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Great White Shark Pencil Drawing Started

Hello Friends,

This is the latest drawing I have started. There will be places where it will be a lot darker of course, but I thought I would share the beginning stage of it.

I also just sent off my assignment in my writing class. So now I wait for the instructor’s feedback and to tell me which of the three ideas I sent that she would like for me to write. I told her my top two picks so we will see what happens!

So for the rest of today I plan to work out among other things. Then my husband and I are going to a poetry reading group. We went several times last summer, and now they are starting again. It is only once a month, though.

This morning I received a warning message from a friend about a potential hacker on Facebook. This is what came to mind. Don’t know if I’ll read it tonight, but maybe! It is short and doesn’t have a title yet.

 

I’ve been hacked before,

Don’t need to be hacked anymore,

Leave me alone you hackers,

You must be a bunch of slackers.

By Patsy H. Parker

 

Lame, I know. Ha, ha!

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

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Toy Box Fishes

Hello Friends,

Remember my Toy Box Whale? https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2018/04/08/toy-box-whale/ This new piece is titled “Toy Box Fish!” I am doing all of these pieces in acrylics which is really a challenge for me.

I’ll share the backstory which some of you may not know. A few months ago I took apart our son’s wooden toy box. I didn’t want to give it away or throw away the wood. Plus I wanted to save the front of it which has a teddy bear with his name painted on it. I did that when he was about three years old. I wanted to keep that part so when I took the toy box apart, I decided to paint ocean scenes on the other four parts.

This is part number two. I created this scene which has a Moorish Idol fish, some little pink and purple fish I doodled, and a seahorse which is trying to camouflage itself. I have three more pieces to do. One is the other side of the toy box which is the same shape as this piece. The other two sides are longer shorter than this one.

When I finish all of them I am planning to hang these in our son’s old room which I want to decorate into an “ocean room.”

So this is what I have been working on since Wednesday. I have also been drawing another shark. I want to paint a large seahorse in watercolors, too. But I do have a writing assignment I need to finish by the 30th. Yes, I have sort of put it aside for a bit because I “needed” to paint! I am sure my artist friends will understand this need.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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

Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

Well, here it is! A finished anglerfish. Isn’t it scary? I probably could have darkened a lot of places a little more, but I don’t want to wreck my arm! And I definitely didn’t want to try and make the whole background as dark as the bottom of the ocean where these amazing creatures live either.

So it is Saturday. My husband and I were supposed to be going to the last Writers Forum meeting, but his weekend guy called in sick and he couldn’t find anyone else around to cover today. So George had to work. We were also going to go to a movie afterwards. But it is just as well. I overslept and yesterday stepped on something that I thought I got out of my heel last night, but it is pretty sore today. I guess I’m going to have to soak it now.

On the bright side it is another cool morning here in Northern California. A little cloudy and breezy so that is great! Tomorrow our daughter is leaving for a week of Leadership Training. She is going to be promoting to a Green Hat in the California Conservation Corps. I am getting used to her being gone a lot now since she will be going on spikes all summer, too.

We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get any letters from our son, Josh, this week, but George said the backcountry crew works from sunup to sundown and he is probably really busy and tired. I know he will write when he gets a chance.

I guess I am off to soak my feet now and start reading the book called “Rascal” by Sterling North. What amazes me is that I’ve seen a movie about this raccoon years ago, but I thought it was based on a novel! Silly me. It is a memoir! I feel silly…oh so silly…

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Well, here he is! These are found mostly in the waters of southern Australia. So I was looking for an Australian male name since it is the male of the species that carries and gives birth to the babies. However, I couldn’t find one that I liked right now. But I have always liked the name Leif! So I think that is what I shall call him.

This was really one of the toughest paintings I’ve ever done. So much detail! But that is what keeps me focused. This project was relaxing, though, so that’s all that matters to me!

They come in a variety of other colors and the one I painted had a lot of brown spots.

