Vintage Picnic

Hot Dog Potato Chips Orange Crush Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Hot Dog” today, I decided to combine one with a drink and chips to create my favorite picnic food as a little kid in the 70’s. I don’t actually eat hot dogs anymore so that was where my mind went first. But, they always remind me of happy gatherings and fun times from childhood during the summer months. Indeed, a cold soda pop and potato chips were probably my favorite part of the meal. I don’t even drink soda anymore, but chips are still a lovely treat sometimes. Philippe and I got a bag on our last grocery delivery order, but I didn’t realize the size I had selected and it was terribly small. Indeed, it was appropriately family-sized for a family of two, but I was hoping it might last all week. But chips aren’t really made to last, they’re made to be eaten with pure abandon thanks to their insidiously addictive nature. I’ll have to make a note to myself to get a bigger bag the next time around.

With my head stuck in the 70’s this afternoon, I decided to double-down and watch something from that time on television. Okay, well, have it on in the background while I did a million other things. I noticed that Disney Plus was promoting Schoolhouse Rock! and the answer was made for me. I turned it on and ended up going through every little clip of every season. The music was so good and so memorable. Philippe even joined me for a time and agreed that it was super cool. If we had kids, we’d have them watch it as it’s much smarter and more informative than the things that seem to go viral these days for kids. Of course, now I’m still singing Conjuction Junction, I’m Just A Bill, and Interplanet Janet and probably will be the remainder of the evening. I remember seeing that little cartoon bill on the steps waiting to be made a law and it actually made me weepy as a kid.

Though I can’t credit Schoolhouse Rock! alone for my love of childhood, it was certainly a wonderful part. And watching it again today brought back so many fantastic memories of enjoying cartoons on Saturday mornings and getting excited when one of these little musical clips would appear. It’s true that I was a total nerd, so any chance to sing multiplication tables or learn about history was an exciting thing indeed. Not sure if my teachers appreciated me singing out my answers in class or not. Today, I’m not into math as much, but I still love science and history. I’m much older now, but I remember that little boy well. I think he had a very different idea of how his life might turn out. He dreamed of being so many things that I’ve never become. But, there’s still time to chase a few more of those dreams. And it was such a joy to take a stroll down memory lane and spend some quality time with that child inside, while sketching a vintage picnic.

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  1. Lisa 2 years ago

    We didn’t do hot dogs very much when I was a kid. We were hamburger and brat people. These days I like Chicago Style dogs every once in a while. If it’s just Joe and I grilling out we are most likely to have chicken or steak. Potato salad or cole slaw beat out chips. A bit later in summer we have corn on the cob as often as I can talk Joe in to it. There is seldom soda around here either. Though my neighbor has started buying these tiny cans of orange Crush. I like one of those when it’s hot out.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww that’s cool that your neighbor gets some orange Crush! I actually haven’t tasted one in years, but loved it back in the day! 😃💕 And I think these days, I’d take the grilled chicken and steak! Yum!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    That brings back memories Charlie! I can’t remember the last time I drank an orange crush!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕I know right? I was trying to remember and I couldn’t come up with a date! hehe

  3. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Gorgeous food sketch Charlie!

  4. Linda Murray 2 years ago

    Again, I love your sketches of food the best, Charlie! So accurate 👍 ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I love sketching food… and well… eating food as well!

  5. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    This is definitely the right way to serve a hot dog, chips and orange crush. Haven’t had an orange crush in years and now I’m craving one.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I am too now that I’ve sketched this! hehe

  6. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Oh so yummy and beautifully done!

  7. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    We use to have a hot dog cooker that had prongs. You’d stick the hot dog on one at each end and it would cook them with electricity. It made the BEST hot dogs. The skin would be crisp and the insides rich and juicy. I think you can still get the machines, but the hot dogs these days – yech! I don’t think even that cooker would make them good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah, I thought it was that I was getting older, but I had a hot dog a few years ago at a family gathering and it didn’t taste good anymore. Not sure what they’re made of these days (and I wasn’t too sure back then! lol) 😉

  8. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Wonderful childhood memories and a great doodle as always!

  9. Mireya 2 years ago

    oh this made me smile, I miss these days.

  10. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    It’s already Sunday morning here in India and it was a fabulous treat to wake up to such a perfectly captured memory of long ago summer picnics in NY. Its so wonderful to see that little kid in you resurface so happily & effortlessly time & again. 🙂


    P. S. Im VERY glad to know that you dont like math so much anymore. Just made you one of my very favorite people. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mugha! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this! And hehe… yeah, math isn’t one of my faves these days.

  11. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Iconic! Love it! I occasionally love a good hot dog. The only thing wrong with yours, is the the mustard. Give me ketchup please! Tee hee….conjunction junction, what’s your function. I’m a bit older than you and never really watched, but did hear parts of it. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow, ketchup, eh? hehe… I only take them with mustard. Actually, I don’t take ketchup on anything. Even fries come with mayo. 😉

  12. foodi.byte 2 years ago

    Omg you are really talented! I wish I can know how to draw it 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Anyone can sketch… just takes some practice!

  13. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Such lovely thoughts!!! And great painting as well! I never watched except occasionally with my kids..but it did have some catchy tunes and cartoons to match. Good memories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Glad this brought back good memories

  14. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Good combination Charlie!…good memories of the good old days..keep going!😊

  15. Robert Coleman 2 years ago

    Looks delicious, Charlie. When I tipped the laptop screen I thought the hot dog would roll away! I prefer red dogs, Tri-Sum chips and a Moxie! My kids enjoyed the Schoolhouse Rock shows too, and actually learned stuff. My daughter still likes to point out grammar errors to her kids, right from S/Rock! Misplaced antecedents and hanging participles, good grief!! Great memories to keep close to the heart.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 hehe! I love that your daughter points out grammar errors. Schoolhouse Rock, well, rocks!

  16. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Nice painting, it looks like the hot dog you would get from the Hot Dog Cart, or perhaps even at the Ball Park. Now your making me crave an Orange Crush!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I haven’t had an Orange Crush in years, but kind of want to try it again now!

  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    I’m with you on the soda, though I never really cared for it. Nowadays, I enjoy those flavored seltzer drinks with the fancy names – Ginger Peach Ras-a das or Honey Do and Don’t Apple. Silly, but no more so than hot dogs and chips and a soda for a meal. Still, your painting made me want one of each – something enchanting about the bun or the mustard or the memory of how delicious they were.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww so glad you enjoyed this! 😃💕 Yep… it’s just seltzer for me these days as well. But I might just have to try an Orange Crush again soon.

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