The Rufous Bettong


#doodlewashMay2022: Scale. The bettongs are kangaroo rats – small in scale next to kangaroos, but the largest of the kangaroo rats. Did you know the rufous bettongs scientific name (Aepyprymnus rufescens) means “reddish high-rump”? Despite their reddish name, they range in color from reddish brown to pale gray. Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paperContinue reading “The Rufous Bettong”

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”

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


If I were to travel to Nova Scotia, I might see a …. #doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Puppy. Did you know that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was bred as a decoy dog? Hunters would toss something for the dogs to retrieve, making ducks curious enough to come within gunshot. Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book DanielContinue reading “Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever”

The Eye is for Insect


#doodlewashMarch2022: Insect. Did you know that horseflies, of all things, are noted for their beautiful eyes?  The color patterns are created not by pigments but by light-refraction. Hahnemühle Cold Press Harmony watercolor paper Zebra Pen Technical Pen Daniel Smith Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Jackdrafahl. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “The Eye is for Insect”

Amber Waves of Grain


#DoodlewashMay2021 Prompts: Flag. Did you know that there have been 27 versions of the American Flag? The current version is the only one to have lasted more than 50 years. Paint-Daniel Smith watercolor & Arteza Gouache Paper-Hahnemühle Agave Cold Press watercolor paper Brushes-ZenArt Black Tulip Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry HahnemühleContinue reading “Amber Waves of Grain”

Poppies For Remembrance


#DoodlewashMay2021 Prompts: Waving. Poppies waving in the field in remembrance of those who have fallen. Did you know that after one of the great battle at Flanders Field in World War I, poppies grew in the thousands amongst the rubble thus becoming associated with those who gave their lives for their country. Done with DanielContinue reading “Poppies For Remembrance”

Coatimundi Kitten


#doodlewashMay2021 prompt: Feet. Did you know that the tree-loving Coatimundi has double-jointed ankles and flexible feet? Also, called Coatis, their babies are called kittens. Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle Cold Press Agave ‘The Natural Line’ Paper using a ZenArt Black Tulip brush. Reference photo courtesy of oniles on Pixabay. Tools:Continue reading “Coatimundi Kitten”

Opening to the Sun


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Opening Did you know that the hibiscus is known as the ‘shoe flower’ because in Jamaica and other African countries, their petals were used to polish shoes? Artwork-Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of jessunny on Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, whoContinue reading “Opening to the Sun”

Pink Vulture – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolor on a Hahnemühle Coldpress Watercolor Postcard. I realized that I had never posted this one, so here ’tis! Did you know that the Bearded vulture, like the flamingo, turns pink because of its diet? In this case though, it is bones rather than brine shrimp thatContinue reading “Pink Vulture – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

PassionforArt19’s Elephant – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smit watercolor on a Hahnemühle Coldpress Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of PassionforArt19. You may have noticed that I’m not posting very often. I’ve been trying to write a third Diggory Wombat novel, with an eye to publishing it in time for Christmas shopping. It will be longer thanContinue reading “PassionforArt19’s Elephant – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”