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!