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The Sea Turtle: It is my “Spirit Animal!”

Hello Friends!

Here is another “flying” sea turtle!  I drew this with Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I started on it a couple of days ago but decided to finish it today so I could share it.  I eyeballed the photo, so it isn’t exact.  I don’t know who to credit for it, though.

You may wonder why I call it my “Spirit Animal.”  Well, when I was in counseling at my second session, I was telling my counselor that I like to draw, paint, and write about sea turtles.  She asked “why?”  And she kept asking why to every answer I gave her.

My answers:

  1. They are beautiful creatures.
  2. They are docile.
  3. They don’t seek to hurt anyone, but they do have to kill other creatures for food.
  4. I feel angry when they are slaughtered so people can make jewelry from their shells, eat their meat, and also steal their eggs to eat.

Then she asked, “So you see these sea turtles as helpless victims of other people’s abuse?” (something to that affect.) I said, “Yes!”  She asked, “So how does that relate to you?”  I said, “Well, I’ve had plenty of abuse from others in my past.”

Then the

 

 

 

went on!  “Wow!”  That was all I could say!  I sat there stunned at this realization.  (I found this cute light bulb on google.com!)

 

I believe I learned that the desire to protect, rescue, and rehabilitate injured sea turtles is connected to a deep sub-conscious need I have to protect “innocents” from any kind of abuse which can include just about anyone – children, men, women, minorities, and generally anyone who wants to be different from what society says is the “norm” whatever that is!  (My husband always says that being normal is overrated!)  Now I think I have learned what it was that attracted me to sea turtles so much in the first place which excited me very much!

Getting back to the sea turtle being my “spirit animal,” she looked it up and read the whole description to me.  That night I found a website called http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/  For fun I took the quiz and “Turtle Spirit Animal” was what came up for me!  🙂  I was pleased to be sure. You can take the quiz, too, for fun at the link above.  The part I like about my spirit animal description is this:

“Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.”

I thought this description fit me pretty well.  I always played the role of the “peacemaker” in my family growing up and in all of my relationships.  I think this quality is what is driving me to want to get involved in an organization that helps people with mental health issues.

There are times, though, when no matter how much we want to make peace with someone, they just won’t let us.  I have learned that at those times, when others have not allowed me to apologize or talk through conflicts, it is okay. Not everyone wants to.  It hurts, but I have learned to just move on.  There is no need to dwell on why certain people don’t want to stay in our lives.  I have certainly left a few unhealthy relationships!  “Letting go” is tough, but it is healthier than trying to hang on to people who can’t give us what we need or can’t receive what we offer.  This just seems wise to me – let everyone be who we are – we can’t change anyone except ourselves!

So whether you are a peace-making sea turtle (or land turtle) or an owl who can “see beyond illusion and deceit” (which is what my husband got when he took the test for fun,) just be who you are meant to be!  Don’t let others try to make you into who THEY want you to be!  Always be true to yourself!

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

 

How does the creative process work?

This is too beautiful to pass up sharing! I believe Janet captures the spirit of hummingbirds in her paintings as well as their physical beauty! 🙂

My Life as an Artist (2)

Like a flying jewel, the hummingbird darts lightly through the world, teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of every day existence……….

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20-11-15 - 1 (1082)How does the creative process work?

Initially the seed of an idea is sewn.

The seed then enters into an incubation period which can be short lived, or take years to come to fruition.

The seed of an idea 20-11-15 - 1 (1076)As we go about our daily lives, just like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle being revealed, the seed sprouts ideas that give us more information…..This can happen at any time.

It’s vital to record these ideas, because even when we think we couldn’t possibly forget a moment of inspiration……we can, and do, which is why it’s important to always have a sketch/notebook at hand.

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Like a ghostly apparition sometimes the answer seems almost within reach – but then it disappears and returns to incubation….it was just a…

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Cock-eyed Giraffe Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to share this giraffe I sketched without tracing the outline. You can probably see that.  Its eyes are so uneven!!  Apparently when I first posted this, I confused myself and said it was a camel in the text.  It has been quite a few weeks of craziness here!  Oh well, I  have not been drawing freely as much lately with all the recent events that happened in my life.  Here they are:

The good:  My daughter graduated from high school. 🙂

The bad:  Next week she leaves us for the summer on the same day our son will be leaving to go live and work in the wilderness for his job for 8 days.  Well, it will be “good” for HIM, but “bad” for ME; I will be saying good-bye to him this weekend, then to my daughter a few days later.  They are leaving on the same day.  This is going to be the first time I have ever been away from both of them at the same time for any length of time. 😦  I am sure George and I will have a good week, though.  😉

The ugly:  My brother committed suicide on May 4th.  I have written about that already here on my blog.  The post is here:   https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2017/05/23/suicide-dont-make-that-choice/

However, yesterdat, I did 5 of my picture book paintings for Larry, the Lonely Leatherback Sea Turtle!  I want to get the paintings finished so I can scan them into my laptop and digitally put the words to the story in.  I have started this process with a different picture book I have done a few watercolor paintings for called Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.  I haven’t shared any of that story here yet.

