White Swan


#DoodewashSeptember2021: Swan. Did you know the phrase ‘swan song’ came from an early belief that swans made no sound during their lifes except for a beautiful song while it was dyig. The idea is poetic enough that the phrase has lasted, even though the ancient Greeks proved it false. I used an interference medium toContinue reading “White Swan”

Blue-Eyed Black Lemur


What’s this strange creature? You might be forgiven for thinking it’s a deformed black cat, but if you’re in Madagascar, it’s more likely to be a blue-eyed, black lemur. Did you know that other than humans, the only primate that has blue eyes is the blue-eyed black lemur? Poorly named too, because they’re sexually dichromaticContinue reading “Blue-Eyed Black Lemur”

Crowned Lemur


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Hat. Because ‘crowned’. Crown, hat, same thing, right? Did you know that crowned lemurs are sexually dichromatic meaning males and females are totally different colors? The males are red-brown with black crowns while the females are silver-brown with orange crowns. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Agave ‘The NaturalContinue reading “Crowned Lemur”

Silver Gibbon


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Swing. Did you know that gibbons can swing through the trees at up to 34 miles an hour /55 km? Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Agave ‘The Natural Line’ Watercolor Paper Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip and Fineline Pixabay Reference Photo: by Alexas_Fotos. Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “Silver Gibbon”

Tufted Capuchin


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Waterfall. Tufted capuchin are a common sight at Iguazu Falls, which straddles the border between Argentina & Brazil. Boy, I had to look hard to find a connection between this monkey and a waterfall, lol. Did you know that capuchins are considered the smartest of the new world monkeys. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical PenContinue reading “Tufted Capuchin”

Squirrel Monkey


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Cookie. It isn’t just cookie monsters that like cookies! Did you know that only New World (Americas) monkeys have prehensile tails? So this Old World squirrel monkey has a cookie but he can’t hold on to things with his tail. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Agave ‘The NaturalContinue reading “Squirrel Monkey”

Golden Lion Tamarin


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Corn. Um, these monkeys are kind of corn-colored. Right? If you don’t agree with that, surely you agree these guys are a-maize-ing! Did you know that the golden lion tamarin almost always gives birth to twins? I wanted the texture of gouache, but felt that Daniel Smith’s Aussie Red Gold watercolor was theContinue reading “Golden Lion Tamarin”

Leaf Monkey


#DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompt: Leaf. Yep, these guys are for reals! Did you know that leaf monkeys have four-chambered stomachs, much like a cow’s? Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Agave ‘The Natural Line’ Watercolor Paper Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip and Fineline Pixabay Reference Photo: by Erik_Karits. Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “Leaf Monkey”

Fairy Cowslip


Doodlewash August Prompt: Fairy. Did you know that according to folklore, when fairies were frightened they would hide among the cowslips? I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a post for today, so this was done rather quickly. Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor Travel set Paper: Hahnemühle ‘The Collection’ Hot Press Brushes: ZenArt BlackContinue reading “Fairy Cowslip”

Squirrel


Doodlewash August Prompt: Squirrel. Did you know that squirrels are sneaky? They’ll pretend to bury food if they think other animals are watching, and then scurry off to hide it somewhere else. Pen-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Paint-ZenArt Allegro Watercolor Travel set Paper: Hahnemühle Cold-Pressed Watercolor Postcard Brushes: ZenArt Black Tulip Pixabay Reference Photo: by Wattsman111.Continue reading “Squirrel”