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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!  🙂

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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!  🙂

 

Wompus Waving!

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing something out of the ordinary. Our son’s cat, Wompus, was in the kitchen window trying to help me with dishes this morning. But our dog, Brownie, chased her into the spare bedroom, so I closed the door. That’s where I keep her at night with the door shut, and that’s where all of her stuff is.

Anyway, I finished dishes, then was pretreating some laundry when I noticed Wompus’s little paws coming out from under the door. So I had to film her! Hopefully, you can hear her purrs, too.

She is quite a character. I think she is competing with our dog to see who is really “queen” of the house now. Our son warned us she might try to take over. But I just can’t keep her cooped up all the time, so I let her wander, especially while Brownie is asleep, which is most of the day anyway.

I never thought I would become attached to a cat, but she is pretty funny and irresistible. She nuzzles me a lot and loves to play with ribbon. But she still doesn’t sit with me in a chair. Go figure. However, she did just walk across my keyboard as I was typing this! Crazy cat.

Also, here’s a shark graphite drawing I have been working on the last couple of nights. Forgive me, but I have not gotten my paint colors figured out for my leafy sea dragon yet. So I haven’t started it. Is the suspense killing you? Probably not, but as they say in recovery groups I’ve been to in the past, “keep coming back.”

Here is the new shark pencil drawing so far. As you can see, I need to darken it in a lot of places. Plus I want to put the sea floor in that is below it.

I also have been spending this morning reading for my next assignment in my writing class. I need to come up with three ideas for stories and/or articles. I have several article ideas and a couple of story ones, but now I have to outline them and write a synopsis for each story. Plus I have to do marketing research for potential places to submit the work if I were going to do that. So back to work!

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

 

Manta Ray Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Well, I still haven’t gotten back to my leafy sea dragon yet, but that will be next. In the meantime, I thought you might want to see a sketch of how massive the manta ray is in comparison with this human in the ocean.  Isn’t it amazing? They have a “wingspan” of up to 22 feet!

What is even better about them is that they known to be friendly! When I showed this to my daughter, she said it was terrifying. Honestly, I would be in complete awe if I was a diver and was this close to a manta ray.  Wow, wouldn’t that be a great experience? I think so, but I realize some people don’t love the ocean as much as I do.

I hope those of you who celebrated Mother’s Day were blessed. My daughter took me to Turtle Bay and out to eat at a mongolian barbecue place. My husband opted to stay home and let us have some mother/daughter time. She works so much now, it was nice to go out together.

I have come up with one idea for one of my stories. I intended on starting it today, but I want to finish the reading first. I did jot down my idea, though. So there’s that.

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!  🙂

 

 

 

What is a Brush Drawing?

This is informative! Check it out.

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

Rebecca Art Tutor

On my courses I teach drawing and painting in distinct blocks of time, so there is five weeks on drawing before moving onto painting.  The problem with this is that it can subconsciously teach learners that drawing and painting are different activities when they are very closely linked to  one another.  Brush ‘drawing’ is one way of communicating to learners that you can ‘draw’ when you paint.  A brush painting is ‘drawing’ with paint or ink and a brush.  A true brush drawing is done in line (that means the paint is not watered down or blended so the line is kept just like a line ‘drawing’.  There is no tonal information in a brush drawing.

A brush ‘drawing’ is drawing with a paintbrush.

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A New Painting Project!

Hello Friends,

Well, now that I have finished that big writing project, I am planning a few different painting projects (when I feel up to sitting at my desk again, that is.) But actually, lately, I have just been sitting in the easy chair with my paints on the end table and working on paintings and drawings.  I can put a wet heat pack on my back while I sit there and listen to music or watch t.v. at the same time.  I do like multi-tasking.

Anyway, one sea creature I have been wanting to paint (besides jellyfish) is called a Leafy Sea Dragon.  They are found in the shallow coastal waters around southern Australia.  I love these!  They are made to look “leafy” so as to better camouflage themselves while swimming around.  And their bodies look like dragons!  They are so cool!

So here is a picture of the one I am going to attempt to paint.  It is in the book from National Geographic Kids “First Big Book of the Ocean” by Catherine D. Hughes.  I bought it a long time ago when I was looking for bigger pictures of sea creatures.  So here is the photo from the book…

 

and here it is on my light board.  This one I had to trace because it is so detailed!  The photo credit in the book just says there was a Director of Photography from Kids Publishing and Media named Jay Sumner.  However, I couldn’t find specific credits to the photos themselves.  So I am not sure about who actually took the photos in this book.

Anyway, here it is traced onto tracing paper on my light board.

THEN I had to use the light board to trace it again onto my watercolor paper!  This particular Leafy Sea Dragon is carrying a bunch of eggs, too!  Now I don’t know how this one is going to turn out, but I know it will be a big challenge.  Actually trying to match colors is the hardest part, although, it doesn’t have to be exact, of course.

I still haven’t decided what exactly I’m going to paint in acrylics on the rest of the toy box pieces, but I will eventually.

Today I NEED to exercise and get this little kink out of my back.  So until next time…

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

Writing Project Finished!

Hello Friends, 

I do not have any new artwork to post yet, however, I did want to share that I have finally completed my seventh assignment for my writing class!  Yay!

I wrote a fictional story about a teenager who is a senior in high school and has been getting tattoos since she turned 18 in an effort to hide her scars from her addiction to cutting.

This has been the most challenging writing I have ever done and although I struggled with it, I enjoyed the process.  I also had to include a cover letter as if I were going to submit it somewhere. So now I will wait and see what my instructor has to say about it!

Hopefully, I will have some new work to post sometime this week.  It seems I may have a slightly pulled muscle from working out the other day; not sure how it happened, though.

Until next time…

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!  🙂

 

 

 

Panda in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I am finally done with my panda. I want to darken its limbs more later, but I need to finish my writing project and get on with painting more sea creatures.

I hope everyone is having a blessed week. The weekend is almost here!

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

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