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Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

Well, here it is! A finished anglerfish. Isn’t it scary? I probably could have darkened a lot of places a little more, but I don’t want to wreck my arm! And I definitely didn’t want to try and make the whole background as dark as the bottom of the ocean where these amazing creatures live either.

So it is Saturday. My husband and I were supposed to be going to the last Writers Forum meeting, but his weekend guy called in sick and he couldn’t find anyone else around to cover today. So George had to work. We were also going to go to a movie afterwards. But it is just as well. I overslept and yesterday stepped on something that I thought I got out of my heel last night, but it is pretty sore today. I guess I’m going to have to soak it now.

On the bright side it is another cool morning here in Northern California. A little cloudy and breezy so that is great! Tomorrow our daughter is leaving for a week of Leadership Training. She is going to be promoting to a Green Hat in the California Conservation Corps. I am getting used to her being gone a lot now since she will be going on spikes all summer, too.

We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get any letters from our son, Josh, this week, but George said the backcountry crew works from sunup to sundown and he is probably really busy and tired. I know he will write when he gets a chance.

I guess I am off to soak my feet now and start reading the book called “Rascal” by Sterling North. What amazes me is that I’ve seen a movie about this raccoon years ago, but I thought it was based on a novel! Silly me. It is a memoir! I feel silly…oh so silly…

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

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Leafy Sea Dragon Progress

Hello Friends,

I spent the last couple of hours working on this today. Now off to eat lunch and work on other projects!

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

Common Sea Dragon Ink Sketch

Hello Friends,

The other day I decided to do a quick sketch of the Common Sea Dragon. As you can see, it has many less appendages than the Leafy Sea Dragon. So why didn’t I pick this one to paint you might wonder? Well, to me, the Leafy Sea Dragon is more challenging and just seems to have so much more character! They are definitely wondrous sea creatures.

Well, our weather here has drastically changed in one day from beautiful cool and breezy spring to a stagnate 92 degrees! It is June now, though, so I am thankful that we had an actual spring season this year anyway. But I think our summer is finally here (even though it isn’t the 21st yet.)

When I was a kid living in Georgia, I loved summer even with the humidity (I didn’t know any different, then, though.) But that was because my mom either set sprinklers out for us to play in or took us to the local public swimming pool. Although, I do have great summer memories of our small pool we had for a couple of summers when the kids were young. All we could do was play in it, but it relieved a lot of stress!

What is a favorite summer memory of yours?

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

 

Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

So besides the leafy sea dragon painting I am working on, I have also been working on this cool anglerfish. I checked out a book from the library that I’ve mentioned before called “Creatures of the Deep” by Erich Hoyt. The particular picture I am drawing from (not tracing) was taken by Norbert Wu and can be seen here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/group/anglerfish/

I have always loved the uniqueness of these deep sea fish! I mean how awesome would it be to live in the darkest depths of the ocean but have a cool light attached to your head that never burns out? Pretty cool, I think. Although they look a little intimidating and scary, I still think they are amazing. But I guess it’s a good thing they aren’t swimming around the surface of the ocean where people swim.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am almost done with my 8th writing assignment and am working on a couple of stories. So I have plenty to do along with my art.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

Hello Friends,

I decided to spend a few more hours working on my leafy sea dragon today. You know, this is probably one of the most challenging creatures I have EVER painted! But it has been fun even when it feels a little frustrating at times. I am hoping to finish it this weekend but it will probably take a little longer than that.

In the meantime, I am still working on my writing. I also have some other doodling and smaller paintings I want to do.

It has been such a nice week of wonderful spring weather here! I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are, too.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor – Coming along!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I worked on my leafy seadragon some more. I filled in more of the water that shows between its body and leafy appendages. I also started working on his eggs. I say “his” because in case you didn’t know, male leafy sea dragons carry the fertilized eggs from the female until they mature. Then the male gives birth to new baby seadragons. They are a relative of seahorses who do the same thing. Pretty cool, huh? (Too bad we women can’t do that with our young! Ha, ha.)  😉

When I finish this painting, I will tell you more about their biology…er…seadragon biology, that is.

Also….

here is a common seadragon ink drawing I doodled yesterday. I believe they are called “common” because they only have a few leafy appendages. I just love these little creatures.

