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Inktober 2018 – Day #16 – Angular

Hello Friends, 

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! 😀

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Inktober – Day 14 – Clock

Hello Friends!

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!  😀

My Character Sketches

 

Hello Friends!

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! 😉

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! 🙂

Toy Box Sea Turtle Finished!

Hello Friends,

I am done with my first sea turtle in acrylics! I ended up working on it some more last night. I worked on the turtle a little and added the foliage. Then this morning I finished the turtle and removed the masking tape from around the edges. I am very glad to be done! I took the picture of it outside so it was on the sidewalk. The cut-out part is one of the handles as this was a short side piece.

I think I only have one more piece of the toy box to paint. There are two pieces left, but one of them has what I already painted on the front of it when we first put it together about 19 years ago.

We got the toy box for our son when he was a little over two years old. So I stenciled a teddy bear and hearts and his first and middle names on it. So that will stay the way it is. I don’t even want to “touch it up.” I guess I will take a picture of that and post it last.

Eventually, I will try to find some kind of hangers for these so I can put them on the walls in his old room (which is now my writing/workout room) when I am done with the last one.

This has been a challenging and fun project. I have really enjoyed doing these. Thanks for everyone’s support in the blogosphere! I really appreciate all of you.

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

 

TOY BOX TURTLE (Still in Progress)

Hello Friends,

Today I decided to work on my sea turtle that is painted onto one of the end pieces of our son’s toy box that I took apart. This is in acrylics which is definitely more of a challenge for me. I worked on it for a few hours today so that is enough!

The splotches of paint on the outer edges are on the masking tape I put around the sides to protect the wood frame. It will come off when I am done.

I have found that the nice thing about acrylics is that if you screw up (which I have done that a lot with this one,) you can paint over your mistakes to correct them! There is still a lot of “under painting” here. So the details are still to come. Plus, I’ll probably add some foliage around the turtle.  So here it is so far!

Night before last I wrote the first draft of my magazine article assignment. It felt good to finally just get all my notes into a rough draft. I still have other stuff to do to complete the assignment after I finish the article. But I am setting it aside for a few days to keep thinking on it. Also, I realized my due date is actually a week later than I thought it was. It isn’t due until August 15th! That made me happy!

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

 

Acrylic Sea Turtle (Not finished yet!)

Hello Friends,

Well, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this painting! I am thinking that so far this is an “under painting” which means I will be painting over some of it. This is the other small toy box piece. But I am not sure if it is going to stay on there. I have never attempted a sea turtle in acrylics before. It looks kind of strange to me. Although, to be fair to myself, I have not painted any eyes in yet! So yeah, very strange looking!

I went to the library a couple of days ago and began working on the bones of my LAST writing assignment for my class. I am writing an article about leafy sea dragons. I am still waiting on a couple of books I ordered about them, though. It isn’t due until August 7th. I have most of the information I need to write it, but I figured a couple of more little books couldn’t hurt anything, right?

Also, the day I went to the library, I went into their little store…again. Yes…I went there. I’m not going to post pictures, but I’ll tell you what I got for just $6! If you saw my previous post about the art books I found awhile back, you’d see that I found a couple of books that came in cardboard slipcovers. They are over-sized hardbacks. I noticed this time that they are part of a series from “Time-Life Books.” Anyway, I found two more of those. One is called The World of Leonardo and the other one is called The World of Michelangelo.

I also found a book by Rene Huyghe called Van Gogh. So of course I had to get it. After all, he is my favorite artist!

I think if they keep cleaning out their art section, I may end up with their library of art books! Ha, ha. 😉 Of course, actually, I haven’t gone to check the shelves to see if for sure these are those books. I realize someone could have donated these and they didn’t need them in their art section. I have checked them all out at one time or another in the last five years. But now I won’t have to! Cool, huh?

Well, I need to get to work on my leafy sea dragon article. Plus, I am going to be doing a painting for a friend at some point soon.

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

 

 

Sea Turtle Babies Rescued!

