Tulips seem to be a popular subject to paint especially in watercolors.

I had no fresh tulips to ready to use as a reference and I was short on time on pool duty so I quickly whipped this up.



I don’t know why I went quite so dark at the rim of the glass but for a first attempt it’ll do.

Here’s an earlier stage:


And here’s a stunning watercolor of tulips by Jodi.

Now this is what I should have watched before I attempted them:

Anybody remember my poem Two Lips Tulips.

Remembering all those who serve and have served today.

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


The Monaco Grand Prix is today. The track is really wet. I hope it’s not going to be a huge pile up. Visibility is terrible and there’s hardly anywhere to overtake.

Close up from Nico’s car:

I found an amazing artist who paints famous actors. Here is the late ever beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco:

I can’t draw Princess Grace or a grand prix car but while I’m watching I’ll attempt a yacht since that is a big status symbol of Monaco.


Basic, loose but watery looking which is appropriate and convenient 😝

I’ve been to Monaco twice, once just a week before the gp with an au pair family. Up the hill in Menton we could have seen the track but no one takes kids to Monaco during gp week. I bet prices jump too. I was too young to think like that though. I can chuckle about it now.


Anyone tried to paint a car before?

Happy Sunday!

Catherine πŸπŸŽ¨πŸ’™




This little ladybug is on my computer desk. I fancy trying a few different ladybug paintings.

I should have left more white space and done big drips. Maybe next time.

And this is how it looks in my shop:

Here’s a few interesting facts about ladybugs

For a beetle they are really pretty. I hope you see one today.

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨

Selfie Art Day!

Thanks to Susan sharing her selfie today I thought I’d have a go too.

I don’t know why but it won’t let me share this whole photo so I’m split in two 😝

20160524_154352~2~4~2And here is a very quick not at all the same watercolor pencil of it:


And here it is after I added water:


Too bad they are trimmed and on the side. WordPress is switching things up for me lol.

The eyes are too far apart and many more things wrong with it. I’ll set an alarm for the next time so I’m prepared. It still might be rubbish. Don’t hold your breath but do hold a paintbrush!

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨πŸ’™


Leggings available hereΒ in my Society6 store. There is a search tool so if you type in leggings you can choose from loads.


Macro Monday (late): Wake



purring through the bend

low throttle no wake allowed

this view awaits us


Macro of the wash:


I’m not sure that I could have got a better photo with a longer lens. It’s blurry at high speed but there’s hardly any wake at low speed. I’ll try that next time.

We had so much fun this long weekend. May bubbles froth in your week and may the weather fairy keep us nice and warm and not burnt.

Have a great week!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨20160523_201913_HDR~2


Scramble and Sheep

I hope I eat something more exciting than scrambled eggs before the end of the May #doodlewash challenge πŸ˜‰


Abstract eggs?


It really needed the picture. This just looks like a background gone wrong.

Or maybe the wool of a sheep!

Someone mentioned a website where you can use their photos and I’ve forgotten the name of it oops! I’ll edit this when I remember.

Here’s a fab reference photo of sheep. I chopped the end off so next Friday I’ll show the full photo with more sheep paintings.


I do hope I get to see sheep when I visit England in the summer. πŸ‘


What shall we name this one? Pearl?


I think this one looks like an Audrey. Yes? No?

When I’ve painted a couple more, I’ll see if I can whip up a poem for them.

I’m still in awe of doodlewashers who put so much detail into their paintings. I’ll have to watch a few videos on YouTube.

I must be at the point in a race where you hit the wall and I think it’s the finish line 😝.

I’ll post a macro on Tuesday since we have a long weekend here woo hoo.

Happy creating!

CatherineΒ πŸŽ¨πŸ’™

Macro & Doodlewash: Onion

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When Phil pulled this out of the drawer saying he thought we need to get more onions, I knew straight away I had to doodlewash it.


By next year I’ll be at advanced doodlewashing and then you might get some details 😜.

Join in Charlie’s food challenge before the end of May.

And here is a close up of the onion. I love the crunchy layers at the top. Not to eat just so you know πŸ˜†:


Have a great week everyone!

Catherine πŸŽ¨πŸ’™



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