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Toy Box Sea Turtle Finished!

Hello Friends,

I am done with my first sea turtle in acrylics! I ended up working on it some more last night. I worked on the turtle a little and added the foliage. Then this morning I finished the turtle and removed the masking tape from around the edges. I am very glad to be done! I took the picture of it outside so it was on the sidewalk. The cut-out part is one of the handles as this was a short side piece.

I think I only have one more piece of the toy box to paint. There are two pieces left, but one of them has what I already painted on the front of it when we first put it together about 19 years ago.

We got the toy box for our son when he was a little over two years old. So I stenciled a teddy bear and hearts and his first and middle names on it. So that will stay the way it is. I don’t even want to “touch it up.” I guess I will take a picture of that and post it last.

Eventually, I will try to find some kind of hangers for these so I can put them on the walls in his old room (which is now my writing/workout room) when I am done with the last one.

This has been a challenging and fun project. I have really enjoyed doing these. Thanks for everyone’s support in the blogosphere! I really appreciate all of you.

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

 

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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! 🙂

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

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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! 🙂

 

 

 

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! 🙂

 

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

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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!

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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

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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. 🙂

Mama & Baby Southern Elephant Seals

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Yesterday I decided to sketch another “Mama & Baby” photo from the book The Wisdom of Moms by Bridget E. Hamilton that my daughter sent to me when she was gone this summer.  The page next to the photo is labeled Compassion.  Part of the text gives us some insight into these wonderful mothers.  It says,

“At first glance, a lumbering elephant seal does not seem like a compassionate, loving animal.  But looks can be deceiving!  Elephant seal rookeries are crowded with mothers and babies, but once her pup is born, mom learns his scent and listens for his signature cry that she can identify among the commotion.  If a pup does get lost there is a chance it will be adopted by another elephant sea cow.  The foster mother will suckle the pup and raise him as her own.”

As many of you already know, I love sea creatures.  Sea lions are such beautiful animals.  The few times I have visited San Francisco in the past, I have seen huge groups of California sea lions bundled together and lying on the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf.  So I know this to be true about the nature of these beautiful mothers.

Someday I hope to live on the coast in California…somewhere!  I also hope to swim in the ocean again.  It is pretty amazing.

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

Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

Hello Friends,

I have been working on sketches in watercolor to go with a story I wrote a long time ago. They’re kinda goofy, but hey, it’s a silly story.  I haven’t finished the sketches to go with all the words yet, but this is what I have so far.  And yes, that is a monocle Mr. C. Turtle is wearing!   🙂

To be continued……

 

******Just out of curiosity, which character is your favorite?*******

 

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

 

Sea Turtle Ballerina

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly ballerina who twirled up out of the ocean!  She even dances without ballet slippers!

 

I don’t know how she does it!

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

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