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On Sunday afternoon I decided to go through an issue of “Outdoor California” which is published by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, whom my husband has worked with for over 20 years, after listening to a guided meditation online which is what inspired me.

This issue I had on hand containing these pictures and words happened to go along with what I wrote after the meditation which was a lot about exploring the woods and feeling water on my hands and hearing birds in the air. So that was really cool.

Just as I finished, I heard a knock on the door. When I opened it, our son was standing there which was a great surprise! He had just gone hiking for awhile up at Mt. Lassen which isn’t far from us. So he stopped by to visit. We went for a short walk since my husband wasn’t home yet and visited until he came home. Then we all visited fo a little while longer.

So this turned out to be one of the most blessed Easters I have had in a long time! Plus, I didn’t have to cook; we ate leftovers!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

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HAPPY EASTER!

Hello Friends!

I decided to explore alcohol inks and acrylics on a small piece of canvas today. And this is what happened!

The grace of God in my life is always on my mind. I love the symbol of the empty cross, because it shows me that after Jesus died, he was taken off the cross, buried in a tomb, and rose again.

No matter what you choose to believe, I respect you as a friend. I know God shed His grace on me. And giving others the grace to choose their own beliefs has been a huge area of growth in my life in the last few years.

Happy Easter and blessings to you all.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Sea Turtle Swimming With Mermaids Mixed Media

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The other day I posted my paper weaving project. Well, now it has been transformed!

Today I added a watercolor sea turtle, golden mermaids, a few other little paper sea creatures, and some words to describe how just the thought of being at the ocean makes me feel.

This was so much fun! I am really enjoying learning new things to try in the mixed media class I am taking online.

Just in case I don’t have a post for tomorrow, I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday whether you celebrate Easter or not.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Angel Fish Mixed Media

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This is a crazy mixed media piece I did yesterday. Just an acrylic Angel fish blowing bubbles with a mermaid, a few tiny crabs, a starfish, a sea horse, and a sea turtle. Can you find them all?

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Paper Weaving!

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I like to surprise you with the unexpected once in awhile! I am takingΒ Miriam Schulman’s “Mixed Media Madness”Β class online. I actually am doing several classes right now so I don’t get bored. Ha, ha! Really, I think my A.D D. may just be in high gear. Or I just love variety! πŸ˜‰ Honestly, I know it’s a little bit of both.

Getting back to this paper weaving project, I was watching The Sandlot (the original) while I was cutting and weaving so I think I messed up in a couple of places.

I got a huge bargain on patterned and solid colored paper pads at Michaels…buy 1, get 2 free! So I scooped them up! I am going to be cutting this down to fit it in my art journal and adding some other stuff on top of it to make a mixed media piece.

In orher news, the magazine editor who’s publishing my leafy sea dragon article also accepted my drawing to publish in the article as well. So that’s exciting!

It is already getting warm here in Northern California. I just hope it doesn’t get hot too soon. More rain would also be great! Having an actual Springtime would be nice.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

Baby Elephant in Pencil

Hello Friends!

Here’s a baby elephant I drew last night. Earlier this week I began a Golden Eagle watercolor, but it isn’t finished yet.

I had to go to town a couple of days this week for appointments, so my time was more limited.

So some of the things I said in my last post that I hoped to accomplish this week didn’t happen. I tend to go where my “muse” leads me these days anyway.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Art Journal Watercolors

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I completely forgot about these crazy critters I doodled earlier in the week! These are in my small homemade art journal. I believe I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for these. So the mouse’s eyes are a little smudged.

This mouse is called a Fat Dormouse. It is called “fat” because it goes on a feeding frenzy before it hibernates for the winter. It is “found from northern Spain east through Central Europe and into Russia. It is also found on the islands of Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, and Corfu, and in Turkey and Iran.”

The crazy feathered critter is called a Hoatzin.Β It is a “unique bird found in northeastern South America, particularly in the rainforests formed by the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.” These birds live in colonies. They can also SWIM! They use their feet and wings to swim so they can escape vipers!

In case you’re wondering, I have these and MANY other wild creatures like them in a set of books we used years ago while homeschooling the kids. They are called “Wildlife Explorer.” I never finished getting all the cards to complete the set, but we got two binders full, so it was enough! I can’t find a date of publication either! I only know they were published by International Masters Publishers AB. So I am not sure if they are still available. The kids and I loved looking through them for hours, though! We all love animals. So eventually, there will be more to come. But I probably won’t use the pencils every time.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

American Robin Watercolor

Hello Friends!

I spent yesterday afternoon painting this Robin. I saw one hopping around in the backyard the other day and remembered I had told someone recently that I had never painted one and was going to try it soon.

So here is Robby the American Robin. We had a funny little bird come and camp out in our backyard porch every night for a few winters years ago. We used to watch him sleep from the back door window. This was when the kids were little. However, we never figured out what kind of bird it was because it was always puffed up when it slept. Then it was gone in the mornings before we got up.

Tomorrow you’ll see a couple of small paintings I did last week. But I did them with watercolor pencils so they didn’t come out as clear as I wanted. One of them is a goofy looking bird! The other is a type of Dormouse.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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