Menace Doodle Bug

Last night at the event that I attended our kind host was telling me about this huge renaissance fair that happens every year and how people from all over show up to attend. It’s MASSIVE. This got me to thinking about some of the bugs that could’ve caused problems and then it hit me. The flea! I have had my dealings with these hopping little buggers from living in the south but where I live now I rarely even see them. Although, I’ve been warned about eating squirrel in these parts because of fleas. One thing that I have learned is that dawn dish soap works wonders!


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 in 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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8/2 Doodlebug: Giraffe Weevil

Have you ever seen these creatures? I mean seriously…EVIL is in the name (giraffe weevil). I tried to make it look cute but what I created was a thing of nightmares. It looks like it has talons! I giggled at the finished creepy doodle. I’ll try for something else tomorrow as my tooth is killing me (yay appointment tomorrow) and I’m going to bed.


8/1 Doodle Bug: Bee

Once upon a time, I thought about trying to keep bees but it wasn’t for the honey. It was more to help the species thrive. Then I learned that it’s a big NO NO in our city along with collecting rainwater and having too big of a garden. I’m fascinated by the beauty of these little creatures but mine ended up looking like a menace. I think I’m going to try to incorporate some ‘cute’ bugs. Is there such a thing?

Doodle(s)wash: 6/12

Posting a little late. Miner emergency fixed and then my husband wanted to discuss a new conspiracy theory. Now he’s off researching some of the plausible points that I made and isn’t too happy. I have been working hard on a story that was supposed to be short but when I’m done I think I’m going to have to break it up into smaller posts. I did a little research into today prompt and discovered that there are more to rocks than just it being a rock. I’m not a geologist but have a new found respect for the field. Rock on geologist (yup, pun intended).


Prompt Word: Rocks

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(s)wash: 6/5

I am just furious with myself and I about gave up on dieting. I was microwaving one of my ‘diet approved’ meals and when pulling it out the lava contents went all over my right hand. This is an issue as I’m right-handed. My husband was a little dumbfounded that I was more worried about painting than my hand. I knew the degree of the burn and all it would be sore and tender. I couldn’t paint as long as I wanted to and I wanted to add WAY more detail but it was all fun. I think I’m going to practice galaxies too. Yup…still on my diet but it’s starting to get violent!

The doodle is still one line and dots and the balloon. I’m in LOVE with my balloon! I tried to capture a steampunk feel because I love all things steampunk and very happy with the finished piece.


Doodle(s)wash Prompt: Hot Air Balloon

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 and Doodlewash: 5/24-5/25

(I thought I hit the publish button on this! I’m pissed and can’t BELIEVE I did this!)

Yesterday all my anxiety was rearing its ugly head when my writing/painting desk had to be relocated due to summer. Meaning I get cold easily and it has come time for my husband to put in the AC window units. It feels like I’m living in an igloo at the moment and my husband just stepped outside so I will be turning everything up a bit so I don’t need a winter parka.

Dieting, I did well all day until it was time to go out to dinner to celebrate both my daughter’s and husband’s birthday. The only positive thing I can say about the meal is that I did cut back on a LOT of foods. Yummy morsels of meatiness from the Gods! UGH, The banana that I have right now as my dessert is mocking me! I kept myself busy though so that’s good. Right?


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The illomo sports player prompt really didn’t interest me but I did enjoy the giggle seeing my stick figure but the second Fairytale prompt was so fun to do. The Doodlewash fruit prompt I took from my childhood. I grew up eating figs and got spanked for eating so much off of my grandmother’s fig trees. You know what? It was worth it! I tried something new with the leaves prompt and actually kind of liked how it turned out.

