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 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”

From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Entrance. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 6. Look Closer. 10 Things I Noticed About One of My Shoes Tie Dyed Pink Interior Blue Ribbon White Borders on tongueContinue reading “From Shoe to Birdhouse – Exercise 6”

Stir Vigorously


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Bowl. I’m working my way through Charlie O’Shields latest book of creative exercises (along with the exercises he posts in the Sketching Stuff newsletter). ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 5. Scribble Fun. My text got cut off in the scan, but it says “The Instructions said stir vigorously!” Mary Roff MultiContinue reading “Stir Vigorously”

The Easter Egger Chicken


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Dough. Wow, I had to fight to connect chickens with dough – but I did it! There is a ongoing debate over the safety of feeding raw dough to chickens. Definitely shouldn’t have eggs or uncooked yeast in it, if you do. Did you know the Easter Egger chicken is so called becauseContinue reading “The Easter Egger Chicken”

The Estonian Wolf


If I were to travel to Estonia, I might see a … #doodlewashApril2022 prompt: Wolf. Did you know that in 2018, Estonia chose the wolf as its national animal? Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Da Vinci Watercolor Arteza Gouache Pixabay photo reference courtesy of 942784. April Doodlewash prompts Tools: To findContinue reading “The Estonian Wolf”

The Foxy Fox Terrier


#doodlewashMarch2022: Tadpole. If you thought yesterday’s post was a stretch to meet the prompt … well, I think I outdid myself today. Did you know people have compared the calls of various frog species to the yapping of fox terriers? True fact! And every one of those frog species start out as tadpoles. The connectionContinue reading “The Foxy Fox Terrier”

The Hare


#doodlewashMarch2022: Hare. Did you know that when you see those hares standing on their hind legs ‘boxing’ during the breeding season it isn’t the males fighting, it’s females chasing off the males! Hahnemühle Cold Press Harmony watercolor paper Zebra Pen Technical Pen Daniel Smith Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of fergyn6ssq. March Doodlewash prompts Tools:Continue reading “The Hare”

The Eye is for Insect


#doodlewashMarch2022: Insect. Did you know that horseflies, of all things, are noted for their beautiful eyes?  The color patterns are created not by pigments but by light-refraction. Hahnemühle Cold Press Harmony watercolor paper Zebra Pen Technical Pen Daniel Smith Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of Jackdrafahl. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “The Eye is for Insect”

The Rabbit-Eared Kelpie


#sketchbookrevival2022. Did everyone catch Charlie O’Shields’ sketchbook revival session? His exercise was meant to get the artist out of their comfort zone, but I think it was right smack dab in the middle of mine, lol! I ended up with a rabbit-earied kelpie being ridden by a young princess! This is just the way myContinue reading “The Rabbit-Eared Kelpie”