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I AM FINISHED!

Hello Friends!

It was a busy week for me last week! But I finished my writing course on Thursday night.ย Yesterday, I got back my last assignment, which my instructor loved, and encouraged me to submit to magazines. It was my leafy sea dragon article.

I felt kind of antsy all weekend, though. So I attended a free webinar I had learned about through Children’s Book Academy. The two instructors who were teaching in this webinar are going to be my instructors! This course is calledย The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Books.

Illustration is the other thing I have always wanted to do. The good thing is that this course is only five weeks long so I will be busy with something every day, I am sure! But I am super excited!!

Here is a link if you are interested in checking it out!ย ย http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/illustrating-childrens-books.html

The discounted offer for this course also came with other FREE GOODIES! So, I will be learning hand lettering and calligraphy, photo shop stuff for art, and other great things!

Later this week I plan to work on the cat painting for a friend of mine who lives in Canada. It will be a late birthday present. I am looking forward to that.

It looks like I will be pretty busy until the end of September so I may only be trying to post once a week here. I miss doing my blog almost every day, but once I learn some more cool stuff, I will begin sharing it with you!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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TAKING A BREAK!

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let all of you know that I am going to be taking a break for a week or so while I get my last writing assignment done.

There is also a whole lot of other stuff going on. The Carr Fire in Redding, CA,ย was only about 40 miles away from us. However, it didn’t reach the downtown area or the city itself, just the outskirts. Unfortunately, we do know people who have lost their homes or are still evacuated. So it has been a very scary week here.

Our daughter was supposed to have this whole past week off since last Wednesday. But she got home that night and had to leave to work a fire camp (she is NOT a firefighter) with her crew on Sunday morning. The fire they are at is near Susanville and Eagle Lake. It is much smaller and not spreading as fast as the Carr fire. That one spread very rapidly overnight and has burned over 98,000 acres so far. The good news is that for now, it is 20% contained.

There have been five deaths that they know of. One was a firefighter, one was a bulldozer operator, and one was a great-grandmother with her two great-grandchildren. They were 4 and 5 years old. It was very tragic.

Somehow I have managed to keep working on my assignment but it feels slow-going now. I still think I will make my deadline, though, which is August 15th.

But I do not have any new artwork in the works at the moment. I probably won’t be starting any for another week or so. I just wanted you to know I didn’t fall off the face of the earth! And I will answer comments and questions on this post.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Frolicking Fish

Hello Friends!

Well, I got a little crazy last night while I watched “The Glass Castle.” Such a great movie! I saw it in the theater a few months after I had read the memoir. Great book and movie!

Anyway, just wanted to do some more acrylic work. This is just a little 8×10 canvas. The animals are not all in the correct SIZE perspective, but I can only fit so much on there! Ha, ha! I really like the way it turned out especially with the waves at the top of the water.

I am hoping to start on the cat painting by tomorrow. I need to work on my article assignment today. I really want to finish that soon…before my deadline!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pandas and Bamboo!

Hello Friends,

I haven’t gotten to the cat painting yet, but last night I quickly sketched these goofy pandas and bamboo while I watched t.v. Yesterday I was feeling better, but not quite up to par enough to start a more serious project. So hopefully, today or tomorrow for sure.

I got out my Chinese paint brushes and ink and a piece of heavy watercolor paper last night to do these. But my little panda turned out too dark. So this morning I added a little white acrylic paint. However, now he looks like he’s in the shade! Ha, ha!! That’s okay. I guess if I added a lot more bamboo above him, it would fit.

This morning I worked on my leafy sea dragon article for my last assignment. I also went through the children’s marketing guide looking for magazines I could submit it to. It is frustrating when trying to fit a topic and word length with different magazines’ criteria. But that’s part of what I’ve been learning to do.

I am actually hoping my instructor will recommend that I can take another class called “Beyond the Basics.” I can’t take it unless she does. It is mostly writing articles for magazines and is more like working with an editor. The instructor takes on the roll of an editor working with a serious writer. My assignment is due in three weeks. So if she recommends me for the other course, I probably won’t start it until October when our daughter leaves for Australia.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling so much better today. So I am going to exercise now.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends,ย 

Just a quick sketch today of a leafy sea dragon. I did this with my Chinese brush and ink. It felt really good to draw this afternoon!

My husband and I had a great time with a couple we had lunch with on Saturday. They are from Louisiana and he was out here on business. His wife came with him so I went with George to meet them. I loved their accents so much! We had a great time and a wonderful lunch.

BUT! Sunday morning I came down with a bug and was sick until Monday night. No fun! I don’t think it was the food, though. I got a lot of reading done and watched a funny movie. But I think what helped the most was the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup! Seriously! I woke up this morning feeling all better!

So I went to the post office and mailed a package and letters to our son in the backcountry. He is doing well. I sent him some snacks and more notebook paper and envelopes. He has been so good about writing to us and all of his friends. We are so proud of him.

The next project I am planning to work on is a watercolor of a friend’s cat. I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I hope everyone is having a good week.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.”ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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