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.
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!
We just returned from a restful beach vacation, which gave me lots of time to observe subjects for this month’s #naturedoodlewash adventure as well as Draw A Bird Day. Armed with my travel watercolor palette and Derwent Inktense Pencils, I happily had a lot of time to play and create.
Pelicans were abundant at the beach and have a lot to offer in the way of entertainment. They are funny to me because they look like clumsy birds with comically oversized bills and feet, and if you have ever seen one do a face-plant into the ocean in order to scoop up a fish you can’t help but laugh.
Pelican, Draw A Bird Day, June 2016 #naturedoodlewash
On the other hand, pelicans soar gracefully through the skies and look very impressive when flying together in formation, often flapping their wings in synchrony. Pelicans were once close to extinction because of pesticide pollution, but I’m very thankful that their numbers have recovered and we can fully enjoy their performances, both silly and graceful.