Review-Paul Rubens Round Cold-Pressed Watercolor Block


Rectangular and square. Square and rectangular. Those are pretty much the usual choices when it comes to watercolor paper. But, sometimes, you want to shake things up, inspire the muse, or just get out of your comfort zone. Paul Rubens Round Watercolor Block is a 7.48 inch (19 cm) diameter round shape, that’s a good sizeContinue reading “Review-Paul Rubens Round Cold-Pressed Watercolor Block”

Review-Handmade Multi Media Journal from PaintPalettesPages


Recently, I was gifted with a handmade multi media journal from Mary Roff.  Each one of her journals is unique, so no one else has one exactly like yours!  Mine has 15 different papers and 42 sheets/84 pages. The  Kraft-Tex cover is hand-painted with whimsical flowers. It’s a pleasure to look at and feels fabulousContinue reading “Review-Handmade Multi Media Journal from PaintPalettesPages”

The Tangled Pizza Fish


#doodlewashMarch2022: Pizza. Did you know there really isn’t such a thing as a pizza fish, tangled or otherwise? However, there are recipes for adding cheese and various item to fish fillets and some people put fish on their pizzas, so the connection is clear! (fish on pizza!!! Yuck! Spit! Spit! Ack!) This is another pieceContinue reading “The Tangled Pizza Fish”

Cherry Blossoms


Artwork – Holbein Gouache in a Hahnemühle Grey Book. Doodlewash Prompt: Cherry Blossom I was feeling rather unmotivated today, so I decided to just jump in and paint with out a reference photo or planning. It was also a bit of an experiment. One of the issues (so I’m told) with gouache is that itContinue reading “Cherry Blossoms”

Sunset in Fog


Artwork – Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book. Photo reference courtesy of jplenio on Pixabay. Doodlewash Prompt: Sunset The moment I saw the prompt sunset, I knew the exact photo reference that I wanted to paint, and I knew my Cappuccino sketchbook (review) had the paper I wanted to use. I used whiteContinue reading “Sunset in Fog”

Cactus In Cappuccino


Artwork – Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book. Photo reference courtesy of ArtTower on Pixabay. Doodlewash Prompt: Cactus I love painting cactus and was eager to do this prompt, but I wanted to do something that didn’t scream ‘cactus’! ArtTower’s beautifully lighted reference photo fit the bill perfectly. The Cappuccino book has lovelyContinue reading “Cactus In Cappuccino”

Toilet Paper Mache Tutorial


In 2014, I joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  This was the art journal page that I did for the prompt of ‘Building Character’. She looks like a character, doesn’t she? Since I turned this into a tutorial, I thought this would be a good post for Sunday’s ‘older art’Continue reading “Toilet Paper Mache Tutorial”

Raven about memory #Stillman&Birn #Zeta #ArtJournal


Waiting for new birds, and I decided to paint one in acrylic over a background in my Stillman & Birn Zeta, that I did a year or two ago. I don’t remember how I did the background, though. Ah, for the memory of my youth – that I remember!  I need a raven like OdinContinue reading “Raven about memory #Stillman&Birn #Zeta #ArtJournal”

Starling-Week 11 of ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Lukas


The official Week 11 bird (as opposed to the birds I choose to keep the flow going) for the ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ event was Starling. I really wish I had some iridescent watercolors when painting birds like this.  It’s almost impossible to capture that sheen Starlings have without them. This bird was paintedContinue reading “Starling-Week 11 of ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Lukas”