As usual, I am feeling like I am all over the place emotionally and mentally.  This is going to be a busy week.  I am meeting a new friend for lunch on Thursday so that will be fun.  Then this Sunday I might get to see some real turtles and tortoises!! I have seen some turtles before I even owned a red-eared slider years ago)  but never a tortoise in real life!  This excites me!!  I hope I will be allowed to take pictures so I can share them here.

So now it is onto exercising and getting ready for the meeting tonight!

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

 

CREATIVES UNITE!

I repeated this post because I really, really want to feature some of you on here!  🙂

 

 

Hello Friends!

I am super excited to tell you that I have been encouraged and energized by two successful professionals today, one in person who is my new counselor, and the other is Jeff Goins whose blog is interesting which you can find here:  https://goinswriter.com/creatives-money/ and whose new book “Real Artists Don’t Starve” can be purchased along with other bonuses here!  https://dontstarve.com/

I watched Jeff this morning on a Facebook video https://www.facebook.com/goinswriter/videos/1462288047125766/

It was confirming to me of being on the right path since I had just been encouraged an hour before about the same things with the counselor I met with!  I have been blogging here on WordPress for almost four years now.  I have a few hundred followers.  However, what I always wonder is exactly what Jeff mentioned as the #1 insecurity of most bloggers – IS ANYONE LISTENING?

I have blogged about many different things here.  I have shared many forms of art that I have done here.  My desire is to share my thoughts, struggles and art here.   This blog has been a safe place for me to share about who I am.   I am going to be setting just a few new goals for myself to keep myself focused on recovering from losses, continuing to express that journey in my writing and art, and moving forward and growing as an artist/writer.  I feel more excited today than I have felt in a long time about continuing on this creative journey.

I titled this post “Creatives Unite” because I have known for a long time that I need more of a community of creative people in my life.  I have met many talented artists and writers here on WordPress and on Facebook.  So what I would like to do is feature some of you on my blog!

This is something I have been thinking about doing for a long time but had to wait until I knew I would have a big chunk of time to do it!  Now that my daughter has graduated high school and is going away for the summer (sniff, sniff) I plan to be spending more time creating my art and writing/blogging!  I hope some of you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring more attention to your own blogs as well!  By the way, I know other bloggers do this also, and it has been something that I was planning, but I am excited to also tell you that on July 21st I will be featured on my friend Jill Weatherholt’s blog.  You can check out her blog here:  https://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com.  

I am planning to call this new feature on my blog “FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY”

Please choose one, two or all three questions you would like to address and send me an e-mail to:   larrytheleatherback@gmail.com.

Or if you are on Facebook, send a message to me at https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

Here are the questions:

  1. How long have you been a writer and/or artist 
  2. What do you like to write about and/or create? 
  3. Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity?  (This could be someone you know or someone you admire but have never met.)                                           

I am planning to begin the posts in a couple of weeks and will be doing one post every Monday.

Thanks for reading.  I hope to hear from you soon!

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

CREATIVES UNITE!

 

Hello Friends!

I am super excited to tell you that I have been encouraged and energized by two successful professionals today, one in person who is my new counselor, and the other is Jeff Goins whose blog is interesting which you can find here: https://goinswriter.com and whose new book “Real Artists Don’t Starve” can be purchased along with other bonuses here!  https://dontstarve.com/

I watched Jeff this morning on a Facebook video https://www.facebook.com/goinswriter/videos/1462288047125766/

It was confirming to me of being on the right path since I had just been encouraged an hour before about the same things with the counselor I met with!  I have been blogging here on WordPress for almost four years now.  I have a few hundred followers.  However, what I always wonder is exactly what Jeff mentioned as the #1 insecurity of most bloggers – IS ANYONE LISTENING?

I have blogged about many different things here.  I have shared many forms of art that I have done here.  My desire is to share my thoughts, struggles and art here.   This blog has been a safe place for me to share about who I am.   I am going to be setting just a few new goals for myself to keep myself focused on recovering from losses, continuing to express that journey in my writing and art, and moving forward and growing as an artist/writer.  I feel more excited today than I have felt in a long time about continuing on this creative journey.

I titled this post “Creatives Unite” because I have known for a long time that I need more of a community of creative people in my life.  I have met many talented artists and writers here on WordPress and on Facebook.  So what I would like to do is feature some of you on my blog!

