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Piggies – Mama and Baby



Hello Friends,

Here is my finished drawing of the mama and baby piggies.  I use Faber-Castell and Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I kept thinking parts of it weren’t dark enough so I worked on it quite a bit over the last few days.  Again, I drew this from a photo in the book, “The Wisdom of Moms – Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  I did not trace the picture, though.  I have been trying to draw more by sight than tracing the outlines of things exactly.  But sometimes, I have to.  Also, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on the straw they are laying in.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Yesterday I worked on tracing a giraffe in ink and getting it drawn onto watercolor paper with the aid of my light board.  It is about 8.5″ x 17″!  If I feel like starting the painting later today, I may do that after I work out…exercise has kind of been going by the wayside lately, and my back is yelling at me to get to it!  I have certain physical issues that require not neglecting exercising a few times a week if not every day.

Hopefully, sometime this week I will get the post done of the other animals we saw at Turtle Bay.  Also, my husband got a couple of good pictures of our 15 year old dog, Brownie, that I need to adjust, print out, and draw and paint for the pet portrait auction I mentioned a few posts ago.  And…of course I am still working on my research for the sea turtle article I have to write for my writing class!  It is good to be busy, though.  I am thankful I can do all of this.

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



Mouse Friends

Hello Friends,

Here they are, the boys and Mary, the head seamstress!  For some reason she is holding what looks like a needle but there’s no thread in the picture.  I finished this last night.  I didn’t color their clothing since I decided to “color” them. They are brown and this is just graphite pencil. I could have colored their clothing really lightly, but decided not to. Also, I drew them a little bigger than the picture I printed out from the internet which I did not post with this.

I plan to do this one in watercolor perhaps with some kind of background.

So I’m not sure what’s next.  I want to get some writing done for sure tomorrow.  I had other stuff to do today so I never did get do any work on my story.  I still haven’t heard from my instructor either, so it’s okay.  I have plenty of time.  And I have my watercolor class this Thursday.  So…

Until next time…

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


Gus-Gus, Mary, and Jaq from Cinderella

Cinderella Beauties


Hello Friends,

Here are the little ladies who sew Cinderella’s dress!  I believe they are Mary, Suzy, and Perla, but I am not sure which is which.  In the cartoon picture I drew by sight from, their dresses are different colors.  However, to me, they all look like the same mouse, ha, ha!!  I like the way the middle mouse (probably Mary) is standing on the spool of thread.  It almost looks like the spool is her legs and the thread is her tail!  It looks that way to ME anyway.  😉

This was a fun drawing to do, but I did it last week, then forgot about it.  I have another group mouse one almost finished that I was doing last night with Mary, Jaq (real name is Jacques) and Gus-Gus as he calls himself, whose (real name is Octavius.) Hopefully, I will post it tomorrow. I think I said Jaq was Jack in a previous post, oops!

Today I will be working on my second story assignment for my writing correspondence course.  I want to turn in what I have done now and see if my instructor wants me to edit it at all.  So I am waiting to hear from her.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Our weather has cooled down considerably in the last week or so.  It has been nice. Unfortunately, weather changes give the arthritis in my feet fits, but I’m used to it now.  But you don’t want to hear about my silly feet!

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


5×7 Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends,

Here is my new Hawksbill sea turtle in watercolor.  I did this one yesterday.  Since I had it lightly penciled on the paper already, I painted it in a few hours.

I am inside right now during the solar eclipse getting ready to wash some dishes.  We didn’t get special glasses to watch it.  My husband had a doctor’s appointment this morning also, so he may be inside through most of it.  Oh well.  I stood on our very shaded back porch and took a few pictures at different times between 10:05 and 10:40 a.m. PT.  It was definitely darker!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  I will probably get back to some writing later today after doing dishes and working out.

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

5×7 Cards Ready to Paint



Hello Friends!

I just wanted you to know that I am still working on my cards.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the printer this week with the first one.  I became involved in a huge writing project.

Anyway, I did get three more sea turtles LIGHTLY drawn (sorry if you can’t see them well) onto the watercolor paper and will probably do some painting later today.

I didn’t feel very well for a couple of days this week, but I did get to talk with both of the kids for quite a while which made my week a lot brighter!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and all of you creative people out there are enjoying your creative endeavors, whatever they may be.

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

Ballerinas are in progress

Hello everyone.  Just letting you know that I am in the process of drawing and painting a ballerina twirling.  It is in progress at the moment on my desk…at home.  Can’t get to it until tomorrow.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

Tomorrow there will be a post of a different color so to speak.  I hope you enjoy it!  In the meantime, here’s something too cute to feast your eyes on!  I found it real quick on Google.  Aren’t these little ones adorable??

ballerina toddlers

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

Ballerina Shoes – Pencil Drawings

Here are some ballerina pointe shoes. I plan to do a watercolor painting of them soon.

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

Ballerina Toe Shoes

Ballerina Shoes

Ballerina Pencil Tracings

Here’s a couple of ballerinas I traced from a book. I tried to draw the child one by sight but had a heck of a time with the hands! So I gave up and traced it!! Then the other one is an older girl. I love her dress. I plan to do watercolors of these. They are from a child’s book about ballerinas. The lighting from my camera is terrible, sorry!

Child Ballerina Tracing

Young Girl Ballerina Tracing

Ballerina Watercolor

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Bowing Ballerina

I recently checked out a book I used to have from the library about ballet. It is called “The Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet-Fit.” I actually think I may still have the book; I just can’t find it at the moment. Believe it or not, I took ballet classes for a while in my early 40’s! I wish I could have afforded to keep on taking classes at the time, but other decisions affected my decision to cease taking the classes. However, I can still do some of the exercises. I am almost done with physical therapy now and am feeling much better since I joined a gym. With my feet the way they are, though, I can only do so much as far as positioning them for ballet. I am starting to practice some of the exercises again, just being extra careful. Anyway……..all that to say, I did a tracing of the black and white photo on the back of the book for this painting. The photos in the book were taken by Stephen Ladner. Here is a link to his wonderful website.
I also had a nice conversation with Stephen when I called to ask his permission to publish my painting of his photo. I added the wall and stage for fun. I must give credit where photo credit is due after all. BUT the painting is all my own.

A close-up

Bowing Ballerina Close-up

I really enjoyed playing with the colors on this one. I think I am going to do a few more ballerinas in different positions soon. However, I am going to attempt to draw those all on my own even though I normally don’t draw people as well as other subjects. So we’ll see…

Bowing Ballerina Closer

I am still sketching some other water fowl so that idea is still going, and I will be posting some soon. I hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks for dropping by! And thank you, Steven!

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

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Sketch


Kemp's Ridley sketch


Kemp's Ridley Close-up


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