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World Turtle Day 2017!

Hello Friends,

This is a day late, but I just realized that I missed posting about my favorite animal yesterday!  How could I miss World Turtle Day on May 23, 2017?  Silly me.  I did, though, so here’s to turtles everywhere!

Please enjoy this little video showing some wonderful things that we can do for turtles.

 

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

Sea Turtle Traveling Alone

Hello Friends!

Well, I have finally gone back to painting my first love…SEA TURTLES!  Today I was feeling a little blue about some things and decided to give myself some therapy…art therapy, that is.  I just began with a sky, then the water, then had to add a sea turtle and finish with water around her.

I think she is going in search for a friend to play with.  It is amazing how beautiful sea turtles look when they are playing.  I have seen them play on different shows from National Geographic and other nature shows.  They are such a beautiful and genteel creature, I just cannot for the life of me understand how people can think they need to make money from their shells and meat.  It’s just so sad!  Hopefully someday it will be illegal everywhere in the world.

The slaughter of sea turtles still happens, but I am thankful for all the short videos I have seen of fishermen who are just out fishing and happen to catch one in a net or on a hook but take the time to pull them in, cut them loose and gently put them back in the water.  I thank God for those people!

I think I am going to name her Tahlulah!  Maybe she’s a Southern Belle….probably out on the southeastern coast of the United States…she’s traveling to say hi to my friend Jill out in North Carolina.  Watch for her again…I may be painting more of Tahlulah soon.

 

 

swimming-alone

 

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

Sea Turtles: Their Journey From the Shore and Back!

 

 

Hello friends!

Yesterday I watched one of the best nature videos I have ever seen!  Turtle:  The Incredible Journey is not only informative, but it features some of the very best oceanography I have ever seen!

It tells the story of a sea turtle’s life cycle from the time it hatches from its egg struggling to make it into the ocean (despite perils that can end its life right away) to when it makes it back to the same beach to lay its own eggs many years later.

Parts of it made me cry, but all of it is truly amazing to watch!  Sea turtles are one of the ocean’s more fantastic creatures in my humble opinion, but if you have kept up with my blog in the last couple of years, you already knew that!

I found this incredible movie at my local library, and I wish I had known about it when it showed in theatres a several years ago! It  would have been a real treat for me to see it on the BIG SCREEN!!  Check it out sometime.  In the meantime here is the trailer.  You will be amazed especially if you don’t already know about the female sea turtle’s life cycle.

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

Diver!!!

Hello friends.  I did this painting of a sea turtle diving last week but have been pretty busy since then.

The project I am currently working on is all drawn out and I am excited about getting it painted, but it is a secret project for a friend.  So I can’t show it to you until I give it to her.

In the meantime, I may do another sea turtle….

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

 

Diver

 

Floating Sea Turtle

Floatier Sea Turtle

 

Hello friends.  This is the sea turtle I drew in pen and ink a really long time ago and forgot about.  It was drawn in pen on tracing paper just waiting for me to bring it to life and give it a home.  So now I have also painted it in watercolors,, too.  Doing the water with the sky above the water is really challenging.

I really should become an ocean photographer and go get my own photos.  I think I saw this one in a book, but I cannot find which book now.  That’s the problem with having so many sea creature books!  Wait a minute!  I can NEVER have too many books (especially of sea creatures!)

The other day I watched an awesome short film made by Questar, Inc.  It is a PBS film I found on Netflix called “Voyage of the Lonely Turtle.”  Wow was it ever so incredibly well-done and gorgeous!  There were a few sad parts, but basically it is about a female Loggerhead’s very long journey across the ocean to find the perfect beach for laying her eggs.  I really loved it.  What was interesting about it, even though it was sad, was it showed many of the perils that sea turtles face such as getting caught in a net (she was rescued and let go by a kindly fisherman), trying to find somewhere safe to sleep (one night she was circled by sharks), getting attacked, and worst of all it showed a partial skeleton of a sea turtle lying at the bottom of the ocean.  I took screen shots of many things so I can compose a few paintings, because I not only want to display their beauty, but also remind people of how dangerous the ocean can be for them.

