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Elephants in Graphite

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share with you the drawing I have been working on here and there in the last week.  I drew from the cover of a magazine, National Geographic Kids, but I did not trace anything.  I had to “fill in” some spots on the adult elephant where other graphics were on top of it, though.

I did a lot of Spring cleaning this week, cleaning out closets, that is.  I had several very large bagfuls of “stuff” we didn’t need anymore and sent it off to town with my husband this afternoon to be dropped off at the Goodwill store.  But I don’t think I am quite done with that project.  I chip away at it a little at a time.

Now I am working on my first drawing of a Panda bear in graphite.  It is challenging!  I felt I needed a change of medium for a while.  I really love pencil work.

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  Mine has been pretty busy.  Aside from all of that I have been doing lots of reading and still working on my assignment that is due April 7th.

What have you been up to?  I would love to hear about you, too!

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

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Elephant Mama & Baby Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I have finally finished my elephants drawing.  So here they are.  Ellie is the Mama and Sammy is the baby.  (The little brown smudge at the bottom is from our dog, Brownie, jumping up on the couch where my sketch pad was sitting.  She had some dirt on her paw!)

We are on the upswing of this flu bug.  I still have a little cough, but I am feeling a whole lot better!  This week I am planning on finishing my assignment for my writing class.  I have the first part done, and a rough draft that I still have to type up for the second part.  I wrote that while I was at Barnes & Noble on Saturday which was the first day I I had been out in a week!

First I went for a walk by the river after walking over our beautiful Sundial bridge.  It seemed like everyone in town was there, and almost everyone had at least one dog!  I got to pet a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  I talked with a guy who was trying to get his 4 month Lab puppy used to people.  She didn’t seem to have a problem at all.  She was cute.  I also saw some GIANT white dog but have no idea what kind it was.  All I could think was that I would never want to have to brush it!  Ha, ha.  😉

So after I went for a walk I went to the library, the art store for a new sketch pad, then to Barnes & Noble to write, then a couple of other errands and home.  But just being outside in the sunshine among a lot of people did me a world of good.  The weather was perfect that day.  There were a lot of boats on the river, too.  I even saw one guy in a boat catch a huge fish!

I hope everyone is staying well.  I think after last week’s days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s we are going to be getting some rain this week.

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

Elephant Love – Baby and Mama

Hello Friends,

It has been a long week, and I am still not done with this drawing.  I want to add some background and darken some more areas, but I worked on this a couple of more days this week.

I still have a cough, but I think I am over the flu now.  Our daughter usually has the car all week for work, and today is a sunny day.  So since she is home today, I am going out to enjoy some sunshine!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay well.

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

Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

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

 

Clay Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Hello everyone! I have been pretty busy lately with daily traveling to town for my daughter’s classes and my going to the gym! So although I am staying in shape, it is hard to fit time in for doing my artwork! But last week I was able to form this Hawksbill sea turtle. I didn’t put the detail on it until this morning, though.

I have decided that this is a clay work of the watercolor painting I did of “Shelley, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle!”

I have another clay work I did before this that will be coming and an acrylic painting that is different from anything else I’ve done! I hope you enjoy them.

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

Overview
Hawksbill overview

Front View
Hawksbill front view

Back View
Hawksbill back view

Head close-up
Hawksbill close-up

Close-up Profile
Hawksbill Profile

“Sunburst” patterned shell
Hawksbill Shell sunburst feature

Witchy Clay Work

Here’s a Halloween treat! I did this at the same time that I did all my other first clay works, but thought it was more appropriate for today! It has been hard to save it for now! I like this one a lot.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

Wicked Witch 1

Clay Tortoise

Hello everyone. I haven’t drawn very many tortoises, but I sort of figured out how to make one! I have a little one sitting on my desk that I tried to copy.

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

Tortoise 3

Tortoise 2

Tortoise 1

Clay Elephant

Hello everyone! Here’s another little clay creation. I made this elephant for my daughter.

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

Elephant 3

Elephant 2

Elephant 1

Clay Sea Turtle

Hello everyone! I recently purchased some green tinted soft clay! It is not the kind I would put in a kiln, though. I wanted clay I could use over if I need to instead of buying more. It has been a really fun thing to do! This is my first peice. Of course it had to be a SEA TURTLE!! It appears he swam into some flowers!

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

Sea Turtle Bird's Eye View

Sea Turtle Close-up

Sea Turtle close-up 2

Baby Elephant Colored Pencil Drawing

Here’s the baby elephant I drew for my daughter for her 15th birthday. It has been a crazy week, so this is the first chance I’ve had to get it on my blog! It was a lot of fun to do. It is an 8×8 square. 🙂 I would kind of like to try doing it in watercolor pencils as well.

Baby Elephant

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