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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 Whichย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜

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!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Crustaceous Friday!

Hello Friends,ย 

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. ๐Ÿ˜

Inktober 2018 – Day 31 – Slice

Inktober 2018 – Day 25 – Prickly

Hello Friends,ย 

Meetย Prickly Pete! Iย got this done later today than I usually do, but here is my ink drawing for today’s prompt, “prickly.”

The best part of my day today was getting to visit with my daughter for a few hours. She’s been staying in town all week because of work, but she loves her job at the doughnut shop. She usually goes in around 5 or 6 in the morning. So she still has a lot of her day left when she gets off. I am proud of her and glad she loves her job. So it was nice to have her home for a couple of days.

Well, I hope everyone has been having a great week. I am not sure how many more days of Inktober I will do. I am reading LOTS of picture books and still doing the online art classes atย https://www.svslearn.com/

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

 

Inktober 2018 – Day #18 – Bottle

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I just took a few minutes to sketch this out. The prompt for today is “bottle.” As you can see, my bottle has a message in it. I wonder what it says?

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Inktober 2018 – Day #10 – Flowing

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Today I used a different kind of pen. I wanted my ink drawing to be in color! So I used some Real Brush Pens made by Arteza which I bought here! https://arteza.com/products/watercolor-real-brush-pens-set-of-48

I saw an ad for them on Instagram so I spontaneously ordered them! They are very soft and flowing pens. But a little hard to get used to because the tips are like paint brushes. You would think that would be easy for me since I already paint with watercolors, but the feel is just different. Anyway, this is my drawing for Inktober 2018 – Day #10 “Flowing.”

River Buddies

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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