So there will be more to come and also more of other types of sea creatures.  Can you tell how much I LOVE the ocean?

Until next time…..have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

 

Beluga Whale – Pen and Ink and Watercolor

Beluga Whale

 

Hello everyone.  Well, I said I was going to start doing more sea creatures besides sea turtles, so here’s one!  I had already been thinking about doing a Beluga whale before I saw the movie of Finding Dory.  But writing my last post inspired me to just do it!  So Wednesday morning I sat down and looked for a good photo from one of my sea creature books.  This one is from the book called Under the Sea and was published in 2014 by Sally Morgan and Camilla de la Bedoyere.  It is a gorgeous large book for children with beautiful pictures.  I drew this by sight – no tracing!  But what was most challenging was doing the color of the whale with its shadows, etc.  I really love the way it turned out.  It just looks so happy which is how they look naturally!  (Now my daughter wants it.)

Next will probably be another sea turtle that I had already drawn in pen and ink and forgot about!

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

Flying Sea Turtle!

Flying Sea Turtle

Hello everyone!  This new sea turtle is one of the other projects I have worked on in the last couple of weeks but had not been able to post yet.  (We did finally catch up with the 21st century recently and have Wi-Fi in our home now so we can all be on the internet at the same time.  However, our service still slows down a great deal for the last week of the month, and I hope to remedy that service soon.  Also, our desktop computer died so we are replacing it with a more sophisticated laptop.  The good news is I will be able to use my laptop and work anywhere in the house now!)   🙂

Anyway, I call this new painting  my Flying Sea Turtle, for obvious reasons.  It is amazing how these wonderful creatures swim and “fly” and drift in the sea.  They are so beautiful to me.  And yes, I plan to do more.   By the way, I do not trace photos anymore unless one is just too difficult to do without tracing.  I usually just eyeball things and draw.  So I plan to be drawing some new creatures I haven’t drawn before which excites me.

I recently went to our local book store and found some bargain books about various sea creatures including sea turtles, octopuses, hermit crabs, and other amazing ones such as beluga whales and whale sharks.  I have been looking at them for about a week.  Then yesterday I saw many of them in the movie Finding Dory.   My daughter, a new friend of mine, and I  went to see the movie yesterday.  WOW!  The animation Pixar people do is incredible!  It just gets better and better all the time.  Plus, it is an amazing and creative story.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go!  It is hilarious and sweet.  We loved it.

Getting back to the painting I am featuring today, however, I just wanted to share that another friend of mine recently told me what type of drawing ink pens she uses.  I have been wanting to do more pen and ink combined with watercolor because I just love the crisp look the pen gives a painting!  She told me she uses Micro-Line pens.  So I purchased some online a few weeks ago, and I really love drawing with them!  I am training myself to draw freely with them so I can do more spontaneous work instead of drawing something in pencil and going over it with pen.  The “Flying Sea Turtle” was done freely!  Very fun!

I hope everyone is having a great and relaxing summer!  Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Heeerre’s….Larry in “Eric Carle Style!”

Larry Eric Carle Style

 

Hello friends!  It has been too long since I have been able to post anything due to “technical difficulties.”  However, in the meantime I was working a few things.

This is Larry, the Leatherback sea turtle done in Eric Carle’s style of art.  This was difficult to say the least.  I tried painting plain white tissue paper with acrylic paint, but found that the tissue paper I have was too thin or so I thought.  Now,  looking back, I think the paint I mixed was too thick.

So I switched to using tracing paper instead.  I like the texture of it more, but since I had my pain mixed already, I still used it.  And….I still think it was too thick.  However, I plunged ahead, painted a piece, light gray, one dark gray, one pink, and one blue.