And before you go, check out this short video of a real leafy sea dragon “swimming.” Even though they have unusual looking fins, they mostly just float around. Also, the second link is to a wonderful site where you can learn a lot more about this amazing creature!

https://youtu.be/aVPzcQDN-C4

http://www.arkive.org/leafy-seadragon/phycodurus-eques/image-G112108.html

Thanks to all of my newest followers! I appreciate everyone’s support.

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

 

 

 

Leafy Sea Dragon Progress

Hello Friends,

I spent the last couple of hours working on this today. Now off to eat lunch and work on other projects!

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

Common Sea Dragon Ink Sketch

Hello Friends,

The other day I decided to do a quick sketch of the Common Sea Dragon. As you can see, it has many less appendages than the Leafy Sea Dragon. So why didn’t I pick this one to paint you might wonder? Well, to me, the Leafy Sea Dragon is more challenging and just seems to have so much more character! They are definitely wondrous sea creatures.

Well, our weather here has drastically changed in one day from beautiful cool and breezy spring to a stagnate 92 degrees! It is June now, though, so I am thankful that we had an actual spring season this year anyway. But I think our summer is finally here (even though it isn’t the 21st yet.)

When I was a kid living in Georgia, I loved summer even with the humidity (I didn’t know any different, then, though.) But that was because my mom either set sprinklers out for us to play in or took us to the local public swimming pool. Although, I do have great summer memories of our small pool we had for a couple of summers when the kids were young. All we could do was play in it, but it relieved a lot of stress!

What is a favorite summer memory of yours?

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

 

Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

So besides the leafy sea dragon painting I am working on, I have also been working on this cool anglerfish. I checked out a book from the library that I’ve mentioned before called “Creatures of the Deep” by Erich Hoyt. The particular picture I am drawing from (not tracing) was taken by Norbert Wu and can be seen here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/group/anglerfish/

I have always loved the uniqueness of these deep sea fish! I mean how awesome would it be to live in the darkest depths of the ocean but have a cool light attached to your head that never burns out? Pretty cool, I think. Although they look a little intimidating and scary, I still think they are amazing. But I guess it’s a good thing they aren’t swimming around the surface of the ocean where people swim.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am almost done with my 8th writing assignment and am working on a couple of stories. So I have plenty to do along with my art.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

Hello Friends,

I decided to spend a few more hours working on my leafy sea dragon today. You know, this is probably one of the most challenging creatures I have EVER painted! But it has been fun even when it feels a little frustrating at times. I am hoping to finish it this weekend but it will probably take a little longer than that.

In the meantime, I am still working on my writing. I also have some other doodling and smaller paintings I want to do.

It has been such a nice week of wonderful spring weather here! I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are, too.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor – Coming along!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I worked on my leafy seadragon some more. I filled in more of the water that shows between its body and leafy appendages. I also started working on his eggs. I say “his” because in case you didn’t know, male leafy sea dragons carry the fertilized eggs from the female until they mature. Then the male gives birth to new baby seadragons. They are a relative of seahorses who do the same thing. Pretty cool, huh? (Too bad we women can’t do that with our young! Ha, ha.)  😉

When I finish this painting, I will tell you more about their biology…er…seadragon biology, that is.

Also….

here is a common seadragon ink drawing I doodled yesterday. I believe they are called “common” because they only have a few leafy appendages. I just love these little creatures.

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

A Few Handy Tips for Creating Three-Dimensional Characters

Great Writing Thoughts!

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I’ve been invited to give a talk (and conduct a workshop) about writing fiction at a local writers’ conference in Chattanooga on January 20. Over the years, from crafting my own fiction as well as editing other people’s manuscripts, I’ve learned a thing or three about creating realistic characters.

When writing fiction – whether your particular vehicle of choice is flash fiction, short stories or novel-length fiction – every author should keep some basic elements in mind, not the least of which is how to develop believable, three-dimensional characters.

Years ago, at a writing workshop I attended in Connecticut, our instructor led us through an exercise in creating detailed character profiles. The queries she posed ranged from our characters’ physical attributes to relationships with parents, and from childhood experiences to favorite and least-favorite things. Here are some of the items from that list:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Eye color/hair color

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