Happy Leap Day everyone! A couple of my doodlewashes just wouldn’t work in the final collection for this month’s adventure. First, while Grumpy Cat was fine as fan art, I needed a generic cat to put in my final piece, so we have this little guy instead. Also, the mythical unicorn was a bit out of place with all the reality surrounding it, so I did decide to make an urchin after all. The weird pairing shown here is simply because I didn’t feel like making two posts, but has the unintended effect of making it seem like the cat is the victim of an urchin attack.
Since cats are rather well-known, I figured I’d focus the educational tidbits today on the little urchin. One of the coolest things I found about sea urchins is their life span is typically 30 years, but can be as long as 200 years. Though they look a bit like a stationary bush, they actually have five sets of “legs” that they use to propel themselves across the ocean floor. They pose no threat to other creatures and are generally harmless, except the poisonous flower urchin.
The flower urchin, though poisonous, has a very interesting relationship with the clown fish. The clown fish apparently starts the relationship by performing a funny little dance, which involves gently brushing against the urchin. This allows the fish to slowly dose on the poison and build up an immunity. After a few hours of this intoxicating “dancing,” it can easily approach the flower urchin and feed off the parasites that live in and around the spines. This then helps keep the flower urchin healthy, so it’s truly a perfect match.
And finally, there’s that poster I’ve been yammering on about. It was fun to see this little menagerie come together in one place. I’m the worst shopkeeper ever, and never promote my stuff or tend to upload new items, but here’s a little something at least.
The complete ABC print is now available in my Society6 shop and I’ll be uploading some of the individual creatures later in the week. Here’s an image of how it turned out.
If you visit the store via this link, you should be able to get free worldwide shipping now through Sunday, March 6. If you’re at all interested or know someone who might be! The poster is found under the “Collections” link.
Thanks so much for joining me on this adventure! It’s been one of my favorites and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. Stay tuned for a new adventure starting tomorrow, and as you might guess by now, I’m still not entirely sure what it will be yet! Some things never change.
About the Doodlewashes
CAT: M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone God, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Azo Green, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
URCHIN: M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Doixazine Purple, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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