GUEST DOODLEWASH: The Freedom of Watercolor

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of bird flying out to the ocean from a post on the beach

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of purple Hepatica FlowersHi, my name is Sibella (follow me on Instagram, Facebook and visit my blog!). I currently live in the United States (Indiana), but was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small country in South-Eastern Europe. My artistic interests reach as far back as early childhood. I was always up to creating something even if it meant a mess! In Bosnia, I also received my art and education degree.

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of Chocolate Lab PuppyI took a long break from painting in the times when Bosnia went through war in the beginning of the 90’s until about 2006 when I finally felt settled, safe and at home in the U.S.

At the present time I focus on painting in watercolor and soft pastel. I choose subjects that spark my interest and inspiration, and those can be people, landscapes, cityscapes, animals, still objects, flowers, etc. etc. I have a huge file of photos that I want to paint from and would most likely need another lifetime to complete them all! I am currently remodeling my home office and turning it into my very own, little studio and can’t wait to complete it. My favorite watercolor paints are Winsor & Newton and I prefer Arches cold press 140 lb paper. I use a variety of brushes, my favorite being Winsor & Newton bamboo brushes.

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of old bridge over water with houses in the distance

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of pink peony peoniesI start my watercolors with lightly sketching a subject with a pencil and then I continue with adding washes and details until I reach desired effect. I love watercolor because it’s a very playful medium and I am constantly learning something new through trial and error. Being a pastelist most of my artistic life I strived for precision and accuracy, and even though watercolors can be very clean and precise, I like mine to kind of run their own course. I am not much concerned about making a mistake and that’s how I find freedom in watercolor painting – it’s truly liberating!

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of Aslan the LionI also paint in acrylic, mixed media, pencil and ink. I recently started practicing calligraphy and really loving it. For me it’s all about mood and inspiration. I am also interested in other forms of expression and creativity, such as poetry, stained glass, pottery and jewelry making. I love baking, gourmet cooking (you can visit my food blog which I no longer maintain, but has some good recipes!), gardening, knitting and the list goes on… I love to listen music while I create and sometimes music sparks a painting idea in my mind.

Doodlewash and watercolor painting by Sibella of street with buildings

I enjoy making friends with people from all over the world. With my art I want to promote Love for ALL People, Love for Nature and Animals, Mutual Respect and Kindness Without Borders.

I invite you to join me in my journey of art and creativity!

With Love To You All,


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  1. Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

    Reblogged this on Arts & Rhymes and commented:
    I’ve been doodlewashed! 🙂
    Please check out my friend Charlie’s blog for his wonderful work and featuring watercolorists from all over the world!

  2. emayey 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Wonderful. 🙂

  3. Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

    Thank you! 🙂

  4. Jessica Seacrest 7 years ago

    Hi Sibella, I love your phylosiphy of love for ALL!❣I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your beautiful art! I enjoy the color palettes you choose. Best of luck with your remodeling and new studio 😀.

    • Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

      Hi Jessica! Thank you! 🙂
      I am so pleased that I was given the opportunity to share my little story and some of my art here. I try to live by the motto that love is the beginning, the journey and the final destination.The studio is coming together slowly. 🙂 Thanks again for your kind words! <3

  5. Teri C 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. I’m a new follower.

  6. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Sibella, your love for nature and animals comes shining through in you exquisite watercolor. Thank you for sharing. Thank you Charlie.

  7. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    You have a new follower on Instagram and Facebook Sibella! Your art is beautiful. Thank you for sharing Sibella’s art Charlie! 🙂

  8. Sibella is so talented, I’m so happy to see her doodlewashed Charlie! Sibella I love hearing more of your story and I agree that the fun of using watercolor is letting them do their thing. 💕

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      Yay Eileen! So happy you’re already a Sibella fan! 😃

    • Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

      Hey Eileen! Thanks so much! I was glad to share and so glad we agree about watercolors doing their little thing! 😀💓

  9. Harrison Monahan 7 years ago

    Your work is absolutely gorgeous, Sibella! I love the perspective of the bridge painting 🙂

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 years ago

    Sibella, you are an artist of the world and your exuberance explodes from the page. Your watercolors are delicate, a quality I think is hard to achieve.

  11. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Beautiful watercolor paintings. Adore the puppy painting, you really captured a cute expression and personality. Thank you so much for sharing such lovely talent.

    • Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your kind words! 😊

  12. stacilys 7 years ago

    Love ya Sibella, and am sooooo envious of your amazing talent.
    🙂 <3

    • Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

      Love you too my friend and what about your talent?! Your art and poetry is wonderful and you know how much I love it!!! <3

      • stacilys 7 years ago

        Awww, thanks for the encouragement Sibella. I’m just not much of a ‘process’ girl. I would like to reach a high level very soon, but these things take years of training.
        🙂 <3

  13. jmnowak 7 years ago

    Love those blue flowers…almost photographic…wonderful work. Now Following!

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