Xoloitzcuintli


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Historic. Did you know that Xoloitzcuintli (show-low-eetz-KWEENT-lee), also call the Xolo or Mexican Hairless, is believed to be the oldest dog breed in the Americas? Archaeological findings indicate they’ve been around for about 3,000 years. September Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. andContinue reading “Xoloitzcuintli”

Iced Cream


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Ice Cream. Did you know that originally ice cream was called ‘iced cream’, the same way you would say ‘iced tea’.   I think this ended up looking more like hot chocolate than ice cream. I blame it on the Fall weather! September Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, whoContinue reading “Iced Cream”

The Call Box


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Phone. Time was a little tight this week and rather than paint something for the phone prompt, I decided to share a project I did back in 2014. This was a wooden police call box that I colored with blue ink. Behind it I put pieces of watercolored vellum, that looked like stainedContinue reading “The Call Box”

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”

The Heat of Lightning


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Lightning. Did you know that lightning is 4-5 times hotter than the surface of the sun? 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.

Sea Star in a Tidal Pool


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Pebbles. Did you know the pebbly bumps on top of a sea star are various kinds of growths that do various things like absorbing oxygen and cleaning the skin? Thank you Val, for giving me permission use your fabulous photo for inspiration! September Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, whoContinue reading “Sea Star in a Tidal Pool”

Book Review: One Little Ghost


One Little Ghost is the third in the ‘Once Upon a Time’ series, following ‘One Little Mouse’ and ‘One Little Dog’.  It has the same layout as the first two, a unique blend of activity book and story book. Once again, the story follows a character – a friendly ghost, this time — who isContinue reading “Book Review: One Little Ghost”

Pillar Coral


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Underwater. Did you know that corals communicate through chemicals, sound, and movement of their tentacles? This is sort of a work in progress. The thing is I started it, and then lost interest. I’ll keep it around and one of these days, I might decide to work it some more, but who knows.Continue reading “Pillar Coral”

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”

Book Review -Harry Potter: Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna


Are you into Harry Potter or the Fantastic Beasts Wizarding World? Would you like to learn a little bit about watercolor? Whether you fit into one or both of these categories, The Harry Potter Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna may be just the book for you. The book has thirty-two watercolor projects featuring characters fromContinue reading “Book Review -Harry Potter: Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna”