For Day 21 of #WorldWatercolorMonth and our prompt of “Patterns,” I chose this odd hairy moth. Though I definitely prefer butterflies in real life, I realize that’s all I’ve ever sketched, so I thought I’d study a
Lovely moth! Always fascinated with the patterns in moths and butterflies…what’s not to love, right? Fascinated by most insects…except flies and flies are in a different category all together…eewww yuck!!!
Charlie your moth is lovely. I believe that moths are pollinators too or at least some of them are. They can be very beautiful. I try to observe all the pollinators and have documented several in my nature journals.
Many moths are definitely beautiful, as is your little guy, and like to hang out at our porch light to fly in my face when i take the dogs out at night. But they will stay put more often than butterflies and can be photo’d or observed easier. And that makes getting all those details easier to recall, for one’s art. One night we had a Luna moth at the light, but it left before I could get my phone ready. Drat!
I’ve often thought about doing a write-up on patterns, because it can be a misleading word since it means so many things. An ornamental repetitious design, instructions to repeat something, a repetitious behaviour – patterns really are everywhere, and they can definitely be used to improve your art. I love your moth, but I’ll admit I prefer him on paper than flying around my house!
For Day 20 of #WorldWatercolorMonth and our prompt of “Buildings,” I opted for a little scribbled sketch of Big Ben, the nickname for the Great Bell and clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in
Great Big Ben Charlie! I have only been to the airport in London in route to Madrid. I had hoped to go to London on a high school trip but it never came to be. Who knows what future trips may be in store.
That is an excellent Big Ben, considering no tools were used. I might need to practice straight lines. I’m not this good.
Boy, it was a hot one here today, 92 degrees and humid! Then the storms came ripping through and it was cool enough for the neighbors to cut up and haul away the tree that fell in their yard due to the wind. We just lost a few branches.
So I sold a painting. Sunflowers, with no straight lines involved. Luckily it was painted on a fresh sheet of paper, so there isn’t a failed paint on the back. 😀
Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… I start with a pencil scribble, then ink and correct as I go, then watercolor and correct some more! Hope you stay cool… this summer is not fun at all! And yay! Congrats to selling a painting… that’s wonderful!
I love all the amazing detail in your building! I love going back and rereading my favorites from childhood. I still cry when Lassie makes it home and Black Beauty reuinites with Joe Greene. As you may guess, my favorites were animal stories though I read everything. Everything. No book was safe from my prying eyes.
Wow, so much detail….a really beautiful Big Ben! London has to be a beautiful place. My mom was from Bath, another place I understand quite beautiful. I still own a little Paddington…. Just too sweet not to hold on to.
What a beautiful piece! I would like to sit by your side and watch you sketch. I bet it is mesmerizing. My favorite childhood stories were Winnie the Pooh….go figure. It was thanks to my first grade teacher who used to read them to us. She would bring in her collection of sawdust stuffed characters (which I collected later on in life and still have) and display them while she read to us. I can still see me sitting with my head on my desk imagining those little guys in each story. Ahhhhh
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕hehe… sitting by me sketching would involve a glass of wine and giggles mostly… my process is random and crazy. I plan to do a timelapse video at some point, so people can see just how scribbly it all is, but I barely have time to do everything else I have going! lol And what a lovely memory of reading time… I love that!
Thank you, Karen! A pattern can be many things – a repeated design, a guide to help repeat something or something that will influence the shape of something else as in ‘this was patterned after the style of …’ so if you paint something in the style of or follow at tutorial you’re achieving a pattern. Hopefully that gives you some ideas!
For Day 19 of #WorldWatercolorMonth and our prompt of “Splashes Of Color,” I chose this little mandarin duck. I think these birds are fascinating with all of the different textures and varying colors. I used my
Ooow! I do want those Watercolour Markers! BUT *sigh* I’ll be good and let someone else have the chance. It isn’t easy being greedy, lol. I love your duck. You’ve captured the way the light shines off their feathers!
Beautiful splashes of color on your wood duck. Love all the color you gave him. Doodling is so much fun and would be more fun with a water color marker. “I want watercolor markers”. Thank you in advance just in case I win one. 😁
I learned a few magic tricks just well enough to impress children and a few gullible adults. Lol! My dad sailed on the great lakes and he learned magic when he was doing that. I think when you’re transporting iron ore across Lake Superior, you spend a lot of time being bored and learning stuff. Of course there is that frenetic half hour coming into port that makes up for all the boring time. Cool duck!
This little mandarin duck looks like the one that was hanging out in Central Park, New York City, last year. Birders went crazy trying to determine how he got to NYC. I think the consensus was was that he was an escapee from a private farm or zoo. We used to see them all the time down i Naples FL, where they would stop traffic to lead their chicks across the street! They looked like waddling watercolor paintings, in 3D! And I’m glad that you chose the magic of watercolor, your work is so satisfying.
Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Cool that one decided to hang out in Central Park! That’s awesome! Glad you liked my mandarin duck… they are so odd that they’re tough to make look realistic! They look fake no matter what!
I want watercolor markers, but then I also want a baby goat. :p I would love to see a mandarin duck in person. Especially if he happened to be as colorful as yours. Thanks for the reminder to just play and don’t worry about the rest. Playing does make me happier. 😉
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕My approach is really scribbles and color… my control comes from using a bit less water. More about time control so it all dries quick enough! lol And your name was drawn! Send me a note here with you address to confirm I have the right one! – https://doodlewash.com/contact/
Thanks so much! 😃💕Glad you’re enjoying these posts! And everything I DO is really fun and easy… it’s just that I’ve been practicing every day for 4 years that makes some turn out strangely realistic! It’s all still quick scribbles and color! And your name wasn’t drawn for this one, but there’s another one coming so be sure to watch these posts!
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