GUEST DOODLEWASH: Hooked On Watercolors

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting by Jodi Sones of basket of apples - #doodlewash

My name is Jodi Sones and I now live on the central Oregon coast, USA, in a small town called Waldport (follow me on Facebook!).  I was born and raised in a very small town in southern California and come from a family of artists, all on my mother’s side of the family, and they were the ones that originally influenced me the most.  

They painted primarily in oils, and one did a bit of acrylics, but treated it about the same as if painting with oils since that was what they first learned.  When they went to school, art was taught to them, but that had been taken out of the subjects when I went to school.  I pretty much had to go it on my own, and really didn’t do much except some chalk drawing on a blackboard I got for Christmas one year.  

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Jodi Sones of boat - #doodlewash

As a very young child, I was taken out of kindergarten at age 5 with rheumatic fever and did not go back to school until I was 8 years old.  Evidently, I was a fast learner because it only took me one year to catch up with the kids my own age.  I didn’t know how to write my name, didn’t know the alphabet, couldn’t do math and reading was out of the question at first.  

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting by Jodi Sones of bee - #doodlewash

In the 1970’s, I decided to dabble a bit in watercolor, transparent oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, almost anything I could get my hands on.  I gave it up after only a few months and didn’t do anything for many years.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting by Jodi Sones of butterfly - #doodlewash

I am retired now (almost 70 years old) so decided to take it up again in 2015 and enrolled in a 6 month, on-line course from Anna Mason.  When I signed up for her class, I decided I was going to do it MY way and not invest in all the different colors of paint available.  

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting by Jodi Sones of cat - #doodlewash

I now paint in only watercolor and not only just watercolor, but only primary watercolors. The colors I use are Cobalt Blue, Azo Yellow and Alizarin Crimson from M. Graham. Very rarely I will use a bit of Chinese White, but try to keep that at a bare minimum as I do favor masking fluid over Chinese White.  I am considering switching the Cobalt Blue out for Turquoise and the Alizarin Crimson out for Magenta as soon as I use the tubes up that I now have.  

I did purchase a few brushes for the tiny details, but was given some bamboo brushes from a friend and now paint with them.  I was given 5 brushes, but the first one I tried do everything, including the tiny details that I so love to do.  

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor painting by Jodi Sones of dogs - #doodlewash

I like the details in painting botanical subjects best, but did a painting of a friends cat and now people want me to paint their pets.  

Jodi Sones
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14 Comments
  1. I love the ones of the pets! You’ve captured their personalities! <3<3<3

  2. Jodi 9 months ago

    Beautiful work Jodi! And what’s not to love about another Jodi. 😉

  3. creatingincolors 9 months ago

    Your work is so detailed and beautiful! And to think you paint with only a few colors and get these amazing results.

  4. Simply Splendid Food 9 months ago

    Just absolutely beautiful. Love the cat under the bed! Very nice work! 💖

  5. brygydmyry 9 months ago

    Very inspiring! The story and how you use minimal materials to do so much!

  6. brandonknoll 9 months ago

    Love these paintings dude!!

  7. YesterdayAfter 9 months ago

    Beautiful story and wonderful work! I like to paint with minimal colors myself too! Best wishes for the future keep painting! <3

  8. Laura Hale 9 months ago

    Beautiful artwork and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Jenn 9 months ago

    Wow, the fish look real; the cat looks like my max- all pictures -superb!!!😄

  10. GP Cox 9 months ago

    I’ve never seen watercolor paintings so clear and true to life. You have an outstanding gift!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Three watercolor paints? Five brushes? Didn’t paint watercolor till you were nearly 70 years old? Jodi, you are my hero! Bravo to you for showing that life begins the minute you wake up each day. Your art work is gorgeous, images to linger over, and if an artist can get a viewer to gaze, well, that’s a masterful stroke. So very nice to meet you through your art.

  12. Sew it up Buttercup 9 months ago

    Jodi you are an inspiration to us all. I’m so glad I read this post.

  13. Definitely inspiring! You are very skilled!

  14. SHARON HASCHALK 8 months ago

    Incredible Jodi, and only using 3 colors, that’s amazing. Your paintings are so beautiful and fresh looking. I love them all, especially the boat, and the doggies. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing your work.

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