Black Goldfish


#doodlewashJune2022: Goldfish. Did you know that  goldfish have the brightest color when they get plenty of sunlight? If they don’t get enough their color fades, and they can even turn white. Hahnemühle Cold Press watercolor postcard Joyce’s Signature Da Vinci Watercolor Palette Pixabay reference photo courtesy of JuanCarlosPalauDiaz. June Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find aContinue reading “Black Goldfish”

Giant Anteater


#doodlewashMay2022:   Did you know that the anteater has the lowest body temperature, 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit, of all land mammals. We aren’t sure why but suspect it is to conserve energy. Saunders Waterford Rough MaimeriBlue Watercolor Pixaby reference photo by PBernfeld. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle productsContinue reading “Giant Anteater”

A Basketful of Lilacs


I’m working on several projects that just aren’t getting done, so I won’t be posting daily for a while. #doodlewashMay2022: Park. ‘Cause you can go to the park and pick lilacs (really, no, you probably shouldn’t!) Did you know ‘lilac’ comes from ‘lilaq’, the Persian word for flower? This was a card that I sentContinue reading “A Basketful of Lilacs”

Rock Hyrax


#doodlewashMay2022: Rock. Did you know that the rock hyrax can form their feet into a concave dome, creating a vacuum like suction to to help them climb? Hahnemühle Beige Toned watercolor paper Maimeriblu Watercolor Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Pixaby reference photo by cjm1967. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carryContinue reading “Rock Hyrax”

Whale Shark


#doodlewashMay2022 prompt: Nail. Okay, let’s stretch! Shark scales have dermal denticles – tiny scales that are as sharp as nails plus 300 rows with thousands of nail-like teeth! Did you know whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, growing up to 60 ft long. Despite all the teeth they don’t bite, and areContinue reading “Whale Shark”

Hee Haw


#doodlewashMay2022: Key. ‘Cause don ‘key’, right? Did you know the donkey’s bray requires vocalizing both while inhaling (the hee) and exhaling (the haw)? This is unique to donkeys. Horses and zebras can’t do it. Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paper Zebra Technical Pen Da Vinci Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of hhach. May DoodlewashContinue reading “Hee Haw”

The Gaur


#doodlewashMay2022 prompt: Mine. ‘Cause Gaur are Cause Gaurs are territorial and bad-tempered, and likely to claim that everything is ‘mine!’. Did you know that Gaurs – the Indian Bison – are the largest cattle? Males weight up1 to 2200 pounds, 11 feet in length and stands 5 to 7 feet at the shoulder. Females areContinue reading “The Gaur”

Flamingo Dance


#doodlewashMay2022 prompt: Lead. Did you know researchers have discovered 136 dance moves that flamingoes perform during mating courtship? What I want to know is who leads — the male or the female? Saunder’s Waterford Cold Press watercolor paper Maimeriblu Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of techulator. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “Flamingo Dance”

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a …


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bat. Did you know that bats are not birds? They are mammals that produce live young and produce milk to feed them. Saunder’s Waterford Hot Press watercolor paper Maimeriblu Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of alobenda. May Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S.Continue reading “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a …”

The Rufous Bettong


#doodlewashMay2022: Scale. The bettongs are kangaroo rats – small in scale next to kangaroos, but the largest of the kangaroo rats. Did you know the rufous bettongs scientific name (Aepyprymnus rufescens) means “reddish high-rump”? Despite their reddish name, they range in color from reddish brown to pale gray. Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection watercolor paperContinue reading “The Rufous Bettong”