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Pond Turtle and Sea Turtle Doodles

Pond Turtle Doodle

 

Hello Friends,

Last night I was watching t.v. and decided to doodle with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I still struggle with making up drawings out of my head.  This pond turtle, I’ll call him “Tucker,” decided to wear a hat on this hot summer day.

I have been concentrating more on writing for my class than doing art.  I am currently working on a non-fiction piece that is supposed to be a description of a favorite place of mine from childhood.  If any of you know anything about me, you know I don’t have many favorite places from back then, so it was tough to come up with one.

I decided to do a piece called “The Ballpark.” It was my favorite place to go when I lived in Georgia.  I played softball for three years before we moved to Kentucky.  Close by was the public swimming pool which was also where I loved to go most of the time in the summer.  I chose to write about the ballpark, because I was able to come up with more description using the five senses…I think.  😉  I probably won’t share it here since it is an assignment, and I’m not sure about whether we are allowed to put our assignments on a blog.  Perhaps I should find out.

Here’s another doodle I did last night experimenting with yellows and greens.  You may have to shield your eyes for this one; it’s too bright for me.  I could lift some yellow out, but it’s just a doodle, so it’s staying the way it is.

 

Bright Sea Turtle

 

Tomorrow I will post another 5×7 Sea Turtle I did, but I probably won’t be getting cards made from it.  I don’t really care much for the color, but I would love to know what you think!  I honestly don’t think it would be one that could sell.  Until then…

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

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Crow in Blue Ink

Hello Friends,

This morning I decided to do something a little different.  I used a blue pen to draw a crow. The notes are so I remember how to correct a couple of things.  I have a friend, Kath Unsworth, who lives in Australia.  She has painted some amazing crows and ravens.  Check out her art/writing about ravens and crows at her blog:  https://kathunsworth.com/2016/11/19/november-moon/   So when I saw a book about crows I was immediately reminded of her much like many people say they think of me when they see sea turtles.  That still amazes me.

One day when I was at the library a little over three weeks ago, (shhh…..it’s a little late!)  I happened upon a “Scientists in the Field” picture book called “CROW Smarts – Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird” by Pamela S. Turner.   The photographs are by Andy Comins with art by Guido De Filippo.  

Besides living the life of an author, wife, and mom, Pamela S. Turner also volunteers at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, which is about a half hour’s drive from Antioch where I used to live!  She lives in Oakland now but has traveled to many places around the world.  She has a website at http://www.pamelasturner.com/ 

Getting back to my drawing I traced the outline of the last big photo of a New Caledonian crow in the book, however, I did not include the “tool” it has in its mouth.   These amazing creatures make tools out of sticks much like chimpanzees.  I love learning new things about various animals.  “Crow Smarts” says an American crow’s bill curves “slightly downward.”  But this crow has “a straight bill that resembles needle-nose pliers.” (pg. 23)

I am still reading it, however, I admit I mostly checked it out for the pictures.  That’s how I learn to draw shapes of certain animals.  I think Kath may take her own photos and draw from them, but I’m not sure.  I also draw from my own photos (or others, in the case of my friend Lori and her chipmunk.)  Right now it is way too hot to go out taking pictures.  I hear crows around the hatchery where we live, but they fly away at the slightest sound of a human approaching.

So to end this week or reading, writing, drawing and painting, I thought I would share my new knowledge about this beautiful and intelligent creature and the talented people who put this great book together.

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

 

Car-a-doodle-doo!

Hello Friends,

The other day my daughter drove us to town to go grocery shopping.  So I decided to take my sketch pad in the car.  I was trying to draw a turtle coming out of the water to say hello to her boyfriend.  Well, here it is.  I did it in black ink.

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

Chipmunk for Lori

Hello Friends, 

Yesterday I decided it was time to paint this little chipmunk.  It is a 5×7 watercolor.  I sneaked the picture from my friend, Lori, whom I met on Facebook a few years ago.  She is a lot of fun and an awesome photographer.  This is one of the chipmunk pictures she took.  I lightened the background with a lot more blue so he would stand out more.  Unfortunately, the pink of his paw doesn’t show up well in the picture.  The concrete wall was especially hard to paint!  But as you know, I love a challenge!

We never seen any around the fish hatchery where we live.  We have to travel about an hour or so up higher to see chipmunks.  They are so adorable, though.  So here it is!

Lori, I am glad we are friends!!  And I’m glad you love the painting!  It will be in the mail next week.

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

 

Drawing to Please?

Hello Friends,

Well, here’s something a little different.  Some of you may remember this drawing I did in a college art class several years ago.  I posted this here back in 2013.

