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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