Prehistoric Gardens & the Oregon Coast

Last week, my hubby and I took a 4-day road trip from Portland, Oregon almost all the way to the California border. Our ultimate goal was to enjoy the beautiful views. We also wanted to enjoy a moment of nostalgia and visit a little roadside attraction that seemed magical to us when we were veryContinue reading “Prehistoric Gardens & the Oregon Coast”

Happy Independence Day to all who celebrate!

It’s the Fourth of July and Independence Day here in the U.S. Fireworks have been banned to due extreme heat and fire danger, so I thought I’d just cool off with color-coordinated treats! Have a fun and safe day whether you celebrate or not. Stay cool (or warm as weather dictates)! Paint- Aquafine watercolor Paper-Continue reading “Happy Independence Day to all who celebrate!”

Loose & Lovely Garden with a Little Lavender

#DoodlewashJune2021 prompt: Lavender. I was playing around with the wet-in-wet technique and decided to create a garden. And there’s some lavender in there. My gardens have every kind of flower, lol. I was playing with this method as an idea for comparing different types of watercolor – pan, tube & watercolor inks. You’ll be seeingContinue reading “Loose & Lovely Garden with a Little Lavender”

World Watercolor Month

July is World Watercolor Month, so it’s time to get the word out. And what is World Watercolor Month about? Well, having fun! And having fun while raising awareness for art education and helping nurture art and creativity in children across the globe via the International Child Art Foundation!  And the ways you can haveContinue reading “World Watercolor Month”

Giveaway-Hahnemühle 2021 Postcard Tin

Every year, Hahnemühle puts out postcard with new artwork on the tin box. The new 2021 tins, with beautiful artwork from Alicia Aradilla, are now available in the U.S.. I received a bunch of the Cold-Pressed tins and I’m giving five of them away. Five people will each receive one tin of Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed postcards!Continue reading “Giveaway-Hahnemühle 2021 Postcard Tin”

Lemonade for the Ages

#DoodlewashJune2021 prompt: Lemonade Did you know that the recipe for lemonade has been much the same for over a 1000 years? As far back as 500 AD, the Egyptians were making qatarmizat – a lemon drink made with sugar. Reference photo courtesy of guydudka. Pen: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint: Daler-Rowney watercolor inks on Paper:Continue reading “Lemonade for the Ages”

Tea Tree in the Rain

#Doodlewash prompt: Rain. It isn’t really a tea tree – just a tree I drew on a Butterfly Peaflower tea background. Another of the drawings done while waiting at the airport. Done with Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Butterfly Peaflower tea on Hahnemühle Agave Cold-Press watercolor paper with ZenArt Black Tulip brushes.

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”