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Siamese Fighting Fish Watercolor

Siamese Fighting Fish

Hello Friends,

Today I took a nice fall walk with my husband all around the hatchery.  When I came home, I decided to do a little painting.  It’s about 5″ x 7″.  The yellow and orange leaves of the hatchery’s sycamore oak trees were my inspiration.

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

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Sumi-E Ink Drawings

Hello Friends,

Here is what I did last Sunday afternoon.

An elephant (which I sketched from a painting I did for my daughter a few years ago.)  This Sumi-e ink drawing is a little different from the painting I did.  Here’s the Sumi-e ink drawing of my elephant.  It was a quick sketch (that back right leg looks a little skinnier than the rest!)  Ha, ha!

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And a couple of Cardinal birds.  One is puffy from the chilly air.

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I was looking in a bird book for this one and did a rough sketch of two different photos.  I am planning to do a watercolor of a Cardinal in honor of my mom.  She loved them even though we never lived anywhere where they could be found.

And now for a little of bit of self-promotion which I rarely do.

I had the original painting of “Grace’s Elephant” printed on 5×7 cards that I am still selling for $5.  I only have a few left.  I have not gotten re-prints of any of my cards yet.  So I occasionally sell some and have used some to accompany gifts I have given people.  The two card prints I am currently out of are the ones titled “Sherri’s Ocean” and “Danny Boy” (the horse.)  They were my best sellers besides “Grace’s Elephant.”  I still have some of those left, though, because I ordered two dozen of those to begin with.  A lot of my daughter’s school friends wanted her elephant a few years ago.  🙂  The other cards I have are of the blue hydrangeas acrylic painting I did, a pink rose painting, and one called George’s Alpenglow.

If you would like to purchase any of my art, I have an art page on Facebook.  You may message me on there about anything you may want.  I do not have any online payment plan set up, however.  I would have to get your address and give you mine to send me a check.  Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to do all of that yet.  I will have a lot more time to do all of this when my daughter graduates from high school in May!!

Anyway, here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/PatsysCreativeCorner/

 

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

Thank you for reading my blog!!!

Maximum Maxine

I LOVE these Maxine comics! This is a pretty great blog I was led to also because the writer of this one visited mine! Thank you. My favorite color is purple also by the way! Merry Christmas. 🙂

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Okay, here it is the last Monday before Christmas!!  Are all the cookies made??  And eaten??  Check at my house!!     All the presents wrapped and under the tree??        No??    Are they still at the store??        Jesus’ birthday party all organized??      Outside lights up??       Mine neither!        Tree up??      Check.       Decorated?    Well..   depends on what you call decorated! lol         Enough with the 3rd degree there, Melinda!!

Anyway, on to Maxine, Maximum version! 

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I’m pretty sure I’ve reached the legal limit of maximum number of Maxine memes in one post!

Annnnnddd, not Maxine, but too funny to miss!!

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Inspiration Is All Around Us

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Hello friends.  I saw the following wonderful video on the blog called Art of Quotation just now, and it inspired me…again.  This link takes you to Doug’s great blog!

First of all, I have shared this song “Vincent” by Don McLean on my blog before.  The song plays while Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are shown in the background.  However, I had never seen one of Don singing and playing the song.  I am sharing it because it is lovely.

I have always loved his voice especially the way he sings this song in particular.  When it came out in the ’70’s, when I was a whole lot younger, I didn’t really know it was about Vincent van Gogh, because I wasn’t interested in art back then nor did I know who van Gogh was!  I don’t remember ever learning about artists in school to tell you the truth.  I remember doing art in first grade and later in Jr. high, but I never had any good experiences with it back then.

I do have vague memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten which are good.  These came back to me when I was taking classes for pre-school teaching 24 years ago and was working in the college’s child study center as a student aide.   That job was the best one I ever had!  The smell of the paint we mixed for the kids brought back my memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten!  I even remembered the crinkly sound of the paper when my teacher took down our unique creations after they had dried.  Believe it or not, she didn’t make us all paint the exact same thing!  I don’t remember a whole lot about Kindergarten except a few kids who were in my class.  I have a few pictures of them around here somewhere.

Isn’t it funny how strong our senses are connected to our memories?  For instance, whenever I smell the spice of rosemary cooking on chicken, I remember the first time I ever cooked with it.  I was just about eight weeks pregnant, I think, and I had just put the chicken with rosemary and butter on it in the oven.  A little bit later I started feeling very nauseated so much so in fact, that I almost got sick.  (Sorry)  I just lay on the couch and felt like dying.  I went outside and walked around a little bit, though, yet  I remember how I suffered through the cooking of that chicken!  I felt stuck, because I couldn’t go off and leave it cooking in the oven when no one else was home.  My husband was at work, and we were living literally paycheck-to-paycheck, so I couldn’t just chuck it in the garbage either!   So I just waited for it to finish cooking as I moaned and groaned.  My husband said it tasted really great, but I wouldn’t know…I felt too sick to even look at it much less eat it! It’s funny because rosemary is my very favorite thing to put on chicken when I bake it now.  Strange, but true.

