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Doodle in Pencil

Hello Friends!

Here is a doodle of a dog, a worm, and a butterfly sitting in their serene backyard.

I started another pencil doodle last night that I still need to finish.

Today I went to the library and found some books about children’s book illustrators; also a book about Beatrix Potter. I have a couple of books about her art ordered from Amazon that should come this week. But this is a biography called “Beatrix Potter – Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman” by Judy Taylor published in 1986. It is a good readable length that will not feel daunting.

I really love her art, because she drew so much from life which shows in her style.

I draw from pictures or out of my imagination mostly because the fish hatchery where I live doesn’t have a huge variety of plants, trees and animals. Deer and turkeys are what we see most. Although a couple of months ago I got a picture of a jack rabbit. We have been here since 2001, and that is the first one I had ever seen right at the end of our driveway and happened to have my phone on me. I haven’t drawn it yet, though.

I hope all of my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was fun. Both of our kids were here as well as our daughter’s boyfriend. Our son played a few songs on his new ukulele which was fun to listen to. He plays well!

Have a good day, and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜€

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Western Pond Turtle

Hello Friends,

Here is the kind of turtle that is common where I live in northern California. The park of Turtle Bay in our area has some in their outside pond and inside in aquariums. They are fun to watch.

I used Derwent Inktense pencils to draw this one, too.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜

Red-eared Slider

Hello Friends!

Now that Folktale Week and Inktober are all done, I am getting back to what I love to do best. Paint turtles! There are so many different kinds that I haven’t attempted yet. So last night I finally sketched this little guy on the rocks with my Inktense pencils. It felt weird because of all the graphite pencil work I’ve been doing lately.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m going to town again today to try and get rid of some books at my favorite used books store. Then I am going to check out the new library in Red Bluff. Normally, I only go to Redding for everything. But I met with a couple of ladies there last month to talk picture book stuff, and didn’t have time to browse that day. I will also have to get a new card since they are in a different county.

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

Folktale Week – Day 7 – Animal

Hello Friends,

So today’s the last day of Folktale Week, and I was glad the prompt was animal. I took this opportunity to draw The Tortoise and the Hare. Why?

Because there’s a tortoise in it , of course! And I had to give him a running hat, too. No sneakers, though. A tortoise’s big claws give them lots of traction, I’m sure!

What will I be doing next? Resting my arm for a few days and enjoying Thanksgiving this week.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a gig hug! šŸ˜€

Folktale Week Day 6 – Mirror

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When I first saw the prompt for Day 6, “Mirror,” my first thought was the wicked queen in Snow White. And although Peter Pan isn’t “technically” a folktale, it is one of my favorite stories. Besides, Tinkerbell will always be my favorite fairy! And her preening on the mirror is my favorite part of her part in the story.

So here she is!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜

Foktale Week – Day 5 – Insect

Hello Friends!

I decided to draw the characters in an Aesop fable today called “The Owl and the Grasshopper.”

If you’re familiar with the fable, you know that this grasshopper’s singing kept this owl awake during the day which she did not like, so she talked him into going up to have a glass of wine that came from Olympus and was what Apollo drank before singing to the high gods.

Well, flattery only landed that grasshopper in the owl’s mouth and gave her a nice crunchy meal!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!Ā  šŸ™‚

Folktale Week – Days 3 & 4 – Witch and Ghost

Hello Friends!

Well I took a few minutes to combine the prompts for days 3 & 4. I have to go to town today. Here they are!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜

 

 

Folktale Week – Day 2 – Magic

Hello Friends,Ā 

Well, I am a day behind for Folktaleweek 2018, but it’s okay. I really got into this novice girl trying to turn a toad into a prince.

Oops, well, at least he’s dressed nicely, right?

Today’s prompt is witch. I have seen some pretty great ones for this challenge. People’s talent and creativity truly amaze me every day!

Well, it’s 5 p.m. so I’m going to whip up some French Toast for dinner.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜

Folktale Week – Day #1 – Forest

Hello Friends!

I rested my arm and shoulder all day and night yesterday so I decided to put my wolf in a forest with Little Red Riding Hood.

I still wanted to do it in pencil, though, so I made the scene as simple as possible. My shoulder feels good so that is all I am doing today. Tomorrow’s prompt for Folktaleweek is magic. I am going to try to do something even simpler for that.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! šŸ˜

 

Folktale Wolf

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to share this pencil drawing I started a few days ago. I planned on drawing this wolf in a forest with Little Red Riding Hood for folktale week, but after working on it last night, it isn’t finished, and my shoulder needs a rest today. There are places in its fur that need darkening. (That’s why it’s unsigned) So anyway,Ā  I am sure I won’t be drawing folktale scenes this week, but I plan to in the future. It is something I really want to do. However, I might try some super simple pen sketches…maybe. I have discovered pen is easier on my arm.

In the meantime I am also working on some of the physical therapy exercises to keep my shoulder from getting worse.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. šŸ˜

 

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