Too Much Dessert

Ice Cream Sundae Watercolor Painting

Many folks pointed out that a prompt of “Desserts” somehow sneaked its way into this month’s list as well. This was actually intentional, because there are hundreds of sweet things to choose from and it’s always a fun thing to sketch! Equally, taking a second look at the same prompt is a really good exercise. And lastly, it’s an opportunity to treat yourself to a dessert simply because it’s required to fulfill the prompt. That last bit was my real reasoning, but unfortunately I found myself with some extra time to make my initial sketch over lunch at work. The problem was, I couldn’t leave work to get a proper dessert, so I had to mock something up from references and dreams. This happens quite a lot with me. Though I adore desserts of all kinds, I rarely have them. I always hint to Philippe that this prompt is coming, hoping he’ll create something delicious for me to sketch. He made a rum cake that’s incredibly delicious, but it lacks a certain degree of whipped cream. Indeed, there’s none, so I opted for a sort of strawberry sundae with a cherry topping and more whipped cream than actual ice cream. Just the way I like it. Yet, best of all, I have to admit that it’s wonderful to know that a sketch is blissfully free of any real calories.

That’s likely why Philippe doesn’t let me indulge in actual desserts very often. I’ve no will power whatsoever when it comes to them, so it’s all for the best when they’re saved for special occasions. There’s a common phrase about having “too much of a good thing” and I think it’s got a lot of truth to it sometimes. However, when it comes to sketching and painting, I think it’s very different. To date, I’ve never discovered a moment where having extra time to sketch and paint was too much of a good thing. Sure, perhaps this is because I’ve never had more than 2 hours in a day, but this is the one thing in my life where more would only be better. Though, I know me, and I know that I’d still never spend more than 2 hours on a single sketch. Even that is a lot. In experience, I get a bit bored so I quickly lose my focus and the results are not very good. I don’t just overwork things, I just begin to ignore things entirely. It’s an issue that I thought meant I couldn’t be an artist of any sort. I see people spending days and weeks on what they create and I long to be just like them. But, we’re each so different and the way we create is equally different. All of the ways are beautiful and there’s no one right way to do things.

Though sure, if you want to create a large scale painting, you’ll need the time and attention span to make that happen. If, like me, you simply don’t have either, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some art! Sure, my sketchbook pages won’t appear in a gallery show, but that doesn’t make someone an artist. An artist is simply someone who creates new things. And, I’m not ruling out the possibility that, one day, I’ll be able to make something larger that takes a long time to create. Even if I don’t manage to do that for some reason, I’m still quite happy. Each day, I get to make something new. That’s a pretty amazing thing when you think about it. I’ve no idea if it will be a really cool thing or something that’s just pretty and forgettable, but it’s MY thing. I made this! I made the treat that I wanted appear in my sketchbook. It’s something that, once upon a time, I didn’t think I could DO! So, yeah, I think that in certain situations, there’s no such thing as too much dessert.

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40 Comments
  1. Laura Hale 2 weeks ago

    Simply beautiful!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    You are so correct – we’re all different! I do often spend more than 2 hours on a sketch, and on rare occasions I’ve even spent days. But I quickly found that if I do this often I start putting it off, and soon I stop creating art at all. I work small, I work quick and I do more. It’s just the way many of us are.

    • Purnima Manjunath 2 weeks ago

      True! Those quick art pieces turn out best & the ones that take long time,remain incomplete for a long time

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        Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

        So agree! Love those quick paintings! They are often soooo beautiful as well! 😃💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yes, indeed! When the DOing takes too long, it’s so easy to put off. I know I’ll make those longer illustrations one day, but it’s always good to know I only need a few moments to make at least something!

  3. Karen Fortier 2 weeks ago

    Fantastically yummy Charlie!

  4. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 weeks ago

    Looks so yummy fabulous!! You know this would be an extra special treat to me as I adore maraschino cherries and they make any dessert extra special!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe! Yay! Yeah, I agree… those cherries are the best!

  5. Zertab Quaderi 2 weeks ago

    Looks SOOOO good!

  6. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    Poor hubs! The doc told him he’s diabetic, so no desserts! If he’s careful and exercises, and loses a bit of weight, he may be able to control it without meds. But he’s not being as careful as he should be. I’m doing my part. Like Philippe, I’m not making desserts any more!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Aww…. sorry to hear about the hubs, Lisa! But diet and exercise in order to get dessert is a rather compelling idea to me! 😉 And, yeah, Philippe is determined to keep us healthy even when it hurts. 😊

  7. Hninn Hninn 2 weeks ago

    Look so delicious

  8. CURIOUStotheMAX 2 weeks ago

    Thanks goodness you came to your senses and realized there is no such thing as TOO much dessert. (I started out worrying about you)

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      hehe! Of course I would never end up thinking that! Dessert is the best thing ever! 😃💕

  9. Sharon Nolfi 2 weeks ago

    Yum – extra whipped cream – just how I like it!

  10. Gary Middleton 2 weeks ago

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who pointed out that dessert was in last months list. Great painting Charlie. I usually spend an hour or two in the evening doing my doodles. I can’t imagine spending weeks on a work of art.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, you totally weren’t the only one. And there were some fun deserts created, so that’s awesome. And, yes, I’m a hobbyist so I too can’t imagine spending weeks on something. But, I love it when people DO! Maybe one day I’ll have the patience to try it! 😉

  11. Susan Masters 2 weeks ago

    Just so damn delicious, wonderful creatiion!

  12. Claire Randall 2 weeks ago

    Oh yum yum yum fabulous. What I love most about doodlewash is everyone is unique and everyone wonderful. I like how we can just flow with our interpretations and it’s all good, be creative, paint and express yourself. I unfortunately have a half painted hummingbird here, but I’m now following a different art journey and I truly appreciate that I can do that. Doodlewash is a wonderful place indeed.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Claire! 😃💕I’m so thrilled to hear that!! So happy you’re enjoying Doodlewash and even more that it’s become the exact place I always envisioned. Together, we can keep it that way and do awesome things!

  13. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    Looks so delicious, Charlie. You can put desserts on the list every month; the possibilities are endless and looking at wonderfully painted desserts is calorie free. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕I know, right? I love the Dessert prompt! I could spend a lifetime and never sketch them all!

  14. Cathy France 2 weeks ago

    très réel

  15. LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

    Yum! I don’t like to spend a lot of time on one sketch. I like instant gratification. And I am always happier with the results. If I take longer on something, I tend to not go back it to finish. I know I am not alone on this, I’ve heard other people say the same thing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 So true… overworking things is often a side effect of more time. And I have the shortest attention span on the planet, so it’s a wonder I can make anything at all! lol

  16. Linda Calverley 2 weeks ago

    Looks very delicious.

  17. Priscilla DeConti 2 weeks ago

    Looks delicious and like you I like the quick and easy..much else and I lose interest and focus..Thanks for the lovely dessert without the calories 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕Yeah, art is best when made in the time frame our own attention spans can accommodate! hehe

  18. Fatima Chamkha 2 weeks ago

    Pretty Charlie!! Like to have one of these!

  19. smzang 2 weeks ago

    Charlie says, “…have to admit that it’s wonderful to know that a sketch is blissfully free of any real calories.”

    Looking at that luscious sundae, I feel the pounds accumulating. Anything that looks that good has to have calories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 lol… yeah, actually, my sketches have caused me to find something sweet to eat, so I guess they’re only calorie-free when combined with willpower.

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