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Pig Mama and Baby…almost finished.

 

Hello Friends,

I started sketching this mama pig and her baby the other day.  The mama pig’s eyes are completely closed, so it may look funny when I finish.  The photo is from a very nice gift my daughter bought for me a couple of months ago.  The gift is a book called “The Wisdom of Moms…Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  She thought I would like to draw the animals; they are all beautiful.  My daughter was sad that there were not any turtles in the book, but when I received it from her in the mail while she was gone this summer, I probably don’t have to tell you how much I cried.  Just knowing she thought of me when she found it was a gift in itself.

The quote on the next page for this photo says “Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”  Sister Corita Kent.  This is so true!  Learning to live in the present has always been a challenge for me.  I used to preoccupy my thoughts with things I was dealing with from the past or worrying about the future, but I do very little of that anymore.  The present is beautiful in itself!

At the bottom of the page where this quote is, it says, “Free-range farm pigs will make a nest for their families, gathering straw for warmth when the piglets are young.”  The photo shows them laying in some straw.  This is going to be very challenging to do in pencil!

I love all animals in the book, and I still can’t tell you why when I was a teenager I began to love turtles so much, but as I have said before I love sea turtles now, because they are so beautiful, graceful, and endangered.  For my fourth assignment for my writing class I am working on gathering current information about sea turtles, picking the most endangered type, and writing about conservation.  I think this assignment is going to take a while…just doing the research will take quite a bit of time.

In the meantime, another project I am going to have to start soon is working on a painting of our dog for an auction on eBay to benefit “Forever Foster Homes” and the “Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.”  Their notice said they are “currently providing lifetime care for over 300 senior dogs.”  My daughter told me about it a while back.  It is not a contest; they are just taking donations of people’s artwork.  The deadline for donations is November 1st!  The auction starts the second week of November.

So as usual I have my work cut out for me.  I also want to write a piece to send into “Chicken Soup for the Soul” which would be my first real writing submission anywhere.  It has to be a true story.  I may have told you all about it already.  There is no deadline for this, though.

However, the institute where I am taking my class is having a poetry contest.  The poem has to be about an animal, but I really don’t write a lot of poetry, so I’m not sure I’m going to have time to submit anything.  Also, the deadline for that is November 5th!  Whew!  Lots of opportunities but I need to choose wisely.

I hope everyone will enjoy your October, the beginning of fall, and Halloween if you celebrate it.  I hope to make a few more posts this month, but my creative life has gotten pretty busy these days!  I am hoping to get the first couple of 5×7 paintings of my sea turtles I did to a printer this month also!

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

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Drawing to Please?

Hello Friends,

Well, here’s something a little different.  Some of you may remember this drawing I did in a college art class several years ago.  I posted this here back in 2013.

This is the most frustrating piece of art I have ever done.  Doing this project almost turned me off from drawing for good!  In fact back then my right arm had been healing from an accident I had about 15 years ago.  Working on this drawing made it all flare up again so I ended up dropping the class.  Looking back I am glad I didn’t finish the class; I think I would have done too much damage to my arm if I had.

The thing that bothered me the most was when the teacher just kept on saying that parts of this drawing needed to be darker or reworked or whatever. I’ve never been so frustrated with a piece of work I was doing!!  But I finished it. However, I couldn’t do much drawing for quite a while after finishing this.

Well, I’m glad I didn’t stop drawing; it’s just too much fun!  If you’re feeling discouraged working on something for someone else right now, hang in there.  You will be done with it eventually.  Try not to hate it too much when you’re done like I hated this piece for a long time afterward.  I still don’t like it much really, so it was a lesson hard learned.

Since that class I have learned to draw because I enjoy it, it’s fun, and I honestly don’t NEED others to like it; nor does it bother me if someone hates my work or criticizes it.  I don’t do art to please others; I do it because I WANT to. It’s my choice to share it.  And this is all to say, I am definitely NOT needing anyone to “like” THIS one!  Ha, ha.

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

 

 

Australian Flatback Sea Turtle

Hello Friends!

Wow, yesterday was quite the day being a guest on my friend Jill’s blog!  I met several new wonderful people and their thoughtful comments made my day!  Thank you, Jill, and everyone!

As promised, here is another sea turtle I have re-drawn in a 5×7 size that I will paint again in watercolors.  This is the Australian Flatback; their scutes on their backs don’t seem to be as prominent as other types of sea turtles – they look smoother which is why I painted it that way originally.  I may change it a little, though and just make the lines light.

I named Christine when I first painted my huge one a few years ago.  I named her after Christine, a fellow blogger I met here on WordPress who lives in Australia and is also a wonderful and creative artist herself.  I learned a lot from her when I first began my blog four years ago.  She does more teaching on her blog which is a great gift she has.

Here is a link to Christine’s blog https://zenschoolforcreatives.com/category/watercolours/

Well, it is back to the drawing/painting board for me!  Also…writing.  I am beginning a new writing course which I will tell you about soon.

Watch for a few more turtles coming along!  I may also start on a new sea turtle project for displaying at a local art gallery.  I will tell you more about that later, too.  It is not a commission or anything I was asked to do.  It is a voluntary piece I can contribute for their Holiday sale where people can sell paintings and crafts they’ve made I think.  I will be finding out more about it soon.

