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Donkeys in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do a rough drawing of a few donkeys. I will trace the outlines onto some watercolor paper tomorrow and do a painting of them.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Butterfly in Pencil

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This butterfly is called a Spotted Fritillary. I checked out a book from the library with huge pictures of butterflies and moths. The book is called “Butterfly” and is by Thomas Marent. I drew a couple more of them, but will be taking the book back soon. It is an oversized book…very big!

I hope everyone has had a great start to your week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Goats in Pencil

 

 

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Somehow I managed to get a connection on my phone today. Our satellite internet still isn’t fixed. If he can’t fix it today, it will probably be later this week if they have to relocate the dish.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did a lot of reading!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Peony in Pencil

 

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This is the only flower from my “Mixed Media Madness” class with Miriam Schulman that I haven’t done in mixed media yet. I plan to soon. I just drew it a couple of days ago.

I hope everyone has had a great week! I can’t believe it’s Friday already!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Purple Iris in Pencil

 

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I drew this purple Iris yesterday. I am planning to paint one in purple and another similar one I drew for a yellow Iris. I may do them in watercolor first. Then I plan to make them smaller and put them together on a mixed media piece.

I have begun editing the article I wrote for my writing class about perils sea turtles face. The editor at the magazine, “Skipping Stones,” said to go ahead and send it to her. The other day I received my copies she sent me of the current issue which has my article about Leafy Sea Dragons in it. It is exciting to be published. (At least I can say it happened before I turned 60! Ha, ha! I won’t be 60 until the end of 2020, though. I remember when the year 2000 seemed to sound so far away!)

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing 4th of July tomorrow! We will most likely stay home. We are far from town, and don’t like crowds.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Butterfly in the Grass – Pencil Drawing

 

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This is what I worked on yesterday. I took a close-up picture of a butterfly that landed in the yard a while back and elegantly spread its wings out to pose for me! I am planning to do a watercolor from the picture, too.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Blue Geraniums in Pencil

 

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Last night I sketched these blue Geraniums. Some are blue, some are white. and some are white with blue spots and blue stripes!

I think I am going to paint them in watercolor and maybe onto a collaged canvas at some point. But today, I must rest my arm!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Daffodils in Pencil

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These daffodils are the flowers I am feeling the most excited about painting on one of my mixed media canvases that I have prepared. Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Sunflowers in Pencil

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Here are the sunflower sketches I have done to paint onto one of my mixed media canvases. If I decide to use all of them, I will have to redraw them smaller, but I haven’t decided how I want to design the painting yet.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Play! It’s So Fun!

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Yesterday I had the great privilege of watching Charlie O’Shields talk about his playful way of doing watercolor sketches every day. Not only that, but he also demonstrated his way of sketching with pen, watercolors, and crayons! It was quite fun. So we did these flowers using just three colors each time.

Charlie is a great encouragement to anyone who thinks they “can’t” draw which is what he has learned that many of us tell ourselves after we hit about age 9 and begin believing there are then “wrong” ways to draw and/or paint. When really? It is much more fun to do it without “rules.” Just be a kid again!

I know from my own childhood experience that I began to believe I couldn’t draw when my Jr. High art ‘teacher,’ I use that term loosely, made fun of how I always blushed whenever he called on me. He proceeded to make fun of me in front of the whole class and tease me about it. You can bet that class, which I had been looking forward to, ended up becoming the one I hated most besides Algebra that year!! I couldn’t feel anything except self-conscious every day in that class.

When the school year ended, I barely ever attemptedΒ  any art again until I HAD TOΒ in an art history class in college when I was 30! I hated doing the project we were assigned. All it entailed was drawing a tree in three mediums: pencil, pen, and watercolors (which I had never used before.) But…

The wondrous thing about that assignment, was I began to desire to doodle like I did when I was a kid. We only did a couple of hands-on projects. The rest, as they say, was art history! πŸ˜‰

Eventually, on my own, I began dabbling in the watercolors more, too, but I didn’t get really interested in art until I was married with two kids and home schooling them about 15 years later! I wanted our kids to experience their senses in every way they desired including pencil, pen, crayon, markers, paint, sand, glue, scissors,Β  etc. And I have boxes full of their lovely childhood art to this day. Their expressions of themselves in art are some of my greatest treasures.

So before you listen to your inner critic tell you that you “can’t” draw or whatever else you WISH you could do, just tell that voice to can it! Then get the stuff to start learning and doing what YOU want to learn and do! And then? Just try it! And KEEP trying. Most likely you will surprise yourself…and enjoy yourself! But most of all, hav fun!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

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