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ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Hello Friends!

Last night I did this in my art journal. I think today I may begin trying to make some animal “characters” by drawing real animals and making them look “animated,” but not digutal.

This is probably going to be an exploritory year for me in art. So I think my mantra for my art journal is going to be EXPLORE!

In the meantime….

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

 

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Dumbo Learns to Fly

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This is a preliminary rough sketch of a painting I want to do of Dumbo learning to fly. It isn’t finished, because his little mouse friend isn’t sitting on his hat. I drew it looking at a picture on my phone. I hadn’t realized my phone’s charge was so low; it died right as I finished. Perfect timing!

I know I said I was planning to do a lot of new turtle drawings, but I got into collecting Blue Rays and/or DVDs of all the old Disney movies we have on VHS tapes. I don’t have this one replaced yet, and the tape we have won’t play anymore. That’s me, though. Unless I have a designated project to work on, I tend to be all over the place!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. My son gave me the movie of Napolean (about an adorable dog.) We all loved it when the kids were little.

My husband gave me a print of the original drawing of the Hundred Acre Wood in a nice frame. And my daughter gave me a DVD of “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” which is a compilation of the original classic short shows that were on TV when I was a kid. I have tapes of them that still work, but this is great!

She also gave me the movie we saw in the theater together over the summer called “Christopher Robin” with Ewan McGregor playing him as a grown up. It is a pretty fun movie to watch and is very sweet story. If you loved Pooh, you may like this.  The characters from the stories were created from real stuffed animals and then computer animated but not in a cartoon style. It was really well done! And there’s some pretty great extras on the Blue ray disc.

I think Walt Disney was quite a genius at animation and was amazingly creative. It’s too bad he wasn’t around a lot longer.

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

Dumbo’s Ears

Hello Friends! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

Here is a quick little sketch of the part in Dumbo when his ears first unfold. I did it the other day with my Arteza brush pens.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!! 😁🎄❤

The Collaborative work of E. H. Shepard and A. A. Milne

Hello Friends,

Today I want to share with you a snapshot into the lives of children’s book illustrator, E. H. Shepard, and writer, A. A. Milne, from the fascinating book I’ve been reading called, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Kathryn Aalto.

E. H. Shepard’s mother was Harriet Jessie Lee. She had grown up with an artist father. Therefore, she encouraged her son’s interest in drawing by providing notebooks and pencils for him to carry with him wherever he went. Kathryn Aalto says on page 57, “Through time, he developed a photographic memory for drawing scenes, events, and gestures.”

Shepard experienced a happy childhood with his parents and two older siblings until he was eleven. But Aalto says on page 58, “One day his mother, bedridden for months, bid the children a cheery goodbye for what they perhaps thought was a short trip to visit his aunts. Not much later, she died…Shepard said that he felt his childhood ended then.”

However, in his grief his love of drawing became “an outlet of expression for him.” (Page 58) His suffering aided him in being able to express emotions in the characters he drew. Kathryn observes this underlying grief when she notes, “Consider the way he portrays a contemplative or bewildered Pooh bear or a timid Piglet trying to be brave.” His mediums of choice were pencil, pen and ink, and black crayons. As you can see in his drawings of A. A. Milne’s characters, he “favored cross-hatching, fine line, or crayon,” (Page 61.)

In 1926, Shepard traveled to visit Milne’s stomping grounds and walk with him through Ashdown Forest. Not only did this land inspire Milne’s stories, it also became the inspiration for Shepard’s drawings. Aalto says on page 61, “The bee tree, Wol’s tree, Galleons Lap, and the Enchanted Place were real places Shepard interpreted…”

All of the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh were drawn from Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. But that “silly old bear,” as the fictional Christopher Robin called Pooh, was created from Growler. Growler was a stuffed bear that belonged to Shepard’s son, Graham. He studied and sketched how the boys played with their stuffed animals which eventually became his art for the books.

In my humble opinion, the collaboration of A. A. Milne’s writing and E. H. Shepard’s illustrations has been one of the greatest gifts bestowed on our world. These two men were definitely destined to meet, and the world over has forever been blessed by their incredible work.

I know my own childhood was enriched by Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friends who lived in The Hundred Acre Wood. I am thankful to Kathryn Aalto for writing such a lovely book! I haven’t finished it yet, because I am savoring the beauty of her writing and photography, as well as the photography many others. I highly recommend it for an enjoyable read!

Here is a drawing I did of one of my favorite scenes from “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day.” Pooh is about to go through Eeyore’s house he just finished building because he (Pooh) is holding onto Piglet’s scarf which has unraveled leaving Piglet in the sky.

