MAY ADVENTURE: You’re All Invited To A #DoodlewashDinner

Doodlewash of dinner table setting with red wine and Caprese Salad

It’s no secret that I love food (and wine!), so for this month’s adventure, I’ll be focusing my doodlewashes and stories on the wonderful world of food and drink. And I’m inviting all of you over for dinner, because seriously, how cool would that be? During the month, if at any time you’d like to come to the party, just “bring over” a lovely doodlewash of something delicious to eat or drink by using the hashtag – #DoodlewashDinner. If you enjoyed last month’s adventure or are looking for some ideas, there’s a food holiday to celebrate each and every day in May and you can find them all here. I’ll probably be celebrating a few of them as we go along because some of them look downright delicious!

Although I love food, I don’t actually cook. I’ve tried on multiple occasions, but the results haven’t been great which is a polite way to say disastrous. Philippe does all the cooking in our house now after I was banished from the kitchen while attempting to make him food way back when we first started dating. And that was just pasta. It occurred to me this was an excellent way to get out of cooking had I been bluffing, but sadly I really did just suck at it. The same is true for gardening although I love flowers. And because I love them so much, I no longer try to grow them.

But even if I can’t make actual food that tastes good, hopefully with a little dedicated practice, I’ll soon be whipping up doodlewashed dishes that can be a feast for the eyes. And I hope you’ll join me with a delicious doodlewash of your own this month! Whether it’s your favorite food from childhood or your favorite bottle of wine, bring it over and join me for a #DoodlewashDinner any time you like. I’ll create a gallery of the yummy treats and feature each of the doodlewashers who play along at the end of the month. So grab a fork and a glass of your favorite thing to drink, and let’s eat!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Orange, Gamboge, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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  1. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    What a beautifully set table, I would love to join that party, Charlie. I’ll have to think of something yummy for my next post to bring. May is my birthday month, so a fancy cake will be happening soon.

    • Author

      Awww cool that it’s your birthday month now! Yay!! Thrilled you’ll be coming to dinner, Sharon!! 💕😃hehe…bring a slice of that cake!! Yummy!!

  2. Charli, every month I think how will you top the last, and you always come up trumps. What a fab idea, do you have a large dinning table? I reckon evenings could get busy. Thank goodness there will be no arguements over the washing up, lol. Love the doodlewash, one of my favs, Yum yum.😋

    • Author

      Thanks so much Rebecca! 💕😃Hehe…I don’t have a really large actual table, but my virtual table is quite large!! Lol Hope I can entice you to bring something yummy at some point this month! 😉

  3. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Sounds like another fun idea Charlie! I do love to cook and wine is one of my favorite food groups. 🙂 Wine is a food group. Because I said so. 😉 I am pretty sure I can play along every now and then. It looks to me like Philippe has prepared something delectable on your plate this day. Good thing he can cook and you can doodlewashdinner. 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks Susan!! 💕😃Wine is definitely a food group! Lol caprese salad is my fave, but it will taste much better this summer with fresh tomatoes! Hehe And yay! So thrilled you’ll be attending the party! Can’t wait to see what you’ll bring!! 😃

  4. anniedrawsthings 7 years ago

    Ooh, this is so exciting! I’ve been doing a lot of cooking recently and have been wanting to try some food illustration. So looking forward to participating! Beautiful doodlewash!

    • Author

      Yay!! Love hearing that, Annie! 💕😃Thrilled you’ll be coming to dinner. I can’t wait to see what yummy thing you’ll cook up!!

  5. Carol J Forrester 7 years ago

    This sounds really good fun. I’m not great with watercolours but I think I might give this a go.

    • Author

      Yay!! Do it! Do it!! Hehe I would love it if you’d attend this little dinner party, Carol! Can’t wait to see your doodlewashes! 💕😉

  6. YesterdayAfter 7 years ago

    Your dinner looks delicious and healthy just ready to be eaten!!! Yum!!! Now Charlie we will have lots of dinners together with your great idea! SOoo I was born and grow up in Italy 😀 do I need to say anything else about food??? 🙂 well I do… because I love cooking <3 actually I am creative with my food too I love to create my own recipes as one of a kind…LOL
    Lately I am not cooking much because I decided to be eating Raw vegan most of the time and I am really happy with and feeling great! That been said means that I will be doodlewash cooking! 😉 Wow this month would be awesome! <3 😉

    • Author

      Excellent!!! 💕😃Hehe…yum! Then I expect something super delicious when you attend this party, Carolina! 😉Though I know I won’t be disappointed!! You’re awesome!

