TigerCatMothrpillar Alebrije


#DoodlewashApril2021 Prompts: Tiger & Prickly.

Since I’ve done so few of the Doodlewash prompts lately, I wanted to come up with something different. I thought of a Tiger moth for the Tiger prompt, but quite a few others have already done that. Then I saw that ‘Prickly’ was the prompt for the 14th. If you’ve seen a Tiger moth caterpillar, you know they are quite prickly!

I haven’t done an alebrije – one of those fanciful combination animals of a mystical Mexican motif – for a while, and I thought, ‘Hey, I’ll do a Tiger Moth Caterpillar alebrije!

Did you see my free downloadable PDF tutorial post? You can find it here.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

PDF Download Test-Chow Chow Tutorial


I’m thinking about adding a page to my blog with PDFs of my various tutorials that people can download. If you are interested, try downloading my test pdf. I think it will only work on my blog page.

I’ve had one report of someone on a tablet that downloaded and can’t get back to their tablet. Any suggestions on how to fix that?

Please let me know if you succeeded with the download, or had any problems. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Egret and Bigger Bird


This is another piece that I worked on while visiting family in Florida. I started on the flight there and added bits and pieces when I had a moment or two. For some reason, I packed it in my main bag instead of my carry-on for the flight back, so it didn’t get finished until yesterday.

That Egret might want to think about hiding because the bigger bird doesn’t look too friendly! 

Done with Zebra Technical Pen in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook.

Tools:

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Shuttle Abstract


I drew this while flying home from Florida. I had just flown out of Atlanta and after I started I was reminded of the shuttle train connecting the gates in that airport, so that’s what I went with.

It’s been a long few weeks and I haven’t been able to get much art done. It’s the first time in years that I’ve gone so long in-between drawing and painting. After doing art daily for so long, it amazes me how hard it is to get started again and how quickly you lose the flow in your work.

If you don’t use it, you DO lose it!

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Cold Press Collection Paper.

Tools:

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Happy Easter To All Who Celebrate


May this be a day of peace and happiness for everyone, whatever their faith or beliefs.

Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor, ZenArt Black Tulip Round size 8 on Hahnemühle Collection Cold Press watercolor paper.

Tools:

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Peacock Visitor


I haven’t had much time for painting while at my brother’s house in Florida but I had to paint the visitor who stopped by this morning in search of blueberries.  

Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor, ZenArt Black Tulip Round size 8 on Hahnemühle Collection Cold Press watercolor paper

Tools:

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Sun Bear


Did you know that despite its name, the Sun Bear is nocturnal?

I haven’t been getting much artwork done lately, so I decided it was time to do a Postcard for the Lunch bag in my line and wash watercolor style. This lazy looking Sun Bear seemed to fit the bill.

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle Cold Press Collection Paper using a ZenArt Black Tulip brush, round size 8. Reference photo courtesy of JakeWilliamHeckey at Pixabay.

Tools:

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You can find ZenArt products here.

Swallow in Swirls


#DoodlewashMarchPrompt2021: Swallows.

Did you know that swallows eat and drink while they fly? They catch insects on the go and swoop low across the water to take a drink.

This painting is a ‘save’, and I’m not happy about it, lol. It’s the last spread in the ZigZag book I’ve been working in. I managed to dump a glass of water on the page and it got wet enough to turn the gouache into mud. So, I painted over everything, letting a little color show through where it was still decent looking.

I like what I came up with, but it is totally different from the rest of the book, which doesn’t make me happy. Ah well. If that’s the worst thing to happen, I’ll have no complaints!

Artwork: Gouache in a Hahnemühle ZigZag book.

Tools:

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You can find Zebra pen products here.

Duckling


#doodlewashmarch2021 prompt: Duckling.

A while back I filled a Hahnemühle ZigZag book with GelliArts backgrounds and I used one of them to paint this little guy. Gouache on Gouache! – the background done with a Gelli Arts block and then the duckling painted using my Black Tulip brushes.

Sorry I haven’t been online much lately. A lot of life just getting in the way, Spring Cleaning and such, and then an update to my Mac’s operating system screwed up my passwords so I couldn’t sign in to anything and that took a few days to fix. Technology! You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it!

I’ll be flying to Florida to visit family soon, so I probably still won’t be online as much until sometime in April.

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

Putting Potatoes Into Perspective


#DoodlewashMarch2021 prompt: Potatoes.

Did you know that potato blossoms used to be fashionable? Marie Antoinette made them all the rage when she wore one in her hair.

Out of all the brush shapes, I find the rigger the hardest to use. I decided that I’d use one to try and get all those perspective lines lined up. Phew! Only took about 5 times longer than it needed to, lol. But it did help me keep them lined up.

I also remembered why I don’t do perspective too often. It’s kind of boring. I made some compositional choices that I’m not over pleased with. One of those case where I fell in love with details but they don’t really help the overall painting.

Tools:

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You can find Zebra pen products here.

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