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

Winnie-the-Pooh Drawing in Pen

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Here is a drawing I did in pen in my art journal that I copied from a book called “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood” by Kathryn Aalto. This drawing is on page 165 in the book. But I didn’t do an exact replica. The trees are different in mine and I obviously need to practice drawing these sweet chracters from my childhood memories! This is Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger, in the story from “In Which Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath” (Winnie-the-Pooh)

I love the original drawings of E. H. Shepard. He created all of the characters after observing Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. It also amazes me that A. A. Milne used his son’s real name in his stories. Also, apparently, Milne’s wife, Dorothy, nicknamed Daphne, “was the first person to give voices and personalities to the characters who would call the Hundred Acre Wood home.” (pg. 41 of this book)

The photos in this book of the real places that Milne used as inspiration for his stories are beautiful! What a gorgeous place he had to live and write!

The last part of her book is “A Visitor’s Guide-The Flora and Fauna of Ashdown Forest.” The photos are awesome!

If you loved Winnie-the-Pooh as much as I did as a child (and STILL DO,) then I highly recommend this book! I still have all of the VHS tapes of the various Pooh cartoons that were on t.v. when I was a kid. Our kids watched them and I have the more modern stories made in the early 2000’s.

Strangely, though, we never got around to reading the original books to the kids. I didn’t read them growing up either! Not sure how that happened. But I did have record albums of some of the stories that I used to listen to over and over. I wish I still had those!

So that’s all for now. I need to work out and clean some before the kids come over this weekend.

What are some of your favorite stories from childhood? I am curious!

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

 

 

 

 

Hungry Cat Pencil Drawing

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This is my other recent doodle. I started out drawing just the mouse, but the way his hands were positioned, I thought he needed something to hang onto. So now this cat is seeing a HUGE mouse on a windy day.

We are having a nice rainy day here. I am hoping we have a really wet winter this year. Our part of California needs it, that’s for sure!

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

Doodle in Pencil

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Here is a doodle of a dog, a worm, and a butterfly sitting in their serene backyard.

I started another pencil doodle last night that I still need to finish.

Today I went to the library and found some books about children’s book illustrators; also a book about Beatrix Potter. I have a couple of books about her art ordered from Amazon that should come this week. But this is a biography called “Beatrix Potter – Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman” by Judy Taylor published in 1986. It is a good readable length that will not feel daunting.

I really love her art, because she drew so much from life which shows in her style.

I draw from pictures or out of my imagination mostly because the fish hatchery where I live doesn’t have a huge variety of plants, trees and animals. Deer and turkeys are what we see most. Although a couple of months ago I got a picture of a jack rabbit. We have been here since 2001, and that is the first one I had ever seen right at the end of our driveway and happened to have my phone on me. I haven’t drawn it yet, though.

I hope all of my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was fun. Both of our kids were here as well as our daughter’s boyfriend. Our son played a few songs on his new ukulele which was fun to listen to. He plays well!

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

Folktale Week Day 6 – Mirror

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When I first saw the prompt for Day 6, “Mirror,” my first thought was the wicked queen in Snow White. And although Peter Pan isn’t “technically” a folktale, it is one of my favorite stories. Besides, Tinkerbell will always be my favorite fairy! And her preening on the mirror is my favorite part of her part in the story.

So here she is!

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

Foktale Week – Day 5 – Insect

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I decided to draw the characters in an Aesop fable today called “The Owl and the Grasshopper.”

If you’re familiar with the fable, you know that this grasshopper’s singing kept this owl awake during the day which she did not like, so she talked him into going up to have a glass of wine that came from Olympus and was what Apollo drank before singing to the high gods.

Well, flattery only landed that grasshopper in the owl’s mouth and gave her a nice crunchy meal!

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

Crustaceous Friday!

Hello Friends, 

Happy Friday. I sat down to eat my lunch after a morning in town a little while ago. So after I finished my grilled cheese sandwich, I decided to work on some character sketch ideas. And when I opened my sketching notebook, I found these ink drawings I had forgotten I drew last week!

So now I am going to go work on some new ideas. I have also started sketching something to paint in acrylics onto my last toy box piece. I worked on it yesterday afternoon. So a couple of projects going on in addition to working on my picture book. In a couple of weeks I am also going to do something called Folktale Week. For seven days in November many artists will be drawing a scene from a folktale or fairytale that includes a certain thing common in these types of stories. Here is the list!

1. Forest

2. Magic

3. Witch

4. Ghost

5. Insect

6. Mirror

7. Animal

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

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