GUEST ARTIST: “Nature Girl” by Ruthely Escobar

Watercolor Painting by Ruthely Escobar - Doodlewash

My name is Ruthely Escobar (yes Escobar like the Colombian drug guy, not related to him at all). I’m from Puerto Rico (we are a “colony” of the United States, and we are U.S. citizens). I was born here and have lived here my whole life. Puerto Rico is a beautiful tropical island. The colors are bright and hot, but the water is so blue!

You would think I have a lot of things that would inspire me, but I long for the cold winters, the green forests, the wild woodland animals. I know it’s crazy, but that is who I am. I am green nature. I’m also a homeschool mom of two girls, from whom I get a lot of my inspiration. I started painting with watercolors when I was 10 years old.

Watercolor Painting by Ruthely Escobar - Doodlewash

When I went to university my parents told me that art was a hobby and not a career. So, I decided to be a speech pathologist and I stopped painting. But I never stopped creating art with other materials, because you know even if it sounds cliché, the reality is that you cannot spell heart without art. In my heart, I was an artist and you cannot take that away from me.

I started painting again when my husband decided to study ophthalmology. We were going to need the money, we had two girls about to start school and we could not pay for the schools (in Puerto Rico public schools have a poor education. They are no good and private schools are expensive).

Watercolor Painting by Ruthely Escobar - Doodlewash

So, I decided to homeschool my girls and start painting very small art so I could put it on a pendant and sell it as jewelry. That is when I was introduced to a new world of art, a modern, digital and international world of art, and I love it.

I use lots of different materials. My watercolor paper is always Canson cold press. I love Sakura materials, Royal & Langnickel watercolors, Winsor & Newton watercolors and gouache, Dr. Ph. Martin’s concentrated watercolors and little windows brilliant resin.

I think I find that every single material I use has its strengths and its weaknesses, so they complement each other very well. You should see the mess I have on my table! I have been talking with other watercolorists, and we have so many things in common.

For example, most of us have cats and yes they will use our paints as a bed, and if we have a glass with some kind of drink, you can be sure that at any moment our brush will go in there instead of the water!  

Watercolor Painting by Ruthely Escobar - Doodlewash

I love nature (creation), especially animals and the changing seasons. I love my girls and their imagination. From these things, I draw my inspiration. My process is nothing fabulous, while my girls study, play or sleep, I paint.

I sit at my dinner table and just think about an animal or the moment I want to paint. I study the animal on the Internet and paint it. Sometimes, I just paint what someone ordered.

I love Instagram and my friends there. This has made me grow and develop my art in ways I never thought possible. And I want to thank all my Instagram artist friends for the encouragement, the support, and the inspiration to keep going and for pushing me to do more!

Watercolor Painting by Ruthely Escobar - Doodlewash

I want to thank God for the blessing of being able to create and for giving me a glimpse of the way he sees his creation.

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29 Comments
  1. Laura Hale 1 month ago

    I love your joyful, beautiful art and the love you put into it. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Oh my goodness thank you sooo much! Thank you for loving my work! I do love what I do!!

  2. Warren Stokes 1 month ago

    Beautiful art work! I’ve been teaching myself to add painting to my skill set and have a new found respect for painters!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you!!!! It’s a wonderful world the watercolor world you will learn so much about yourself and about what is around you!

  3. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Your artwork is pure joy! Love it!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you! It’s a joy for me too!!!😘

  4. catcherys 1 month ago

    Absolutely gorgeous colours, beautiful birds and your pond is magic. Lovely.

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you sooo much!!! That pond took me a lot of time to do 😄 but I do love it!!!

  5. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Your beautiful paintings are lovely to see! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you!im so glad you enjoyed it!!!

  6. Sunny 1 month ago

    Sooo beautiful….

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you!!!!😘😘😘

  7. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 1 month ago

    Ruthey, I love how you let your colors merge and play. Each of your paintings tells a story! Thank you for sharing!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Oh thank you!!!! I’m so glad you could see that!!! I’m glad you could see the playfulness of the way I blend my colors! I do play and enjoy it!!!!

  8. TinaSei 1 month ago

    Beautiful artworks. I love your story, your colours, your imagination. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Oh my goodness thank you!!! You can see how crazy my imagination is 😂! I’m so glad you like it!!!😘

  9. Dobro je videti sve te predivne radove.Radujem se.

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you I’m glad you find it beautiful!!!

  10. mstrendy01 1 month ago

    So beautiful!!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you! 💗

  11. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love how you’ve painted the birds and animals!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you !!! I love birds and animals so much!!!

  12. Janessa Sanio 1 month ago

    I love your work! So whimsical and I loved reading about your life as an artist, thank you for sharing!

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you!!!! My life is a crazy one but it is beautiful!!! 😄😘😘 thank you for liking my art!!!

  13. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Your work is beautiful. And yes, I have been known to dip my brush into my coffee! ;P

    • Ruthely Escobar 1 month ago

      Thank you so much!!!! 😄 oh my paintings have so much ginger ale!!!😂😘

  14. Janneke Booister 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful paintings and a great story! I have enjoyed both 🙂

    • Ruthely Escobar 4 days ago

      Thank you sooo much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 💕💕💕

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