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Giraffe Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I spent most of the last couple of days on this one.  A few days ago I traced it from a magazine.  Then I spent yesterday painting it.  Just something different this time!

This is Garrett.  He wants to know if you like his beard?   😉

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

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Piggies – Mama and Baby

 

 

Hello Friends,

Here is my finished drawing of the mama and baby piggies.  I use Faber-Castell and Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I kept thinking parts of it weren’t dark enough so I worked on it quite a bit over the last few days.  Again, I drew this from a photo in the book, “The Wisdom of Moms – Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  I did not trace the picture, though.  I have been trying to draw more by sight than tracing the outlines of things exactly.  But sometimes, I have to.  Also, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on the straw they are laying in.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Yesterday I worked on tracing a giraffe in ink and getting it drawn onto watercolor paper with the aid of my light board.  It is about 8.5″ x 17″!  If I feel like starting the painting later today, I may do that after I work out…exercise has kind of been going by the wayside lately, and my back is yelling at me to get to it!  I have certain physical issues that require not neglecting exercising a few times a week if not every day.

Hopefully, sometime this week I will get the post done of the other animals we saw at Turtle Bay.  Also, my husband got a couple of good pictures of our 15 year old dog, Brownie, that I need to adjust, print out, and draw and paint for the pet portrait auction I mentioned a few posts ago.  And…of course I am still working on my research for the sea turtle article I have to write for my writing class!  It is good to be busy, though.  I am thankful I can do all of this.

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

 

Pig Mama and Baby…almost finished.

 

Hello Friends,

I started sketching this mama pig and her baby the other day.  The mama pig’s eyes are completely closed, so it may look funny when I finish.  The photo is from a very nice gift my daughter bought for me a couple of months ago.  The gift is a book called “The Wisdom of Moms…Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  She thought I would like to draw the animals; they are all beautiful.  My daughter was sad that there were not any turtles in the book, but when I received it from her in the mail while she was gone this summer, I probably don’t have to tell you how much I cried.  Just knowing she thought of me when she found it was a gift in itself.

The quote on the next page for this photo says “Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”  Sister Corita Kent.  This is so true!  Learning to live in the present has always been a challenge for me.  I used to preoccupy my thoughts with things I was dealing with from the past or worrying about the future, but I do very little of that anymore.  The present is beautiful in itself!

At the bottom of the page where this quote is, it says, “Free-range farm pigs will make a nest for their families, gathering straw for warmth when the piglets are young.”  The photo shows them laying in some straw.  This is going to be very challenging to do in pencil!

I love all animals in the book, and I still can’t tell you why when I was a teenager I began to love turtles so much, but as I have said before I love sea turtles now, because they are so beautiful, graceful, and endangered.  For my fourth assignment for my writing class I am working on gathering current information about sea turtles, picking the most endangered type, and writing about conservation.  I think this assignment is going to take a while…just doing the research will take quite a bit of time.

In the meantime, another project I am going to have to start soon is working on a painting of our dog for an auction on eBay to benefit “Forever Foster Homes” and the “Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.”  Their notice said they are “currently providing lifetime care for over 300 senior dogs.”  My daughter told me about it a while back.  It is not a contest; they are just taking donations of people’s artwork.  The deadline for donations is November 1st!  The auction starts the second week of November.

So as usual I have my work cut out for me.  I also want to write a piece to send into “Chicken Soup for the Soul” which would be my first real writing submission anywhere.  It has to be a true story.  I may have told you all about it already.  There is no deadline for this, though.

However, the institute where I am taking my class is having a poetry contest.  The poem has to be about an animal, but I really don’t write a lot of poetry, so I’m not sure I’m going to have time to submit anything.  Also, the deadline for that is November 5th!  Whew!  Lots of opportunities but I need to choose wisely.

I hope everyone will enjoy your October, the beginning of fall, and Halloween if you celebrate it.  I hope to make a few more posts this month, but my creative life has gotten pretty busy these days!  I am hoping to get the first couple of 5×7 paintings of my sea turtles I did to a printer this month also!

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

Crow in Blue Ink

Hello Friends,

This morning I decided to do something a little different.  I used a blue pen to draw a crow. The notes are so I remember how to correct a couple of things.  I have a friend, Kath Unsworth, who lives in Australia.  She has painted some amazing crows and ravens.  Check out her art/writing about ravens and crows at her blog:  https://kathunsworth.com/2016/11/19/november-moon/   So when I saw a book about crows I was immediately reminded of her much like many people say they think of me when they see sea turtles.  That still amazes me.

One day when I was at the library a little over three weeks ago, (shhh…..it’s a little late!)  I happened upon a “Scientists in the Field” picture book called “CROW Smarts – Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird” by Pamela S. Turner.   The photographs are by Andy Comins with art by Guido De Filippo.  

