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Hello Friends,

Since my mantra word for this year is EXPLORE, I decided to paint the cover of another journal. I may use this one for doodling or even writing since it is a small one with lined paper.

I also decided to paint it in acrylics after I laid masking tape around the whole cover and painted it with Gesso first. I like the way the lines from the tape created texture. Then I drew a small picture outline of the sea turtle onto the cover with a piece of carbon tracing paper. It shows up well and is easy to paint over with acrylics. Lastly, I added my own water and foliage. This was pretty fun!

Since this sea turtle is looking to his left, he is thinking, “Hey! What’s over there? I need to go explore!”  So my spirit animal and I are going to have a year to EXPLORE!

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

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ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Hello Friends!

Last night I did this in my art journal. I think today I may begin trying to make some animal “characters” by drawing real animals and making them look “animated,” but not digutal.

This is probably going to be an exploritory year for me in art. So I think my mantra for my art journal is going to be EXPLORE!

In the meantime….

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

 

Spotted Elephant Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here is my watercolor of the spotted elephant from the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I have never thought of these toys as “misfits,” because they are all unique and just needed to be wanted and loved by a child. And isn’t this what all of us need? To be wanted and needed for who we are?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

 

Dumbo Learns to Fly

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This is a preliminary rough sketch of a painting I want to do of Dumbo learning to fly. It isn’t finished, because his little mouse friend isn’t sitting on his hat. I drew it looking at a picture on my phone. I hadn’t realized my phone’s charge was so low; it died right as I finished. Perfect timing!

I know I said I was planning to do a lot of new turtle drawings, but I got into collecting Blue Rays and/or DVDs of all the old Disney movies we have on VHS tapes. I don’t have this one replaced yet, and the tape we have won’t play anymore. That’s me, though. Unless I have a designated project to work on, I tend to be all over the place!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. My son gave me the movie of Napolean (about an adorable dog.) We all loved it when the kids were little.

My husband gave me a print of the original drawing of the Hundred Acre Wood in a nice frame. And my daughter gave me a DVD of “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” which is a compilation of the original classic short shows that were on TV when I was a kid. I have tapes of them that still work, but this is great!

She also gave me the movie we saw in the theater together over the summer called “Christopher Robin” with Ewan McGregor playing him as a grown up. It is a pretty fun movie to watch and is very sweet story. If you loved Pooh, you may like this.  The characters from the stories were created from real stuffed animals and then computer animated but not in a cartoon style. It was really well done! And there’s some pretty great extras on the Blue ray disc.

I think Walt Disney was quite a genius at animation and was amazingly creative. It’s too bad he wasn’t around a lot longer.

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

Dumbo’s Ears

Hello Friends! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

Here is a quick little sketch of the part in Dumbo when his ears first unfold. I did it the other day with my Arteza brush pens.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!! 😁🎄❤

Hummingbirds for Jill!

Hello Friends!

i thought I would share these watercolor hummingbirds I sent my friend, Jill, for Christmas last week. She couldn’t wait to open it just like I couldn’t wait to open that huge plush sea turtle she sent me!

So here it is!

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

 

Eeyore for Grace

Hello Friends!

 

Day before yesterday I couldn’t remember where I put our wrapping paper last year. So I used some plain brown packaging paper to wrap two big presents for the kids…one for each of them. However, they needed to be brightened up, so I found a tiny picture of Eeyore on Google, and drew this from my laptop.

Then I transferred it to a piece of white Strathmore Bristol paper and painted it with my Gouache paints. It took a few hours, but as it turned out, Grace came over to wrap her presents and we visited while I worked on it. So that was a fun afternoon!

I may make a Santa hat or something separately that I can temporarily place on his head, because it is going on top of her present like a giant tag! She likes the plain background so it would be something that she can easily remove. Or I may leave it alone. We’ll see.

