Today we celebrate the wonderful avocado or at least attempt to sketch them. This is actually my first-ever attempt at sketching one as I realized I’d never yet tried. I’ve no idea why since this is one of my favorite foods and sketching food is one of my favorite things to do. At least, I enjoyed avocados as an adult. As a kid, I didn’t want anything to do with them. They were weird. But these days, I’ll scoop right into one as a snack or enjoy a little guacamole with chips. They’re also apparently one of the least expensive anti-aging miracles for the skin. Some have claimed they’re actually a fountain of youth, with a ridiculous amount of antioxidants that can reverse aging. I really just prefer to eat them rather than smearing them all over my body, but that’s quite an impressive résumé for a fruit. Yep, like many things that are savory, it’s a fruit not a vegetable and more specifically, a berry. But I just think of them as delicious.
We once bought some avocados at Costco, which was a bit of a mistake. Not only were we forced to buy in bulk, they were all at the same lack of ripeness. This meant that after waiting a week to try them, we had just a few days to consume them all. We didn’t take that challenge. As healthy as they may be, you’re not supposed to consume more than half of one each day, so several had to be thrown out. I guess we could have smeared them all over ourselves in an effort to stay young, but that would have freaked the dog out. Sometimes you have to just learn your lessons and move on. We actually just came from Costco, and resisted the urge to buy them. Instead we picked up a couple of bottles of champagne. The Kirkland kind is awesome, made in France as it should be, and such a great price. I always giggle though when we have it because it just says “Champagne” in large black letters on the label and looks perfectly ridiculous.
It’s been a lovely weekend here so far and I hope that each of you out there are enjoying an equally lovely one. I’ve managed to avoid doing many of the adult chores that I should have been doing, so all in all it was a pretty perfect day. I was going to take a little extra time to paint something else, but got distracted by other things as usual. I started looking up skin creams. I guess it’s never too late to start thinking about reversing the signs of aging. I imagined myself getting that silky skin of my youth. Not so much that it looks weird on my middle-aged face, but just a bit to soften the edges. I didn’t end up purchasing anything though, as it all seemed too expensive in the end. Perhaps, I should reconsider that oversized Costco bag and just stick to nature’s own remedy, basking in the healing effects of the amazing avocado.
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19 thoughts on “The Amazing Avocado”
Lovely painting. I love avocados. I never got to taste one as a child but as soon as I tasted one I was a convert. Trying to find that sweet spot where they are neither under-ripe or gross and spoiled is indeed a major challenge.
Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I think after turning them down it wasn’t until college that I got my next taste. Then never looked back! hehe But yeah… get that perfect ripeness is definitely a challenge.
Hm, sounds like I need to pick up a few of these myself. A tasty doodlewash, as always!
Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕hehe… yeah… apparently they’re all the rage for anti-aging. I’m going to have to get a crate of them! lol
Aw, well you certainly don’t need them if your little photo there is anything to go by!
Avocados are a delicious food and so good for us. When our sons were really young, I’d pack an avo, a banana, and a few crackers and off we’d go. They loved them and l loved the ease of feeding my babies easy-to-pack food that wasn’t dangerous or toxic. You’re probably too young to remember avocado green appliances – all the rage in the 1960’s, I think. Some things are best left as nature created and not smeared on refrigerators – or bodies – or maybe they are both OK to do. At any rate, hand me a spoon and a dollop of hot sauce with your charming Doodlewash, please.
Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Hehe… I totally remember the avocado green appliances. They stuck around for the 70’s. That and harvest gold. Rather glad when they all just turned silver, white or black again. But a tribute to the power of the avocado I guess! lol
I do make a good guacamole. Your avocado is quite tempting. Yum! (K)
Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve had a crazy urge for guacamole ever since painting this! hehe
I am cracking up over the possibility of Phineas freaking out if you suddenly sported a green beauty mask 🤢. Eating avocados is the best option, and yours looks yummy. I enjoyed this doodlewash challenge because it was fun to create the texture on the outside of the fruit 🥑
Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 You did a wonderful job on that texture! I wasn’t quite sure how to approach it at first. It was a fun challenge!
Thanks, Charlie!! 😊
Love this! pretty and tasty!
Thanks so much, Kirstie! 😃💕
love the colour in this painting Charlie, just right! Oh, and i’ve avoided my weekend chores today as well, oh well, next weekend will do 😉
Thanks so much, Phil!! 😃💕 I was hoping I got the color right on this one. And excellent!! LOL Good man… glad I’m not alone on chore avoidance!
Love the painting, and also avocados !! in Chile its usual to eat them in toasts at breakfast or evening “onces” . 😉
Thanks so much! 😃💕 Breakfast sounds perfect! Yay! Honestly, I could eat them any time of day as well. hehe… so good!