Purple Cow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Dagger Elite Size 3/8 in. Photo courtesy of 1195798 on Pixabay.

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Today, my hubby took a purple cow in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Simple Pleasures’. I’ve always enjoyed silly little poems like ‘Purple Cow’, and that is about as simple a pleasure as you’ll ever find, lol.

(Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who’s Quite Remarkable, at Least.)

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

by Gelett Burgess

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Burgund Rough Watercolor Postcards

Princeton Series 4850 Aqua Elite Dagger Striper 3/8 in

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

 

 

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Southern Double-Collared Sunbird-Qor Iridescent on Hahnemühle ColdPress Watercolor postcard. Photo courtesy of jeanvdmeulen on Pixabay.

July is World Watercolor Month. If you post art that uses watercolor or gouache, add the tag #WorldWatercolorMonth and be part of this huge yearly event!

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Today, my hubby took a Sunbird in his lunchbag. Sunbirds and hummingbirds are very similar in size, coloration and feeding habits but are not closely related. Hummingbirds are closely related to swifts while sunbirds are related to crows!

The Doodlewash prompt for today is #PrimaryPalette. I do have blue, yellow and red in this painting, though I admit that I’ve also got iridescent gold, silver and pearl! Those are the iridescent primaries, right? Lol.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review).

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

Princeton Artist Brush Neptune, Series 4750, Quill Size 4

Princeton Neptune Travel Brush, Series 4750, Round, Size 8

 

Dalmation


Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Today, my hubby took a Dalmation in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Barefoot. Hey! I’m right on with this prompt. It isn’t often that you see a dalmation wearing booties!

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Tools

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Hahnemühle Black book

White Uniball Signo Gel Pens

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Duck on Black


Artwork-Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll & Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Tomorrow, my hubby takes a Duck in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Duck. Did you know that ducklings are born without waterproof feathers? The adults have a gland that produces oil that waterproofs the feathers, and the babies are dependent on the mother’s oil to keep the floating until their own glands develop.

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Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Shetland Sheepdog Puppy


Artwork-Da Vinci Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press Watercolor postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill size 4 and Velvetouch Round Size 8. Photo courtesy of JACLOU-DL on Pixabay.

If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #19 , you can find it here. My Tea Party Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Today, my hubby took a Shetland Sheepdog in his lunchbag.

One of the things for me to paint is the loose flowing watercolor. I’m happy enough with that. I like my line and wash. But I’m one of those people who wants to do it all, so today, I went for it.

I can’t decide if I like the finished result or not. I look at it one way, and think, “ooh! Not too bad”, and then I look at it another way, and think, “ooh! It’s bad!”

But I’m happy with it either way, because it is so different from my usual style.

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

DaVinci Watercolors

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)

 

Blue Moon Kitty


If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Today, my hubby took an unhappy kitty in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Blue Moon

Poor kitty left out, blue from cold and feeling blue.

Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Brown Sugar Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint


Today, my hubby took a Chipmunk in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is Brown Sugar. This guy has a lot of brown in his coat and he sure is sweet, so I think he fits!

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 & Neptune Round Size 8.

NOTE: Scan was punched up so pencil lines would show. They were actually drawn LIGHTLY!

My initial pencil drawing was done freehand. Even though there are many shapes, they are all fairly simple and not overly intertwined, so I didn’t feel the need to use the grid method.

With my trusty Technical pen, I drew the outline and details. I established where the darkest values were, but I didn’t fill in because I want the paint to show in these areas.

Notice that I didn’t use pen on all of the grasses, only the ones up front. The pencil lines are left as guides, but those grasses in back are less important and shouldn’t be given much focus.

My new favorite color to use for initial washes on many animals is Daniel Smith’s Buff Titanium. It is an opaque color, so I avoid using it after the initial wash, but it is just the right color for those creamy undercoats and points.

Light washes of Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green were used for the grass and Cerulean Blue Chromium for the sky.

Notice that I let the colors run even in the sky area. These are unimportant areas, and in real life they would be out of focus, moving in the wind with indistinct edges, so I don’t worry too much about them.

The Cerulean Blue Chromium is used on the eyes and nose for highlights, and blended with Goethite and Burnt Sienna in the face and body. I use darker mixes than I did for the initial washes, but they are still fairly light.

I wet the areas that I intend to paint, and drop the color, just touching the tip of the brush to the wet, letting them all flow together.

For the grasses, I do the same thing using more Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green, while adding Goethite. Besides turning the grasses a more natural color, it ties them to the colors in the chipmunk.

Some of the chipmunk’s fur is ticked – each single hair having black, brown and white. I still haven’t found a method for portraying that, that I’m truly happy with. In this case, the ticking isn’t heavy, so I use the white Uniball Signo gel pen in a few places and call it done.

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

Zensations Technical pens

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set 

Princeton Artist Brush Neptune, Brushes for Watercolor Series 4750, Quill Synthetic Squirrel, Size 4