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

PUFFER FISH INK DRAWING

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly puffer fish I drew quite a while back.  I don’t think I ever posted it, but if it’s a repeat, sorry!  I drew it in ink which was fun.  I tried to upload another drawing I did, but again, we are having slow internet problems with the rain that came in today.

Fortunately, I think my husband and I are all well from that flu bug.  From what I understand it could have been a lot worse.  I am thankful it only lasted a week!  He still has the cough, but mine is pretty much gone.

I finished my fifth assignment for my writing class today and sent it in.  So that is good!  I am glad to be done with it.  The first part was to write a physical description of a kid.  The second part was to write my character’s thoughts.  I chose to do a monologue about a teen-aged girl who can’t understand why people think it’s weird that she is a “cutter.”  If you have never heard of that before, it is a psychological disorder that some kids and adults have where they much cut themselves in an effort to r

I have been doing a lot of reading of young adult fiction lately.  I picked up the first book in a three-book series by Orson Scott Card a few weeks ago.  I am almost done with the first book, “Pathfinder.”  Wow!  I have NEVER read science fiction before, but this is truly incredible!  I have hardly been able to put it down.  His sense of humor is refreshing, too.  I went to town yesterday for a routine doctor’s appointment and checked out the second book.  I am hoping to finish the first one by tomorrow.  So for now, I am going to get back to reading!

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

 

Sea turtle Ink Doodle

Hello Friends,

Last night I doodled this happy friend to help keep me company and keep my place in my reading.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug.  🐢
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Crow in Blue Ink

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This morning I decided to do something a little different.  I used a blue pen to draw a crow. The notes are so I remember how to correct a couple of things.  I have a friend, Kath Unsworth, who lives in Australia.  She has painted some amazing crows and ravens.  Check out her art/writing about ravens and crows at her blog:  https://kathunsworth.com/2016/11/19/november-moon/   So when I saw a book about crows I was immediately reminded of her much like many people say they think of me when they see sea turtles.  That still amazes me.

One day when I was at the library a little over three weeks ago, (shhh…..it’s a little late!)  I happened upon a “Scientists in the Field” picture book called “CROW Smarts – Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird” by Pamela S. Turner.   The photographs are by Andy Comins with art by Guido De Filippo.  

Besides living the life of an author, wife, and mom, Pamela S. Turner also volunteers at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, which is about a half hour’s drive from Antioch where I used to live!  She lives in Oakland now but has traveled to many places around the world.  She has a website at http://www.pamelasturner.com/ 

Getting back to my drawing I traced the outline of the last big photo of a New Caledonian crow in the book, however, I did not include the “tool” it has in its mouth.   These amazing creatures make tools out of sticks much like chimpanzees.  I love learning new things about various animals.  “Crow Smarts” says an American crow’s bill curves “slightly downward.”  But this crow has “a straight bill that resembles needle-nose pliers.” (pg. 23)

I am still reading it, however, I admit I mostly checked it out for the pictures.  That’s how I learn to draw shapes of certain animals.  I think Kath may take her own photos and draw from them, but I’m not sure.  I also draw from my own photos (or others, in the case of my friend Lori and her chipmunk.)  Right now it is way too hot to go out taking pictures.  I hear crows around the hatchery where we live, but they fly away at the slightest sound of a human approaching.

So to end this week or reading, writing, drawing and painting, I thought I would share my new knowledge about this beautiful and intelligent creature and the talented people who put this great book together.

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

 

PhotoPad Fun!

Hello Friends!

The other day I got to chatting with a fellow blogger, Kevin Cameron, who also has a blog here on WordPress called https://kevincameronartist.wordpress.com/.

I was asking him what type of photo editing he used and we went back and forth for a while.  I can’t afford what he has, but he took the time to help me find a FREE one called PhotoPad!  It is simple, easy to use, and the price is just right for me at this time!  Thanks Kevin!  I appreciate your help!

So I was “doodling” around with one of my paintings that I have published here before, and this is how I changed my Floating sea turtle!  I love purple and yellow!  I also added a border!

The New Floater

 

The Original Floater

Pretty cool huh?  It will be a fun “toy” to play with and a great tool for editing any photos or just changing stuff up to make something new!  So I glad I held out and waited until I found the person who was able to help me most!

I am still working on a painting and my drawings for future prints of new 5×7 sea turtle cards, but it will take a while. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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

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