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Mama & Baby Hedgehogs

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I took a lot longer to do this little sketch than I had planned to, and my arm was sore, but I like the way it turned out.  A little brighter than I wanted, but I think the gold watercolor pencil is brighter than I think until I’ve already used it.  Ha, ha!  😉

Hedgehogs normally have those little white tips at the end of their fur, too, but that was difficult to portray without tracing the photo.  What I like about this one is the way the mama is lying on her side looking at her baby.  I used to do that when my babies were lying on the floor!

Sometimes I really miss those early childhood days with my kids, but we are all in such a great stage of grown-up life together now, that making memories NOW is all that matters!   Just getting the privilege to be my kids’ mom has been awesome!

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

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Mama & Baby Hyenas

Hello Friends,

You may LAUGH at this one!  They just look too funny.  This one was tough!  The picture in the book of animals my daughter gave me has them laying down in the grass, but it is cropped so that you can’t see much of the rest of their bodies except their heads!  So I think their heads are too big.  The mama’s body is almost the same color as the grass that is in the bright sunshine, too.  Very challenging.  Anyway, I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for this one on the small watercolor sketchpad I’ve been using for all the other recent mama and baby animals I have been painting.  I realized I have not done a large painting at my art table in a long time!  Using these are so much easier, but I do miss mixing the paints and using my larger brushes.

Onto other news, though.  On Friday I took my husband’s truck to town to get groceries.  We have been having very warm weather for February, up in the lower 80’s, so I had a lot of meat and dairy to put in the coolers (for the 45 minute drive home.)  I had to open the tailgate to be able to do that instead of just putting them in from the side of the camper shell like I usually can.

THEN something happened after I put the tailgate up and started to drive!!  I saw something fall out the back after I drove out of the parking lot!  (I never went back for whatever it was.)  So I drove straight across the street to the Barnes and Noble parking lot to see what happened.  When I got out to look, the tailgate was hanging half-way off!  I thought, what the heck?  So I tried to call my husband but he was working and didn’t pick up on his cell.  I sent him a text and still no response.  (Our cell phone reception out where we live is not great.  He got my text that night.)

Fortunately,  an able-bodied, middle-aged guy drove into the parking lot, and I asked him for help.  He took one look at the back of the truck and said, “Whoa!  You aren’t going to be able to drive like that!”  (I thought to myself, “here’s your sign.”)  He reminded me of myself!  My kids have always teased me about pointing out the obvious!

So he tried lifting the left side back into the slot it had slid out of, and of course I had to help him.   I had to hold the other side while he fixed it.  I was SO thankful he came along when he did!

However, after driving home and unloading the largest load of groceries I have bought in a long time, my back was strained…a lot!  So I spent the weekend nursing it with wet heat and some exercise.  It is still sore, but I’ll be okay.

I spent Sunday afternoon doing laundry, watching t.v., and reading while George went to play D&D with his friends.  It became so warm I had to turn on the A/C!  I sure hope we get some cold weather again soon.  I am not ready for spring or summer!

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

Mama & Baby Southern Elephant Seals

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I decided to sketch another “Mama & Baby” photo from the book The Wisdom of Moms by Bridget E. Hamilton that my daughter sent to me when she was gone this summer.  The page next to the photo is labeled Compassion.  Part of the text gives us some insight into these wonderful mothers.  It says,

“At first glance, a lumbering elephant seal does not seem like a compassionate, loving animal.  But looks can be deceiving!  Elephant seal rookeries are crowded with mothers and babies, but once her pup is born, mom learns his scent and listens for his signature cry that she can identify among the commotion.  If a pup does get lost there is a chance it will be adopted by another elephant sea cow.  The foster mother will suckle the pup and raise him as her own.”

As many of you already know, I love sea creatures.  Sea lions are such beautiful animals.  The few times I have visited San Francisco in the past, I have seen huge groups of California sea lions bundled together and lying on the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf.  So I know this to be true about the nature of these beautiful mothers.

Someday I hope to live on the coast in California…somewhere!  I also hope to swim in the ocean again.  It is pretty amazing.

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

Sea Otter Mama & Baby Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils to draw these cuties.

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

PUFFER FISH INK DRAWING

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly puffer fish I drew quite a while back.  I don’t think I ever posted it, but if it’s a repeat, sorry!  I drew it in ink which was fun.  I tried to upload another drawing I did, but again, we are having slow internet problems with the rain that came in today.

Fortunately, I think my husband and I are all well from that flu bug.  From what I understand it could have been a lot worse.  I am thankful it only lasted a week!  He still has the cough, but mine is pretty much gone.

