JUNE ADVENTURE: Let’s All Go On A Nature Hike!

Doodlewash and Watercolor sketch of Western Bee European Bee on purple and yellow flower nature hike

After spending a month inside, devouring delicious food at the world’s most incredible international dinner party, let’s all go outside and enjoy a little nature! You know, the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees and the… wait that’s just a song and now it’s stuck in my head and likely yours as well. You’re welcome. Join me as we embark on a global nature walk and share what you love by tagging your images with #NatureDoodlewash as you go! Show us the beauty of nature in your part of the planet and I’ll create a featured artist gallery at the end of our journey this month. Together, we can take a virtual nature hike around the entire world!

First up for me is a western honey bee stealing some pollen from a purple flower. We recently had honey bees take up residence at the corner of our roof so enjoying this type of nature was a rather short hike. Though they’ve be relocated now, they were still on my mind, so that’s what came out today. Hornets and yellow jacket wasps freak me out because they’re super aggressive and well, basically just assholes, but honey bees are less likely to be jerks and fun to watch as they work. Plus they have big eyes which is always more fun to doodlewash.

Apparently honey bees big eyes are actually a compound eye that allows them to see things with extreme detail and zoom in on fast-moving objects like a heat seeking missile. They also have three simple eyes elsewhere and apparently need all of them though it does seem excessive. Though they aren’t as easily provoked as other flying stingy things, it’s still better to not make any sharp movements around a group of them. But watching a single bee carefully working on a flower is mesmerizing and fascinating for me. I think I’ll sit here and watch for awhile. In the meantime, I hope all of you will share your #NatureDoodlewash and join me on this month’s adventure!

Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month! 


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M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Gamboge, Permanent Green Pale, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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104 Comments
  1. Tom Merriman 1 year ago

    A nature hike… I think I can do that, Charlie, but expect some very rare species from me… 🙂

  2. No way! I was hoping that it would be something really fun. 🙂 I am just a little excited….no I am ecstatic! I would like to join along with you. So, as I post something “naturely” do I simply tag you every post or whenever it is applicable? Am I getting this correct? By the way I love your bee and flower, gorgeous!

    • Author

      Awesome, Margaret! 😃💕Should be easy as it’s what you do so well! Add #NatureDoodlewash tag to anything naturely you make this month! It’s fun to follow the tag and see what everyone is making! 😃And thanks!! Glad ya liked my bee and flower!

  3. So , I have my hiking boots on, ready to go…..just need this weather to clear up so I can get out. Working the next two days, so I will see how it goes…maybe I will start the bee I was planning in oils?

    • Author

      Awesome Rebecca! 😃💕I do want to see the bee in oils, but since this is a watercolor challenge, you’ll need to do a doodlewash version as well!! Hehe 😉

      • I will, probably do a deer, loads around here, and it’s something I keep planning and running out of time, I will try to set it as my weekend task….I have enough photos of them.

      • Author

        Awesome!! Yay! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  4. I love this painting, and your theme for the month!

    • Author

      Awww thanks! 😃💕And yay! So I hope that means you’ll be joining at some point, Deborah! 😉

      • LOL! I won’t say never, but don’t hold your breath okay! 🙂

      • Author

        Okay…but if you do Draw A Bird day this month, you’d be automatically in! Just add this tag to the post! 😉hehe

      • Awesome! Thanks for that info! I feel like making excuses already, but there are 7 days left for that…and while I haven’t been motivated to paint one yet… I might at the last minute. 🙂

      • Author

        Awesome! Do it! Do it! Hehe

  5. Jodi 1 year ago

    OMG – the bumble bee, the little ant, the beautiful flower – such a great doodlewash – and you were right – this is one I am already prepared to participate in! Heeeeeerrre we go! The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees ………

    • Jodi….are you going to participate?

    • Author

      Hehe!! I thought you might be in for this one, Jodi! 😃💕yay! Super easy to play along! And now that song has been in your head all evening hasn’t it. Darn ear worm! Lol

  6. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    Hooray, so excited to go on this new journey with everyone and to post some nature-related drawings! Love this little bee and the colors in this painting, lovely work!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Annie! 😃💕 I need more practice on flowers so this will be a good challenge for me. 😊 So thrilled you’re joining the adventure again! Yay!

  7. Teri C 1 year ago

    Awesome macro look at that bee. I love sketching nature so I’ll be with you.

  8. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    What a great idea! 🐛

  9. Arts & Rhymes 1 year ago

    Sounds awesome!!! 😀

  10. Jessica Seacrest 1 year ago

    Love, love, love this sketch! Yay nature! I think I need to go on a diet after the last set. 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Jessica! 😃💕 Bees I’m cool with, but I struggle with flowers so this will be a good challenge month for me. AND a good one for you to play along on! 😉hehe

  11. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Great idea Charlie, Nevada has beautiful Flora and Fauna for me to draw and share. I’ll look forward to the month long contributions. The detail of the bee and the flower is beautiful.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon! Glad ya liked my bee and flower! 😃💕And yay! Thrilled to hike with you in Nevada!! Can’t wait to see what you’ll show us!