I am feeling anxious today to start something new or work in my journal, but I am not sure what I want to do yet. Until next time…

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

The Collaborative work of E. H. Shepard and A. A. Milne

Hello Friends,

Today I want to share with you a snapshot into the lives of children’s book illustrator, E. H. Shepard, and writer, A. A. Milne, from the fascinating book I’ve been reading called, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Kathryn Aalto.

E. H. Shepard’s mother was Harriet Jessie Lee. She had grown up with an artist father. Therefore, she encouraged her son’s interest in drawing by providing notebooks and pencils for him to carry with him wherever he went. Kathryn Aalto says on page 57, “Through time, he developed a photographic memory for drawing scenes, events, and gestures.”

Shepard experienced a happy childhood with his parents and two older siblings until he was eleven. But Aalto says on page 58, “One day his mother, bedridden for months, bid the children a cheery goodbye for what they perhaps thought was a short trip to visit his aunts. Not much later, she died…Shepard said that he felt his childhood ended then.”

However, in his grief his love of drawing became “an outlet of expression for him.” (Page 58) His suffering aided him in being able to express emotions in the characters he drew. Kathryn observes this underlying grief when she notes, “Consider the way he portrays a contemplative or bewildered Pooh bear or a timid Piglet trying to be brave.” His mediums of choice were pencil, pen and ink, and black crayons. As you can see in his drawings of A. A. Milne’s characters, he “favored cross-hatching, fine line, or crayon,” (Page 61.)

In 1926, Shepard traveled to visit Milne’s stomping grounds and walk with him through Ashdown Forest. Not only did this land inspire Milne’s stories, it also became the inspiration for Shepard’s drawings. Aalto says on page 61, “The bee tree, Wol’s tree, Galleons Lap, and the Enchanted Place were real places Shepard interpreted…”

All of the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh were drawn from Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. But that “silly old bear,” as the fictional Christopher Robin called Pooh, was created from Growler. Growler was a stuffed bear that belonged to Shepard’s son, Graham. He studied and sketched how the boys played with their stuffed animals which eventually became his art for the books.

In my humble opinion, the collaboration of A. A. Milne’s writing and E. H. Shepard’s illustrations has been one of the greatest gifts bestowed on our world. These two men were definitely destined to meet, and the world over has forever been blessed by their incredible work.

I know my own childhood was enriched by Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friends who lived in The Hundred Acre Wood. I am thankful to Kathryn Aalto for writing such a lovely book! I haven’t finished it yet, because I am savoring the beauty of her writing and photography, as well as the photography many others. I highly recommend it for an enjoyable read!

Here is a drawing I did of one of my favorite scenes from “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day.” Pooh is about to go through Eeyore’s house he just finished building because he (Pooh) is holding onto Piglet’s scarf which has unraveled leaving Piglet in the sky.

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

Backyard Deer Sketches

Hello Friends,

On Friday as I was doing dishes, I noticed a deer in our backyard. I dried my hands, grabbed a pencil and my art journal and went to the back door which has a big window.

When I got there, I saw THREE deer foraging in the leaves under our huge redwood tree. So I tried to sketch them very quickly as they moved around and laid down. It was fun!

Before I began doing the dishes, I had been reading my biography about Beatrix Potter and looking at sketches she did of her pets. This inspired me. I want to do more sketching from life, but the wildlife here has keen hearing, so I have a hard time getting close enough to see without making too much noise.

 

 

Christmas Turtle

Hello Friends!

Here is my first Christmas turtle! I had been thinking about drawing one for quite awhile, so I decided to draw one in my art journal and post it today which is my birthday!

So this is my Christmas turtle elf, Todd. And he came with a Santa hat and elf booties completely from my imagination! I drew him with markers.

Well, my husband has today and all next week off. Today we are meeting with a couple of poet friends. I will just be listening to the three of them share. I don’t write poetry anymore, but I used to many years ago. Anyway, it will be a fun start to my birthday. Other than that, no plans yet.

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

 

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