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Winnie-the-Pooh Drawing in Pen

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Here is a drawing I did in pen in my art journal that I copied from a book called “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood” by Kathryn Aalto. This drawing is on page 165 in the book. But I didn’t do an exact replica. The trees are different in mine and I obviously need to practice drawing these sweet chracters from my childhood memories! This is Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger, in the story from “In WhichΒ Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath” (Winnie-the-Pooh)

I love the original drawings of E. H. Shepard. He created all of the characters after observing Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals. It also amazes me that A. A. Milne used his son’s real name in his stories. Also, apparently, Milne’s wife, Dorothy, nicknamed Daphne, “was the first person to give voices and personalities to the characters who would call the Hundred Acre Wood home.” (pg. 41 of this book)

The photos in this book of the real places that Milne used as inspiration for his stories are beautiful! What a gorgeous place he had to live and write!

The last part of her book is “A Visitor’s Guide-The Flora and Fauna of Ashdown Forest.” The photos are awesome!

If you loved Winnie-the-Pooh as much as I did as a child (and STILL DO,) then I highly recommend this book! I still have all of the VHS tapes of the various Pooh cartoons that were on t.v. when I was a kid. Our kids watched them and I have the more modern stories made in the early 2000’s.

Strangely, though, we never got around to reading the original books to the kids. I didn’t read them growing up either! Not sure how that happened. But I did have record albums of some of the stories that I used to listen to over and over. I wish I still had those!

So that’s all for now. I need to work out and clean some before the kids come over this weekend.

What are some of your favorite stories from childhood? I am curious!

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

 

 

 

 

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Beatrix Potter Imitation

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I decided that my first art journal goal is going to be to study some of the best children’s book illustrators from the past. Beatrix Potter is my first choice.

She trained her eye well through constant observation of real plants and animals. She and her brother caught and trained wild mice and rabbits!

I have been reading about her for the last couple of weeks. The biography I bought called “Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature” by Linda Lear, is actually easy and enjoyable reading, not daunting like I thought it might be when I saw it at the library. So now I am glad I bought it! Her watercolors are so soft and beautiful!

So here is my first attempt at copying, not tracing, one of her illustrations for the book “The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.” Apparently, in addition to drawing from life, she also copied famous illustrators from her day for practice.

I am planning on doing a few more turtles before the end of the year, too. I hope everyone is having a nice Decemberrrr. It is finally cold here! I’m glad.

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

Art Journal Project!

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The other day I stumbled onto a notice on Instagram for a few free videos of how to make an art journal and use it to set and reach goals for the year. It is almost 2019 already which I can barely comprehend.

Miriam Schuman teaches classes at her website called The Inspiration Place. The first four videos are free which are each only a few minutes long. But this is all I am doing for now. I think these four videos are a free introduction to her class called “Painting with Words.” So you can google her and find it if you are interested. I am taking a break from classes for the rest of the year.

Here is the cover of my journal.

I attempted to make it look like a sea floor. Using Washi tape was fun. My daughter let me use hers because she is sweet. πŸ˜‰ She is eventually planning to do one as well.

Here is the first page.

My paper curled up some, but I was layering some gouache over watercolor…just playing…as my friend Janet suggested. Thanks, Janet. I want to try it on bigger 300 lb. watercolor paper which can take more water without curling the paper.

What I enjoy about playing is that I always learn something new!! My gouache paints are the cheapest brand I could find to experiment with when I took the illustration class. But they are fine. Now I want to experiment painting with just the gouche paints. I also have a book to finish and review.

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

 

Hungry Cat Pencil Drawing

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This is my other recent doodle. I started out drawing just the mouse, but the way his hands were positioned, I thought he needed something to hang onto. So now this cat is seeing a HUGE mouse on a windy day.

We are having a nice rainy day here. I am hoping we have a really wet winter this year. Our part of California needs it, that’s for sure!

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

Doodle in Pencil

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Here is a doodle of a dog, a worm, and a butterfly sitting in their serene backyard.

I started another pencil doodle last night that I still need to finish.

Today I went to the library and found some books about children’s book illustrators; also a book about Beatrix Potter. I have a couple of books about her art ordered from Amazon that should come this week. But this is a biography called “Beatrix Potter – Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman” by Judy Taylor published in 1986. It is a good readable length that will not feel daunting.

I really love her art, because she drew so much from life which shows in her style.

I draw from pictures or out of my imagination mostly because the fish hatchery where I live doesn’t have a huge variety of plants, trees and animals. Deer and turkeys are what we see most. Although a couple of months ago I got a picture of a jack rabbit. We have been here since 2001, and that is the first one I had ever seen right at the end of our driveway and happened to have my phone on me. I haven’t drawn it yet, though.

I hope all of my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was fun. Both of our kids were here as well as our daughter’s boyfriend. Our son played a few songs on his new ukulele which was fun to listen to. He plays well!

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

Western Pond Turtle

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Here is the kind of turtle that is common where I live in northern California. The park of Turtle Bay in our area has some in their outside pond and inside in aquariums. They are fun to watch.

I used Derwent Inktense pencils to draw this one, too.

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

Red-eared Slider

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Now that Folktale Week and Inktober are all done, I am getting back to what I love to do best. Paint turtles! There are so many different kinds that I haven’t attempted yet. So last night I finally sketched this little guy on the rocks with my Inktense pencils. It felt weird because of all the graphite pencil work I’ve been doing lately.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m going to town again today to try and get rid of some books at my favorite used books store. Then I am going to check out the new library in Red Bluff. Normally, I only go to Redding for everything. But I met with a couple of ladies there last month to talk picture book stuff, and didn’t have time to browse that day. I will also have to get a new card since they are in a different county.

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

Folktale Week – Day 7 – Animal

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So today’s the last day of Folktale Week, and I was glad the prompt was animal. I took this opportunity to draw The Tortoise and the Hare. Why?

Because there’s a tortoise in it , of course! And I had to give him a running hat, too. No sneakers, though. A tortoise’s big claws give them lots of traction, I’m sure!

What will I be doing next? Resting my arm for a few days and enjoying Thanksgiving this week.

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

Folktale Week Day 6 – Mirror

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When I first saw the prompt for Day 6, “Mirror,” my first thought was the wicked queen in Snow White. And although Peter Pan isn’t “technically” a folktale, it is one of my favorite stories. Besides, Tinkerbell will always be my favorite fairy! And her preening on the mirror is my favorite part of her part in the story.

So here she is!

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

Foktale Week – Day 5 – Insect

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I decided to draw the characters in an Aesop fable today called “The Owl and the Grasshopper.”

If you’re familiar with the fable, you know that this grasshopper’s singing kept this owl awake during the day which she did not like, so she talked him into going up to have a glass of wine that came from Olympus and was what Apollo drank before singing to the high gods.

Well, flattery only landed that grasshopper in the owl’s mouth and gave her a nice crunchy meal!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!Β  πŸ™‚

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