Draw A Bird, April 2018

Although I tend to share a bird painting the 8th of every month, April 8 is the official Draw A Bird Day. I don’t know why I am fascinated by seagulls, but when I was fortunate to go to Hilton Head, NC in February, I spent some time observing these noisy birds. This fellow was not afraid of me getting to close and even seemed to pose.

Hilton Head Seagull

I hope April is bringing springtime magic your way. We are still trudging through mud, literally, and buds are slow to open. However, the hummingbirds are almost here so warmer days are surely right around the corner!

Happy World Watercolor Month 2017!

Our buddy Charlie over at Doodlewash created World Watercolor Month last year, and it is a monthlong celebration of all things watercolor! Doodlewash has a terrific community of watercolorists of every skill level – from novice to expert – and from all parts of the world.  We plan to play along all month by painting a little something each day, sharing our works, and “meeting” new folks. To celebrate I am taking an online class called Fresh Florals taught by Sandy Allnock over at art-classes.com.  In this class we will be painting loose, impressionistic flowers.  I painted these whimsical trilliums by following along.


I then painted this one with a little more realism but not too much detail. My gosh, it is so hard to refrain from fiddling with it! 



Wishing you all a fabulous, creative July!

Nuts #WorldWatercolorGroup

Acorns are nuts of the oak tree, and although still eaten by some cultures around the world, most acorns in America are eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, birds, deer, and other wildlife.



For this painting, I again used the Daniel Smith Primatek paints because the granulation properties add terrific texture to the hats of these acorns.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends here in the U.S.!

Bell Peppers, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Did you know that most bell peppers start out as green but then mature into the milder and sweeter yellow, orange, and red colors?


Bell Peppers

Bell peppers slices are versatile enough to add to any meal and are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C.  I enjoy them most with a dollop of hummus, which makes an excellent snack between lunch and dinner.  Have a great weekend!

Carrots and a German Hat #WorldWatercolorGroup

Today’s prompt is carrots, and because I did a painting of those not too long ago I decided to repost them.   Here is the original post if you care to read.


Carrot Bunch

Carrot Bunch

Then it felt like I was cheating, so I flipped through my sketchbook to find something else to share.  I painted this German hat back in September after going to a local Oktoberfest celebration but never got around to posting it.


In order to tie together the two paintings, I decided to learn the German word for carrot, which, according to the Internet, can be karotte or mohre.  😀

Tootsie Pop #WorldWatercolorGroup

Remember the commercial?  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  Mr. Owl proved that it was 3, but since that 1969 commercial hundreds of official and unofficial studies have been done by university groups and neighborhood children.  Evidently the number spans from 3 licks to 3,481 licks, but according to the official studies there are many variables.  Frankly, I think the number was way overanalyzed and will stick with Mr. Owl’s conclusion.

Tootsie Pops

Tootsie Pops

Today’s prompt of sugar candy led me to paint my three favorite flavors of Tootsie Pops from when I was a youngster.  Chocolate was the very first flavor introduced in 1931 and it was my favorite.  Cherry and Orange ran a close second.  I loathed grape for some reason, but luckily my sister loved it and disliked the orange, so we made a lot of trades over the years.  What was your favorite flavor?