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. HahnemühleContinue reading “Cocker Spaniel”

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 BlackContinue reading “The Newfoundland Dog”

Skates vs Stingrays


#doodlewashFebruary2022 Prompt: Skates Did you know that while skates and stingrays look very similar, skates do not have stingers. Skates lay eggs, while stingrays bear live young – that doesn’t usually help you tell them apart unless you’re intruding on a very personal moment. Hahnemühle cold pressed Collection watercolor paper Paul Rubens Precipitated & SuperContinue reading “Skates vs Stingrays”

The Deutsch-Drahthaar


#doodlewashFebruary2022 Prompt: Whiskers. That wouldn’t be a bad name for a dog of this breed. Did you know that the Deutsch-Drahthaar is a hunting dog established in Germany during the 19th century? The German Wirehaired Pointer comes from the same bloodline, but many consider them different breeds because the breed registry has different requirements. HahnemühleContinue reading “The Deutsch-Drahthaar”

D is for Daschshund


#DoodlewashJanuary2022 Prompt: Daschshund. Did you know the first official mascot of the Olympic Games was a Dachshund named Waldi in 1972 and that the year’s marathon route was in the shape of a Dachshund? Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook Kuretake Real Clean Color Brush Pen Kuretake Cambio Tambien Brush Pen Kuretake Mangaka Flexible pen Pixabay reference photoContinue reading “D is for Daschshund”

Swiss Shepherd Puppy


DoodlewashDecember2021: Angel. ‘Cause if I had a dog like this I’d name her Angel. Did you know that the Swiss Shepherd shares the same origins as the German Shepherd, but only comes in white or cream, has a mellower personality and is more upright in stature. Yep! I feel much more confident using the PaulContinue reading “Swiss Shepherd Puppy”

Australian Shepherd


Doodlewash August Prompt: Rabbit. A friend of a friend used to have a dog like this named Bunny. Close enough to the prompt for me! Did you know that Australian Shepherds are not Australian? They are believed to come out of the Basque region in Spain. Basque shepherds took the dogs to Australia with them,Continue reading “Australian Shepherd”

Greyhound – 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 Bergadder on Pixabay. Doodlewash prompt: Greyhound Did you know that grey is an unusual color for a greyhound? And when they are grey, they are called blue? There are differing theories on the name’s origin, but oneContinue reading “Greyhound – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Bulldog from Pencil to Painting


Doodlewash Prompt #Trains A good owner ‘trains’ his dog to be sedate and not make messes. I thought I’d post the pencil and pen stages of my artwork and see if anyone is interested. Can’t promise to remember to do this everyday – when I get in the zone, it is hard to stop forContinue reading “Bulldog from Pencil to Painting”