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Yellow Swallowtail

The World Watercolor Group prompt for today’s painting is “Butterfly” so here is a yellow swallowtail from a couple of summers ago when I couldn’t keep parsley growing but we had hundreds of beautiful butterflies!

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In the Throes of Winter…

…this is where we’d like to bee: The World Watercolor Group theme for this month is “Let’s Go on a Nature Hike!” but in my area, we are still in the throes of winter.  And even though I go for a walk most mornings, I will probably not see many of the items on the daily prompts.  So, I get to make them up! Wishing you sunshine and relaxation today! Ruth

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Chickens

On our last trip to visit my daughter and her family, we got to visit with her neighbors, who own some chickens. My son-in-law taught my grandchildren to “pet” the occasional centipede that shows up in their house before taking it over to feed it to the chickens. 😏 Using some photos I took as a reference, I painted this picture using three primary colors, cadmium yellow light, permanent alizarin crimson, and cobalt blue.

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Savannah

The World Watercolor Group prompt for today is “Puppy” so here is my folks’ dog Savannah. She has her own special chair in the living room and often sleeps in this position.

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Watercolor Brushes

The Doodlewash prompt for today is “Good Hair Day” and since I didn’t want to do a self-portrait, I decided to concentrate on the other important “hair” that I want to have a good hair day everyday: my watercolor brushes.  The criteria for a good watercolor brush is that is should carry/hold a large amount of water (or paint) and that it should come to a sharp point (for round brushes) or a fine ridge (for flat brushes). The very best watercolor brushes are made with the hairs from the tail of the sable martin from Kolinski, Russia.  No wonder they are expensive!  Most watercolorists today use brushes that have…

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Fresh (but Awful)

The World Watercolor Group prompt for today is “Fresh” and my first thought was of freshly squeezed orange juice, but I painted oranges yesterday so I went in the opposite direction and thought of the worst thing that I have ever tasted fresh: an olive. My family and I were in Italy and were on the Amalfi Coast, walking down from Atrani to Amalfi when we passed some olive trees in the verge between switchbacks on the trail.  There were some nice ripe purple-black olives hanging there.  My husband wondered aloud what a fresh olive would taste like.  He reached up an plucked one and then gallantly handed it to…

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Breakfast

Happy New Year!  May today be the beginning of a wonderful year for you! As I sat down to breakfast this morning, I decided to look at the Doodlewash watercolor prompt for today.  I had a sneaking suspicion, as I looked down at my delicious breakfast, that it would be the prompt for today. And I was right.  Do I eat it now, or stop, paint it and then eat it? Fried eggs are best when eaten right away, so I ate my lovely breakfast and then cooked another one to paint.

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Snowflakes

Parts of the United States had a white Christmas, but not here. So, any snow that I paint is coming from my imagination. Here’s looking forward to some of this cold sparkly stuff before too long!

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Pouring Acrylic Paint

With family filling our home on Christmas and staying overnight in my studio, I knew that no serious watercolor painting would be attempted. But, I wanted to have something to do with my daughter-in-law and my son’s girlfriend. Looking at videos on YouTube, I learned enough to be comfortable trying out pouring acrylic paint. This…

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Panetone

We were introduced to Panetone, a sweet yeast bread with fruit baked in, when we lived in Italy. I’m not a big fan of fruitcake, unless this qualifies. Yesterday’s prompt on Doodlewash was “fruitcake” but I couldn’t paint this until after I finished baking it today. My sons and husband patiently waited until it was cool enough to cut. Hopefully we will have some left to eat on Christmas!

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