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I AM FINISHED!

Hello Friends!

It was a busy week for me last week! But I finished my writing course on Thursday night.ย Yesterday, I got back my last assignment, which my instructor loved, and encouraged me to submit to magazines. It was my leafy sea dragon article.

I felt kind of antsy all weekend, though. So I attended a free webinar I had learned about through Children’s Book Academy. The two instructors who were teaching in this webinar are going to be my instructors! This course is calledย The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Books.

Illustration is the other thing I have always wanted to do. The good thing is that this course is only five weeks long so I will be busy with something every day, I am sure! But I am super excited!!

Here is a link if you are interested in checking it out!ย ย http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/illustrating-childrens-books.html

The discounted offer for this course also came with other FREE GOODIES! So, I will be learning hand lettering and calligraphy, photo shop stuff for art, and other great things!

Later this week I plan to work on the cat painting for a friend of mine who lives in Canada. It will be a late birthday present. I am looking forward to that.

It looks like I will be pretty busy until the end of September so I may only be trying to post once a week here. I miss doing my blog almost every day, but once I learn some more cool stuff, I will begin sharing it with you!

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

 

 

 

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Pandas and Bamboo!

Hello Friends,

I haven’t gotten to the cat painting yet, but last night I quickly sketched these goofy pandas and bamboo while I watched t.v. Yesterday I was feeling better, but not quite up to par enough to start a more serious project. So hopefully, today or tomorrow for sure.

I got out my Chinese paint brushes and ink and a piece of heavy watercolor paper last night to do these. But my little panda turned out too dark. So this morning I added a little white acrylic paint. However, now he looks like he’s in the shade! Ha, ha!! That’s okay. I guess if I added a lot more bamboo above him, it would fit.

This morning I worked on my leafy sea dragon article for my last assignment. I also went through the children’s marketing guide looking for magazines I could submit it to. It is frustrating when trying to fit a topic and word length with different magazines’ criteria. But that’s part of what I’ve been learning to do.

I am actually hoping my instructor will recommend that I can take another class called “Beyond the Basics.” I can’t take it unless she does. It is mostly writing articles for magazines and is more like working with an editor. The instructor takes on the roll of an editor working with a serious writer. My assignment is due in three weeks. So if she recommends me for the other course, I probably won’t start it until October when our daughter leaves for Australia.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling so much better today. So I am going to exercise now.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends,ย 

Just a quick sketch today of a leafy sea dragon. I did this with my Chinese brush and ink. It felt really good to draw this afternoon!

My husband and I had a great time with a couple we had lunch with on Saturday. They are from Louisiana and he was out here on business. His wife came with him so I went with George to meet them. I loved their accents so much! We had a great time and a wonderful lunch.

BUT! Sunday morning I came down with a bug and was sick until Monday night. No fun! I don’t think it was the food, though. I got a lot of reading done and watched a funny movie. But I think what helped the most was the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup! Seriously! I woke up this morning feeling all better!

So I went to the post office and mailed a package and letters to our son in the backcountry. He is doing well. I sent him some snacks and more notebook paper and envelopes. He has been so good about writing to us and all of his friends. We are so proud of him.

The next project I am planning to work on is a watercolor of a friend’s cat. I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I hope everyone is having a good week.

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

MY FIRST TATTOO!!

Hello Friends!

Well, I thought I would share myself with you today. This is me when I was getting my FIRST tattoo! Yes, I say first, because I am planning for my next one to be a sea turtle.

This one is a feather, in honor of my online name of “whitefeatherfloating.” However, it isn’t really white or floating on anything except my arm. Ha, ha! But this was a special day. And the reason I did not get a sea turtle first is because with this special day at this tattoo parlor, we had to choose from the ones they were offering. But that was fine.

Also, myy daughter treated me to this tattoo so how could I resist? The place where we got them done (yes, she got one, too) had a special Friday the 13th sale. So there was no extra fees involved. It was very reasonable and we had a great guy do both of ours. My daughter got “Lucky Cat.”

Anyway, since my very scary looking acrylic sea turtle didn’t go over very well (even though it isn’t finished,) I thought I would share someone else’s art with you for a change.

 

AND HERE IS MY FEATHER!

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

DYANA’S DOLPHIN

Hello Friends,

Today my husband and I had visitors. I also found out today is Dyana’s birthday, so a couple of hours before they came, I decided to paint her a dolphin. I already had a frame. I just had to cut the paper which is 300 lb. so it didn’t have to be stretched first. And I just painted one dolphin.