This is something I have been thinking about doing for a long time but had to wait until I knew I would have a big chunk of time to do it!  Now that my daughter has graduated high school and is going away for the summer (sniff, sniff) I plan to be spending more time creating my art and writing/blogging!  I hope some of you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring more attention to your own blogs as well!  By the way, I know other bloggers do this also, and it has been something that I was planning, but I am excited to also tell you that on July 21st I will be featured on my friend Jill Weatherholt’s blog.  You can check out her blog here:  https://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com.  

I am planning to call this new feature on my blog “FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY”

Please choose one, two or all three questions you would like to address and send me an e-mail to:   larrytheleatherback@gmail.com.

Or if you are on Facebook, send a message to me at https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

Here are the questions:

  1. How long have you been a writer and/or artist 
  2. What do you like to write about and/or create? 
  3. Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity?  (This could be someone you know or someone you admire but have never met.)                                           

I am planning to begin the posts in a couple of weeks and will be doing one post every Monday.

Thanks for reading.  I hope to hear from you soon!

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

Kangaroo Feet!

Hello Friends,

Here are some kangaroo feet I drew yesterday.  I was looking at this picture of these unique feet in a book about kangaroos.  This is the whole picture!  Just feet…..

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

P. S. May the 4th be with you!  😉

 

Hippo “Peek-a-Boo” in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hippo I did yesterday in pencil.  I decided to venture out and get to drawing some other animals for a change.  I am in the process of working on preliminary ideas for an alphabet book.  I have some other drawings of animals for each letter, but they are small right now.  I will share them eventually.

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

Kangaroo in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here is a little kangaroo hopping around, probably somewhere in Australia!  This is for you, Christine Stoner!

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

Ezra Jack Keats – Barrier Breaker

 

Hello Friends,

Two days ago I went to the library and browsed the children’s picture books.  I stumbled onto “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

This picture book was one of my favorites when I was a kid. However, I had not realized the many books he wrote that I had never heard of.  Another favorite of mine that he wrote and I used to read to kids when I was a preschool teacher is “Whistle for Willie” about a little boy named Peter who is trying to learn to whistle so his dog, Willie, will come to him.

I love the simplicity of the story about Peter and his dog, Willie.  I also never realized when I was younger that Ezra Jack Keats had illustrated his own stories as well.  When I worked with preschoolers, I was not learning any art so sadly did not pay much attention to illustrators like I do now.  However, I have always loved most picture book art I have encountered.

The reason I wanted to post about Ezra Jack Keats is to bring up the issue of diversity in children’s literature.  Back in the early 1990’s when I was working with preschoolers, I took a multi-cultural class in the child development field of study.  It was one of my favorite classes.  The instructor covered the issues of racial and sexual identity in children’s literature using Ezra Jack Keats as one example and the book “Heather Has Two Mommies” as another.  She brought up the point with “Heather Has Two Mommies” that all types of families need to be given recognition in children’s literature.  Back then gay parents were beginning to raise the controversial issue of having children. Lesléa Newman {the author} related:

The idea for Heather came about one day when I was walking down Main Street in Northampton, Mass., a town known for its liberalism, tolerance of difference, and large lesbian population. On this particular day I ran into a woman who, along with her female partner, had recently welcomed a child into their home. “We have no books to read our daughter that show our type of family,” the woman said. “Somebody should write one.”

Here is a link to the article about her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Has_Two_Mommies

Back when I was taking child development classes I could not believe how much my eyes were opened to the fact that generally, most characters in children’s literature are predominantly Caucasian.  And to be completely honest I was not the more open-minded person back then that I am now either.  I was not open to reading anything to children that had to do with having two moms or two dads.  I gave no consideration to the LBGTN+ community at all.

Thinking over my past brings me to the question: Does the depiction of predominantly Caucasian people in children’s literature even today mean we still don’t have enough people writing children’s books about other races or sexual orientation?  Perhaps, but I sure hope not! Many people of color are writing about their own cultures more and more, but the percentage of these writers compared to Caucasian writers is still very low.

Now.  Getting back to Ezra Jack Keats.  What I found most interesting about him is that he was Caucasian and Jewish.  Yet he proved to be instrumental in beginning to break the color barrier in picture books when he created his African American character Peter back in the 1960’s.  If you would like to learn much more about him, you can read a short biography about him here:  http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ezras-life/.

I suppose right now I am struggling with a strong desire to pursue my old dream of writing children’s stories but finding I have little energy to work as hard at it as I should!  I have always loved stories about people from all over the world.  After all I believe the United States is a very culturally diverse nation which is where I live; if only racism and sexism did not exist!  However, that most likely will never be the case which is sad.  (So why am I writing about sea turtles anyway?  Ha, ha!)

