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Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

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! 🙂

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Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Well, here he is! 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! 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! 🙂

 

 

 

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! 🙂

Common Sea Dragon Ink Sketch

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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! 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! 🙂

 

Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

So besides the leafy sea dragon painting I am working on, I have also been working on this cool anglerfish. I checked out a book from the library that I’ve mentioned before called “Creatures of the Deep” by Erich Hoyt. The particular picture I am drawing from (not tracing) was taken by Norbert Wu and can be seen here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/group/anglerfish/

I have always loved the uniqueness of these deep sea fish! I mean how awesome would it be to live in the darkest depths of the ocean but have a cool light attached to your head that never burns out? Pretty cool, I think. Although they look a little intimidating and scary, I still think they are amazing. But I guess it’s a good thing they aren’t swimming around the surface of the ocean where people swim.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am almost done with my 8th writing assignment and am working on a couple of stories. So I have plenty to do along with my art.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

Hello Friends,

I decided to spend a few more hours working on my leafy sea dragon today. You know, this is probably one of the most challenging creatures I have EVER painted! But it has been fun even when it feels a little frustrating at times. I am hoping to finish it this weekend but it will probably take a little longer than that.

In the meantime, I am still working on my writing. I also have some other doodling and smaller paintings I want to do.

It has been such a nice week of wonderful spring weather here! I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are, too.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor – Coming along!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I worked on my leafy seadragon some more. I filled in more of the water that shows between its body and leafy appendages. I also started working on his eggs. I say “his” because in case you didn’t know, male leafy sea dragons carry the fertilized eggs from the female until they mature. Then the male gives birth to new baby seadragons. They are a relative of seahorses who do the same thing. Pretty cool, huh? (Too bad we women can’t do that with our young! Ha, ha.)  😉

When I finish this painting, I will tell you more about their biology…er…seadragon biology, that is.

Also….

here is a common seadragon ink drawing I doodled yesterday. I believe they are called “common” because they only have a few leafy appendages. I just love these little creatures.

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

Seals for Sunday

Hello Friends,

Well, today I wanted to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” so I decided to use my watercolor pencils to sketch a couple of photos I took many years ago when our family visited Crescent City’s aquarium. This seal show was a lot of fun.

The first seal here had a couple of rings around its neck and went down the slide. The other seals below were with a guy who was doing their tricks with them. ( I didn’t paint in the guy.)  He told the brown one that slid down the slide to get up on its front flippers, but the other lighter colored seal just lay there on the concrete by the pool. It was a huge one, too! Perhaps it was too heavy for tricks.

 

So hopefully, tomorrow I will get back to my leafy sea dragon. I hope everyone is still having a nice weekend!

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

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!  🙂

 

 

 

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!  🙂

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