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Elephant Mama & Baby Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I have finally finished my elephants drawing.  So here they are.  Ellie is the Mama and Sammy is the baby.  (The little brown smudge at the bottom is from our dog, Brownie, jumping up on the couch where my sketch pad was sitting.  She had some dirt on her paw!)

We are on the upswing of this flu bug.  I still have a little cough, but I am feeling a whole lot better!  This week I am planning on finishing my assignment for my writing class.  I have the first part done, and a rough draft that I still have to type up for the second part.  I wrote that while I was at Barnes & Noble on Saturday which was the first day I I had been out in a week!

First I went for a walk by the river after walking over our beautiful Sundial bridge.  It seemed like everyone in town was there, and almost everyone had at least one dog!  I got to pet a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  I talked with a guy who was trying to get his 4 month Lab puppy used to people.  She didn’t seem to have a problem at all.  She was cute.  I also saw some GIANT white dog but have no idea what kind it was.  All I could think was that I would never want to have to brush it!  Ha, ha.  😉

So after I went for a walk I went to the library, the art store for a new sketch pad, then to Barnes & Noble to write, then a couple of other errands and home.  But just being outside in the sunshine among a lot of people did me a world of good.  The weather was perfect that day.  There were a lot of boats on the river, too.  I even saw one guy in a boat catch a huge fish!

I hope everyone is staying well.  I think after last week’s days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s we are going to be getting some rain this week.

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

Elephant Love – Baby and Mama

Hello Friends,

It has been a long week, and I am still not done with this drawing.  I want to add some background and darken some more areas, but I worked on this a couple of more days this week.

I still have a cough, but I think I am over the flu now.  Our daughter usually has the car all week for work, and today is a sunny day.  So since she is home today, I am going out to enjoy some sunshine!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay well.

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

Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

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


Watercolor Painting Process – Part 5

This is a picture of painting over the parts that I had masked out earlier. This is a 2″ brush for making it easier to paint over very large spaces. I just purchased this brush recently when it was half priced. It has taken a little bit of getting used to, because the handle is very fat!

This is what the painting will look like before you take the masking fluid off.

Here is a picture of how I get the masking fluid off. I just rub it off with my thumb. Some books tell you to use some type of eraser, but I have had bad things happen when I tried that. So I feel more comfortable using my thumb. 🙂

Removing Masking Fluid

Here is a picture of the background I painted around the turtle. I did not like the way the sky turned out, because I didn’t like the way the clouds looked. So I ended up painting it much darker later and putting more stormy looking clouds in. I will post those pictures in my next post. I will explain how I “fixed” my mistake then.


© Patsy H. Parker

Sea Turtle Hatchlings Video!

This is pretty cute. Little Loggerhead sea turtles making their way to the sea! 🙂

Wilbur the Pig – Acrylic painting

Wilbur the Pig

I saw the tail end of Charlotte’s Web the other day on T.V. and decided to paint my own version of Wilbur the pig! Charlotte’s not with him unfortunately. But he will be for sale next Saturday in my booth.

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

Added to the inner freedom

Julia’s thoughts are encouraging! And watch the video of Vincent Van Gogh’s art along with the song “Vincent” by Don McLean. It is beautiful! The words even match his works of art many times which is amazing! 🙂

Defeat Despair

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 2007 Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 2007

“No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.”Albert Camus

Van Gogh’s swirling clouds, Rembrandt’s pensive faces, Pissarro’s evocative street scenes, the exultant triumph of the Winged Victory of Samothrace; these and countless other works of art Ihave loved since childhood. They have added immensely to my life, although not in any way that could ever be defined or quantified. I think Camus has come close when he refers to the inner freedom we feel when we enjoy a work of art, especially one that takes us to another time, place, or dimension.

If you do not live close enough to an art…

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Sherri’s Ocean


I painted this watercolor yesterday from a photo of my new friend Sherri who has a blog named A View From My Summerhouse. Here ya go, Sherri! I hope you like it. 🙂

Elephant Watercolor

My elephant watercolor I did for my daughter a few years ago.  Elephants are her favorite animal.  (I guess now she likes hedgehogs, too).

