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Hello friends.  Yes, here I am again in costume (after Halloween!)   You may wonder what is going on with me these days…or not.  Either way, the day after Halloween the kids and I and my son’s girlfriend went to the local Halloween store to browse around for bargains.  Well, as you can see, I found some green tights, a cape, a black skirt with bats on it, a witch hat and green face makeup.  I wish I had gotten a better close-up of the skirt, but I still may do that at some point.  Anyway…..

Perhaps you hate the character of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I have always loved the way the actress Margaret Hamilton played her.  I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz every year on television.  It was the one movie I looked forward to every year and made sure I never missed.  However, my kids never took a liking to it, so needless to say I haven’t seen it that much in the last twenty years, but I do pop in the DVD my husband gave me several years ago for a gift every now and then.

What do I love about this character?  Well, she is one of the best antagonists I have seen portrayed in the movies.  Dorothy has something she wants, and she is bound and determined to get those ruby slippers (even though they aren’t ruby in the book.)  I think most antagonists seem to have the attitude that someone has something they want and have convinced themselves they are entitled to it more than the protagonist is!   She does this well, and of course she tries to hurt Dorothy’s little dog and her friends in order to have some leverage over her.

Also, Margaret Hamilton does such a great witch voice!  “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!!”  That is one of my all-time favorite lines of hers.  In fact, for some reason, I remember most of HER lines more than any other characters in the movie.  I used to be able to talk and sing along with everyone in the movie and might still be able to do that even now!

So….since I am an avid reader and had never read the book growing up, I decided to buy it a few years ago and read it.  Oh how different it is…but you may have already known that.  I have to say that I like the movie much better and have no desire to ever read the book again or any of the other books in the Oz series.  I like all the changes they made with the characters for the movie adaptation!  I guess I am just too attached to how these great actors portrayed these characters so differently than L. Frank Baum wrote them!  But that is just me!!

Well, I am planning on experimenting with doing more makeup and possibly costuming soon.  It’s another way to try and express myself artistically I think.  I used to always want to do backstage help with plays but never pursued it.  I think it would be a lot of fun.  So it is something I am thinking about for the future once my daughter is done with her senior year.  There are a couple of local theater groups but for use they are still a 45 minute drive away and their schedules just don’t fit in with mine yet.  So in the meantime I will play around on my own!

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

Halloween Laughs!

Hello and Happy Halloween!

I have just started on preparing for my next painting today that will be a gift for someone special.  I can’t say who until I send it to her and that may be a while from now.  I have been doing so much reading lately that I just hadn’t been able to get back into the swing of drawing and/or painting.  I have missed it, but hope to get back into it a lot more now that the holidays are approaching.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this year!

Have a wonderful day and a spooky fun evening, and give someone you love a big hug!  In the meantime, have a few laughs, too!  🙂

P. S.  Here I am monkeying around!

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Art and A.D.D.

Hello friends,

I wanted to address an issue that may or may not have crossed your mind about my blog.  I have realized that sometimes I say in my posts that I am going to be working on certain projects for a while and that may be what some of you expect to see until I say I am finished with it.

For instance a while back I was showing you parts of my picture book, “Larry, the Lonely Leatherback,” but I never said whether I had finished it or told you anything about it.  Update:  it has been put aside because….

I get bored sometimes working on long projects.  So I find new things to do or learn.  The next thing I was working on was learning to draw and paint new sea creatures besides just sea turtles.  So I did an octopus and was planning on doing several more.  But I just hadn’t found any really good pictures to learn from in how to draw them in different positions.

Then I became interested in Chinese brush painting.  So I got a kit to learn how to use Chinese brushes and ink.  I painted a few things with those and am still doing it.  And as mentioned in my last post, I have been working on learning East Asian calligraphy.  I am using my Chinese paint brushes and ink for that and am learning from the book called “The Heart of the Brush” by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

I also said in a post a few days ago that I want to paint more Pokemon characters.  I do!  I realize there is a story about Gracie the Green Sea Turtle on my blog that is unfinished as well.

You may wonder if I ever complete any of these long projects.  I do.  A couple of summers ago I painted seven huge sea turtles.  It took me all summer long to complete that project, but I did!  I have A.D.D.  I was tested for it back in about 2002 and the woman who tested me said I definitely showed many signs of it.  I also take medication for anxiety and depression.  My life has been pretty crazy in the last ten years or so homeschooling my two children, and trying to teach myself art and keep in shape amongst all the other trials and stress we have been through in the last few years.  I keep hoping maybe this tendency I have to start things and get distracted so easily will go away, but honestly I believe it is a part of who I am.  No medication, religion, exercise, etc. is going to “fix” it.  That’s okay!  I feel I have accomplished a great deal in my life in the area of art even if I am not out there selling it or promoting it very much.  I do art because I am a creative person, I love it, and it relaxes me.

So if you ever wonder when I’m going to get back to something I say I’m going to be posting about, please just be patient with me.  I am a work in progress.  But if you don’t care one way or the other, please keep coming back!  It is nice to know there are people who are encouraged by what I think and do.  I appreciate it more than you know.

Here’s a short explanation of ADD even though they are referring to ADHD.  The “H” stands for hyperactivity which I do not have!  I don’t think I have ever been called hyperactive.  Not everyone with this condition has the hyperactive component.

