GUEST DOODLEWASH: A Painting Journey

Doodlewash by Ros Jenke

Hi, I’m Ros Jenke from the south west corner of Australia. I’ve been dabbling in some form of art most of my life. I initially trained in architectural drafting and worked in landscape drafting for several years.  When my children were young I took up decorative painting with acrylics and subsequently went on to teach and publish two books on the techniques.

After taking early retirement and relocating to the south coast I found I was isolated from and missed my network of art buddies so I joined the Wetcanvas online community. I learnt a lot from tutorials and links on that site and developed an interest in other forms of art, mainly watermedia, pastels and gouache. 

Doodlewash by Ros JenkeMy first tutorial there was with Larry Seiler and he stated that it takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting and encouraged participants to start their own blog (you can visit mine here!) to keep a personal record of their progress. Happily I’m well past the 120 mark and I think I know a little bit more about painting now : ) Since then I have been a regular on the Wetcanvas Weekend Drawing Event 2 hour challenge, where a different host posts 16 reference photos to choose from each week. I like this motivation because I am a little lazy I guess and it makes it easy to choose one of those.

More recently I enrolled in Liz Steele’s Sketching Foundations course and discovered a love of sketching and the start of the obsession with pens and watercolours. Liz encouraged students to post their work on Flickr, so I started my own page which you can view here

Doodlewash by Ros JenkeI then discovered the Every Day in May, then June Facebook art groups and started a daily art habit, but lapsed a little after a few months. This post for the prompt “in the can” on my Flickr page was picked up on Explore (who knows why?) and got over 90 faves and 10,000 views. I then enrolled in some Craftsy courses, my favourites being Shari Blaukopf’s Watercolour landscapes and Marc Taro’s Travel sketching. 

Doodlewash by Ros JenkeA few months ago I decided to keep a diary/journal and do a little sketch or painting each day and since then I am much more committed. I post my daily diary entry on Instagram and a weekly wrap up on my blog.

Doodlewash by Ros JenkeMy daily paintings are mainly gouache because my journal has difficult paper but it it also makes me experiment with ways to overcome the problem. I like to make my art fun and light hearted and I try to include a fitting quote or to add a little humour.

Doodlewash by Ros JenkeThanks Charlie for inviting me. I love sharing and interacting with others online in painting and sketching communities. 

Ros Jenke
WordPress blog

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  1. mfearing 7 years ago

    Great paintings. So much life in them.

  2. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    I very much enjoyed Ros’s blog and artwork. Thank you Charlie for sharing this.

  3. Jessica 7 years ago

    Ros, I remember seeing your January 4th sketch journal entry in the Artist’s Journal Workshop group on FB. I love that sketch! Wonderful to see and read more about you.

  4. Jodi 7 years ago

    LOVE all this! Oh Ros – nice to “meet” you, and I can’t wait to check out all your wonderful resources! Thanks for sharing Ros with us Charlie!!! I have so far to go to get to 120! No wonder I’m not good yet! YAY!!!! 🙂

    • Author

      Haha…you’re awesome and we all know it!! 😉❤️So happy to introduce you to Ros! 😃😃Glad you liked the feature!

  5. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Lovely stuff! I’m following you!

  6. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Ros does beautiful work! Followed her on Instagram!

  7. rebecca 7 years ago

    This was lovely to read!!! I loved learning more about you!! You are so talented and admire your artwork and your talent!

  8. Beautiful work! 😀 Thanks, Charlie!

  9. Kari 7 years ago

    I’ve been following Ros on IG for awhile and love her sketches! Will have to check out the Flickr site!

  10. Eric Disney 7 years ago


  11. Great to meet you and see your work Ros! I’m following you on Instagram now. Love your journal pages, looking forward to seeing more.

  12. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Your paintings are lovely, Ros! I checked out your blog and I love your humor too! 🙂 Thanks Charlie for sharing Ros with us!

  13. theturtle 7 years ago

    Beautiful Ros !
    And thank you Charlie , another great artist to visit and learn from 🙂
    Turtle Hugs

  14. rosjenke 7 years ago

    Thanks so much Charlie. I’m honored and happy to be on your blog.

  15. Cathe 7 years ago

    So happy to see Ros and her beautiful painting right here! I’m a big fan!

  16. memadtwo 7 years ago

    You have a wonderful sense of space. I love your little journal, slices of your life. (K)

  17. anniedrawsthings 7 years ago

    These are so beautiful! Such a nice use of color vs. white space! Well done, Ros, and thanks to Charlie!

  18. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Hi Ros, your paintings show how much fun you are having. Wonderful color and style. Thanks for Sharing. Thank you Charlie.

  19. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Fantastic paintings and a wonderful post. Visually delightful and very inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. ann christina 7 years ago

    Wow, beautiful artworks! And thanks for the quote of Charles Reid, he´s one of my idols. ❤️

  22. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your art with us and for all the links!

  23. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Very lovely work!

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