The Bowerbird


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Metallic. Did you know the Satin Bowerbird builds a nest-like ‘bower’ to attract mates, decorating it with all sorts of shiny objects, preferably blue to accentuate its own metallic blue color? Like the lyrebird, they are remarkable in their ability to reproduce the sound of machines, voices and other bird calls. September DoodlewashContinue reading “The Bowerbird”

Colors in Flamingo


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Reflections. Did you know there are rare flamingoes that stay white even when eating the correct diet? They aren’t albinos, but suffer from leucism, a lack of pigmentation. There has also been at least one known case of a black flamingo, which has melanism. September Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “Colors in Flamingo”

African Pygmy Hedgehog


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Hedgehog. Did you know there are 17 species of hedgehog, including the African Pygmy Hedgehog like this one? September 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.

The Brainy Magpie


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Magpie. Did you know the magpie has a brain-to-body mass equal to that of a great ape, making them one of the most intelligent creatures in the world?  September Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here. You can find ZebraContinue reading “The Brainy Magpie”

Painted Bunting


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Flutter. Did you know that if you hear a flutter in the night, it might be painted buntings, who, like many species of bird, migrate at night? This was a repeat of the experiment I did earlier this month (with a popsicle painting). I meant to use different paper to see if IContinue reading “Painted Bunting”

The Lyrebird


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Kiwi. As in, the kiwi isn’t the only interesting bird in Australia. Did you know the lyrebird, which resembles a peacock with a lacy tail, can mimic almost any sound – other birds, crowds of people, chainsaws, car alarms, and crying babies?  They’re so good at this, that some people call them liar-birds. IContinue reading “The Lyrebird”

Gold: #WorldWatercolorMonth2022 Day 31


Did you know the Goldcrest is the smallest bird in Europe? July 31st is the last day to buy limited edition World Watercolor Month items! You can find some fantastic stuff, but they’ll be gone on August 1st! Don’t miss out! Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolor book Aquafine Watercolor Malden Salt Flakes July Doodlewash prompts Tools: ToContinue reading “Gold: #WorldWatercolorMonth2022 Day 31”

A Basketful of Lilacs


I’m working on several projects that just aren’t getting done, so I won’t be posting daily for a while. #doodlewashMay2022: Park. ‘Cause you can go to the park and pick lilacs (really, no, you probably shouldn’t!) Did you know ‘lilac’ comes from ‘lilaq’, the Persian word for flower? This was a card that I sentContinue reading “A Basketful of Lilacs”

The Spectacled Owl


#doodlewashMay2022: Watch. Did you know that owls have the best night vision of all animals? No wonder they can watch things so well! Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper Maimeriblu Watercolor Pixaby reference photo by ambquinn. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. andContinue reading “The Spectacled Owl”

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”