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Giraffe Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I spent most of the last couple of days on this one.  A few days ago I traced it from a magazine.  Then I spent yesterday painting it.  Just something different this time!

This is Garrett.  He wants to know if you like his beard?   😉

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

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Piggies – Mama and Baby

 

 

Hello Friends,

Here is my finished drawing of the mama and baby piggies.  I use Faber-Castell and Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I kept thinking parts of it weren’t dark enough so I worked on it quite a bit over the last few days.  Again, I drew this from a photo in the book, “The Wisdom of Moms – Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  I did not trace the picture, though.  I have been trying to draw more by sight than tracing the outlines of things exactly.  But sometimes, I have to.  Also, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on the straw they are laying in.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Yesterday I worked on tracing a giraffe in ink and getting it drawn onto watercolor paper with the aid of my light board.  It is about 8.5″ x 17″!  If I feel like starting the painting later today, I may do that after I work out…exercise has kind of been going by the wayside lately, and my back is yelling at me to get to it!  I have certain physical issues that require not neglecting exercising a few times a week if not every day.

Hopefully, sometime this week I will get the post done of the other animals we saw at Turtle Bay.  Also, my husband got a couple of good pictures of our 15 year old dog, Brownie, that I need to adjust, print out, and draw and paint for the pet portrait auction I mentioned a few posts ago.  And…of course I am still working on my research for the sea turtle article I have to write for my writing class!  It is good to be busy, though.  I am thankful I can do all of this.

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

 

Pig Mama and Baby…almost finished.

 

Hello Friends,

I started sketching this mama pig and her baby the other day.  The mama pig’s eyes are completely closed, so it may look funny when I finish.  The photo is from a very nice gift my daughter bought for me a couple of months ago.  The gift is a book called “The Wisdom of Moms…Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  She thought I would like to draw the animals; they are all beautiful.  My daughter was sad that there were not any turtles in the book, but when I received it from her in the mail while she was gone this summer, I probably don’t have to tell you how much I cried.  Just knowing she thought of me when she found it was a gift in itself.

The quote on the next page for this photo says “Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”  Sister Corita Kent.  This is so true!  Learning to live in the present has always been a challenge for me.  I used to preoccupy my thoughts with things I was dealing with from the past or worrying about the future, but I do very little of that anymore.  The present is beautiful in itself!

At the bottom of the page where this quote is, it says, “Free-range farm pigs will make a nest for their families, gathering straw for warmth when the piglets are young.”  The photo shows them laying in some straw.  This is going to be very challenging to do in pencil!

I love all animals in the book, and I still can’t tell you why when I was a teenager I began to love turtles so much, but as I have said before I love sea turtles now, because they are so beautiful, graceful, and endangered.  For my fourth assignment for my writing class I am working on gathering current information about sea turtles, picking the most endangered type, and writing about conservation.  I think this assignment is going to take a while…just doing the research will take quite a bit of time.

In the meantime, another project I am going to have to start soon is working on a painting of our dog for an auction on eBay to benefit “Forever Foster Homes” and the “Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.”  Their notice said they are “currently providing lifetime care for over 300 senior dogs.”  My daughter told me about it a while back.  It is not a contest; they are just taking donations of people’s artwork.  The deadline for donations is November 1st!  The auction starts the second week of November.

So as usual I have my work cut out for me.  I also want to write a piece to send into “Chicken Soup for the Soul” which would be my first real writing submission anywhere.  It has to be a true story.  I may have told you all about it already.  There is no deadline for this, though.

However, the institute where I am taking my class is having a poetry contest.  The poem has to be about an animal, but I really don’t write a lot of poetry, so I’m not sure I’m going to have time to submit anything.  Also, the deadline for that is November 5th!  Whew!  Lots of opportunities but I need to choose wisely.

I hope everyone will enjoy your October, the beginning of fall, and Halloween if you celebrate it.  I hope to make a few more posts this month, but my creative life has gotten pretty busy these days!  I am hoping to get the first couple of 5×7 paintings of my sea turtles I did to a printer this month also!

