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Anglerfish Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

Well, here it is! A finished anglerfish. Isn’t it scary? I probably could have darkened a lot of places a little more, but I don’t want to wreck my arm! And I definitely didn’t want to try and make the whole background as dark as the bottom of the ocean where these amazing creatures live either.

So it is Saturday. My husband and I were supposed to be going to the last Writers Forum meeting, but his weekend guy called in sick and he couldn’t find anyone else around to cover today. So George had to work. We were also going to go to a movie afterwards. But it is just as well. I overslept and yesterday stepped on something that I thought I got out of my heel last night, but it is pretty sore today. I guess I’m going to have to soak it now.

On the bright side it is another cool morning here in Northern California. A little cloudy and breezy so that is great! Tomorrow our daughter is leaving for a week of Leadership Training. She is going to be promoting to a Green Hat in the California Conservation Corps. I am getting used to her being gone a lot now since she will be going on spikes all summer, too.

We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get any letters from our son, Josh, this week, but George said the backcountry crew works from sunup to sundown and he is probably really busy and tired. I know he will write when he gets a chance.

I guess I am off to soak my feet now and start reading the book called “Rascal” by Sterling North. What amazes me is that I’ve seen a movie about this raccoon years ago, but I thought it was based on a novel! Silly me. It is a memoir! I feel silly…oh so silly…

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

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Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor FINISHED!!

 

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Well, here he is! These are found mostly in the waters of southern Australia. So I was looking for an Australian male name since it is the male of the species that carries and gives birth to the babies. However, I couldn’t find one that I liked right now. But I have always liked the name Leif! So I think that is what I shall call him.

This was really one of the toughest paintings I’ve ever done. So much detail! But that is what keeps me focused. This project was relaxing, though, so that’s all that matters to me!

They come in a variety of other colors and the one I painted had a lot of brown spots.

And before you go, check out this short video of a real leafy sea dragon “swimming.” Even though they have unusual looking fins, they mostly just float around. Also, the second link is to a wonderful site where you can learn a lot more about this amazing creature!

https://youtu.be/aVPzcQDN-C4

http://www.arkive.org/leafy-seadragon/phycodurus-eques/image-G112108.html

Thanks to all of my newest followers! I appreciate everyone’s support.

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

 

 

 

Leafy Sea Dragon Progress

Hello Friends,

I spent the last couple of hours working on this today. Now off to eat lunch and work on other projects!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon – Still Swimming Along!

Hello Friends,

I decided to spend a few more hours working on my leafy sea dragon today. You know, this is probably one of the most challenging creatures I have EVER painted! But it has been fun even when it feels a little frustrating at times. I am hoping to finish it this weekend but it will probably take a little longer than that.

In the meantime, I am still working on my writing. I also have some other doodling and smaller paintings I want to do.

It has been such a nice week of wonderful spring weather here! I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are, too.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor – Coming along!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I worked on my leafy seadragon some more. I filled in more of the water that shows between its body and leafy appendages. I also started working on his eggs. I say “his” because in case you didn’t know, male leafy sea dragons carry the fertilized eggs from the female until they mature. Then the male gives birth to new baby seadragons. They are a relative of seahorses who do the same thing. Pretty cool, huh? (Too bad we women can’t do that with our young! Ha, ha.)  😉

When I finish this painting, I will tell you more about their biology…er…seadragon biology, that is.

Also….

here is a common seadragon ink drawing I doodled yesterday. I believe they are called “common” because they only have a few leafy appendages. I just love these little creatures.

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

Seals for Sunday

Hello Friends,

Well, today I wanted to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” so I decided to use my watercolor pencils to sketch a couple of photos I took many years ago when our family visited Crescent City’s aquarium. This seal show was a lot of fun.

The first seal here had a couple of rings around its neck and went down the slide. The other seals below were with a guy who was doing their tricks with them. ( I didn’t paint in the guy.)  He told the brown one that slid down the slide to get up on its front flippers, but the other lighter colored seal just lay there on the concrete by the pool. It was a huge one, too! Perhaps it was too heavy for tricks.

 

So hopefully, tomorrow I will get back to my leafy sea dragon. I hope everyone is still having a nice weekend!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon (Still in progress)

Hello Friends,

Well, yesterday I worked on this for a couple of hours or so, but this is as far as I got. I think this one is going to take a while!

I hope everyone is enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. The weather is nice here today. Stay safe everyone!

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Painting in Progress!

Hello Friends,

Well, I have FINALLY started my leafy sea dragon painting. I usually like to do the background first, but I will still be adding to it a little after I paint the sea dragon.

