A paint what you like month certainly wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a little glass of wine. Today’s prompt of “transparent” was the perfect time to do so. Actually, when it comes to watercolor, transparent is usually the main idea, so this could have been anything really. I used purely transparent watercolors by Da Vinci, outside of my fave Terra Cotta which is actually semi-opaque, that I use with Cobalt Blue to enhance my darks. And I quickly painted this one while actually enjoying a glass of wine so it’s all rather fitting. In my case, it was red wine as that’s what I prefer most. But as the weather gets warmer, I’ve been known to enjoy a chilled glass of white or champagne. And, of course, an evening with a glass of wine is always made better when in the company of friends. Just a little something to sip and enjoy while you catch up on all the bits of life you missed in the moments in between. These days, it seems like those moments can get farther and farther apart. A day turns into two and before you know it, weeks have passed. Cheers to all my friends out there, and hope to see you soon!

Café Phineas - Doodlewash KitchenIf we’ve never actually met in person, then cheers to you as well, my friend. Perhaps one day we will! If you don’t like wine, that’s fine, we have other beverages on hand. And Philippe will cook up something amazing for dinner that will pair perfectly with anything you choose. Our dog, Phineas, however, will take credit for anything you receive, because he’s just like that. He has a personality that seems to imply the world revolves around him. So we named our in-home restaurant “Phineas Café” and used to have a little blackboard where we would write out the menu in chalk to be très chic. I included a rare photo here just to illustrate Phineas’ smug expression. He hopes you like the meal and, if you don’t, he will happily fire any of the staff should something not be to your liking. Oh, and I see this particular one ended with café gourmand, a concept which we brought back with us after a visit in Paris and is still one of my favorite things!

I just want to take a moment to toast each and every one of you who takes the time to read these posts and comment below! It means the world to me and I really can’t thank you enough. Doodlewash is not a traditional art blog, but one meant to inspire stories, promote artists and fire up the creativity in all of us. Sure, sometimes you get a random pic of a basenji inexplicably complemented with two glasses of painted wine, but that’s all part of the fun! I fully realize I’ve approached this blog all wrong as not a single search engine will promote this post as it lacks all of the necessary elements that robots like. But I hope it has of few of the elements that humans still appreciate. I’ve always approached my posts as though I’m just sitting down to enjoy a little evening in the company of lovely people. And that’s still the spirit I approach things with today. It would actually be lovely to meet you, if we haven’t yet. Don’t mind the basenji, he’s really quite sweet once you get to know him. There’s really nothing more fulfilling than a lovely evening of conversation and wine with friends.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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28 thoughts on “Wine With Friends

  1. I feel as though I already know you better than some of the people I see everyday. Your daily rambles are something I look forward to, and they always make me think about things in my own life. I don’t have any wine in the house, but I’m going to have a glass of honey lavender lemonade for dinner, and I’ll raise a glass to you. Love the wine painting, and the photo of Phineas reminds me of the basenji I used to have. He’s been gone many long years now but I still miss him.

    1. Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕It’s been lovely getting to know you as well! Awww and so happy this brought back good memories of your little basenji. They are such great dogs! And now you have me crazy honey lavender lemonade! That sounds delicious!!

  2. Hello Charlie, Phineas et al! I haven’t posted “art” in awhile, but I do look forward to your daily posts immensely. I always think of my friend’s past Basenji’s when you mention Phineas. . . a little “phussy” they were! Royalty like. I am painting quite a bit and hopefully continuing to get better. (just not posting here right now) Went to a park for a little “plain air” today. Not a great success, seemed to revert to old ways but fun with a friend and fresh air made it successful. Keep posting and don’t worry about the bots, we humans are what you need! XO Vicki

    1. Aww thanks so much, Vicki!! Yes to humans!! So pleased you enjoy these posts! 😃💕 and yes! Basenjis are rather fussy, but so much personality that it’s awesome. Yay to painting a lot! That’s awesome… yeah… it’s always two steps forward and a few back, but the long journey is always a success!

  3. So glad to see the photo of Phineas! I love his expression. Reading your blog every evening is a bit like chatting with an warm, interesting friend. I think you approach your blog in exactly the right way.

  4. I ALSO enjoy all your “tales of adventure” AND of course, your watercolor paintings are ALWAYS TopNotch! Truly thanks for sharing with all of us.

  5. Finally, a dog picture! I’m sure he was getting a bit huffy that you talked about him all the time with no accompanying photos to show us just how special he really is! 😁😁😁 And be careful what you wish for Charlie. With your living in the middle of the country you’re kind of in the way to everywhere. You better stock up on more wine before summer comes and we all stop by!

    1. haha! So true! I’m not sure our little row home would accommodate everyone, but there’s a lovely park nearby where we could all hang out! 😃💕 And glad you liked the pic… I’ve actually painted Phineas quite a few times so I assumed that was revealing enough. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since a photo. Here’s another post with more – https://doodlewash.com/duckie/

  6. Two lovely glasses of wine. You used beautiful colors for your painting. A nice picture of Phineas too, looking so concerned. Thank you for making your stories interesting and fun to read.

  7. Phineas has such a regal bearing!

    Everything you write, and paint, touches a chord. It is those little personal
    touches like “Phineas Café” that make this blog a huge success. There is warmth and character and talent here, and that’s why people come to this site. The inability to sense that warmth and character and talent is why robots will never take over the world.
    They are missing the essential element of being alive…this blog has it.

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 That’s such a sweet thing to say. I’ve known how one should right a blog post for robots, but can never bring myself to actually do it. But I feel like so many people have come together to also share their stories with me, so I must be doing something right after all!

    1. That’s the best thing I could possibly ever hear! Yay!! 😃💕I hope these posts inspire others to paint more! I’m so thrilled, Jeanne! Keep right on painting… it’s truly the best thing you could ever DO!

  8. Usually I do not drink much wine but the very few times I drink it must be a good one. If the two you painted are so good as are nice wow, I would join you soon (hmmm, I’m afraid to be too far).
    As others already said it’s so nice and refreshing to visit this blog…and inspiring too! Thanks

    1. Thanks so much, Robert! That means a lot to me! So happy you enjoy this blog! 😃💕 And yep… we only drink the good stuff in moderation. Life is too short for bad wine! So come on over if you’re in the neighborhood!

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