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Larry the Lonely Leatherback…Finished Paintings!!

Hello Friends,

I have finished the paintings for my picture book, so today, I am posting the story in its entirety.  The paintings are still in rough draft form, but I wanted to share it.  Also, I think I want to darken some of the last few paintings.  Well, enjoy it! (Feel free to tell me what you think!)   Thank you!  😉

 

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

© Patsy H. Parker

Larry is lonely.

He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.  

So he does.

When Larry feels lonely, he swims…

and swims.  He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  

He is missing Alicia so much, he forgets to eat!  So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Jellyfish!

 

Larry dives…

deeper,

deeper,

and deeper.  Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.  When he looks up to see the sun shining through the water, 

 he sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

They swim fast to get away…

and when Larry almost catches one,

he sees another Leatherback sea turtle swimming in his direction, but she does not see him!

Suddenly they are face to face.  They bump noses.

 

Larry smiles widely.  He thinks to himself, maybe she will be my friend.

 She smiles shyly.

 

“Hi.  I’m lonely…I mean…Larry.”  He feels embarrassed.

“Hi.  I’m Lucy.”  She giggles.  Then she winks at him.  “Do you want to go catch jellyfish with me?”  she asks. 

“Yes, I do!  I almost caught earlier today!”  Larry answers happily.

So Larry and Lucy swim away to catch jellyfish together.  Then Larry, the lonely Leatherback sea turtle isn’t lonely anymore. 

THE END

 

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug (or hold fins like Larry and Lucy!)  🙂

 

The Sea Turtle: It is my “Spirit Animal!”

Hello Friends!

Here is another “flying” sea turtle!  I drew this with Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I started on it a couple of days ago but decided to finish it today so I could share it.  I eyeballed the photo, so it isn’t exact.  I don’t know who to credit for it, though.

You may wonder why I call it my “Spirit Animal.”  Well, when I was in counseling at my second session, I was telling my counselor that I like to draw, paint, and write about sea turtles.  She asked “why?”  And she kept asking why to every answer I gave her.

My answers:

  1. They are beautiful creatures.
  2. They are docile.
  3. They don’t seek to hurt anyone, but they do have to kill other creatures for food.
  4. I feel angry when they are slaughtered so people can make jewelry from their shells, eat their meat, and also steal their eggs to eat.

Then she asked, “So you see these sea turtles as helpless victims of other people’s abuse?” (something to that affect.) I said, “Yes!”  She asked, “So how does that relate to you?”  I said, “Well, I’ve had plenty of abuse from others in my past.”

Then the

 

 

 

went on!  “Wow!”  That was all I could say!  I sat there stunned at this realization.  (I found this cute light bulb on google.com!)

 

I believe I learned that the desire to protect, rescue, and rehabilitate injured sea turtles is connected to a deep sub-conscious need I have to protect “innocents” from any kind of abuse which can include just about anyone – children, men, women, minorities, and generally anyone who wants to be different from what society says is the “norm” whatever that is!  (My husband always says that being normal is overrated!)  Now I think I have learned what it was that attracted me to sea turtles so much in the first place which excited me very much!

Getting back to the sea turtle being my “spirit animal,” she looked it up and read the whole description to me.  That night I found a website called http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/  For fun I took the quiz and “Turtle Spirit Animal” was what came up for me!  🙂  I was pleased to be sure. You can take the quiz, too, for fun at the link above.  The part I like about my spirit animal description is this:

“Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.”

I thought this description fit me pretty well.  I always played the role of the “peacemaker” in my family growing up and in all of my relationships.  I think this quality is what is driving me to want to get involved in an organization that helps people with mental health issues.

There are times, though, when no matter how much we want to make peace with someone, they just won’t let us.  I have learned that at those times, when others have not allowed me to apologize or talk through conflicts, it is okay. Not everyone wants to.  It hurts, but I have learned to just move on.  There is no need to dwell on why certain people don’t want to stay in our lives.  I have certainly left a few unhealthy relationships!  “Letting go” is tough, but it is healthier than trying to hang on to people who can’t give us what we need or can’t receive what we offer.  This just seems wise to me – let everyone be who we are – we can’t change anyone except ourselves!

So whether you are a peace-making sea turtle (or land turtle) or an owl who can “see beyond illusion and deceit” (which is what my husband got when he took the test for fun,) just be who you are meant to be!  Don’t let others try to make you into who THEY want you to be!  Always be true to yourself!

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

 

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

Hello friends.