So what does any of this have to do with the song “Vincent?”  Nothing much really except to say that whenever I hear the song now, I see van Gogh’s beautiful work in my head.  I feel inspired.  I feel like someone who lived so very long ago understood where I am at right now even though he had no clue what really may have been causing his troubles.

Lately, I have not had any kind of plans for drawing or painting except to paint Sherri’s fox which was a pleasure to do.  As soon as I learned of her father’s death and saw the fox on my calendar (which is where it came from, but I have not photographer’s name to credit) I knew I wanted to paint it just for her.  Perhaps my own motivation comes when I want to bless others with something meaningful instead of just painting for the heck of it.  Not to say by any means that what I do for myself or for fun or for experimentation isn’t meaningful because it is.  Time spent on art is never a waste of time.  It’s just that when someone (in this case, Sherri) tells me that she cried when she opened her package, that is what made it all worth it.  I did have fun doing it, but knowing it touched her heart so deeply is what made it even more worthwhile for me.

Vincent van Gogh was an emotionally frustrated man, tortured really, by what people think may have been bi-polar disease.  I have a right-brained way of thinking myself….creative and packed full of feelings, plus clinical depression to boot, which I take medication for.  So I suppose this is why I love van Gogh and his work so much.

In the last couple of years I have been reading his personal letters to his brother Theo which I have posted about before, and they do reveal a very sensitive and loving man who just wanted and needed the validation from others for who he was and the work he did.  He desperately wanted to be taken seriously!  Isn’t that what all of us crave for the work we do?  Well, I know I do, so that is why I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful compliments to my work that I have received in the last few days (and years) here on WordPress and on my Facebook page.

Let your friends and family inspire you.  You’ll be glad you did!

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

 

 

“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” For they could not love you But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night You took your life, as lovers often do But I could’ve told you, Vincent This world was never meant […]

via “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” — Art of Quotation

Sherri’s Red Fox

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Hello everyone!  Today I learned that my friend Sherri Matthews finally received this 8×10 painting I did for her in honor of memories she has of her dad who recently passed away.  She loves foxes and the colors of Fall and it reminded her of all the times her dad used to take her and her brother out in the woods to explore when they were children.  So those were the things I was thinking about as I painted it for her.  (The picture will become bigger if you click on it.)

It was truly an honor to do something that meant so much to a good friend.  Sherri and I met here on WordPress a few years ago.  She lives in the UK with her lovely family whom she clearly loves with all of her heart.  She has been a really great friend to me even though we have never gotten to meet in person…..maybe someday!!  😉

I always feel encouraged whenever I receive a message from her on Facebook.  We became friends on there as well so that is how we communicate.  It is great to be able to make such a meaningful connection with someone so far away.  The only downside is not being able to sit down and talk over coffee or give each other hugs.  However, just being able to keep in touch across the miles is a really great gift.  I am so glad to have met Sherri here.  She has a beautiful blog here on WordPress called A View From My Summerhouse.  Here is a link to the story she wrote which inspired me to do the painting for her.   https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/a-walk-in-the-woods/

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  She has many great stories, and she works hard as a writer.  I am thankful she is in my friend and in my life.

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

(I love you, Sherri!  Big hugs to you!)

“Sorry, Charlie!”

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Hello everyone!  Yesterday, before I did the Moose drawing I traced Charlie, the Tuna fish (some of you older folks may remember those commercials) onto some watercolor paper and painted him.  I have always loved tuna; my mom used to make the best tuna fish sandwiches I have ever eaten.  She put sweet pickle relish, Miracle Whip, and chopped up boiled egg in it.  I realize that may sound gross to some people, but we never had mayo in our house.  For some reason, we were a Miracle Whip family.  My family I have now has both in our house.  One to satisfy the Southern born girl (me) and the other to satisfy my Illinois raised husband and my daughter who has decided she likes mayo and dill pickles better in her tuna or chicken salad.

I don’t know what made me want to draw Charlie.  Maybe it was the fact that his glasses are same kind my dad used to have and my son has now.  Maybe nostalgia.  Or maybe just for the halibut! HA!  All I know is it was fun.

However, my background wasn’t planned and could be better so who knows maybe I will do him again in a different part of the ocean.

Have a wonderful day, (what’s left of it)  and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

p.s. It is evening where I am right now, but all I know is it is 5:00 somewhere!

p.s.s. Here’s one of the Starkist Tuna commercials I remember being on television when I was a kid!

 

Clown Fish Watercolor and Chinese Ink

Hello everyone and happy Friday.

Meet Clara, the Clown Fish!

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Yesterday I began this painting by using my Chinese ink and brushes to paint the black parts of the fins of this clown fish. I left the white of the paper for the white of the fish.

