Sunday, June 24, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #21, 22, 23 & 24





It's been tough color correcting images lately for some reason, 
but if that's my biggest problem this week,  I'll take it. :}

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Summer is heating up and so is the schedule.
Between cat sitting for friends and a trip to Portland 
to rendezvous with a traveling relative, we've been busy,
so I'm glad the challenge is almost over.

One of the highlights of the last few days was introducing Tim's aunt
 to Luscher Farms in Lake Oswego (just outside of Portland).

Luscher Farms offers 180 plots or allotments to locals who are passionate about organic gardening.  From veggies to gorgeous flowers, gardeners plant just about everything.

And then there is the scarecrow competition.

Here is an example.
I'll add a few more during the week.

Is June almost over already?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #19 & 20

#19 - Pear

A quick painting of a pear was the plan, but the pear kept getting bigger and bigger...
Out came the gouache to try to fix this.

I got started with white gouache where the pear meets the table on the right side.

Then I headed over to the left side and really started messing it up.

 Finally, I decided to let go of my control issues, walk away, & call it a day.

#20 - Flower

Figured I would sketch this one out to prevent it from "growing,"
but it started to slip away, too.
It felt good to let it go...

Tomorrow is another day :}

Monday, June 18, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #16, 17 & 18

#16 - Birdwatching

#17 - Birdwatching

#18 - Birdwatching

We've love watching the birds in the backyard, but lately they have been watching us.

Last week, a fledgling (a young crow with no street smarts)
 made the mistake of landing in the yard near our dog Cobie.

For a moment, Cobie forgot that he is an old man and sprang into action.
The young crow froze.  

Cobie grabbed the crow, but was so shocked he caught the bird
 that he immediately dropped it.
Thankfully, the crow made good his escape.

The young crow's clan was not amused.
They are still quite vocal whenever Cobie goes outside.

Cobie, however, is immune to their outrage, insults and taunts.
He is quite deaf.

Here's to happy endings.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #14 & 15

#14 - Visit China

#15 - Visit Russia

The first half of the challenge has flown by.  

I had hoped to post some inks from class, but the technique is not as easy as it looks.
No surprise there...
Good thing I ordered lots of Yupo.  

In the words of Brian Lies, one of my favorite illustrators,
 "Practice makes better."

Have a safe, happy weekend.

Hope to see you on Monday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #12 & 13

#12 - Camping

#13 - Safari photoshoot

It's hard to believe this challenge is almost half over.

But Charlie O'Shields over at is sponsoring
 another watercolor challenge for July called
in case you're interested.

Looks like a great way to connect with other artists around the globe.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge - #9, 10, 11

#9 - Cherries

#10 - Pineapple

#11 - Strawberry

These three paintings are based on challenge prompts.

My 14 year old puppy is a little under the weather today.
Off to the vet.

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Back from vet.  Cobie is okay.
He is just old....

Friday, June 8, 2018

Doodlewash June 2018 Art Challenge #7 & 8

#7 - Growing flowers

#8 - Picking flowers

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More Yupo arrived yesterday, and I picked up the canned air, but one item is still missing.

Ink spread using a straw

It appears that the Tim Holtz company is having some production problems with a few of the ink products.  One very specific item is needed for the online class.  
I eventually found it & placed an order, but it hasn't arrived yet.

In the meantime, we now have 250 sheets of Yupo.
  The price averaged out to 50 cents per sheet (including shipping) which is usually cheaper than buying Yupo on individual pads. 

The online study has over 60 videos / 9 hours of instruction, so I hope to spend more time in class over the next few days.  There is also lifetime access to the videos - nice.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.