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Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

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

 

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The Grinch and Max

Hello Friends,

It’s hard to believe it is almost Christmas.  The other night my husband and I watched the original cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” voiced by none other than Boris Karloff.  It has always been one of my favorites from childhood.  My dad loved it, and I can still hear his voice in my head saying certain parts of it.

So I decided to try and sketch them.  The Grinch looks a little weird, but I like how Max turned out.  It is a very rough and quick sketch,  and I had to pause the VIDEO TAPE!!  We haven’t gotten this on DVD or Blue-ray yet!  Ha, ha.  😉

Anyway, this has been a strange holiday season.  We have had a few things happen to our car.  The latest one yesterday was that a ladder fell off the back of a P.G.&E. truck that was driving toward us on the highway when we were on our way to town.  It slid into our lane and my husband could NOT avoid hitting it.  Fortunately, it only ruined the left front tire.  Then when he went to change the tire, he found that our spare was flat.  So we had to call a friend to come and bring us something to pump our tire up so we could get to town and buy new tires.  The front ones needed replacing anyway, so we got two new front ones and a new spare.  Hopefully, that will be the last of the unexpected car expenses this year!  We had to have an expensive part replaced a few weeks ago, too.  Whew!  My husband is telling people we were “torpedoed by a ladder.”  At least we didn’t wreck or get hurt which is a lot to be thankful for.  It also happened on a dry sunny day which was good, too.

Well, I am busy reading a lot and trying to come up with a character sketch for my next assignment.  So that is what I’ve been working on lately.  In the evenings we watch a little t.v. so that’s how the Grinch and Max came about.  I have started on an elephant mom and baby drawing, but probably won’t get back to it for awhile.  I don’t know if I will have anything very “Christmasy” to post by Monday, so just in case, have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

God bless you all.

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

Rejection Means I Tried!

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share with you what I received in my e-mail on my birthday!  (The letter is below)  I thought it was funny that it came that day!!  It has been months since I spontaneously submitted my picture book to this contest.  I didn’t expect to win at all, but I  am glad they let me know anyway.  So I guess this means I am officially a writer??  Ha, ha.  It’s fine.  I have never submitted anything before so it was a good experience.

I need to get started on my next writing project for my class.  I haven’t been doing any art this week.  My husband took two weeks off from work so we have had a lot more time to spend together.  We had car problems and had our car in the shop a couple of days so he took our daughter to work very early in the morning a couple of days, because she doesn’t want to drive his 5 speed Nissan truck.  She hasn’t learned how to drive a stick shift.

I hope everyone’s holiday season is going well.  My husband and I went to town yesterday, and it was a ZOO!!  I really want to stay away from there during the next week or so; it is just too crazy!

Until I have something to post next time…

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

 

 

Sparkhouse Family submissions@sparkhouse.org via email.submittable.com 

Dec 14 (2 days ago)

to me

Dear Patsy Parker,

Thank you for submitting “Larry the Lonely Leatherback” to the Sparkhouse Family Children’s Picturebook Contest. Unfortunately, the submission wasn’t a good fit for us at this time. We received many excellent entries and the competition was very stiff. I hope you’ll consider submitting again if you have additional work that you think will be a good fit for our publishing house.

All the best,
The editors at Sparkhouse Family

You can go here to view the submission:
https://sparkhousefamily.submittable.com/user/submissions/8547122

Taking a break…..

Here is some beautiful watercolor work from a beautiful artist! Happy Saturday!

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

My Life as an Artist (2)

“People say that what we’re all seeking is the meaning of life.   I don’t think that’s what we’re seeking.  I think what we are seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”     Joseph Campbell 1904-1987

watercolour/gouache – magical hummingbird 20-11-15 - 1 (1073)I will be painting, writing, celebrating life and enjoying the company of dear friends during the next few weeks……

watercolour10996309_10153250856200396_1092698130640243063_oOnce again I have been reminded through the untimely death of a good friend of the importance of making the very best of every moment we have.

watercolour20-11-15 - 1 (716)Not to put off what we really want to do….but rather to take on life’s new adventures with a sense of excitement.

watercolour11090885_10153267522075396_95320469508928867_oNot to wait for the perfect time to do…

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Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

Hello Friends,

I have been working on sketches in watercolor to go with a story I wrote a long time ago. They’re kinda goofy, but hey, it’s a silly story.  I haven’t finished the sketches to go with all the words yet, but this is what I have so far.  And yes, that is a monocle Mr. C. Turtle is wearing!   🙂

To be continued……

 

******Just out of curiosity, which character is your favorite?*******

 

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

 

Sea Turtle Ballerina

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly ballerina who twirled up out of the ocean!  She even dances without ballet slippers!

 

I don’t know how she does it!

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

Ballerinas with Scary Faces!

Hello Friends,

Here are a couple of weirdo ballerinas!  I had a really tough time getting her face and hands right.  And as you can see his head is a little lopsided!  I have no idea what happened the day I painted them, but it was discouraging because their clothes turned out exactly like I wanted.  Oh well.  I may try them again.

I have been doing better but had not realized how long it had been since I made a post!  I haven’t been drawing or painting as much because of the writing class.  Hopefully I will get something going that may be Christmassy.

Thanks to all of my most recent new followers.  I appreciate you.

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!  🙂

 

Degas’s “Dancers in Pink”

Hello Friends,

I have finally redone one of my favorite paintings of Degas’s ballerinas.  I have only done this one in pastels which is in a previous post.  So…here it is in watercolors.

I have a small print of this painting.  I used tracing paper and my lightboard to trace the main outlines for accurate proportions.  Then I transferred it to 300 lb. watercolor paper.  The heavier the paper, the better my paintings usually turn out.

Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and other watercolor paints to render my copy of this painting.

I had to wait until I came to town today to post this, because I couldn’t get the picture uploaded from my phone!!  Very frustrating living out in the sticks sometimes.

I am going to be talking with my doctor today about the highs and lows I have been experiencing in the last few months, so hopefully he can figure something out.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me.  I really appreciate it.  Hopefully I will finish my article this week!

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

Ballet Shoes Watercolors

Hello Friends,

Sometimes I just get bored working on sea turtles or animals and have to do something different for a change.  What???  Yes it is true.   For a long time I have had this idea to paint some ballet dancers’ shoes in watercolor.  These were pretty quick sketches I did earlier in the week.  I didn’t use a good grade of paper so they look a little washed out but it was just practice.  I am also going to have more ballet dancers to post soon.

 

 

I have still been working on my article assignment and plan to turn it in this week.  I asked for a two week extension, because I have been having trouble deciding exactly how I want to approach my favorite topic of sea turtles.  Picking one thing to write about them has been difficult!  Plus, writing about them on a level for young children isn’t so easy either!  So when I feel stuck, I move on to something completely different to do which is usually art.  I am finding that I love drawing and painting much more than writing.

I have also been struggling with a long bout of depression that came on a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t really want to go into the “whys” of it; I’m not sure I could pinpoint them anyway.  However, I am on the upward climb out of this hole.

On top of that we learned this week that an old friend of ours was killed in the line of duty in his job as a security guard.  He was 70 years old and was trying to help a woman who was getting attacked in a parking garage where he worked.  He was beaten by the attacker and his injuries were too severe for him to survive.  It is very sad.  Karl was a sweet man.  He moved away a few years ago but didn’t keep in touch with us.  I have missed him since he left, but am glad left this world trying to do the right thing and he is finally resting in peace with his Savior.

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

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