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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Evening Twilight

Becky’s Blossoms

This is a 9×12 quick sketch done with watercolor pencils. I sketched it from a photo for Becky Sebree, a local friend.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Becky's Blossoms

Sea Turtle Videos!!

Here is some information about the state of sea turtles, conservation, and the device called a TEDs or turtle excluder devices that help prevent turtle bycatch, turtles that get caught in fishing nets. When this happens, the turtles get tangled up in them and will drown if they are not released. The TED helps save sea turtles, and I am glad someone came up with this great idea!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Australian Flatback Sea Turtle

Here is my latest watercolor painting of an Australian Flatback Sea Turtle! The colors are a little differnt than some pictures I’ve found, but this is MY sea turtle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a close-up of her face. I decided to name this one Christine in honor of my friend who lives in Australia and has a blog on WordPress also.

http://zenschoolforcreatives.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/an-easy-exercise-in-watercolour-after-paul-klee/

Australian Flatback Sea Turtle Close-up

Brother Bear

It is perfectly okay if you laugh at my bears. I do! I actually didn’t sketch these while I was watching “Brother Bear.” I just doodled cartoon bears the way I wanted them to look – GOOFY!!!

Bambi sketches

I love summer. I love to get my work done in the mornings, exercise, eat some lunch and watch old Disney movies. It’s a nice break from all the driving I have to do during the school year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, I watched Bambi. It is certainly a challenge trying to draw while watching them move. Our old VCR doesn’t keep those TAPES paused very long any more. Anyway, here is Bambi as a fawn, and later as an adult. I wanted to sketch Flower, the skunk and Thumper, the rabbit, but I didn’t take the time. That is work for some other day. I’m going to have to find these old movies on DVD now even though my kids have outgrown them.

Charlotte’s Web Sketches

A few weeks ago I was watching Charlotte’s Web, the first version, the cartoon animated one. Who can beat the voices of Debbie Reynolds (Charlotte), Henry Gibson (Wilbur), and my favorite, Paul Lynde as Templeton? It is one of my all time favorite Disney movies. Anyway, I have been trying to sketch while I watch animation lately which has given me a great excuse to watch all of our old Disney movies, and most of them are on VHS tapes! It’s a good thing our VCR still works…..

I didn’t try to copy them very accurately, but here are my renditions of some of the characters.

Here’s Templeton AFTER the fair!

Charlotte, the mama goose whose name I can’t think of and her hatchling Jeffrey who became friends with Wilbur.

Horse Watercolor Finished!! It is called “Danny Boy!”

Here is my rendition of Danny. The reddish brown color was extremely challenging to mix, but I didn’t want it to turn out too dark. Also, I eliminated the trailer in the background to make it a nicer portrait.

Danny Boy Painting
DANNY BOY

Here’s the horse named Danny, who was my daughter’s favorite horse she learned to ride on a couple of summers ago. She also rode a horse name Bugsy sometimes. They look a lot alike, but we’re pretty sure this one is Danny. So, hence the name of the painting!

Bugsy

Taking the Plunge!!!!

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Today I went to a printer to order a print of this painting for an old friend of my husband’s, Mark Guthrie. He does stained glass work and offered to trade me for a stained glass of a sea turtle. Nice! I will also include some 5×7 cards with his painting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I am getting a dozen 5×7 cards with envelopes in nice plastic slipcovers of each of these paintings! I am planning to try and sell them locally. Wish me luck! Or better yet, PRAY FOR ME! ๐Ÿ™‚

1) SHERRI’S OCEAN

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2) CRESCENT CITY HYDRANGEAS

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3) STEPHANIE’S ROSE

Rose painting

4) GRACE’S ELEPHANT

elephant

Next ones to the printers will be some of my sea turtles. I am planning on starting on the huge painting of the largest one I’ve drawn this Saturday.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a hug! ๐Ÿ™‚

Watercolor painting of an alpenglow in Yosemite National Park

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I thoroughly enjoyed doing this painting! Getting the alpenglow right was a real challenge. And the clothes of the people was a lot of fun! This was a Valentine’s Day present for my husband. He used to be in the California Conservation Corps. He took this picture in the summer of 1987.