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Fairy Tale Turtle

DO YOU KNOW WHAT MOVIE THIS TURTLE IS FROM??

Hello Friends,

You’ll know which movie in a minute, but first I promised I was going to tell you about the new correspondence course I am taking through the Institute of Children’s Literature.  Here is their website.  https://www.instituteforwriters.com/

They teach courses for writing for children, teens and adults, however, I am taking the one called Writing for Children and Teeens.  There is a lot of reading to do along with the writing which I am finding is easier for me.  I haven’t attempted to write much fiction; I have a great deal to learn!

The reading also inspired me to get my own hard copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales.  (However, that book is not part of the course.)  After I found a beautiful hardbound copy at Barnes & Noble the other day, which I got a great bargain on, I decided to compare the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the Disney movie which I decided to watch.  I already knew the Disney version would be vastly different!! The Grimm brothers were, well…pretty grim!!  😉  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ends pretty violently as they tell it!!  I wonder what they would think of Walt Disney?

Our video tape is at least 20 years old and it got really hung up right around the part where Snow White is getting all the animals to help her clean the cottage where they live (during “Whistle While You Work,” my favorite song in the movie!  I think I need to get a new DVD of it.)

Anyway, I did not remember this wonderful turtle in the movie!  It is in more than one scene, but I stopped the video long enough to sketch out a couple of its wonderful poses!  I couldn’t get the tape to stay paused for when he tried climbing the stairs.  Also, I didn’t use the same colors from my watercolor pencils.  But here is part of the house cleaning/laundry scene.

THAT TURTLE IS SO ADORABLE!!!  Of course I had to try to paint it!  What it does in this scene makes me laugh out loud!!

All I did the other day was sketch the turtle, so I decided to “add water” and bring it to life today!

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

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FOCUS ON CREATIVE ENERGY: Writer: Vickie Linnet

Hello Friends,

Today, I would like to introduce my friend, Vickie Darnell, whom I met at the Writer’s Forum meetings a few years ago.  Her job in the group is “Hospitality Director.”  She sets up the food that people bring to share during the meeting’s break.  So here is her story.  Enjoy!

 

1) How long have you been a writer/artist?  

I have always enjoyed writing! In school, I was always writing notes to fellow classmates and essay questions were opportunities to express myself. My parents inadvertently encouraged me to write by leaving notes for me, telling me to have a good day at school and such. I was told that because I was left-handed, that my handwriting would be terrible. Therefore, I practiced writing, seeking to find an attractive way to write my name, Vickie Coleen Downey. I carefully wrote each letter, over and over again.

As a child, I also enjoyed drawing and painting with watercolors. In fourth grade, unbeknownst to me, my teacher entered one of my paintings in a city wide contest. I was the winner of my elementary school and my painting was displayed at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park! The day I brought my painting home, with a beautiful blue ribbon attached to it, my three year old brother tore it up. I ran, with tears in my eyes, to tell my mother what he had done. I was shocked and dismayed when she gathered up the pieces of my painting, crumpled them up and threw the pieces in the trash can.  I never drew again. (*And, my brother has a Bachelor of Arts college degree in graphic arts from Long Beach State…)

 

2) What do you like to write about/create?  

When I first read IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote, I became hooked on crime. HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi, and THE ONION FIELD by Joseph Wambaugh further drew me into the crime genre. Becoming a police officer seemed to be a perfect fit for me, since I was (and still am) fascinated by murder.  On the flip side, I have also written several children’s stories, and magazine articles about draft horses and rural life, as well.

 

3) Who has been the greatest influence in your creativity? 

As I previously mentioned, authors Truman Capote, Vincent Bugliosi, and Joseph Wambaugh sparked my interest in crime novels.  Being a police officer, I wrote several crime reports on a daily basis.  After leaving the police force, I became a stay at home mom to my two little boys. Wanting to give them the best childhood possible, I not only read to them all the time, but created stories which included them and their toys, hoping to entertain them and perhaps ignite their own creativity and imagination.  In truth, my children inspired me!

Leaving the SF bay area and moving to Humboldt County provided the opportunity to initially have horses, cattle, sheep and chickens. Draft horses eventually replaced the saddle horses, opening up another avenue to write about. I wrote several articles about driving these draft horses, wagons, harness, and the places visited because of the drafts, such as participating in the Great Circus Parade held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1996 to 2000.

I owe my desire to write to everyone I have encountered in my life, which is akin to the Wild Ride of Mr. Toad, at Disneyland. My children gave me a second chance at childhood and continue to amaze me each and every day. My wonderful, supportive husband constantly encourages me to put my thoughts on paper. So, in the middle of the night, I am awake, reading or writing.

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Thank you, Vickie, for sharing your writing journey with us.  I’m sorry about your painting experience from childhood!  I can relate.  I appreciate your contribution to my Guest Blogs.  This was a great way to get to know you better.  I hope we can get together sometime soon!

 

My next guest blogger will be my husband, George T. Parker on Monday, August 7th.  Stay tuned!

 

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

Blanket Octopus 2

Hello Friends,

A couple of nights ago I decided to find the part of the nature show I watched that showed the “Blanket” octopus spreading herself out to make herself look bigger.  I found it and paused it at the best place to draw from.  I couldn’t really get the brilliance of the sunlight shining down into the water and “through” her body, but this is the best I could do with watercolor pencils.

Watercolor pencils are very different to work with than paint out of the tube or even the solid cakes of paint in a pan, which I have never liked much.  With pencils, you can either draw first and add the water which is what I do so the colors won’t bleed too much, or you can wet your paper and then draw.  I have just always done it the first way I mentioned.

