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Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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

 

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Art Journal Watercolors

Hello Friends!

I completely forgot about these crazy critters I doodled earlier in the week! These are in my small homemade art journal. I believe I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for these. So the mouse’s eyes are a little smudged.

This mouse is called a Fat Dormouse. It is called “fat” because it goes on a feeding frenzy before it hibernates for the winter. It is “found from northern Spain east through Central Europe and into Russia. It is also found on the islands of Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, and Corfu, and in Turkey and Iran.”

The crazy feathered critter is called a Hoatzin.Β It is a “unique bird found in northeastern South America, particularly in the rainforests formed by the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.” These birds live in colonies. They can also SWIM! They use their feet and wings to swim so they can escape vipers!

In case you’re wondering, I have these and MANY other wild creatures like them in a set of books we used years ago while homeschooling the kids. They are called “Wildlife Explorer.” I never finished getting all the cards to complete the set, but we got two binders full, so it was enough! I can’t find a date of publication either! I only know they were published by International Masters Publishers AB. So I am not sure if they are still available. The kids and I loved looking through them for hours, though! We all love animals. So eventually, there will be more to come. But I probably won’t use the pencils every time.

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

 

American Robin Watercolor

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I spent yesterday afternoon painting this Robin. I saw one hopping around in the backyard the other day and remembered I had told someone recently that I had never painted one and was going to try it soon.

So here is Robby the American Robin. We had a funny little bird come and camp out in our backyard porch every night for a few winters years ago. We used to watch him sleep from the back door window. This was when the kids were little. However, we never figured out what kind of bird it was because it was always puffed up when it slept. Then it was gone in the mornings before we got up.

Tomorrow you’ll see a couple of small paintings I did last week. But I did them with watercolor pencils so they didn’t come out as clear as I wanted. One of them is a goofy looking bird! The other is a type of Dormouse.

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

 

Cardinal Pencil Drawing

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Last night I decided to draw a Cardinal bird head very large because I want to try painting it this size in watercolor. The trickiest thing about the male cardinal is the bright and deeper tones of red! This will definitely be a challenge to paint!

As you can see, I did not put a lot of detail into its feathers that are different tones of red. This is just a quick sketch I did last night.

I’m not sure when I will attempt to paint this, but probably sometime next week. I am feeling anxious to start on the rhino watercolor! I hope you all had a nice week!

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

 

Goat Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!Β 

Last night I was looking at goats online to do a watercolor of. Since I have never done one before, I wanted to draw it in pencil first. So I did that in the last hour. And now I have something to post for my Friday drawing buddies, Debra and Emma!

Since I don’t have a tutorial to watch for how to get the colors of it which are shades of brown, black and grey, I am going to experiment with my paints for awhile so I can hopefully get the shades I want. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture I found on a website with pictures for use by anyone because they are CCO Public Domain photos. No particular person’s name are attached to them, though.

Anyway, goats are so cute! Miriam Schulman is teaching how to do a few farm animals in her new class, but I couldn’t afford to take this one, too. However, members of her Inspiration Club are allowed to post our own paintings as well even if we don’t take the class.

One of these days I will be doing more sea turtles, too. For you turtle lovers, please be patient with me! πŸ˜‰

Next week I plan on doing the second project in my watercolor class. The next animal will be a Rhinoceros which I have never drawn or painted either! I really love drawing different animals these days.

Well, I hope everyone has had a nice week. We have gotten lots of rain in the valley and snow in the mountains! I think I read somewhere that the draught in California may be over. I hope so, but I still wish it rained all year round!

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

 

Eagle Watercolor

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Today I stumbled across a 10 part class online at ArtTutor.com! The instructor I picked is Glynis Barnes-Mellish.Β She is also from the U.K. and has a very nice accent and soft voice which makes listening to her relaxing!

The class is focused on five different wild animals so it is calledΒ “Painting Wild Animals in Watercolor.”

Each of the five animals has two parts of video instruction. The eagle is the first one which I did this afternoon. The other animals are: Rhino, Panda, Chimpanzee, and Tiger. I couldn’t believe I found this when I wasn’t really looking for anything specific. And these are five animals I have been wanting to paint for a long time!

Her techniques and color blends are incredible! I really love my eagle, and it is not often I feel quite this ecstatic after finishing an animal I have just painted for the first time! So I am very happy!

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

 

Green Sea Turtle

Hello Friends…again!

I decided to paint my Green Sea Turtle today! It looks yellow, though, right? “Green” sea turtles actually have lots of shell colors, such as brown, yellowish brown, and orangey colors. The reason they are called green sea turtles is because of the color of the fat underneath their shells. And the green color comes from all of the algae they eat. I have always thought that is pretty cool!

Well, I need to rest my arm now. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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

Owl Watercolor #2

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Here is my second owl in watercolor. I wanted to do it simpler, but I find that when I begin putting the least little bit of detail in, I tend to keep going! Ha ha!

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

Baby Chicks Watercolor

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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˜€

 

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