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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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Mama & Baby Deer

 

Hello Friends,

Last night I decided to do another little painting.  On the page with these beautiful deer, the author, Bridget E. Hamilton, of this wonderful book, The Wisdom of Moms, includes a quote that says,

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thornton Wilder

What are your greatest treasures today?

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

Mama & Baby Moupin Pikas

Hello Friends,

Well, I didn’t do any of my rewriting of my story yesterday, but when dinner was cooked and eaten, I kept looking at the adorable Moupin pikas in my book, “The Wisdom of Moms” by Bridget E. Hamilton (which is where all of the mama and baby paintings have come from), and I just couldn’t resist drawing/painting them.  I worked out yesterday so my arm was feeling okay to draw.  These adorable little Moupin pikas are sitting in the snow.

The aspect of wisdom that Bridget relates these little critters to is “Resourcefulness.”  She begins the page by saying, “It doesn’t matter where your home is, what matters is who you share it with.  The Moupin pika has few options when it comes to shelter in the Himalaya and surrounding mountain ranges, so this resourceful pika digs its own high-elevation burrow.”

It is so true that our home is where our heart is, especially if we have given our heart to others.  Now I am headed off to town to run a couple of errands.

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

Mama & Baby Porcupines

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  I worked on this probably longer than I should have.  It didn’t really turn out the way I hoped it would.  That is light-colored wood between them.  Also, the baby’s tiny paw is between their noses!  Oh well, it was still fun so I thought I would just post it anyway.  😉

I have written my story for my class, but did what I hope are the final revisions the other day.  My arm has been sore this week, so I have taken a break from being on my laptop until today.  I plan to FINISH it today and get it sent off well before the first of March.

I went for a couple of enjoyable hikes with a friend on Saturday and my husband on Monday.  I think I have found that I can walk on dirt paths without too much pain to my feet!  So I plan to do more hiking now especially before it gets too hot in a couple of months.

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

Mama & Baby Hedgehogs

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I took a lot longer to do this little sketch than I had planned to, and my arm was sore, but I like the way it turned out.  A little brighter than I wanted, but I think the gold watercolor pencil is brighter than I think until I’ve already used it.  Ha, ha!  😉

Hedgehogs normally have those little white tips at the end of their fur, too, but that was difficult to portray without tracing the photo.  What I like about this one is the way the mama is lying on her side looking at her baby.  I used to do that when my babies were lying on the floor!

Sometimes I really miss those early childhood days with my kids, but we are all in such a great stage of grown-up life together now, that making memories NOW is all that matters!   Just getting the privilege to be my kids’ mom has been awesome!

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

Mama & Baby Hyenas

Hello Friends,

You may LAUGH at this one!  They just look too funny.  This one was tough!  The picture in the book of animals my daughter gave me has them laying down in the grass, but it is cropped so that you can’t see much of the rest of their bodies except their heads!  So I think their heads are too big.  The mama’s body is almost the same color as the grass that is in the bright sunshine, too.  Very challenging.  Anyway, I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for this one on the small watercolor sketchpad I’ve been using for all the other recent mama and baby animals I have been painting.  I realized I have not done a large painting at my art table in a long time!  Using these are so much easier, but I do miss mixing the paints and using my larger brushes.

Onto other news, though.  On Friday I took my husband’s truck to town to get groceries.  We have been having very warm weather for February, up in the lower 80’s, so I had a lot of meat and dairy to put in the coolers (for the 45 minute drive home.)  I had to open the tailgate to be able to do that instead of just putting them in from the side of the camper shell like I usually can.

THEN something happened after I put the tailgate up and started to drive!!  I saw something fall out the back after I drove out of the parking lot!  (I never went back for whatever it was.)  So I drove straight across the street to the Barnes and Noble parking lot to see what happened.  When I got out to look, the tailgate was hanging half-way off!  I thought, what the heck?  So I tried to call my husband but he was working and didn’t pick up on his cell.  I sent him a text and still no response.  (Our cell phone reception out where we live is not great.  He got my text that night.)

Fortunately,  an able-bodied, middle-aged guy drove into the parking lot, and I asked him for help.  He took one look at the back of the truck and said, “Whoa!  You aren’t going to be able to drive like that!”  (I thought to myself, “here’s your sign.”)  He reminded me of myself!  My kids have always teased me about pointing out the obvious!

So he tried lifting the left side back into the slot it had slid out of, and of course I had to help him.   I had to hold the other side while he fixed it.  I was SO thankful he came along when he did!