I finished my fifth assignment for my writing class today and sent it in.  So that is good!  I am glad to be done with it.  The first part was to write a physical description of a kid.  The second part was to write my character’s thoughts.  I chose to do a monologue about a teen-aged girl who can’t understand why people think it’s weird that she is a “cutter.”  If you have never heard of that before, it is a psychological disorder that some kids and adults have where they much cut themselves in an effort to r

I have been doing a lot of reading of young adult fiction lately.  I picked up the first book in a three-book series by Orson Scott Card a few weeks ago.  I am almost done with the first book, “Pathfinder.”  Wow!  I have NEVER read science fiction before, but this is truly incredible!  I have hardly been able to put it down.  His sense of humor is refreshing, too.  I went to town yesterday for a routine doctor’s appointment and checked out the second book.  I am hoping to finish the first one by tomorrow.  So for now, I am going to get back to reading!

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

 

Elephant Mama & Baby Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I have finally finished my elephants drawing.  So here they are.  Ellie is the Mama and Sammy is the baby.  (The little brown smudge at the bottom is from our dog, Brownie, jumping up on the couch where my sketch pad was sitting.  She had some dirt on her paw!)

We are on the upswing of this flu bug.  I still have a little cough, but I am feeling a whole lot better!  This week I am planning on finishing my assignment for my writing class.  I have the first part done, and a rough draft that I still have to type up for the second part.  I wrote that while I was at Barnes & Noble on Saturday which was the first day I I had been out in a week!

First I went for a walk by the river after walking over our beautiful Sundial bridge.  It seemed like everyone in town was there, and almost everyone had at least one dog!  I got to pet a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  I talked with a guy who was trying to get his 4 month Lab puppy used to people.  She didn’t seem to have a problem at all.  She was cute.  I also saw some GIANT white dog but have no idea what kind it was.  All I could think was that I would never want to have to brush it!  Ha, ha.  😉

So after I went for a walk I went to the library, the art store for a new sketch pad, then to Barnes & Noble to write, then a couple of other errands and home.  But just being outside in the sunshine among a lot of people did me a world of good.  The weather was perfect that day.  There were a lot of boats on the river, too.  I even saw one guy in a boat catch a huge fish!

I hope everyone is staying well.  I think after last week’s days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s we are going to be getting some rain this week.

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

Elephant Love – Baby and Mama

Hello Friends,

It has been a long week, and I am still not done with this drawing.  I want to add some background and darken some more areas, but I worked on this a couple of more days this week.

I still have a cough, but I think I am over the flu now.  Our daughter usually has the car all week for work, and today is a sunny day.  So since she is home today, I am going out to enjoy some sunshine!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay well.

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

Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

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

 

The Grinch and Max

Hello Friends,

It’s hard to believe it is almost Christmas.  The other night my husband and I watched the original cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” voiced by none other than Boris Karloff.  It has always been one of my favorites from childhood.  My dad loved it, and I can still hear his voice in my head saying certain parts of it.

So I decided to try and sketch them.  The Grinch looks a little weird, but I like how Max turned out.  It is a very rough and quick sketch,  and I had to pause the VIDEO TAPE!!  We haven’t gotten this on DVD or Blue-ray yet!  Ha, ha.  😉

Anyway, this has been a strange holiday season.  We have had a few things happen to our car.  The latest one yesterday was that a ladder fell off the back of a P.G.&E. truck that was driving toward us on the highway when we were on our way to town.  It slid into our lane and my husband could NOT avoid hitting it.  Fortunately, it only ruined the left front tire.  Then when he went to change the tire, he found that our spare was flat.  So we had to call a friend to come and bring us something to pump our tire up so we could get to town and buy new tires.  The front ones needed replacing anyway, so we got two new front ones and a new spare.  Hopefully, that will be the last of the unexpected car expenses this year!  We had to have an expensive part replaced a few weeks ago, too.  Whew!  My husband is telling people we were “torpedoed by a ladder.”  At least we didn’t wreck or get hurt which is a lot to be thankful for.  It also happened on a dry sunny day which was good, too.

Well, I am busy reading a lot and trying to come up with a character sketch for my next assignment.  So that is what I’ve been working on lately.  In the evenings we watch a little t.v. so that’s how the Grinch and Max came about.  I have started on an elephant mom and baby drawing, but probably won’t get back to it for awhile.  I don’t know if I will have anything very “Christmasy” to post by Monday, so just in case, have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

God bless you all.

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

Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

Hello Friends,

I have been working on sketches in watercolor to go with a story I wrote a long time ago. They’re kinda goofy, but hey, it’s a silly story.  I haven’t finished the sketches to go with all the words yet, but this is what I have so far.  And yes, that is a monocle Mr. C. Turtle is wearing!   🙂

To be continued……

 

******Just out of curiosity, which character is your favorite?*******

 

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

 

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