Big Sagebrush


Artwork: Opaque watercolors on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Photo reference by WildOne on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt: Sage

Did you know that sagebrush is not sage, but is related to sunflowers?

Tools

Hahnemuhle Cézanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

White Nights Pastel Watercolor set of six


QoR Modern Watercolor, Mars Orange Deep

American Journey Artists’ Watercolors

Bluebell Wood


Artwork: Opaque watercolors on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Photo reference by photosbygreenwood on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt: Bluebell

Did you know that according to folklore, bluebells ring at daybreak to wake the fairies? Probably not true, lol, but it’s fun to wonder what bluebells ringing might sound like.

Tools

Hahnemuhle Cézanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

White Nights Pastel Watercolor set of six
QoR Modern Watercolor, Mars Orange Deep

American Journey Artists’ Watercolors

Golden Puppy – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, Daniel Smith watercolor and White Gouache on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of Chiemsee2016 on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt: Golden

Did you know that you can tell what color a golden retriever puppy will be as an adult, by looking at the tips of its ears?

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    Eggplant Explosion


    Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor and white gouache on Hahnemühle Cézanne cold pressed. I merged two Reference photos – from Suanpa and Moom22 on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Eggplant. Thai eggplants are white, which I think means they most deserve the name ‘egg’plant. I added a variety of eggplant species in the background.

    Did you know eggplants have more nicotine than any other plant? Why, you’d only have to eat 20-40 lbs in one sitting in order to get the same effect as smoking a cigarette!

    Tools:

    Hahnemuhle Cézanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

    Permanent White Gouache

    California Scrub Jay – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


    Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of 272447 on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Blue Jays. I took the liberty of painting a scrub jay – they’re as blue as blue jays, since none of them are actually blue. It’s just a trick of the light. True fact.

    Did you know that jays are related to magpies and crows?

    Tools:

    Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    Green Apple Floating


    Artwork: Zebra Zensations Pen, Daniel Smith Watercolor and white gouache o Hahnemühle Cézanne cold pressed. Reference photo courtesy of LeoArno on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Green Apples. I noticed the apples were plural after painting this, so I’m going with the notion that all the other apples finally sank.

    Did you know that an apples float because they are 25% air?

    I did have a reference photo that I looked at for this, but I made many changes including turning a red apple green. I really struggled with the water, and values, and there are many things I would do differently now that I see it finished. Overall though, I’m happy with it.

    Tools:

    Hahnemuhle Cézanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

    Permanent White Gouache

    First Light


    This is my painting from Melissa Gannon’s fifth class.

    Gouache on Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Pressed

    This was actually my second try. It was a fairly difficult painting with such a dramatic sunrise. I did my first try in the journal I’ve made using watercolor on WSH150 Cold Pressed. It’s a watercolor paper that’s over 60 years old and you can’t really find paper of this quality any more. That said, I’m not used to those qualities and things don’t always come out the way I expect.

    There are some things about this version that I like better, but I think the second version is better overall. Better composition and a tidier feel.

    It was fun seeing the difference the paint and paper made.