World Watercolor Month – Day 28 – A Handful Of Lollipops

Day 28 - World Watercolor Month - A Handful Of Lollipops - Doodlewash

There wasn’t a lot of time for me to paint today, so I tried a quick and loose little 15 minute sketch for today’s answer to the “lollipops” prompt. It’s been years since I actually sampled a lollipop, but they were definitely a treat that I loved as a kid. Well, all of them except the green ones. Getting a rogue green lollipop was always a disappoint to me. I preferred the cherry and orange variety the most. Those, were actual flavors that I could recognize. When I knew I would be getting one, while going to the bank with my mother, I silently wished I would get the color I preferred. The green lollipops they handed out just tasted green with no discernible flavor at all. It was weird. I didn’t want one. Once, I refused to accompany my mother to the counter and begged her to choose someone else because the guy she was walking toward always gave green ones. I’m sure this gentleman was very nice, and had no idea the disappoint I’d suffered at his hands. We were enemies and he didn’t even know it. My mother, for her part, simply gave me “that look” which she’d already perfected while putting up with my early shenanigans and had completely mastered by the time I was a teenager.

Later, of course, I would discover that green lollipops were just fine as they offered the same sugar rush as their previously preferred counterparts. But when you’re a kid, there’s a completely different logic at play. Many times, it’s not really logic at all, just an impulse that tells you what you should do next. I think that’s why I loving traveling back in my mind to childhood. That innocent impulse, is a wonderful thing to connect with when it comes to painting with watercolor. There’s so much you can’t control, so you just have to fight for the little things that you demand. At the very least, you always get to choose your colors. Perhaps that’s what was happening those many years ago. Maybe, I wasn’t concerned with the flavor after all. I simply wanted a bit of choice when it came to my color selection. Or, more likely, I was just a pain in the butt and my mother is a complete saint. Either way, it’s always good to know what you really want.

And I know that many of you want some art supplies, so I have some to give to you today! For this post, I have 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets for the first artists, who haven’t yet received one, to respond below with a comment directly on with the phrase “Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!” Please remember to watch for my comment back to you, as I’ll let you know if you’ve gotten a sample and will give you a link to give me your address. I’m still missing addresses from some recipients, so look back at my previous posts if you think you might have won something! And with that, I’m off to enjoy a Friday night with exceptionally wonderful weather. I hope, wherever you are, you’ll be enjoying a fabulous weekend ahead! Full of wonderfully sweet things, like a handful of lollipops!

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 Day 28 - World Watercolor Month - A Handful Of Lollipops - Doodlewash
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  1. a.filmer 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful (I may already have received one). Anyway, it is a wonderful shop, and your lollipops are delightful. Have a great weekend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Ann! And yes, I have you down for one of these! Yay! Have a great weekend as well! 😃💕

  2. Agatha Taylor 1 year ago

    Lovely story! I always preferred purple ones, that are grape-flavored. Nice colors ,too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Agatha!! Oh yes!! The purple ones were great too!! 😃💕

  3. Dale Kern 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful! And so are your lollipops!😁 I may have won this one already, Charlie! Thanks!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Dale!! And actually, I don’t have you down for this particular one, so I’ll have one sent! 😃💕

  4. Shannon 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      True that, Shannon! hehe And I already have you down for one of these so yay! 😃💕

  5. Lydia Fiedler 1 year ago

    OMG you are so right – “they just taste green” hahah! True. They are disgusting. Beautiful doodlewash and sweet memory!

  6. Jean Marmo 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful!!! Delicious!

  7. Swarup M 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Yes they are! I’ll have a sample sent your way, Swarup! 😃💕

  8. Sharon Nolfi 1 year ago

    “Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!” Not sure if I already won this, as I haven’t received anything in the mail from Cheap Joe’s. I did receive a WN marker. I love your pops! I like only cherry flavored with tootsie roll inside!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 There was a bit of a delay in getting some of these out, but I have you down for one so yay!!

  9. yvonne 1 year ago

    Cheap Joes is wonderful and so is your painting!

  10. The Red Haired Lass 1 year ago

    The green ones are gross!! I didn’t like the purple ones either though, they never really tasted like grape lol. Have a wonderful evening ☺

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      hehe! Yay! I’m soooo glad I’m not alone in this! Thanks! Have a wonderful evening as well! 😃💕

  11. Mary McDonough 1 year ago

    Your blog makes me smile. Such nice memories.

  12. Lainey DeVita 1 year ago

    “Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!”

  13. Tamiko McCurry 1 year ago

    i am a sucker for suckers.. lol.. i like anything red.. or purple.. or blue.. everything else was to be given away.. now i like the carmel ones.. from fannie mae, does that count.. lol fun piece and post Charlie!

  14. Jodi 1 year ago

    Green is my TOP choice! Green and yellow! Red is almost last for me. I suppose I am unusual. It’s not easy being green! 🙂 LOL!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      HAHA! I just rescued this comment from my spam folder… hmmmm… green lollipop lover eh? That’s awesome!! 😍

  15. Lisa McClure 1 year ago

    I never cared for the green ones either. I always preferred red flavors. Did you paint these from your imagination? a photo? actual candy? Have you noticed that I simply can’t resist commenting when you paint food? As usual, your doodlewash makes me feel very happy and inspired to paint.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Used a photo reference, but changed to colors and layout to fit my will! hehe I haven’t had an actual lollipop in front of me in years! Lol

  16. June Hadaway 1 year ago

    I love your short stories and the connection they have to your memories. And those lollipops….they look so real!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, June! 😃💕 I’m thrilled you think these look real… they were done sooo quickly! 😊Yay!

  17. Gina 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!

  18. Claudia Nelson 1 year ago

    ÷“Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!”

  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s is wonderful even though I am way past winning anything. Still gotta acknowledge the good guys. Love the composition of your lollypops. They look good enough to eat! True lime flavor is tasty but these green lollies are just leftover syrup with some unidentifiable flavor, not lime at all.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Always worth acknowledging the good guys! hehe And thanks!! Glad you liked this one! 😃💕 Yeah, if they had been lime that would have been awesome! But they were something strange and unidentifiable! hehe

  20. Jan Williams 1 year ago

    “Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!”. Sadly anything sugary was hard to come by in Britain when I was a kid.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Or that might have been for the best! WAY too much sugar here in America! 😉 And yay! I’ll have a sample sent your way, Jan!

  21. TinTomKiwi 1 year ago

    Yummy lollies. 🙂
    And Cheap Joe’s is wonderful! – thanks to them for supporting “WWM”.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Tina!! And yay! I’ll have a sample sent your way! 😃💕

  22. Sandra Gilbert 1 year ago

    How funny I always wanted the red and orange lollies too. And yours look quite a bit tastier than mine turned out, but any lollipop is a good lollipop. 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! And yours were lovely! 😃💕I’m glad we share the same tastes! hehe

  23. Linda Olsson 1 year ago

    Cheap Joe’s Is Wonderful!

  24. Pili Diaz 1 year ago

    Well I will never know ha,ha Too late to participate and we can get this brand in The Netherlands. So maybe I have to travel to USA or Canada.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      You should definitely plan a trip across the pond! hehe Hope you’ve been enjoying World Watercolor Month, Pili! 😃💕

  25. good

  26. Elizabeth Metz 1 year ago

    I will TOTALLY trade you the green lollies for my orange ones. I think because my mom was a fan of the orange-flavored baby aspirin when I was a kid, orange-flavored stuff gives me the willies.

    Except for Tang, of course. 😀

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