Rude Awakening

Hello Friends!

This is a watercolor I painted yesterday. It is to go along with the third prompt “Awakening” from the Folktaleweek2021 art that artists participated in on Instagram this week. I also did the first prompt, “Moon”, which is this one. It is Brownie and Wampus.Β 


I just forgot to post it a few days ago, ha ha! Also, I posted a watercolor I did for Halloween last month for the second day’s prompt, “Dream”, which is Wampus on the pumpkins.


As you can see by the painting I did yesterday, it appears Wampus has gotten a lot heavier! But in reality she hasn’t. I drew it from a photo of her sleeping on a blanket, but the perspective turned out wonky. So she looks different. But in this painting Mr. Sun and the Brownie clock have given her a RUDE AWAKENING! She is not happy!

This one was fun to think through. I liked making Brownie into a clock, and I love drawing smiley suns. I did that a lot when I was little. Anyway, I hope you are all doing well!Β 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Critters in Pencil


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Over the last few days I worked on these little sketches for four more prompts of last month’s art challenge on Instagram called Autumn Woods 2021. I am not sure yet if I am going to do any more of them right now, though.

I hope you are all doing well. It’s hard to believe the holidays are here already! We keep them pretty low-key around here these days, though.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Amphibians in Pencil


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For the last couple of evenings I worked on these two creatures. The top one is an Oriental Fire-bellied Toad which is bright green with a bright red belly red toes, and black spots. I think I may do a watercolor of it, too!

The bottom one is a Fire Salamander. It is black with bright yellow markings. They are both beautiful animals! I found them in my DK e.encyclopedia animal book. I just love the photos in this book, because they are all so colorful. 

I hope you are all doing well. We have had a couple of beautiful days here. Fall is my favorite time of year! Spring is a very close second, though. 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Moth in Pencil

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I drew this moth on the same night as the beaver I posted yesterday. I find that moths and butterflies are the most challenging insects to draw. It is difficult to get their wings symmetrical. And all of the little lines and sections are tedious. But I didn’t spend a lot of time on this one. I moved on to drawing the beaver that night which I posted yesterday. It was more fun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Beaver in Pencil

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I drew this beaver the other night while watching t.v. which is when I do most of my sketching. I guess that way I don’t feel so much like a couch potato, ha ha! I find it relaxing.

I hope you all had a great week. We have finally been getting some badly needed rain here in California. It is getting a little colder, too. Autumn is finally here!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Raccoon Sneaking up on a Badger


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Yesterday I decided to draw two more animals from the Instagram list for autumnwoods2021. These were two very challenging animals to draw because of their fur patterns! Also, their body poses were difficult. They are in an animal encyclopedia we have that our kids and I used to read a lot when I was homeschooling them. I still have lots of other animal books, too. They have become great resources for drawing.

I did not try to draw the animal of the day for this particular challenge every day last month, but I still have the list and will do them at my leisure. 

I am supposed to be getting my new tables for my studio by this evening now. Originally the order said they weren’t coming until next Tuesday. So we’ll see! 

I hope you are all staying well and are having a good week.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Laughing Hyena in Pencil

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A couple of days ago I drew this laughing hyena in pencil in my sketchbook. I have been sketching in pencil lately. I haven’t really been working on anything else. Yesterday, I spent a lot of time looking online for new smaller tables to put in my art studio. I was just going to get one, but my husband needs a place to work on some podcasting he wants to do. So I got him a table, too. When those come next week, I will get the big wooden table out of there. One of its legs keeps dropping screws, so I am afraid it might just fall apart on me. It is very old and really too large for the room. We had it in the garage for years, but now I am not sure where it will go, ha ha!

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well and having a good week.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Red Fox in Pencil

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Yesterday I finished drawing this fox that I began last week. I took my time with this one, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a good picture of it outside until it stopped raining. We got several inches of rain over the last few days which we badly needed. It has been nice the last couple of days, though.

I still haven’t been doing much art this week. I have read a few books, though, ha ha! 

Our oldest moved out last weekend but hasn’t had a chance to come back for one of the tables in my studio that I am giving them. And I haven’t decided what I am going to do with the extra space yet.

I hope you have all had a nice week. I didn’t do all the Halloween drawings I had thought of doing, but I am still reading ghost stories which is fun. 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Witch Hazel Drawings in Pencil

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It has been quite a while since I posted. I haven’t been doing much art lately. I have still been reading a lot. I discovered a writer of ghost stories named Mary Downing Hahn. Her books are written for older children. They are short enjoyable novels. And our library has several of them which I have liked a lot. 

I have only drawn the first few animals for the autumn woods 2021 challenge on Instagram. 

Our oldest moved out again, so I spent some time over the weekend cleaning out my studio where they had to sleep while they were here. 

So yesterday I worked out and began watching the Harry Potter movies again. It has been a couple of years since I have watched any of them. And I have only read through the books once. 

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Blue Jay in Pencil

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I worked on this blue jay over the last couple of days. It is the second animal on the Autumn 2021 challenge for artists on Instagram. I am not stressing about “being behind” or feeling like I have to “catch up.” It makes the challenge more fun for me.

I hope you are all doing well.

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

Kim G. Strande

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