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Toy Box Sea Turtle Finished!

Hello Friends,

I am done with my first sea turtle in acrylics! I ended up working on it some more last night. I worked on the turtle a little and added the foliage. Then this morning I finished the turtle and removed the masking tape from around the edges. I am very glad to be done! I took the picture of it outside so it was on the sidewalk. The cut-out part is one of the handles as this was a short side piece.

I think I only have one more piece of the toy box to paint. There are two pieces left, but one of them has what I already painted on the front of it when we first put it together about 19 years ago.

We got the toy box for our son when he was a little over two years old. So I stenciled a teddy bear and hearts and his first and middle names on it. So that will stay the way it is. I don’t even want to “touch it up.” I guess I will take a picture of that and post it last.

Eventually, I will try to find some kind of hangers for these so I can put them on the walls in his old room (which is now my writing/workout room) when I am done with the last one.

This has been a challenging and fun project. I have really enjoyed doing these. Thanks for everyone’s support in the blogosphere! I really appreciate all of you.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ™‚

 

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TOY BOX TURTLE (Still in Progress)

Hello Friends,

Today I decided to work on my sea turtle that is painted onto one of the end pieces of our son’s toy box that I took apart. This is in acrylics which is definitely more of a challenge for me. I worked on it for a few hours today so that is enough!

The splotches of paint on the outer edges are on the masking tape I put around the sides to protect the wood frame. It will come off when I am done.

I have found that the nice thing about acrylics is that if you screw up (which I have done that a lot with this one,) you can paint over your mistakes to correct them! There is still a lot of “under painting” here. So the details are still to come. Plus, I’ll probably add some foliage around the turtle.Β  So here it is so far!

Night before last I wrote the first draft of my magazine article assignment. It felt good to finally just get all my notes into a rough draft. I still have other stuff to do to complete the assignment after I finish the article. But I am setting it aside for a few days to keep thinking on it. Also, I realized my due date is actually a week later than I thought it was. It isn’t due until August 15th! That made me happy!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

MY FIRST TATTOO!!

Hello Friends!

Well, I thought I would share myself with you today. This is me when I was getting my FIRST tattoo! Yes, I say first, because I am planning for my next one to be a sea turtle.

This one is a feather, in honor of my online name of “whitefeatherfloating.” However, it isn’t really white or floating on anything except my arm. Ha, ha! But this was a special day. And the reason I did not get a sea turtle first is because with this special day at this tattoo parlor, we had to choose from the ones they were offering. But that was fine.

Also, myy daughter treated me to this tattoo so how could I resist? The place where we got them done (yes, she got one, too) had a special Friday the 13th sale. So there was no extra fees involved. It was very reasonable and we had a great guy do both of ours. My daughter got “Lucky Cat.”

Anyway, since my very scary looking acrylic sea turtle didn’t go over very well (even though it isn’t finished,) I thought I would share someone else’s art with you for a change.

 

AND HERE IS MY FEATHER!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

Acrylic Sea Turtle (Not finished yet!)

Hello Friends,

Well, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this painting! I am thinking that so far this is an “under painting” which means I will be painting over some of it. This is the other small toy box piece. But I am not sure if it is going to stay on there. I have never attempted a sea turtle in acrylics before. It looks kind of strange to me. Although, to be fair to myself, I have not painted any eyes in yet! So yeah, very strange looking!

I went to the library a couple of days ago and began working on the bones of my LAST writing assignment for my class. I am writing an article about leafy sea dragons. I am still waiting on a couple of books I ordered about them, though. It isn’t due until August 7th. I have most of the information I need to write it, but I figured a couple of more little books couldn’t hurt anything, right?

Also, the day I went to the library, I went into their little store…again. Yes…I went there. I’m not going to post pictures, but I’ll tell you what I got for just $6! If you saw my previous post about the art books I found awhile back, you’d see that I found a couple of books that came in cardboard slipcovers. They are over-sized hardbacks. I noticed this time that they are part of a series from “Time-Life Books.”Β Anyway, I found two more of those. One is called The World of Leonardo and the other one is called The World of Michelangelo.

I also found a book by Rene Huyghe called Van Gogh. So of course I had to get it. After all, he is my favorite artist!

I think if they keep cleaning out their art section, I may end up with their library of art books! Ha, ha. πŸ˜‰ Of course, actually, I haven’t gone to check the shelves to see if for sure these are those books. I realize someone could have donated these and they didn’t need them in their art section. I have checked them all out at one time or another in the last five years. But now I won’t have to! Cool, huh?

Well, I need to get to work on my leafy sea dragon article. Plus, I am going to be doing a painting for a friend at some point soon.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

 

DYANA’S DOLPHIN

Hello Friends,

Today my husband and I had visitors. I also found out today is Dyana’s birthday, so a couple of hours before they came, I decided to paint her a dolphin. I already had a frame. I just had to cut the paper which is 300 lb. so it didn’t have to be stretched first. And I just painted one dolphin.