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

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Drawing

Hello Friends,

Here is an Aldabra Giant Tortoise I drew in graphite pencil.  I drew it from a photograph taken by Peter Weimann in the children’s picture book called “Turtles” by Trudi Strain Trueit. It took a few days working on it here and there between trying to get rid of my sore throat, which is gone now (thanks Anneli and Jill for the saline advice.  I think it helped.  Plus some cold medicine and extra Vitamin C.)

This tortoise is one of the largest in the world.  It can live up to 150 years in the wild and longer in captivity.  You can read more about them here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldabra_giant_tortoise  I just don’t have the energy to write much more about them right now.

I tried to paint my Australian Flatback sea turtle in watercolors the other day, but the colors came out horrible!!  So I will have to try again.  I think when I don’t feel very well, I can’t concentrate on what I really want to do.

I turned in my third writing assignment to my online class.  I haven’t heard back from my instructor yet, but I just turned it in Friday night…after hours.

Things have been slow moving around home in the last few days but always good.  My husband is away until Wednesday, but my daughter is here, which I am very glad about!

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

 

Radiated Tortoise

Hello Friends,

Here is a very different looking kind of tortoise!  This was really a challenge to draw in graphite pencil.  I have been working on it for about a week a little each day. They live in Madagascar, are endangered, and can live as long as 188 years! You can read more about the Radiated Tortoise here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiated_tortoise. They are beautiful!

I was working from a children’s picture book called “Turtles” A TRUE BOOK by Trudi Strain Trueit.  I found it at the library.  It was published in 2003.  The photograph I drew this from was taken by Paul J. Fusco.  There are many other different types of turtles and tortoises in this book, so I may draw a few more.  There is one I plan to try and paint when I am feeling better.  It is a spotted pond turtle.

I have been fighting a sore throat since last night so my energy level is pretty low right now.  I usually get one this time of year when the weather changes suddenly.  We have had really hot weather all summer, then this past week, the temperatures plunged about 40 degrees!  It is crazy weather here this time of year.  However, the cooler weather is kinder to the arthritis in my feet so that’s good!  I just pray I never get it in my hands.

I have spent most of the last couple of weeks working on a story for my third assignment in my writing correspondence class.  And of course I have been reading a lot.  I finished Stephen King’s book “On Writing.”  I really love his sense of humor and style of writing about his life and craft. I am going to be finishing his novel “Misery” soon which has been quite entertaining.  I have seen the movie several times which I think is different in some ways, but I still am hearing Kathy Bates’ and James Caan’s voices in my head which has been fun.

I hope all of my blogging friends are doing well.

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

Box Turtle – Don’t Bug Me!!

Hello Friends, 

I checked out some cool turtle books from the library a week or so ago.  So I have been working on this box turtle from a book called “Turtles” by Deborah Dennard.  It is in the “Our Wild World Series” of books.  I just loved the way this turtle was all closed up when the photographer took the picture.  I did not trace this one but drew it by sight so it isn’t an exact rendering.  However, it has taken many hours, but I have decided it is finished.  I didn’t do the background exactly the same either.

The photographer who took the picture I drew from is James E. Gerholdt.  In case you ever find this book, it is on pgs. 16-17. James also has published many books of his own on various creatures in nature such as hummingbirds, jumping spiders, etc.  I love both of those but have never drawn any jumping spiders (they are my favorite kind of spider.)

So here is a Box Turtle in hiding!  There is hardly any of its face showing as you can probably tell.  It is just a sliver really.  That is why I chose to draw it.  They are just so cute even when they are hiding.

 

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

Pond Turtle and Sea Turtle Doodles

Pond Turtle Doodle

 

Hello Friends,

Last night I was watching t.v. and decided to doodle with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I still struggle with making up drawings out of my head.  This pond turtle, I’ll call him “Tucker,” decided to wear a hat on this hot summer day.

I have been concentrating more on writing for my class than doing art.  I am currently working on a non-fiction piece that is supposed to be a description of a favorite place of mine from childhood.  If any of you know anything about me, you know I don’t have many favorite places from back then, so it was tough to come up with one.

