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. – into the water to lure fish to the surface where they can be caught?

  • Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper
  • Maimeriblu Watercolor
  • From my own reference photo.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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 the animals identified show – wombats, tasmanian devils, springhares, Australian opossums, flying foxes, microbats, and echidnas. Many birds have beaks, talons and eyes that glow. More are being added to the list as time goes on.

Strangely, some of these animals glow in blues and greens, and some glow in reds, pinks and oranges!

  • Hahnemühle Cold Press Harmony watercolor paper
  • Maimeriblu Watercolor
  • Pixaby reference photo by drizztgirl.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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

  1. Tie Dyed
  2. Pink Interior
  3. Blue Ribbon
  4. White Borders on tongue & entrance
  5. White Base
  6. Pattern – alternating raised & lowered
  7. Pattern – opposite facing oval holes
  8. Pattern – faux weave
  9. Printing inside
  10. Hole for foot to enter

I drew these 10 things and it became a birdhouse.

  • Mary Roff Multi Media Journal
  • Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
  • MaimeriBlue Superior Watercolor

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools and Reviews:

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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 Multi Media Journal
  • Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
  • Zebra Zensations Fineliner

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools and Reviews:

You can find Zebra pen products here.

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 because none has the same plumage, and their eggs can blue or green or olive or pink or any shade in between (they’re also called Rainbow Layers)? Some have beards and some have ear tufts and some have no tail. There’s no way to tell hens from roosters based on their looks. What they all have in common is a gentle, friendly disposition, so while you may not know what you’re going to end up with from a chick, you know it will be a sweet surprise.

  • Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper
  • Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
  • Da Vinci Watercolor
  • Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Lolame.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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.

  • Hahnemühle Cold Press watercolor postcard
  • Da Vinci Watercolor
  • Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Katrina_S.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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 The Collection watercolor paper
  • Rósa Gallery Watercolor
  • Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Holgi.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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 Black Wolf and/or from other native dogs.
  • the European dogs brought to Newfoundland in the 15th and 16th centuries.

I like the Viking theory. A Viking settlement discovered in Newfoundland during the 1950’s inlcuded skeletons of large dogs.

  • Hahnemühle Cold Press The Collection watercolor paper
  • Rósa Gallery Watercolor
  • Pixabay reference photo courtesy of CarlosAndresCruz.

May Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.

You can find ZenArt products here.

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 and harvesting. 

  • Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book
  • Rósa Gallery Watercolor
  • Pixabay photo reference courtesy of Jose_pachecoph.

The last page in my ‘If I Were to Travel’ book! And I just realized last night while leafing through Charlie O’Shields ‘Create Like a Kid Again’ that Exercise #7 is to do something  like this! Serendipity!

April Doodlewash prompts

Tools:

To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

You can find Zebra pen products here.You can find ZenArt products here.

I’ve Got a Frog In My Throat!


Did you know that Charlie O’Shields published a new Sketching Stuff book (Sketching Stuff – Create Like A Kid Again! ) a few weeks ago. It’s full of exercises to engage your creativity – whether you write, draw or just like mental games.

He also has a Sketching Stuff website () where you can see what’s happening with his books, enter giveaways, and buy all sorts of cool stuff.

His latest Sketching Stuff newsletter has a new exercise in it and this is what I did. I think I was channeling my inner Alfred E. Neuman.

Where to find my review of the book: BOOK REVIEW: SKETCHING STUFF-CREATE LIKE A KID AGAIN!

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