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Cock-eyed Giraffe Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to share this giraffe I sketched without tracing the outline. You can probably see that.  Its eyes are so uneven!!  Apparently when I first posted this, I confused myself and said it was a camel in the text.  It has been quite a few weeks of craziness here!  Oh well, I  have not been drawing freely as much lately with all the recent events that happened in my life.  Here they are:

The good:  My daughter graduated from high school. 🙂

The bad:  Next week she leaves us for the summer on the same day our son will be leaving to go live and work in the wilderness for his job for 8 days.  Well, it will be “good” for HIM, but “bad” for ME; I will be saying good-bye to him this weekend, then to my daughter a few days later.  They are leaving on the same day.  This is going to be the first time I have ever been away from both of them at the same time for any length of time. 😦  I am sure George and I will have a good week, though.  😉

The ugly:  My brother committed suicide on May 4th.  I have written about that already here on my blog.  The post is here:   https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2017/05/23/suicide-dont-make-that-choice/

However, yesterdat, I did 5 of my picture book paintings for Larry, the Lonely Leatherback Sea Turtle!  I want to get the paintings finished so I can scan them into my laptop and digitally put the words to the story in.  I have started this process with a different picture book I have done a few watercolor paintings for called Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.  I haven’t shared any of that story here yet.

As usual, I am feeling like I am all over the place emotionally and mentally.  This is going to be a busy week.  I am meeting a new friend for lunch on Thursday so that will be fun.  Then this Sunday I might get to see some real turtles and tortoises!! I have seen some turtles before I even owned a red-eared slider years ago)  but never a tortoise in real life!  This excites me!!  I hope I will be allowed to take pictures so I can share them here.

So now it is onto exercising and getting ready for the meeting tonight!

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

 

Book Giveaway – Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

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Writing and Illustrating

Congratulations to author/illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick on her new book OWL BAT BAT OWL. She has agreed to participate in our book giveaways. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Can two very different families find their space in the world together? A wonderful wordless picture book offers stylish art, humor, and charm.

A mother owl and her three little owlets live happily on their branch. That is, until the bat family moves in. The newfound neighbors (owls up top, bats hanging below) can’t help but feel a…

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259 Watercolour pencil Portraits

Hello Friends,
This is a wonderful post by Ros Jenke whose portrait work I have come to love.

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

Ros's Paintings

I’m slowly getting back into sketching, but I’m taking the lazy way by sketching in my lounge chair studio in the evenings. Now that it’s getting near winter here and chilly in the evenings it’s so much cosier in my living room rather than my cold art room. It’s easy to grab a few pencils and a journal and scribble away.

This was the first since my eye surgery which took me longer to recover from than I expected. I developed fluid behind the eye which affected my focus so I was restricted to one eyed squinting. It will be a few months before I have follow up surgery so I’ll spend that time juggling glasses and squinting a lot. But hey, worse things happen and at least I can still see 😊

I decided to work through my list of followers on Sktchyapp, choosing everyday shots of “normal” people…

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MENTAL HEALTH: Getting Well is Possible.

Hello Friends,

Over the last few days I have been deciding how I plan to deal with my brother’s suicide and how I would like to be involved in a large community near where I live.  I met with a woman on Tuesday at the open house for a new mental health facility that opened in Redding, Ca.  Here is a link to the article:   http://anewscafe.com/2017/05/25/county-officials-mental-health-professionals-and-public-attend-open-house-of-new-mental-health-facility-in-redding/

It was exciting for me to hear about all of the many services this group of people is going to offer to Shasta County.  I knew then that God was showing me how my life is going to change real soon.  I signed up to be a volunteer.  I will start out doing simple things at first such as answering phones or e-mails or helping with mailings.  I also plan to begin attending meetings facilitated by the woman I met with.  She facilitates meetings for friends and family members of people who completed suicide.  It has been many years since I went to any kind of open recovery meetings such as this, but I am looking forward to it.  I remember back in 1988 when I went to my first recovery meetings after I stopped drinking and using drugs.  I felt very nervous and afraid.  However, I am not that person anymore; I know what I need to deal with, I have good boundaries, and there is no pressure to share.  I think just meeting new people and hearing other people’s stories will help me begin to deal with the unfortunate choice my brother made.  I will have no problem sharing or talking, though, so I am sure I will.  The next meeting isn’t until June 5th so I have some time to process all of it some more before then.