I really think, though, that it is high time we all over the world begin looking outside of ourselves and our own culture, race and sexual orientation and accepting others who live and believe differently than we do.  It doesn’t mean we have to give up our spiritual beliefs if we have any.  It doesn’t mean we have to give up any preferences for how we choose to live.  So why should anyone of any other race than Caucasian or anyone in the Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/Transgender+ lifestyle be expected to give up the way they want to live just because others might be a little uncomfortable with it?

I believe there is just one thing we all need to give up: Our own pride.  Maybe then we can all live the ideal ending to every old storybook I ever read:  happily ever after.

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

 

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo-Painter of Pain

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Hello Friends,

Recently I decided to look into the biography of Frida Kahlo, the female Mexican artist who definitely painted her pain.  Above is my personal favorite picture of her.  Most of her paintings have always felt a bit unsettling and disturbing to me.  I never felt comfortable viewing them, but I think it was because I never researched her life to find out why she painted the things she did.  I really didn’t know anything about her until I watched a Biography DVD about her that I checked out from the library a couple of weeks ago.  It was then that I learned about the horrific bus accident she was in when she was just 18 years old. This accident changed her life in many ways.

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907.  Her full name was Magdelena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderon.  She later changed the spelling of her first name to a less Germanic spelling. Her father was Wilhelm Kahlo, a “German-Jew of Hungarian descent who had come to Mexico as a young man.”  He first worked in the jewelry trade which was his father’s business, then took up photography after marrying Matlde, his second wife.  Then he changed his last name to Guillermo.

Frida’s father was a positive influence in her life.  When she was six, she was stricken with polio.  Guillermo encouraged her to swim, participate in sports, ride a bike and keep herself physically active.  However, her right leg remained disfigured and much thinner than her left for the rest of her life.  She mostly wore long skirts and long pants to hide it.

When Frida was 15, she was admitted to the Prepa, or National Preparatory School.  She changed her birth year to 1910 and claimed to be 12 instead.  It is believed she did this because she wanted to be more closely associated with the Mexican Revolution which began that year.

September 17, 1926, was the day that changed her life forever.  Frida had been shopping with her friend Alejandro Arias.  As they were walking along they decided to catch a bus that had benches along the sides for people to sit on. As the bus driver tried to pass in front of a turning streetcar, they crashed and Frida was thrown from the bus. Alejandro found her lying in the street with the rod of a metal handrail impaling her left hip and exiting through her female organs.  She also suffered several fractures in her third and fourth vertebrae, pelvis, and right foot. Her left elbow was dislocated and the rod also caused a deep abdominal wound.  She spent a month in the hospital and never went back to school.

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“Accident” 1926 by Frida Kahlo

After she went home she was confined to bed for much of her recovery.  It was at this time that her mother gave her a small lap easel to use for painting.  So Frida put a mirror in the canopy of her bed and began painting her self-portraits and still lifes.  When she was able to get up more, she also began to paint larger portraits of people she knew.

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Frida Kahlo painting in bed

Frida suffered through many operations, several body casts, and a great deal of mental as physical anguish.  Her friend Alejandro went away to Europe for two years and they wrote to each other, and he visited sometimes, but their relationship was not meant to become anything more.

Frida fell in love with and married Diego Rivera on August 21, 1929, a famous, overweight, middle-aged artist, when she was just 19.  She relished the attention she received in being his wife.  They had a rocky marriage and both had affairs; the most devastating one for Frida was when Diego had an affair with her sister, Christina.  Diego and Frida divorced in 1939, but were remarried a little over a year later and stayed married until her death on July 13, 1954.

She painted over 150 paintings in her lifetime but only had one individual exhibition.  It was held from April 13 to 27, 1953, in Mexico at the Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo.  She had also suffered through many more operations in prior years in attempts to fix her spine and leg which had both been so badly damaged in the bus accident, but the last operation she had was in 1953 when her right leg was amputated below the knee because of gangrene.

There is so much more to know about Frida Kahlo, but I don’t want this post to be too long.  If you would like to know any more about her life and paintings, you can read more about her here:   http://www.fridakahlofans.com/biocomplete.html.

I also would recommend the book “Frida Kahlo, The Brush of Anguish” by Martha Zamora, which is the source I used for this post and where the quote in the second paragraph came from.  I found the pictures on Google.

I have often thought about trying to paint about some of the painful things I have gone through in my life, but then when I sit down to paint, I find I would rather paint beauty, because focusing on flowers, landscapes or beautiful sea creatures is what has helped me through the last few years.  I appreciate everyone who loves the sea turtles I have painted.

I am currently working on doing illustrations for a children’s story I wrote quite a while back (not Larry, the Lonely Leatherback, but a different one.)  I have been trying to get the characters to look the way I have them pictured in my mind, but sometimes it is difficult to figure out how to draw them in certain poses!  However, it is a challenge, which is what I love and keeps me going.

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

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