Chinese Water Dragon


#doodlewashJune2022: Lizard. Did you know the Chinese Water Dragon, like many other lizards, has a ‘third eye’? It’s a pineal gland located at the top of their head. It doesn’t ‘see’ images but measures light, helping the lizards navigate, and avoid predators from overhead. Hahnemühle Cold Press Collection Paper Zebra Zensations Technical Pen MaimeriBlu WatercolorContinue reading “Chinese Water Dragon”

The Australian Shepherd


#doodlewashJune2022: Dog. Did you know that the australian shepherd is not from Australia? Some believe they made their entrance to the U.S. following their Basque masters who had immigrated to Australia then to the U. S. Others believe the breed are off-shoots of British Herding dogs like the collie. This is more of a sketchContinue reading “The Australian Shepherd”

Spectacled Bear


#doodlewashJune2022: Bear. Did you know that spectacled bears have front legs that are longer than their hind legs, which makes them great tree climbers? Hahnemühle Cold Press Collection Paper Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Joyce’s Signature Da Vinci Watercolor Palette Reference Image by Andrea Bohl from Pixabay. June Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list ofContinue reading “Spectacled Bear”

Terrapin


#doodlewashJune2022: Turtle. Did you know that turtles living in freshwater are generally called terrapins, while those living in marine environments are turtles? Hahnemühle Cold Press Collection Paper Zebra Zensations Technical Pen Joyce’s Signature Da Vinci Watercolor Palette Reference Image by tracyhammond from Pixabay. June Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carryContinue reading “Terrapin”

The Laughing Otter


#doodlewashJune2022: Otter. I otter get back on schedule. One of these days, maybe. Did you know that otter poop has been described as smelling like violets or jasmine tea? I don’t plan to investigate this personally.  They also do a communal ‘poop dance’.  That might be worth checking out on YouTube, lol. Hahnemühle Cold PressContinue reading “The Laughing Otter”

A Cup of Joe


#doodlewashMay2022 prompts: Mug. ‘Create Like a Kid Again‘ – Exercise 12. Discover Fun Facts. Did you know there are 3 theories about the origin of the term ‘Cup of Joe’? One is that Joe was a term for the common man and coffee the drink of the common man. Another is that other slang termsContinue reading “A Cup of Joe”

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”