Then I traced my image onto a plain piece of tracing paper going over the outline with heavy black pen and cut out the image in three  pieces:  one for the body, one for the head, and a piece for the “chin.”

Next I laid those pieces onto the different colors of painted paper and drew around the image like a stencil and cut those out.  Then I traced the whole image onto a piece of poster board.  The last couple of steps were the most time-consuming.  I had to glue down the colored pieces cutting the painted paper to precisely fit the image.  I had to conform the blue pieces to fit around the image for the water.  Lastly I added Larry’s features with black paint and used the paper that was already painted white to cut out and glue down his spots.

I think I went through more steps than Eric Carle did in his art process, but I learned from my mistakes…..I think.  I am not sure if I will try it again, but I may do another image in his style eventually.  It is not something I would choose to do all the time, that’s for sure!  All I know is that man must have had an amazing amount of patience!  However, I do like the way Larry turned out.  The part of the painting that is my favorite is the water, though.  Well…maybe his eye, too.

It is good to be back on WordPress.  Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

Eric Carle…More Encouragement from a Wonderful Artist

Hello friends.  I came across another video of Eric Carle talking about his own work as  well as the work of Franz Marc who was an impressionist painter.  He painted blue horses among other things.  Apparently his work inspired Eric Carle to write and illustrate his own book called “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.”  I had never heard of this book, but it sounds wonderful!  Well, back to Barnes & Noble soon!

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

 

franz-marc-blue-horse-i

Eric Carle: An Inspiration to “Starving Artists!”

Hello friends.  Today I found a great video of Eric Carle talking about his work and a special treat during his talk is that he reads a few excerpts from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”  I had never heard of this book until I went to college at 30 years old.  In fact it wasn’t until about a year or so after that when I began taking Child Development classes and working in the Child Study Center at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California, that I heard this book read aloud by one of the staff instructors.  From then on I was hooked on Eric Carle.

When my first child was about a year or less old in 1997, I began reading him this book.  I also read two other books to him by Bill Martin, Jr. that Eric Carle illustrated called  “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do you Hear?”  But the one that Eric Carle wrote and illustrated that my son still remembers that he loved was “The Very Busy Spider.”  I have board books of all of these except The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I have a larger picture book of that one!

When I was still in college I also took a short-term class with Ed Lewis who was one of the main Child Development instructors called Story-Telling.  He taught us how to tell a story as you read it, but also how to tell a story without reading a book.  I was single without kids at the time so it was pretty challenging for me.  I had never really read books to any kids at that point, but once I had my first child, it came easily.  Fortunately, even as a toddler he loved to sit and listen to books.  He even began using the excuse “read another story!” to stay up longer!  And to this day he still loves to read and is a writer himself.  I am proud of him needless to say.

Well, I didn’t plan to write so much about myself, but I want to share this video of Eric Carle because you will not only get to hear his faint German accent, since that’s where he grew up as a young child before coming to America, but you’ll get to see a glimpse of the process of how he does his art.  He paints white tissue paper with acrylics in all kinds of ways, draws his characters, then cuts and pastes each piece to the drawing.  It is pretty tedious but amazing!  I love his art very much.  In fact I checked out his book called “The Art of Eric Carle” published in 1996 from the library a while back and then had to buy a copy, because I want to be able to read it again.  What I loved about it most is the middle of the book!  It has two fold out pages that show him creating his caterpillar step-by-step and a picture of his art studio.  Very amazing indeed!

Soon I am planning to do a little art Eric Carle style just to go through the process.  I know myself, though.  It will probably feel much too time-consuming to me, but watch for something soon!  In the meantime enjoy these videos!  The first one is of Eric Carle.  Also, if you have time,  the second one is a video I stumbled onto of a live presentation of the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by some children from Woodhaven, Queens, NY, who made this video through their local library.  It’s adorable!

And oh yes, have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂  

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