Dyana and Joe brought lots of kids with them, and another young adult, so it was pretty great! It was great to meet them all. My husband knows her from the California Conservation Corps. from when they were both getting trained to be crew supervisors for different crews. He has gotten back in touch with a lot of people he met back then which has been pretty great.

So here is Dyana’s birthday dolphin. Happy Birthday, Diana!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. We have a little bit cooler weather here so we were all able to take a walk around the hatchery and show them all of the growing fish.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.

So here is my next Australian Leafy Sea Dragon! I used my Prismacolor watercolir pencils and opted to do a blue background for color contrast. Normally, it would be in darker waters amongst a big bed of seaweed to use as camouflage.

Speaking of Australia, our daughter found out she is getting to go to Melbourne in October to work for two months! Through the California Conservation Corps., she applied for the exchange program a couple of months ago and was selected to go! We are all super excited about this opportunity for her!

So I told her she needs to get an underwater camera and go snorkeling and look for these magnificent creatures! I was kidding of course, but if I was physically able to handle the long flight there and could afford to go, I would! Then I would do my own snorkeling!

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

Weedy Seadragon Courtship

Hello Friends,

Today while doing more research about the incredible seadragon fish, I came across this very short video of the dance that the male and female do before she transfers her eggs to him to carry to maturation. This is truly beautiful!

I have started the reading and research for my last writing assignment. I took yesterday off, but today I am excited to get to work again. So I was googling seadragons and came across an article that had this video featured. Enjoy it!

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

 

Longsnout Seahorse Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is my first seahorse! I decided to spend this afternoon finishing this painting. We have a big end table that I can put all my paints and water and brushes on if I want to watch t.v. while I paint. I used to listen to music and sit at my art table, but that chair is kind of harder on me than the easy chair these days. Today I watched Shrek the Third! Ha, ha, ha! I still watch movies made for kids. Besides there are more jokes in them now that only most adults would get anyway.

I used my favorite bright colors which are Quinachridone Gold and Lemon Yellow. This is a longsnout seahorse. I really love how bright these are. Of course seahorses come in many many different colors, some have spikes and some are pygmy which are the very smallest ones.

Longsnouts reach a maximum of about seven inches. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean as far as the Mediterranean. I think all seahorses are just adorable. I mean how many other creatures look like a horse, have a monkey’s tail, and yet is a fish who swims in the ocean? Pretty cool, huh?

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

 

 

ART BOOKS: WHAT A SCORE!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday was a great day! First I stopped by my friend Linda’s house and we had a nice visit. She also gave me some advice and encouragement about writing and publishing…along with a few zucchinis out of her garden and a lemon from her tree! The lemon is so sweet, too! (If you’re reading this, Linda B., thanks again!)

Then I went straight to Mod Pizza and had a mini pizza and salad with my friend, Jen. We got to visit for a few hours happily chatting the afternoon away. (If you’re reading this, thanks, Jen!)

Lastly, I went to take some books back to the library. I decided to look in their little bookstore and look at these art books I found!! I think they cleaned some out of the art section of the library. And that’s not even what I was browsing for! You never know what you’ll find until you look, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The best part is that these are over-sized books, except for one, and I got all five books for $10!!ย It was a steal. I love reading about artists, especially these great ones: Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, Ce`zanne, and the post-impressionists.

So here are pictures of all the books I got! TWO books on one of my very favorite artists…

This is the outer cover of the book on Rembrandt.

And the book slides inside the cover which is cool!

And lastly, Cezanne and the post-impressionists!

So now, in addition to everything else I’m doing I will be reading about these great artists and eventually share about them here. I know I can find anything on the internet these days, but I still LOVE reading books!! That is one thing that will never change about me.

In the meantime, I began working on a painting of a seahorse yesterday afternoon. And it is a bright color! I don’t know when I will finish it, because I need to work on my story for my class and work out today. So that’s about it for now. I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

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

 

 

Australian Sea Dragon

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to start this week off with a little watercolor of a different type of sea dragon. As you can see, the Australian Sea Dragon only has a few leafy appendages. Down along the top of a sea dragon’s tail is a dorsal fin that you can see through. In fact, you can’t really see their pectoral fins here which are located on the sides of their necks.

The dorsal fin helps push them through the water. Even though the sea dragon beats this fin quickly, the dragon still moves extremely slow. When it isn’t swimming, it floats through the water and the pectoral fins act as rudders helping them steer. Pretty cool sea creatures I think!

I drew this one with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

I am planning to draw some more sharks and some sea horses next. But I also have a story to write for my class and for my last assignment I will be writing an article about the leafy sea dragon! So off to the library I go today after I have lunch with a good friend!

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

 

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