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Cardinal Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This is a cardinal I did in watercolor last night. I don’t think I will be working on my owl project today, though. Hopefully I can finish it sometime this weekend.

This cardinal painting is one of the projects we did in the online art group I am in. I hope everyone has had a great week!

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

 

Roses for Julia

Hello Friends,

Here is the finished Rose painting I did for my blogging friend, Julia Denton.  Some of you may read her wonderful blog.  She always uses her wisdom to encourage her readers.  We have also become friends over the last year or so. Here is a link to her blog.  https://defeatdespair.com/2017/05/08/the-whole-world-2017/  Julia is a kind, hard-working woman who recently lost her husband of many years to cancer and is now caring for her disabled adult son by herself.

I cannot find the post that I am pretty sure I “borrowed” her photo of these roses from, but that is where I got this.

So Julia, here are some “virtual” flowers for now.  The real painting will be in the mail to you soon!  (My husband has to cut the matting, and I still need to find a frame.)

I hope you are doing well today, my friend.

 

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

Larry the Lonely Leatherback Sea Turtle Picturebook

Hello Friends,

I have finished the paintings for my picture book, so today, I am posting the story in its entirety.  The paintings are still in rough draft form, but I wanted to share it.  Also, I think I want to darken some of the last few paintings.  Well, enjoy it! (Feel free to tell me what you think!)   Thank you!  😉

 

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

© Patsy H. Parker

Larry is lonely.

He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.  

So he does.

When Larry feels lonely, he swims…

and swims.  He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  

He is missing Alicia so much, he forgets to eat!  So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Jellyfish!

 

Larry dives…

deeper,

deeper,

and deeper.  Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.  When he looks up to see the sun shining through the water, 

 he sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

They swim fast to get away…

and when Larry almost catches one,

he sees another Leatherback sea turtle swimming in his direction, but she does not see him!

Suddenly they are face to face.  They bump noses.

 

Larry smiles widely.  He thinks to himself, maybe she will be my friend.

 She smiles shyly.

 

“Hi.  I’m lonely…I mean…Larry.”  He feels embarrassed.

“Hi.  I’m Lucy.”  She giggles.  Then she winks at him.  “Do you want to go catch jellyfish with me?”  she asks. 

“Yes, I do!  I almost caught earlier today!”  Larry answers happily.

So Larry and Lucy swim away to catch jellyfish together.  Then Larry, the lonely Leatherback sea turtle isn’t lonely anymore. 

THE END

 

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug (or hold fins like Larry and Lucy!)  🙂

 

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

Hello friends.

This past Saturday I had the privilege of sharing my first picture book even though I haven’t finished the paintings.  I have the rest of the pages’ backgrounds and outlines done, but haven’t finished painting the characters.  I only have 4 pages to go!

I shared it with a local writing group called Redding Writer’s Forum which my husband has been a part of for several years.  He also took over doing their monthly newsletter and website.  You can see what they do here:   https://reddingwritersforum.com/ 

I am sure there will be a new post there with information about who read their work that day along with pictures of the group.  I met a nice lady there who wants to start another small writing group to get together maybe once a week over the summer break from the Redding Writer’s Forum group. She has a lot of excitement and energy to start this, so I am hoping to do it with her and a few others.

This is my first rough draft.  I want to improve it.  Also, on the parts where there is just text, those will actually be separate pages, and I want to do some ocean backgrounds for those that I have not come up with yet.  For the purpose of sharing it on Saturday, I printed out the words that will be on the pages of the characters and cut and temporarily attached them to those pages.

So for now, this is the first picture book I have been working on longer than I have Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends.  I have yet to finish the drawings, much less the paintings for that one!  So I have a great deal of work ahead, and I love it!  So here it is so far…

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

© Patsy H. Parker

Larry is lonely.

He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying.

When Larry feels lonely,

He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  

He was missing Alicia so much, he forgot to eat!  So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.

Larry dives…

 

Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.

 

 

He sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

 

They swim fast to get away…

To be continued…

 

Now back to the drawing/painting board!

 

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

 

Video of Chinese Brush Painting Techniques!!

Hello everyone!  I found a great short video of Elizabeth Priddy demonstrating how to load and paint different strokes with a Chinese paint brush!  I was completely amazed at how easy it really looks!  Of course learning to do it will be a different story for me, I’m sure!

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

 

New Sea Turtle Doodle!

Hi everyone.  A couple of days ago I decided to doodle in pen and ink AND watercolor!  It was so much fun.  I bought some new Micro-Line Pens that a friend on Facebook recommended to me.  I really like them, too!

So I also squirted out some watercolor paints and this was the result!  (And this sea turtle has a friend!)

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

Sea Turtle and Hermit Crab

New Years are Sometimes Sad

Hello everyone.  I know I have not posted anything on my blog for over a month, but I don’t think I am going to have near as much time for posts this year as I did last year.  Today I am home, however, so I decided to take advantage of that.

