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: 5/23

I thought I would never get my challenges done and only hope to have my short-ish story done tonight. I planted the herbs and vegetables before the thunderstorms and humidity set in, cooked dinner, cleaned the kitchen, then unstuck my dog’s paw from a glue trap. This in-turn qualified for an entire dog bath. I’m covered in soil and dog water but I got what I wanted to be done. Here’s to hoping for the story.

illomo Prompt: With Angel







I wanted to stay within just using a few of colors loosely and hurried through my turtle. In the end, I loved the lack of detail but still can tell what the image is.

Doodlewash Prompt: Turtle

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

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