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Rainbow Giraffe

Hello Friends,

Today I decided to do another giraffe.  I used the same drawing obviously, but she is the darker end of the rainbow!  Her name is…Violet.  

 

 

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

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2-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling!

Hello Friends,

Once again I have stumbled on to some “old news,” but this is just too fascinating not to share.  This is the kind of news clip that usually appears at the end of some news casts in our area.  We don’t watch the news regularly at our house anymore, though.  So here is the short video just a few seconds long, but worth the watch:

 

Also, here is a link to the article about this RARE sea turtle.  Let’s hope he or she makes it even though the odds for survival may not be good.  You just never know.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/two-headed-loggerhead-turtle-found-florida-video-spd/

 

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

Giraffe Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I spent most of the last couple of days on this one.  A few days ago I traced it from a magazine.  Then I spent yesterday painting it.  Just something different this time!

This is Garrett.  He wants to know if you like his beard?   😉

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

Chipmunk for Lori

Hello Friends, 

Yesterday I decided it was time to paint this little chipmunk.  It is a 5×7 watercolor.  I sneaked the picture from my friend, Lori, whom I met on Facebook a few years ago.  She is a lot of fun and an awesome photographer.  This is one of the chipmunk pictures she took.  I lightened the background with a lot more blue so he would stand out more.  Unfortunately, the pink of his paw doesn’t show up well in the picture.  The concrete wall was especially hard to paint!  But as you know, I love a challenge!

We never seen any around the fish hatchery where we live.  We have to travel about an hour or so up higher to see chipmunks.  They are so adorable, though.  So here it is!

Lori, I am glad we are friends!!  And I’m glad you love the painting!  It will be in the mail next week.

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

 

Mouse Friends

Hello Friends,

Here they are, the boys and Mary, the head seamstress!  For some reason she is holding what looks like a needle but there’s no thread in the picture.  I finished this last night.  I didn’t color their clothing since I decided to “color” them. They are brown and this is just graphite pencil. I could have colored their clothing really lightly, but decided not to. Also, I drew them a little bigger than the picture I printed out from the internet which I did not post with this.

I plan to do this one in watercolor perhaps with some kind of background.

So I’m not sure what’s next.  I want to get some writing done for sure tomorrow.  I had other stuff to do today so I never did get do any work on my story.  I still haven’t heard from my instructor either, so it’s okay.  I have plenty of time.  And I have my watercolor class this Thursday.  So…

Until next time…

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

 

Gus-Gus, Mary, and Jaq from Cinderella

Wet-into-Wet Practice

Hello Friends, 

This piece was a practice run at doing “wet-into-wet” watercolor painting.  For the sake of my friends who have never painted, it is just what it means.  We wet the paper first, let the water soak into the paper some, then paint into the wet, obviously with wet paint, thus, we-into-wet.

I did this one a few days before my watercolor class last week but then I learned some new things on Thursday when we practiced the technique along with some brushstrokes.  I might take this with me this week to see what my instructor says.  There is also some splattering in there to get the sandy look, but that’s something I’ve always liked to do for beaches.

Anyway, I had fun doing this and that is all that matters, right?  My instructor always says we are painting to have fun.  And I realize learning new things takes practice and work, but if I am not having fun while I am learning something new and just feeling too frustrated the whole time, I tend to want to quit doing it.  I have to REALLY love what I am doing to push through those trials to achieve my goals.

I remember feeling that way about ten years ago when I first started learning to draw in pencil and paint with watercolors. But I chose to stick with it.  I never even showed my very early work to anyone except my family.  I was fine with that. I am glad I decided to keep practicing and reading instructive books, etc.  I took some classes here and there, too.  I believe I wouldn’t be enjoying it as much now if I hadn’t.

I’ve tried lots of other things through the years as some of you know:  learning to play guitar (WAY more of a time requirement than I wanted to spend.)   Playing piano  (I already knew how to play, but was taking lessons again and trying to learn more difficult things.  Again WAY too much of a time – and money – requirement.  I wasn’t interested enough to stick with it again either.)  Once in a while I play stuff I have learned, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I sat down to play anything.

Lately, because of the “Writing for Children and Teens” class I signed up for, my old desire to spend time writing has been greatly renewed!!  It is exciting and has become fun again.  I think starting this blog four years ago actually renewed the desire that has always been in me to write.