  12. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Nature is an awesome theme! <3 Love your bee and flower!

  13. ybromfield 1 year ago

    I’m not sure how much hiking I will do, but I will participate! Love the bee!!

    • Author

      Hehe…actual hiking isn’t required unless you’re an urban sketcher. Doodlewashers can do it however they like! 😉Yay! So glad you’ll participate, Kari! 💕

  14. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    The flower is gorgeous and your honey bee magnificent! Love how you capture such detail and made those beautiful bee eyes just shine! Your post is so entertaining, now I make sure I have no liquids or food items near by due to periodic bursts of laughter…bees are just awesome.

    • Author

      Hehe…glad you enjoyed this post, Haunani! 😃💕And I hope you’ll join in on the adventure at some point this month!! 😉

  15. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    YAY!! I could really use a hike to work off all that great food from last month, Charlie! 😄🌲👍 I look forward to participating more this month! 💕🎨 And I like your bee and purple flower! 💜

    • Author

      Thanks Jill! 😃💕And yay! I was hoping you’d say that! This should be an easier one to play along with since you’ve been making so many beautiful flowers!! 😉🎨

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        Thanks Charlie! 😍💕🌺

  16. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Great idea, Charlie! I’ll definitely be joining in❤️

  17. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Awww I just came back home from a hike!!! LOL that’s too cool Charlie! I love this adventure thanks you got a great idea for this June adventure! 😉 yay! btw your flower with bee is so beautiful! <3

  18. jmnowak 1 year ago

    I just love your bee and flower doodle, Charlie! And, you’ve chosen the right season for this challenge! Looking forward to your ‘take’ on Nature. 😀

    • Author

      Thanks so much Janina! 😃💕 Will be interesting… I need more flower practice so this should be good! hehe

      • jmnowak 1 year ago

        Well, there are plenty of images on Bing/Google Images for inspiration! 🙂

  19. Sissh 1 year ago

    Yay how exciting! Sounds like an awesome month ahead of us 😀
    Great painting, Charlie, very well done!!

  20. ann christina 1 year ago

    Wow, so much detail! So nice and colourful! 🌸🐝

  21. Judith 1 year ago

    Oh, yes, this is going to be fun! So many inspiring things to see on our little nature walk. Thanks, Charlie, for a great theme this month.

  22. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Now I do have that song in my head…love your bee, and I’m sure some nature will show up…well in fact it did this morning! (K)

  23. Cathe 1 year ago

    What a beautiful flower and bee Charlie! Hiking adventures sound so ideal! Love this theme, hits my list of favorite things! Count me in!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Cathe! 😃💕And yay! So glad you’re in! Though it’s pretty much just tagging every lovely thing you already about to make! Hehe Perfect!! 😉

  24. beverlydyer 1 year ago

    Great idea! Do you tag your post in wordpress?

    • Author

      Yep! Just add #NatureDoodlewash to your tags for any post you want to include! And yay, Beverly! Thrilled you’re joining in! 😃

  25. Jacob 1 year ago

    Bee-autiful! I love bees so much, especially the big fat bumblebees, and their declining numbers makes me sad. It’s so much fun and indeed totally captivating to watch them work their way around the garden. I’d like to keep some actually… now I’m just imagining some mischievous bees circling a poor seal’s head just to torment him. Aww 😛

    Perfect after-dinner theme! I like how these are becoming sequential 😉 Let’s walk off those calories!

    • Author

      STAY AWAY FROM THE SEAL YOU BEES!! Awww… that’s just horrible… the seal would totally freak out. And ha! I didn’t even think of it as walking off the calories, but that’s just perfect! Thanks Jacob! 😃

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  27. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Absolutely love this doodlewash, Charlie. The detail on the bee is wonderful, just perfect, and I like the upside down ant, creating a yin/yang composition.
    Yeah, we all need a walk now that we’ve all overeaten desserts last month. You know, in the name of Art.

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Sharon!😃💕 I’m so happy you liked this one! I’m challenging myself as flowers are not really my thing. Happy you liked it! And yep… time to walk off that food but anything in the name of Art is fine!

  28. kathiwerner 1 year ago

    Lovely bee and flower. And a great theme again. I hope to join in for some days!

  29. Phil Cooper 1 year ago

    That bee is just full of bee-ness Charlie, fab 😊

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  31. Wonderful idea and painting, my friend! <3 I guess nature includes flowers too? And birdies? Woot, easy to join in with ya this month! Have fun, Bro!

  32. zuzala 1 year ago

    Love this drawing! I dont own hiking boots. And the world au naturale is more like the Gowanas canal. But i will give this my best.

  33. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    This is gorgeous Charlie! Nature sounds good. I’ll bear that in mind this month then.

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  36. Chris Haldane 1 year ago

    I plan to send you something very Aussie. Great idea!

  37. Chris Haldane 1 year ago

    Is there a limit of one?

    • Author

      No limit! Just tag anything you post on Instagram that’s a nature watercolor this month with #NatureDoodlewash as there’s a lovely gallery forming there! And then I’ll select examples and feature everyone who participated at the end of the month! 😉

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