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Mama & Baby Hedgehogs

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I took a lot longer to do this little sketch than I had planned to, and my arm was sore, but I like the way it turned out.  A little brighter than I wanted, but I think the gold watercolor pencil is brighter than I think until I’ve already used it.  Ha, ha!  😉

Hedgehogs normally have those little white tips at the end of their fur, too, but that was difficult to portray without tracing the photo.  What I like about this one is the way the mama is lying on her side looking at her baby.  I used to do that when my babies were lying on the floor!

Sometimes I really miss those early childhood days with my kids, but we are all in such a great stage of grown-up life together now, that making memories NOW is all that matters!   Just getting the privilege to be my kids’ mom has been awesome!

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

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Mama & Baby Hyenas

Hello Friends,

You may LAUGH at this one!  They just look too funny.  This one was tough!  The picture in the book of animals my daughter gave me has them laying down in the grass, but it is cropped so that you can’t see much of the rest of their bodies except their heads!  So I think their heads are too big.  The mama’s body is almost the same color as the grass that is in the bright sunshine, too.  Very challenging.  Anyway, I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for this one on the small watercolor sketchpad I’ve been using for all the other recent mama and baby animals I have been painting.  I realized I have not done a large painting at my art table in a long time!  Using these are so much easier, but I do miss mixing the paints and using my larger brushes.

Onto other news, though.  On Friday I took my husband’s truck to town to get groceries.  We have been having very warm weather for February, up in the lower 80’s, so I had a lot of meat and dairy to put in the coolers (for the 45 minute drive home.)  I had to open the tailgate to be able to do that instead of just putting them in from the side of the camper shell like I usually can.

THEN something happened after I put the tailgate up and started to drive!!  I saw something fall out the back after I drove out of the parking lot!  (I never went back for whatever it was.)  So I drove straight across the street to the Barnes and Noble parking lot to see what happened.  When I got out to look, the tailgate was hanging half-way off!  I thought, what the heck?  So I tried to call my husband but he was working and didn’t pick up on his cell.  I sent him a text and still no response.  (Our cell phone reception out where we live is not great.  He got my text that night.)

Fortunately,  an able-bodied, middle-aged guy drove into the parking lot, and I asked him for help.  He took one look at the back of the truck and said, “Whoa!  You aren’t going to be able to drive like that!”  (I thought to myself, “here’s your sign.”)  He reminded me of myself!  My kids have always teased me about pointing out the obvious!

So he tried lifting the left side back into the slot it had slid out of, and of course I had to help him.   I had to hold the other side while he fixed it.  I was SO thankful he came along when he did!

However, after driving home and unloading the largest load of groceries I have bought in a long time, my back was strained…a lot!  So I spent the weekend nursing it with wet heat and some exercise.  It is still sore, but I’ll be okay.

I spent Sunday afternoon doing laundry, watching t.v., and reading while George went to play D&D with his friends.  It became so warm I had to turn on the A/C!  I sure hope we get some cold weather again soon.  I am not ready for spring or summer!

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

Piggies – Mama and Baby

 

 

Hello Friends,

Here is my finished drawing of the mama and baby piggies.  I use Faber-Castell and Prismacolor graphite pencils.  I kept thinking parts of it weren’t dark enough so I worked on it quite a bit over the last few days.  Again, I drew this from a photo in the book, “The Wisdom of Moms – Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom” by Bridget E. Hamilton.  I did not trace the picture, though.  I have been trying to draw more by sight than tracing the outlines of things exactly.  But sometimes, I have to.  Also, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on the straw they are laying in.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Yesterday I worked on tracing a giraffe in ink and getting it drawn onto watercolor paper with the aid of my light board.  It is about 8.5″ x 17″!  If I feel like starting the painting later today, I may do that after I work out…exercise has kind of been going by the wayside lately, and my back is yelling at me to get to it!  I have certain physical issues that require not neglecting exercising a few times a week if not every day.

Hopefully, sometime this week I will get the post done of the other animals we saw at Turtle Bay.  Also, my husband got a couple of good pictures of our 15 year old dog, Brownie, that I need to adjust, print out, and draw and paint for the pet portrait auction I mentioned a few posts ago.  And…of course I am still working on my research for the sea turtle article I have to write for my writing class!  It is good to be busy, though.  I am thankful I can do all of this.

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

 

Happy Friday!

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Hello and happy Friday everyone. I was googling something today and stumbled across this short article about some baby sea turtles. It’s cute and worth a look at.

Have a wonderful weekend. Look for my new series of writing to start this Monday, Jan. 19th, called Mockingbird Mondays.

The first one is just an introduction about what I am planning to attempt.

I hope you will enjoy the turtles in the meantime, have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

Luna Loves Baby Turtles

Elf Family

Here’s my latest drawing of a tiny elf family.

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

Elf Family

Praying Elf

This is a girl elf who has just decorated her home (but couldn’t get her tree not to lean) and has kneeled to say a little prayer of thanks.
What do you have to say thanks for?

Praying Elf

Tough Elf

DON’T MESS WITH THIS ELF! HE LOOKS PRETTY DEFENSIVE!

***WHAT WOULD YOU WANT HIM TO PROTECT FOR YOU???***

HAVE A NICE DAY, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A BIG HUG! 🙂

Tough Elf

Mother and Daughter Elves

Here’s a couple of elves I drew who were just hanging out together.   The elf on the right, the daughter,  looks like she’s in the middle of some weird dance or something!   And her mom is just standing off to the side.  As you can tell, I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into a scene.  I drew the mother elf first, then the girl, and decided to put them in a room together with strange paneling on the wall behind them.

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

 

Mother and Daughter Elves

Close-up view

I’M OPEN!!!

I think this elf is getting ready to catch something.  But I’m not into football at all, so it’s probably something else.  WHAT DO YOU THINK HE IS TRYING TO CATCH????  

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A BIG HUG!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Carolers

It’s December already.  So I will be posting sketches of elves mostly and other Christmasy things over the next month.  I sketched this scene from a Hallmark movie I watched recently.  Just some men dressed in old-fashioned garb and singing at a lady’s door.  

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

 

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