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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!  🙂

 

 

 

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SHARK! Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Meet Sandy the Great White Shark!  This is what (or who) I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks on and off.  I tried drawing it once, but ended up throwing that one away.  Then I tried again, and was satisfied with how it turned out. So I traced it onto watercolor paper and painted it yesterday.

I did not use watercolor pencils this time.  I used my paints from the tube which is actually so much more fun, because I get to mix colors, etc. I have missed painting this way, but just haven’t had the time to do all I want yet because of this writing class.  And the jellyfish I tried to paint last night turned out HORRIBLE! So it is in the trash.  It was just a small one, but I will keep trying, Sheila!  😉

I am still planning to paint sea creatures in acrylics on the rest of my son’s toy box pieces…eventually.  And repaint his room…eventually.  So I have lots of projects lined up for the summer, but they will probably take longer than that to get done.  I may take a break from the writing class for a couple of weeks.  The good thing about this class is even though I work toward deadlines to get the assignments done, I can ask for time off which I haven’t done yet.  But this is the time of year I love painting the most!  I have been itching to get back to my Chinese brush painting as well which is always on my mind.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful spring season.  I know our son is!  He left on Sunday for King’s Canyon National Park and won’t be back until the end of September!  His dad drove him there and spent the night talking with corps. members and some people he knows.  He took great pictures of everything and is working on them for his blog.

I sent our son his first package the other day which he should get next week.  The mail only goes out to them by mule, I think, once a week on Mondays. I sent him a book of stamps, a box of envelopes, a spiral notebook and pens, because he forgot to get that stuff so he can write to us.

Our daughter’s crew will start going out on eight-day trips (called spikes) next month.  So she will have a schedule of being gone eight days and home for six days.  That will be fun to have her here every other week.  We will get to spend more time together this summer.

Well, that’s all the news I have for now.  I wish I could post more often these days, but I don’t think that’s going to happen until I am done with this class!

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

Siamese Fighting Fish Watercolor

Siamese Fighting Fish

Hello Friends,

Today I took a nice fall walk with my husband all around the hatchery.  When I came home, I decided to do a little painting.  It’s about 5″ x 7″.  The yellow and orange leaves of the hatchery’s sycamore oak trees were my inspiration.

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

Sumi-E Ink Drawings

Hello Friends,

Here is what I did last Sunday afternoon.

An elephant (which I sketched from a painting I did for my daughter a few years ago.)  This Sumi-e ink drawing is a little different from the painting I did.  Here’s the Sumi-e ink drawing of my elephant.  It was a quick sketch (that back right leg looks a little skinnier than the rest!)  Ha, ha!

elephant-sumi-e-ink

 

And a couple of Cardinal birds.  One is puffy from the chilly air.

cardinals-sumi-e-ink

I was looking in a bird book for this one and did a rough sketch of two different photos.  I am planning to do a watercolor of a Cardinal in honor of my mom.  She loved them even though we never lived anywhere where they could be found.

And now for a little of bit of self-promotion which I rarely do.

I had the original painting of “Grace’s Elephant” printed on 5×7 cards that I am still selling for $5.  I only have a few left.  I have not gotten re-prints of any of my cards yet.  So I occasionally sell some and have used some to accompany gifts I have given people.  The two card prints I am currently out of are the ones titled “Sherri’s Ocean” and “Danny Boy” (the horse.)  They were my best sellers besides “Grace’s Elephant.”  I still have some of those left, though, because I ordered two dozen of those to begin with.  A lot of my daughter’s school friends wanted her elephant a few years ago.  🙂  The other cards I have are of the blue hydrangeas acrylic painting I did, a pink rose painting, and one called George’s Alpenglow.

If you would like to purchase any of my art, I have an art page on Facebook.  You may message me on there about anything you may want.  I do not have any online payment plan set up, however.  I would have to get your address and give you mine to send me a check.  Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to do all of that yet.  I will have a lot more time to do all of this when my daughter graduates from high school in May!!

Anyway, here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

 

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

Thank you for reading my blog!!!