This past Saturday I had the privilege of sharing my first picture book even though I haven’t finished the paintings.  I have the rest of the pages’ backgrounds and outlines done, but haven’t finished painting the characters.  I only have 4 pages to go!

I shared it with a local writing group called Redding Writer’s Forum which my husband has been a part of for several years.  He also took over doing their monthly newsletter and website.  You can see what they do here:   https://reddingwritersforum.com/ 

I am sure there will be a new post there with information about who read their work that day along with pictures of the group.  I met a nice lady there who wants to start another small writing group to get together maybe once a week over the summer break from the Redding Writer’s Forum group. She has a lot of excitement and energy to start this, so I am hoping to do it with her and a few others.

This is my first rough draft.  I want to improve it.  Also, on the parts where there is just text, those will actually be separate pages, and I want to do some ocean backgrounds for those that I have not come up with yet.  For the purpose of sharing it on Saturday, I printed out the words that will be on the pages of the characters and cut and temporarily attached them to those pages.

So for now, this is the first picture book I have been working on longer than I have Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.  I have yet to finish the drawings, much less the paintings for that one!  So I have a great deal of work ahead, and I love it!  So here it is so far…

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

© Patsy H. Parker

Larry is lonely.

He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.

When Larry feels lonely,

He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  

He was missing Alicia so much, he forgot to eat!  So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Larry dives…

 

Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.

 

 

He sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

 

They swim fast to get away…

To be continued…

 

Now back to the drawing/painting board!

 

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

 

Mr. C. Turtle, Page 2

Hello Friends,

I thought I would share page 2 of one of my stories I am working on right now.  In case you missed it,  you can click on the category Stories in Progress to see page 1.

I had two illustrations painted on one page, but I had to divide them so I could fit the text in.  So it doesn’t look the same, but eventually I hope to get it the way I want it!!

You know, one of these days, I really hope to get a new program where it won’t be so much trouble to put text with my uploaded pictures of my paintings!  If anyone has any suggestions on a reasonably priced program, please let me know!  Thank you!

So without further ado…..here’s page 2!

© Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

By Patsy H. Parker

 

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

Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

©  Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

By Patsy H. Parker

 

Hello Friends,

Several months ago I wrote a story called “Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.”  I haven’t put anything about it on my blog yet because I was still tweaking the story a bit.  But this is how it starts.  I decided to put the pictures of the paintings in my Word program and put in the dialogue to get a feel for how it could be.  Hopefully, you may be able to “see” where this story might be going!! Anyway, I began doodling in my sketchbook what I want my characters to look like a couple of months ago.  But I just got to trying to paint them last week.  These are just quick sketches without backgrounds.

So there is a little fish who you’ll find out more about later.  Then there is Mr. C. Turtle, the main character.  He wears a top hat and a monocle.  Eventually you will see what kind of personality he has if you haven’t figured it out already.  I have a lot of paintings to do to get this really going.  It will be one of my many summer projects I am going to be working on.

Yesterday, I also spent a few hours continuing to paint my pictures for my picture book “Larry, the Lonely Leatherback.”   One of the drawbacks of A.D.D. is I get bored with things quickly, so I have to have several different things to be working on at the same time.  I guess you don’t really have to have A.D.D. to work that way, though.  I have read that a lot of artists and writers are working on several projects at a time.  Now all I have to do is make myself a schedule for the rest of the summer!  Wish me luck!

By the way, I am also re-organizing my blog and learning to use tags correctly which I have learned that I think I majorly messed up!  Sorry if you’ve had trouble finding anything here.  It is always a work-in-progress…just like I am.

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

World Turtle Day 2017!

Hello Friends,

This is a day late, but I just realized that I missed posting about my favorite animal yesterday!  How could I miss World Turtle Day on May 23, 2017?  Silly me.  I did, though, so here’s to turtles everywhere!

Please enjoy this little video showing some wonderful things that we can do for turtles.

 

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

Crabapple in Opera Rose

Hippo “Peek-a-Boo” in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hippo I did yesterday in pencil.  I decided to venture out and get to drawing some other animals for a change.  I am in the process of working on preliminary ideas for an alphabet book.  I have some other drawings of animals for each letter, but they are small right now.  I will share them eventually.

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

Kangaroo in Pencil

Hello Friends,

Here is a little kangaroo hopping around, probably somewhere in Australia!  This is for you, Christine Stoner!

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

Hermit Crab Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hermit crab I doodled a while back.   It is just crawling along to say hello!  It came out a little on the light side, but that was what I was trying to do since I have always tended to paint a little heavy for watercolor.

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

 

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