Doodle and Doodlewash: 5/29

What a cluster of a morning! And what’s worse, I did it to myself but live and learn. Right? I wasn’t going to bail on my walk even though I didn’t have my alarm set (ok, it was set but not on). I walked faster because instead of making my snacks and lunch for today last night-I fell asleep in my chair. Got home and realized I needed to count points and needed recipes…so I sat at the computer getting sidetracked by ‘Oh look! Shiney!’ moments. I could’ve said screw it and went out to eat but I didn’t give in. I left the house wearing two different colored chucks only to arrive to work a minute late. It was forgiven though so I still got my holiday pay. Then add my art room partner chowing on ALL the things that would derail anything I’ve accomplished but I stayed warrior strong. It’s definitely one of those. ‘I need a drink,’ type of nights. I’ll paint one instead.


illomo Prompt: Warrior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doodlewash Prompt: Drinks

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/28

It’s been a trying day. I cooked separate meals from me and the family and I think I was even drooling over their food! I stayed strong but let me tell you my knees were weak when I pulled the bacon out of the pan to drain on paper towels. Instead, I had scrambled eggs with salsa and a slice of low-fat bread (Entire meal equaled 1 point!). I found solace in writing, doodling, and painting. The only problem I’m facing at the moment is whether or not to participate in next month’s Doodlewash challenge and do my own. I just know if I do my own thing then it won’t be daily and I’m loving the daily! I don’t know.


Looking back being upset over my kids drawing on the walls was uncalled for, an unnecessary stress that I added to myself and luckily it didn’t dampen their artistic side.

illomo Prompt: Toddler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Sunday, up until today, we would go out for pizza. My family understood that it would derail me really early in my journey to a healthier me. Once I figure out the point system and the best way to handle restaurants then we’ll go.

Doodlewash Prompt: Dinner

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/27

Today was a kind of busy day and I kept myself busy watching an online class and doing my challenges.


I can’t tell you how many times my kids will roll their eyes at me or me to them. They are learning to walk away because with their eye roll comes to a remark of, ‘Don’t you roll your eyes at me, you’re gonna get it!’ or ‘I knock you into next week if you keep giving me attitude!’ Nothing ever comes from these other than added chores and telling them that they can’t go to their friends’ house. Ah, the joys of being a parent of teens.

illomo Prompt: Teen

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my watercolor prompt, I could have gone several different ways but chose the pinniped variety. I was so relaxed and found myself in my own little world doing creating this cutie.

Doodlewash Prompt: Seals

 

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

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/22

Today was an off day for me. I did not care about my job at all today. I don’t know if it’s burnout or the people I work with. Of course, my commercial graphic design job doesn’t give me much leeway to be creative and that doesn’t help either. I was excited to do these challenges.


There is a field behind my house and from time to time there is a curious mouse that ends up in my kitchen. My husband can’t kill anything but spiders. I, on the other hand, having my own snakes, had NO problem killing the little suckers. I do wish we could have a cat to do the dirty work but I don’t think it would survive our dogs.

illomo Prompt: With Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t seen a ladybug since I move up here but they something called an Asian beetle that looks similar to a ladybug. I was warned about them being a nuisance and have a foul odor when stepped on.

Doodlewash: Ladybug

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/19

Today ended up me doing all the things I didn’t want to do but needed to do. I even got herbs and vegetables to start my garden. And right now, it’s becoming more work than my husband bargained for since he didn’t want to rent a tiller. Groceries bought, dinner cooked, house cleaned, and cake baked. In between all of this, I painted for today’s prompt and a little doodle.


Now, maybe it’s because I was watching ‘Stand By Me’ and got nostalgic for a more innocent time (for me) and went the route I did.

illomo Prompt: On Phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t do well with animals all that much yet but I guess practice helps. This is my Pit Bull; Clover Bell. The other two: Dublin Rock and Bailey Pub, didn’t want anything to do with sitting still.

Doodlewash Prompt: Dog or Cat

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/17

I’m not about teamwork this week one-bit thanks to my coworkers. But to make it a little easier for me I tried making it somewhat cute.

illomo Prompt: Teamwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This prompt was a little more freeing as I got to use bright colors and was pleasantly surprised with the finished piece.

Doodlewash: Sailboat

Doodle Challenge: 5/7

Doing this doodle challenge actually takes some of the pressure off of choosing a random word. I do have a thing for monocles. If I could ever find a reason to have one around my neck daily, I would be that person.


Prompt: Reading

5/6: Reading

Oh My Doodles

I didn’t forget to doodle. I forgot to post doodles. Even though the kids had plans our life kind of revolved around those plans. In doing so, I lost my photography natural light for my painting. Breath in, breath out, it’s all ok.


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