The Stars at Night


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Camp. The reason many people camp is to sleep under skies like this. Did you know that humans have always ‘camped’, but camping for recreation only became popular in the late 1800s, early 1900s? William Henry Harrison Murray’s book Camp-Life in the Adirondacks, was published in 1869, and was a big factor in theContinue reading “The Stars at Night”

Gordon Setter


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Wafer. Wafer cones are a great favorite among all the family! Did you know the four setter breeds of dog, the Gordon setter, the Irish setter, the Irish red & white setter, and the English setter were all developed from the medieval setting spaniel, which was trained to point out birds, then lieContinue reading “Gordon Setter”

Depoe Bay


#doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Ocean. If I were to travel to Depoe Bay, Oregon I might see the Pacific Ocean. Actually I did, just last week, and this was painted, from a mix of photograph I took & life, while there. Did you know that there are more than 75,000 volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean? A numberContinue reading “Depoe Bay”

Niagra Falls


#doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Waterfall. If I were to travel to New York, I might see Niagra Falls (Bridal Veil to be exact). Did you know Niagra Falls is actually three different waterfalls? American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are on the U.S. side; the Horseshoe Falls (aka Canadian Falls, where 90% of the water flows) areContinue reading “Niagra Falls”

Loch Ness


#doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Lake. If I were to travel to Scotland, I might see a Loch Ness. Sure you know about the Loch Ness monster, but did you know that Loch Ness has the largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain? Combined with the peaty water’s low visibility it’s a perfect place for Nessie toContinue reading “Loch Ness”

Review: Paul Rubens Glitter Sparkling Watercolor Paper


Glitter Sparkling Watercolor Paper – what’s that? Well, you know how glittery paint gets all over your brush, and your painting area and your hands and … you know what I mean. What if the glitter were part of the paper instead of part of the paint? Now, it is. Paul Rubens has created aContinue reading “Review: Paul Rubens Glitter Sparkling Watercolor Paper”

The Guira Guira


#doodlewashMarch2022: Cuckoo. Did you know that up to ten Guira Cuckoo females may lay over 25 eggs in the same communal nests? There are always lots of broken eggs underneath though – they’ll kick out the eggs of others if they can. Here’s a situtation where I used fabulous products but didn’t achieve what IContinue reading “The Guira Guira”

The Oreo Cow


#doodlewashMarch2022: Gardening Tools. ‘Cause cows can be used to plow and pull stumps, and cow manure is good for fertilizer. Sounds like a gardening tool to me. Every gardener should have one! Did you know that Belted Galloway cattle, with their white stripe around the middle are affectionately known as the Oreo Cow? Hahnemühle ColdContinue reading “The Oreo Cow”

Racka Sheep – Counting Sheep #10


#doodlewashMarch2022: Lamb Did you know that Racka Sheep are unique because both males and females grow long horns? One of the downsides to doing so many reviews is that it is often difficult to use up sketchbooks I’ve started. I reviewed one of Mary Roff’s handmade watercolor sketchbook back in 2019, and even though IContinue reading “Racka Sheep – Counting Sheep #10”

The Tree Line


#doodlewashFebruary2022: Woods. Did you know that scientists monitor changes in tree lines as one way to keep an eye on our changing climate? Hahnemühle cold pressed The Collection watercolor paper Paul Rubens Precipitated Watercolor February Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here.Continue reading “The Tree Line”