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Bunnies in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are some bunnies to hopefully brighten your Friday!

I had a great day yesterday! I went to town for some routine blood work, then browsed at the library and checked out a few books, then visited with our kids for a few hours and came home.

Then an exciting and unexpected email came and brightened my day even more!

Last July I finished a correspondence writing course. My instructor encouraged me to submit my article about Leafy Sea Dragons that I wrote for my last assignment. It’s called DRAGONS DOWN UNDER, because they are native ti Australia. I sent it to a couple of magazines this past August.

Yesterday, Skipping Stones magazine for children sent me a reply and asked if my article was still available for publishing!!! They are giving me a free subscription for a friend and six complimentary copies of the issue! (They are an international magazine, too!)

I also told them I could illustrate a leafy sea dragon as well if they were interested. The editor said she was, so I am going to be starting on that today since she needs it in a couple of weeks!

They are publishing it this JUNE! When I wrote back to her, I asked the editor if she would be interested in an article about the perils sea turtles face to survive. She said she will look at it and consider it for another issue!

Finding this out at the end of a great day made it even better! I just wish my parents and brother were still alive so I could call them!

I am still working on getting another sea turtle painting going. But I am almost done with a Golden Eagle I began last week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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Baby Chicks Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday to you all. Here are some baby chicks I painted in watercolor. This was a challenging painting to do. I don’t often work with yellow being the color of theΒ  focus subject(s), so this was a learning experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan to apply what I am learning to my upcoming new sea turtle paintings.

I do love the complementary colors of yellow and purple, though. My other favorites are blue and orange. Honestly, red and green remind me too much of Christmas.

Just in case you don’t know what complementary colors are, they are “pairs of colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.” This quote is from the first book about color that I bought years ago. It is called COLOR by Betty Edwards.Β I refer back to it often which has made it a valuable book in my small collection of art books.

I am enjoying the new Facebook art groups that I joined recently. One is through Miriam Schulman’s classes. Her website isΒ http://www.theinspirationplace.net.

I have met some incredibly talented and lovely people there. And it is amazing to watch Miriam’s demonstration videos. I am having fun. Learning more about something I love is truly rewarding.

If you are learning a new skill, share it here! I would love to hear about your experience.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ˜€

Green & Flatback Sea Turtles!

Hello Friends!

Well, here are two new sea turtles that I plan to do watercolors of soon. I decided to redo my seven sea turtles. But I redrew them smaller so I can paint them on 300 lb. 11×14 watercolor paper. I am planning to get them all drawn and transferred first before I start painting.

It has been a crazy couple of days here. Our very old house here at the fish hatchery is getting a new heating and A/C unit put in. So they are having to replace all the ducts, too. Really nice workers. Our old dog has barked at them some, but is now used to them and just sleeps through it all.

The cat was out when they came yesterday. She hid until they were gone, but I had no idea where she was! Then when they left, she jumped out from behind the stove! Her fur was dusty, but she was fine.

Today I left her in the room where all her stuff is, but when they need to go in there to put the vent back in the ceiling, I will have to grab her!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

My New Sea Turtle Plushy!

Hello Friends!

Saturday someone came to the door with a HUGE box! I had been told by my friend, Jill, that something was coming in the mail to me. But I was shocked by the size, and HAD to open it even though it was for Christmas. πŸ˜‰

So my husband took a picture of me with my just washed but uncurled hair holding my new sea turtle named…Jill.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€πŸ’

Inktober 2018 – Day 25 – Prickly

Hello Friends,Β 

MeetΒ Prickly Pete! IΒ got this done later today than I usually do, but here is my ink drawing for today’s prompt, “prickly.”

The best part of my day today was getting to visit with my daughter for a few hours. She’s been staying in town all week because of work, but she loves her job at the doughnut shop. She usually goes in around 5 or 6 in the morning. So she still has a lot of her day left when she gets off. I am proud of her and glad she loves her job. So it was nice to have her home for a couple of days.

Well, I hope everyone has been having a great week. I am not sure how many more days of Inktober I will do. I am reading LOTS of picture books and still doing the online art classes atΒ https://www.svslearn.com/

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

 

Inktober 2018 – Day #18 – Bottle

Hello Friends,

I just took a few minutes to sketch this out. The prompt for today is “bottle.” As you can see, my bottle has a message in it. I wonder what it says?

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

Inktober 2018 – Day #16 – Angular

Hello Friends,Β 

I decided to draw an angular shaped sea turtle today with just a regular black ballpoint pen and stencils. No measuring…just eyeballed it.

So…without further ado, meet Angus, the angular sea turtle!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Inktober 2018 – Day 15 – Weak

Hello Friends,

Here’s what came to mind for the prompt of “weak” today! πŸ™‚

This was a fun one to do! I don’t often draw people and to do just a cartoon sketch was great!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

Inktober – Day 14 – Clock

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do something a little different. I have a really cool magnifying glass that is shaped like a sea turtle. The limbs and head are a copper colored metal and the shell is the magnifying glass. My husband got it for me a long time ago.

I decided to save time (and my sore shoulder) to just trace around the outside of it. Then I just drew in the rest. Pebble numbers and wavy water hands.

So it only took a few minutes!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug!Β  πŸ˜€

The Final Piece

 

 

Hello Friends!

Well, this is the new piece and my FINAL FINAL color piece for the Golden Ticket contest in my class. It is a little bit photo enhanced, and if you saw my last post, you know I changed it some. I added my little fuchsia fish back into the composition. I also made the top dark instead of light because I wanted to give it the affect of them being at the bottom of the sea where it can sometimes be brighter which means the top of the water would be darker. I still didn’t get it how I wanted it, but I have to have it in by Friday, and I haven’t started on the second piece yet!

I think I am just going to do a black and white drawing with ink for that one which is an option. I plan to also make it much simpler with lots of white space which our instructor loves in picture books.

Yesterday I got another massage which helped a lot!! And I scheduled my next one for the first week of November. If I am going to keep doing this kind of work, they are going to be a necessity! My arm isn’t bothering me at all; it’s mostly my lower back, but I am going to sit for awhile now and work out a composition with pencil that I can go over in ink for the second piece of this final work.

I hope everyone is having a great week! It feels like it should be Friday already. I’m not used to working full-time! Ha, ha!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

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