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Sea Turtle Ballerina

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly ballerina who twirled up out of the ocean!  She even dances without ballet slippers!

 

I don’t know how she does it!

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

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Ballerinas with Scary Faces!

Hello Friends,

Here are a couple of weirdo ballerinas!  I had a really tough time getting her face and hands right.  And as you can see his head is a little lopsided!  I have no idea what happened the day I painted them, but it was discouraging because their clothes turned out exactly like I wanted.  Oh well.  I may try them again.

I have been doing better but had not realized how long it had been since I made a post!  I haven’t been drawing or painting as much because of the writing class.  Hopefully I will get something going that may be Christmassy.

Thanks to all of my most recent new followers.  I appreciate you.

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

Sea Turtle Babies Rescued!

Hello Friends,

I am doing a great deal better today after seeing the doctor.  He prescribed Prozac for me to add to the Wellbutrin I have been taking which is a pretty weak anti-depressant I guess.  So why had he never done this before?  Well, to be fair he gave me Lexapro to try a long time ago but it nauseated me so badly, I couldn’t take it.  Wow, what a difference.  This is what happened to me the first time I got an anti-depressant which was Paxil.  It made a world of difference right away which still amazes me.  I have quite a weird brain I guess, but I am thankful for medicines that do help control severe depression.

I am working on my article right now and was looking up more information about the problem with trash in our oceans and beaches when I came across a couple of very disturbing videos.  In one, a group of people on a boat removed a drinking straw from a sea turtle’s nostril.  It was awful, but I am so glad they found this turtle and helped it.  Hopefully, it didn’t have any problems breathing after they released it.  In the other one a group of people found a sea turtle on a beach and pulled a plastic fork out of its nostril!  Don’t worry; I didn’t post those two!

Trash is such a huge problem for our ocean’s and beaches!  Plastics in general that are not recycled or disposed of properly are injuring and killing wildlife all over the world.  This is what my article is about in reference to sea turtles’ livelihood.

So…when I came across THIS video, I just had to share it.  These little babies were fortunate enough to have a man come along and find them up in the brush on a beach and wandering around trying to find their way out of it.  They were crawling UP the beach away from the water.

Just listen to this man’s excitement and compassion!  If you love wildlife of any kind, I think you will like this.  Enjoy.

Thank you to all of you who are keeping me in your prayers.  You are greatly appreciated.  And…enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow!  

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

 

Degas’s “Dancers in Pink”

Hello Friends,

I have finally redone one of my favorite paintings of Degas’s ballerinas.  I have only done this one in pastels which is in a previous post.  So…here it is in watercolors.

I have a small print of this painting.  I used tracing paper and my lightboard to trace the main outlines for accurate proportions.  Then I transferred it to 300 lb. watercolor paper.  The heavier the paper, the better my paintings usually turn out.

Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and other watercolor paints to render my copy of this painting.

I had to wait until I came to town today to post this, because I couldn’t get the picture uploaded from my phone!!  Very frustrating living out in the sticks sometimes.

I am going to be talking with my doctor today about the highs and lows I have been experiencing in the last few months, so hopefully he can figure something out.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me.  I really appreciate it.  Hopefully I will finish my article this week!

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

Ballet Shoes Watercolors

Hello Friends,

Sometimes I just get bored working on sea turtles or animals and have to do something different for a change.  What???  Yes it is true.   For a long time I have had this idea to paint some ballet dancers’ shoes in watercolor.  These were pretty quick sketches I did earlier in the week.  I didn’t use a good grade of paper so they look a little washed out but it was just practice.  I am also going to have more ballet dancers to post soon.

 

 

I have still been working on my article assignment and plan to turn it in this week.  I asked for a two week extension, because I have been having trouble deciding exactly how I want to approach my favorite topic of sea turtles.  Picking one thing to write about them has been difficult!  Plus, writing about them on a level for young children isn’t so easy either!  So when I feel stuck, I move on to something completely different to do which is usually art.  I am finding that I love drawing and painting much more than writing.

I have also been struggling with a long bout of depression that came on a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t really want to go into the “whys” of it; I’m not sure I could pinpoint them anyway.  However, I am on the upward climb out of this hole.

On top of that we learned this week that an old friend of ours was killed in the line of duty in his job as a security guard.  He was 70 years old and was trying to help a woman who was getting attacked in a parking garage where he worked.  He was beaten by the attacker and his injuries were too severe for him to survive.  It is very sad.  Karl was a sweet man.  He moved away a few years ago but didn’t keep in touch with us.  I have missed him since he left, but am glad left this world trying to do the right thing and he is finally resting in peace with his Savior.

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

Box Turtle

Hello Friends,

This is Virginia, the little Box Turtle that we saw at Turtle Bay last month!  She is showing the kids the hinge in her plastron that allows her to completely close herself up inside!  Cool, huh?  Hopefully, I didn’t post this picture already.

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

 

Siamese Fighting Fish Watercolor

Siamese Fighting Fish

Hello Friends,

Today I took a nice fall walk with my husband all around the hatchery.  When I came home, I decided to do a little painting.  It’s about 5″ x 7″.  The yellow and orange leaves of the hatchery’s sycamore oak trees were my inspiration.

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

Galapagos Tortoise

“Gordy” the Galapogos

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mine was pretty productive.  First, I spent most of Saturday writing my article about sea turtles and a few of the perils they face every day that could maim or kill them.  I have the rough draft, but still have to get it into my laptop as I wrote it out by hand.  I think better that way and enjoy scratching things out while writing.

Then on Sunday I finished this drawing of a Galapogos Tortoise that I have been working on for a couple of weeks now in the evenings.  I decided to finish it, because I would like to get this article done soon and do some painting which I haven’t done in a while.

In case you don’t know much about Galapogos Toroises, here is a link to an article about them.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal%C3%A1pagos_tortoise

(I think he kind of looks like E.T.!!)   😉   They are certainly beautiful creatures.  When my husband went on his trip recently and spent the day with some old friends, he discovered that they own tortoises.  He said when they went into the back yard to show them to him, they called its name and it came running up to them like a dog!  Pretty cool, I thought!

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

 

I’m a Sea Turtle…Finally…

Hello Friends,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Well, I finally tried to turn myself into a sea turtle.  I worked on this for the last couple of days, but the thing that took the longest was my face make-up which I had never done.  So although my face is a little different colors than my fins and shell, I am just unique!

A little acrylic paint and poster board and some ribbon.  I plan to try and really make a better one soon!

 

 

Have a wonderful night, and give someone you love a big hug…and some candy!  🙂

“Loving Vincent” Film

Hello Friends,

Today I am actually working on something that I hope I can finish and post by tomorrow.   I had to take a break from standing, though, to look for something online.  AND…low and behold I came across something totally unrelated to what I was looking for!  (I honestly don’t remember how either!)

Anyway, this wonderful video is about the new film called “Loving Vincent”!  It is about six minutes long, but worth the watch!  It is several minutes long, but if you have any interest in Vincent van Gogh, his art, film making or animation, you will love this!  I am so hoping I will be able to see it someday…somehow!

Check this out!  

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

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