Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa — July 3, 2017
Media: Watercolor

July is World Watercolor Month. Over the weekend I ran across the “31 watercolors in 31 days” challenge on Dick Blick Art Materials’ website. After a bit more research, I discovered that World Watercolor Month™ was founded by Charlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash®. He offers some great art prompts and hosts the World Watercolor Group™ on his site, so go check it out if you’re a watercolor enthusiast or need some inspiration.

Like I said when I posted this on my Instagram feed the other day, I doubt I’ll complete all 31 watercolors in 31 days (obviously since this is already day 5, now); but I plan to do as many as I can this month and post when I find the time. I’m working on numerous personal projects at this time, so my time is fairly limited at the moment. My absence from the blogosphere for more than a year is the result of nothing short of overwhelm and exhaustion.

Here’s hoping I can reclaim a regular blogging habit. If not, I encourage anyone interested to follow me on Instagram. I publish there far more regularly than anywhere else at this point simply for the ease of posting quickly.

Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, or reef triggerfish if you would prefer, is Hawaii’s state fish. During a recent visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, I tried my best to get a good photo of this particular fish. Unfortunately, I failed. Every single photo turned out blurry, so I chose to work from those blurry photos to create this watercolor painting. I worked on this one 2 days. It turned out pretty decent for not having painted anything for several months.

Let’s hope it’s not another year between posts.


Joyeux Noel Cardinal

Joyeux Noel CardinalThe first of this season’s holiday themed sketches, completed last night. The upper left corner needs something. I’m just not sure what and didn’t want to overwork it. I’m also not convinced on the pine needles. Feel free to give me ideas to draw. I’m definitely open to suggestions.

*Attribution: Sketched from John Flannery‘s photo titled, Cardinal.

Cat Hunting Blackbird

Cat Hunting Blackbird

Cat Hunting Blackbird
Mixed Media – Primarily ballpoint ink pen with a small amount of colored pencil and yellow marker
Size: 8.5″x11″

I began this drawing last Thursday with a very quick, rough sketch while exploring recent photos on Flickr. A couple of photos I saw by two different people, close together in the Photostream — almost side-by-side — sparked my imagination. The coincidental placement of these two images inspired me to combine what I imagined to be happening into one drawing.

The result is a kind of massive Zentangle, brightly colored with a slight abstract quality that I’m very pleased with. I spent a total of 18.5 hours on this drawing over the course of the last week. This was so enjoyable that I find myself at a loss today with nothing to work on. Onward to find more inspiration!

And speaking of Blackbirds, I have to share Kary Johnson‘s video that I ran across last week also titled simply, Blackbird. Enjoy! 😉