Hello Friends,

I am doing a great deal better today after seeing the doctor.  He prescribed Prozac for me to add to the Wellbutrin I have been taking which is a pretty weak anti-depressant I guess.  So why had he never done this before?  Well, to be fair he gave me Lexapro to try a long time ago but it nauseated me so badly, I couldn’t take it.  Wow, what a difference.  This is what happened to me the first time I got an anti-depressant which was Paxil.  It made a world of difference right away which still amazes me.  I have quite a weird brain I guess, but I am thankful for medicines that do help control severe depression.

I am working on my article right now and was looking up more information about the problem with trash in our oceans and beaches when I came across a couple of very disturbing videos.  In one, a group of people on a boat removed a drinking straw from a sea turtle’s nostril.  It was awful, but I am so glad they found this turtle and helped it.  Hopefully, it didn’t have any problems breathing after they released it.  In the other one a group of people found a sea turtle on a beach and pulled a plastic fork out of its nostril!  Don’t worry; I didn’t post those two!

Trash is such a huge problem for our ocean’s and beaches!  Plastics in general that are not recycled or disposed of properly are injuring and killing wildlife all over the world.  This is what my article is about in reference to sea turtles’ livelihood.

So…when I came across THIS video, I just had to share it.  These little babies were fortunate enough to have a man come along and find them up in the brush on a beach and wandering around trying to find their way out of it.  They were crawling UP the beach away from the water.

Just listen to this man’s excitement and compassion!  If you love wildlife of any kind, I think you will like this.  Enjoy.

Thank you to all of you who are keeping me in your prayers.  You are greatly appreciated.  And…enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow!  

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

 

2-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling!

Hello Friends,

Once again I have stumbled on to some “old news,” but this is just too fascinating not to share.  This is the kind of news clip that usually appears at the end of some news casts in our area.  We don’t watch the news regularly at our house anymore, though.  So here is the short video just a few seconds long, but worth the watch:

 

Also, here is a link to the article about this RARE sea turtle.  Let’s hope he or she makes it even though the odds for survival may not be good.  You just never know.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/two-headed-loggerhead-turtle-found-florida-video-spd/

 

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

Edible Six-Pack Rings?! Wow!

Hello Friends,

I just have to share this before I forget about it.  It will possibly be part of my next writing assignment for my class since I believe I am going to write about at least three ways sea turtles are injured or killed by trash in our oceans.  Anyway, I can’t believe I have never heard of this before!  I only have the basic bones of information right now.  I am planning on calling the company and asking more questions.

Did you know that a beer brewery located in Delray Beach, Florida, called Saltwater Brewery, created EDIBLE SIX-PACK RINGS for their canned beer?  I didn’t!  I happened to stumble onto this short video when I was looking into ways that the six-pack rings from canned products can injure and kill sea turtles.

These six-pack rings are made from barley and wheat ribbons from the beer brewing process.  They can be eaten safely and are 100% biodegradable.  Isn’t this wonderful?  I am going to be researching more information about this and will keep you posted.  In the meantime, check out this short video!

I can’t believe it is Friday already.  I think I may be spending mine writing!  Also, at some point I will still be sharing soon about the rest of the trip to Turtle Bay Exploration Park that my daughter I took last week.  AND…I am almost finished with the Mama and Baby pigs drawing.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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

“Brown” Sea Turtle Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I said I would be posting the sea turtle doodle I finished last night.  I had already worked on the background a few days ago and started it at my desk where I can use my watercolors out of the tubes.  However, last night I decided to use my Prismacolor watercolor pencils to finish this one instead.  It is more brown than I’d wanted, and not even the colors I had originally planned for, but the first one I did with this turtle’s pose the other day was such a disaster I could never show it to anyone.  Trust me; it’s very bad!  So here is a sea turtle that is brown, but that would not be classified as its ‘type’.  I think it is a Green Sea Turtle which is fine, because many of their shells do have a lot of brown in them.  They are not called ‘green’ for their shell color but for the color of the fat inside their bodies.

So anyway if you have a new name for this one, write it in the comments.  Thanks.

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

 

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