Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Sometime Monday morning (Feb. 15, 21) my review of ZenArt Black Tulip brushes will go live at Doodlewash! #DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Squirrel. Did you know that in the 1870’s squirrels (along with starlings and sparrows) were deliberately released into city parks seem to make them seem more like being out in nature? Done with gouache onContinue reading “Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

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 …”

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”

Puppy on Ice


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Puppy Did you know that in 2015, Otto the Bulldog set the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog’, by skateboarding between the legs of 30 people. Way to go Otto! Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of vlaaitje on Pixabay. Tools:Continue reading “Puppy on Ice”

Pre-launch: Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Launch. I think this guy is just about to launch! Did you know the Guinness World Record for the longest leap by a cat is 7 feet? I needed to get this finished quickly, so I grabbed a pen instead of continuing with a brush. It worked better than I thought it would.Continue reading “Pre-launch: Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Ancient Door


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Door. Did you know that in Zurich in 2010, while excavating for a new car park, a wooden door believed to be about 5,000 years old was found? I’m working on the back of the pages in my ZigZag book, now. The backgrounds were created a few weeks back using gouache. I forgotContinue reading “Ancient Door”

Beginning the Journey


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Beginning. The road may go on forever, but it always has a beginning. Did you know that the Pan-American Highway is the longest roadway in the world? It runs about 19,000 miles, beginning in Alaska and ending in Argentina. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Tools: To find a listContinue reading “Beginning the Journey”