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Backyard View

Hello Friends!

The other day it was warm enough to sit on the back patio and doodle.

I took my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and my art journal and sat in the sunshine! It was pretty nice, probably 60 degrees.

Later after some chores, I sat down and used a couple of brushes and added water to my doodle. This is just a portion of the view of our backyard trees. The lighter grass between the sky and green grass and orange leaves is a bit of the huge field behind the houses here.

Today there are four deer right behind the fence! It really is beautiful here in the fall even though it is December. We tend to get later winter weather here in Northern California.

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

 

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Pandas and Bamboo!

Hello Friends,

I haven’t gotten to the cat painting yet, but last night I quickly sketched these goofy pandas and bamboo while I watched t.v. Yesterday I was feeling better, but not quite up to par enough to start a more serious project. So hopefully, today or tomorrow for sure.

I got out my Chinese paint brushes and ink and a piece of heavy watercolor paper last night to do these. But my little panda turned out too dark. So this morning I added a little white acrylic paint. However, now he looks like he’s in the shade! Ha, ha!! That’s okay. I guess if I added a lot more bamboo above him, it would fit.

This morning I worked on my leafy sea dragon article for my last assignment. I also went through the children’s marketing guide looking for magazines I could submit it to. It is frustrating when trying to fit a topic and word length with different magazines’ criteria. But that’s part of what I’ve been learning to do.

I am actually hoping my instructor will recommend that I can take another class called “Beyond the Basics.” I can’t take it unless she does. It is mostly writing articles for magazines and is more like working with an editor. The instructor takes on the roll of an editor working with a serious writer. My assignment is due in three weeks. So if she recommends me for the other course, I probably won’t start it until October when our daughter leaves for Australia.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling so much better today. So I am going to exercise now.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends,Β 

Just a quick sketch today of a leafy sea dragon. I did this with my Chinese brush and ink. It felt really good to draw this afternoon!

My husband and I had a great time with a couple we had lunch with on Saturday. They are from Louisiana and he was out here on business. His wife came with him so I went with George to meet them. I loved their accents so much! We had a great time and a wonderful lunch.

BUT! Sunday morning I came down with a bug and was sick until Monday night. No fun! I don’t think it was the food, though. I got a lot of reading done and watched a funny movie. But I think what helped the most was the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup! Seriously! I woke up this morning feeling all better!

So I went to the post office and mailed a package and letters to our son in the backcountry. He is doing well. I sent him some snacks and more notebook paper and envelopes. He has been so good about writing to us and all of his friends. We are so proud of him.

The next project I am planning to work on is a watercolor of a friend’s cat. I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I hope everyone is having a good week.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.

So here is my next Australian Leafy Sea Dragon! I used my Prismacolor watercolir pencils and opted to do a blue background for color contrast. Normally, it would be in darker waters amongst a big bed of seaweed to use as camouflage.

Speaking of Australia, our daughter found out she is getting to go to Melbourne in October to work for two months! Through the California Conservation Corps., she applied for the exchange program a couple of months ago and was selected to go! We are all super excited about this opportunity for her!

So I told her she needs to get an underwater camera and go snorkeling and look for these magnificent creatures! I was kidding of course, but if I was physically able to handle the long flight there and could afford to go, I would! Then I would do my own snorkeling!

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

Longsnout Seahorse Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is my first seahorse! I decided to spend this afternoon finishing this painting. We have a big end table that I can put all my paints and water and brushes on if I want to watch t.v. while I paint. I used to listen to music and sit at my art table, but that chair is kind of harder on me than the easy chair these days. Today I watched Shrek the Third! Ha, ha, ha! I still watch movies made for kids. Besides there are more jokes in them now that only most adults would get anyway.

I used my favorite bright colors which are Quinachridone Gold and Lemon Yellow. This is a longsnout seahorse. I really love how bright these are. Of course seahorses come in many many different colors, some have spikes and some are pygmy which are the very smallest ones.

Longsnouts reach a maximum of about seven inches. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean as far as the Mediterranean. I think all seahorses are just adorable. I mean how many other creatures look like a horse, have a monkey’s tail, and yet is a fish who swims in the ocean? Pretty cool, huh?

