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Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Well, here he is! These are found mostly in the waters of southern Australia. So I was looking for an Australian male name since it is the male of the species that carries and gives birth to the babies. However, I couldn’t find one that I liked right now. But I have always liked the name Leif! So I think that is what I shall call him.

This was really one of the toughest paintings I’ve ever done. So much detail! But that is what keeps me focused. This project was relaxing, though, so that’s all that matters to me!

They come in a variety of other colors and the one I painted had a lot of brown spots.

And before you go, check out this short video of a real leafy sea dragon “swimming.” Even though they have unusual looking fins, they mostly just float around. Also, the second link is to a wonderful site where you can learn a lot more about this amazing creature!

https://youtu.be/aVPzcQDN-C4

http://www.arkive.org/leafy-seadragon/phycodurus-eques/image-G112108.html

Thanks to all of my newest followers! I appreciate everyone’s support.

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

 

 

 

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Leafy Sea Dragon Progress

Hello Friends,

I spent the last couple of hours working on this today. Now off to eat lunch and work on other projects!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

Hello Friends,

I decided to spend a few more hours working on my leafy sea dragon today. You know, this is probably one of the most challenging creatures I have EVER painted! But it has been fun even when it feels a little frustrating at times. I am hoping to finish it this weekend but it will probably take a little longer than that.

In the meantime, I am still working on my writing. I also have some other doodling and smaller paintings I want to do.

It has been such a nice week of wonderful spring weather here! I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are, too.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor – Coming along!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I worked on my leafy seadragon some more. I filled in more of the water that shows between its body and leafy appendages. I also started working on his eggs. I say “his” because in case you didn’t know, male leafy sea dragons carry the fertilized eggs from the female until they mature. Then the male gives birth to new baby seadragons. They are a relative of seahorses who do the same thing. Pretty cool, huh? (Too bad we women can’t do that with our young! Ha, ha.)  😉

When I finish this painting, I will tell you more about their biology…er…seadragon biology, that is.

Also….

here is a common seadragon ink drawing I doodled yesterday. I believe they are called “common” because they only have a few leafy appendages. I just love these little creatures.

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

Seals for Sunday

Hello Friends,

Well, today I wanted to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” so I decided to use my watercolor pencils to sketch a couple of photos I took many years ago when our family visited Crescent City’s aquarium. This seal show was a lot of fun.

The first seal here had a couple of rings around its neck and went down the slide. The other seals below were with a guy who was doing their tricks with them. ( I didn’t paint in the guy.)  He told the brown one that slid down the slide to get up on its front flippers, but the other lighter colored seal just lay there on the concrete by the pool. It was a huge one, too! Perhaps it was too heavy for tricks.

 

So hopefully, tomorrow I will get back to my leafy sea dragon. I hope everyone is still having a nice weekend!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon (Still in progress)

Hello Friends,

Well, yesterday I worked on this for a couple of hours or so, but this is as far as I got. I think this one is going to take a while!

I hope everyone is enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. The weather is nice here today. Stay safe everyone!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Painting in Progress!

Hello Friends,

Well, I have FINALLY started my leafy sea dragon painting. I usually like to do the background first, but I will still be adding to it a little after I paint the sea dragon.

It has been a nice cool and quiet morning here today. I woke up before 6:30 which was perfect for sitting out in the backyard to have my coffee and read some. My husband went out of town for the night last night and will be back this evening. My daughter is at work, so I decided today was a great day to start this painting!

I put on some music – George Benson and then Dire Straits. I haven’t painted at my desk in so long I forgot how great it feels! I just really want to get done with this time-consuming writing class so I can paint more!!

I am going to go exercise now and read while I’m on my stationary bike. My feet have been a little swollen this week because of the changes in weather and my arthritis. I also tried to find a new pair of tennis shoes yesterday, but that was an unsuccessful trip. My “bike shoes” are wearing out which also contributes a little to my feet hurting. So I have to keep looking for the kind I need. However, I did get to have a great lunch with my friend, Jen! So the trip to town was great!

I hope everyone is doing well this week. I am enjoying this springtime weather! I hope it lasts longer this year before the heat wave hits for the summer. I just saw a couple of quail strutting through the front yard (my desk faces the windows) and they are so CUTE! Well, that’s all for now.

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

 

Jellyfish #1

Hello Friends,

This is my first jellyfish watercolor sketch.  I say sketch, because I don’t use my best paper for sketches.  I have found the paper quality makes a difference for me, but maybe that isn’t true for all artists.

Anyway, I found a picture of this type of jellyfish in a book called Creatures of the Deep, by Erich Hoyt, at the library.  On page 54 in a margin note he says, “A very deepwater scyphozoan jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) provides an intensely bioluminescent example of gigantism. The conspicuous medusa ranges up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter, which reverses the trend toward decreasing size at depth.”

