The landscape experiment

I’ve not painted a landscape in over 2 decades but decided to give it a try when my friend Robin and I got together to play with watercolors (which I also hadn’t really worked with in a couple of decades…not as fine art anyway). It was a fun way to break in the Arches watercolors pad my sister gave me.


July is #WorldWatercolorMonth

July is World Watercolor Month thanks to the efforts of the incomparable Charlie O’Shields. I won’t be participating daily due to other commitments and my sore shoulder, but I encourage artists to join the fun and non-artists to give it a try.


There are no rules to this challenge save for using some sort of water-media to make your art. I know people who want to use this challenge to practice certain subjects, but I’m not that organized, so I’ll just paint whatever strikes my fancy.


This is an attempt at capturing the wild and dry landscape of Big Bend National Park. You can tell someone (me…) is a little rusty at landscapes. Rough outline of rock structures drawn with 2B graphite. Painted with Sennelier travel watercolors on 140lb Strathmore Visual Journal.

Guess what? It’s #BirdDay #NatureDoodlewash !

Today, the 8th, is the monthly Bird Day on WordPress. And because it works well for #naturedoodlewash, all the better! This was actually the first painting I did (a couple of weeks ago) with the Winsor & Newton watercolour markers my sister gave me for my birthday but I saved it for today so I could use it for Bird Day.

You know what they say: “Waste not, kill two birds, but not literally.” I made that up in case you couldn’t tell.

FullSizeRender(6)If you want to join in the fun, go let the lovely Laura (at Create Art Everyday) know!