I have my first counseling meeting set up for June 2nd with a therapist I met a couple of months ago.  I am also looking forward to talking with her.  It has been a very long time since I went to a woman counselor which will be different.  When I first went to counseling in 1988, I went to a woman.  However, after several months, I felt really uncomfortable with her for some reason.  So I stopped.  I kept going to the ACA meetings, and then found a male counselor at the church I was attending at the time.  I went to him for several years, and he was encouraging, safe, and the first man I ever felt connected with emotionally whom I knew I could trust.  I grew a lot in those years, and he helped me through the transition of entering a second marriage which has been healthy and loving.  My husband and I have been together since December of 1994.  It has been quite a journey!  And now we are looking toward the future when our nest is empty and he retires someday.

So as far as working with Hill Country Care Center, I am planning to take some time to get to know people, get a good feel of all of their services to the community, then possibly go through their Shasta Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Academy which is a “FREE 65-hour certificate training program…designed to help people prepare for entry-level positions within the public mental health field and/or prepare them to become Peer Mentors.”  (That is a quote from their brochure.)

It has been many years since I have taken any kind of classes, but I had already been thinking about something along these lines for the last year or so. I just had no idea I would find out about this wonderful care facility this way.  So hopefully, as I said in my last post about my brother, something good will come from his death.    It is possible that I may eventually get to use my writing and art to contribute to the creating of flyers, etc.  So that is exciting for me, too.

Thank you to all of you who read my last post about the suicide of my brother.  I appreciate all of your support, prayers, and comments more than you know.  I am planning on keeping you updated on what I will be doing and learning as a volunteer in the mental health community.

I am still doing art and still plan to keep working on the picture books I’d like to write and illustrate, but for now it is just for fun.  I am feeling like this other work is going to become more important to me for the time being, but the facility does also have a program where they train people to go into elementary schools and talk about suicide.  Who knows?  Maybe somehow, all of this will meld together into something beautiful.  I sure hope so.

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

 

 

Crabapple in Opera Rose

Kangaroo Feet!

Hello Friends,

Here are some kangaroo feet I drew yesterday.  I was looking at this picture of these unique feet in a book about kangaroos.  This is the whole picture!  Just feet…..

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

P. S. May the 4th be with you!  😉

 

Picture Book…Still in Progress

Hello Friends.

I know I have been working on this first picture book for a long time now, but it is coming about slowly.  Here are the paintings I have done of my illustrations so far.  They are really watercolor sketches on low-quality paper right now.   I plan to keep working on the colors; I’m not quite satisfied with the shades of grays or with how the yellows came out.  To me they look too washed out.  I have not finished all of the paintings of the illustrations yet either.  Also, I skipped painting some of the illustrations so I could do the jellyfish.  I am planning to do backgrounds for the title pages and do something for the cover, the back, and the end pages inside the book as well.

So here is my first picture book so far….

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

LARRY THE LONELY LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE

WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED

BY

 PATSY H. PARKER

Larry is lonely.   He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.  

“Bye, Larry.”

“Bye, Alicia.  I’ll miss you!”

 

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.

So he does.

When Larry feels lonely,

he swims

 

and swims.  He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  He was missing Alicia so much, he forgot to eat!

Growl, growl!

So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Jellyfish!

Larry dives…

deeper,

deeper,

and deeper.

Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.

When he looks up to see the sun shining through the water,

He sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

They swim fast to get away…

and when Larry almost catches one,

he sees another Leatherback sea turtle swimming in his direction, but she does not see

him!  Suddenly they are face to face.

They bump noses.

Larry smiles widely.  He thinks to himself, maybe she will be my friend.

She smiles shyly.

“Hi.  I’m lonely…I mean…Larry.”  He feels embarrassed.

“Hi.  I’m Lucy.”  She giggles.  Then she winks at him.  “Do you want to go catch jellyfish with me?”

“Yes, I do!  Larry answered happily.  “I almost caught earlier today!”

So Larry and Lucy swam away to catch jellyfish together.

Then Larry, the lonely Leatherback sea turtle wasn’t lonely anymore.

The End

Lenny, the Leatherback – A Poem

Hello friends,

Yesterday after I wrote about writing being tough at times, I came up with this poem, which is weird since I don’t really write poetry anymore!  Ha, ha.  And of course, it is about a sea turtle! (This is not the same “Lenny” as in my other story.  I just love this name!)  Enjoy.  🙂

Lenny, the Leatherback

Lenny, the Leatherback turtle was as large as he could be.

He loved his home,

But he was all alone

In the salty waters of the sea.

 

Lenny, the Leatherback turtle tried every day to make friends.

But jellyfish swam away fast,

Whenever he was about to pass,

They were so afraid he might eat them.

 

Lenny, the Leatherback turtle felt as lonely as he could be.

