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Spotted Jellyfish Watercolor Sketch

Hello Friends,

Here is my first jellyfish painting.  Its head turned out a little square, but well…that’s okay.  I guess I could call it ‘Jelly Sam Square Fish’.  Ha, ha.  This one is for you, Sheila Hurst!  😉 Sheila wrote a wonderful book called Ocean Echoes.”  It’s a fantastic novel that I recently read and in which I said before inspired me to paint ocean creatures again!

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Echoes-Novel-Sheila-Hurst

I met her here on WordPress, so here is a link to her blog, too.  https://sheilahurst.wordpress.com/

Yesterday  when I decided to sketch this particular type of jellyfish, I wanted to do a “quick” sketch, but I ended up spending hours on it trying to get the colors right.  I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Experimenting with color is my favorite part of painting.  I took a break from writing, and this was a refreshing way to spend it.

It is interesting that there are hundreds of different kinds of jellyfish!  This type of jellyfish was created in a variety of colors.  I was especially attracted to this blueish-purple one with pink highlights.  Someday I want to try and paint a Lion’s Mane jellyfish, but it will probably be one of my greatest painting challenges to date.  They are so transparent and yet colorful.  I don’t know how I will do one in acrylics, but I am determined to try at some point, because I still want to turn our extra room into an ocean environment!  And I want to use the rest of the toy box which would require acrylics.

Here is a link to this type of jellyfish if you are interested in reading more about them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_jelly

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

 

 

 

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Toy Box Whale

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I spontaneously decided to paint!  AND…this is not watercolor;  it is acrylics.  I have not used acrylics in a really long time!  They are more challenging and frustrating to me than watercolors.  AND…it is my first whale painting!  So why did I call it “Toy Box Whale”?

Well, there is a reason for my madness.  This piece of WOOD used to be the bottom of our son’s toy box.  It measures 28″ x 16″.   For years it was filled with all of his stuffed animals.  When he moved out last year,  the box and stuffed animals stayed where they were.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to pack up the animals along with other stuff in his closet.  Some things were packed, but some were sent to Goodwill.

I didn’t want to get rid of the toy box, though.  Years ago I stenciled and painted our son’s first and middle name, a teddy bear, and hearts when he was about two.  (That was before I began teaching myself to draw and paint.)  My husband suggested keeping that part, so when I took it apart, I decided to keep all the pieces.  So I disassembled it and kept everything except the lid.  A long time ago the lid broke and couldn’t be fixed.  Each piece is thin white plywood.  The side and back pieces are framed in a light wood.  I am trying to decide what other ocean creatures to paint on those pieces.  Perhaps a sea turtle and a jellyfish on the small ones and maybe an ocean scene on the longer piece.

The smaller pieces can be easily hung on a wall because of the cut out handles in the wood frame.  However, the whale piece will be trickier to hang, because it is just a flat piece without any wood framing.  So until I figure out how I’m going to hang it, the whale is sitting on our keyboard in the living room.  (I haven’t played it in a long time.)

Our son’s old room is painted a light blue, so I am thinking of repainting it the same color and then making the room into a sea creatures room.  It will most likely take me a long time since I am not done with my writing class yet, though.  I really hope to be done with it in a couple of months!  I had to ask for an extension on the due date of my story.  I added and subtracted text as I was editing it for what I hoped would be the last time, but…now I have to retype it.  I am probably going to finish it tomorrow.  Then I also have to write the cover letter for an editor as the other part of the assignment.  So after days of writing, I decided to paint for a change!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  We are having beautiful spring weather here.  We had a pretty good rain a couple of days ago.  It is sunny but cool.

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

NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators and Why I Love Their Work

I think this is going to be an interesting blog series. These are some gorgeous children’s book illustrations! 🙂

Traci Bold's IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WORDS

Part 1- Animals

I admit, I judge a book by its cover. Especially in children’s literature. When the art grabs my attention on the cover, I know goodies await my eyes on the inside; think eye candy!

However, my first impression is never “Such a pretty picture…” when I see the covers. Instead my brain deciphers right away, what exactly about the cover entices me to open the book. There are numerous qualities on my checklist and these carry over into the illustrations of the book itself. Some books will have just one checkmark, others, two or more.

These qualities will be explored in my new series, ‘NOT JUST A PRETTY PICTURE: Women Illustrators and the Why I Love Their Work’ kicking off right now as part of the #kidlitwomen movement. Women have been rockin’ the kidlit world for decades and continue to do so. 

To start us off, my…

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Rainbow Giraffe

Hello Friends,

Today I decided to do another giraffe.  I used the same drawing obviously, but she is the darker end of the rainbow!  Her name is…Violet.  

 

 

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

2-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling!

Hello Friends,

Once again I have stumbled on to some “old news,” but this is just too fascinating not to share.  This is the kind of news clip that usually appears at the end of some news casts in our area.  We don’t watch the news regularly at our house anymore, though.  So here is the short video just a few seconds long, but worth the watch:

 

Also, here is a link to the article about this RARE sea turtle.  Let’s hope he or she makes it even though the odds for survival may not be good.  You just never know.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/two-headed-loggerhead-turtle-found-florida-video-spd/

 

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

Giraffe Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I spent most of the last couple of days on this one.  A few days ago I traced it from a magazine.  Then I spent yesterday painting it.  Just something different this time!

