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.


What’s New For August?

hobbit going on an adventure image

What adventures do I want to go on? Trying to plan ahead and figure out what to write, write about, keep doodling, not doodle, paint, not paint, explore other interests? These are difficult questions to answer as I had a spell of not being me or having any ambition. I think I have it today (ambition that is).

Doodle or not to doodle? I’m going to keep my daily doodle routine but this month I’m going to try and do one-line doodles of (insert drum roll) insects. Will they be cute? Will they be creepy? Who knows but I hope to have some fun.

The daily 6-word stories are a must for me to complete. It’s a small accomplishment that makes me proud at the end of the day. I have posted some prompts for everyone to dabble in. Speaking of prompts (it’s kind of a prompt), I’m going to continue with Fenton’s Fridays. There aren’t a lot of people participating but I like where it’s going and hope other’s will share (share and pingbacks are awesome and it helps Fenton) and dive in.

Watercolor, this is a tough one for me to give up but I’m having a difficult time doing one every day. Can I do a few a week? I don’t want it to feel like a chore so I’ve come to the decision of this: At least one urban sketch (watercolor and ink) a week, an herb or plant of some sort (you’ll see here in a minute why) and something random.

I still have my writing classes to finish and some new interests. Herbal medicine/apothecary study. I managed to get herbs to grow in my yard and now I’m just enamored with the thought of apothecary study. But where to start? Do I purchase rarer herb seeds? Do I start making my own teas? So much to think about. Writing erotica. Am I comfortable with the genre? I like to think I am but do I post my writing on here or submit it to certain forums geared towards just that subject? Norse religion/Norse paganism/Heathenry. I am a pagan by definition (no I don’t cast spells or curse anyone) and have been a solitary believer. My husband has been asking A LOT of questions here lately so I took him to a festival where we BOTH learned a little something. We were both drawn to the previous mention Norse. With that being said, people judge other people for ALL sorts of reasons including their choice of faith and beliefs. I’m not converting ANYONE but I do believe everyone has the right to believe and belong to something that is personal and meaningful to them. And the diet…YES! A MUST! I have lost 17lbs and counting. I don’t see a difference personally and that’s because it’s a slow process for my body but others have.

I know long rant but there will be some new things being posted, some familiar, and probably creepy.

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: 7/24 (belated worthiness)

As from my previous post, yesterday was one of my bad days both mentally and at work. The two went hand in hand. The owner of the company snapped at me over a question and I immediately shut down and went into autopilot. I went home feeling the same and cooked dinner and even painted without feeling. I debated a long time (into this morning) on whether or not to post my images but here it goes:

Prompt: Monochrome Moods

I couldn’t figure out how to do monochrome in only black ink. Instead, I did a quick one line Zen doodle and I thought it actually fit nicely.
This didn’t turn out like I wanted and started to throw it away and decided NOPE! It’s worth the post. Or at least to me it is. It’s supposed to be trees with a morning mist feel. 

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/21-7/23

I really had to force myself to paint and doodle. I know that if I continued I would soon give everything up. I even managed to make dinner for everyone even though it mostly came from the box. Work was awful for a Monday and all I can say is thank goodness that I don’t delete emails (will probably elaborate more when I’m up to writing).

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Doodle(s)wash: 7/18-7/20

I was at work when I got the phone call from the kids that the uninvited guests decided to have some people over and that they were even yelling at the dogs to shut up and the kids to go play outside. Let’s just say I immediately left work came home and cleared out my house. No, I wasn’t polite. No, I wasn’t forgiving. No, I didn’t care if they had to sleep outside in the rain (especially since that’s where they wanted the kids to go out and play in). I’m not even worried about what my husband will do. Then the kids and I got the house clean, dinner started for this evening and some peace and quiet. Enough so that I had so much fun painting and will be working on Fenton’s Friday.


Prompt: Jungle-I ran out of room but it’s supposed to be a toucan.
Prompt: Jungle-I wanted to paint something that was both majestic and simple.
Prompt: Rainy Day-When I think if rainy day the first image that came to mind was Georgie from the movie IT.
Prompt: Rainy Day-I had all that paint on my palette from the gorilla and though this would be a fun piece. I think it kind of has a, ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’ feeling to it.
Prompt: Wet and Dry-I loathed this prompt. I racked my brain and came up with two options. I used the wet/dry vac for the doodle part for today’s prompt.
Prompt: Wet and Dry-After the wet/dry vac doodle the only other thing that I could thing of was a frog. Some species can live on both land and water. Not to happy with this little guy but not so much that I would throw it away.

 

Doodle(s)wash: 7/17

I spent more time sketching and inking than the actually watercolor I finally came to a stopping point. I was super proud that I was able to stop myself from brutally overworking the image. This would be my second ‘urban sketch’ and I’m beginning to wonder if I like inking and watercolor painting buildings and outside cityscapes than the food or animals?


