Persuasion Tomatoes


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Bloom. The flowers that bloom on a tomato plant turn into tomatoes! Did you know that as far back as 700 AD, the Aztecs were cultivating tomatls, which means plump fruit. One of my friends on Instagram, SpinningLara, posted a photo of the tomatoes in her garden. I loved it, and she gaveContinue reading “Persuasion Tomatoes”

Cape Hunting Dog


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Inked. The Cape Hunting Dog looks like he’s had a bottle of ink poured over him. Did you know that latin name of the Cape Hunting Dog is Lycaon Pictus, which is Latin for ‘painted wolf’? The color in the reference photo I used reminded me of one of those early color postcards.Continue reading “Cape Hunting Dog”

Kochia Bush


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Heat. The Kochia Bush is often called Burning Bush because of its bright colors. Did you know that tumbleweed comes from the Asian Kochia and Russian Thistle, and that both became common in the U.S. after the Wild West was fairly settled? So those images of tumbleweed tumbling by during a shoot-out orContinue reading “Kochia Bush”

Sloth


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Water Sport. Did you know that sloths can swim three times faster than they walk, and can hold their breath for up 40 minutes underwater? The perfect animal for water sports. Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard Supervision Watercolor Image inspiration – photo by TinoBecker at Pixabay August Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find aContinue reading “Sloth”

Concept Page


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Healthy. Diggory is about to learn that it is not healthy to mistake hippos for penguins. Part of my process is to start with a quick pencil drawing to establish what is going to happen on each page. I want to establish who’ll be there, where they’ll be, what is happening and whereContinue reading “Concept Page”

Fireflies in a Jar


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Fireflies. Did you know that fireflies’ lights are really efficient? 100% of the energy created is emitted through the light. A fluorescent bulb only emits 90 percent of its energy through light.  Hahnemühle Hot Press Collection Watercolor paper Daniel Smith Watercolors Reference Photo by Andrew Bui on Unsplash August Doodlewash prompts Tools: ToContinue reading “Fireflies in a Jar”

Haystacks


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Haystack. Did you know that Monet’s series of haystack paintings were done in Normandy, France in 1890, and are considered defining examples of impressionist painting? Hahnemühle Agave New Line Watercolor paper Daniel Smith Watercolors Malden Salt Flakes Pebeo Masking Fluid August Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry HahnemühleContinue reading “Haystacks”

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”

Diggory Wombat Goes to Africa 1


#DoodlewashAugust2022 prompt: Dock. I didn’t get this birthday present done in time for my hubby’s 65th birthday so it’s my major project right now. I plan to do as many of this month’s Doodlewash prompts as possible but I know I won’t get them all. Diggory’s going to have some grand adventures. Penguin-hunting, giraffe-sliding andContinue reading “Diggory Wombat Goes to Africa 1”