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Play! It’s So Fun!

Hello Friends!

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 attemptedย  any art again until I HAD TOย 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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,ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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Dormouse in Hibernation

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Yesterday I decided to draw a little hibernating dormouse in pencil.

Her name is Dot the Dormouse.

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

 

 

Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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

 

Dancing Donkey in Pencil

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I drew this little donkey from a photo on the back of aย Ranger Rickย magazine last night. The photo is credited to KLEIN & HUBERT/NATUREPL.COM in the magazine. And of course this was just a cute guy who caught my eye! But it is so adorable. I have never drawn a baby donkey before. So I had to give it a go!

I have gotten my ink drawing done of my leafy sea dragon, but I still need to do a watercolor of it and send it off to the publisher to see if they want to use either of them for my article. I honestly am still a little in shock about that!

I hope everyone has had a nice week. I didn’t get as much art done this week because I had things to do in town. And I have been watching videos of other artists to try to learn new things. I am always learning!!!

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

 

Baby Elephant in Pencil

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Here’s a baby elephant I drew last night. Earlier this week I began a Golden Eagle watercolor, but it isn’t finished yet.

I had to go to town a couple of days this week for appointments, so my time was more limited.

So some of the things I said in my last post that I hoped to accomplish this week didn’t happen. I tend to go where my “muse” leads me these days anyway.

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

 

Cardinal Pencil Drawing

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Last night I decided to draw a Cardinal bird head very large because I want to try painting it this size in watercolor. The trickiest thing about the male cardinal is the bright and deeper tones of red! This will definitely be a challenge to paint!

As you can see, I did not put a lot of detail into its feathers that are different tones of red. This is just a quick sketch I did last night.

I’m not sure when I will attempt to paint this, but probably sometime next week. I am feeling anxious to start on the rhino watercolor! I hope you all had a nice week!

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

 

Goat Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!ย 

Last night I was looking at goats online to do a watercolor of. Since I have never done one before, I wanted to draw it in pencil first. So I did that in the last hour. And now I have something to post for my Friday drawing buddies, Debra and Emma!

Since I don’t have a tutorial to watch for how to get the colors of it which are shades of brown, black and grey, I am going to experiment with my paints for awhile so I can hopefully get the shades I want. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture I found on a website with pictures for use by anyone because they are CCO Public Domain photos. No particular person’s name are attached to them, though.

Anyway, goats are so cute! Miriam Schulman is teaching how to do a few farm animals in her new class, but I couldn’t afford to take this one, too. However, members of her Inspiration Club are allowed to post our own paintings as well even if we don’t take the class.

One of these days I will be doing more sea turtles, too. For you turtle lovers, please be patient with me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next week I plan on doing the second project in my watercolor class. The next animal will be a Rhinoceros which I have never drawn or painted either! I really love drawing different animals these days.

Well, I hope everyone has had a nice week. We have gotten lots of rain in the valley and snow in the mountains! I think I read somewhere that the draught in California may be over. I hope so, but I still wish it rained all year round!

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

 

Little Lambs Pencil Drawing

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Last night I decided to draw a couple of little lambs. I thoughtย  in addition to working on my sea turtles, I would also begin working on drawing some other animals that I have never done before. And I have several on my list!

Well, our heating and air conditioning all works now 1000 times better! So we are very thankful for that!

I hope everyone has had a great week. We are still getting much needed rain here. All of the grass is green which is always refreshing after the long, hot, dry summer.

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

Green & Flatback Sea Turtles!

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Well, here are two new sea turtles that I plan to do watercolors of soon. I decided to redo my seven sea turtles. But I redrew them smaller so I can paint them on 300 lb. 11×14 watercolor paper. I am planning to get them all drawn and transferred first before I start painting.

It has been a crazy couple of days here. Our very old house here at the fish hatchery is getting a new heating and A/C unit put in. So they are having to replace all the ducts, too. Really nice workers. Our old dog has barked at them some, but is now used to them and just sleeps through it all.

The cat was out when they came yesterday. She hid until they were gone, but I had no idea where she was! Then when they left, she jumped out from behind the stove! Her fur was dusty, but she was fine.

Today I left her in the room where all her stuff is, but when they need to go in there to put the vent back in the ceiling, I will have to grab her!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

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

 

Owl Pencil Drawing & Watercolor

Hello Friends!ย 

These days I have been working on drawing animals without tracing photos I find but drawing them just by looking at one.

I have been wanting to do an owl for awhile ever since my daughter said her friend was going to decorate her new baby’s room with owls.

Here is the pencil drawing.

Then I decided to paint from this drawing also without tracing it. As you can see, the watercolor came out different in size and structure, but I love the way the colors came out! I have been working on using more water and less paint in my watercolors. One of the colors of this Eagle Owl are dark brown, but I still didn’t paint the darker feathers as dark as I could have.

Owls happen to be one of the woodland creatures that are featured in the class I have been doing online, too. So this was fun.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am off to have some lunch and do laundry.

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

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