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”

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 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”

Grazing the Grass


#doodlewashMarch2022: Grass. Did you know that horses bite grass close to the roots while cows use their tongues pulling off the tips of the grass. Grazing is more complex than you knew, right? Hahnemühle Beige-toned watercolor paper Supervision Watercolor Pixabay reference photo courtesy of PublicDomainPicture. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers,Continue reading “Grazing the Grass”

The Platypus


#doodlewashMarch2022: Platypus Did you know that platypus has no stomach? Their gullet leads directly to their intestines.  Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor postcard Zebra Technical Pen Aquafine Watercolor Pixabay reference photo by pen_ash.. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here. You can findContinue reading “The Platypus”

Oh That Strawberry Roan


#DoodlewashNovember2021: Chestnuts. Did you know that the strawberry roan is actually a chestnut horse with the roan pattern of white hairs intermixed with the red. The head, lower legs, mane and tail remain the solid chestnut color. Hahnemühle Hot Press Collection watercolor Zebra Technical pen ZenArt Allegro Watercolor White Gouache Pixabay photo reference from no-longer-here.Continue reading “Oh That Strawberry Roan”