Doodle(s)wash: June to July and the Damn Humidity!

I know, I am SUPER behind on a lot of stuff. Catching up slowly is what I do best. I only wish that I could control the humidity. The paper buckled and soaked up all the water. Even when working quickly it was difficult. Maybe I should take up using markers instead? And SUPER irritated with WP not creating my gallery of images. GRR.


6/30 Party
When I think of party the image of balloons on mailboxes came to mind.
7/1 Sunny Days
I tried a new concept. It didn’t turn out like I wanted but happy with my attempt.
7/2 Delicious Foods
I think being on a diet everything looks delicious. Pie it is.

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/29

I was super excited about today’s prompt simply because I could put a steampunk spin on it. Absolutely adore all things steampunk and I think a parasol (in place of today’s prompt) is in that alley. Now I’m off to try and see if I can stay within my points for a dinner out with the family. Fingers crossed I can stay away from the bread basket.


Prompt: Umbrella

Doodle(s)wash: Belated 6/28

What is wrong with me? Last night I was exhausted but I’ve been feeling pretty good. I called my doctor, worried that something might be seriously wrong. She asked me general questions then asked how it was going to work. After spilling everything out she explained that stress can cause exhaustion. Try to practice my exercises and do something relaxing. You know what I did? I fell asleep. Waking up a few hours later and went to be and slept until this morning. I didn’t want to fall behind because I have a busy day ahead of me not to mention a busy weekend of writing. Oh, and planning Fenton and haunted road trip in October.


Prompt Word: Popsicle

Doodle(s)wash: 6/27

I came home and decided that I wasn’t going to think about work and planned to get some writing, class work, and painting done. Soon, my house became the hangout house for the neighborhood kids. They went to the park with my daughter to keep an eye on her brother. This is a ‘me issue’ and worrying about my son after watching the news today. I’m at the point where I should probably not watch the news anymore.

I was taking a picture of the painting and doodle when I got a phone call asking if the friends can have dinner with us. There go my plans for having leftovers. With a few clicks on the keyboard, the pizza arrived in the nick of time to feed the hungry brood in my yard. Hearing my son laugh and talk with his friends was what I needed after a bad day.

Oh, my daughter is infatuated with today’s prompt and has confiscated the painting. Side note: It’s very difficult painting when it’s humid. The masking fluid doesn’t peel from the paper neatly and the paint took forever to dry in some places or soaked up more water than expected.


Prompt Word: Pineapple

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/26

I wasn’t going to paint. I was going to crawl in bed and binge eat all my comfort foods and go to sleep. While eating I was going to overthink and replay conversations in my head. I thought days like these were going to be easy for me to overcome and rise above. All I have is doubt in my capabilities as graphic artist and skills.

I used to have to fight for my right to have a job (with my ex) and to fight for my rights to go to college. They weren’t pretty or easy to go through both mentally and physically but I got a job and a degree. It took 12 years but I got it. Then at work today I was gaslighted by a coworker.  After providing proof (physical and digital proof) that I wasn’t I wasn’t the one that created the artwork, that she was (knowing and being told that she wasn’t supposed to) gaslighting still continued. I came home, cooked dinner and grabbed the kids Oreos when my husband asked me if I painted. Had I preplanned my next meals? He was successful in distracting me from my head then listened to what happened-it was a lot better than the guilt I would’ve felt after eating a million points worth of cookies.

He also surprised me with some tomato cages (that’s the way to a southern woman’s heart), potting soil, and a hanging basket with a promise to go with me to pick out flowers to plant in it.

Even though the painting has a dark air about it, I did feel better painting it.


Prompt Word: Lake

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: 6/23

Taking a quick break from the weekend chores to complete my doodle(s)wash. Right now, I carry a backpack to accommodate my healthier eating habits. There are a lot of containers for healthy snacks to keep me from the vending machines, lunch to keep me from going across the street to the burger place, vitamins, and other essentials.


Prompt Word: Backpack

Doodle(s)wash: 6/22

I wanted to achieve something fun and quick after such a shi%*# day. Swamped at work, lost 6 hours of work, then my supervisor was appalled when I told him that if I’m to do someone else’s job then I need a day or two break from my duties. I just know it’s going to end up being a meeting but if I’m going to need to do art for two departments I need allotted time AND compensated in pay. So, I will work on the Fenton Project and then attend the first writing class.


