July’s Final Doodle(s)washes

I wanted to make sure that I finished this month’s challenge. The reason why it’s a late post is that I reclaimed my area in the bedroom. I won’t go into the drama of it only that I have it back. Blueberry green tea and my watercolor markers and paints was heaven.

Next month (starting tomorrow) will be the bug doodles and 3 paintings a week.


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: 7/15-7/16

It felt good to sit and paint tonight. I’m slowly catching up on everything. Dinner was a simple chicken biscuit for the family, frozen dinner for me, and chicken and rice for Dublin. It’s been a stressful two days and I’m hoping Dublin perks up a bit more.


Prompt Word: On the Beach

It seems like I have painted quite a few things that had to do with the ocean and beach. For the doodle (one line) a starfish and the painting a sand castle.

Starfish and shell.
Sand Castle. I had to use up some of my palette so I could start with a clean space.

Prompt Word: Casting Shadows

Casting Shadow

 

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 and Anxiety: 7/3

I don’t know what happened to me today. I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items but that was a mistake on my part. I should’ve known better. Our town is having its firework show tonight, farmers market (right now), and two bands. This only meant that EVERYONE was at the same store grabbing things. I made it to self-checkout when I felt tingly all over, then shakey. My mouth started to go dry. This meant I had an anxiety attack coming on. I made it to the car when someone started to honk at me to move out. I covered my ears and closed my eyes giving me a chance to focus on my breathing. I was able to come home and curled up in the chair suddenly feeling exhausted. Painting and doodling really helped me relax. My husband has graciously said that he will take our son to see the firework show giving me a chance to stay home with the dogs.


Prompt Word: Primary Colors

Crayons representing red, blue, and yellow.
How about a pretty colored fish?

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: 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: 6/20

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: 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

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(s)wash: 6/2-6/3

Did you ever feel like you will never catch up? All you’re doing is trying to keep your head above water. Then someone has the nerve to make you feel like with everything that you are doing you need to do more? Yeah, that’s me today. It’s going to be a late night for me and I still have to wake up early in the morning to take care of me. What I didn’t slack on is my doodle(s)wash challenges.


The doodles are still created using one line with dots. I’m learning to let go of being so serious with the doodles and fell in love with the boat.

Prompt 6/2: Garden
Prompt 6/3: Boat

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Doodle(s)Wash: 6/1

It’s June 1st. My head is still swimming from excitement about the Fenton Friday idea that I nearly forgot to do my doodles. I’m going to make things a little simpler on myself and instead of going back and forth between two prompt sites, I’ll take one prompt and use that for both exercises.

I’ve always been envious of the people who can doodle amazing images with one line (human etch and sketches let me tell ya) and decided that I’m going to practice that this month with my doodles. Outside of one line, there will be a few dots and squiggles. And I’m sticking with Doodlewash. Hey, it keeps me painting.

This is what I came up with. Don’t forget to check out Fenton and share to spread the word (we need your help). Have a lovely Friday.

Prompt: Sun

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

 

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