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Spotted Jellyfish Watercolor Sketch

Hello Friends,

Here is my first jellyfish painting.  Its head turned out a little square, but well…that’s okay.  I guess I could call it ‘Jelly Sam Square Fish’.  Ha, ha.  This one is for you, Sheila Hurst!  😉 Sheila wrote a wonderful book called Ocean Echoes.”  It’s a fantastic novel that I recently read and in which I said before inspired me to paint ocean creatures again!

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Echoes-Novel-Sheila-Hurst

I met her here on WordPress, so here is a link to her blog, too.  https://sheilahurst.wordpress.com/

Yesterday  when I decided to sketch this particular type of jellyfish, I wanted to do a “quick” sketch, but I ended up spending hours on it trying to get the colors right.  I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Experimenting with color is my favorite part of painting.  I took a break from writing, and this was a refreshing way to spend it.

It is interesting that there are hundreds of different kinds of jellyfish!  This type of jellyfish was created in a variety of colors.  I was especially attracted to this blueish-purple one with pink highlights.  Someday I want to try and paint a Lion’s Mane jellyfish, but it will probably be one of my greatest painting challenges to date.  They are so transparent and yet colorful.  I don’t know how I will do one in acrylics, but I am determined to try at some point, because I still want to turn our extra room into an ocean environment!  And I want to use the rest of the toy box which would require acrylics.

Here is a link to this type of jellyfish if you are interested in reading more about them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_jelly

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

 

 

 

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Panda in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I am finally done with my panda. I want to darken its limbs more later, but I need to finish my writing project and get on with painting more sea creatures.

I hope everyone is having a blessed week. The weekend is almost here!

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

Toy Box Whale

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I spontaneously decided to paint!  AND…this is not watercolor;  it is acrylics.  I have not used acrylics in a really long time!  They are more challenging and frustrating to me than watercolors.  AND…it is my first whale painting!  So why did I call it “Toy Box Whale”?

Well, there is a reason for my madness.  This piece of WOOD used to be the bottom of our son’s toy box.  It measures 28″ x 16″.   For years it was filled with all of his stuffed animals.  When he moved out last year,  the box and stuffed animals stayed where they were.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to pack up the animals along with other stuff in his closet.  Some things were packed, but some were sent to Goodwill.

I didn’t want to get rid of the toy box, though.  Years ago I stenciled and painted our son’s first and middle name, a teddy bear, and hearts when he was about two.  (That was before I began teaching myself to draw and paint.)  My husband suggested keeping that part, so when I took it apart, I decided to keep all the pieces.  So I disassembled it and kept everything except the lid.  A long time ago the lid broke and couldn’t be fixed.  Each piece is thin white plywood.  The side and back pieces are framed in a light wood.  I am trying to decide what other ocean creatures to paint on those pieces.  Perhaps a sea turtle and a jellyfish on the small ones and maybe an ocean scene on the longer piece.

The smaller pieces can be easily hung on a wall because of the cut out handles in the wood frame.  However, the whale piece will be trickier to hang, because it is just a flat piece without any wood framing.  So until I figure out how I’m going to hang it, the whale is sitting on our keyboard in the living room.  (I haven’t played it in a long time.)

Our son’s old room is painted a light blue, so I am thinking of repainting it the same color and then making the room into a sea creatures room.  It will most likely take me a long time since I am not done with my writing class yet, though.  I really hope to be done with it in a couple of months!  I had to ask for an extension on the due date of my story.  I added and subtracted text as I was editing it for what I hoped would be the last time, but…now I have to retype it.  I am probably going to finish it tomorrow.  Then I also have to write the cover letter for an editor as the other part of the assignment.  So after days of writing, I decided to paint for a change!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  We are having beautiful spring weather here.  We had a pretty good rain a couple of days ago.  It is sunny but cool.

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

Elephant Mama & Baby Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I have finally finished my elephants drawing.  So here they are.  Ellie is the Mama and Sammy is the baby.  (The little brown smudge at the bottom is from our dog, Brownie, jumping up on the couch where my sketch pad was sitting.  She had some dirt on her paw!)

We are on the upswing of this flu bug.  I still have a little cough, but I am feeling a whole lot better!  This week I am planning on finishing my assignment for my writing class.  I have the first part done, and a rough draft that I still have to type up for the second part.  I wrote that while I was at Barnes & Noble on Saturday which was the first day I I had been out in a week!

First I went for a walk by the river after walking over our beautiful Sundial bridge.  It seemed like everyone in town was there, and almost everyone had at least one dog!  I got to pet a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  I talked with a guy who was trying to get his 4 month Lab puppy used to people.  She didn’t seem to have a problem at all.  She was cute.  I also saw some GIANT white dog but have no idea what kind it was.  All I could think was that I would never want to have to brush it!  Ha, ha.  😉

So after I went for a walk I went to the library, the art store for a new sketch pad, then to Barnes & Noble to write, then a couple of other errands and home.  But just being outside in the sunshine among a lot of people did me a world of good.  The weather was perfect that day.  There were a lot of boats on the river, too.  I even saw one guy in a boat catch a huge fish!

I hope everyone is staying well.  I think after last week’s days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s we are going to be getting some rain this week.

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

Elephant Love – Baby and Mama

Hello Friends,

It has been a long week, and I am still not done with this drawing.  I want to add some background and darken some more areas, but I worked on this a couple of more days this week.

I still have a cough, but I think I am over the flu now.  Our daughter usually has the car all week for work, and today is a sunny day.  So since she is home today, I am going out to enjoy some sunshine!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay well.

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

Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

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

 

The Grinch and Max

Hello Friends,

It’s hard to believe it is almost Christmas.  The other night my husband and I watched the original cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” voiced by none other than Boris Karloff.  It has always been one of my favorites from childhood.  My dad loved it, and I can still hear his voice in my head saying certain parts of it.

So I decided to try and sketch them.  The Grinch looks a little weird, but I like how Max turned out.  It is a very rough and quick sketch,  and I had to pause the VIDEO TAPE!!  We haven’t gotten this on DVD or Blue-ray yet!  Ha, ha.  😉

Anyway, this has been a strange holiday season.  We have had a few things happen to our car.  The latest one yesterday was that a ladder fell off the back of a P.G.&E. truck that was driving toward us on the highway when we were on our way to town.  It slid into our lane and my husband could NOT avoid hitting it.  Fortunately, it only ruined the left front tire.  Then when he went to change the tire, he found that our spare was flat.  So we had to call a friend to come and bring us something to pump our tire up so we could get to town and buy new tires.  The front ones needed replacing anyway, so we got two new front ones and a new spare.  Hopefully, that will be the last of the unexpected car expenses this year!  We had to have an expensive part replaced a few weeks ago, too.  Whew!  My husband is telling people we were “torpedoed by a ladder.”  At least we didn’t wreck or get hurt which is a lot to be thankful for.  It also happened on a dry sunny day which was good, too.

Well, I am busy reading a lot and trying to come up with a character sketch for my next assignment.  So that is what I’ve been working on lately.  In the evenings we watch a little t.v. so that’s how the Grinch and Max came about.  I have started on an elephant mom and baby drawing, but probably won’t get back to it for awhile.  I don’t know if I will have anything very “Christmasy” to post by Monday, so just in case, have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

God bless you all.

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

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!  🙂

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!  🙂

 

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