Red Boots


Did you know that Wellington boots were made of leather originally, until vulcanized rubber became available in the 1850’s. The Doodlewash prompt for today is Boots. I decided to use it even though my painting is acrylic so it isn’t official. This time I used a mixed media paper that works for acrylic as wellContinue reading “Red Boots”

Brontosaurus Triumphant


Did you know that scientists decided the brontosaurus and apatosaurus were the same animal and went with the apatosaurus name, then found proof that they were different? So the brontosaurus is back, baby! I painted this from one of the photos I took when we visited the Prehistoric Gardens. I decided to paint it asContinue reading “Brontosaurus Triumphant”

A Light Bulb Moment


Did you know that many people (probably around 20) invented the light bulb before the Thomas Edison version? Edison did invent the first commercially practical version. This time, I decided that I’d go more realistic with my acrylic painting, and I also played around with the bokeh effect. I’ll probably stay more with the looser, moreContinue reading “A Light Bulb Moment”

Nubian Ibex


#DoodlewashAugust2021 Prompt: Mountainscape. ‘Cause if the ibex doesn’t conjure mountain scenes, what does? Did you know that the Nubian Ibex has a shiny coat that reflects the sunlight and helps to keep them cool? Pixabay reference by ronbd on Pixabay. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Travel set Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Watercolor Postcard Brushes:Continue reading “Nubian Ibex”

Great White …


Pelican. Hah! Bet you were expecting a shark, lol. But they aren’t the only great whites. Now for the other shocker. This pelican is my painting for the #DoodlewashAugushtPrompt: Bell. Here’s the logic — Crotalus is the name for a clapper inside a bell. Onocrotalusonos is an ancient Greek word for donkey. Ass-clapper was anContinue reading “Great White …”

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”

Upon Reflection


I wanted a card to send along with a gift, so I used a sheet of Hahnemühle’s grey-toned paper, folded it in half and painted away. Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Grey-toned Watercolor Paper Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, goContinue reading “Upon Reflection”

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”

Female Red Winged Starling


#DoodlewashAugust2021 Prompt: Starling. Did you know that while the Common (European) Starling is the best known, there are around 120 species in the Starling (Sturnidae) family, including mynas. While the common starling and common myna are invasive, many more are well-behaved birds. Pixabay reference by Nel_Botha-NZ. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor Travel setContinue reading “Female Red Winged Starling”

Folk Art Rooster


Did you know that it is believed that chickens were first domesticated, not for eating, but for cockfighting? That sounds sad, but unfortunately believable to me. I’m still playing with different styles with my acrylic paintings. I have a book, ’50 Small Paintings’ by Mark Daniel Nelson and I’m using it to pick up someContinue reading “Folk Art Rooster”