In the book, the photo’s background is black because the jellyfish is in such deep waters. I changed the background color for my painting. I also need to work on getting it to look more luminescent which is the hardest part!

I have almost finished drawing my leafy sea dragon on the watercolor paper (the better quality) but haven’t begun painting it yet. It might be awhile before that is done.

I hope everyone has had a good week. I got positive feedback from my instructor on my fiction story.  So I am moving on to Assignment Eight. But we have a busy weekend ahead so I probably won’t start it until Monday.

Tomorrow is our monthly Writers Forum meeting, and Sunday our daughter wants to take me out to dinner and go to Turtle Bay for Mother’s Day. She is excited because she “actually has money” this year to do something!  She’s always been so thoughtful. She is working ten hour days for awhile and will have Fridays off except for today because she had to go in to finish her super grading stuff. She is almost ready to promote to the next level!

We heard from our son and he is doing well. He loves the backcountry and his crew. We got his letter in the mail yesterday which was a nice surprise. That was his second letter. In his first one, he mainly asked for some guitar chords and lyrics of a few songs he likes. Apparently someone brought a guitar there! He loves the quiet and the person who leads their physical training in the mornings is teaching them yoga which he likes, too, apparently. So I’m glad he is really enjoying himself.

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

 

 

 

SHARK! Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Meet Sandy the Great White Shark!  This is what (or who) I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks on and off.  I tried drawing it once, but ended up throwing that one away.  Then I tried again, and was satisfied with how it turned out. So I traced it onto watercolor paper and painted it yesterday.

I did not use watercolor pencils this time.  I used my paints from the tube which is actually so much more fun, because I get to mix colors, etc. I have missed painting this way, but just haven’t had the time to do all I want yet because of this writing class.  And the jellyfish I tried to paint last night turned out HORRIBLE! So it is in the trash.  It was just a small one, but I will keep trying, Sheila!  😉

I am still planning to paint sea creatures in acrylics on the rest of my son’s toy box pieces…eventually.  And repaint his room…eventually.  So I have lots of projects lined up for the summer, but they will probably take longer than that to get done.  I may take a break from the writing class for a couple of weeks.  The good thing about this class is even though I work toward deadlines to get the assignments done, I can ask for time off which I haven’t done yet.  But this is the time of year I love painting the most!  I have been itching to get back to my Chinese brush painting as well which is always on my mind.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful spring season.  I know our son is!  He left on Sunday for King’s Canyon National Park and won’t be back until the end of September!  His dad drove him there and spent the night talking with corps. members and some people he knows.  He took great pictures of everything and is working on them for his blog.

I sent our son his first package the other day which he should get next week.  The mail only goes out to them by mule, I think, once a week on Mondays. I sent him a book of stamps, a box of envelopes, a spiral notebook and pens, because he forgot to get that stuff so he can write to us.

Our daughter’s crew will start going out on eight-day trips (called spikes) next month.  So she will have a schedule of being gone eight days and home for six days.  That will be fun to have her here every other week.  We will get to spend more time together this summer.

Well, that’s all the news I have for now.  I wish I could post more often these days, but I don’t think that’s going to happen until I am done with this class!

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

Spotted Jellyfish Watercolor Sketch

Hello Friends,

Here is my first jellyfish painting.  Its head turned out a little square, but well…that’s okay.  I guess I could call it ‘Jelly Sam Square Fish’.  Ha, ha.  This one is for you, Sheila Hurst!  😉 Sheila wrote a wonderful book called Ocean Echoes.”  It’s a fantastic novel that I recently read and in which I said before inspired me to paint ocean creatures again!

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Echoes-Novel-Sheila-Hurst

I met her here on WordPress, so here is a link to her blog, too.  https://sheilahurst.wordpress.com/

Yesterday  when I decided to sketch this particular type of jellyfish, I wanted to do a “quick” sketch, but I ended up spending hours on it trying to get the colors right.  I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Experimenting with color is my favorite part of painting.  I took a break from writing, and this was a refreshing way to spend it.

It is interesting that there are hundreds of different kinds of jellyfish!  This type of jellyfish was created in a variety of colors.  I was especially attracted to this blueish-purple one with pink highlights.  Someday I want to try and paint a Lion’s Mane jellyfish, but it will probably be one of my greatest painting challenges to date.  They are so transparent and yet colorful.  I don’t know how I will do one in acrylics, but I am determined to try at some point, because I still want to turn our extra room into an ocean environment!  And I want to use the rest of the toy box which would require acrylics.

Here is a link to this type of jellyfish if you are interested in reading more about them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_jelly

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

 

 

 

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