Prompt Word: City Life

 

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: 7/12

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: 7/5 Run to the Store

Yesterday, I sat down to paint and realized I had used the last page in my watercolor sketchbook. I could have used my travel one but it SUPER ermm…portable? Ok, small. I was going to run to the nearest Walmart for a cheap pad to get me by until I could get to my art supply store and stopped. A dear in headlights with the realization, ‘It’s the 4th. It will be busy. There will be people. Last minute shopper…MORE PEOPLE. I decided that my anxiety is not worth it and stayed home. Today, my husband surprised me with a book of watercolor paper to get me through.


 

7/4 Family Moments: I can’t tell you how many times that my father would sit in the garage and work on the car. He had this portable 8-track player and I was his DJ. Those moments, him teaching me about cars, talking, and those 8 tracks, I wish I could have one more moment like that.
7/4 Family Moments: Jenga was part of many family moments. When there wasn’t much on TV and we had to entertain and interact with actual people.
7/5 Blue: How do you doodle blue? How many times have you worn a beautiful smile to hide your sadness? Me…more than I can count.
7/5 Blue: I’ve been really homesick here lately so I did a REAL quick Bluebonnet loose watercolor.

 

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: 5/29

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

It’s All in the Details

This morning I was up and going for my walk before 5am. I was actually excited about that. But I was even more excited that I have points from yesterday (WW Freestyle does that) but was soon more angry than anything that it only rolls over 4, not 11! Coming from a chick that loves to cook southern food and eat it, I felt so cheated! But I will take my 4 thank you and make the best out of them.

The app allows me to scan foods and see what points they add up too. This includes meals, single ingredients, and even alcohol. My morning began with a morning walk and coffee afterward. I scoured their recipe app and found pancakes that I wanted to make. I didn’t have all the ingredients that were on the list but found substitutions that even lowered the meal points. In doing so I indulge in 1 point each of sugar-free syrup and no salt butter with olive oil. I add blueberries and let me tell you-YUM!!! It took me almost 30 minutes to figure out ingredients, substitutions, and calculating measurements but in the end, I had a great indulging breakfast and leftovers for me to just heat up in the morning.

After breakfast, I started researching on my idea, got bored, and completed my art challenges. I was relaxed and in the zone and the time just got away from me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary but know that there isn’t a bartender in my neck of the woods that would make one the way I needed (specific to my diet) let alone have the ingredients. With my husband in tow (it’s a holiday weekend and the liquor store was going to be busy), armed with my app, I was able to find a vodka that was only 2 points a serving. The mix was the difficult part. What I usually put in these drinks I couldn’t have but learned that Zing Zang mix was 1 point but that was only for 3 Fl Oz so I I doubled that using a total of 2 points. I added regular tomato juice to it (not a full serving) which was another point. In the end, my drink ended up being 5 freaking delicious points that I do not regret! I made myself some egg salad ( and again I didn’t have all the right ingredients and used substitutions) and after some searching and calcualtions, I had a filling 2 point lunch. Still not the same as what I usually make but I’ll take it.

After lunch, I thought I would try my hand at painting outside. It was up to 100° and the water was just drying the minute it hit the page. I did the next best thing and found a reference photo and went to town. I’m tickled at how well this turned out. I realized that today consisted mostly of me paying attention to the little things. All in all, a good day but what I would kill for a loaded baked tater with all the fixin’s! If you would like the recipe that includes the substitutions for what I did just let me know. Have a great night everyone!

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

 

My Doodle-Doodlewash Challenge Catch-Up

Thank you, everyone, for the well-wishes and the tips of what could help my back. I worked on the floor today and got a huge kick in the gut watching the supervisor talk with other people instead of her job-doing what I was doing. I was not my best and not proud of the tiny tantrum I threw. I felt better and even opted to go back to my desk and post my contest. That helped but I still felt like I was nothing more than a replaceable cog in a machine when I checked the mail and the book Thriving Not Surviving written by Dee, that I had the honor of some of my stories and doodles arrived! I’m almost done and even though some of the writing is personal I gave my husband a page or two to read.

 

I celebrated with a blue rare burger my husband picked up for me at a local restaurant. If you enjoy rare, do try blue rare. It’s easier for me to digest and my iron is low (proof that I need to take better care of my physical health). I felt so good (mentally not physically) that I caught up on my illomo doodle challenge and my doodlewash challenge. I tried something new with both challenges. The doodles I wanted to be more realistic and the watercolor I wanted to experiment with colors and looseness. Tomorrow the first entry post I received for the contest will be posted. Kind of feeling pretty good. The prompt words and dates are listed below the pictures.

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Doodlewash: 5/7

Today was just an extension of last week. Then learning I can’t take a vacation at Christmas because the other woman took the week off! She has done this 3 years in a row now. Come to find out she does it the day when she get’s back. I came home, made dinner, cleaned the kitchen, folded newspapers (my daughter has a paper route and track), I looked forward to painting. The only thing is that I wished I had planned out my space better. Still fun and relaxing. My husband is urging me to quit and write my novellas and freelance but we do need two steady incomes not just his and my wishes. I think I’ll paint something else or work on my novella. Truth, I’ll probably lay down.


Prompt Word: Shoes

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