Painting rain for Australia


Artwork-Daniel Smith Lunar blue, Undersea Green & Venetian Red on Hahnemühle William Turner Cold Press

I’d originally planned to do something more complex, but realized it would take some time. I may still do it, but for now I wanted to get something out so I did this quick abstract.

You can read about his challenge ‘Artists Can Make a Difference: Paint Rain for Australia’ at Angela Fehr’s website.

I did this painting on William Turner Cold Press (not to be confused with , Hahnemühle’s William Turner printer paper) one of my favoritist of watercolor papers because of the fantastic texture. You can find it at:

Lava Lamp – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Holbein Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4

Today, my hubby took a lava lamp in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘lava lamp’.

Odd thing for hubby’s lunchbag postcards, but I was really inspired to try and catch the light in a lava lamp so I went for it. I’ll set this one aside and keep it for one of those days when I’m sick or can’t get a card done for some reason.

Ticky Tacky Town


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils on a Hahnemühle YouTangle tile.

There’s an old folk song ‘Little Boxes’, that talks about neighborhoods filled with houses made of ticky tacky, that all look just the same. This is another one of the tangle drawings I did while watching movies on New Year’s Eve and when I looked at the finished piece – ticky tacky is the name that came to mind!

Doodlewash prompt: Crayons – crayon translates to pencil in French, so I’m claiming this one fits the prompt!

Parrotfish – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork: Various opaque watercolor brands on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set.

Today, my hubby took a parrotfish in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘parrot’. I wasn’t in the mood to paint parrots, but I was into the idea of trying to get that neon glow that parrotfish have.

I went for a stylization and I like the effect I got. I want to do a larger version, though, where I can give the colors more room to play.

Leaf Sheep – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press Watercolor postcard.

One of the wonders of the Internet, photos of these real life little sea slugs that resemble sheep went viral last year. So, of course, I had to paint one. These guys are one of very non-plant critturs that can photosynthesize.

I’ll have a Fun & Easy step-out showing how to draw one coming up in the near future.

DANIEL SMITH watercolors

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

Tangling from the Comfy Chair


Artwork: Zebra Pen Mildliner Pens on a Hahnemühle YouTangle tile.

Hubby and I spent most of New Year’s with a Boston Cream pie and a pile of old movies, so I managed to do some tangling – because isn’t that what everyone does while watching movies?

Snow Day in Gouache


Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor paper

I’ve been playing around with gouache, in between working on Diggory Wombat, Counting Sheep and starting some reviews and tutorials.

Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Anniversary Edition 425gsm Watercolour Block

I was experimenting with gouache fresh from the tube vs my usual method of rewetting the dry paint. I used two kinds of paper – one very absorbant and the other with a harder surface.

I wanted to see how how much difference these things made in the flow of the paint, the ability to cover and to lift color.

What did I find out? Well, one of those tutorials I’ve been working on will answer those questions. Coming in the near future, once I get the tutorial finished.