Starting With Dessert

Ice Cream Sundae Chocolate Cherry Watercolor Painting

Welcome to a brand new month and lovely new art challenge as we paint some happiness and hope in April! Join me for an entire month of sketching and painting wonderful things to remind us of all of the good in the world. I hope you’ll jump in and create some lovely pieces of art to share with all us living in quarantine. For our first prompt of “Chocolate,” I chose an ice cream sundae drizzled with chocolate sauce. In truth, I love chocolate, but when it comes to creamy desserts, I actually adore vanilla ice cream most. It’s the perfect base to add to all sorts of wonderful toppings and chocolate sauce is definitely at the top of the list! Many times when I’ve painted something like this, I’ve only included one spoon which now seems horribly selfish. So, this time, I included a second spoon in hopes that you’ll join me. Indeed, I doubt we can actually share desserts during this exceptional moment in history, but as you know, my desserts are often built in fantasy. So I’m sharing a virtual second spoon for all of my fabulous friends out there!

While I know we’re living in a time of self-isolation, I don’t think that means we have to become anti-social. So, it’s my sincere hope that you all follow and like everyone who’s participating in this months’ art challenge. Let’s all join together and share our beautiful creations with the world and provide a bit of happiness. These current times are certainly exceptional and I find myself often trying to figure it all out. The world is under a lot of stress today, and there are no easy answers to be found. But, one thing I know to always be true is that a bit of art therapy is an incredible thing indeed. When we make and share something we created by hand, amazing things can come from that action. It may seem strange, but your lovely post of something chocolate was just the thing someone needed to see in this very moment. By creating that lovely bit of art, you made a positive difference in the world. You made someone smile, or indeed crave something awesome. You made someone remember life as they love it most. That’s a beautiful gift, so I think we should all share it as much as possible.

It’s certainly a very different world that we’re all experiencing today. I have to admit that it’s equally rather difficult to write these daily posts. I usually tell stories that reflect on my childhood. Stories that are universal and don’t really have a specific time period. But we’re living in a very unique time period where everything seems to be about a certain thing. I’m hoping that everyone out there is staying healthy and safe during these times. And yes, I have to admit, I hope that if you find yourself in quarantine that you’re using that bit of extra time to make art. I think that’s the most important thing we can do today. Art has always provided the most honest view of life. It’s always been that lovely bit of our world that expresses itself naturally. This is, to me, the most awesome thing of all. Art isn’t just about sharing what we see, it’s equally about sharing what we feel. And, in this day and age, I can’t think of a better way to express our feelings. But, rather than starting with all of the gloom and doom in the world, I think it’s far better to simply share those most wonderfully simple moments, like starting with dessert.

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Ice Cream Sundae Chocolate Cherry Watercolor Painting Sketchbook Detail


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  1. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    Ah, but we can share your desserts and do! I loved your vanilla sundae with chocolate sauce. Maybe not as much as the Blue Cheese and Pear Ice Cream that I get at Salt and Straw, though. I can’t afford to order it online (they do that), and I’ll have to hope their stores survive the social distancing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕Oh wow… Blue Cheese and Pear? I’d have to try that to believe it! hehe

      • Sandra Strait 3 years ago

        They have the most amazing ice cream flavors. Odd thought they seem, they are delicious!

  2. Gary Middleton 3 years ago

    Beautifully painted Charlie. We like cornish ice-cream. We usually crumble one of my wife’s homemade cookies into it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Oh wow… that sounds perfectly delicious!

  3. Mari 3 years ago

    Delish-looking dessert! I have always loved the lines of those glass ice cream dishes, somehow makes it more special. We had vanilla bean ice cream over hot from the oven blueberry crumble tonight…it’s as good a time as any to start clearing the freezer for a new season’s bounty!! Made me recall the summer day a friend and I went blueberry picking fr them last summer, very fun! So I called her and we had a nice ‘visit’! Staying connected is so very important, especially now! Thanks Charlie!! Cheers!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mari!😃💕Oh my gosh your dessert tonight made me a bit jealous!! hehe…that sounds SOOOO good!!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    One of my favorite desserts, but the fudge sauce has to be hot! Wish I had one right now. Stay safe, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Hope you’re staying safe and happy as well!

