The Green Heron On My Backyard Fence


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Crane. Yeah, I was all set to paint a crane, but then this Green Heron was sitting on my back yard fence and I decided to do it instead. I mean after all, Crane, Heron. Close enough for me. Did you know that Green Herons drop bait – worms, insects, bread crusts, etc.Continue reading “The Green Heron On My Backyard Fence”

Bioluminescent Mammals


#doodlewashMay2022: Light. Did you know that wombats, and many other nocturnal animals and birds are bioluminescent — they glow under UV light? Scientists accidentally discovered that the platypus was bioluminescent a few years ago. Curious, they began looking for more glowy mammals. Most of the research so far has been done in Australia, as theContinue reading “Bioluminescent Mammals”

From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Entrance. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 6. Look Closer. 10 Things I Noticed About One of My Shoes Tie Dyed Pink Interior Blue Ribbon White Borders on tongueContinue reading “From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6”

Stir Vigorously


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bowl. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 5. Scribble Fun. My text got cut off in the scan, but it says “The Instructions said stir vigorously!” Mary Roff MultiContinue reading “Stir Vigorously”

The Easter Egger Chicken


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Dough. Wow, I had to fight to connect chickens with dough – but I did it! There is a ongoing debate over the safety of feeding raw dough to chickens. Definitely shouldn’t have eggs or uncooked yeast in it, if you do. Did you know the Easter Egger chicken is so called becauseContinue reading “The Easter Egger Chicken”

Cocker Spaniel


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bark. ‘Cause you know dogs do that. Did you know a spaniel came to America on the Mayflower? The two dogs on the ship were identified as a mastiff and a spaniel. There were only four recognized spaniel breeds at that time, so there’s a good chance it was a cocker spaniel. HahnemühleContinue reading “Cocker Spaniel”

The Quokka


#doodlewashMay2022: Compact. Because these guys are bit like compact little kangaroos. Did you know that the housecat-size Quokka hops about like a kangaroo, but can easily climb trees? Better not try to pet one – they will bite, they carry salmonella and their are whopping fines for touching or feeding them! Hahnemühle Cold Press TheContinue reading “The Quokka”

The Newfoundland Dog


#doodlewashMay2022: Wave. Because Newfoundland Dogs are noted swimmers, rescuing people from freshwater and ocean waves alike. Did you know the history of the Newfoundland Dog isn’t known for sure, but there are three popular theories – They descended from: the ‘black ‘bear’ dogs brought to Newfoundland by Vikings around 1000 A.D. the now-extinct American BlackContinue reading “The Newfoundland Dog”

The Pyramid of Kulkulkan


If I were to travel to Yucatán, Mexico, I might see a … #doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Pyramid. Did you know that the Pyramid of Kulkulkan at Chichén Itzá has 365 steps altogether, and they were used as a calendar? Each side of the pyramid represented a season and helped determine the best times for planting andContinue reading “The Pyramid of Kulkulkan”

Doges Palace


If I were to travel to Venice, I might see a … #doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Palace. Did you know that Casanova was held prisoner in the Doges Palace of Venice for a year before he managed to escape?  I’ve discovered that painting architecture is not just out of my comfort zone – I really don’t likeContinue reading “Doges Palace”