Good for the Garden Doodle Bugs

I have a big day planned but was in my garden picking the last of the summer heirloom tomatoes and I noticed that something has been gnawing away at my pea plant. Ugh!! I haven’t used any chemicals on my experimental garden (nor do I plan too) and started to research destructive garden bug warfare. Ok, not really that term in particular but thought about looking at bugs that were good for the garden. Did you know you can buy insect assassins? And of course, WP isn’t allowing me to create a gallery YET again…


8/16: Lacewings are good for killing aphids, spider mites (especially red mites), thrips, whitefly, leafhoppers, some beetle larvae, eggs of pest moths, and mealybugs.
8/17: Minute Pirate Bug (OH I love that name!) they’re very very tiny and are good at destroying aphids, spider mites, and thrips.
8/18: And of course the dainty ladybug (although my sketch ended up looking like one of the evil turtles from Mario Brothers) these little bugs are good at eating aphids.

8/13: Doodle Hairy Pie

I started out wanting to do doodle something that I haven’t seen before…foreign if you will. Let me just say my hats off to my readers inĀ Australia. I have seen videos online about the monstrous sized creatures of the insect kind. Normally bugs don’t bother me but this one is different. I don’t know if it’s because it looks like it’s judging me for all my bad life decisions or it’s trying to square up with me. I just googled ‘hairy bugs’ and this came across my image search. I wouldn’t mind seeing one in person as long as it doesn’t look like Mr. T and asking me if I have a problem. What are y’alls thoughts? Any weird bug images or stories you would like to share?

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Common (doodle)Bugs

I thought about common bugs that I would see all the time in Texas. However nostalgic as the memories were I still had the urge to grab a fly-swatter or bug spray.


Creepy and Cute Doodling Catch-Up

It was a very trying day at work but I only snapped at one person. I could barely complete my job and there was no way in hell I was going to do another person’s job. My coworker was perfectly capable of doing so. She just wanted to stall until the break. I came home and my husband had already started dinner for me. My son joined me in some drawing fun and I think I’m all caught up still using one line and some dots. I’m hoping to do some painting tomorrow but for now, I’m laying down with a warm compress on my face.


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Massive Doodle(s)wash Catch-up

I think the downward spiral was an event I can see and feel happening but I couldn’t do anything to just NOT let it happen. I have massive awards to catch-up on and hope to start on those tomorrow. I started my catch-up yesterday during a break at the festival and finished throughout the day today between chores and taking care of the family.

The Pagan Pride festival was a learning experience. My husband has had many questions and most I could answer but others he needed a more mature guidance than what I have. Then he asked, ‘How come you don’t practice at home?’ It broke my heart to answer because I knew that he would feel guilty and would try to overcompensate to make up his error in judging but I didn’t need or want that.

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Doodle(s)wash: 7/21-7/23

I really had to force myself to paint and doodle. I know that if I continued I would soon give everything up. I even managed to make dinner for everyone even though it mostly came from the box. Work was awful for a Monday and all I can say is thank goodness that I don’t delete emails (will probably elaborate more when I’m up to writing).

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Doodle(s)wash: 7/13

Super productive today. The writing for my creative writing course, Fenton Friday, work at my day job, dinner is done, now my doodle(s)wash.


 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/24-6/25

Still working on playing catch-up and this felt really good. Painting and doodling was just the relaxing activity I needed in a quiet house after a crazy Monday. I still have some catching up to do but we’re going to start here. GRR…WP is having issues AGAIN. I day it works like it’s supposed to and the next it doesn’t. It doesn’t even do any good to report the issue.


6/24-Pool: Still one line and dots. I tried to capture a ripple effect in the water. Didn’t turn out how I like but still like the style that I’m developing.
6/24-Pool: This is an inflatable pool but leave it to me to make it look creepy and ominous.
6/25-Strawberry: It’s all one line except for the dots.
6/25: Strawberry: This is what I get for dieting. Chocolate covered strawberry individual cheesecakes…YUM!

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/17

I took time from the stress of and did a quick doodle and watercolor. The one line doodle is a tribute to the bell pepper that tried to take my finger. The purple hull peas watercolor has a special place in my heart. My grandmother would harvest bushels of these peas for us kids to hull during the summer and we would enjoy them through the winter. I remember my fingers were both sore and purple but I would give anything to be on the porch with her and my dad again hulling peas. And WP is still giving me issues…GRR.


Prompt Word: Vegetable

Bell Pepper
Purple Hull Peas

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/9

I am learning something new almost every time I try and paint something. Today I had the unfortunate circumstance of learning a new trigger for me. I almost gave up my blog, writing, painting, everything that calms me and gives me something to look forward too. I did everything possible to stay away from my computer today. I cleaned the car out, grocery shopping, cleaned the fridge, hell I even shaved the dog (it’s his grooming time).

I told my husband everything that was happening and he said, ‘If you need to quit, then quit. There is no reason to feel ashamed or bad about yourself because of it. But, would you really be ok with that? Or would you spend your time in the bed? Would you really let someone make you feel like the worse possible you all over again?’ I hated him for that or rather I hated when he was right. So, I sat down and painted and even started a short story. I think after dinner I might even work out some Fenton Friday brainstorming. Who knows.


Prompt Word: Trees

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/31

This has been an awesome month for me to explore watercolor a little more and find it a very agreeable medium. Since I purchased A LOT of watercolor supplies I think I’ll continue doing small paintings but I really want to fine tune my skills at urban sketching combining more detailed doodles and watercolor. I’ll continue with illomo and Doodlewash but I’m taking on a bigger project which will be announced tomorrow.


I found this prompt fitting as it’s the last day of May.

illomo Prompt: Goodbye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t had the time to bake anything for my diet and REALLY craving a cake but this was a fun paint. This one is particularly my favorite because I didn’t use any microns to outline anything.

Doodlewash Prompt: Desserts

Doodle & Doodlewash Challenge: 5/26

The husband took one of the offspring to pick up the grocery order, another offspring is at work, and the little offspring is off tearing through the neighborhood with his friends. Yes, I’m one of those moms that lets their kids go outside and play. You know, be a kid? With all the kids out of the house and me being on a diet (food is now on my mind) I thought I would keep my hands busy and do my art challenges. Then I’m going to tackle an idea I had.


My husband just had a birthday is wrestling with mortality. I just want to age gracefully instead of being how awkward I am now. But what will really happen is that I’ll stumble into it without even realizing. This doodle still made me giggle and thought of a couple of horror movies that I’ve seen.

illomo Prompt: Old Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would kill for a 3 Musketeers bar right now but when the prompt was candy I wanted to practice using masking fluid and layering colors. I used a total of two colors, Faber Castell small pen, and white gel pen. This was fun.

Doodlewash Prompt: Candy

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