Red Panda – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Schminke watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay.

My hubby took a red panda in his lunch bag.

The red panda’s reddish orange fur is good camouflage because of a red-brown moss that grows on the trees where he lives.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Red Panda’.

Tools

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review

Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4

Sunset in Fog


Artwork – Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book. Photo reference courtesy of jplenio on Pixabay.

Doodlewash Prompt: Sunset

The moment I saw the prompt sunset, I knew the exact photo reference that I wanted to paint, and I knew my Cappuccino sketchbook (review) had the paper I wanted to use.

I used white gouache for the most intense light and I wish I had just used the color of the paper. It creates a beautiful subtle glow, but now I know!

Leonburger – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of kytalpa on Pixabay.

A relatively new breed, the Leonburger was developed in the 1840’s and meant to resemble a lion, though many people think they look more like teddy bears.

Doodlewash prompts: Lion and Puppy

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

 

 

The Duchess, my brother and me


The other day, I shared some of the artwork that I did for my mother.

As many of you know, my father worked for the Portland Zoo when I was a child and since they didn’t have a nursery, when mothers rejected their offspring, the zoo keepers would take the babies home.

Duchess was our first lion cub and this also happens to be the first oil painting I did. Although, I was about 5 – 6 in the photo I used for reference, I was 11-12 when I painted this.

Now, it’s a treasured piece that holds memories of both my parents, my initial foray into serious artwork, and my own childhood.

Doodlewash prompt: Lion

Red Fox – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard.

If you are looking for my review of the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray you can find it here.

Did you know that the Urban Fox lives and average of 18 months-3 years while the rural fox is more likely to live 10 – 12 years?

I met up with one of my friends, Lori, for coffee and art. I forgot to bring any reference photos, so this was doodled from out of my head. It’s fun doing that!

Good company, relaxing artwork, good coffee – a really sweet afternoon!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

 

Spotlight on the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray


One of the items I received for Christmas was an ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray. It’s fantastic for organizing and for traveling with your art supplies. And did I mention it comes with a paint pallet tray?

Please check out my full review of this lovely at Doodlewash.

Sunflower – Gouache on Gouache


Artwork-Holbein Artist’s Gouache and Acryla gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper.  

There are two kinds of gouache – watercolor and acrylic. One of the nice things about acrylic gouache is that it has a matte surface and you can use watercolor over it. Of course, transparent colors won’t show up very well, so you need to use either gouache of the watercolor kind or very opaque watercolors.

I was experimenting with switching that around – using the acrylic kind over the watercolor kind. I’ve found when painting on black paper that I often forget to leave enough black showing. It’s the same principle as remembering to leave the white of the paper.

I decided to try adding acrylic black to bring more of the black back, jack (sorry! I couldn’t resist the rhyme).

Anyway, I used a really cheap brush when applying my acrylic lines and couldn’t make them thin enough. So I applied some of the watercolor gouache and then some of the acrylic and … well – it was gouache on gouache.

Turns out that it works pretty well.

The difference between Gouache and Acryl or Acryla Gouache was discussed in my post Gouache VS Acrylic Gouache.

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