#NatureDoodlewash Sand Dollar

June 15  Today we will go for another walk along the sea shore.  No we are not going to the Caribbean today.  Instead we are going to a beach on the west coast of British Columbia.  There is lots to see here too.  Natures beauty abounds.  Perchance we will come across a sand dollar.  A sand dollar is a burrowing form of a flat sea urchin.  Did you know if you find one they are good luck?  Today we have come across one that has washed up along the shore and has turned white.  A live sand dollar will be darker, brownish black or purple.  So we can pick this one up and take it home.  A lovely memory from our walk today.

#NatureDoodlewash  on Strathmore Water Color 8.5” x 5.5” paper with Staedtler Watercolour Pencils, Elegant writer and Holbein Artists’ Water Color.  Original art By Susan Feniak

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#NatureDoodlewash Butterfly

June 9th   Today I have decided to stay closer to home and go for a walk in the garden.  I inspect all my flowers and shrubs and make sure they are thriving in this heat wave.  To my great joy and wonder a butterfly stops by for a visit.   Flitting from flower to bud.  Hardly stopping long enough for me to see  its shape and colors.  How can I remember how to draw that?  If only my butterfly bush had survived the winter, then maybe my visitor would have stayed longer.

#NatureDoodlewash  A combination of Staedtler Watercolour Pencils and Neocolor II Caran D’Ache on Opus Essentials Sketchbook paper.  Original art by Susan Feniak

If you want to join in on the #NatureDoodlewash walks and hikes stop by Charlie O’Shields at doodlewash.wordpress.com and see what is happening.

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#NatureDoodlewash Tenacity!

June 6th Has me on a nature walk along a rocky outcrop.  Even here one must remember to look down and see natures tenacity.  The tiniest mauve flowers cling to rock and life and flourish.

For my first #NatureDoodlewash I brushed the dust off my Elegant Writer Calligraphy pens to get the funky colors and swirls of the rock.  For the flowers I used watercolour pencil and white Gelly Roll.  All on Opus Essentials Sketchbook paper.  By Susan Feniak

Thank you to Charlie O’Shields for inviting us along on #NatureDoodlewash

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Draw A Bird Day

Its the 8th day of the month and time for Draw A Bird Day.  So soon?  Seems like I just did this.  This month I have drawn a male pine grosbeak.  I look forward to seeing all the other bird portraits!

original art by Susan Feniak  water color pencils, acrylic, ink, on paper.

When I joined into Draw A Bird Day it was being hosted by Laura over at https://createarteveryday.com/  Thank you for including me Laura.

Nina and Kerfe at https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/ are the hosts now.  Thank you to them.

Painting Male pine grosbeak


#SelfieArt Susan at Work!

original sketch by Susan Feniak ,water colour pencils on paper.  It will be the 25th day of the month tomorrow and time for #SelfieArt.  Since I haven’t heard or read otherwise I am assuming it is that time again.  I will be hard at work tomorrow so I thought it best to post my attempt today.  It is a very quick sketch of me at my desk.  Because my office/studio is in our basement I have surrounded myself by favourite art, pictures, photos, antique plates and a bulletin board along with everything else that is colourful and enjoyable to me.  It all makes for a more pleasant working environment.   Much better then just a computer screen, calculator, printer/scanner, files, papers, and other paraphernalia that a bookkeeper needs.   Oops I better adjust all the paintings that have gotten crooked!   Even the 2016 Calendar isn’t hanging straight!  Oh and for those not in the know, January 25th is also Robbie Burns Day!!

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Christmas Greetings 2015

Original art by Susan Feniak  water colour pencil, water colours, elegant marker, and ink.

Merry Christmas wishes.  The Winter Chickadees have been busy!  A magical time indeed.  I hope all of you my blogging friends and supporters have a very happy time with family and friends. Cheers, Susan

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Freckled Poinsettia

original art by Susan Feniak  water colour pencil, elegant writer, and water colours on paper.  A quick sketch inspired by a very different poinsettia plant given to me by a friend.  Could not resist the temptation to put it on paper.  Cheers, Susan

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