Prompt: Lemonade

Doodle(s)wash: 6/21

I managed to get a lot done before the rain moved in. I weeded out and un-vined my little experimental garden. I caged the tomato plant (it’s getting huge and hoping for veggies soon), unwound my melon plants from the pepper plants, and trellised the green beans. I needed a tomato cage and have decided that I can’t go into the lawn and garden center without adult supervision. I’ve been a little naughty and started pricing hobby greenhouses. I walked out with 7 bushes and 6 elephant ears that are now homed in my front yard. Cooked dinner for the family, cleaned the kitchen and sat down and did my doodle(s)wash.


Prompt: Giraffe

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/20

Summer is home to creamy delicacies such as ice cream. I’m a simple girl, it’s either a Blue Moon (I never heard of that flavor until moving up north) ice cream waffle cone or a banana split. But the days since dieting, I’ve learned to enjoy the WW chocolate ice cream bar. The doodle is one line and dots and the watercolor head no reference.  Super excited about that.


Prompt: Ice Cream 

 

Doodle(s)wash and Storms: 6/19-6/20

I knew it was going to be a late night but I didn’t know it was going to be this late. I’m still waiting for the rain to move out so I can walk. My husband said I should just wait in the morning but I just can’t. I cooked dinner, signed up for a couple of writing courses (Grotesque Angels is on hold), painted, cleaned up, and now waiting for this rain to move. And what in the hell is going on with WP? If I get told to do the obvious one more time I’m going to scream. Pardon the mess of image posts.


I’m still doing my doodles with one line and pleased with the character that develops. I’m also practicing on a looser style of watercolor-not caring for it to much but will still practice. It’s stopped raining so I’m heading out for my walk. Have a great night everyone.

Prompt 6/18: Picnic

Picnic
Picnic

Prompt 6/20: Cherry

Cherry
Cherry

 

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: 6/13

Today was a day that I needed to keep busy and my mind off the fact the tomorrow is now the dreaded weigh in day. Worrying about being a failure just ate through me until I started writing the story that’s gotten away from me. I did quick doodles and paints to get back to writing. Today’s prompt is one that I actually have growing in my very small experimental garden. I think I might be successful with it. We’ll see. Oh, still keeping with the one line and dots for the doodles…super proud that I am making a small effort.


Prompt: Watermelon

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: 6/11

Today’s prompt was a little upbeat one that gave me a chance to think back to when my dad would man the grill. He would put beer in the BBQ sauce, ‘This is the secret that people ask for without knowing.’ Looking back, that was sound advice that really doesn’t have to do with food. But food, beer, and trusting company is a great way to get problems off your chest without knowing it’s needed.


Prompt Word: Barbecue

Doodle(s)wash: 6/10

Today is an overcast cloudy day. One of those that almost demand movies and a bed. I decided that I would paint and write a little instead. Today’s prompt reminded me of home so much. It was served on the porch, at crawfish boils, even kept in the fridge as a staple (no matter what time of the year and always sweetened). But my absolute favorite time to have a glass was with my father when I was a little girl watching the lightning bugs.


Prompt Word: Iced Tea

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: 6/8

It was a hectic day and my head is still full of noise from work. I was able to post Fenton Progress and took time to do really quick painting and doodle.  I was only busted one time.  I wish I was at today’s prompt.


Doodle(s)wash Prompt: Beach

Delayed Doodle(s)wash: 6/6-6/7

Truth, I let my head get the better of me and I can’t help it. Last night it took everything I had to cook dinner for my family and I was satisfied with an egg. I sat in the chair without any desire to do what I love. Even with my husband’s encouragement I just couldn’t. Today was also weigh-in day and that was just another blow for a later post. This morning, even though I was running late, I knew I wouldn’t have any work to do I packed my art stuff. My watercolor markers, a new travel sketchbook, water pen, pencils, pens all that and sat here at work and painted.

The thing is, I was so frustrated with the watercolor paintings. I have used my Winsor and Newton watercolor pens and have learned how they handled but on a DIFFERENT sketchbook. The paper kept piling and the paint wouldn’t flow like I could get it too on the other papers. Live and learn. What I am going to do is NOT throw the learning experience away and pretend that it didn’t happen, then just repaint tonight after errands. Nope, I’m going to share them. I won’t let it eat away at me as it was completely out of my control.

Doodle(s)wash Prompts:
6/6- Parks (everyone was painting playgrounds I went a different route and the doodle is still one line.
6/7- Fish (nothing special to report just a fish)

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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

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