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5×7 Cards Ready to Paint

 

 

Hello Friends!

I just wanted you to know that I am still working on my cards.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the printer this week with the first one.  I became involved in a huge writing project.

Anyway, I did get three more sea turtles LIGHTLY drawn (sorry if you can’t see them well) onto the watercolor paper and will probably do some painting later today.

I didn’t feel very well for a couple of days this week, but I did get to talk with both of the kids for quite a while which made my week a lot brighter!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and all of you creative people out there are enjoying your creative endeavors, whatever they may be.

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

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This is a great story! I laughed and…cried…happy tears.

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

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country road, New EnglandBecause of me, my granddaughter almost loses a couple of fingers.

We’re driving down a typical New England country road, bracketed with August-green swaying trees. Hawks swing on the tops of those trees, squawking loudly.

To our right is an almost-hidden river where kayakers slowly swing their oars. To our left is dense wood filled with squirrels and woodchucks and chirping sparrows.

“Madre, watch out!” Sophie yells. I ram my foot on the brake.

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Doodles in the Car

Hello Friends!

Here is a page from my sketchbook.  I doodled these in the car during our recent trip to Lassen a few weeks ago.  And yes, one sea turtle is doing ballet!

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

Wet-into-Wet Practice

Hello Friends, 

This piece was a practice run at doing “wet-into-wet” watercolor painting.  For the sake of my friends who have never painted, it is just what it means.  We wet the paper first, let the water soak into the paper some, then paint into the wet, obviously with wet paint, thus, we-into-wet.

I did this one a few days before my watercolor class last week but then I learned some new things on Thursday when we practiced the technique along with some brushstrokes.  I might take this with me this week to see what my instructor says.  There is also some splattering in there to get the sandy look, but that’s something I’ve always liked to do for beaches.

Anyway, I had fun doing this and that is all that matters, right?  My instructor always says we are painting to have fun.  And I realize learning new things takes practice and work, but if I am not having fun while I am learning something new and just feeling too frustrated the whole time, I tend to want to quit doing it.  I have to REALLY love what I am doing to push through those trials to achieve my goals.

I remember feeling that way about ten years ago when I first started learning to draw in pencil and paint with watercolors. But I chose to stick with it.  I never even showed my very early work to anyone except my family.  I was fine with that. I am glad I decided to keep practicing and reading instructive books, etc.  I took some classes here and there, too.  I believe I wouldn’t be enjoying it as much now if I hadn’t.

I’ve tried lots of other things through the years as some of you know:  learning to play guitar (WAY more of a time requirement than I wanted to spend.)   Playing piano  (I already knew how to play, but was taking lessons again and trying to learn more difficult things.  Again WAY too much of a time – and money – requirement.  I wasn’t interested enough to stick with it again either.)  Once in a while I play stuff I have learned, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I sat down to play anything.

Lately, because of the “Writing for Children and Teens” class I signed up for, my old desire to spend time writing has been greatly renewed!!  It is exciting and has become fun again.  I think starting this blog four years ago actually renewed the desire that has always been in me to write.

This class is a very different kind of challenge, though.  Three things challenge me in this class:

  1.  Deciding what age range for kids to write the story for.
  2.  Staying within the word count limits!
  3.  Changing my mind about how to structure the story. Dialogue is something new to me, too!

So far, though, it is FUN!   I have attempted to write very little fiction throughout my life.  All the writing classes I took in college required writing non-fiction papers except for the last one I took over ten years ago.  It was a creative writing class.  I had to do short in-class writings in response to writing prompts we were given, write some poetry, maybe a story or two, and write a fable.  Writing the fable was the most fun for me.  However, I found it the other day, and it really isn’t very well written.  Hopefully, I am doing better now!

Today, I am going to be polishing up my story some more.  Then I am going to exercise!  Hopefully, I will get to do some drawing and/or painting, too.  And then there is always the laundry.

My husband is in town playing Dungeons and Dragons with some friends.   So I am here alone…oh except for those little Cinderella mice!

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

 

Mouse Tail Frustration!!

Hello Friends!

