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Published Again!

 

Hello Friends!

Today I received a nice surprise in the mail! I wrote this article called “Turtle Troubles” a couple of years ago for a children’s magazine writing class. And now it has been published! The first article I wrote for the same class was called “Dragons Down Under” about Leafy Sea Dragons which was published in 2019 for this same magazine. I was also able to provide an ink drawing of one to be included in the article.

After that was published, I told the editor I had written a second article about some of the dangers that sea turtles face every day. So she asked me to send it, and also accepted my drawing of a diving sea turtle which is included in the article as well.

I had forgotten about this since she had approved it to be published in the Spring issue this year. But then the pandemic hit, so everything was delayed. I haven’t heard from the editor since February, so I had no idea they were up and running again. That’s what made receiving it in the mail today so fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Bunnies in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are some bunnies to hopefully brighten your Friday!

I had a great day yesterday! I went to town for some routine blood work, then browsed at the library and checked out a few books, then visited with our kids for a few hours and came home.

Then an exciting and unexpected email came and brightened my day even more!

Last July I finished a correspondence writing course. My instructor encouraged me to submit my article about Leafy Sea Dragons that I wrote for my last assignment. It’s called DRAGONS DOWN UNDER, because they are native ti Australia. I sent it to a couple of magazines this past August.

Yesterday, Skipping Stones magazine for children sent me a reply and asked if my article was still available for publishing!!! They are giving me a free subscription for a friend and six complimentary copies of the issue! (They are an international magazine, too!)

I also told them I could illustrate a leafy sea dragon as well if they were interested. The editor said she was, so I am going to be starting on that today since she needs it in a couple of weeks!

They are publishing it this JUNE! When I wrote back to her, I asked the editor if she would be interested in an article about the perils sea turtles face to survive. She said she will look at it and consider it for another issue!

Finding this out at the end of a great day made it even better! I just wish my parents and brother were still alive so I could call them!

I am still working on getting another sea turtle painting going. But I am almost done with a Golden Eagle I began last week!

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

 

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends, 

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! 🙂

Acrylic Sea Turtle (Not finished yet!)

Hello Friends,

Well, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this painting! I am thinking that so far this is an “under painting” which means I will be painting over some of it. This is the other small toy box piece. But I am not sure if it is going to stay on there. I have never attempted a sea turtle in acrylics before. It looks kind of strange to me. Although, to be fair to myself, I have not painted any eyes in yet! So yeah, very strange looking!

I went to the library a couple of days ago and began working on the bones of my LAST writing assignment for my class. I am writing an article about leafy sea dragons. I am still waiting on a couple of books I ordered about them, though. It isn’t due until August 7th. I have most of the information I need to write it, but I figured a couple of more little books couldn’t hurt anything, right?

Also, the day I went to the library, I went into their little store…again. Yes…I went there. I’m not going to post pictures, but I’ll tell you what I got for just $6! If you saw my previous post about the art books I found awhile back, you’d see that I found a couple of books that came in cardboard slipcovers. They are over-sized hardbacks. I noticed this time that they are part of a series from “Time-Life Books.” Anyway, I found two more of those. One is called The World of Leonardo and the other one is called The World of Michelangelo.

I also found a book by Rene Huyghe called Van Gogh. So of course I had to get it. After all, he is my favorite artist!

I think if they keep cleaning out their art section, I may end up with their library of art books! Ha, ha. 😉 Of course, actually, I haven’t gone to check the shelves to see if for sure these are those books. I realize someone could have donated these and they didn’t need them in their art section. I have checked them all out at one time or another in the last five years. But now I won’t have to! Cool, huh?

Well, I need to get to work on my leafy sea dragon article. Plus, I am going to be doing a painting for a friend at some point soon.

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

 

 

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! 😀

Kim G. Strande

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