So here she is:  “Blanche” the Blanket Octopus!  (I have been watching reruns of “Golden Girls” lately!  Blanche is my favorite character.

Over the next few days I will be posting more turtles I have drawn to fit a 5×7 card!  (I would love to know if you think they should be smaller on the card with more background or fill the card as I have drawn them??? Let me know!) So watch for them to come swimming along.

The weather here has been cooler the last couple of days!  I have not had to turn the A/C on until almost noon!  Nice!

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

 

 

Australian Flatback Sea Turtle

Hello Friends!

Wow, yesterday was quite the day being a guest on my friend Jill’s blog!  I met several new wonderful people and their thoughtful comments made my day!  Thank you, Jill, and everyone!

As promised, here is another sea turtle I have re-drawn in a 5×7 size that I will paint again in watercolors.  This is the Australian Flatback; their scutes on their backs don’t seem to be as prominent as other types of sea turtles – they look smoother which is why I painted it that way originally.  I may change it a little, though and just make the lines light.

I named Christine when I first painted my huge one a few years ago.  I named her after Christine, a fellow blogger I met here on WordPress who lives in Australia and is also a wonderful and creative artist herself.  I learned a lot from her when I first began my blog four years ago.  She does more teaching on her blog which is a great gift she has.

Here is a link to Christine’s blog https://zenschoolforcreatives.com/category/watercolours/

Well, it is back to the drawing/painting board for me!  Also…writing.  I am beginning a new writing course which I will tell you about soon.

Watch for a few more turtles coming along!  I may also start on a new sea turtle project for displaying at a local art gallery.  I will tell you more about that later, too.  It is not a commission or anything I was asked to do.  It is a voluntary piece I can contribute for their Holiday sale where people can sell paintings and crafts they’ve made I think.  I will be finding out more about it soon.

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ON MONDAY, WATCH FOR MY NEXT GUEST BLOG POST.  My guest will be another friend I met through our local Writer’s Forum group, Vickie Linnet.

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

 

Sea Turtle & Interview at Jill Weatherholt’s Blog

 

Hello Friends,

Here is another sea turtle I drew recently and plan to paint in watercolors to get 5×7 cards printed from.  It is a rough draft as you can see by all the erasure marks!  🙂

In the meantime………

 

Today, my friend, Jill Weatherholt, is kindly featuring me on her blog!  She gave me some interesting questions to answer, so if you want to know a little more about me, hop over to her fantastic blog here, and read about all of the other great bloggers she is featuring in her “Summer Spotlight!”  You can find her blog here: https://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/summer-spotlight-patsy-parker/

See you over there!

 

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

Roses for Julia

Hello Friends,

Here is the finished Rose painting I did for my blogging friend, Julia Denton.  Some of you may read her wonderful blog.  She always uses her wisdom to encourage her readers.  We have also become friends over the last year or so. Here is a link to her blog.  https://defeatdespair.com/2017/05/08/the-whole-world-2017/  Julia is a kind, hard-working woman who recently lost her husband of many years to cancer and is now caring for her disabled adult son by herself.

I cannot find the post that I am pretty sure I “borrowed” her photo of these roses from, but that is where I got this.

So Julia, here are some “virtual” flowers for now.  The real painting will be in the mail to you soon!  (My husband has to cut the matting, and I still need to find a frame.)

I hope you are doing well today, my friend.

 

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

Patsy’s Creative Corner…Moved!

Hello Friends,

Here’s another short video to tell you what has been happening at my house!  I have been busy moving and getting rid of furniture and packing up my son’s room.  I do miss him, though…and yes, I am goofy in this one, too!

 

Also, since I am painting flowers again (and still working on sea turtles for sure!) I tagged this post with Georgia O’Keeffee.  I had forgotten how much I had written about her a few years ago!  So if you love her art, check out those posts, too.  Thanks.

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

Dreaming in Color

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Remember Me?

Hello Friends,

I was looking at a photo of the painting I did three years ago of Kevin, the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle and trying to re-sketch him on my 5×7 watercolor pad.  And again, the issue for me with watercolor pencils seems to be with color and blending.   This came out too bright and yellowish looking to me.  But it was still good drawing practice and relaxing while we were watching our ER dvds.  😉

Here is a link to my original painting of Kevin and his sea turtle friends.

https://patsyscreativecorner.com/my-7-sea-turtles/

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

“Blanket” Octopus Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick sketch I did the other night with my watercolor pencils.  I was watching a nature show about sea creatures a couple of weeks ago, and I had never seen this type of octopus before!  I sketched it in graphite pencil first, but made a note that it was a vivid red color!  (My watercolor pencils don’t do it justice, and I will probably paint it again bigger and closer to the real color at some point.)

This type of octopus is called a Blanket octopus.  This is a female.  They can grow as long as 6 feet!  They drift in the open ocean at all times.  When she feels threatened by predators, she can unveil her “Gossamer shroud” to make herself look bigger.  She can also detach part of her cloak to confuse her predators as well as release ink!  I thought it was interesting.

And if you want to see the first octopus I did, it’s called Octopus on the Loose!

I painted this on a Canson 5×7 watercolor sketch pad I picked up the other day.  I haven’t used my watercolor pencils in a while, and this is not exactly how red it appears in the show, but I am going to watch it again, and hopefully be able to match the red better with my paints from the tube.  Also, I am going to try and paint her with her shroud spread out a lot more like it showed on the nature show.  And who knows?  Maybe I will get some octopus cards made, too, someday!

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

 

 

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