Besides living the life of an author, wife, and mom, Pamela S. Turner also volunteers at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, which is about a half hour’s drive from Antioch where I used to live!  She lives in Oakland now but has traveled to many places around the world.  She has a website at http://www.pamelasturner.com/ 

Getting back to my drawing I traced the outline of the last big photo of a New Caledonian crow in the book, however, I did not include the “tool” it has in its mouth.   These amazing creatures make tools out of sticks much like chimpanzees.  I love learning new things about various animals.  “Crow Smarts” says an American crow’s bill curves “slightly downward.”  But this crow has “a straight bill that resembles needle-nose pliers.” (pg. 23)

I am still reading it, however, I admit I mostly checked it out for the pictures.  That’s how I learn to draw shapes of certain animals.  I think Kath may take her own photos and draw from them, but I’m not sure.  I also draw from my own photos (or others, in the case of my friend Lori and her chipmunk.)  Right now it is way too hot to go out taking pictures.  I hear crows around the hatchery where we live, but they fly away at the slightest sound of a human approaching.

So to end this week or reading, writing, drawing and painting, I thought I would share my new knowledge about this beautiful and intelligent creature and the talented people who put this great book together.

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

 

Car-a-doodle-doo!

Hello Friends,

The other day my daughter drove us to town to go grocery shopping.  So I decided to take my sketch pad in the car.  I was trying to draw a turtle coming out of the water to say hello to her boyfriend.  Well, here it is.  I did it in black ink.

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

Chipmunk for Lori

Hello Friends, 

Yesterday I decided it was time to paint this little chipmunk.  It is a 5×7 watercolor.  I sneaked the picture from my friend, Lori, whom I met on Facebook a few years ago.  She is a lot of fun and an awesome photographer.  This is one of the chipmunk pictures she took.  I lightened the background with a lot more blue so he would stand out more.  Unfortunately, the pink of his paw doesn’t show up well in the picture.  The concrete wall was especially hard to paint!  But as you know, I love a challenge!

We never seen any around the fish hatchery where we live.  We have to travel about an hour or so up higher to see chipmunks.  They are so adorable, though.  So here it is!

Lori, I am glad we are friends!!  And I’m glad you love the painting!  It will be in the mail next week.

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

 

Drawing to Please?

Hello Friends,

Well, here’s something a little different.  Some of you may remember this drawing I did in a college art class several years ago.  I posted this here back in 2013.

This is the most frustrating piece of art I have ever done.  Doing this project almost turned me off from drawing for good!  In fact back then my right arm had been healing from an accident I had about 15 years ago.  Working on this drawing made it all flare up again so I ended up dropping the class.  Looking back I am glad I didn’t finish the class; I think I would have done too much damage to my arm if I had.

The thing that bothered me the most was when the teacher just kept on saying that parts of this drawing needed to be darker or reworked or whatever. I’ve never been so frustrated with a piece of work I was doing!!  But I finished it. However, I couldn’t do much drawing for quite a while after finishing this.

Well, I’m glad I didn’t stop drawing; it’s just too much fun!  If you’re feeling discouraged working on something for someone else right now, hang in there.  You will be done with it eventually.  Try not to hate it too much when you’re done like I hated this piece for a long time afterward.  I still don’t like it much really, so it was a lesson hard learned.

Since that class I have learned to draw because I enjoy it, it’s fun, and I honestly don’t NEED others to like it; nor does it bother me if someone hates my work or criticizes it.  I don’t do art to please others; I do it because I WANT to. It’s my choice to share it.  And this is all to say, I am definitely NOT needing anyone to “like” THIS one!  Ha, ha.

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

 

 

Mouse Friends

Hello Friends,

Here they are, the boys and Mary, the head seamstress!  For some reason she is holding what looks like a needle but there’s no thread in the picture.  I finished this last night.  I didn’t color their clothing since I decided to “color” them. They are brown and this is just graphite pencil. I could have colored their clothing really lightly, but decided not to. Also, I drew them a little bigger than the picture I printed out from the internet which I did not post with this.

I plan to do this one in watercolor perhaps with some kind of background.

So I’m not sure what’s next.  I want to get some writing done for sure tomorrow.  I had other stuff to do today so I never did get do any work on my story.  I still haven’t heard from my instructor either, so it’s okay.  I have plenty of time.  And I have my watercolor class this Thursday.  So…

Until next time…

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

 

Gus-Gus, Mary, and Jaq from Cinderella

Cinderella Beauties

 

Hello Friends,

Here are the little ladies who sew Cinderella’s dress!  I believe they are Mary, Suzy, and Perla, but I am not sure which is which.  In the cartoon picture I drew by sight from, their dresses are different colors.  However, to me, they all look like the same mouse, ha, ha!!  I like the way the middle mouse (probably Mary) is standing on the spool of thread.  It almost looks like the spool is her legs and the thread is her tail!  It looks that way to ME anyway.  😉

This was a fun drawing to do, but I did it last week, then forgot about it.  I have another group mouse one almost finished that I was doing last night with Mary, Jaq (real name is Jacques) and Gus-Gus as he calls himself, whose (real name is Octavius.) Hopefully, I will post it tomorrow. I think I said Jaq was Jack in a previous post, oops!

Today I will be working on my second story assignment for my writing correspondence course.  I want to turn in what I have done now and see if my instructor wants me to edit it at all.  So I am waiting to hear from her.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Our weather has cooled down considerably in the last week or so.  It has been nice. Unfortunately, weather changes give the arthritis in my feet fits, but I’m used to it now.  But you don’t want to hear about my silly feet!

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

 

Doodles in the Car

Hello Friends!

Here is a page from my sketchbook.  I doodled these in the car during our recent trip to Lassen a few weeks ago.  And yes, one sea turtle is doing ballet!

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

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