It has been a nice cool and quiet morning here today. I woke up before 6:30 which was perfect for sitting out in the backyard to have my coffee and read some. My husband went out of town for the night last night and will be back this evening. My daughter is at work, so I decided today was a great day to start this painting!

I put on some music – George Benson and then Dire Straits. I haven’t painted at my desk in so long I forgot how great it feels! I just really want to get done with this time-consuming writing class so I can paint more!!

I am going to go exercise now and read while I’m on my stationary bike. My feet have been a little swollen this week because of the changes in weather and my arthritis. I also tried to find a new pair of tennis shoes yesterday, but that was an unsuccessful trip. My “bike shoes” are wearing out which also contributes a little to my feet hurting. So I have to keep looking for the kind I need. However, I did get to have a great lunch with my friend, Jen! So the trip to town was great!

I hope everyone is doing well this week. I am enjoying this springtime weather! I hope it lasts longer this year before the heat wave hits for the summer. I just saw a couple of quail strutting through the front yard (my desk faces the windows) and they are so CUTE! Well, that’s all for now.

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

 

Jellyfish #1

Hello Friends,

This is my first jellyfish watercolor sketch.  I say sketch, because I don’t use my best paper for sketches.  I have found the paper quality makes a difference for me, but maybe that isn’t true for all artists.

Anyway, I found a picture of this type of jellyfish in a book called Creatures of the Deep, by Erich Hoyt, at the library.  On page 54 in a margin note he says, “A very deepwater scyphozoan jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) provides an intensely bioluminescent example of gigantism. The conspicuous medusa ranges up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter, which reverses the trend toward decreasing size at depth.”

In the book, the photo’s background is black because the jellyfish is in such deep waters. I changed the background color for my painting. I also need to work on getting it to look more luminescent which is the hardest part!

I have almost finished drawing my leafy sea dragon on the watercolor paper (the better quality) but haven’t begun painting it yet. It might be awhile before that is done.

I hope everyone has had a good week. I got positive feedback from my instructor on my fiction story.  So I am moving on to Assignment Eight. But we have a busy weekend ahead so I probably won’t start it until Monday.

Tomorrow is our monthly Writers Forum meeting, and Sunday our daughter wants to take me out to dinner and go to Turtle Bay for Mother’s Day. She is excited because she “actually has money” this year to do something!  She’s always been so thoughtful. She is working ten hour days for awhile and will have Fridays off except for today because she had to go in to finish her super grading stuff. She is almost ready to promote to the next level!

We heard from our son and he is doing well. He loves the backcountry and his crew. We got his letter in the mail yesterday which was a nice surprise. That was his second letter. In his first one, he mainly asked for some guitar chords and lyrics of a few songs he likes. Apparently someone brought a guitar there! He loves the quiet and the person who leads their physical training in the mornings is teaching them yoga which he likes, too, apparently. So I’m glad he is really enjoying himself.

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

 

 

 

A New Painting Project!

Hello Friends,

Well, now that I have finished that big writing project, I am planning a few different painting projects (when I feel up to sitting at my desk again, that is.) But actually, lately, I have just been sitting in the easy chair with my paints on the end table and working on paintings and drawings.  I can put a wet heat pack on my back while I sit there and listen to music or watch t.v. at the same time.  I do like multi-tasking.

Anyway, one sea creature I have been wanting to paint (besides jellyfish) is called a Leafy Sea Dragon.  They are found in the shallow coastal waters around southern Australia.  I love these!  They are made to look “leafy” so as to better camouflage themselves while swimming around.  And their bodies look like dragons!  They are so cool!

So here is a picture of the one I am going to attempt to paint.  It is in the book from National Geographic Kids “First Big Book of the Ocean” by Catherine D. Hughes.  I bought it a long time ago when I was looking for bigger pictures of sea creatures.  So here is the photo from the book…

 

and here it is on my light board.  This one I had to trace because it is so detailed!  The photo credit in the book just says there was a Director of Photography from Kids Publishing and Media named Jay Sumner.  However, I couldn’t find specific credits to the photos themselves.  So I am not sure about who actually took the photos in this book.

Anyway, here it is traced onto tracing paper on my light board.

THEN I had to use the light board to trace it again onto my watercolor paper!  This particular Leafy Sea Dragon is carrying a bunch of eggs, too!  Now I don’t know how this one is going to turn out, but I know it will be a big challenge.  Actually trying to match colors is the hardest part, although, it doesn’t have to be exact, of course.

I still haven’t decided what exactly I’m going to paint in acrylics on the rest of the toy box pieces, but I will eventually.

Today I NEED to exercise and get this little kink out of my back.  So until next time…

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

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