As some of you know, I drive my daughter to town four days a week for her Charter High School classes.  So since they are spread out and she’s only in one to two classes a day, I stay in town, go to the gym, and run errands.  Today, however, things are a little different.  My husband took the day off and took my daughter to her class.  He needed to get out of here a while to get away from all the stress I think.

Yesterday, here at the fish hatchery where my husband works and we live,  there was a loud knock on the door at 1:45 a.m.  One of the single guys who lives down the street said the house nextdoor to him was on fire!!  My husband drove down the street, then his co-worker and he began trying to put it out with the fire hose in front of the house, but it was spreading too big.  The neighbor who came to our door had already called 9-1-1 so we were waiting for them to come, but they didn’t arrive for at least 20 minutes or so I think.  We live out in a rural area, and the fire stations nearest us are mostly run by volunteers.  So you get the point.

The home that burned down housed a family of four; dad, mom, and two little girls, 5 and 8 years old.  We have known them for ten years or so.  We still don’t know the cause of the fire, but he was able to get his girls outside.  Unfortunately, when he went back for his wife, it was too late.  She died in the fire.  His oldest daughter has 3rd and 4th degree burns and his younger one has minor burns and smoke in her lungs.  I believe he was okay physically, but this will take a great deal of time to heal from I am sure.

This is a tragedy like no other I have ever seen.  She was my friend for many years although it has been quite a while since we have talked.  I loved her, though, and have cared about her, her husband and four children ever since we met them.  Her two older children do not live here anymore even though we see my son’s friend, her son, ocassionally.  I talked with him a while last night which was difficult.  I wanted to hug him but couldn’t.

His sisters are in two different hospitals because of the severity of one of them’s burns.  I have not gotten updated on her yet.  It was also so hard to see her suffering after she and her sister and dad came to our home when it happened to await medical care.  She was talking nervously and was in a lot of pain.  Her younger sister kept saying her mommy and doggie were dead.  My heart was breaking.  I have never felt so helpless before.  But this is not about me.

I love this family.  I am sad about the loss of my friend.  I am just sharing this so those of you who pray will hopefully pray for this family.  They need all the help they can get.  Thank you, friends.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug……before it’s too late.

What I have brewing…

Hello everyone. I have been busy drawing more ballerinas and other ballerina related things such as just their shoes! So……..I think I have an idea for something to do in acrylics on a black canvas again, only this one is larger than my Gothic ballerina canvas, so much more space to fill.

I haven’t exactly planned it yet; in fact the idea JUST came to me!! However, I will be working on it this week. I have to say I am really surprised that the Gothic ballerinas have been the most popular. I thought they turned out really creepy looking which was not my intention at all the first day I painted them. I ended up calling them “gothic” because of how their faces turned out and the black background. So it is just funny to me that they are the most popular ballerinas I have done so far.

I finished an interesting autobiography over the weekend that was written by a former ballerina, Jenifer Ringer. It is called “Dancing Through It.” I enjoyed it very much, because she seems like such a sweet woman and very honest. She does not gloss over what trials there can be in the life of a ballerina. Here is a picture I found on Google of her in action.

Jenifer Ringer

It was insightful and enjoyable, and if you like autobiographies, I would recommend it. She is a Christian and does talk about her faith a lot, but that is what I found most inspiring myself. It might be a good read for the summer for you! Check it out.

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

Dancing Through It

Snowy Egret – Mixed Media

Snowy Egret

I worked on this painting for the last couple of days. I started out just sketching, but it turned into a fun mixed media project…my FIRST one, really!

I started with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Windpower vellum Bristol 14″ x 17″ paper. However, the gray of the water takes up about half of the space, and I decided I didn’t want to do all of that in colored pencil. My arm would have been killing me!!! 😉 So I decided to paint the water and some of the Snowy Egret with acrylics. I used colored pencil and a little bit of acrylic on the bird, but decided to paint the rocks in watercolor since I have more colors to work with in watercolors. So this is why the paper curled slightly. I have never painted on regular thick paper, only pre-stretched watercolor paper or watercolor paper blocks or canvas. This was a different experience for sure.

I painted this Snowy Egret spontaneously from a photo my husband took ot it by the river where we used to live over 15 years ago! I eyeballed it for proportion and didn’t worry about getting it to look exactly like the photo. I have saved this photo and others from some of his old photography thinking I might draw or paint them one day. So the other day I was bored and looking for something to start on and found this in my stash of “project to do someday” photos. Hey, maybe I should label that envelope with just that title! I’m thinking of doing a series of different river and ocean birds. I really should live by the ocean……..

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

Watercolor Pencils and Pen & Ink

Recently I purchased some great pens to enhance some of my watercolor sketches. One evening I was looking out the window and decided to sketch what I could see. It was evening twilight and a little cold out. This is what I saw.

This is called “Evening Twilight!”

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

Evening Twilight

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