I decided to do a piece called “The Ballpark.” It was my favorite place to go when I lived in Georgia.  I played softball for three years before we moved to Kentucky.  Close by was the public swimming pool which was also where I loved to go most of the time in the summer.  I chose to write about the ballpark, because I was able to come up with more description using the five senses…I think.  😉  I probably won’t share it here since it is an assignment, and I’m not sure about whether we are allowed to put our assignments on a blog.  Perhaps I should find out.

Here’s another doodle I did last night experimenting with yellows and greens.  You may have to shield your eyes for this one; it’s too bright for me.  I could lift some yellow out, but it’s just a doodle, so it’s staying the way it is.

 

Bright Sea Turtle

 

Tomorrow I will post another 5×7 Sea Turtle I did, but I probably won’t be getting cards made from it.  I don’t really care much for the color, but I would love to know what you think!  I honestly don’t think it would be one that could sell.  Until then…

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

Crow in Blue Ink

Hello Friends,

This morning I decided to do something a little different.  I used a blue pen to draw a crow. The notes are so I remember how to correct a couple of things.  I have a friend, Kath Unsworth, who lives in Australia.  She has painted some amazing crows and ravens.  Check out her art/writing about ravens and crows at her blog:  https://kathunsworth.com/2016/11/19/november-moon/   So when I saw a book about crows I was immediately reminded of her much like many people say they think of me when they see sea turtles.  That still amazes me.

One day when I was at the library a little over three weeks ago, (shhh…..it’s a little late!)  I happened upon a “Scientists in the Field” picture book called “CROW Smarts – Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird” by Pamela S. Turner.   The photographs are by Andy Comins with art by Guido De Filippo.  

Besides living the life of an author, wife, and mom, Pamela S. Turner also volunteers at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, which is about a half hour’s drive from Antioch where I used to live!  She lives in Oakland now but has traveled to many places around the world.  She has a website at http://www.pamelasturner.com/ 

Getting back to my drawing I traced the outline of the last big photo of a New Caledonian crow in the book, however, I did not include the “tool” it has in its mouth.   These amazing creatures make tools out of sticks much like chimpanzees.  I love learning new things about various animals.  “Crow Smarts” says an American crow’s bill curves “slightly downward.”  But this crow has “a straight bill that resembles needle-nose pliers.” (pg. 23)

I am still reading it, however, I admit I mostly checked it out for the pictures.  That’s how I learn to draw shapes of certain animals.  I think Kath may take her own photos and draw from them, but I’m not sure.  I also draw from my own photos (or others, in the case of my friend Lori and her chipmunk.)  Right now it is way too hot to go out taking pictures.  I hear crows around the hatchery where we live, but they fly away at the slightest sound of a human approaching.

So to end this week or reading, writing, drawing and painting, I thought I would share my new knowledge about this beautiful and intelligent creature and the talented people who put this great book together.

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

 

Car-a-doodle-doo!

Hello Friends,

The other day my daughter drove us to town to go grocery shopping.  So I decided to take my sketch pad in the car.  I was trying to draw a turtle coming out of the water to say hello to her boyfriend.  Well, here it is.  I did it in black ink.

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

Chipmunk for Lori

Hello Friends, 

Yesterday I decided it was time to paint this little chipmunk.  It is a 5×7 watercolor.  I sneaked the picture from my friend, Lori, whom I met on Facebook a few years ago.  She is a lot of fun and an awesome photographer.  This is one of the chipmunk pictures she took.  I lightened the background with a lot more blue so he would stand out more.  Unfortunately, the pink of his paw doesn’t show up well in the picture.  The concrete wall was especially hard to paint!  But as you know, I love a challenge!

We never seen any around the fish hatchery where we live.  We have to travel about an hour or so up higher to see chipmunks.  They are so adorable, though.  So here it is!

Lori, I am glad we are friends!!  And I’m glad you love the painting!  It will be in the mail next week.

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

 

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