I have had a busy week!  I have been working hard on a story for my writing class.  It’s about a little girl who loves art and her best friend accidentally ruins the painting she’s working on!  There’s a lot more to it than this, of course, but I have spent many hours on it already.  So fun.

The other night I printed out some pictures of the mice in Cinderella which I think I told you before.  This one is so cute!  He’s so frustrated!!  I cannot find his name if he has one.

No tracing, just drawing by sight again…good practice.  As you can see he is a little bigger.  It was fun, though.  I didn’t bother to color it in or anything.

Hey!  I just now noticed something I forgot to put in which makes it look slightly off.  For those of you who like Search and Finds, have at it!  Let me know if you find it.  It is not in the background.  That’s the only hint you get!  I will have to go correct it now.

 

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

FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY: Writer: George T. Parker

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to introduce my husband, George T. Parker, to you.  He is also part of our local writing group called The Redding Writer’s Forum.  His main role in the group is writing their monthly newsletter, mailing it out, and posting to their website.  He has photographed some of their meetings along with others sharing in this responsibility.  He also includes writing from other members of the group in the newsletter.

In September he will be their first speaker of the year doing a presentation on writing memoirs.  He has been working on putting together his own memoir mostly focusing on the years that he was in the California Conservation Corps.  Here is a link to a great fictionalized story he wrote about something that happened in the C’s. http://reddingwritersforum.com

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So here are George’s answers to my questions for this post.  Enjoy!

 

  1. How long have you been a writer and/or artist? 

I’ve been a writer pretty much all of my life, as far back as grade school. I wrote a lot of weird adventure stories, and even did some cartooning of stories. (Yes! I could draw back then!) My writing got more sophisticated in high school, with more sarcasm and wit. I also started writing Dungeons & Dragons adventures for my gaming group. I journaled a lot in the California Conservation Corps, and after the Cs, I contributed to my community college’s literary magazine, Bridges. Lately, I’ve been blogging about the CCC and D&D. The main project that I would like to finish and see published before I die is my memoir of life in the CCC.

 

  1. What do you like to write about and/or create? 

I love memoir. The motto for my CCC blog is ‘Everybody has a story that deserves to be told.’ I believe that, and I love to help people tell their stories.

I love to help people see, hear, and feel the outdoors like I have experienced them.

I also love to make people laugh.

        

  1. Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity?  (This could be someone you know or someone you admire but have never met.) 

I don’t know where to start. Certainly, John Muir comes to mind for any outdoors writing, or even memoir. Edward Abby’s Monkey Wrench Gang is the perfect blend of outdoors and humor.

Louis L’Amour really inspired me to write about places that I know first-hand. That’s what he did, and it showed.

Believe it or not, a primary influence for writing humor was Art Buchwald’s political satire of the 1960s and early ‘70s. I suppose that I should also include Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Robert Asprin (The Myth-Adventures series), and Monty Python.

You can see more of George’s work at either of his blogs.  Here are the links.

https://grinningdwarf.com/

https://ccchardcorps.wordpress.com/

Thank you, George, for contributing your story to my series FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY.   I enjoyed it as I am sure others will, too!

 

NOTE:  Unless I hear from other “creatives” who want to share their stories, George’s will be the last post in this series.  I realize it takes time to answer questions that perhaps you haven’t been asked in a long time, but just remember…it doesn’t have to be long!  Send it to larrytheleatherback17@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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

 

 

Cinderella Mice in Watercolor

Jack

Hello Friends!

Meet Jack and “Gus-Gus!” which Gus calls himself.   Most likely you’ve already “met” them if you’ve ever seen the Disney movie of Cinderella!  They are my favorite characters.  So I decided to find them online and print them out.  The pictures I found were quite a bit smaller (even though they look the same size here! Weird!) But I just painted by sight and enlarged them.  They aren’t proportioned exactly right, but that’s okay.  And I did their tails a little different.  I HAD FUN AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!  Ha, ha!  🙂

Anyway, as you can see, Gus is much larger and a little lopsided, but what was fun was trying to match the colors. Also, I painted on different paper than I usually do.  I found a Watercolor Block of Aqvartelle Arches paper, Hot Pressed, 10×14.  Hot Pressed paper is smooth so there is no “tooth” to it.  I prefer watercolor paper that has more texture or tooth, but this is good paper for trying stuff out on I think.  There is a lot of extra room on this page, (I did a close-up shot of them) so I will be adding a couple of other mice sometime this week.  I love the female mice who do the sewing of Cinderella’s dress.  Their voices are so cute!

