Tag: Catherine Johnson


Undercover sheep
Missed the mark

I intended to add sheep but they were rubbish and I have a renewed enthusiasm for splatters.

Maybe the sheep will come back in the Spring 🐑. Or I’ll stick to charcoal sketches of them. Don’t be afraid to change your mind.

Happy creating!
Catherine 🎨

Gobble Gobble


I took a wrong turn off at Point Pelee and barely stopped the car before leaping out with my camera. Thank goodness for wrong turns. Look what we found.

The really funny part was when I pulled over and two of us were trying to get a good picture from inside the car of the turkeys to our right in the grass.

Meanwhile some other turkeys crossed the road in front of us and we didn’t even see them. Craig told us. Hee hee.

If I’d have brought the longer zoom camera I wonder if we’d have managed a great close up. Anyway these are fun to reminisce over.


I hope nobody minds I painted this indoors. The turkeys don’t pose for a portrait lol.


I got more fun pics so I’ll paint them on the deck then it’s still plein air painting for #NatureDoodlewash month. Fun! Fun!

Happy creating!

Catherine 💙🎨


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 💙🎨💙


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



#artchallenge 1/5 Trees

Thanks to Sylvia for tagging me in the #artchallenge. I really do struggle with landscapes but Alfonso Dunn says you have to practise everything. So voila:



Today I tag Michelle Kogan.

Happy creating!



Eye see Ewe


Eye suppose ewe’ve guessed whose eye I am.

Have a great Saturday! 🐑


Monkeys and Etsy tips


My awesome brother John is kindly allowing us to use his monkey photos to paint. So if you would like to paint them, I’ll post a couple each day. A little break from sheep.


That’s John giving one a drink. He just loves monkeys. And there sure are lots of them in Thailand.

In other news, my Etsy shop is open. I haven’t filled out the policies part yet. Where was that hiding. (Turns out you fill that out once it is open not before) It’s probably the hardest part because you have to have a come back for yourself and the buyer if something goes wrong with shipping.

My advice is take a photo of a few people’s policy page and see if you want the same policies.

Also there is a forum where sellers ask questions. You can either browse the first few pages or do a search on something specific you want to know.

The rest is so easy no wonder there’s so many people selling on there. It’s wonderful how transparent the whole process is. What could go wrong ha ha! 😉

So I’d better sort out my policies and make a banner.

My shop is called DripsAndSploshes.

Be brave!


#MoP15 Day 15: Hands


Oven gloves


Dough balls








Catherine Johnson, 2015

If you are wondering about the oven gloves, it’s from a YouTube video I watched yesterday about drawing hands. Apparently it’s great practise to put on an oven mitt and make different hand gestures. Fun! Draw them of course 😛

Handy? 😉

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#MoP15 Day 14: Ring The Bell!

WIN_20150113_065342Inspired by Sylvia’s shoe city yesterday I drew this clown house and made a funny doorbell that pings out at you when you ring it (you couldn’t tell that from my illustration? ;)) so anyway isn’t it super hard to draw small people and tell what they are doing, thinking etc.

I wanted this:

I think it will take some practice. I’ll have to study Homer lol.

I also messed around with making a cover:


I know it needs a bit of work not to look so amateur. The problem is I kind of like the amateur look, it’s cooky 😛

Last but not least I need a poem for the doorbell thingy. I don’t want to think about form just yet with this one.

Ring! Ring!

Not again!

Squirt! Squirt!

I did this yesterday

and the day before

Silly Bert!

You’d think

I’d learn


My friend Frank

likes a prank

Coffee at mine tomorrow

ha ha ha ha haaaa!

Catherine Johnson, 2015.


Okay that’s super rubbish, but I have to write one a day, gotta start somewhere.

Go have some fun today folks!





#MoP15 Day 5 Mummy Lighthouse




Hey… sailboat!


…scuba diver

I need your help.

I’m stuck inside this mummy.

It’s not funny…

Let me out!



Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest: Windy Pole

hoilday contest 4

It’s party time at Susanna’s blog with… 

The 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!! Here are the rules. There’s still time to enter!

Write a 350-word children’s story (kids under age 12) in which wild weather impacts the holidays! Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate. But your story is not to exceed 350 words. Whatever you choose, make the readers feel the impact on the holidays! Your entry should be posted on your blog between Monday December 8 and Friday December 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

Windy Pole

On Christmas Eve when elves had packed and stacked the presents on the shelves,
The speakers shuddered into action with a message for the elves.

‘It’s extra super windy out.” It even blew his beard.
“The wind might blow the sleigh off course, it’s much worse than we feared.”

The elves prepared with masking tape, some ropes, a harness too.
Santa shook his head though when they turned up with some glue.

One elf taped around the presents nearly twenty seven times.
The bell upon his dizzy head rang fifteen different chimes.

The reindeer stuck their chests out into the night,
But right behind them wobbling was a shaky sorry sight.

While elves hung on to antlers; waving feet up to the sky.
The sled began to Samba while old Santa ate cream pie.

For this he was most grateful; now his gerth sat full and round.
He kept his sleigh real steady, shame it would not leave the ground.


I think it is all in iambic heptameter. It was a good challenge because I had to take some stresses out of the first two lines to make it match the rest of the poem.

Check out all the entries here. There’s some really imaginative ones up in space and stuff.

Have a great day!


http://catherinemjohnson.com @CathM_Johnson Catherine_mrsj@hotmail.com