The Spirit of Giving

 

via “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said.” — Art of Quotation

Hello everyone!

I found this beautiful painting on my friend Douglas’s website Art of Quotation.  He always finds and publishes such great art and quotes!  Thanks Doug!

I think Jackson Pollock was a painter who did something a bit revolutionary.  Isn’t coming up with something no one has ever tried a challenge and then being brave enough to put it “out there” for others to see and judge?  I sure think so.

However, I believe that even if one traces their photograph or someone else’s so that it will be the right proportions (which I do most of the time) and then applies their medium of choice to enhance it, their originality will still shine through.  I hope my “signature” comes through anyway!

Most artists who enjoy what they do and don’t worry too much about what they do coming out “perfect” are usually happy with their outcomes especially if the end result blesses someone else.  After all when someone is happy with a gift that is unexpected, what more joy could a person ask for?

I think I have come to the place in my artistic endeavors where I just want God to bless others through what He has given me the desire and ability to do.   It is sad though that many artists, writers, etc. may end up doing what they love and giving it away instead of getting to a place where it can become an income someday, but really, I think life is all about being a blessing and loving who you can love while you’re here.  Sure there is the “earning a living doing what you love” thing, but I think that is becoming more and more possible these days.

However, in the meantime try not to let “someday I’ll be successful” be your way of thinking.  Say to yourself, “I can be successful in whatever I do today by loving what I do and giving what I love to create to others.”

Here is hoping the spirit of giving is in your heart every day as well as on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! (a little early)

Love always,

Patsy

 

Clown Fish Watercolor and Chinese Ink

Hello everyone and happy Friday.

Meet Clara, the Clown Fish!

clown-fish

Yesterday I began this painting by using my Chinese ink and brushes to paint the black parts of the fins of this clown fish. I left the white of the paper for the white of the fish.

Next I began painting the oranges and yellows and added really watered down ink to the white areas for the gray shadows.  I decided not to paint a background, because I like her just as she is.

This is not usually how I paint, so I was experimenting which is always fun.

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

 

 

 

Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting

Hello friends,

I just wanted to update you on what I have been reading and doing lately.  Today I was reading the book called “Sumi-e:  The Art of Japanese Ink Painting” by Shozo Sato.  I have not gotten very far yet, but I was intrigued by what is said here:  ” Sumi-e is commonly described as art done in monochrome, with the use of sumi ink and handmade paper.  Sumi-e means ‘black ink painting’ (sumi=black ink; e=painting.)  The ideogram:

sumi-symbol-in-japanesewhich is read sumi in Japanese can also be read as boku in Chinese, and as is true of most Asian art and culture, the roots of Japanese painting are found in China.”   I didn’t know this until I chatted with my friend on Facebook who said, “…roots of many Japanese cultural things are found in China and Korea.  Japan is the ‘youngest kid’ of the Far East.  Haha!”  So every day I am learning many things about Chinese and Japanese culture in my endeavor to learn their unique ways of painting and writing!  It is challenging and fun.

Here are a couple of pages I did in practicing strokes from the book “The Heart of the Brush” by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

These are vertical, diagonal, horizontal and dew drop strokes.  It is difficult to do to say the least!  However, I am up for the challenge!

vertical-diagonal-and-dewdrop-strokes                                              dewdrop-and-horizontal-strokes-2

 I actually did these a week or so ago, but just hadn’t had a chance to post them.  I am planning to get back to practicing later today.  I wasn’t feeling very well the last few days, but I feel better today.  So after a workout and a shower, I plan to get back to this!

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

GOLDFISH WATERCOLOR

Goldfish

Hello everyone!  Here is the third painting I did the other day.  I love the colors of the yellows and golds that I have. My two recent favorite yellows in watercolor paints are Winsor & Newton’s Quinacridone Gold and Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow.)  They blend well, and are bright.  The background water was done with Winsor & Newton’s French Ultramarine.  The French Ultramarine is my very favorite blue to use from any brand of watercolors.  It can be a rich dark blue used right out of the tube, or it can be lightened with a lot of water.

