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!

National Chocolate Chip Day, #DoodlewashDinner

Today we have Chocolate Chip Cookies and coffee for dessert at the #DoodlewashDinner.

While today is dedicated only to the chocolate chip and not the cookie, they certainly go hand in hand.  We have Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House Inn to thank for the first chocolate chip cookie baked in 1937, and since that day most established bakers claim to have formulated their own BEST recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

These little flat-bottomed, tear-shaped chips were first made from semi-sweet chocolate.  To my knowledge they are now also available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter varieties, but that’s stretching it because the last two are not even made from chocolate.  At any rate, cookies are much tastier with the addition of chocolate chips, and that’s something to celebrate!

National Animal Cracker Day – #doodlewashaday

I remember back in the day while grocery shopping with my mother, my siblings and I would each get a little red box of animal crackers.  Wild animals in a circus train car were pictured on the front, and a little shoelace-type string served as a handle.  The crackers (aka cookies) were shaped like circus animals and were also identifiable by intricately etched details.  Mom would open the boxes right there in the cookie aisle, and we would cheerfully bite the heads off the cookies and devour them throughout the store.

National Animal Cracker Day #Doodlewashaday

National Animal Cracker Day #Doodlewashaday

Over the years, the cookie box handle was replaced by cardboard.  Also, the cookies became less detailed until they morphed into blobby shapes with no identifiable etchings, which is good for me because I excel in drawing blobby shapes.   🙂  I limited the time spent on this painting for two reasons: 1) to keep me from overworking like I usually do, and 2) to see if I could produce something decent in a short amount of time.  It is definitely not the greatest but it was fun, and I think I will try the time limit thing again.  Happy National Animal Cracker Day!