This class is a very different kind of challenge, though.  Three things challenge me in this class:

  1.  Deciding what age range for kids to write the story for.
  2.  Staying within the word count limits!
  3.  Changing my mind about how to structure the story. Dialogue is something new to me, too!

So far, though, it is FUN!   I have attempted to write very little fiction throughout my life.  All the writing classes I took in college required writing non-fiction papers except for the last one I took over ten years ago.  It was a creative writing class.  I had to do short in-class writings in response to writing prompts we were given, write some poetry, maybe a story or two, and write a fable.  Writing the fable was the most fun for me.  However, I found it the other day, and it really isn’t very well written.  Hopefully, I am doing better now!

Today, I am going to be polishing up my story some more.  Then I am going to exercise!  Hopefully, I will get to do some drawing and/or painting, too.  And then there is always the laundry.

My husband is in town playing Dungeons and Dragons with some friends.   So I am here alone…oh except for those little Cinderella mice!

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

 

Cinderella Mice in Watercolor

Jack

Hello Friends!

Meet Jack and “Gus-Gus!” which Gus calls himself.   Most likely you’ve already “met” them if you’ve ever seen the Disney movie of Cinderella!  They are my favorite characters.  So I decided to find them online and print them out.  The pictures I found were quite a bit smaller (even though they look the same size here! Weird!) But I just painted by sight and enlarged them.  They aren’t proportioned exactly right, but that’s okay.  And I did their tails a little different.  I HAD FUN AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!  Ha, ha!  🙂

Anyway, as you can see, Gus is much larger and a little lopsided, but what was fun was trying to match the colors. Also, I painted on different paper than I usually do.  I found a Watercolor Block of Aqvartelle Arches paper, Hot Pressed, 10×14.  Hot Pressed paper is smooth so there is no “tooth” to it.  I prefer watercolor paper that has more texture or tooth, but this is good paper for trying stuff out on I think.  There is a lot of extra room on this page, (I did a close-up shot of them) so I will be adding a couple of other mice sometime this week.  I love the female mice who do the sewing of Cinderella’s dress.  Their voices are so cute!

Gus-Gus

This past Thursday I went to a watercolor class that I plan to keep attending.  My instructor is fun, pleasant and demonstrates technique very well!  I also met three other delightful people who are students.  It was a small class, a lot of fun, and will be my Thursday outing each week for as long as I can go.  The price is very affordable right now especially since we have no kids living here to feed and clothe at the moment!

And of course I am still working on my second children’s story and will be starting a new sea turtle this week sometime.

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

Wildflowers for Jill Kuhn

Hello Friends,

I posted this painting almost four years ago!  I had it in the frame already and took the picture, thus, the glare.  But I mentioned it to my friend, Jill Kuhn, who has a wonderful blog called Jill’s Art Journal, which you can find here:

https://artjillkuhn.wordpress.com/author/jillkuhn5384/

I told her about this painting, and decided to post it just for her today!  I hope you like it, Jill.  It is from four years ago, though, so I would do some things differently if I did it again, but it was a daisies painting I did for a friend who loves daisies.  I found several different kinds and put them all in the same painting!  Crazy!

 

Daisies

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

Hermit Crab Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here’s a hermit crab I doodled a while back.   It is just crawling along to say hello!  It came out a little on the light side, but that was what I was trying to do since I have always tended to paint a little heavy for watercolor.

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

 

Sea Turtle Hooked!

Hello Friends,

This image was gripping to me personally.  I realize not everyone feels as passionate about these beautiful creatures as I do, but so many times fishermen are out in the ocean and accidentally hook a sea turtle.  I have seen this numerous times on videos.  Every time I’ve seen one, though, the fisherman usually removes the hook from the sea turtle’s mouth and puts them back in the water gently while it is flapping its flippers wildly and probably thinking, “thank you, thank you!”  I like to think they would say thank you if they could talk anyway…

I love fishermen who are so kind to these wonderful creatures.  However, I am sure there may be some that are not, some who may just keep it and kill it for its meat.  I shutter to even think about it.

So here is a sea turtle who has been hooked!!

sea-turtle-hooked

 

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

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