Dyana and Joe brought lots of kids with them, and another young adult, so it was pretty great! It was great to meet them all. My husband knows her from the California Conservation Corps. from when they were both getting trained to be crew supervisors for different crews. He has gotten back in touch with a lot of people he met back then which has been pretty great.

So here is Dyana’s birthday dolphin. Happy Birthday, Diana!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. We have a little bit cooler weather here so we were all able to take a walk around the hatchery and show them all of the growing fish.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.

So here is my next Australian Leafy Sea Dragon! I used my Prismacolor watercolir pencils and opted to do a blue background for color contrast. Normally, it would be in darker waters amongst a big bed of seaweed to use as camouflage.

Speaking of Australia, our daughter found out she is getting to go to Melbourne in October to work for two months! Through the California Conservation Corps., she applied for the exchange program a couple of months ago and was selected to go! We are all super excited about this opportunity for her!

So I told her she needs to get an underwater camera and go snorkeling and look for these magnificent creatures! I was kidding of course, but if I was physically able to handle the long flight there and could afford to go, I would! Then I would do my own snorkeling!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Weedy Seadragon Courtship

Hello Friends,

Today while doing more research about the incredible seadragon fish, I came across this very short video of the dance that the male and female do before she transfers her eggs to him to carry to maturation. This is truly beautiful!

I have started the reading and research for my last writing assignment. I took yesterday off, but today I am excited to get to work again. So I was googling seadragons and came across an article that had this video featured. Enjoy it!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!Β  πŸ™‚

 

Longsnout Seahorse Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is my first seahorse! I decided to spend this afternoon finishing this painting. We have a big end table that I can put all my paints and water and brushes on if I want to watch t.v. while I paint. I used to listen to music and sit at my art table, but that chair is kind of harder on me than the easy chair these days. Today I watched Shrek the Third! Ha, ha, ha! I still watch movies made for kids. Besides there are more jokes in them now that only most adults would get anyway.

I used my favorite bright colors which are Quinachridone Gold and Lemon Yellow. This is a longsnout seahorse. I really love how bright these are. Of course seahorses come in many many different colors, some have spikes and some are pygmy which are the very smallest ones.

Longsnouts reach a maximum of about seven inches. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean as far as the Mediterranean. I think all seahorses are just adorable. I mean how many other creatures look like a horse, have a monkey’s tail, and yet is a fish who swims in the ocean? Pretty cool, huh?

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

 

ART BOOKS: WHAT A SCORE!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday was a great day! First I stopped by my friend Linda’s house and we had a nice visit. She also gave me some advice and encouragement about writing and publishing…along with a few zucchinis out of her garden and a lemon from her tree! The lemon is so sweet, too! (If you’re reading this, Linda B., thanks again!)

Then I went straight to Mod Pizza and had a mini pizza and salad with my friend, Jen. We got to visit for a few hours happily chatting the afternoon away. (If you’re reading this, thanks, Jen!)

Lastly, I went to take some books back to the library. I decided to look in their little bookstore and look at these art books I found!! I think they cleaned some out of the art section of the library. And that’s not even what I was browsing for! You never know what you’ll find until you look, though. πŸ˜‰

The best part is that these are over-sized books, except for one, and I got all five books for $10!!Β It was a steal. I love reading about artists, especially these great ones: Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, Ce`zanne, and the post-impressionists.

So here are pictures of all the books I got! TWO books on one of my very favorite artists…

This is the outer cover of the book on Rembrandt.

And the book slides inside the cover which is cool!

And lastly, Cezanne and the post-impressionists!

So now, in addition to everything else I’m doing I will be reading about these great artists and eventually share about them here. I know I can find anything on the internet these days, but I still LOVE reading books!! That is one thing that will never change about me.

In the meantime, I began working on a painting of a seahorse yesterday afternoon. And it is a bright color! I don’t know when I will finish it, because I need to work on my story for my class and work out today. So that’s about it for now. I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

 

Australian Sea Dragon

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to start this week off with a little watercolor of a different type of sea dragon. As you can see, the Australian Sea Dragon only has a few leafy appendages. Down along the top of a sea dragon’s tail is a dorsal fin that you can see through. In fact, you can’t really see their pectoral fins here which are located on the sides of their necks.

The dorsal fin helps push them through the water. Even though the sea dragon beats this fin quickly, the dragon still moves extremely slow. When it isn’t swimming, it floats through the water and the pectoral fins act as rudders helping them steer. Pretty cool sea creatures I think!

I drew this one with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

I am planning to draw some more sharks and some sea horses next. But I also have a story to write for my class and for my last assignment I will be writing an article about the leafy sea dragon! So off to the library I go today after I have lunch with a good friend!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

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