Celebes Crested Macaque

#DoodlewashOctober2021: Headwear. #Inktober2021: Helmet. Did you know that Celebes Crested Macaque is often mistaken for an ape? They are monkeys, but have such a short tail that it isn’t always easily seen. On the other hand, that little crest on their head, like a helmet or headwear is easily seen! Pen-Zebra Technical Pen, Sarasa GrandContinue reading “Celebes Crested Macaque”

Gray Horse

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Horse. Did you know that a truly white horse is rare? Usually, a ‘white’ horse is born darker and lightens as it ages-they call them gray even if they aren’t.  Others are just very pale cream, or may be spotted like an appaloosa or pinto with very little colored pigment. Genetically, none are albinos.Continue reading “Gray Horse”


#DoodlewashSeptember2021: Dandelion. ‘Cause this marmoset’s head makes me think of one! Did you know that marmoset and tamarin monkeys are considered to be most primitive of all the monkeys? They lack a prehensile tail and opposable thumbs, have claws instead of nails and can’t change their expression. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor &Continue reading “Marmoset”

Vintage Pen Color Squash

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Squash. A quick sketch to try out some new pens – Zebra Sarasa Grand Gel Ink rollerballs in Sepia Black and Bordeaux Purple inks. I did a very quick drawing, and then went over the ink with a damp brush. Zebra Sarasa Grand Gel Ink Rollerball Paper: Hahnemühle Hot Press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paperContinue reading “Vintage Pen Color Squash”

Red Gerbera Daisy

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Daisy. Did you know that the red gerbera daisy symbolizes enormous love? Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Hot-Pressed ‘The Collection’ Watercolor Paper Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip and Fineline Pixabay Reference Photo: by Kabomani-Tapir. Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, goContinue reading “Red Gerbera Daisy”

Spiny Pig

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Park. I misread this prompt as ‘pork’ and immediately thought of a porcupine. Then I realized it was park, but dang it! I had my mind set on a porcupine. And what the heck – porcupines hang out in parks, right? Did you know that the name porcupine comes from the old engligh wordContinue reading “Spiny Pig”

White Betta Fish

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Fish. Did you know that betta fish need oxygen from both the air and the water? This is why they rise to the top and gulp air on occasion. They can actually drown if they don’t get the surface air they need. This was one of those paintings where I wasn’t totally sure howContinue reading “White Betta Fish”

White Swan

#DoodewashSeptember2021: Swan. Did you know the phrase ‘swan song’ came from an early belief that swans made no sound during their lifes except for a beautiful song while it was dyig. The idea is poetic enough that the phrase has lasted, even though the ancient Greeks proved it false. I used an interference medium toContinue reading “White Swan”

Blue-Eyed Black Lemur

What’s this strange creature? You might be forgiven for thinking it’s a deformed black cat, but if you’re in Madagascar, it’s more likely to be a blue-eyed, black lemur. Did you know that other than humans, the only primate that has blue eyes is the blue-eyed black lemur? Poorly named too, because they’re sexually dichromaticContinue reading “Blue-Eyed Black Lemur”

Crowned Lemur

#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Hat. Because ‘crowned’. Crown, hat, same thing, right? Did you know that crowned lemurs are sexually dichromatic meaning males and females are totally different colors? The males are red-brown with black crowns while the females are silver-brown with orange crowns. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Agave ‘The NaturalContinue reading “Crowned Lemur”