Draw A Bird, July 2020, Plus the 1st Week’s Recap of World Watercolor Month

Hi friends. For this month’s Draw A Bird day, I painted an osprey portrait. When on vacation, we enjoy watching osprey fly over the ocean looking for big fish. Even better is when you see them flying away with their tasty meal (although a feel a little bad for the fish). We also like to see another type of osprey practicing maneuvers up and down the beach, as you will see in the last picture below.

Osprey
Osprey

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month (WWCM), has given us thought-provoking prompts this year for WWCM, and here are my interpretations for the first week. These paintings are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much.

Rejoice "The world rejoices in flowers"
Rejoice – “The world rejoices in flowers”
Texture - Rust
Texture – Rust
Playful - Jumping in the Surf
Playful – Jumping in the Surf
Quiet - Tea and Reading
Quiet – Tea and Reading
My Favorite Color - Blue
My Favorite Color – Blue
Flow - Shower
Flow – Shower
Free - Marines practice Osprey maneuvers over the beach we visit
Free – Marines practice Osprey maneuvers over the beach we visit

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors in 31 days.   Artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them.  If you want to know more or help deserving children obtain art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here. See you next week with a recap of week 2. Stay safe out there!

Summertime Splashes

Hello there! I’ve enjoyed playing along with the Doodlewash prompts for June and posting on Instagram. These little paintings are done quickly, for the most part, and are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much. Here are some that I’ve painted in June.

Playing Cards
Playing Cards
Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye
Brownie
Brownie
Pencils
Pencils
Beach Ball
Beach Ball
Buttons
Buttons
Cookie
Cookie
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum

Looking back at these, I laugh because the prompt of chrysanthemum gave me the hardest time. I tried it few times and all attempts were pathetic. Then, the next day, I sat down to conquer it as soon as I woke up, and the flower just kind of flowed off the brush. Why can’t that happen every time?

Today, July 1, starts the celebration of World Watercolor Month, and I’ll post weekly recaps of the prompts here on WordPress while posting daily on Instagram. The July prompts are rather vague, and I am eager to see the interpretations of other artists. I hope you are having an awesome summer so far, even with all the oddities we seem to have nowadays. Be well!

Smiling Sloth

Although sloths move very slowly, about 125 feet per day, they are superstar swimmers! Isn’t it fun that their hair patterns make it seem as if they are eternally smiling?

Smiling Sloth
Smiling Sloth

There has been an explosion of sloth-themed items for the last many years, and my daughter thinks they are awesome creatures. Therefore, this painting will find a good home with her. I hope she likes it!

Draw A Bird, June 2020

I hope this blog post finds you well and enjoying the change of season (without all the crazy rain we had during the early spring).

Although I don’t recall northern mockingbirds in this area when I was younger (maybe I didn’t pay that close attention), we now have many at our feeders.

Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Northern mockingbirds are plentiful when I have suet or whole peanuts offered, and they also are seen eating loose seed underneath the seed feeder. Evidently they like berries, too.

Fun fact: Northern mockingbirds can mimic up to 200 sounds in their environment including other birds, alarms, and gates creaking. Pretty clever!

Tulip

Hello! I hope you are doing well. Is life starting to feel more normal? Here in Ohio many services and business are reopening, of course with social distancing, masks, and other concessions, and although I am not afraid to be out and about, I think I’ll to continue to stay home as much as possible and bundle my errands to do all at once.

I’ve been working in my art journal lately but have also worked on some bigger pieces of artwork, like this tulip.

Tulip
Tulip

Special thanks to photographer, Charlie O’Shields, for the interesting perspective of his reference photo.

Draw A Bird, May 2020

I’ve been working with my pastels again lately and painted (yes, it is still called a painting even though it is made with pastels) this kingfisher bird on gray pastel paper.

Kingfisher in Pastel
Kingfisher in Pastel

Kingfishers like to swoop around and fish in streams and lakes, and I first saw one last year while in Asheville, North Carolina. Also, I painted one in March 2017 for Draw A Bird Day. As I said in that post, their feather colors are so pretty!

How are things going for you? I hope you are hanging in there and feeling optimistic about the future! I love that the weather has changed and that the trees and plants are budding and blooming. I am sending good wishes to you, and please stay well!

May the Force be with You

Since 2011, May the 4th has been known as Star Wars Day due to the pun “May The Fourth be with You.” One of the good guys of the Light Side of the Force is Yoda, a wise, 900-year-old (70-year-old in human years) humanoid-alien who trains Luke how to use the Force against the Dark Side, which is a good thing in case you aren’t familiar with the series.

We watched the Star Wars films often with our kids, but it’s been years since I’ve watched them. When Disney+ launched last year, everyone was talking about the new series called Star Wars: The Mandalorian. A young 50-year-old (4-year-old in human years) Yoda is in the show, and I really don’t know much else about it except that the The Child Yoda is kinda cute, so “paint him I must!”

The Child, young Yoda

Yoda was also known for his wise words. I like this quote: “You will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”  I wish the same for you: See the Light, be calm and at peace, love those around you, and be your awesome self!

PS: I’m sure my kids will let me know how much I might or might not have butchered this whole synopsis! 🙂