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Hello Friends!

This is the other piece I did on Sunday during a fierce thunderstorm! I finished it just before we lost power for a couple of hours!

I bet you’ve never seen a sea otter on top of a harbor seal! I cut parts of these images from three photos in the 2019 Calendar edition of a local magazine called “Outdoor California.”

The three photographers are Douglas Croft, Harold Epstein, and Carrie Johnson. We have some incredibly talented photographers all over our state!

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

ANGEL FISH MIXED MEDIA

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For the last couple of days I worked on this angel fish. I haven’t done a lot of mixed media art, but that’s what this one became.

1) I lightly drew the fish in pencil in my art journal.

2) I used a variety of Washi tape pieces to fill in its design.

3) I used my Arteza Real Brush Pens to outline it in color and draw its eye.

4) I painted the background with acrylics.

5) I painted over the whole thing with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish and used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

6) I found some old colored rocks we used in a fish tank many years ago which I actually stumbled onto while looking for something else! Since the colors matched my fish, I decided to glue them down around the bottom for a coral reef!

7) I glued the whole picture to the next piece of paper in my journal to give it more weight. Then I sprayed it with Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Matte.

8) Lastly, I added a little foliage with my brush pens. Then I took it out of my journal so I could display it in my studio with all of my toy box pieces.

Even though this took a couple of days, it was fun! I enjoyed working with materials I haven’t used in a long time. But most of all I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

This angel fish was something I mentioned I would do a LONG time ago. So I do get around to doing what I said I would do…eventually! 😉

This was a really fun way to explore using different materials! I also did another project yesterday in my other art journal that I will post tomorrow.

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

Lady and The Tramp Pencil Drawing

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Well, this is what I’ve been working on all week. Pencil takes a lot of time, but I sure love doing it! Today I will be sharing this on my Facebook page and tagging my friend, Debra in it. She will be doing the same with me. We are going to be posting something every Friday to keep in the habit of drawing. She’s a wonderful artist herself! She even does woodworking!

So here are a couple of dogs in love! This is in my new art journal. Proportions are a little off. The candle holder isn’t as fat as it should be. I seem to start some things too close to the edge at times! Working on that.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. We have been getting lots of rain finally! I will be watching some new videos I downloaded from an artist online. I will be posting what I learn eventually. I need to watch and practice first.

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

Explore!

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! 😀

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

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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’s Ears

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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!! 😁🎄❤

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

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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

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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.

 

 

Backyard View

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The other day it was warm enough to sit on the back patio and doodle.

I took my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and my art journal and sat in the sunshine! It was pretty nice, probably 60 degrees.

Later after some chores, I sat down and used a couple of brushes and added water to my doodle. This is just a portion of the view of our backyard trees. The lighter grass between the sky and green grass and orange leaves is a bit of the huge field behind the houses here.

Today there are four deer right behind the fence! It really is beautiful here in the fall even though it is December. We tend to get later winter weather here in Northern California.

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

 

Sara J Evans

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