Tufted Capuchin


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Waterfall. Tufted capuchin are a common sight at Iguazu Falls, which straddles the border between Argentina & Brazil. Boy, I had to look hard to find a connection between this monkey and a waterfall, lol. Did you know that capuchins are considered the smartest of the new world monkeys. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical PenContinue reading “Tufted Capuchin”

Golden Lion Tamarin


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Corn. Um, these monkeys are kind of corn-colored. Right? If you don’t agree with that, surely you agree these guys are a-maize-ing! Did you know that the golden lion tamarin almost always gives birth to twins? I wanted the texture of gouache, but felt that Daniel Smith’s Aussie Red Gold watercolor was theContinue reading “Golden Lion Tamarin”

Bug Weevil Scarab


Doodlewash August Prompt: Wheatfield. ‘Cause this is the kind of fellow that farmers don’t wanna see in their wheatfields! This was identified as a bug weevil scarab on the reference photo. Did you know there are over 97, 000 species of weevil, and around 30,000 scarab beetles. I couldn’t find anything about a weevil scarab,Continue reading “Bug Weevil Scarab”

Himalayan Blue Poppy


#DoodlewashAugust2021 Prompt: Poppy Did you know that bees prefer blue flowers, and that blue flowers are relatively rare – with only 10% of the world species producing that color. The blue himalayan poppy (not a true poppy) is rare enough in the wild that until 1922 it was considered a myth. I was using upContinue reading “Himalayan Blue Poppy”

Wombat at the Feast


Doodlewash Prompt August 2021: Koala. Koalas and wombats are related, but I like wombats better so that’s what I painted, lol. Did you know that wombats can run up to 25 miles an hour? Pixabay reference by pen_ash. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Arteza Gouache Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Watercolor Postcard Brushes: Etchr Gouache brushes Tools: ToContinue reading “Wombat at the Feast”

Penguin Kisses


Did you know that penguins ‘kiss’ by pecking or rubbing each others beaks, often banging their heads together at the same time? This is called a headbanging kiss. Pixabay reference by fungaifoto at Pixabay. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Arteza Gouache Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Watercolor Postcard Brushes: Etchr Gouache brushes Tools: To find a list of dealers,Continue reading “Penguin Kisses”

Vases on a Black Table


#DoodlewashAugust2021 prompt: Vase. Did you know that the Egyptians are believed to be the first people to use vases for decorative purposes. Before that, they were mainly used for storage. I realized last night that I hadn’t done anything for this prompt, so I grabbed a background I had done using my loose & lovelyContinue reading “Vases on a Black Table”

The View From Across the Lake


I don’t paint plein air (from life) too often. I know I should because you get a better sense of perspective. I decided to paint the view from my living room window. I’ll admit that I had a photo I’d taken earlier on my laptop, taken with a Zoom lens, so I could verify detail,Continue reading “The View From Across the Lake”

Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Sometime Monday morning (Feb. 15, 21) my review of ZenArt Black Tulip brushes will go live at Doodlewash! #DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Squirrel. Did you know that in the 1870’s squirrels (along with starlings and sparrows) were deliberately released into city parks seem to make them seem more like being out in nature? Done with gouache onContinue reading “Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Currently, I’m working on …


… a gouache tutorial where I’ll be teaching simple paintings done in a poster-art style. I’m not posting as often as usual, and I thought I’d share some of the reason why. You may be familiar with the poster art style, even if you don’t realize it. Those paint-by-numbers you did as a child areContinue reading “Currently, I’m working on …”