World Tapir Day


April 27 is World Tapir Day! The tapir isn’t the prettiest ani mal in the world (except the calves are soooo cute!). They’re related to horses. They have a shorter, but prehensile nose like an elephant. They walk on river bottoms, like a hippo. And like all too many animals, they are endangered. I’m doingContinue reading “World Tapir Day”

Penguilephant Eating Roses


My friend Alice runs a Facebook group ‘Tangle Around the World’ and they are currently running a challenge to use the Penguilephant step-out that was featured in my Hahnemühle The Natural Line review. You do have to be a member to join in, but if you are into tangle patterns, challenges and projects, it’s aContinue reading “Penguilephant Eating Roses”

Girooster Alebrije


#DoodlewashApril2021 Prompts: Giraffe & Rooster. Ran out of time to color this in, which I plan to do eventually. I think it looks pretty good in black and white though. I haven’t decided if I should go totally wild or keep it to more realistic coloration. The Girooster Alebrije is a hybrid of the GiraffeContinue reading “Girooster Alebrije”

TigerCatMothrpillar Alebrije


#DoodlewashApril2021 Prompts: Tiger & Prickly. Since I’ve done so few of the Doodlewash prompts lately, I wanted to come up with something different. I thought of a Tiger moth for the Tiger prompt, but quite a few others have already done that. Then I saw that ‘Prickly’ was the prompt for the 14th. If you’veContinue reading “TigerCatMothrpillar Alebrije”

Dovetail Caterpillar


#DoodlewashMarch2021 prompts: Caterpillar. Did you know that caterpillars have up to 4,000 muscles? There are 248 in its head! Medium: Gouache Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip Paper: Hahnemühle Hot Press ‘The Collection’ paper. Photo reference courtesy of jggrz at Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, goContinue reading “Dovetail Caterpillar”

My artsy.rooo DTIYS Challenge Response


DTIYS – ‘Do This In Your Style’ is popular on Instagram right now. An artist draws or paints something and challenges others, not to copy, but to paint the same subject in their own way. This is probably the only time I’ll do one, because I always have too many other projects going on. Artsy.rooo’sContinue reading “My artsy.rooo DTIYS Challenge Response”

The Little Red Hen-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Bread. The little red hen’s gathering wheat for her bread. You can see why she really could have used some help! Did you know that chickens don’t have sweat glands, so they cool off with the blood circulating through their wattles and combs! Artwork done with Arteza gouache and Black Tulip brushes onContinue reading “The Little Red Hen-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Sometime Monday morning (Feb. 15, 21) my review of ZenArt Black Tulip brushes will go live at Doodlewash! #DoodlewashFebruary2021 Prompt: Squirrel. Did you know that in the 1870’s squirrels (along with starlings and sparrows) were deliberately released into city parks seem to make them seem more like being out in nature? Done with gouache onContinue reading “Squirrel In Snow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag”

Groundhog – Postcard for the Lunch Bag


Did you know that groundhog dens are so complex that they have their own bathroom chamber? Artwork: Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press Collection paper. Photo reference courtesy of katya-guseva0 on Pixabay. Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here and scroll through to find oneContinue reading “Groundhog – Postcard for the Lunch Bag”

Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag


#DoodlewashJanuary2021 prompt: Dawn Did you know that a giraffe only needs about 30 minutes of sleep a day? They can and do sleep longer, and do sleep lying down for short periods. But mostly they sleep standing up with one eye open and both ears moving. Artwork-Gouache on Hahnemühle hot press ‘The Collection’ Watercolor paper.Continue reading “Dawn with Giraffe-Postcards for the Lunch Bag”