This is Garrett.  He wants to know if you like his beard?   😉

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

Cinderella Mice in Watercolor

Jack

Hello Friends!

Meet Jack and “Gus-Gus!” which Gus calls himself.   Most likely you’ve already “met” them if you’ve ever seen the Disney movie of Cinderella!  They are my favorite characters.  So I decided to find them online and print them out.  The pictures I found were quite a bit smaller (even though they look the same size here! Weird!) But I just painted by sight and enlarged them.  They aren’t proportioned exactly right, but that’s okay.  And I did their tails a little different.  I HAD FUN AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!  Ha, ha!  🙂

Anyway, as you can see, Gus is much larger and a little lopsided, but what was fun was trying to match the colors. Also, I painted on different paper than I usually do.  I found a Watercolor Block of Aqvartelle Arches paper, Hot Pressed, 10×14.  Hot Pressed paper is smooth so there is no “tooth” to it.  I prefer watercolor paper that has more texture or tooth, but this is good paper for trying stuff out on I think.  There is a lot of extra room on this page, (I did a close-up shot of them) so I will be adding a couple of other mice sometime this week.  I love the female mice who do the sewing of Cinderella’s dress.  Their voices are so cute!

Gus-Gus

This past Thursday I went to a watercolor class that I plan to keep attending.  My instructor is fun, pleasant and demonstrates technique very well!  I also met three other delightful people who are students.  It was a small class, a lot of fun, and will be my Thursday outing each week for as long as I can go.  The price is very affordable right now especially since we have no kids living here to feed and clothe at the moment!

And of course I am still working on my second children’s story and will be starting a new sea turtle this week sometime.

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

5×7 Sea Turtle #1 FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Here is my first 5×7 Sea Turtle watercolor painting with the background!  This is my Green Sea Turtle.  In case you’re wondering why they are called “Green,” it is not because of the colors of their shells which are usually a brown color (mine is covered with moss, etc.) but it is because of the fat inside their bodies!  It is green from all the algae and other plants they eat!  Cool, huh?

I cannot seem to get my phone camera to do the colors justice, though.  The blues and greens in the water are not coming out as much as you can see them in person.  I tried taking the photo in different areas and this one taken outside was the best.  I think when it is scanned by the computer guy at the print shop, it will come out better.  I will dropping it off to them on Monday, August 14th since I will already have to be in town that day for the dentist.  I live over a 30 minute drive away so I go to town as little as possible!

I’m not sure how many to order, but will probably just start with a dozen.  The first time has to include the cost of scanning the painting as well.  So it could be two weeks or so before they are ready most likely.

In the meantime, I will be starting on the second one!  I am also working on my second children’s story for my writing class.  I wrote the first two drafts out by hand, and the second draft is a lot longer.  Now I’m going to type them to see what my word count is!

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

 

Blanket Octopus 2

Hello Friends,

A couple of nights ago I decided to find the part of the nature show I watched that showed the “Blanket” octopus spreading herself out to make herself look bigger.  I found it and paused it at the best place to draw from.  I couldn’t really get the brilliance of the sunlight shining down into the water and “through” her body, but this is the best I could do with watercolor pencils.

Watercolor pencils are very different to work with than paint out of the tube or even the solid cakes of paint in a pan, which I have never liked much.  With pencils, you can either draw first and add the water which is what I do so the colors won’t bleed too much, or you can wet your paper and then draw.  I have just always done it the first way I mentioned.

So here she is:  “Blanche” the Blanket Octopus!  (I have been watching reruns of “Golden Girls” lately!  Blanche is my favorite character.

Over the next few days I will be posting more turtles I have drawn to fit a 5×7 card!  (I would love to know if you think they should be smaller on the card with more background or fill the card as I have drawn them??? Let me know!) So watch for them to come swimming along.

The weather here has been cooler the last couple of days!  I have not had to turn the A/C on until almost noon!  Nice!

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

 

 

“Blanket” Octopus Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick sketch I did the other night with my watercolor pencils.  I was watching a nature show about sea creatures a couple of weeks ago, and I had never seen this type of octopus before!  I sketched it in graphite pencil first, but made a note that it was a vivid red color!  (My watercolor pencils don’t do it justice, and I will probably paint it again bigger and closer to the real color at some point.)

This type of octopus is called a Blanket octopus.  This is a female.  They can grow as long as 6 feet!  They drift in the open ocean at all times.  When she feels threatened by predators, she can unveil her “Gossamer shroud” to make herself look bigger.  She can also detach part of her cloak to confuse her predators as well as release ink!  I thought it was interesting.

And if you want to see the first octopus I did, it’s called Octopus on the Loose!

I painted this on a Canson 5×7 watercolor sketch pad I picked up the other day.  I haven’t used my watercolor pencils in a while, and this is not exactly how red it appears in the show, but I am going to watch it again, and hopefully be able to match the red better with my paints from the tube.  Also, I am going to try and paint her with her shroud spread out a lot more like it showed on the nature show.  And who knows?  Maybe I will get some octopus cards made, too, someday!

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

 

 

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