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Miss Moose

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Yesterday I decided to paint a moose. It is one of the winter woodland creatures that Miriam Schulman does in her Winter Woodlands Workshop at theinspirationplace.net. I can’t get my link thingy to work right now.!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Baby Chicks in Pencil

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It has been quite a week here in Northern California! Storms here knocked out power for us and surrounding areas for a couple of days. What started as a thunderstorm also brought snow levels down to 1000 feet which is where we are! So we had wet snow and over 5″ of rain in the last few days.

I sketched these chicks quickly last night which was all I had the energy to do. I think I may have a cold now. Our power came back on yesterday afternoon, so it was an unusual Valentine’s day this year! I hope all of you had one filled with love. Every day is Valentine’s day for me and my husbsnd! ๐Ÿ’–

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Flamingo Fun!

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I worked on this last weekend. I really had a lot of fun doing this in acrylics. I wanted a laughing flamingo because I just think they are funny-looking creatures!

I painted this on a thick piece of wood that was cut from a white bookshelf. I bought a bookshelf for ten bucks that only had one shelf. I knew I had other longer shelves in the garage that could be cut down to add another one to it. So my husband cut it for me, and I decided to paint the smaller piece. But then I ended up giving the bookshelf to him for his new podcasting and writing room. As it turned out, he didn’t need the extra shelf!

Next I am going to be working on painting some polar bears. I may do them in acrylics, but I haven’t decided yet. It is another winter animal we are doing at The Inspiration Place.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Piggy Watercolor

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This is a piggy watercolor I decided to do today. I have been really busy this week! Our daughter moved out, so her room became my first “official” art studio! I say official, because I won’t have to share this room with anyone else, well, except Wampus the cat! She follows me everywhere! So I have been moving stuff around again. And my writing desk fits nicely in the closet (because it has no doors.) That way I can use my same chair to do art and turn right around in the same spot to my laptop behind me. Cool, huh?

Since I have been a part of a group of artists on Facebook at The Inspiration Place with Miriam Schulman, we have been inspired to paint several different animals. I painted a flamingo over the weekend which was my own idea. I am posting that one tomorrow.

Now I am going to work out. I need to keep my back and arm in shape for everything I want to do.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

 

Mice in Watercolor

Mice In Love

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I just wanted to share a watercolor I did this morning of a mouse couple. I am super pleased with how it came out. And I drew the mice and everything else just the way I wanted them to look! This was so much fun!

I joined a club online atย The Inspiration Placeย called The Insider’s Club. The videos are taught by an artist namedย Miriam Schulman.ย 

Her website isย http://www.schulmanart.com

So next we are doing polar bears. I wanted to make my own design and mice my own way instead of copying what she did. I am really trying not to copy stuff or trace things. It is definitely challenging!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mouse Pencil Drawing

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I worked on this little mouse yesterday. But for now just decided to do it in pencil. I will do a watercolor of it some other day.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Art Journal Collage

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This is the other piece I did on Sunday during a fierce thunderstorm! I finished it just before we lost power for a couple of hours!

I bet you’ve never seen a sea otter on top of a harbor seal! I cut parts of these images from three photos in the 2019 Calendar edition of a local magazine called “Outdoor California.”

The three photographers are Douglas Croft, Harold Epstein, and Carrie Johnson. We have some incredibly talented photographers all over our state!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

ANGEL FISH MIXED MEDIA

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For the last couple of days I worked on this angel fish. I haven’t done a lot of mixed media art, but that’s what this one became.

1) I lightly drew the fish in pencil in my art journal.

2) I used a variety of Washi tape pieces to fill in its design.

3) I used my Arteza Real Brush Pens to outline it in color and draw its eye.

4) I painted the background with acrylics.

5) I painted over the whole thing with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish and used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

6) I found some old colored rocks we used in a fish tank many years ago which I actually stumbled onto while looking for something else! Since the colors matched my fish, I decided to glue them down around the bottom for a coral reef!

7) I glued the whole picture to the next piece of paper in my journal to give it more weight. Then I sprayed it with Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Matte.

8) Lastly, I added a little foliage with my brush pens. Then I took it out of my journal so I could display it in my studio with all of my toy box pieces.

Even though this took a couple of days, it was fun! I enjoyed working with materials I haven’t used in a long time. But most of all I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

This angel fish was something I mentioned I would do a LONG time ago. So I do get around to doing what I said I would do…eventually! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was a really fun way to explore using different materials! I also did another project yesterday in my other art journal that I will post tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Lady and The Tramp Pencil Drawing

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Well, this is what I’ve been working on all week. Pencil takes a lot of time, but I sure love doing it! Today I will be sharing this on my Facebook page and tagging my friend, Debra in it. She will be doing the same with me. We are going to be posting something every Friday to keep in the habit of drawing. She’s a wonderful artist herself! She even does woodworking!

So here are a couple of dogs in love! This is in my new art journal. Proportions are a little off. The candle holder isn’t as fat as it should be. I seem to start some things too close to the edge at times! Working on that.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. We have been getting lots of rain finally! I will be watching some new videos I downloaded from an artist online. I will be posting what I learn eventually. I need to watch and practice first.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Animal Zombies!

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This is the cover of a book that Chana Stiefelย wrote for kids!ย  I won a copy of “Animal Zombies” from Maria Marshall’s blog called The Picture Book Buzz. Here is a link where you can read her interview with Chana.ย https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/2018/08/24/The-Picture-Book-Buzz—Interview-with-Chana-Stiefelย I hope you enjoy it. You can find more links to Chana’s various pages at the end of this written interview.

When I won this book, I told Chana and Maria I would do a review of it on my blog. I read it last month, but just hadn’t made the time to do that until now. But we all know how much stuff I juggle around and how easily distracted I can get! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is what I wrote for a review on Goodreads:

” ‘Animal Zombies!’ is a fantastic book! It is a soft-covered National Geographic magazine for kids. The photos are very close-up and personal! There are facts about bloodsuckers and various deep sea creatures your kids may never have heard of. There are also several stories about different scientists who do fascinating research. (And I might add it is over 90 pages long!)

I wish this had come out when my kids were little. If you have children who love to read about “gross” things some creatures do, your kids will love this book!

This book can make you feel squeamishly excited to learn.”

So there you have it! It really is fascinating information. If you have children or grandchildren, you can get buy it for someone special at Amazon.com.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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