Year of the Ox – Postcard for the Lunch Bag


Did you know that the Ox is the second in the order of zodiac animals. According to one legend, the Emperor declared a race to determine the order of the animals. The ox was almost first but the rat, realizing that he couldn’t outrun the ox, jumped on his shoulders and jumped in front ofContinue reading “Year of the Ox – Postcard for the Lunch Bag”

Chameleon in Shadows


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Shadows. Did you know that chameleons communicate with each other through their color changes. Among other things, females show acceptance or rejection of their suitors by their color. The background was done with gouache and a GelliArts printing plate in a Hahnemühle ZigZag book, and this was what it looked like before IContinue reading “Chameleon in Shadows”

Cups & Saucers


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Cup and Saucers. Did you know that before handles became popular on cups, hot tea was poured from cup into saucer for cooling and drinking? The background was done with gouache and a GelliArts printing plate in a Hahnemühle ZigZag book, and this was what it looked like before I used the ZebraContinue reading “Cups & Saucers”

Currently, I’m working on …


… a gouache tutorial where I’ll be teaching simple paintings done in a poster-art style. I’m not posting as often as usual, and I thought I’d share some of the reason why. You may be familiar with the poster art style, even if you don’t realize it. Those paint-by-numbers you did as a child areContinue reading “Currently, I’m working on …”

Traveling through Faeryland – concept drawing


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 prompts: Fairytale, Frog and Apple A while back I was taken by the Welsh legend of Corgi dogs pulling faery coaches. It’s something I want to paint, but would be very complex and take scads of time – just in research alone to figure out what the coach and harnesses would look like, andContinue reading “Traveling through Faeryland – concept drawing”

“Tick Tock,” said the Penguin Clock


I’m working on two reviews, a tutorial and my book so this week I’ll be posting quick sketches and may miss a day or two. Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Mechanical Colored Pencil in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada,Continue reading ““Tick Tock,” said the Penguin Clock”

Groundhog – Postcard for the Lunch Bag


Did you know that groundhog dens are so complex that they have their own bathroom chamber? Artwork: Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press Collection paper. Photo reference courtesy of katya-guseva0 on Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find oneContinue reading “Groundhog – Postcard for the Lunch Bag”

Winter Drumlins


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 prompt: Reflections. The snow reflects the colors from the sky. Did you know that algae can turn snow green, red, blue, yellow or brown in altitudes of 10,000-12,000 feet? I doubt a sky like this would ever happen in real life, but I like what was happening and went for it. Artwork-Gouache on HahnemühleContinue reading “Winter Drumlins”

Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Dawn Did you know that a giraffe only needs about 30 minutes of sleep a day? They can and do sleep longer, and do sleep lying down for short periods. But mostly they sleep standing up with one eye open and both ears moving. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper.Continue reading “Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Red Panda-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Green Did you know that red pandas have to eat for up to 13 hours a day? They eat the new green leaves of the bamboo, which are so poor nutritionally, so daily marathon eating is necessary for their health. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo by PexelsContinue reading “Red Panda-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”