I did not use my Chinese brushes for this one at all.  The fins were especially challenging, but I achieved the “clear” look of them by lifting out paint with water.  It is one of my favorite watercolor techniques to use to get back most of the white of the paper when necessary. Also, the little circles that resemble bubbles were made by dropping large grains of salt into the wet paint and letting the paint dry.  Then when the salt is removed, there are dots!  I don’t do it very often, but decided to try it on this one.  My son said they looked like bubbles, so bubbles they are!

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

WHO’S THAT POKEMON?

Turtwig

Hello friends,

If any of you ever watched the cartoon of Pokemon in the 90’s like I did with my kids, you heard that question yelled out every day! Then after the commercial break, they would show us which Pokemon came out of the big red, white and black ball.

So if you don’t know who this one is, meet Turtwig!  Isn’t it adorable?  I want one!  I have been wanting to paint several more Pokemon characters for the last year or so and just hadn’t gotten around to it.  I was going to outline this one with pen, but decided not to.  I had a lot of fun painting it, and if you know anything about me at all, you would know why!  I love turtles and sea turtles!  So Turtwig was fun to paint!  I have a How to Draw Pokemon book that I bought years ago.  It has several in it, so that is where I got this.  I eyeballed it and put the shadows in that they have in the book, so it isn’t my original design.  The little How to Draw book was published by Scholastic.  I originally bought it for my son since he was so into the show, the movies, and collecting the Pokemon cards.  We even have a Pokemon game!  However, drawing never became a hobby of his.

In the past I pained two other Pokemon characters, Mudkip for my son, and Pickachu for my daughter.  I painted both of those in acrylics, though, so this is my first watercolor Pokemon.

I have not had a desire to go hunting for any, but my daughter has caught several.  I am not sure if she is still doing it.  We live almost an hour’s drive away from the biggest town near us so there are not many Pokemon lurking out here in the boonies!  But who knows how many more will come out of my paint brushes?

I hope everyone is enjoying the change in weather (if you are having any.)  We have finally gotten some really nice cool weather for our area in the last week or so.  We have been able to leave the windows open for most of the day and night.  It just gets too stuffy in the later afternoon, so I still turn on the A/C then.  But right now it is only 50 degrees and it is after 7:00 a.m.!  When the weather is the hot temperatures we usually get in summer, it is at least 80 degrees by this time in the morning.  I am making coffee right now and sitting here dressed in a flannel shirt over a t-shirt, sweat pants, and socks on my feet (which I haven’t felt in many months.)  I am really hoping that Fall is officially here!

So wherever you are, if you are experiencing this nice cooler weather after a long hot summer, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, and enjoy the cool air!  Maybe you can even go in search for some Pokemon!

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

KOI FISH WATERCOLOR

Koi 'fish

 

Hello friends.  Well, day before yesterday I stayed pretty busy working on 3 paintings!  I didn’t start out intending to do that many, but I was “in the zone!”

This first one is a Koi fish.  I added the background spontaneously after I painted the fish, so of course it makes the fish look too big for real perspective, but that’s okay.

I did this one with my Chinese brushes, but I was having a bit of trouble with them, because I’m not sure they are of very good quality.  I do however, love the complementary colors of blue and orange together very much.  The black Chinese ink I have is very different from the other ink I began using a month or so ago.  My husband told me it is the same ink he used for some calligraphy he was trying to learn how to do over ten years ago!!  I didn’t realize that ink was that old!  So although I feel a little frustrated with the bristles on the brushes, I love the Chinese ink I found!  I will be posting my other two paintings over the next couple of days.

I have also been practicing the first strokes Kazuaki Tanahashi teahces in his book, “The Heart of the Brush.”  Asian calligraphy is tough!  I think I have begun a very long journey to learning how to do it.  That’s okay, though. Life is a journey, and learning Asian calligraphy and Chinese brush painting are companions I have chosen to take along with me on my path!

I hope everyone else’s journey is filled with hope, peace, and love today!  Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

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