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: 7/13

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: 7/12

It’s late, I’m tired and the chores of the house are just screaming at me to get done the ‘mom’ way and not the ‘kids’ way. I didn’t have to say anything just look at my little army of butt heads (Including my husband-and yes I can say that because they are!) I created and they scattered to the four corners of the house looking for something to do. I had just cooked dinner after a long day at work. Everyone didn’t mind eating it but didn’t want to clean up. SO I did, along with a million other little things that teenage eyes overlook on purpose. I’m exhausted and will not be able to do any of my classwork tonight but the painting and doodling helped calm my nerves a great deal. I apologize in advance. I don’t have LED daylight bulbs because my migraines are more prone to making an appearance when they are shining.


Prompt: Woodland Creatures

My raccoon ended up looking like a deranged cat.
This little guy surprised me with the cuteness!

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/10-7/11

It seems like all I’m doing lately is catching up. I’m getting caught up (somewhat) in my writing lectures and now I’m caught up on my doodle(s)washes. I wanted to keep in more of a loose doodle aesthetic rather than worrying about following the lines. Hope I pulled it off. (HEY! WP is letting me do a gallery!

Doodle(s)wash: 7/8

This was a frustrating prompt. Not that the actual prompt was the issue but the process. I actually threw one painting away and I was only halfway done with it. I’m trying to learn not rely too much on my pens and focus more on painting details.


Prompt Word: Flying things

A simple one line and dots kite for the doodle portion.
I was working on lightning bugs for flying things. I wish I could make it look more majestic.

Doodle(s)wash: 7/6

Trying not to fall behind but the early busy mornings are kicking my butt. Today’s prompt brought back some happy memories and before I knew it I had everything completed. Side note-creating the doodles with one line has given me a style that I’ve come to really enjoy. The watercolor, I’m still needing to work on. Maybe some watercolor courses? Oh, shoot! I need to sign into my writing course. I’m going to take a nap after this instead.


Prompt: Simple Things

My father had a hammock when I was growing up. I would curl up with him and we both would sway from side to side soaking up the sun. That was one of the simple things I took for granted.
What could be more simple than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? My father made the best. I use the same ingredients that he did (including the onions) but they never taste like his used to.

 

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: 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: 6/23

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: 6/21

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 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: 6/5

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(s)wash: 6/4

I got home and just crashed. Not because I was physically tired but emotionally drained. I completely read the prompt wrong so my doodle is different(still one line and dots) from the watercolor. That, I just did what the brush wanted me to do or rather, what I needed to do. It was one of the most freeing painting experiences I have had in a long time. Today it was all about everything that I had to control and what other people control me. Tonight I sat down and just let it happen. I looked at and thought, ‘it is what it is but I let the brush and paper have their moment in the sun.’

Doodle(s)wash Prompt: Wildlife (I read wildfire at first)

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 & 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: 5/11

Today consisted of the browbeating and expectations of my artistic ability limited by lack of a program needed to create a file but still I was to blame. I worked on the floor but luckily took my heating bad to work. In my self-destructive fashion, I took my bad day home with me that was just toxic for everyone. Luckily, I have such an understanding and forgiving family. I felt a little better when my husband offered to make things better but correctional orange isn’t his color although he said that he can make a mean jailhouse burrito. Everyone headed to bed and I turned on Transformers and watched it off and on completing my challenges. I have decided that I’m going to have both challenge images in one post. This way I’ve not inundated everyone with so many.


I LOVE flying pigs because my father used that phrase, ‘when pigs fly’ a lot! I even used it today. This poor little guy is tired of making things happen by flying around.

illomo Challenge Prompt: Fly

My watercolor challenge was something that I miss terribly. Even though it was an abusive relationship the kids and I would enjoy time at the beach together. I would look out over the vastness daydreaming about getting us in a boat and floating away.

Doodlewash Prompt: Beach

 

Doodlewash Challenge: Star

I tried another galaxy. Better than my first but I think I need to try a hot press paper and not cold. Hmm…either way it’s fun and I’m painting every day (so far).


Prompt Word: Star

Lot’s of Socks

I was watching the news this morning and learned that today was the day to wear mismatched socks for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). I proudly wore my mismatched socks today and told everyone why I did. I was pleasantly surprised to see others doing the same. I did a quick watercolor to honor the day. I wanted something whimsical, fun, and bright just like my niece who also has the extra chromosome. If I could be 1/2 the person she is I could do anything.

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