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: 7/10-7/11

It seems like all I’m doing lately is catching up. I’m getting caught up (somewhat) in my writing lectures and now I’m caught up on my doodle(s)washes. I wanted to keep in more of a loose doodle aesthetic rather than worrying about following the lines. Hope I pulled it off. (HEY! WP is letting me do a gallery!

Doodle(s)wash: 7/8

This was a frustrating prompt. Not that the actual prompt was the issue but the process. I actually threw one painting away and I was only halfway done with it. I’m trying to learn not rely too much on my pens and focus more on painting details.


Prompt Word: Flying things

A simple one line and dots kite for the doodle portion.
I was working on lightning bugs for flying things. I wish I could make it look more majestic.

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(s)wash: 6/17

I took time from the stress of and did a quick doodle and watercolor. The one line doodle is a tribute to the bell pepper that tried to take my finger. The purple hull peas watercolor has a special place in my heart. My grandmother would harvest bushels of these peas for us kids to hull during the summer and we would enjoy them through the winter. I remember my fingers were both sore and purple but I would give anything to be on the porch with her and my dad again hulling peas. And WP is still giving me issues…GRR.


Prompt Word: Vegetable

Bell Pepper
Purple Hull Peas

 

Doodle(s)wash: 6/10

Today is an overcast cloudy day. One of those that almost demand movies and a bed. I decided that I would paint and write a little instead. Today’s prompt reminded me of home so much. It was served on the porch, at crawfish boils, even kept in the fridge as a staple (no matter what time of the year and always sweetened). But my absolute favorite time to have a glass was with my father when I was a little girl watching the lightning bugs.


Prompt Word: Iced Tea

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: 5/15

YES! I came home and I conquered…or at least I feel like I did. The kid drove to work-done. Dinner-done. Clean kitchen-done. House picked up for now (until everyone gets home)-done. My art challenges…I’m super stoked that I got those done. I do need to get a different masking fluid though. The one I have seemed to have ripped the paper.


I thought about stick figures, pinky promises, and friendship bracelets until I was reminded of a phrase my grandmother would say, ‘Go together like peas and carrots.’

illomo Prompt: Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

I discovered lemon poppy-seed raspberry thumbprint cookies. I love a good thumbprint cookie but this was the perfect combination of lemon and poppyseed.

Doodlewash Prompt: Cookies

 

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/13

I have been enjoying today and watching the kids with Helen has been fun. (That is what they named her, after Helen Keller. They said even though she is blind and trying to find herself in this world she will survive it.) We are headed to the wildlife rehabilitation center-they just called and said that they are ready for her.


I remember some of the best music I ever heard came from my dad’s vinyl.

illomo Doodle Prompt: Make Music

 

 

 

 

 

I used to take photos ALL the time with a film camera and wait 2 weeks for development. Now everything is instant and digital. Everything seemed to have a vintage feel to it today.

Doodlewash Prompt: Camera

Doodle & Doodlewash: 5/12

I went with a good old-fashion stick figure for today’s doodle prompt.

illomo Prompt Word: Jump

 

As for my doodlewash challenge, the prompt was surprisingly fun to do. I didn’t think it would be fun painting food but I can’t wait to see if there are more prompts for food this month.

Doodlewash Prompt: Lunch

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

 

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