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Leatherback Sea Turtle “Portrait”

Technically, he isn’t crying; he’s excreting salt from his body. But I plan to use it as a crying sea turtle for an idea I have.

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

Television Sketches

I drew this from a character on a T.V. show. Sorry for the blurriness!

This is a little girl that is on a commercial.

I thought I would do something constructive while I watched some television. Of course I had to pause it long enough to sketch them! But no one else was watching the show with me.

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

Fun Sketches

I was just sketching for fun the other night, and this is what I came up with! 🙂

Silly Sea Lion


A Koala Bear for my Australian friend, Christine, at



Library Window with a View

I decided to take some watercolor pencils to the library with a squirt bottle and a watercolor pad today. I didn’t have much time, so I opted not to sketch people. Instead I sketched the very far off view from an upstairs window of the library leaving out the cell phone towers, roofs, etc.

This is Mt. Lassen and some of the trees in front of it. It was mostly a clear day with a few clouds. This was fun, because of the various fall colors of the trees. My watercolor pencils are in a set of only 12 colors that I bought today to have with me all the time.


Sketchbook – New Library Sketches

I am enjoying my Tuesdays at the library working on sketching people. As far as I can tell, no one has noticed me sketching them yet! 🙂

This guy was actually several tables away, so his mouth was a little hard to see. He looked Asian-American from a distance. He was always looking down, too. I think his arms were bigger than I drew them; he was a husky guy, a little heavy in the chin and neck.


This lady came in and sat at the same table as the young man after he left. She sat with her back to me (obviously!) She had a sun visor on, hence the strap around her head, and a hair clip in her hair. Also, her undergarment was showing through her shirt.


Sketchbook – Recent sketches

I am going to say up front, this is why I usually draw or paint from photos! I don’t have much experience in just sketching what I see, but others have recently encouraged me to “just do it!” Thanks to:

Anne (,
Christine (,
and Anna ( who are three wonderful women artists who obviously love what they do and have encouraged me in my desire to be a better artist!

This is the first sketch I’ve done in over a year. It is one I did at Barnes and Noble. I know the lady looks like she has a snout, but she really did have a prominent pug nose; I just couldn’t draw it right! And that is no insult to her!”


This older gentleman was sitting at the table in front of me at the library. I sketched him for a long time, but I don’t think he ever noticed. He was bent over whatever work he was doing the whole time! He was thin and had gray hair. Here are several shots of my drawing.




Lastly, this is a young man I decided to sketch from behind at the library. I was two tables behind him. He was a difficult subject, because he kept moving! He was thin and wiry, but had prominent muscles in his arms that I’m afraid I didn’t capture well. But I enjoyed the challenge!!!