Back Alley & Playing with the Jane Davenport Collapsible Brush

Artwork – Watercolor on Hahnemühle YouTangle tile. Brush: Jane Davenport Travel Watercolor Brush Collapsible Mini Paint Brush

I was playing around with the new Jane Davenport collapsible travel watercolor brush. I decided not to do a full review on it because I think it has as many con’s and it does pro’s. But I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Sorry. I made a really short video, but I can’t get it to work.

Rather than having a cap that you take off and on, the brush collapses. You pull on the handle, and the bristles appear. Push it back and the bristles are covered and safe from damage. But if you aren’t careful, it will collapse while you are painting.

It’s small, even at full size, which is nice for travel. But, it’s almost too small and I have a small hand. Plus, it’s easy to mislay. I’ve had to search for it twice already.

The brush is metal, and it’s bullet shape makes it sturdy. The mechanism works smoothly.

The bristles are small – they are bristles, not a fiber tip – and come to a fine point. They hold the point well while you’re painting. I like a larger brush but this size is fine for traveling.

When folded down, the opening is covered so nothing gets in.

The brush holds a fair amount of water for a synthetic.

Overall, I prefer this to a water brush, though it does mean a separate container for water. Most of my dislikes are due to my preferences, the size of both bristles and handle, and the amount of water it holds. The only thing that I think might be off-putting for most is the cost and the fact that the brush can collapse while you are painting with it.

The Duchess, my brother and me

The other day, I shared some of the artwork that I did for my mother.

As many of you know, my father worked for the Portland Zoo when I was a child and since they didn’t have a nursery, when mothers rejected their offspring, the zoo keepers would take the babies home.

Duchess was our first lion cub and this also happens to be the first oil painting I did. Although, I was about 5 – 6 in the photo I used for reference, I was 11-12 when I painted this.

Now, it’s a treasured piece that holds memories of both my parents, my initial foray into serious artwork, and my own childhood.

Doodlewash prompt: Lion

Spotlight on the ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray

One of the items I received for Christmas was an ArtBin Sidekick Art & Craft Supply Storage with Paint Pallet Tray. It’s fantastic for organizing and for traveling with your art supplies. And did I mention it comes with a paint pallet tray?

Please check out my full review of this lovely at Doodlewash.

ATCs with Snow – Drawn and Gifted Long Ago

When my mother passed away, I took back some of the artwork that I had done for her over the years.

When I was heavy into ATCs around 2009 – 2010, she liked what I was doing with scratchboard.

Scratchbord (a brand of scratchboArd) is India Ink over a white clay surface. You scratch away ink to leave white lines. I discovered Pitt Artist pens, which happen to be filled with India Ink. You could scratch away detail, color with the Pitts and then scratch more detail into the colored areas.

I had a special matboard created for some of these ATCs, and put several together for as a birthday for Mom.

Sorry for the poor photo, but I had trouble getting the shot behind the glass.

Doodlewash prompt: Snow – since all of these ATCs feature snow, I’m using them for the prompt even though I didn’t do them specifically for today.

Hummingbird on Lilac

Artwork: Zebra Sarasa Clip Ballpoint and Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle 1584 notebook.

In 2017, I did a series of step-outs and step-by-step landscapes, which included many for birds and animals as well as plants.

Among the very first was my step-out for the hummingbird, which this drawing is based on.


Hahnemühle 1584 at:

Bunny Sea Slug – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor on Hahnemühle cold press Watercolor postcard.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – another cute sea slug is found. A couple of weeks ago, I post a postcard painting of the Leaf Sheep sea slug and now …

The Bunny sea slug (not to be confused with the sea hare (a not nearly so cute sea slug) looks like a fluffy little bunny. Those ear like protrusions are actually sensory organs and what looks like fluffy fur are actually fleshy rods and knobs. And you don’t want to eat this guy – they are toxic.

Another one to google – they’re so cute to watch!

DANIEL SMITH watercolors

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

What's Black & White & Red All Over

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical pens & Watercolor on Hahnemühle Expression Watercolor Block Cold Pressed

Doodlewash prompt: Something Red

Every year Hahnemühle has a calendar competition calling for people to enter artwork. The winners get their work included in a limited edition calendar along with all sorts of other Hahnemühle paper goodness.

For the 2019 calendar, the theme was ‘Red’. I considered entering and did this study of the idea I had in mind. It was a riff on the old ‘What’s Black & White & Red’ all over, incorporating two to the popular answers – a newspaper and a sunburned Zebra.

As it turned out, I had too many projects going and decided not to work further on this. I came across my study while looking for something else (which I didn’t find, of course) and realized it was a good fit for the ‘Something Red’ prompt on Doodlewash – even though it’s more of a pink. So here ’tis, I’m sharing it with ya now!