He dove down deeper…down, down,

And when he saw a clown –

Fish, he smiled and was friendly.

 

The clownfish smiled back at Lenny,

She didn’t seem to feel afraid of him.

She swam up to his side instead of trying to hide,

And asked, “Will you be my friend?”

 

By,

Patsy H. Parker

4/21/17

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

KEEP CREATING!!

Hello Friends,

Lately I have been feeling like I don’t know the first thing about certain types of writing.  For instance, writing short stories, writing a novel, and especially children’s books.  I want to do all three of those, yet writing is definitely hard work, and lately I have had very little energy for it. Plus, I think I like drawing much more!  😉

Writing seems to be one of those things that needs to be “in your blood.”  Many people get educated, and work, work, work at it!  I would venture to say these are probably the most successful writers, but not always.  I’m sure there are tons of writers in the world that no one will ever know about in the “public” eye.  However, some of us just have an itch that has to be scratched! So we plop words on the page and let them fly into cyberspace!  (After editing of course.)

Also, there are so many different types of writing, such as the few I already named.  Add to that blogging, newsletters, technical, and _______ for Dummies (you fill in the blank) books, and we find there are endless venues for writing!

I used to write poetry.  I began in my late teens in the 70’s, but they were all sad or somewhat sadly hopeful that someday my life would change.  Why?  Depression!  I didn’t know about serotonin levels back then, and my dad was an alcoholic.  So it was a bad combo.  The rules in our home were simple:  1) Don’t talk about our family to anyone.  2)What goes on here is no one else’s business.  “Don’t air out our dirty laundry to strangers!” my mom said.  The alternative? We suffered in silence.

But I couldn’t…my poetry and other writing became my escape route just to survive childhood.When I entered recovery from various things in my late twenties, I began keeping a journal and did so for many years.  I occasionally jot things down in one now, but I don’t use it to process feelings anymore.

I am thankful, though, that now we have many blogs with tons of areas of interest regarding recovery from just about anything.  We have the freedom to write whatever we want and send it “out there.”  I just pray it is to encourage others, not just to vent, but to each his own.

I named my blog Patsy’s Creative Corner, because I want this to be my “thinking spot” and invite others to share in whatever I am thinking, feeling or doing from my little corner of the world.(Sorry I get so long-winded sometimes.)  In fact one of my first posts was about this topic over three years ago!  https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2013/08/20/creativity-and-depression/  Be warned; it’s a little long, too.

Unfortunately, periodic bouts of heavy depression rob me of my need and desire to be creative.  Lately, I haven’t had the energy to do a lot of art; I’ve worked on some writing but feel discouraged about how it is turning out. Then I think.  WHY?  Why do I want to do any of this in the first place?  Well, I have to say it is… “in my blood.”  Initially it always begins with my need to create.  Then it turns into my need to share it with others.  Also, I think fulfilling the need to express oneself is healthy.  It’s good for the brain!

I want to know how my work affects you.  I don’t want to just hear that it is nice or cool or whatever.  Think about what I write, then tell me what you think (if you make it to the end…and even if you have constructive criticism.  I really do appreciate it.

Creative writing and making art are things I believe I am “meant to do.”  What I love most about creativity is that everyone has it, and it can be expressed in a multitude of ways!  Everyone is talented at something. Sometimes we just need to be encouraged and learn to encourage others.

Depression is a cross I have to bear in this life because of my silly brain.  But it led me to writing and art, so in a way I am thankful for it.  Eating the right foods consistently helps.  Exercise helps.  I am human, though, so all of these things are never in perfect balance, but I’ll…

just keep writing……just keep drawing……just keep painting…….

and just keep keeping on.  “Never give up! Never surrender!”

And finally…more drawing….using my noodle to doodle different fish poses for a story I wrote last summer.

Now off to do laundry!

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

Sea Turtle Hooked!

Hello Friends,

This image was gripping to me personally.  I realize not everyone feels as passionate about these beautiful creatures as I do, but so many times fishermen are out in the ocean and accidentally hook a sea turtle.  I have seen this numerous times on videos.  Every time I’ve seen one, though, the fisherman usually removes the hook from the sea turtle’s mouth and puts them back in the water gently while it is flapping its flippers wildly and probably thinking, “thank you, thank you!”  I like to think they would say thank you if they could talk anyway…

I love fishermen who are so kind to these wonderful creatures.  However, I am sure there may be some that are not, some who may just keep it and kill it for its meat.  I shutter to even think about it.

So here is a sea turtle who has been hooked!!

sea-turtle-hooked

 

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

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