Sea Turtle’s Greatest Peril!

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Hello Friends,

Well, this is a different kind of skull!  It is not human for one thing.  I painted it from a photo I found of a sea turtle’s skull and a couple of bones at the bottom of the ocean.  It was also another photo that had a lot of darkness in it, but I wanted it to be lighter.  There is a bone in front of the skull and one off to the side.  It is just another depiction of the greatest peril that will eventually come to us all…death.

Everything dies at some point, but I would rather see a sea turtle die a natural death than be slaughtered for its meat and shells.  It grieves me greatly.

I only have one more painting to post of another peril that happens to sea turtles unless I decide to do more at some point.  However, the next one is also a peril that many sea turtles are saved from every day by the wonderful people who don’t want them to suffer or die.  So look for it tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Sharks Circling Sea Turtle!!

sharks-circling-sea-turtle

Hello Friends,

The photo I have of this is very dark and dense so I tried to lighten it some in my painting. The sea turtle is swimming sideways trying to avoid these sharks so that is bottom of the turtle you see.  I have seen this happen on videos I have watched and it is so awful!  I feel the sea turtle’s fear when I am watching (or maybe it’s just my fear!!) However, depending on the size of the sea turtle, they can usually take care of themselves pretty well.  I like to think this one got away just fine.  I can’t imagine being the photographer taking that picture!  In the photo it all looks a lot smaller so the photographer was probably at a safe distance.

I guess by now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you have gathered how much I love sea turtles!  They are such beautiful creatures and are declared endangered animals mostly because of the people who keep killing them for their meat and beautiful shells!  But obviously, other ocean creatures like sharks attack them for food.  It is the way of the natural life cycle, which I can handle, but for people to kill them for profit just saddens me greatly.  I suppose that’s why I love to paint them so much.

I read an article by another artist recently who said he thought it was a waste of time to paint the same subject over and over.  I heartily disagree!  Many artists like Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo painted their self-portraits in many different poses and interpretations.  And I think the more you know a subject, the more you learn about it as you paint it differently each time for instance experimenting with poses and color.  Besides, there are seven different types of sea turtles so they don’t all look the same.  All I know is I never get tired of them.  I feel I still have so much to learn about watercolor painting as well as sea turtles, so if learning about these two subjects and putting them together is all I get around to doing the rest of my life, I’ll die a happy woman!

After all, I think having a passion for using our heads for something more than a hat rack is a good thing!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Human Skull #2-Graphite Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Here is another human skull I found (well, obviously I didn’t really find a real human skull!) to draw in pencil. I thought this one looked extra creepy because of the blackened background so I filled in my background as well to help it stand out more.  The thing I liked about it was the fact that its teeth are missing!  I also didn’t draw it exactly like the photo; the mouth is shaped more like how my dad looked without his dentures!!  😉  What do you think?

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Over the next few days I am going to be posting some quick watercolor sketches I did yesterday of some of the perils that sea turtles face in the ocean every day.  It is something I had been meaning to do for quite a while so when I found one of the pictures I had printed out, I decided to sit down and do them.  So be on the lookout over the next few days.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂  

 

Green Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends!

Here is another green sea turtle I decided to do yesterday after I went and bought some brighter greens yesterday!  I really thought that the first green sea turtle I posted the other day didn’t turn out like I wanted it to.  Sometimes I think I just stress out too much about trying to get colors “right” instead of just painting and enjoying myself more!  But that’s just me.  Yet, I want to get back to just relaxing and having more fun again.  I still have a lot to learn about watercolors, that’s for sure!

Well, here is a companion for Gilbert.  Meet Genevieve!  I thought that was an appropriate name today since I have a blogging friend with that name!  She had a great idea about creating a story about a sea turtle and a sea bunny who would be like the tortoise and the hare in some way.  I told her she would end up writing it before I got around to it!  I hope you, do, Genevieve!  🙂  And so here she is!

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Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Hopefully, I will be drawing more skulls as well as sea creatures this weekend.  Although, we do have a Dungeons & Dragons game Sunday afternoon….I better get busy!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Human Skull Sketch

human-skull-in-pencil

Hello Friends,

Please still be my friend after seeing this!!  Ha, ha!  I personally think it is a hideous attempt at a human skull, but hey, gotta start somewhere…sometime.  I was looking at a photo I found when I Googled “human skull” while drawing this so I didn’t trace the outline which is probably why it is a little out of proportion.

