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!

Playful Splashes – Sketching Stuff Activity Books

Charlie from Doodlewash has written two activity books (for people of all ages) called Sketching Stuff Nature and Sketching Stuff Food. I’ve always admired Charlie’s “coloring book illustrations” and his watercolor style, leaving in so much white for brightness. He is a master of illustrating and painting transparent objects like glass, ice, etc. Although our painting styles are quite different, I enjoyed reading about his process and how he creates his artwork.

Scribble art is something we all probably did in elementary school. The goal is to scribble on paper without lifting the pencil and then find objects in the abstract shapes. When I started scribbling on my watercolor paper, my husband looked at me like I had gone mad! Right away I saw Mary holding Baby Jesus, so I painted those images and then decided to paint all of the sections hoping to make it look like stained glass. Honestly, this was a fun project and very relaxing, too.

Scribble Art
Scribble Art

Charlie does his drawings in waterproof inks and then colors them in. I usually draw with pencil and then add watercolor, but I liked the look of my paintings outlined with waterproof pens.

Pen and Ink Flower
Pen and Watercolor Flower
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Nature
Pen and Watercolor Acorn
Pen and Watercolor Acorn
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Nature
Pen and Watercolor Bananas
Pen and Watercolor Bananas
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Food
Pen and Watercolor Onions
Pen and Watercolor Onions
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Food

These paintings were done by following the tutorials in the Sketching Stuff books, and I wish I had this knowledge when starting out. Honestly, if you or your children want to learn to make fun and interesting doodle and illustration artwork, these books will get you started. With so many people under the stay-at-home orders, now is the perfect time! All you need is some paper, drawing and coloring mediums of your choice, and your imagination. Stay well!

Chocolate

I like most chocolate, but I’m not fond of chocolate covered cherries. However, my dad loves them and I buy him some every year for Christmas. I’m not even sure how this tradition started, but I believe when I was a teenager I bought him a box and have done so yearly since. It is kind of a joke now and he still enjoys them, although there are many fewer in a box nowadays.

Chocolate Covered Cherry
Chocolate Covered Cherry

Hope Dad thinks this one looks good enough to eat! ❀

Pets – Meet Matty

This is Matty, and actually I’ve never met him, so we are meeting him together. He’s been gone a long time, but his owners, some friends of ours, asked me to paint him. He certainly seemed to have a lot of personality, and he certainly needed some orthodonture πŸ™‚

Matty
Matty

They were very happy with the outcome which made me very happy, too!