Hummingbird Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day! We had an unusual late April snowstorm this year in Oregon. One of my friends had been watching a hummingbird’s nest in her yard with two babies. Snow covered the area, and tree limbs were crashing around. Judy’s husband put up some foam board to help protect the babies, but of coursel,Continue reading “Hummingbird Happy Mother’s Day”

River Dolphins


#doodlewashMarch2022: Dolphins. Did you know that female river dolphins prefer older men? We know this because river dolphins get pinker as they get older, and the females show a decided preference for males with the most pink. Makes sense to me – what woman doesn’t love pink?  For some reason, my scanner picked up theContinue reading “River Dolphins”

Dandelion in Delight


#doodlewashMarch2022: Dandelion. Did you know that dandelion seeds can travel up to five miles? Hahnemühle Beige-toned watercolor paper Arteza Gouache Pixabay photo reference courtesy of Taniko6. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here. You can find Zebra pen products here. YouContinue reading “Dandelion in Delight”

The Cactus Garden


#doodlewashMarch2022: Cactus. Did you know that the spines on a cactus replace leaves? There are several types of spines, including hooked, bristle, round, hair, needle, curved, awl and straight varieties. Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard Arteza gouache Pixabay photo reference courtesy of ustm66. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry HahnemühleContinue reading “The Cactus Garden”

The Greater Blue Wing Dragonfly


#doodlewashMarch2022: Rainbow. ‘Cause dragonflies are like living rainbows. Did you know adult dragonflies can only eat while flying. – an injured wing could mean starvation for one?  Hahnemühle Agave Natural Line Paper Arteza Metallic gouache Pixabay photo reference courtesy of Erik_Karits. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle productsContinue reading “The Greater Blue Wing Dragonfly”

The Firefish Goby


#doodlewashMarch2022: Fish Did you know that some species of goby share their burrows with shrimp to help guard against predators? I was painting while waiting for responses from the support person trying to fix my iphone. It was kind of hit or miss – I just used the watercolor and gouache palettes that were alreadyContinue reading “The Firefish Goby”

Review: Arteza Gouache Paint and Tool Set


Paints and brushes and paper, oh my!  The Arteza Gouache Paint set is a handy collection of the art tools you need to start painting with gouache.  It’s also a handy organization tool for those who already do. So what’s in this set.? Learn more in my review at Doodlewash!

Goslings in Gouache


doodlewashFebruary2022: Bobblehead. This one is tricky! Did you know if you google ‘gosling fun facts’, you get all sorts of info about Ryan Gosling and almost nothing about geese? And did you know there are Ryan Gosling bobbleheads? So obviously this painting of goslings swimming is related to bobbleheads. Close enough for me, anyhow! HahnemühleContinue reading “Goslings in Gouache”

Tutorial: How to Paint a Tulip in Gouache


Sorry to post this twice, but my last email had the wrong link. You can find the tulip tutorial here. Do you love colorful paintings? Maybe you’re a bit hesitant to add color and you’re looking for some advice. Maybe you’re interested in learning how to use gouache. Learn how to paint this colorful tulip,Continue reading “Tutorial: How to Paint a Tulip in Gouache”

Tutorial: How to Paint a Tulip in Gouache


Do you love colorful paintings? Maybe you’re a bit hesitant to add color and you’re looking for some advice. Maybe you’re interested in learning how to use gouache. Learn how to paint this colorful tulip, using gouache paint, at Doodlewash!