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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.  😀

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.  🙂

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!  🙂

Sea turtle Ink Doodle

Hello Friends,

Last night I doodled this happy friend to help keep me company and keep my place in my reading.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug.  🐢
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Turtles Again? Of course!

Hello Friends,

Yep.  That’s me…the turtle lady.  Today I just want to share with you about my latest book finds!

First, for several years now I have been checking out all the turtle and sea turtle books I can find at the library which are not very many I might add.  Well, a few days ago I was reading one of my favorites again (I’ve checked it out more times than I can count) called “Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins:  Survivors in Armor” by Ronald Orenstein.  Every time I check it out I wish I could keep it.  So this past Tuesday I decided to look for it on Amazon.  I found a new updated version, but I couldn’t afford that one.  So I looked for a used one and found it for half the price of the newest one.  I realize there is some updated information in the new one, and it looked like it had new photos, but I still decided to get the used one.  It has a little crinkle on the book cover, but is a hardback and in good shape otherwise.  So for what I paid it is well worth it.  Here is a picture of it!  Sorry about the glare.

The other book I found is a gold mine for me!  I went to Barnes & Noble on Wednesday and was looking for a more updated book on sea turtles since I am writing the article for my class about them.  I just get tired of looking for everything online sometimes.  I still love to read books I can hold in my hands.  That is never going to change for me.

So I looked in their shrunken animal/nature book section (also, our store is smaller than most), and I couldn’t find anything!  They had a guide book for reptiles, but that was about it…NOTHING on sea turtles!  They have some small books in the kids sections that I already have, but didn’t have anything new.  So I decided to ask a clerk who has been there for at least the last 15 years or more.  She went into her computer looking for the most recently published books about sea turtles to see if there was anything I wanted to order.  I also told her I was interested in the latest conservation information.  Well, she found the most beautiful book for me!  It is a heavier covered paperback, perfect print size, and filled with the most amazing photography and information!

I have never found a book this wonderful on sea turtles before.  It is called “Our Sea Turtles:  A Practical Guide for the Atlantic and Gulf, from Canada to Mexico” by Blair and Dawn Witherington.  They are a couple who live in Floridana Beach, Florida.  Blair is a “Senior Sea Turtle Conservation Biologist at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida, with a joint appointment leading Disney’s sea turtle conservation program.”  He has degrees in biology and zoology and has written several other books.

His wife, “Dawn is a scientific illustrator and graphic design artist trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale.  Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, museum exhibits, and a line of sea-themed greeting cards.”  (Both quotes are from the back flap of the book.)

This book is 282 pages full of wonderful information, illustrations, and photographs.  What a talent they both have for writing and art/photography!  It is so amazing.  Here is a picture of it.  Sorry there is a bit of a glare on it.  Anyway, I began reading this one last night and almost couldn’t put it down to go to sleep!  It is a book I will always treasure.  I will definitely be looking for their other books in the future.

Well, this is what I will be doing this weekend.  Reading, reading, and reading…oh and writing as well.  I realized last night that I think the reason I am having difficulty writing this article is because it is about something so precious to me.  I have a great emotional investment in my love for sea turtles and protecting them, so whatever I write, I hope it doesn’t get too much “correction” but if so, it will be a learning experience!  I hope you all have a nice weekend!

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

 

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