Hee Haw


#doodlewashMay2022: Key. ‘Cause don ‘key’, right? Did you know the donkey’s bray requires vocalizing both while inhaling (the hee) and exhaling (the haw)? This is unique to donkeys. Horses and zebras can’t do it. Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper Zebra Technical Pen Da Vinci Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of hhach. May DoodlewashContinue reading “Hee Haw”

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”

The Sun Bear


#doodlewashMay2022: Tie & Ham. ‘Cause a female bear is called a sow, and bears like to ham it up! I’m jumping ahead a bit because I’ll be mostly offline this weekend, and I had something I could – kind of – tie to the prompt. See what I did there? Did you know the MalaysianContinue reading “The Sun Bear”

Bunny


#doodlewashMay2022: Point. Did you know, if a rabbit points its face at you directly, especially if the tail points up or out as well, it means s/he is angry? Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper Da Vinci Watercolor Arteza Gouache Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Alexas_Fotos. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a listContinue reading “Bunny”

From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Entrance. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 6. Look Closer. 10 Things I Noticed About One of My Shoes Tie Dyed Pink Interior Blue Ribbon White Borders on tongueContinue reading “From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6”

Stir Vigorously


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bowl. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 5. Scribble Fun. My text got cut off in the scan, but it says “The Instructions said stir vigorously!” Mary Roff MultiContinue reading “Stir Vigorously”

The Easter Egger Chicken


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Dough. Wow, I had to fight to connect chickens with dough – but I did it! There is a ongoing debate over the safety of feeding raw dough to chickens. Definitely shouldn’t have eggs or uncooked yeast in it, if you do. Did you know the Easter Egger chicken is so called becauseContinue reading “The Easter Egger Chicken”

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 Quokka


#doodlewashMay2022: Compact. Because these guys are bit like compact little kangaroos. Did you know that the housecat-size Quokka hops about like a kangaroo, but can easily climb trees? Better not try to pet one – they will bite, they carry salmonella and their are whopping fines for touching or feeding them! Hahnemühle Cold Press TheContinue reading “The Quokka”

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”