GUEST DOODLEWASH: Cute Animals

Doodlewash of two penguins in watercolor by Mette Laustsen

Doodlewash of Giraffe mom and baby in watercolor by Mette LaustsenHi, my name is Mette Laustsen, I am 35 years old and live in Denmark in a small town called Sorø. (Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or my website!). I’m so glad that Charlie invited me to show my paintings here at Doodlewash. Thank you so much! Ever since I was a child, I loved to draw funny little animals everywhere, and if you visit my school from my childhood, I’m sure you can find small doodles of animals drawn at all the school tables… haha! At that time I also decided, that once I became a grown up, I would have a creative job. Actually, I dreamed that I would be so good at drawing, that maybe I could make children’s books or sell my drawings.

Doodlewash of owl eyes in watercolor by Mette LaustsenSo I took the education as a graphic designer, and today I am creative every day working on magazines, brochures etc., and I love it! But actually, I forgot to draw!!! Instead I was creative in Photoshop and made funny photomanipulations in my spare time (you can also see them at my website). Many years ago my mother in law gave me a small box of watercolors, which had been hers, when she was a child. Back then, I thought that “watercolors were boring and difficult” and I hid the box away in a closet.

Doodlewash of deer antlers in watercolor with flowers by Mette LaustsenBut then one summer there was a small course, where you could learn to paint flowers with watercolors, and I thought, “okay, I’ll give it a try.” And it was SO much fun!!! And ever since, I have been painting with watercolors and drawing again! What I like about watercolors is, that you can easily paint everywhere; in nature, travels and so on!

Doodlewash of two zebras touching noses in watercolor by Mette LaustsenAll you need is your little box of colors, brushes and water! Just like when I was a child, I love to paint animals! It’s definitely my favorite motive. I still like to make the animals look “cute,” but they look a lot more realistic now. I also like to paint people, especially the eyes, so that’s why I only paint faces. I often use a very small brush for all the details, but I like to use a big brush and let “the colors run” in the bottom of my paintings, so I get a little bit of “watercolor effects”. I paint in size A3 and A2, and I get inspirations from my job as graphic designer, and from the Internet especially Instagram and Pinterest.

Doodlewash of Panda face in watercolor by Mette LaustsenI am self taught and have been painting watercolors for 3 years now. At first I didn’t really like to show my paintings to anyone. But a colleague kept saying, that I should “show my watercolors to the world” and try to sell some of them.

So last year I created my Facebook page where I show and sell posters of my watercolors. And I’m so glad I did it, because it gives me a great pleasure, that people likes my paintings and even want to buy them. Often people send me a photo from their home, where they have hung up my paintings, and it makes me SO happy, and makes me want to paint even more! So my dream from my childhood actually came true!!!

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63 Comments
  1. babybluesnowflake 1 year ago

    absolutely stunning artwork! fantastic colours! love it!

  2. KD HUFF 1 year ago

    Your paintings are lovely! 💚

  3. mywords331 1 year ago

    Amazing pictures…!!!!

  4. Love your paintings! My favorite are the penguins but then then I love penguins! very imaginative. 🙂

    • Author

      hehe… the penguins were my favorite of Mette’s too for the same reason. That’s why I put them first. 😊Glad you liked these Margaret!😃

      • Mette Laustsen 1 year ago

        Thank you. ☺ My family especially also like the penguins. Both my mother in law and my fathers sister have posters of the penguins. 🐧☺🐧

  5. ARTmoses 1 year ago

    This is truly amazing!

  6. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    I love your animals! The giraffes in particular. Their eyes all speak volumes to me. Thank you for sharing Mette’s art Charlie and I am now following her on instagram and facebook.

  7. anaaibachan 1 year ago

    Hope you can do rabbits…I love rabbits….

  8. Jessica Seacrest 1 year ago

    Beautiful and vibrant painting Mette! You do the eyes so well!

  9. Seriously, you are doing incredible work. It is no wonder people want to buy it! Continued best wishes to you (although you don’t need it). You look like you’ve been painting in watercolor for many many years!

  10. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Wow! Your paintings are so FANTASTIC!! I could look at your animals for hours, Mette so I’m now following you on Instagram! Thanks Charlie.

  11. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Beautiful art Mette, I like your approach of the animal portraits. Thank you Charlie.

  12. memadtwo 1 year ago

    wow! The details are stunning! That owl especially caught my eye. (K)

  13. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    Fantastic artwork! 🙌

  14. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    What an incredible paintings Mette! Loved the background behind panda 🐼😍 Thanks for the feature Charlie 👍🏼 following you on IG

    • Author

      Yay! So happy to hear about the follow! Thanks Snehal! 😃

      • Mette Laustsen 1 year ago

        Thank you. ☺ I am right now painting an eagle and it will have allmost the same background. It will soon some on IG. ☺

  15. Jodi 1 year ago

    Love your work Mette! Look forward to following. Thanks for sharing Charlie!

  16. Jen 1 year ago

    Those penguins! I love the technique you used!

  17. anaaibachan 1 year ago

    Thank you, following her page!!!

  18. Your animals are amazing!!

  19. AnimalAdvocate 1 year ago

    So amazing! I’d love it if you’d be able to make a painting for my blog heading!

  20. corinnebekker 1 year ago

    Wonderful work – very inspiring. Thanks.

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