  7. You do a beautiful job with food, Charlie; everything looks delicious! Have fun, bro! Bon appetit!

    • Author

      Aww thanks so much Laura!! 💕😃 Would love it if you brought a little something yummy this month! 😉 I’d love to see what you’d do!

      • Charlie, I could try and do an abstract inspired by food, maybe using the colors? Painting and drawing “things” never seems to work for me. I prefer life of some kind in my subjects. But the colors, I could definitely do and bring to an abstract! Fruit salad would be an awesome one! Thanks for the nudge, as I had thought that once again, I wouldn’t be able to join in with you. 😘🙇😍🎨👏

  8. Jodi 7 years ago

    Woohoo for yummy food and drink doodlewashes! Your first one has made me hungry! And it’s time to go to bed! 🙂 Looking forward to a fun month of May doodlewashes!

    • Author

      Hehe…you should like this one Jodi!! 💕😃You are such an amazing cook! I realize I haven’t actually eaten your food, but your recipes rock and it all looks delicious, so I think I’m right! Would love it if you brought something yummy to the party at some point in May!! 😉 Sleep well!

  9. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Love this idea, Charlie! 🎨💕 How kind of you to invite us all to dinner with our own artistic appetitizers! I enjoy cooking with wine and sometimes I even add it the the food! Lol! 😉 Look forward to joining you with a dish or two! Your salad looks Delish!! YAY Charlie! 🍴🍷🧀

    • Author

      Wine is just an amazing thing…so versatile!! Hehe…glad you agree!! And yay, Jill!! Join me!! Would love to see what awesomely creative dish you’d cook up! 😃💕💕

  10. Teri C 7 years ago

    Gonna be a fun month! I’m not much of a cook, well okay, I don’t like to cook. I’d love to have someone cook for me then I would have more to create art. Lol

    • Author

      Thanks Teri!! 💕😃 Yeah…I’m pretty darn lucky I have to admit. But cooking a doodlewash is sooooooo much more fun so I hope you’ll join me at some point!! 😉hehe

  11. Kari 7 years ago

    A doodlewash dinner party!! How fun! I love to cook and eat! And I hope I can participate some.. 27 more days until summer break!! Lol. I love your caprese salad!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kari!! 💕😃Hope you join at some point and bring a Doodlewash to dinner!! Would be awesome!! 😃👍🏻

  12. M. L. Kappa 7 years ago

    Great idea, Charlie, I’ll definitely try to join in! Btw, I have a sneaky feeling you’re just taking advantage of Philippe’s culinary skills. Try getting him to teach you instead! Everyone can cook if they set their minds to it…

  13. kathiwerner 7 years ago

    An awesome idea again and tasty starter! For me its similar: I like food but hate cooking and try to avoid it- yesterday I produced a semolina pudding with lot of lumbs in it….

    • Author

      That’s awesome!! Producing anything is impressive to me!! Hehe…. Hope you’ll join in the adventure at some point, Kathrin!! 💕😃

  14. Rebecca 7 years ago

    This looks so good – and wonderfully done cutlery! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Rebecca!! 💕😃 Hope you’ll play along with something yummy or more YOUR awesome cutlery (still remember that! So cool) this month!

      • Rebecca 7 years ago

        Thanks! I’ll have to see what food takes my fancy…so much lovely stuff to choose from… 🙂

  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 years ago

    All that beautiful red against the silver and white – quite elegant. I can’t believe it sat there long enough for you to paint it. Had it been me, would have been just a memory by the time I got out the paints.

  16. Another great theme, Charlie. Looking forward to seeing what May brings and I will have a go at joining you somewhere along the way!

  17. Tom Merriman 7 years ago

    Like you, Charlie, I can’t cook. I’m hopeless. I can’t even reheat in the microwave properly, I’m that bad.
    I’ll see if I can bring something to the party – hopefully that won’t be too much of a disaster…

    • Author

      Yay!! Glad to know I’m not alone there, Tom! Thanks!! Hehe 😃 And I KNOW you can bring a doodlewash though…so much easier than using a microwave!! Lol Come to the party!! 😉

  18. Cathe 7 years ago

    What a fun idea, a virtual party with delicious food. I love that you have a long virtual table, I hope it’s a beautiful wood hewn barn table. We’ll see how my “cooking” goes, but if not, I will bring flowers to decorate that beautiful table.