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

 

 

Australian Sea Dragon

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to start this week off with a little watercolor of a different type of sea dragon. As you can see, the Australian Sea Dragon only has a few leafy appendages. Down along the top of a sea dragon’s tail is a dorsal fin that you can see through. In fact, you can’t really see their pectoral fins here which are located on the sides of their necks.

The dorsal fin helps push them through the water. Even though the sea dragon beats this fin quickly, the dragon still moves extremely slow. When it isn’t swimming, it floats through the water and the pectoral fins act as rudders helping them steer. Pretty cool sea creatures I think!

I drew this one with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

I am planning to draw some more sharks and some sea horses next. But I also have a story to write for my class and for my last assignment I will be writing an article about the leafy sea dragon! So off to the library I go today after I have lunch with a good friend!

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

 

Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

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Well, here it is! A finished anglerfish. Isn’t it scary? I probably could have darkened a lot of places a little more, but I don’t want to wreck my arm! And I definitely didn’t want to try and make the whole background as dark as the bottom of the ocean where these amazing creatures live either.

So it is Saturday. My husband and I were supposed to be going to the last Writers Forum meeting, but his weekend guy called in sick and he couldn’t find anyone else around to cover today. So George had to work. We were also going to go to a movie afterwards. But it is just as well. I overslept and yesterday stepped on something that I thought I got out of my heel last night, but it is pretty sore today. I guess I’m going to have to soak it now.

On the bright side it is another cool morning here in Northern California. A little cloudy and breezy so that is great! Tomorrow our daughter is leaving for a week of Leadership Training. She is going to be promoting to a Green Hat in the California Conservation Corps. I am getting used to her being gone a lot now since she will be going on spikes all summer, too.

We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get any letters from our son, Josh, this week, but George said the backcountry crew works from sunup to sundown and he is probably really busy and tired. I know he will write when he gets a chance.

I guess I am off to soak my feet now and start reading the book called “Rascal” by Sterling North. What amazes me is that I’ve seen a movie about this raccoon years ago, but I thought it was based on a novel! Silly me. It is a memoir! I feel silly…oh so silly…

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Well, here he is!Β These are found mostly in the waters of southern Australia. So I was looking for an Australian male name since it is the male of the species that carries and gives birth to the babies. However, I couldn’t find one that I liked right now. But I have always liked the name Leif!Β So I think that is what I shall call him.

This was really one of the toughest paintings I’ve ever done. So much detail! But that is what keeps me focused. This project was relaxing, though, so that’s all that matters to me!

They come in a variety of other colors and the one I painted had a lot of brown spots.

And before you go, check out this short video of a real leafy sea dragon “swimming.” Even though they have unusual looking fins, they mostly just float around. Also, the second link is to a wonderful site where you can learn a lot more about this amazing creature!

https://youtu.be/aVPzcQDN-C4

http://www.arkive.org/leafy-seadragon/phycodurus-eques/image-G112108.html

Thanks to all of my newest followers! I appreciate everyone’s support.

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

 

 

 

Leafy Sea Dragon Progress

Hello Friends,

I spent the last couple of hours working on this today. Now off to eat lunch and work on other projects!

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

Common Sea Dragon Ink Sketch

Hello Friends,

The other day I decided to do a quick sketch of the Common Sea Dragon. As you can see, it has many less appendages than the Leafy Sea Dragon. So why didn’t I pick this one to paint you might wonder? Well, to me, the Leafy Sea Dragon is more challenging and just seems to have so much more character!Β They are definitely wondrous sea creatures.

Well, our weather here has drastically changed in one day from beautiful cool and breezy spring to a stagnate 92 degrees! It is June now, though, so I am thankful that we had an actual spring season this year anyway. But I think our summer is finally here (even though it isn’t the 21st yet.)

When I was a kid living in Georgia, I loved summer even with the humidity (I didn’t know any different, then, though.) But that was because my mom either set sprinklers out for us to play in or took us to the local public swimming pool. Although, I do have great summer memories of our small pool we had for a couple of summers when the kids were young. All we could do was play in it, but it relieved a lot of stress!

What is a favorite summer memory of yours?

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

 

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