The Subjects Painters Choose

Have you ever wondered why painters decide to paint the subjects they choose?  I have.  Personally, I have never been a fan of Picasso’s or Pollock’s work.  But does that mean it isn’t done well?  Of course not.  It was done exactly the way THEY wanted it done.  Besides, I’m only one person out of billions of people who love the disjointed faces of Picasso or the wild splashes of color poured or drizzled onto Pollock’s canvases.  You see, I believe that unless an artist tells someone why they paint the things they do the way they do, then all we are left with is speculation.

My favorite artist is Georgia O’Keeffe.  I love all of what she did, although I wouldn’t hang all of it in my house.  I love her flowers the most out of all her work.  But her cow’s head paintings and some of her abstract work is very interesting.  Even her cityscapes she did while she lived in New York are pretty intriguing to me.  She really didn’t enjoy living in the city very much, so that’s why she painted the skies and accented the sunspots and clouds she saw.  Georgia absolutely loved the outdoors.  That’s why she ended up living out most of her later lifetime in New Mexico.  She took long walks and found all kinds of things that interested her enough to make paintings of, mostly animal skulls and bones.

In Lovingly, Georgia, on pg. 92, she said,  “I had been taught to work like others  and after careful thinking I decided  that I wasn’t going to spend my life doing what had already been done.”

Georgia knew from the time she was a young girl that she was going to be an artist.  She was also fortunate enough to be able to attend art schools growing up.  She taught art for several years, but she always knew she would become who she turned out to be.

In her autobiography Georgia said,   “I said to myself, ‘I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me — shapes and ideas so near  to me — so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down.'”  (Georgia O’Keeffe, Georgia O’Keeffe)

Before I ever studied anything at all about art, I wasn’t even the least bit interested in going to a gallery or even drawing or painting myself.  It wasn’t until I went to college at 30 years of age and took an Art History class that all of this was introduced to me.  I didn’t become an artist until about ten years later!  But what I learned there that I think has become the most valuable knowledge for me is not to be so quick to judge the artist just because what he or she has done may not be my own taste.  I wouldn’t want people to do that with my art, but they probably have.  In fact, I expect it really, especially from people who aren’t art lovers in the first place.  Or from people who just love to be critical about everything.  The people’s opinions I take to heart the most are other artists’.  Others who have studied art or those naturally talented people who just do art of all kinds, but maybe have never even read anything about it.  Those are the ones whose opinions I value most.

No one knows what is going on in an artist’s mind when they are creating.  Only the artists themselves know this.  A perfect example is Georgia O’Keeffe.  Many of the male critics in her early years of fame assumed that all of her flower paintings were expressions of some hidden sexual ideas.  At first, she felt offended by this.  Over time, however, she didn’t care what people said about her.  She chose to paint what she wanted and how she wanted it to be.

In a gallery brochure for fifty of her flower canvases that were being shown, she was defensive of her paintings and how many of them she was showing.  She said in her autobiography,  “Everyone has many associations with a flower.  You put out your hand to touch it, or lean forward to smell it, or maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking, or give it to someone to please  them.  But one rarely takes the time to really see a flower.  I have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.”  (Georgia O’Keeffe, Georgia O’Keeffe, bold italics mine).

This is what I love about her.  She took the time to tell us why she did the things she did.  Some of her abstract art has this same line of reasoning.  She did all of her painting so we could see the things she saw, the way she saw them.

So whether you are an art lover or not, the next time you see a piece you’ve never seen, don’t be too quick to judge it.  If you can, take the time to learn about the artist.  You might be surprised at what you find and end up respecting the piece.  Or you might still hate it.  And that’s okay (as long as you don’t tell the artist you hate it).  Some artists can take that, I suppose, and don’t care what we think of their work.  But most artists I’ve met are sensitive and just need that extra encouragement.  Which would you rather be – someone who discourages others or an encourager?  I’d rather be the latter.

Until next time, have a great summer day, and give someone you love a hug.