Shady Shark

Today’s Doodlewash prompt is ocean, which immediately brings to mind our favorite family vacation spot in North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. One of our favorite ocean activities is beach-combing and searching for fossilized sharks’ teeth, and here is where it all begins.

Shady Shark

Although we find quite a few sharks’ teeth during our vacation, it’s been a few years since we’ve found a sizable one; you’d think it would be easy because sharks shed approximately 35,000 teeth in a lifetime! Either way, it is fun to spend time in the surf – one of my favorite places to be. 🦈 🏝

Orchids

My friend, Kim, is a whiz at anything having to do with a needle and thread and has made award-winning quilts and other textile pieces. Recently, she helped me out with a sewing project and happened to need something new and cheerful to hang in her house, so we bartered our skills. Because she grows lovely orchids, I thought this subject would be perfect.

Orchids
Orchids

We both love our new pieces! Have you ever bartered with a friend? If so, what did you exchange?

Draw A Bird Day, August 2019

I’m a bit late in posting this bird; I posted it on Instagram on the 8th but am just now getting around to posting here. Cattle Egrets are native to Africa but somehow reached northeastern South America in 1877. They continued to spread, arriving in the United States in 1941 and nesting here by 1953.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

I’ve been working on some larger pieces lately and will share those soon. Hope your August is going well!

World Watercolor Month 2017 – Wrap Up, Week 2

This week of World Watercolor Month has been all about flowers for me.  I’ve been practicing lessons from Sandy Allnock’s art-classes.com Fresh Florals, and although some lessons were a little challenging, I stuck with them until I got the desired results.

Forsythia

Forsythia

First, I used the cherry blossom brush strokes from the last class to create the above forsythia branch.

Petal Practice

Petal Practice

After practicing a few new brush stroke petals, I created some daisies.  The white daisy petals are created by painting the background around the petals, otherwise known as negative painting.

I was less than excited with my first attempt.

Practice Daisies

Practice Daisies

I decided to add a few more petals to each flower for a more realistic, less graphic look.

More Daisies

More Daisies

Last for the week were snapdragons, which were my favorites to paint so far because of their bright colors.

Practice Snapdragons

Practice Snapdragons

 

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

As I am writing this post, it dawned on me that this technique could be modified to create hyacinth flowers as well.  Hmm…..

World Watercolor Month, founded by our friend Charlie over at Doodlewash.com, has a few purposes, one of which is to raise money and awareness for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a nonprofit organization encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams.  They provide art and music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.

World Watercolor Month is also an opportunity for watercolorists around the world to connect and play along by painting a little something each day – 31 watercolors in 31 days.  So far I have been able to keep up and have been posting daily on Instagram but will make weekly updates here on my blog.  I’m off to make my donation to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and then to start today’s painting.  Hope you have a happy weekend!

Draw A Bird Day, July 2017

Happy Draw A Bird Day, July 2017 edition.  As you might now, the true Draw A Bird Day is April 8, but because we enjoy drawing birds so much, some folks in the WordPress blogging community commemorate the occasion on the 8th of every month.

Black Bird

Black Bird

This black bird was lurking around my back yard. His eyes looked so sinister I thought surely Alfred Hitchcock was around the corner, but he certainly made for good subject matter.


Here is the reference photo I took. Just a little creepy. 👀 

Metallic #WorldWatercolorGroup

Hershey’s Kisses debuted in 1907 and originally were hand wrapped in crinkly, silver aluminum foil wrappers.  In 1921 the chocolates were machine wrapped and the little paper plume was added. The plume actually has a purpose: When pulled down toward the flat bottom of the candy, the paper plume tears the foil and the chocolate pops right out.

Hershey's Kiss

Hershey’s Kiss

It wasn’t until the 1960s that red and green metallic wrappers were introduced at Christmastime. Next came pastel-colored metallic wrappers for Easter, and on and on and on. Chocolate Kisses can now be found in a myriad of varieties, flavors, and wrapper colors and the plumes can even be personalized for your special occasion. I am partial to the original plain chocolate variety wrapped in any color metallic foil. Do you have a favorite variety of Hershey’s Kisses?