However, after driving home and unloading the largest load of groceries I have bought in a long time, my back was strained…a lot!  So I spent the weekend nursing it with wet heat and some exercise.  It is still sore, but I’ll be okay.

I spent Sunday afternoon doing laundry, watching t.v., and reading while George went to play D&D with his friends.  It became so warm I had to turn on the A/C!  I sure hope we get some cold weather again soon.  I am not ready for spring or summer!

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

Sea Otter Mama & Baby Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils to draw these cuties.

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

Pond Turtle and Sea Turtle Doodles

Pond Turtle Doodle

 

Hello Friends,

Last night I was watching t.v. and decided to doodle with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I still struggle with making up drawings out of my head.  This pond turtle, I’ll call him “Tucker,” decided to wear a hat on this hot summer day.

I have been concentrating more on writing for my class than doing art.  I am currently working on a non-fiction piece that is supposed to be a description of a favorite place of mine from childhood.  If any of you know anything about me, you know I don’t have many favorite places from back then, so it was tough to come up with one.

I decided to do a piece called “The Ballpark.” It was my favorite place to go when I lived in Georgia.  I played softball for three years before we moved to Kentucky.  Close by was the public swimming pool which was also where I loved to go most of the time in the summer.  I chose to write about the ballpark, because I was able to come up with more description using the five senses…I think.  😉  I probably won’t share it here since it is an assignment, and I’m not sure about whether we are allowed to put our assignments on a blog.  Perhaps I should find out.

Here’s another doodle I did last night experimenting with yellows and greens.  You may have to shield your eyes for this one; it’s too bright for me.  I could lift some yellow out, but it’s just a doodle, so it’s staying the way it is.

 

Bright Sea Turtle

 

Tomorrow I will post another 5×7 Sea Turtle I did, but I probably won’t be getting cards made from it.  I don’t really care much for the color, but I would love to know what you think!  I honestly don’t think it would be one that could sell.  Until then…

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

Mouse Tail Frustration!!

Hello Friends!

I have had a busy week!  I have been working hard on a story for my writing class.  It’s about a little girl who loves art and her best friend accidentally ruins the painting she’s working on!  There’s a lot more to it than this, of course, but I have spent many hours on it already.  So fun.

The other night I printed out some pictures of the mice in Cinderella which I think I told you before.  This one is so cute!  He’s so frustrated!!  I cannot find his name if he has one.

No tracing, just drawing by sight again…good practice.  As you can see he is a little bigger.  It was fun, though.  I didn’t bother to color it in or anything.

Hey!  I just now noticed something I forgot to put in which makes it look slightly off.  For those of you who like Search and Finds, have at it!  Let me know if you find it.  It is not in the background.  That’s the only hint you get!  I will have to go correct it now.

 

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

Fairy Tale Turtle

DO YOU KNOW WHAT MOVIE THIS TURTLE IS FROM??

Hello Friends,

You’ll know which movie in a minute, but first I promised I was going to tell you about the new correspondence course I am taking through the Institute of Children’s Literature.  Here is their website.  https://www.instituteforwriters.com/

They teach courses for writing for children, teens and adults, however, I am taking the one called Writing for Children and Teeens.  There is a lot of reading to do along with the writing which I am finding is easier for me.  I haven’t attempted to write much fiction; I have a great deal to learn!

The reading also inspired me to get my own hard copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales.  (However, that book is not part of the course.)  After I found a beautiful hardbound copy at Barnes & Noble the other day, which I got a great bargain on, I decided to compare the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the Disney movie which I decided to watch.  I already knew the Disney version would be vastly different!! The Grimm brothers were, well…pretty grim!!  😉  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ends pretty violently as they tell it!!  I wonder what they would think of Walt Disney?

Our video tape is at least 20 years old and it got really hung up right around the part where Snow White is getting all the animals to help her clean the cottage where they live (during “Whistle While You Work,” my favorite song in the movie!  I think I need to get a new DVD of it.)

Anyway, I did not remember this wonderful turtle in the movie!  It is in more than one scene, but I stopped the video long enough to sketch out a couple of its wonderful poses!  I couldn’t get the tape to stay paused for when he tried climbing the stairs.  Also, I didn’t use the same colors from my watercolor pencils.  But here is part of the house cleaning/laundry scene.

THAT TURTLE IS SO ADORABLE!!!  Of course I had to try to paint it!  What it does in this scene makes me laugh out loud!!

All I did the other day was sketch the turtle, so I decided to “add water” and bring it to life today!

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

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