This is the most frustrating piece of art I have ever done.  Doing this project almost turned me off from drawing for good!  In fact back then my right arm had been healing from an accident I had about 15 years ago.  Working on this drawing made it all flare up again so I ended up dropping the class.  Looking back I am glad I didn’t finish the class; I think I would have done too much damage to my arm if I had.

The thing that bothered me the most was when the teacher just kept on saying that parts of this drawing needed to be darker or reworked or whatever. I’ve never been so frustrated with a piece of work I was doing!!  But I finished it. However, I couldn’t do much drawing for quite a while after finishing this.

Well, I’m glad I didn’t stop drawing; it’s just too much fun!  If you’re feeling discouraged working on something for someone else right now, hang in there.  You will be done with it eventually.  Try not to hate it too much when you’re done like I hated this piece for a long time afterward.  I still don’t like it much really, so it was a lesson hard learned.

Since that class I have learned to draw because I enjoy it, it’s fun, and I honestly don’t NEED others to like it; nor does it bother me if someone hates my work or criticizes it.  I don’t do art to please others; I do it because I WANT to. It’s my choice to share it.  And this is all to say, I am definitely NOT needing anyone to “like” THIS one!  Ha, ha.

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

 

 

Mouse Friends

Hello Friends,

Here they are, the boys and Mary, the head seamstress!  For some reason she is holding what looks like a needle but there’s no thread in the picture.  I finished this last night.  I didn’t color their clothing since I decided to “color” them. They are brown and this is just graphite pencil. I could have colored their clothing really lightly, but decided not to. Also, I drew them a little bigger than the picture I printed out from the internet which I did not post with this.

I plan to do this one in watercolor perhaps with some kind of background.

So I’m not sure what’s next.  I want to get some writing done for sure tomorrow.  I had other stuff to do today so I never did get do any work on my story.  I still haven’t heard from my instructor either, so it’s okay.  I have plenty of time.  And I have my watercolor class this Thursday.  So…

Until next time…

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

 

Gus-Gus, Mary, and Jaq from Cinderella

Cinderella Beauties

 

Hello Friends,

Here are the little ladies who sew Cinderella’s dress!  I believe they are Mary, Suzy, and Perla, but I am not sure which is which.  In the cartoon picture I drew by sight from, their dresses are different colors.  However, to me, they all look like the same mouse, ha, ha!!  I like the way the middle mouse (probably Mary) is standing on the spool of thread.  It almost looks like the spool is her legs and the thread is her tail!  It looks that way to ME anyway.  😉

This was a fun drawing to do, but I did it last week, then forgot about it.  I have another group mouse one almost finished that I was doing last night with Mary, Jaq (real name is Jacques) and Gus-Gus as he calls himself, whose (real name is Octavius.) Hopefully, I will post it tomorrow. I think I said Jaq was Jack in a previous post, oops!

Today I will be working on my second story assignment for my writing correspondence course.  I want to turn in what I have done now and see if my instructor wants me to edit it at all.  So I am waiting to hear from her.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Our weather has cooled down considerably in the last week or so.  It has been nice. Unfortunately, weather changes give the arthritis in my feet fits, but I’m used to it now.  But you don’t want to hear about my silly feet!

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

 

5×7 Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends,

Here is my new Hawksbill sea turtle in watercolor.  I did this one yesterday.  Since I had it lightly penciled on the paper already, I painted it in a few hours.

I am inside right now during the solar eclipse getting ready to wash some dishes.  We didn’t get special glasses to watch it.  My husband had a doctor’s appointment this morning also, so he may be inside through most of it.  Oh well.  I stood on our very shaded back porch and took a few pictures at different times between 10:05 and 10:40 a.m. PT.  It was definitely darker!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  I will probably get back to some writing later today after doing dishes and working out.

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

5×7 Cards Ready to Paint

 

 

Hello Friends!

I just wanted you to know that I am still working on my cards.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the printer this week with the first one.  I became involved in a huge writing project.

Anyway, I did get three more sea turtles LIGHTLY drawn (sorry if you can’t see them well) onto the watercolor paper and will probably do some painting later today.

I didn’t feel very well for a couple of days this week, but I did get to talk with both of the kids for quite a while which made my week a lot brighter!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and all of you creative people out there are enjoying your creative endeavors, whatever they may be.

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

SNAP Chat

This is a great story! I laughed and…cried…happy tears.

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

roughwighting

country road, New EnglandBecause of me, my granddaughter almost loses a couple of fingers.

We’re driving down a typical New England country road, bracketed with August-green swaying trees. Hawks swing on the tops of those trees, squawking loudly.

To our right is an almost-hidden river where kayakers slowly swing their oars. To our left is dense wood filled with squirrels and woodchucks and chirping sparrows.

“Madre, watch out!” Sophie yells. I ram my foot on the brake.

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