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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!  🙂

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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!  🙂

Blanket Octopus 2

Hello Friends,

A couple of nights ago I decided to find the part of the nature show I watched that showed the “Blanket” octopus spreading herself out to make herself look bigger.  I found it and paused it at the best place to draw from.  I couldn’t really get the brilliance of the sunlight shining down into the water and “through” her body, but this is the best I could do with watercolor pencils.

Watercolor pencils are very different to work with than paint out of the tube or even the solid cakes of paint in a pan, which I have never liked much.  With pencils, you can either draw first and add the water which is what I do so the colors won’t bleed too much, or you can wet your paper and then draw.  I have just always done it the first way I mentioned.

So here she is:  “Blanche” the Blanket Octopus!  (I have been watching reruns of “Golden Girls” lately!  Blanche is my favorite character.

Over the next few days I will be posting more turtles I have drawn to fit a 5×7 card!  (I would love to know if you think they should be smaller on the card with more background or fill the card as I have drawn them??? Let me know!) So watch for them to come swimming along.

The weather here has been cooler the last couple of days!  I have not had to turn the A/C on until almost noon!  Nice!

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

 

 

Australian Flatback Sea Turtle

Hello Friends!

Wow, yesterday was quite the day being a guest on my friend Jill’s blog!  I met several new wonderful people and their thoughtful comments made my day!  Thank you, Jill, and everyone!

As promised, here is another sea turtle I have re-drawn in a 5×7 size that I will paint again in watercolors.  This is the Australian Flatback; their scutes on their backs don’t seem to be as prominent as other types of sea turtles – they look smoother which is why I painted it that way originally.  I may change it a little, though and just make the lines light.

I named Christine when I first painted my huge one a few years ago.  I named her after Christine, a fellow blogger I met here on WordPress who lives in Australia and is also a wonderful and creative artist herself.  I learned a lot from her when I first began my blog four years ago.  She does more teaching on her blog which is a great gift she has.

Here is a link to Christine’s blog https://zenschoolforcreatives.com/category/watercolours/

Well, it is back to the drawing/painting board for me!  Also…writing.  I am beginning a new writing course which I will tell you about soon.

Watch for a few more turtles coming along!  I may also start on a new sea turtle project for displaying at a local art gallery.  I will tell you more about that later, too.  It is not a commission or anything I was asked to do.  It is a voluntary piece I can contribute for their Holiday sale where people can sell paintings and crafts they’ve made I think.  I will be finding out more about it soon.

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ON MONDAY, WATCH FOR MY NEXT GUEST BLOG POST.  My guest will be another friend I met through our local Writer’s Forum group, Vickie Linnet.

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

 

“Blanket” Octopus Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick sketch I did the other night with my watercolor pencils.  I was watching a nature show about sea creatures a couple of weeks ago, and I had never seen this type of octopus before!  I sketched it in graphite pencil first, but made a note that it was a vivid red color!  (My watercolor pencils don’t do it justice, and I will probably paint it again bigger and closer to the real color at some point.)

This type of octopus is called a Blanket octopus.  This is a female.  They can grow as long as 6 feet!  They drift in the open ocean at all times.  When she feels threatened by predators, she can unveil her “Gossamer shroud” to make herself look bigger.  She can also detach part of her cloak to confuse her predators as well as release ink!  I thought it was interesting.

And if you want to see the first octopus I did, it’s called Octopus on the Loose!

I painted this on a Canson 5×7 watercolor sketch pad I picked up the other day.  I haven’t used my watercolor pencils in a while, and this is not exactly how red it appears in the show, but I am going to watch it again, and hopefully be able to match the red better with my paints from the tube.  Also, I am going to try and paint her with her shroud spread out a lot more like it showed on the nature show.  And who knows?  Maybe I will get some octopus cards made, too, someday!

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

 

 

259 Watercolour pencil Portraits

Hello Friends,
This is a wonderful post by Ros Jenke whose portrait work I have come to love.

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

Ros's Paintings

I’m slowly getting back into sketching, but I’m taking the lazy way by sketching in my lounge chair studio in the evenings. Now that it’s getting near winter here and chilly in the evenings it’s so much cosier in my living room rather than my cold art room. It’s easy to grab a few pencils and a journal and scribble away.

This was the first since my eye surgery which took me longer to recover from than I expected. I developed fluid behind the eye which affected my focus so I was restricted to one eyed squinting. It will be a few months before I have follow up surgery so I’ll spend that time juggling glasses and squinting a lot. But hey, worse things happen and at least I can still see 😊

I decided to work through my list of followers on Sktchyapp, choosing everyday shots of “normal” people…

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