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

My First Fairyland!!!

Hello everyone! WordPress has been being a stinker at my house for some reason so I haven’t been on as much as I used to be. Every time I try to check comments, nothing loads. And I have not had time to get online when I am in town, because I try to go to the gym while my daughter is in classes. That’s another reason I haven’t been doing quite as much painting lately. The school year makes it harder to get to.

But this week my husband is off and he and my son are sharing the load of taking my daughter to her classes this week to give me some free time to work.

Soooo…….here is my latest painting. I realize this is a Spring scene, and we are less than two weeks away from Christmas, but this is what I have had in mind for a long time and didn’t want to wait until Spring to post it!

This is my first fairyland. It is done in acrylics. The pictures of it were difficult to take, though, because the canvas is long and skinny. It has been sitting with the drawing on the canvas since last week. I began painting it three days ago and finished with the last touches today. So bear with me as I sort of give it to you in pieces!

Here is a full shot as best as I could get. The “panoramic” feature on my camera is weird so I didn’t use it.

Fairyland

Close-up of the far left of the canvas…..

Fairyland far left

Close-up of the middle of the canvas……their dog resembles my dog, Brownie, I think. 🙂

Fairyland Middle

And…a close-up of the far right of the canvas…

Fairyland far right

There will be more fairies to come maybe and perhaps what I have in mind for a member of the family which is half sketched. I don’t know if it will be done by Christmas, but it is what I will be working on next. Can’t tell ya what it is though, just in case that someone in the family sees this! 😉

I hope everyone is having a relaxed Christmas season this year. Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂

Rogue Character….watch out for him!

Hello everyone. Here is an acrylic painting I did one day. It isn’t exactly like the drawing I did first, since it appears that he has a very large neck! Anyway, I decided he is a rogue character that could easily be in a Dungeons and Dragons game! But he doesn’t have a name. Perhaps Long-nosed Ned?

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

Rogue

Rogue Dagger Nose

Dwarf Warrior

Here is a dwarf warrior I fashioned from my own crazy imagination when I was thinking about Dungeons and Dragons one day! He’s in the middle of an attack!

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

Dwarf Warrior

Dwarf Warrior 2

Dwarf close-up

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

Spooky Moonlight

Moonlight in the Fall

Hello everyone. Halloween is almost here!

Here is an acrylic painting I did a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t even have the holiday in mind when I painted it. I was mostly thinking of Fall and wanted to post it then, but never got around to it.

What I had in mind was what the road I drive every day looks like when it is brightly lit at night. The full moons here are always beautiful, but on the butte which is a road winding around an inactive volcano, it can be especially beautiful. There is a section where some trees are overhanging the road from both sides which is kind of scary if it is really windy or rainy. I am always afraid I’ll drive under them right when a tree branch decides to fall off! But it has been 14 years that we’ve been driving it now. So far, so good! (Plus, if I am on it at night, George is usually driving!) 😉 And of course I made the sides of the road look like there was something mysterious billowing up to get whoever is on the road!

I haven’t been drawing or painting much lately, but I plan to work on some things this weekend. Our kids are going to a friend’s house on Halloween, and our son gets to drive them, so George and I can stay home! Out where we live we have never had kids come to trick-or-treat unless a neighbor drops by with their younger kids before they head to town to go out. And for many years, we had no young children here except ours! So it is usually quiet. This year could be a little different, but we’ll see.

I like watching the movie “Halloween” (only the first one which is the best in my opinion) and maybe “Psycho.” I love the music in both these movies which is what gets to me the most! I actually find them both pretty comical so it’s like suspense and comedy all in one to me. But this year since it will just be the two of us, and we don’t have to drive the kids anywhere, maybe we’ll spend the evening talking without any interruptions! One can only hope.

Keep your little ones safe this Halloween, and watch out for all the things that go bump in the night! (Especially Michael…..and Norman….)

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

Imaginary Friends

Hello! I know it has been quite a while since I’ve been able to write anything, but I had just have to tell you about a book I finished last night! I had never heard of the author or this book, but I am so glad I read it. 🙂

It is called “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.” It is by Matthew Dicks. I found it a month or so ago when I was browsing on Goodreads which is where I find out about a lot of good books by the way.

Max is a little boy with special needs, who I think the author hints at his being autistic, who has an imaginary friend named Budo. Max’s parents are constantly fighting about whether Max is different from other kids or not. He goes to a regular school. His mom wants to take him to someone and have him checked out to see if he needs more help. She is concerned because he doesn’t like strangers, not many people at all really, he plays by himself all the time, gets made fun of at school and bullied (even though they don’t know about that right away.) His dad thinks he’s just a normal little boy and nothing is different about him at all. So this is why they fight all the time.

However, I can’t tell you much more because there are definitely too many things I could mention that would be potential spoilers. If you like adventure, fantasy, and/or drama, try it out! I read it in about a week which is fast for me! I couldn’t put it down. The ending is very tender. Sniff, sniff.

I hope everyone is having a great week. I know I am. I have been working on a novel I began a long time ago again, but not doing quite as much art.

I am done with physical therapy and getting to the gym four days a week now! So things are great.

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