The Last Little Detail

Day 18 - #WorldWatercolorGroup The Final Detail Strawberry Cake Dessert - #doodlewash

After seeing today’s prompt of “detail” I was at a loss as to what to do. I love getting lost in the little details for pretty much everything I make, so nearly whatever I doodlewash would likely qualify. So, I opted for the last little detail of any fabulous meal – the dessert. We went out to lunch today at our favorite restaurant and even though we were full, we asked to see the dessert menu. This is always a recipe for delicious disaster as there will inevitably be something on the list that sounds plausible no matter how you stuffed yourself with the food that came before it. This isn’t what we ended up with as we devoured it before I could get think to get a reference shot. We instead had some pomegranate flan that seemed like a “light” option or at least something we didn’t have to chew very much. Flan is delicious, but when they set it down in front of me, it always has that fleshy jiggle that sort of viciously taunts me saying, “yeah, I’m about to make you fat.”

When it comes to my doodlewashes, I am always looking at details. I love exploring all the various facets of my subjects and that’s why I always opt to do a little less abstraction in my sketches. I like trying to bring some of those details to life. Plus, I love layering on color. This one got a little rushed in the end when I realized the time and that I only have about 15 minutes left to complete this post before friends arrive for the evening. I’m not sure whether the strawberry sauce came out so much like perfect plating or a bit like a crime scene, but I hope it at least looks edible. I’m still full, so I’m hoping that dinner will be delayed a bit while we catch up on life together. Wine should poor through the cracks just fine though, so that won’t likely be a problem to start the night. Whoa, 5 minutes to go, so guess we better make this quick!

I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday night and are treating yourself to all those things you know you “shouldn’t have” as well. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to treat ourselves to things we love. I think it’s funny how often I sometimes try to talk myself out of even the things I enjoy. I definitely do that with chores and things I dislike, but I also find myself doing it with things that are almost too pleasurable. Like dessert. It’s funny that these extremes have a way of making me second guess myself. Tonight, though, I’m just going to go with the evening and enjoy it without wondering whether or not I “deserve” a treat. I’m just going to assume that I do and have fun. Actually, that’s pretty much how every day should be enjoyed. Even when it comes to having fun, I think it’s good to explore all the possibilities that could make it even more fun, down to the last little detail.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Quinacridone Gold, Red Orange, Sennelier Red, Perylene Maroon, Phthalocyanine Blue, Phthalo. Green Light, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Day 18 - #WorldWatercolorGroup The Final Detail Strawberry Cake Dessert - #doodlewash
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23 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    The crime scene of cheesecake – that’s about right! Sounds like you had a really fun evening. I’m still waiting for the carrot sticks though – that’s something I can afford to eat.

    • Author

      Lol… Yeah the last time I sketched carrots, it was right after the election. A crime scene of a different sort. But yeah, my plating skills need a little work when it comes to strawberry drizzle! hehe 😉💕

  2. Margaret Parker Brown 3 months ago

    Life is short, too short to sweat the small stuff, eat that dessert! drink that wine, etc…etc…. 😉

    • Author

      You betcha, Margaret! 😉💕 hehe… I’m pretty sure I live my life this way to a fault sometimes. Dessert and wine are really hard to say no to! lol

  3. Jill Kuhn 3 months ago

    Looks delish, Charlie!! ❤👍 I understand about running out of time! 🙁 Sorry I haven’t commented in awhile… I’d say that reading your posts are one of things I enjoy about life! Cheers friend! 🍷✨

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 So happy you liked this!! And I’m way behind on commenting on blogs, so no worries. I’m going to set aside time so I can soon! (though I always catch your weird bird to brighten my day… hehe… loved the one this week (Puddle-Jumper right?) and then got called into a meeting before I could tell you! 😍)

      • Jill Kuhn 3 months ago

        Thanks Charlie! So glad you like my weird birds!! 😍🐦

  4. Art-Chap-Enjoin 3 months ago

    I had some cheesecake that I shouldn’t have today! Gotta have the sweet stuff every now and then!

  5. memadtwo 3 months ago

    It’s those Puritans in the back of our American brains. Sometimes we just have to shout them down. And cheesecake is always a good answer! (K)

  6. blogturtle 3 months ago

    Your cheesecake looks very tasty. Not bad for being rushed, Charlie! And i dont feel fat at all from the yummy dessert!

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much! 😃💕 Hehe… yeah, I was sooooo rushed yesterday. I’m not sure what happened to the time, but it was a fun day!

  7. Heide 3 months ago

    Yes, YOU DESERVE THAT TREAT! Repeat as necessary until you forget the phrase “I shouldn’t,” Charlie. And thank you for serving up this little treat of a painting for your readers! Now you have me thinking about cheesecake, you cheeky so-and-so … 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Heide!! 😃💕 And definitely… we need to all repeat that phrase everyday!! yay! And have cheesecake… that bits important as well. 😉

  8. matraskarate 3 months ago

    so cool

  9. chefkreso 3 months ago

    Lovely post!

  10. […] in exactly the right spot. When it comes to sketching, however, I need to practice my plating. My strawberry cheesecake I painted a few weeks ago looked less like a culinary masterpiece and more like a crime scene, so I wanted to give it go […]

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