Category Archives: Watercolor Paintings

Crabapple in Opera Rose

Hermit Crab Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hermit crab I doodled a while back.   It is just crawling along to say hello!  It came out a little on the light side, but that was what I was trying to do since I have always tended to paint a little heavy for watercolor.

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

 

Picture Book…Still in Progress

Hello Friends.

I know I have been working on this first picture book for a long time now, but it is coming about slowly.  Here are the paintings I have done of my illustrations so far.  They are really watercolor sketches on low-quality paper right now.   I plan to keep working on the colors; I’m not quite satisfied with the shades of grays or with how the yellows came out.  To me they look too washed out.  I have not finished all of the paintings of the illustrations yet either.  Also, I skipped painting some of the illustrations so I could do the jellyfish.  I am planning to do backgrounds for the title pages and do something for the cover, the back, and the end pages inside the book as well.

So here is my first picture book so far….

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

LARRY THE LONELY LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE

WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED

BY

 PATSY H. PARKER

Larry is lonely.   He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.  

“Bye, Larry.”

“Bye, Alicia.  I’ll miss you!”

 

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.

So he does.

When Larry feels lonely,

he swims

 

and swims.  He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  He was missing Alicia so much, he forgot to eat!

Growl, growl!

So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Jellyfish!

Larry dives…

deeper,

deeper,

and deeper.

Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.

When he looks up to see the sun shining through the water,

He sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

They swim fast to get away…

and when Larry almost catches one,

he sees another Leatherback sea turtle swimming in his direction, but she does not see

him!  Suddenly they are face to face.

They bump noses.

Larry smiles widely.  He thinks to himself, maybe she will be my friend.

She smiles shyly.

“Hi.  I’m lonely…I mean…Larry.”  He feels embarrassed.

“Hi.  I’m Lucy.”  She giggles.  Then she winks at him.  “Do you want to go catch jellyfish with me?”

“Yes, I do!  Larry answered happily.  “I almost caught earlier today!”

So Larry and Lucy swam away to catch jellyfish together.

Then Larry, the lonely Leatherback sea turtle wasn’t lonely anymore.

The End

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“IT’S NOT EASY BEIN’ GREEN……”  Kermit the Frog

 

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

Hamster Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This past Saturday we celebrated our daughter Grace’s 18th birthday.  This was my gift to her.  I had saved a printout of an old photo of her hamster she used to have.  It was a Roborovski hamster named Artemis.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t with us long enough.  She was so cute!  Here she was eating a carrot.

 

We are very proud of Grace.  I feel bad, though, that in the busyness of going to a Mongolian BBQ place for dinner, we never took any birthday pictures!  I don’t know how we forgot.  😦

Grace has worked hard the last two years on catching up on her Math and Science so she can graduate this year.  The charter school she takes classes at has a flexible schedule which allows us to have to take her to two classes a week and everything else she does is given to her by her facilitator.  She is doing well, and all I have to do is take her to her classes and facilitator meetings since she isn’t driving quite yet.  I am not really having to teach anymore which has freed me up to concentrate on my art and writing.  She is planning on joining the California Conservation Corps. soon after she graduates.

It is hard to believe our kids are grown already.  Time has gone by way too fast!!!  I am thankful for the children we have, though, because they are growing into responsible adults which is a blessing.

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!  🙂

Sea Turtle Hooked!

Hello Friends,

This image was gripping to me personally.  I realize not everyone feels as passionate about these beautiful creatures as I do, but so many times fishermen are out in the ocean and accidentally hook a sea turtle.  I have seen this numerous times on videos.  Every time I’ve seen one, though, the fisherman usually removes the hook from the sea turtle’s mouth and puts them back in the water gently while it is flapping its flippers wildly and probably thinking, “thank you, thank you!”  I like to think they would say thank you if they could talk anyway…

I love fishermen who are so kind to these wonderful creatures.  However, I am sure there may be some that are not, some who may just keep it and kill it for its meat.  I shutter to even think about it.

So here is a sea turtle who has been hooked!!

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

Sea Turtle’s Greatest Peril!

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Hello Friends,

Well, this is a different kind of skull!  It is not human for one thing.  I painted it from a photo I found of a sea turtle’s skull and a couple of bones at the bottom of the ocean.  It was also another photo that had a lot of darkness in it, but I wanted it to be lighter.  There is a bone in front of the skull and one off to the side.  It is just another depiction of the greatest peril that will eventually come to us all…death.

Everything dies at some point, but I would rather see a sea turtle die a natural death than be slaughtered for its meat and shells.  It grieves me greatly.

I only have one more painting to post of another peril that happens to sea turtles unless I decide to do more at some point.  However, the next one is also a peril that many sea turtles are saved from every day by the wonderful people who don’t want them to suffer or die.  So look for it tomorrow.

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

Sharks Circling Sea Turtle!!

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Hello Friends,

The photo I have of this is very dark and dense so I tried to lighten it some in my painting. The sea turtle is swimming sideways trying to avoid these sharks so that is bottom of the turtle you see.  I have seen this happen on videos I have watched and it is so awful!  I feel the sea turtle’s fear when I am watching (or maybe it’s just my fear!!) However, depending on the size of the sea turtle, they can usually take care of themselves pretty well.  I like to think this one got away just fine.  I can’t imagine being the photographer taking that picture!  In the photo it all looks a lot smaller so the photographer was probably at a safe distance.

I guess by now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you have gathered how much I love sea turtles!  They are such beautiful creatures and are declared endangered animals mostly because of the people who keep killing them for their meat and beautiful shells!  But obviously, other ocean creatures like sharks attack them for food.  It is the way of the natural life cycle, which I can handle, but for people to kill them for profit just saddens me greatly.  I suppose that’s why I love to paint them so much.

I read an article by another artist recently who said he thought it was a waste of time to paint the same subject over and over.  I heartily disagree!  Many artists like Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo painted their self-portraits in many different poses and interpretations.  And I think the more you know a subject, the more you learn about it as you paint it differently each time for instance experimenting with poses and color.  Besides, there are seven different types of sea turtles so they don’t all look the same.  All I know is I never get tired of them.  I feel I still have so much to learn about watercolor painting as well as sea turtles, so if learning about these two subjects and putting them together is all I get around to doing the rest of my life, I’ll die a happy woman!

After all, I think having a passion for using our heads for something more than a hat rack is a good thing!

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

Green Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends!

Here is another green sea turtle I decided to do yesterday after I went and bought some brighter greens yesterday!  I really thought that the first green sea turtle I posted the other day didn’t turn out like I wanted it to.  Sometimes I think I just stress out too much about trying to get colors “right” instead of just painting and enjoying myself more!  But that’s just me.  Yet, I want to get back to just relaxing and having more fun again.  I still have a lot to learn about watercolors, that’s for sure!

Well, here is a companion for Gilbert.  Meet Genevieve!  I thought that was an appropriate name today since I have a blogging friend with that name!  She had a great idea about creating a story about a sea turtle and a sea bunny who would be like the tortoise and the hare in some way.  I told her she would end up writing it before I got around to it!  I hope you, do, Genevieve!  🙂  And so here she is!

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Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Hopefully, I will be drawing more skulls as well as sea creatures this weekend.  Although, we do have a Dungeons & Dragons game Sunday afternoon….I better get busy!

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

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