Exotic Birds Watercolor by Jill Kuhn

Something a little different for today’s Guest Doodlewash in honor of Laura’s Draw A Bird Day today (@ Create Art Every Day). Jill Kuhn from Spokane, Washington (follow her!) recently took some of my abstracts and made some incredibly cool art. The top left is my original abstract, in which Jill “found” a Spotted Nothura (with a little help from one of her favorite bird books, Extreme Birds by Dominic Couzens) and rendered it beautifully!

It was such a fun collaboration that I just had to share it with you here! Jill is fearless when it comes to experimenting with different mediums and her work is always full of imagination. It’s that same imagination that led her to finding an octopus in yet another of my previously unpublished abstracts. I had titled mine on the left, Octopus Loses In A Horrible Fight, but Jill managed to “find” a victorious octopus and create a fantastic and truly educational homage to this fascinating cephalopod. But, truthfully, this is just a super great excuse to introduce you to Jill!

Octopus De-Abstracted

Jill has always enjoyed art, even as a child.  In 2013, she started taking online art classes from Carla Sonheim.  She says, “I was working a stressful, full-time job and needed a creative outlet.  Online art classes have helped me rediscover my JOY in art.  I love learning, experimenting and creating art in multiple mediums!  And I have made many wonderful friends all over the world.” (so happy to be one of them!)

In September 2014, Jill joined an online challenge with two friends to create a bird a day (any art medium) for 101 days.  This challenge started her journey of creating art each and every day.  When she started her blog in January 2015, she continued to focus on birds and posted daily.  In May, she grew tired of birds (after about nine straight months), so she broadened her subject matter. 

Jill says, “I love to write so blogging has given me a new passion in life.  Each day, I look forward with anticipation to connect with my blogging friends who are all such an inspiration to me. My art style leans toward whimsical… probably because I love to laugh and make others smile.  I am not sure where my art will take me as I am still searching for my creative niche but I am enjoying the journey!”

And we’re all enjoying watching your journey Jill! Thanks so much for all the smiles and laughs and the sheer joy you’re bringing to the blogosphere each day. If you’re not already following Jill’s blog, please do so this minute! You won’t be disappointed! Smiles are guaranteed.  

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  1. courtney 7 years ago

    Those are sooooo very awesome!!! Very beautiful!

  2. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Jill is, indeed, fearless in her art! I want to be just like her when I grow up! 😀 I loved the octopus she made from your abstract!

  3. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Thank you so much, Charlie! 😊 I appreciate all your kind words, my friend! 💜

    • Author

      Thank YOU Jill for being so fun and inspiring! Art is more fun when you have friends to play with. Thank you for being one of mine! 💜😃

  4. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Hi Charlie – Thanks for highlighting Jill today. I’ve enjoyed following her blog and her creative style. Lots of surprises happening at Jill’s blog.

  5. WOOT! Awesome celebration of Jill’s work. Her style is so free and expressive….and colorful!! Can’t get enough of it! And Charlie, I just have to add that your title for that piece “Octopus Loses In A Horrible Fight” was a scream! I really enjoyed that one. Peace, my friend. And YAY for Jill! 😀

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Laura! Jill is Amazing!! It was so wonderful to feature her, and to collaborate! 😉 But honestly…now that you’ve seen the missing abstract, you must agree it really fits! Lol

  6. memadtwo 7 years ago

    101 birds! I have a lot of work to do…

    • Author

      Hehe…better get to work!! Yeah…that’s sound both impressive and exhausting. I think I would get distracted by a squirrel or something at some point 😊

      • memadtwo 7 years ago

        likewise…my attention span is not my strongest point.

  7. Nancy 7 years ago

    Thanks for spotlighting Jill’s work. She’s super creative. He drawing never fail to make me smile!!

  8. ann christina 7 years ago

    Such a nice portrait of Jill!!! Thanks for sharing, Charlie!!! 😊👍

  9. Kari 7 years ago

    I love the collaborative pieces! Beautiful artwork!

  10. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    “Fearless” and whimsical….she has certainly found joy in her art…Love the beautiful creations and the collaborations were great! Thank you for introducing such a creative force, looking forward to visiting her blog.

  11. amaryllislog 7 years ago

    What a fun post! Jill is so creative, thank you sharing her work and thoughts!

  12. cubbyholes 7 years ago

    I love Jill’s work. It always makes me smile and outright laugh. 😀

  13. […] like to thank Charlie at Doodlewash for featuring me as a guest on his blog yesterday!  Charlie, I have so enjoyed our recent art […]

  14. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    How did I miss this! A day later, here I find this lovely post. I’ve been following Jill since I started blogging in Fb. 2015 – when she was still birding it up on WordPress and was immediately enthralled by her creatively. Love your collaborations. Jill inspires me, too. So happy to learn more about Jill and her artwork, along with your work together, here. Thanks!

    • Author

      Yay! Jill is sooo fun!! Glad you caught her feature. Doodlewashing is so much more fun with friends!! 😉👍🏻😃

  15. […] autumn of 2014, I did a challenge to draw a bird daily for 101 days (together with Jill Kuhn and Corinne Bekker, both of them have had guest doodlewashes here as well). That was a wonderful […]

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