Ruddy Shelduck – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork-Holbein Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8 Photo reference courtesy of kumararunprasad on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a duck in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Duck’.

You know, I was actually trying to find an Australian Shelduck, hence the fiery sky in the background. Then when I went to look up some facts, I realized the Pixabay reference photo I was using was of a Ruddy Shelduck, who only visits Australia via the zoo.

Found in NW Africa and Ethiopia, with a breeding area in SE Europe across central Asia to SE China, this duck is your pretty average duck, although they have a honk and resemble a goose in the air.

Chocolate Labrador Retriever Puppy – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Escoda Aquario Petit Gris Mop, Series 1130 Size 12 . Photo courtesy of Pezibear on Pixabay.

Did you know, that until 1960, the only color considered desirable for Labrador Retriever’s was black.? But black labs carry the chocolate, yellow and silver genes so they kept popping up, and they’re beautiful, so eventually the dog world wised up and all these colors are popular and bred for, these days.

Doodlewash prompt ‘chocolate’.

I don’t use many browns other than burnt sienna and occasionally a little burnt umber. I tend to mix other colors with these two to get the brown I want or mix purple and greens. But I do love Daniel Smith’s Piemontite Genuine.

It pairs well with Lavender. The challenge for this painting was to get that sheen of a healthy dog’s coat and I think the two were perfect. I sort of regret painting this particular scene on a postcard. A larger size would have allowed me to play with the sheen and all the textures more easily. One of these days, I’ll have to paint it again.


And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors 

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8

Fox Terrier – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Round size 8. Photo courtesy of Pezibear on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a Fox Terrier in his lunchbag. Did you know that up until 1860, any dog small and fast enough to flush a fox out of his den was considered a fox terrier?

Doodlewash prompt ‘pets’.


And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

QoR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12   (review)

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8


Someone You Love

I’ve been sharing lots of my older artwork, and today I’m really going for old!

The Doodlewash prompt for today was ‘Someone You Love’. Given that my 37th wedding anniversary is coming up next week, this drawing that I did of my husband in our first year of marriage seemed appropriate.

I have to confess – he has never had a beard, a mustache or a dragon. He does have a sword and shield, but they are purely ornamental.

Pink Fairy Armadillo: Pencil to Paint mini-tutorial

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Did you know that the Pink Fairy Armadillo really exists? Although, I don’t think they have wands, tutus or tiaras like the one I’ve drawn today. A native of Argentina, they resemble a shrimp with a hairy underside. The smallest of the armadillos and perhaps the strangest.

Done for the prompt #Something Silly at Doodlewash.

With a name like ‘Pink Fairy’, I knew I had to do something odd with this drawing. I thought about doing an Alebrijes, but the bright colors did’nt seem right for this pale, anemic-colored creature. I decided to do a cartoon.

Rather than use a reference photo, I looked at several and came up with my own composition. I drew very lightly and had to punch up the darkness for it to show.

I looked at the shapes – the armored shell, the wave of the hair, the flat butt and pointy nose. If you ignore that ‘shrimp’ aspect of this guy, (s)he looks a lot like a walking triangle with HUUUUGE claws.

Since I was going with a cartoon, I only worried about texture and outline in the pen drawing. Cartoons tend to fairly flat, so I didn’t plan to have a wide range of values.

I really played with texture – the scribbly, pebbly texture of the armor, and wavy hair along with the gauzy look of the tutu.

For the color I used the 5-color set of Pastel Ecoline watercolor brush pens. Strangely, the colors in this set don’t spread with water. Possibly because the colors are light. At any rate, I just used the pens like markers without water or brush.

The colors are Pastel Blue, Pastel Violet, Pastel Rose, Pastel Green, and Cold Grey Light. For the wand, I used Gold Ochre from the Earth set of Ecoline Watercolor markers.


Where can you buy these wonderful toys?

Paper: Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards:

Zebra Zensations Technical Pens

Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen, Set of 5 – Pastel

Jackrabbit – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork: Zebra Zensation Technical pen & Daniel Smith watercolor on Hahnemühle Watercolor Rough Postcard

Doodlewash Prompt #Rabbit

Today, my hubby took a Jackrabbit in his lunchbag.

Although the Jackrabbit has the word ‘rabbit’ in their name, they are actually a hare, and the two animals are different. Hares are larger with bigger ears and longer legs and they are more solitary. Rabbits are the ones that deliver Easter eggs!

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 for photos or scans.

This bulldog was painted on a Hahnemühle Rough watercolor postcard. I like the linen-like texture. It’s smooth enough to draw on but gives the finished work an extra oomph.

This bulldog is a fairly complex subject, especially around the face, so I pulled out my lightbox and the grid postcards that I keep on hand. I drew several of these so I wouldn’t have to draw the grid on my actual painting and I’d have several grid sizes available whenever I want them.

My reference photo was online (see photo credit below the finished postcard) so I called up the Art Tutor grid tool that allows you to upload a photo and overlay it with a grid. You can also crop and change the saturation.

I chose the grid card closest to the grid size that I overlayed online and pencil in the dog. I’m mainly looking to fit the dog on my postcard and to get the details of that wonderful face blocked in.

Most of my work is done during the drawing stage. I used a .5 Zebra Zensations Technical Pen because the dog is mostly white, so I’ll want my lines to show for the most part.

I draw the outline, details I want to show, and establish my values (darkest to lightest areas). I keep in mind how I’m going to color this and leave areas, such as the nose, lighter than I intend it to be so that I can darken it with color.

Adapted from a photo by danielsfotowel on Pixabay.

I used Daniel Smith half-pans for painting:

  • Lavender, Moonglow  & Phthalo Blue to shade the whites 
  • Transparent Red Oxide for the reddish portion of the face.
  • Monte Amiata, Moonglow, Shadow Violet for the mud, both on the ground and on the dog.  Splatter was done with these colors. 

My brush was a Princeton Artist Brush Elite Synthetic Kolinsky 4850 Round 6.

You can buy Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards at these places:

You can buy Zebra Zensation Technical Pens here.

You can buy Daniel Smith watercolor half-pans here. Pigments can also be bought separately in tubes.

Daniel Smith Colors of Inspiration 1

Daniel Smith Floral set

Daniel Smith Sketcher set