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5×7 Sea Turtle #1 FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Here is my first 5×7 Sea Turtle watercolor painting with the background!  This is my Green Sea Turtle.  In case you’re wondering why they are called “Green,” it is not because of the colors of their shells which are usually a brown color (mine is covered with moss, etc.) but it is because of the fat inside their bodies!  It is green from all the algae and other plants they eat!  Cool, huh?

I cannot seem to get my phone camera to do the colors justice, though.  The blues and greens in the water are not coming out as much as you can see them in person.  I tried taking the photo in different areas and this one taken outside was the best.  I think when it is scanned by the computer guy at the print shop, it will come out better.  I will dropping it off to them on Monday, August 14th since I will already have to be in town that day for the dentist.  I live over a 30 minute drive away so I go to town as little as possible!

I’m not sure how many to order, but will probably just start with a dozen.  The first time has to include the cost of scanning the painting as well.  So it could be two weeks or so before they are ready most likely.

In the meantime, I will be starting on the second one!  I am also working on my second children’s story for my writing class.  I wrote the first two drafts out by hand, and the second draft is a lot longer.  Now I’m going to type them to see what my word count is!

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

 

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Wildflowers for Jill Kuhn

Hello Friends,

I posted this painting almost four years ago!  I had it in the frame already and took the picture, thus, the glare.  But I mentioned it to my friend, Jill Kuhn, who has a wonderful blog called Jill’s Art Journal, which you can find here:

https://artjillkuhn.wordpress.com/author/jillkuhn5384/

I told her about this painting, and decided to post it just for her today!  I hope you like it, Jill.  It is from four years ago, though, so I would do some things differently if I did it again, but it was a daisies painting I did for a friend who loves daisies.  I found several different kinds and put them all in the same painting!  Crazy!

 

Daisies

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

Mr. C. Turtle, Page 2

Hello Friends,

I thought I would share page 2 of one of my stories I am working on right now.  In case you missed it,  you can click on the category Stories in Progress to see page 1.

I had two illustrations painted on one page, but I had to divide them so I could fit the text in.  So it doesn’t look the same, but eventually I hope to get it the way I want it!!

You know, one of these days, I really hope to get a new program where it won’t be so much trouble to put text with my uploaded pictures of my paintings!  If anyone has any suggestions on a reasonably priced program, please let me know!  Thank you!

So without further ado…..here’s page 2!

© Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

By Patsy H. Parker

 

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

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!  🙂

 

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!  🙂

 

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!!

sea-turtle-hooked

 

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

Sea Turtle’s Greatest Peril!

sea-turtle-skull

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!!

sharks-circling-sea-turtle

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!

green-sea-turtle-2-copy

 

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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