Chameleon – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Holbein Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8 Photo reference courtesy of cocoparisienne on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a Chameleon in his lunchbag. Doodlewash prompt ‘Chameleon’.

Chameleons are interesting critturs. Just a few of fun facts about them:

They don’t change color according to their environment. In fact, different species change color for different reasons. Some for anger or fear, while others respond to light, temperature or humidity.

They change color via nanocrystals – two layers of specialized cells under their skin.

Their tongues can be 2.5 times their body length.

Almost half of the chameleon species live in Madagascar.

They cannot regrow their tails like other lizards.

The smaller the chameleon, the faster the tongue. They’ve been clocked at 8500 feet per second.

Their spit is super sticky!

They do not have ear openings, but they are not deaf. They can detect sound frequencies in the range of 200 – 600 Hz.

They never stop growing during their lifespan.

They see better than humans, with vision in both visible and ultraviolet light.

Sky


Artwork: Various brands opaque Watercolor on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper.

Doodlewash prompt ‘sky’.

This is a case where the scan looks better than the actual piece. I picked up a glow that isn’t really there.

I used watercolor on black paper. I’ve done this successfully before, but I don’t think it was the right combination for the what I was trying to do. I just kept fussing and finally decided I need to walk away. I think I’ll start over rather than trying to get this to go the way I want it too.

But now I know!

Ruddy Shelduck – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Holbein Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8 Photo reference courtesy of kumararunprasad on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a duck in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Duck’.

You know, I was actually trying to find an Australian Shelduck, hence the fiery sky in the background. Then when I went to look up some facts, I realized the Pixabay reference photo I was using was of a Ruddy Shelduck, who only visits Australia via the zoo.

Found in NW Africa and Ethiopia, with a breeding area in SE Europe across central Asia to SE China, this duck is your pretty average duck, although they have a honk and resemble a goose in the air.

Lava Lamp – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Holbein Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4

Today, my hubby took a lava lamp in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘lava lamp’.

Odd thing for hubby’s lunchbag postcards, but I was really inspired to try and catch the light in a lava lamp so I went for it. I’ll set this one aside and keep it for one of those days when I’m sick or can’t get a card done for some reason.

Snow Day in Gouache


Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor paper

I’ve been playing around with gouache, in between working on Diggory Wombat, Counting Sheep and starting some reviews and tutorials.

Artwork: Holbein Watercolor and Hahnemuhle Anniversary Edition 425gsm Watercolour Block

I was experimenting with gouache fresh from the tube vs my usual method of rewetting the dry paint. I used two kinds of paper – one very absorbant and the other with a harder surface.

I wanted to see how how much difference these things made in the flow of the paint, the ability to cover and to lift color.

What did I find out? Well, one of those tutorials I’ve been working on will answer those questions. Coming in the near future, once I get the tutorial finished.

Arctic Fox – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Da Vinci Gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set. Photo courtesy of diapicard on Pixabay.

Today, my hubby took a fox in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Arctic Fox’.

I actually painted this a while ago. It was one of my first test with Da Vinci’s gouache. I had to try that brand. Their tubes come in 37 ml tubes and are priced much the same as the 14-15 ml tubes from other brands.

Zwartbles – Counting Sheep #4


Artwork – Da Vinci Gouache on Fabriano Artistico on Fabriano Artistico in a Mary Roff handmade sketchbook

Number 4? Where are Counting Sheep 1 – 3?

Well, check Doodlewash on Monday for my review of the beautiful Mary Roff handmade sketchbook that I recently bought and you’ll find those first three little, lost sheep.

I love painting sheep, and hubby gets tired of getting them in his lunchbag, so I decided this was going to be my book for Counting Sheep. There are 40 pages and I’ve already started painting, but I’m going to try and make it a weekly thing. Forty weeks of counting sheep – I hope that gives me plenty of sleep!

Oh, and Zwartbles is a breed of Dutch sheep, if you were wondering about that word.