    • Author

      Thanks friend! 💕😃Hehe…flowers would be lovely Cathe!! But even uncooked things are fine too! I know you’ve made gorgeous oranges and mushrooms!! Bring some of that too!! Yeah…I’m kind of greedy😊😊

  19. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Looks like my mouth will be watering all month! At least it’s only virtual calories…(K)

    • Author

      Virtual calories are guaranteed to never add a pound! That’s why I love them!! Hope you can sneak in something to bring to the party this month, Kerfe! 💕😃

  20. Catherine Johnson 7 years ago

    Great doodlewash and great idea! Yum!

  21. Jacob 7 years ago

    What a feast this will be. It’s no secret how much I enjoy your culinary prowess – to the point of cravings! Who cares if that’s in doodlewash form or not! 😉 I have been meaning to tackle more food myself, so I’ll probably join in here and there – hopefully more so than last month. I’ll get my thinking chef’s cap on.

    I just wish I hadn’t already drawn Citrus Polos! 😉

  22. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 7 years ago

    Mmm, dinner looks delicious :-). Looking forward to a month of tasty doodlewashes! I think I will contribute a bird enjoying a tasty snack. Because I really like drawing birds :-D. What colours did you use to mix your greys for this particular piece (your utensils look awesome!!!)? Do you have other colour “recipes” for greys that you like to use?

    • Author

      Thanks Myriam!! A snacking bird works for me! Hehe…just hoping you’ll play along! 😉 As for the colors, I sometimes mix Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue to make my grays, but when I’m rushing like this one…I grab Neutral Tint and add a little bit of Ultramarine Blue. I need to be more adventurous and practice more gray mixes!! 😊hehe

      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 7 years ago

        Thanks for the mixing recipe, Charlie :-). I actually have burnt sienna and ultramarine blue! Will try them out. I don’t have Neutral Tint though. But it does look like a good go-to grey.

        • Author

          I like Neutral Tint because it’s nice and dark…I tend to prefer higher contrast and dimension, but have to be careful not to overuse it! Hehe

  23. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    I just finished dinner but I will willingly eat that delish looking plate of food you painted! <3 I don't believe you suck at cooking but you might doodlewash food better than you cook. 😉

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  25. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Your dinner setting looks superb! Banished from the kitchen you say? Oh dear, well I am certain your food portraits will be delicious…bon appétit…err…doodlewashing…pass the wine please. ;D

    • Author

      Hehe… oh there will most definitely be wine!! Thanks Haunani! 💕😃Hope you’ll “cook” something delicious to bring to the party this month!

  26. corinnebekker 7 years ago

    Wow, that looks so wonderful. I love that dish – both in real life as in your painting.
    I love to cook so can’t really understand when someone can’t cook… But anyway… Would love to come to your party! Or should I say Philippes party? I will bring some red wine and fresh strawberries if I can get them. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Corinne! 💕😃Yeah… I think the love of cooking helps. Somehow I just managed to form a love of eating, so thank goodness for Philippe. 😊Hehe… Oh YES! Please bring a doodlewash of those to the party. Would love to see it!

  27. jmnowak 7 years ago

    Food month…wow. Can I join in even ‘tho I don’t doodle? Love your plate of tomatoes, cheese and basil, my kinda Italian!

    • Author

      Thanks! 😃💕I want to you to try a doodlewash Janina!! Pretty please?!! I know you could doodle if you tried. Either way, of course, you’d be invited to the party. But I want that doodlewash!! hehe (pushy host)

      • jmnowak 7 years ago

        hahaha…you may try pushy host, but it’ll have to be through my photo experiments only as that’s about as close to a doodlewash I’m likey to get any time soon! I’ll have to find something in my library… 🙂

  28. Snehal Kank 7 years ago

    Ohh Charlie! though you can’t cook, you have made this dish so delicious 😍😋Good work Charlie, would love to join your party 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Snehal!! 💕😃And yippeee!! Please come to the party!! I would love one of your signature doodlewash dishes! Can’t wait to see what you’ll bring!

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  30. M. L. Kappa 7 years ago

    Call me stupid, but I can’t work out how to join the party… Please explain (for dummies!)

    • Author

      Hehe… Just make a watercolor painting of any food or beverage you like at any time during this month. Then tag your image when you post it with #doodlewashdinner (on WordPress… you can just add “doodlewashdinner” in the “Tags” box of the Categories and Tags section of your post). Then I can be sure to see it and include you in the feature at the end of the month!

  31. The Leaf Diary 7 years ago

    Food! Always a good idea 😉

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