Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Dawn Did you know that a giraffe only needs about 30 minutes of sleep a day? They can and do sleep longer, and do sleep lying down for short periods. But mostly they sleep standing up with one eye open and both ears moving. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper.Continue reading “Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Red Panda-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Green Did you know that red pandas have to eat for up to 13 hours a day? They eat the new green leaves of the bamboo, which are so poor nutritionally, so daily marathon eating is necessary for their health. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo by PexelsContinue reading “Red Panda-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Opening to the Sun


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Opening Did you know that the hibiscus is known as the ‘shoe flower’ because in Jamaica and other African countries, their petals were used to polish shoes? Artwork-Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo courtesy of jessunny on Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, whoContinue reading “Opening to the Sun”

Pre-launch: Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Launch. I think this guy is just about to launch! Did you know the Guinness World Record for the longest leap by a cat is 7 feet? I needed to get this finished quickly, so I grabbed a pen instead of continuing with a brush. It worked better than I thought it would.Continue reading “Pre-launch: Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Ancient Door


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Door. Did you know that in Zurich in 2010, while excavating for a new car park, a wooden door believed to be about 5,000 years old was found? I’m working on the back of the pages in my ZigZag book, now. The backgrounds were created a few weeks back using gouache. I forgotContinue reading “Ancient Door”

Beginning the Journey


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Beginning. The road may go on forever, but it always has a beginning. Did you know that the Pan-American Highway is the longest roadway in the world? It runs about 19,000 miles, beginning in Alaska and ending in Argentina. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Tools: To find a listContinue reading “Beginning the Journey”

Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Small Did you know that the Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa is the smallest rodent in the world? Weighing in around 3.75 g (0.132 oz), they look like a cross between a mouse and a kangaroo! I didn’t have a good reference photo, so it was cobbled from several different photos. It’s harder to getContinue reading “Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Organic Explosion


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Seeds Did you know that until the 1800s, save for the wealthy, people pulled grass to make room for more useful plants like dandelions? Artwork-QoR Watercolor on Hahnemühle Rough Collection Paper. Reference photo by AdinaVoicu on Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada,Continue reading “Organic Explosion”

Sunny Side Up


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Egg Did you know that you can often tell whether a hen will lay white or brown eggs by the color of her earlobes? There are exceptions, but usually white earlobes mean white eggs while red or brown earlobes indicate brown eggs. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle rough ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Reference photo fromContinue reading “Sunny Side Up”

Devil in Disguise-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Cub. Lion cubs may look sweet, but I can tell you from experience that they are mischievous little devils! Did you know that all lactating females in a pride will feed any of the cubs with no preference given to their own? Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper. Tools: ToContinue reading “Devil in Disguise-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”