Next I began painting the oranges and yellows and added really watered down ink to the white areas for the gray shadows.  I decided not to paint a background, because I like her just as she is.

This is not usually how I paint, so I was experimenting which is always fun.

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

 

 

 

Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting

Hello friends,

I just wanted to update you on what I have been reading and doing lately.  Today I was reading the book called “Sumi-e:  The Art of Japanese Ink Painting” by Shozo Sato.  I have not gotten very far yet, but I was intrigued by what is said here:  ” Sumi-e is commonly described as art done in monochrome, with the use of sumi ink and handmade paper.  Sumi-e means ‘black ink painting’ (sumi=black ink; e=painting.)  The ideogram:

sumi-symbol-in-japanesewhich is read sumi in Japanese can also be read as boku in Chinese, and as is true of most Asian art and culture, the roots of Japanese painting are found in China.”   I didn’t know this until I chatted with my friend on Facebook who said, “…roots of many Japanese cultural things are found in China and Korea.  Japan is the ‘youngest kid’ of the Far East.  Haha!”  So every day I am learning many things about Chinese and Japanese culture in my endeavor to learn their unique ways of painting and writing!  It is challenging and fun.

Here are a couple of pages I did in practicing strokes from the book “The Heart of the Brush” by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

These are vertical, diagonal, horizontal and dew drop strokes.  It is difficult to do to say the least!  However, I am up for the challenge!

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 I actually did these a week or so ago, but just hadn’t had a chance to post them.  I am planning to get back to practicing later today.  I wasn’t feeling very well the last few days, but I feel better today.  So after a workout and a shower, I plan to get back to this!

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

GOLDFISH WATERCOLOR

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Hello everyone!  Here is the third painting I did the other day.  I love the colors of the yellows and golds that I have. My two recent favorite yellows in watercolor paints are Winsor & Newton’s Quinacridone Gold and Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow.)  They blend well, and are bright.  The background water was done with Winsor & Newton’s French Ultramarine.  The French Ultramarine is my very favorite blue to use from any brand of watercolors.  It can be a rich dark blue used right out of the tube, or it can be lightened with a lot of water.

I did not use my Chinese brushes for this one at all.  The fins were especially challenging, but I achieved the “clear” look of them by lifting out paint with water.  It is one of my favorite watercolor techniques to use to get back most of the white of the paper when necessary. Also, the little circles that resemble bubbles were made by dropping large grains of salt into the wet paint and letting the paint dry.  Then when the salt is removed, there are dots!  I don’t do it very often, but decided to try it on this one.  My son said they looked like bubbles, so bubbles they are!

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

WHO’S THAT POKEMON?

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Hello friends,

If any of you ever watched the cartoon of Pokemon in the 90’s like I did with my kids, you heard that question yelled out every day! Then after the commercial break, they would show us which Pokemon came out of the big red, white and black ball.

So if you don’t know who this one is, meet Turtwig!  Isn’t it adorable?  I want one!  I have been wanting to paint several more Pokemon characters for the last year or so and just hadn’t gotten around to it.  I was going to outline this one with pen, but decided not to.  I had a lot of fun painting it, and if you know anything about me at all, you would know why!  I love turtles and sea turtles!  So Turtwig was fun to paint!  I have a How to Draw Pokemon book that I bought years ago.  It has several in it, so that is where I got this.  I eyeballed it and put the shadows in that they have in the book, so it isn’t my original design.  The little How to Draw book was published by Scholastic.  I originally bought it for my son since he was so into the show, the movies, and collecting the Pokemon cards.  We even have a Pokemon game!  However, drawing never became a hobby of his.

In the past I pained two other Pokemon characters, Mudkip for my son, and Pickachu for my daughter.  I painted both of those in acrylics, though, so this is my first watercolor Pokemon.

I have not had a desire to go hunting for any, but my daughter has caught several.  I am not sure if she is still doing it.  We live almost an hour’s drive away from the biggest town near us so there are not many Pokemon lurking out here in the boonies!  But who knows how many more will come out of my paint brushes?

I hope everyone is enjoying the change in weather (if you are having any.)  We have finally gotten some really nice cool weather for our area in the last week or so.  We have been able to leave the windows open for most of the day and night.  It just gets too stuffy in the later afternoon, so I still turn on the A/C then.  But right now it is only 50 degrees and it is after 7:00 a.m.!  When the weather is the hot temperatures we usually get in summer, it is at least 80 degrees by this time in the morning.  I am making coffee right now and sitting here dressed in a flannel shirt over a t-shirt, sweat pants, and socks on my feet (which I haven’t felt in many months.)  I am really hoping that Fall is officially here!

So wherever you are, if you are experiencing this nice cooler weather after a long hot summer, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, and enjoy the cool air!  Maybe you can even go in search for some Pokemon!

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

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