Just as a caution, don’t Google “human skull” if you aren’t prepared to see some shocking ones!  Or if you like that sort of thing…go for it!  Of course every human’s skull is shaped differently; otherwise we wouldn’t have such a variety of really great people on the planet!  They are interesting to look at…go on, you know you want to….

Well, I will be practicing some more but may trace the outline at least so the rest of the proportions are right next time!  I have never been one to really like drawing people much, but the skeleton is interesting!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂 

 

Sea Bunny #2 on 2/22!

sea-bunny-2

Hello Friends,

Here is another watercolor of a Sea Bunny!  These really are fascinating and cute even if they are a type of sea slug!  I enjoy painting them, but probably not near as much as sea turtles. Who knows?  Maybe a sea bunny will end up in the same painting as a sea turtle!  Now there’s an idea!

I just want to say that I appreciate all of you who follow my blog and support my interest in art.  It means a lot to me.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

SEA BUNNY??!!

sea-rabbit

Hello Friends,

Yes, you read that right!  I had never heard of a sea bunny before last week or so.  Apparently, although it looks like a rabbit under water, it is actually a type of sea slug!  Wow, right?  I was fascinated so I had to paint one of course.

You can read about them here and see the photo from which I painted this one from  My background is slightly different, however.

This is a short article, and I think they are pretty awesome little creatures!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150723-sea-slug-nudibranch-sea-bunny-ocean-animals-science/

 

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

 

Green Sea Turtle Watercolor

Hello friends,

I did this sketch yesterday afternoon when I had the house all to myself which is rare!  Meet Gilbert, the Green Sea Turtle!  

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Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

SEA HEARTLE!!

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Hello Friends,

Yes, you read that right!  I didn’t get this idea until a few days ago.  I drew this in pencil first just doodling, but then yesterday after getting home from town, I decided to paint him.  This is a sea heartle!  This guy just swam into my mind the other day when I was browsing pictures of sea turtles and thinking about Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to get him here by yesterday, but he was a little late.  He said the currents have been very strong lately!

Well, I don’t have a name for my sea heartle, so I am asking all of you for suggestions.  PLEASE leave me a suggested name; it will only take a moment!  I will really appreciate it!!  Thanks!

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  We stayed in, had dinner and watched a creepy movie.  Yeah, not your “typical” Valentine’s Day, but we feel like we are celebrating our love every day and don’t really need one day a year to “go all out” as some people like to do.  Besides, we can’t afford that!  Ha ha!!  😉

I have painted more D&D miniatures but have not gotten a picture of them yet.  That is coming soon.  Also, I played in my husband’s game on Sunday.  No one there knew I was going to.  We used the element of surprise when my character, a halfling rogue, was waiting in a chapel for all of the other characters in the party to rescue me and others who were trapped in there by the ones outside who were trying to set fire to the back door!  And at the front door others were using a battering ram to try and break that door down!!  Fortunately, though, my wonderful group was able to get rid of the bad guys at the back door and rescue all of us.  I stabbed a Kobold in the back as I came out, but had to do it twice to kill him.  I know, sounds like such a violent game!  But such is war…

All I know is it was really fun and I am looking forward to the next game a week from this Sunday!  It’s nice to be with a great group of people and just have fun.  What are you doing this weekend for fun?

Have a great day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

Whitefeatherfloating: My Online Name

Hello Friends,

The other day I did this quick painting of my online name of “whitefeatherfloating.”  You may wonder why I have this name…you may not!  😉  We first were able to get internet at our second apartment way back when and I was trying to come up with a name to use online.  I was studying Native American history at the time, so one day I was thinking a cool Native American name might be whitefeather.  Then I took it a little further in my imagination and thought the white feather should be floating, so I put it all together and ta da!!  I have had this online name for many years now and I quite like it.  So here is my FIRST attempt at a painting of it.  Mind you this was a quick watercolor sketch I did on a lazy weekend afternoon.   Next time I plan to make the background darker so it will show up better.

whitefeatherfloating

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

 

 

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