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. 🙂
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! 🙂
Here is what I did last Sunday afternoon.
An elephant (which I sketched from a painting I did for my daughter a few years ago.) This Sumi-e ink drawing is a little different from the painting I did. Here’s the Sumi-e ink drawing of my elephant. It was a quick sketch (that back right leg looks a little skinnier than the rest!) Ha, ha!
And a couple of Cardinal birds. One is puffy from the chilly air.
I was looking in a bird book for this one and did a rough sketch of two different photos. I am planning to do a watercolor of a Cardinal in honor of my mom. She loved them even though we never lived anywhere where they could be found.
And now for a little of bit of self-promotion which I rarely do.
I had the original painting of “Grace’s Elephant” printed on 5×7 cards that I am still selling for $5. I only have a few left. I have not gotten re-prints of any of my cards yet. So I occasionally sell some and have used some to accompany gifts I have given people. The two card prints I am currently out of are the ones titled “Sherri’s Ocean” and “Danny Boy” (the horse.) They were my best sellers besides “Grace’s Elephant.” I still have some of those left, though, because I ordered two dozen of those to begin with. A lot of my daughter’s school friends wanted her elephant a few years ago. 🙂 The other cards I have are of the blue hydrangeas acrylic painting I did, a pink rose painting, and one called George’s Alpenglow.
If you would like to purchase any of my art, I have an art page on Facebook. You may message me on there about anything you may want. I do not have any online payment plan set up, however. I would have to get your address and give you mine to send me a check. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to do all of that yet. I will have a lot more time to do all of this when my daughter graduates from high school in May!!
Anyway, here is the link:
Have a wonderful weekend, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
Thank you for reading my blog!!!
Recently I purchased some great pens to enhance some of my watercolor sketches. One evening I was looking out the window and decided to sketch what I could see. It was evening twilight and a little cold out. This is what I saw.
This is called “Evening Twilight!”
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