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Archie Carr in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to do a painting of Archie Carr who was known as the “father of sea turtles.” He worked in conservation for most of his life. I did this in honor of him spending his life on working to save sea turtles and other wildlife.

I just had my bad tooth pulled a couple of hours ago, but I am not groggy anymore, but I am tired. I just wanted to share this before I fall asleep.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

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Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor wasΒ Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes.Β However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. IΒ need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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I decided to try something a little different with this mixed media piece. I covered the 5×7 canvas with some bright yellow paint before I covered it with some washi tape that has a pretty leaf pattern. Since I wanted to use watercolor on it, I had to paint a light coat of Liquitex Absorbent Ground over the whole canvas.

Then I decided to draw the sea turtle in pencil. However, instead of leaving the washi tape pattern for its body, I decided to use some tissue paper in bright yellow, a little bit of green, and light aqua to fill in its shell and head. To glue it down I used my Liquitex Matte Medium, then went over the canvas with it to help it stay glued on.

I was going for a mosaic look, but I am still trying to figure out how to do that!

Then I used my Winsor & Newton watercolor pens to outline the turtle’s features, fill in a few spots on its face and legs, and add the blues in the background for the water.

This was pretty easy on me physically. So that was a plus. Also, I did it in stages over a few days time. I like the way it turned out, and it was fun.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #2

 

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Here is my second sea turtle in mixed media. The layer of paint on this one came out better. I mixed it with more Liquitex Glazing Medium this time which helped the Washi tape show through better.

I am not sure what I will be doing next. My shoulder feels more sensitive these days. I have to work in shorter blocks of time so it doesn’t give me too many problems.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #1

 

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Yesterday I covered two more canvases with Washi tape and decided to paint a sea turtle on each one today. I will be posting the second one tomorrow.

Again, I accidentally painted over the whole canvas before I drew the sea turtle. So in this one I don’t have as much Washi tape showing through as much as I wanted it to be. But I am still learning how to do these silhouettes.

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Green Sea Turtle

Hello Friends…again!

I decided to paint my Green Sea Turtle today! It looks yellow, though, right? “Green” sea turtles actually have lots of shell colors, such as brown, yellowish brown, and orangey colors. The reason they are called green sea turtles is because of the color of the fat underneath their shells. And the green color comes from all of the algae they eat. I have always thought that is pretty cool!

Well, I need to rest my arm now. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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

Explore!

Hello Friends,

Since my mantra word for this year is EXPLORE, I decided to paint the cover of another journal. I may use this one for doodling or even writing since it is a small one with lined paper.

I also decided to paint it in acrylics after I laid masking tape around the whole cover and painted it with Gesso first. I like the way the lines from the tape created texture. Then I drew a small picture outline of the sea turtle onto the cover with a piece of carbon tracing paper. It shows up well and is easy to paint over with acrylics. Lastly, I added my own water and foliage. This was pretty fun!

Since this sea turtle is looking to his left, he is thinking, “Hey! What’s over there? I need to go explore!”Β  So my spirit animal and I are going to have a year to EXPLORE!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Inktober 2018 – Day #16 – Angular

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I decided to draw an angular shaped sea turtle today with just a regular black ballpoint pen and stencils. No measuring…just eyeballed it.

So…without further ado, meet Angus, the angular sea turtle!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Inktober – Day 14 – Clock

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Today I decided to do something a little different. I have a really cool magnifying glass that is shaped like a sea turtle. The limbs and head are a copper colored metal and the shell is the magnifying glass. My husband got it for me a long time ago.

I decided to save time (and my sore shoulder) to just trace around the outside of it. Then I just drew in the rest. Pebble numbers and wavy water hands.

So it only took a few minutes!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug!Β  πŸ˜€

My Character Sketches

 

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It feels like it has been forever since I have had a chance to post! I am in my second week of my illustration class and it is really fast-paced! But I am learning a lot…I think! πŸ˜‰

So our assignment this week was to do sketches of our character with different expressions and in different poses. Do you know how hard it is to figure out how to get a sea turtle to look like he is bowing?? (That’s the last one by the way.) In the one next to that, he is supposed to be looking smug, but I didn’t get his eyes exactly like I wanted them.

He is wearing a monocle and a top hat because he is supposed to be a very “proper” and sort of pompous sea turtle in the story I don’t have worked out yet. This is the same character from my story that I posted some of a long time ago and did the sketches in watercolor. Those include the little fish character, too. The post is probably in my Sea Turtle Stories. Anyway, I don’t have time to go find the link.

Well, I hope everyone is doing okay out there in the blogosphere! Our weather has been so cool here in the last few weeks that we have been able to leave the windows open at night! I don’t even turn the A/C on until late in the afternoon when it warms up a bit.

So…back to the drawing board as they say!

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

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