Children of the Bird


#Doodlewash prompt: Children. Did you know that bird parents sometimes make over a thousand trips to and from the nest each day, in order to keep their children fed properly? Poor things! I started a painting and soon realized that I hated it. Not one to let that stop me, I turned on the kitchenContinue reading “Children of the Bird”

Penguilephant Eating Roses


My friend Alice runs a Facebook group ‘Tangle Around the World’ and they are currently running a challenge to use the Penguilephant step-out that was featured in my Hahnemühle The Natural Line review. You do have to be a member to join in, but if you are into tangle patterns, challenges and projects, it’s aContinue reading “Penguilephant Eating Roses”

Review: Hahnemühle’s The Natural Line


First, there was the Bamboo Mixed Media and Sketch paper.  Now, Hahnemühle has added Hemp Sketch paper and Agave Cold-Pressed watercolor paper to their Natural line. To find out more, read my review at Doodlewash. The Giveaway is over, and the winner has been notified.

Monarch Butterfly


Did you know that Monarch butterflies are famous for their yearly migration, traveling up to 2,000 miles in 2 months? Zebra Pen has a partnership with Association of Zoos and Aquariums and they asked me to do this artwork for a social post. Learn more about how to help animal conservation efforts through @zoos_aquariums SAFE. https://bit.ly/30A0sJa#ZensFriendsContinue reading “Monarch Butterfly”

A Scenic Drive & a Favorite Art Store


This weekend we went on one of our favorite drives along the Columbia Gorge, starting up the Washington side and back on the Oregon side. We stopped in historic Hood River to sample a little wine and visited my favorite art store. It’s a very small but I always find something I have to have!Continue reading “A Scenic Drive & a Favorite Art Store”

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 theirContinue reading “PDF Download Test-Chow Chow Tutorial”

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 managedContinue reading “Swallow in Swirls”

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 linesContinue reading “Putting Potatoes Into Perspective”

The View From Across the Lake


I don’t paint plein air (from life) too often. I know I should because you get a better sense of perspective. I decided to paint the view from my living room window. I’ll admit that I had a photo I’d taken earlier on my laptop, taken with a Zoom lens, so I could verify detail,Continue reading “The View From Across the Lake”

“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”