Fourth Week Recap of World Watercolor Month

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month, has given us thought-provoking prompts this year; these are my interpretations for the fourth week. The 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.

Valuable - Love/Relationships
Valuable – Love/Relationships

I’m grateful to have such a wonderful quarantine partner, and I miss being with so many other family members and friends.

Alone - Male Betta Fish
Alone – Male Betta Fish

Evidently, male Bettas need to be kept apart or they become aggressive and fight. My niece, Katie, has a Betta named Dave 🙂

Abundance – Corn

Generally, we have an abundance of corn in Ohio by now, but because of an extremely wet spring, corn is more precious this year. Freshly picked corn on the cob is a summertime treat!

Sharp - Pocket Knife
Sharp – Pocket Knife

As a kid, it seemed like my Dad’s pocket knife was magic. He could make or fix just about everything with it!

Favorite Song - Anything by The Monkees
Favorite Song – Anything by The Monkees

You probably already know how much I enjoy The Monkees and their music. This is their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Shine - Light Bulb
Shine – Light Bulb

Our neighbors have a string of Edison light bulbs on their deck, and they look so festive at night!

Complementary - Colors
Complementary – Colors

Complementary colors, like blue and orange, when placed side by side, create a pleasing contrast and enhance each other. When mixed, they cancel each other out and make a neutral color.

There are only three days left of the WWCM celebration. Thanks for stopping by, and please stay safe!

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 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 get art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here.

Holiday Aromas

There are some scents that instantly bring back memories, and the smell of cloves and oranges always make me think of Christmas. When my husband and I were first married, I made a Christmas centerpiece with pine branches from a tree in our backyard, and I put them in a little basket. On top I added an orange in which I had inserted rows of whole cloves, and oh my gosh, it smelled heavenly for over a week.

Holiday Aromas
Holiday Aromas

If you ever try this, here is a tip: Use a pushpin or other sharp item to make pilot holes, and then insert the cloves into those holes rather than trying to push them directly into the orange. Your fingertips will thank you!

Lion’s Paw Scallop #NatureDoodlewash

When we go to the beach as a family, our goal is to relax and reconnect.  A favorite activity is simply walking along the beach, observing and exploring, looking mostly for sharks teeth and any novelties that wash ashore.

A few years ago I spotted a bright orange color in the surf at low tide, just as the tide was starting to creep up.  I figured what I saw was probably a washed away beach toy but wanted to see for sure. The orange object was covered by the quickly rising tide a couple of times, but I was able to keep track of it under the waves because of the bright color.  Reaching for a third time I finally had this great Lion’s Paw scallop shell in my grip.  It was such fun to paint, too, because of its unusual color.

Lion's Paw Scallop Shell in watercolor

Lion’s Paw Scallop Shell in watercolor

Over the next few weeks I will share paintings of other beachy goodness as I participate in the #naturedoodlewash adventure.  Again, thanks to Charlie for hosting the event.

Hope you all have a terrific weekend!