Gus-Gus

This past Thursday I went to a watercolor class that I plan to keep attending.  My instructor is fun, pleasant and demonstrates technique very well!  I also met three other delightful people who are students.  It was a small class, a lot of fun, and will be my Thursday outing each week for as long as I can go.  The price is very affordable right now especially since we have no kids living here to feed and clothe at the moment!

And of course I am still working on my second children’s story and will be starting a new sea turtle this week sometime.

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

5×7 Sea Turtle #1 FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Here is my first 5×7 Sea Turtle watercolor painting with the background!  This is my Green Sea Turtle.  In case you’re wondering why they are called “Green,” it is not because of the colors of their shells which are usually a brown color (mine is covered with moss, etc.) but it is because of the fat inside their bodies!  It is green from all the algae and other plants they eat!  Cool, huh?

I cannot seem to get my phone camera to do the colors justice, though.  The blues and greens in the water are not coming out as much as you can see them in person.  I tried taking the photo in different areas and this one taken outside was the best.  I think when it is scanned by the computer guy at the print shop, it will come out better.  I will dropping it off to them on Monday, August 14th since I will already have to be in town that day for the dentist.  I live over a 30 minute drive away so I go to town as little as possible!

I’m not sure how many to order, but will probably just start with a dozen.  The first time has to include the cost of scanning the painting as well.  So it could be two weeks or so before they are ready most likely.

In the meantime, I will be starting on the second one!  I am also working on my second children’s story for my writing class.  I wrote the first two drafts out by hand, and the second draft is a lot longer.  Now I’m going to type them to see what my word count is!

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

 

5×7 Sea Turtle #1

Hello Friends!

Today, I spent about five hours painting this turtle.  I just need to add a background to it tomorrow, because I am all painted out now!  Sea turtles are docile creatures even though their bills make them look a little sad.  I hope this one doesn’t look too sad!  This is Thomas #2.

I will post it again tomorrow when it is finished.  This will be the first 5×7″ sea turtle card I will be getting scanned for printed cards.  Also, if anyone wants a print of it, tell me what size, I’ll find out how much, and you can contact me through my Facebook art page, also called https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner, to make arrangements for purchasing either prints or cards.  For some reason, the little Facebook tab on my blog’s front page takes you to someone else’s page with my name.  It’s not me!  It got messed up somehow and I haven’t figured out how to remove it yet.  Oh the joys of computers!

I have been trying to set up a way for people to buy directly from Facebook through Paypal, but am not having success with getting my “shop” to show up.  I need to get someone who is savvy in that to help me!

Also, I am working on drawing the mice from Cinderella.  So fun!

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

My Autobiography (in progress, of course!)

(Image from Google)

Hello Friends,

This is just a quick post to let you know about my other blog.  I think I began it about a year or so after this one to pen my life story, such as it is.

If you would like to know more about me, here is the link:

https://spreadingmy2wings.wordpress.com/

If not, that is okay!   I had debated for a long time whether or not to make it a “public” blog, but I figure everyone has a past, and sometimes there are things in our pasts that we are not particularly proud of or things that were scary.  I started my story off kind of scary which is why I was really surprised that The Institute of Children’s Literature accepted me when I submitted the Prologue to them.

I also want to write for teens someday and began a novel a couple of years ago but I felt overwhelmed while I was working on it, distracted myself in the story, and confused myself about where I wanted it to go!  Yep, distracted and confused, that’s me!   Ha, ha!!  So I will not be sharing it.  It needs A TON of work!  I’m not sure I will ever be a novelist, though, and that’s okay!

By the way, I couldn’t keep up with trying to do a watercolor every day for the month of July!  So I commend all of those wonderful artists who did!

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

 

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