  5. Danai Mongkolrat 3 years ago

    Wonderful and beautiful

  6. Lisa 3 years ago

    I like hot caramel with salted pecans over vanilla ice cream! Yum!

    It was a lovely day here, so I got outside for a bit. I made bean soup to last a couple of days. I started watching a Britbox show called DCI Banks. There are eight seasons, so I’m happy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Oh wow! That dessert sounds awesome as does dessert paired with Britbox… wonderful! 😃💕

  7. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Wonderful, Charlie! When I was a kid this was my favorite…loaded with spanish peanuts…yum!! Temperatures were in the normal range here today so took the opportunity to make a chicken potpie….not dessert, but definitely comfort food.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Oh wow!! Chicken potpie is one of my favorites!! Adore it!

  8. Delores Azary 3 years ago

    I enjoyed seeing you on Sketchbook Revival! Great article today!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Delores! 😃💕 And I’m so happy you enjoyed my Sketchbook Revival session!

  9. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Hot fudge sunday is always a good choice, just the right mix of chocolate and vanilla Charlie! Here’s to a wonderful birthday month for you Charlie and this is a perfect way to start it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Even in quarantine, I think it’s going to be a fabulous month!

  10. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Delicious! We may not all be posting our stuff, but I know for me, you keep me sketching. I enjoy your ramblings every morning. If you are hitting road blocks on what to talk about, get out your book and read it. Maybe it will spark something to write about for the day. 😉 I am enjoying my time at home because I have so many past projects to do. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yeah, I always thought my life was pretty boring and routine, but I did get a lot of story ideas from my interaction with others. Now it’s just me at home! hehe I’ll definitely hit the books tonight!

  11. Fatima Chamkha 3 years ago

    Vanilla ice cream my favorite beautifully done!

  12. Jerson Antao 3 years ago

    Great Start Charlie for the new month!😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jerson! 😃💕 Here’s making this month wonderful!

  13. Heidi S. 3 years ago

    Another yummy….
    Yes, we live in self-isolation. Protecting ourselves. We – I – single – miss the fysical contact (but enjoy the virtual hugs etc. even more 🙂 ), but for myself I observe a calm… The rat-race has stopped. There is so much more rest now. The air is cleaner then ever before.
    As I’m writing and thinking about the next step in a painting I’m enjoying honey & rosemary coated nuts (not the dessert you painted, but delightful, yes). And I feel more contented & relaxed than I felt in a long time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Aww.. yay to that, Heidi! 😃💕 I has been a way to slow down and take stock of life. There’s much to enjoy even still. Sending you a big virtual hug!

  14. smzang 3 years ago

    A cyber hug for your virtual dessert! It is yummy!

    Charlie says, “While I know we’re living in a time of self-isolation, I don’t think that means we have to become anti-social.”

    So very true!!

    So glad that you and yours are well and happy. Thanks for all you do!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Hope you and yours are safe, healthy, and happy! We’ll get through this, and in the meantime… we just keep right on creating things!!

  15. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Charlie!! Your creation is fabalicious!!! lol 🙂

  16. Linda Calverley 3 years ago

    You paint lots of delicious food Charlie

  17. mary 3 years ago

    Enjoyed you on sketchbook Revival and will continue to follow you here.
    Mary P.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Aww I’m so thrilled to hear that Mary! 😃💕 Lovely to meet you! And yay… hope you’ll keep following me here!

  18. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Thanks for the lovely dessert but I prefer chocolate ice cream please LOL
    Yes art is helping me cope and I hope that is for others as well…And I can’t wait to join in on the fun here and other places around making art and having a moment to reflect on the beauty and joy of it all!
    Stay safe and healthy to you too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe… you and Philippe would agree on the chocolate ice cream. Yay to making art! It’s going to help us all get through this!!

  19. Anita Sinha 3 years ago

    Awesome food sketching!👏 Yes, the vanilla ice cream is best because we can decorate it in so many ways…

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Anita! 😃💕 hehe… yes! I love vanilla ice cream for that!

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