Brits at the Wheel


Someone’s just taken the steering wheel back.
Fingers crossed they can afford the fuel.


Just when you think you won’t mention it πŸ˜‚

Happy Saturday!
Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

p.s. All the years I lived in Chichester and went to the Festival of Speed and now Keanu Reeves decides to ride his bike there. Typical lol.

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

Just when I was whizzing through emails trying to find who it was who put acrylic on watercolor paper, I stumble across Laura putting acrylic and watercolors on watercolor paper. (I love that yellow!) I’m surrounded by adventurous artists!

So I had a little go at acrylics too and now I want to try it with watercolor too πŸ˜€
I really liked this but as soon as I started adding warm colors it changed completely.
Since this painting, I’ve noticed if I pick cool or warm first then just add small amounts of the opposite opposite and it doesn’t go too crazy.

You can go as crazy as you like at the weekend!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

June Bugs!


Oh lovely June bug you haunt me so.
Either myself or you should go.
I can’t take any more of your devoted stalking.
It is most unpleasant out there walking.

And here’s a quick #naturedoodlewash of one:

These flies are abundant all along the coastline at this time of year. They usually die after a day or two then you are left with a squelchy mess to clear up. Our muscles are ready from snow shovelling.

If they arrive early in May instead of June you just change their name to May Fly.

My daughter loves them and after we got her all ready for a quick roller skate in her new boots this morning, she looked outside and saw the road (top photo) and took all her stuff off again.

At first I thought she didn’t want to get her skates messed up but she said she didn’t want to kill them. How sweet!
I’ve had many a June bug thrust in my face (thanks H).

Anyone else get them?

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨



Color is contained

Fluttering between the lines

Then learns to fly.


So yesterday I got brave and joined the Leamington art group. There was a flyer in the shop about Art at the Marina. There’s still a gap for vendors and boy do I have a painting stash to sell….so I might just do it.

The scary part is artists usually spend weeks getting organised for it and it’s in two weeks aargh!

I have no idea if you have to provide your own panels and desk. I’m thinking not nut you need someone to help you put it together – Phil? πŸ˜‚

He doesn’t know this plan yet he’s away every week at the moment. He’ll be thrilled to help on a Saturday morning. I wish I knew where to get matt boards but I might at least get frames for some of my watercolors. I think I also need something with my name on.

Is anyone else a last minute go for it person?

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

Tree #Naturedoodlewash

Here’s a quick tree done without a reference:


Someone did an amazing doodlewash of a tree the other day. Sorry I’ve forgotten who it was. Anyway I do have a reference photo of a great tree so soon I shall try it. This will do for today. Blame too much fun at the weekend and the quiche I’ve said I’ll make for a school lunch leaving do.

Who knows what rubbish I’ll churn when I’ve got the kids at home. In some ways I might havemore time. No more school runs.

I need to carve out some playtime for these bargains I got on Saturday on the way to the movies. Yay for Michaels!


Put some color in your day!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


I didn’t get up at 3.30 as planned to watch the All Blacks πŸ˜‰ I don’t even know who won yet (quel horreur!).


I’ve been thinking of doing more close ups and maybe I should have started with them ages ago because this was so quick and easy.

He looks a bit French with the flag colors behind him.

A hot day at the soccer field is waiting for me. What fun things are you guys doing?

Happy Saturday!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

Green Parrot for #Naturedoodlewash

This photo is a little blurry which fits with watercolor I guess.


I was going to tinker with it some more but I think I’ll just start another parrot instead.

I love close-ups so maybe I’ll just do the head next.

Here’s what it looks like on different products in my Society6 shop:


Any of the arty folks find themselves drawn to painting things in their favorite colors? I seem to be. Name a turquoise animal lol.

We’re at kids’ soccer games all day tomorrow on a really hot day. Maybe I’ll sketch while I watch.

Have a great weekend!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

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