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ON MONDAY, WATCH FOR MY NEXT GUEST BLOG POST.  My guest will be another friend I met through our local Writer’s Forum group, Vickie Linnet.

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

 

Green Sea Turtle Drawing

 

Hello Friends,

Here is a new drawing of my green sea turtle, Thomas.  It looks a little different than the first painting I did.  Yet, I am sure not all green sea turtles look exactly the same as far as their scales and faces go.

This is a new sea turtle that will also become a 5 x 7″  watercolor painting that I will want to have new blank greeting cards printed from, and I will add a background to it, too.

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

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Drawing

Hello Friends,

Meet Olive, the Olive Ridley sea turtle again, (or if you haven’t met her, she says “Hello everybody!”)  This is a quick sketch of her, but I will add an ocean background, probably different from the larger painting I did a few years ago.   I have redrawn her on a much smaller scale!  And here is why —

 

I wanted you to know that I am redrawing the seven types of sea turtles again to paint in watercolors on a much smaller scale, 5 x 7 to be exact, so I can get blank greeting cards made from them.  (This is in response to my “#1 fan” Jill W.!!  I love you, Jill!)  😉

So that is what I am working on in addition to doing a new watercolor painting for a friend which I am going to post when it is done.  I will be posting the second sea turtle I drew later this week, too.  Hmmm….which one will it be?

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!  We finally have some much cooler weather for a while which I am enjoying!  Stay cool…and always remember to….

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

Cock-eyed Giraffe Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to share this giraffe I sketched without tracing the outline. You can probably see that.  Its eyes are so uneven!!  Apparently when I first posted this, I confused myself and said it was a camel in the text.  It has been quite a few weeks of craziness here!  Oh well, I  have not been drawing freely as much lately with all the recent events that happened in my life.  Here they are:

The good:  My daughter graduated from high school. 🙂

The bad:  Next week she leaves us for the summer on the same day our son will be leaving to go live and work in the wilderness for his job for 8 days.  Well, it will be “good” for HIM, but “bad” for ME; I will be saying good-bye to him this weekend, then to my daughter a few days later.  They are leaving on the same day.  This is going to be the first time I have ever been away from both of them at the same time for any length of time. 😦  I am sure George and I will have a good week, though.  😉

The ugly:  My brother committed suicide on May 4th.  I have written about that already here on my blog.  The post is here:   https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2017/05/23/suicide-dont-make-that-choice/

However, yesterdat, I did 5 of my picture book paintings for Larry, the Lonely Leatherback Sea Turtle!  I want to get the paintings finished so I can scan them into my laptop and digitally put the words to the story in.  I have started this process with a different picture book I have done a few watercolor paintings for called Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.  I haven’t shared any of that story here yet.

As usual, I am feeling like I am all over the place emotionally and mentally.  This is going to be a busy week.  I am meeting a new friend for lunch on Thursday so that will be fun.  Then this Sunday I might get to see some real turtles and tortoises!! I have seen some turtles before I even owned a red-eared slider years ago)  but never a tortoise in real life!  This excites me!!  I hope I will be allowed to take pictures so I can share them here.

So now it is onto exercising and getting ready for the meeting tonight!

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

 

Kangaroo Feet!

Hello Friends,

Here are some kangaroo feet I drew yesterday.  I was looking at this picture of these unique feet in a book about kangaroos.  This is the whole picture!  Just feet…..

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

P. S. May the 4th be with you!  😉

 

Hippo “Peek-a-Boo” in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hippo I did yesterday in pencil.  I decided to venture out and get to drawing some other animals for a change.  I am in the process of working on preliminary ideas for an alphabet book.  I have some other drawings of animals for each letter, but they are small right now.  I will share them eventually.

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

Kangaroo in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here is a little kangaroo hopping around, probably somewhere in Australia!  This is for you, Christine Stoner!

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

Women in the Wilderness

Hello Friends! Today I want to share a post from my husband’s new blog, CCC: Hard Corps. He has been finding all kinds of people who write about their experiences in the California Conservation Corps. either from the past or currently.
Our son just joined them a month or so ago and is loving the great work they are doing. Our daughter will be joining sometime soon after she graduates from high school this year. My husband was in the CCC back in the late 1980’s. We met in 1990 after he had just gotten out.
Agnes’s story is very inspiring! Enjoy!

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

CCC: Hard Corps

This is Agnes. Agnes is one of the organizers for Women in the Wilderness.  She hails from the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, however, the mountains of CA have been her favorite home.  She spends her winters in Mammoth Lakes, CA and summers have been spent mostly in Kings Canyon National Park, but also the Inyo NF, the Stanislaus NF, and all over CA travelling between CCC Backcountry Crews.  With an environmental studies degree and seeking something more than planning, she stumbled upon the Backcountry Program. The 22 weeks spent that first summer in the Sierra launched her outdoor career working with young people building trails and community.  Agnes has hiked over 10,000 miles all over the backcountry, she spent 5 seasons with the National Park Service and 8 seasons with the Backcountry Program as a Supervisor and Program Manager.  Following her passion, she is a founding member of the 

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