Opal Dinosaur – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Holbein Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8

Today, my hubby took an opal dinosaur in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Rainbow’. An opal has a rainbow of colors so I’m claiming this for the prompt!

With Australia in the news, all sorts of odd trivia is popping up. I discovered that fossilization and opalization occur under similar circumstances, and that in some areas (such as Lightning Ridge, Australia) fossils are found that are partially opalized. Including dinosaur fossils!

The opalization tends to occur in gaps where the fossilization misses, so you won’t find whole dinosaurs (or shells or wood, etc) that are totally opalized, especially not to the extent that I’ve painted mine. But once I discovered that this happens, I had to paint a fully opalized dinosaur skull – that’s where imagination exceeds reality!

Sad to think that many of these fossils may be destroyed in the fires – another tragedy among tragedies.

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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