World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 3 Recap

This week’s prompts were a lot of fun.  Hope you enjoy this recap.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse – This painting is about twice the size of the real thing, which is a dried skate egg case!  Read more about it here

Day 16-Casting Shadows

Day 16-Casting Shadows, Blueberries

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon I know most folks don’t care for these birds, but I think their colors are dazzling, especially in the sunshine!

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog – This one was seen at an aquarium we visited in North Carolina. It was no bigger than my thumb!


Day 19 - Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 19-Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 20-Wet and Dry, Umbrella


Day 21-Glorious Golds

Day 21-Glorious Golds – From a tutorial taught by Birgit O’Connor

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


World Watercolor Month 2018 – Day 15

I felt like this subject needed its own blog post because it is so unusual.  The prompt is On The Beach, so I painted this leathery, tendrilled curiosity.  We find them washed up on the beach almost every year while on vacation.

It is called a mermaid’s purse, which sounds much better than saying it is an empty egg case of a skate (a kind of ray/fish).  Some sharks also have similar-looking egg cases.  Eggs are laid in this small pouch made of collagen proteins that protect the developing embryo for up to 12 weeks. At that point, the skate will have grown into a fully developed and independent juvenile, ready to take on the ocean. The long tendrils at the corners anchor the cases onto vegetation on the ocean floor to keep it hidden and safe from predators.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse 

To show more detail, this was painted about twice the size of the dried cases we find in North Carolina.  I hope you enjoyed this little synopsis of a fascinating beach novelty.