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Manta Ray Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Well, I still haven’t gotten back to my leafy sea dragon yet, but that will be next. In the meantime, I thought you might want to see a sketch of how massive the manta ray is in comparison with this human in the ocean.  Isn’t it amazing? They have a “wingspan” of up to 22 feet!

What is even better about them is that they known to be friendly! When I showed this to my daughter, she said it was terrifying. Honestly, I would be in complete awe if I was a diver and was this close to a manta ray.  Wow, wouldn’t that be a great experience? I think so, but I realize some people don’t love the ocean as much as I do.

I hope those of you who celebrated Mother’s Day were blessed. My daughter took me to Turtle Bay and out to eat at a mongolian barbecue place. My husband opted to stay home and let us have some mother/daughter time. She works so much now, it was nice to go out together.

I have come up with one idea for one of my stories. I intended on starting it today, but I want to finish the reading first. I did jot down my idea, though. So there’s that.

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

 

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Panda in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I am finally done with my panda. I want to darken its limbs more later, but I need to finish my writing project and get on with painting more sea creatures.

I hope everyone is having a blessed week. The weekend is almost here!

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

Elephants in Graphite

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share with you the drawing I have been working on here and there in the last week.  I drew from the cover of a magazine, National Geographic Kids, but I did not trace anything.  I had to “fill in” some spots on the adult elephant where other graphics were on top of it, though.

I did a lot of Spring cleaning this week, cleaning out closets, that is.  I had several very large bagfuls of “stuff” we didn’t need anymore and sent it off to town with my husband this afternoon to be dropped off at the Goodwill store.  But I don’t think I am quite done with that project.  I chip away at it a little at a time.

Now I am working on my first drawing of a Panda bear in graphite.  It is challenging!  I felt I needed a change of medium for a while.  I really love pencil work.

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  Mine has been pretty busy.  Aside from all of that I have been doing lots of reading and still working on my assignment that is due April 7th.

What have you been up to?  I would love to hear about you, too!

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

Model Mouse

Hello Friends, 

Today’s drawing came about in an interesting way.  Last week my husband saw a mouse lying on our garage floor…dead of course.  It didn’t look like it had been injured; it just looked like it died of natural causes!  He never picked it up and tossed it out into the field and forgot about it.  With the weather being so cold, it didn’t smell or anything either.

Well, I just remembered it this morning.  So I went out to the garage, grabbed a rag, and picked it up.  I brought it in so I could draw it.  It was so CUTE!!!  My husband walked in for his work break and said, “Well, I never thought I would see that!”  😉

I don’t often draw from “life” (or death in this case), but I just couldn’t resist.  I put it on the table, so I drew it from a weird angle.  Anyway, here is my ‘model mouse.’  I will probably draw it in a different pose from my imagination with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Its coat had several shades of brown and white which was very pretty.

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

Mama & Baby Deer

 

Hello Friends,

Last night I decided to do another little painting.  On the page with these beautiful deer, the author, Bridget E. Hamilton, of this wonderful book, The Wisdom of Moms, includes a quote that says,

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thornton Wilder

What are your greatest treasures today?

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

Mama & Baby Moupin Pikas

Hello Friends,

Well, I didn’t do any of my rewriting of my story yesterday, but when dinner was cooked and eaten, I kept looking at the adorable Moupin pikas in my book, “The Wisdom of Moms” by Bridget E. Hamilton (which is where all of the mama and baby paintings have come from), and I just couldn’t resist drawing/painting them.  I worked out yesterday so my arm was feeling okay to draw.  These adorable little Moupin pikas are sitting in the snow.

The aspect of wisdom that Bridget relates these little critters to is “Resourcefulness.”  She begins the page by saying, “It doesn’t matter where your home is, what matters is who you share it with.  The Moupin pika has few options when it comes to shelter in the Himalaya and surrounding mountain ranges, so this resourceful pika digs its own high-elevation burrow.”

It is so true that our home is where our heart is, especially if we have given our heart to others.  Now I am headed off to town to run a couple of errands.

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

Mama & Baby Porcupines

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  I worked on this probably longer than I should have.  It didn’t really turn out the way I hoped it would.  That is light-colored wood between them.  Also, the baby’s tiny paw is between their noses!  Oh well, it was still fun so I thought I would just post it anyway.  😉

I have written my story for my class, but did what I hope are the final revisions the other day.  My arm has been sore this week, so I have taken a break from being on my laptop until today.  I plan to FINISH it today and get it sent off well before the first of March.

I went for a couple of enjoyable hikes with a friend on Saturday and my husband on Monday.  I think I have found that I can walk on dirt paths without too much pain to my feet!  So I plan to do more hiking now especially before it gets too hot in a couple of months.

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

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!  🙂

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!  🙂

 

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