Adventures In Watercolor: Doodlewash June 2019 pt I

I haven’t touched my watercolor set in over 6 months, but when a group of watercolorists I follow on Facebook posted a Doodlewash challenge for June, I decided it was the incentive I needed to get back to painting regularly. Basically, you’re given a list of prompts, and you draw/paint/sketch one each day (for several a day, like I did, because I had a late start) for an entire month. I have heard of Doodlewash before, but this is the first time I try one of their monthly prompts, and it’s a lot of fun. I may try more in the future!

Anyway, here are the first 10 “doodles” of the challenge:

The prompt is “Lobster”, but I can’t draw anything so complicated as a lobster, so I painted lobster buoys instead

More to come once I complete them all!

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Blue Enamel

Confession time: I didn’t wear this outfit for SIA. I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit“, including this pair of mustard pants (another pair of wide-leg pants, I know, I know), my blue gingham shirt, and black heels. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to even wear the outfit, let alone to take photos of it, because I spent most of last week taking care of my dog, who got into a fight with a neighbor’s dog and was bitten pretty badly. Thankfully, the vet was able to stitch her up and she is stable and eating again, but it was quite a stressful couple of days.

So for this week’s SIA, I just looked through my existing outfit and picked the one that’s as close to the inspiration as I can get. I ended up choosing this one – just imagine my shoes are black and it’ll be perfect.

Here’s the poor silly thing, before she got hurt


The Great A’Tuin

The outfit is nothing to write home about – it’s all about the brooch here. I haven’t bought a new brooch in a while, but when I saw this turtle brooch, I knew I had to buy it because it reminds me of the Great A’Tuin in the Discworld book (of course, it’s missing the four elephants and the Discworld itself on its back). It’s terribly nerdy of me, I know.

Speaking of Terry Pratchett, I finally finished the Good Omens mini series last week (I was too busy to binge it the day it came out.) It’s good, but… I don’t know, not as great as I’d hoped. I never thought I’d say this, but I think the problem is that it follows the book too closely.  Book and film are two different media, so a moment in the book may not have the same impact when it is recreated exactly on the screen. And the voiceover narration (most of which is lifted verbatim from the book) doesn’t add anything to it either – there were moments when I wished I could turn the voiceover off and concentrated on the actions. I guess it comes down to the age-old problem of adaptations: the book is always better.


Try Again

This is my second attempt at the “blue outfit with paper bag pants and red accents” after my first try didn’t turn out so well. I like it better because the vertical stripes make this shirt look less billowy that the other one, but it’s still a little looser than I’d like, and by the end of the work day, it had pretty much come untucked.

I have never seen the appeal of the bodysuit before, but now I’m seriously considering buying one because it drove me crazy trying to fix the tuck all day long. Unfortunately (or, fortunately, if you look at it from a financial standpoint, because I do not need more clothes), all the bodysuits I see in store look like swimsuits and not like normal tops, so I don’t think I’ll be buying one yet.


SIA Inspiration: Van Gogh 4.0

It’s Kim’s turn to host SIA! It’s National Fruit and Vegetable month in the US (huh, who knew?) so she wanted to feature something with fruits and vegetables, and she picked this “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit” by SIA’s favorite, Van Gogh:

There are a lot of fun colors, textures, and patterns here – the blue plaid, the grayish-blue of the table cloth (it almost looks like medium-washed jeans), the floral-on-black patterns of the cup and jug, and the bright yellow and orange of the fruits and the background. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, June 18th. Have fun!


Addicted To Wide-Leg Pants

Wide-leg pants are definitely my go-to this summer. I’ve worn them before, of course, but this year the stores are really saturated with them, making it that much easier to choose (or harder, if you’re plagued by indecision like me.) That said, these pants are actually custom-made by a tailor. I went with my mom to the fabric market back in April and bought a bunch of fabrics for my new summer wardrobe. The shirtdress I wore a couple of weeks ago was one of the items I got made from those fabrics, and these pants/culottes are another. Normally I don’t get pants custom-made because they’re easy to find (unlike dresses), but this pattern is just too cool to pass up.

This photo is actually an outtake – the timer went off before I reached my mark – but it looks cool so I kept it in


All About The Shoes

These two oufits are very simple and feature the same pair of pants, so I decided to put them together in one post rather than giving them their own posts. Also, they’re both built around the shoes. I know it sounds like a total cliche, but shoes really are the item that will make or break the outfit for me. The wrong pair of shoes can ruin a carefully selected outfit, and on the other hand, I could be wearing the simplest outfit – like these – but a good pair of shoes would still make me feel put-together.