrigerator art!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoy my stories and refrigerator art! hehe Yay!

  12. Purnima Manjunath 1 week ago

    Love this pineapple! Amazing as usual! 😍

  13. Fanna 5 days ago

    Ah, Charlie…to be an Aries AND enjoy a kid day, resplendent with snacks and video games, sounds quite fulfilling. And two loads of laundry are definitely a high five chore. I intuited your refrigerator art, and uttered much the same to my husband about my “outer child” and her fridge. Your brilliant pineapple–the symbol of hospitality for my hometown of Newport, RI, deserves center stage on your ice box! Thanks to this post, I have a better handle on how to actually PAINT one. Thank you, Charlie! Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely.

    Fanna Turano
    Denver, CO

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this post! I had a lovely Thanksgiving, hope you did as well! And yay to letting our inner children take over and tell us exactly what we need to DO next! 😉 hehe

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