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Cat & Chicks

 

Hello Friends!

The other night I decided to get my Chinese brushes and ink out to play! So I tried painting the back of a cat and the little chicks it might be looking at.

My first chick came out a bit dark. Painting with ink is definitely a challenge!

I have finished my pen and ink drawing of a leafy sea dragon and am about to do a watercolor of it also. I will be submitting these to the publisher in Monday, hopefully. I need to get them scanned to send in an email. I still don’t know for sure yet whether they will use either one, but just in case, I probably shouldn’t post them.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! I am getting ready to paint the watercolor of the leafy sea dragon and hopefully finish my eagle watercolor.

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

 

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Bunnies in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are some bunnies to hopefully brighten your Friday!

I had a great day yesterday! I went to town for some routine blood work, then browsed at the library and checked out a few books, then visited with our kids for a few hours and came home.

Then an exciting and unexpected email came and brightened my day even more!

Last July I finished a correspondence writing course. My instructor encouraged me to submit my article about Leafy Sea Dragons that I wrote for my last assignment. It’s called DRAGONS DOWN UNDER, because they are native ti Australia. I sent it to a couple of magazines this past August.

Yesterday, Skipping Stones magazine for children sent me a reply and asked if my article was still available for publishing!!! They are giving me a free subscription for a friend and six complimentary copies of the issue! (They are an international magazine, too!)

I also told them I could illustrate a leafy sea dragon as well if they were interested. The editor said she was, so I am going to be starting on that today since she needs it in a couple of weeks!

They are publishing it this JUNE! When I wrote back to her, I asked the editor if she would be interested in an article about the perils sea turtles face to survive. She said she will look at it and consider it for another issue!

Finding this out at the end of a great day made it even better! I just wish my parents and brother were still alive so I could call them!

I am still working on getting another sea turtle painting going. But I am almost done with a Golden Eagle I began last week!

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

 

Baby Elephant in Pencil

Hello Friends!

Here’s a baby elephant I drew last night. Earlier this week I began a Golden Eagle watercolor, but it isn’t finished yet.

I had to go to town a couple of days this week for appointments, so my time was more limited.

So some of the things I said in my last post that I hoped to accomplish this week didn’t happen. I tend to go where my “muse” leads me these days anyway.

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

 

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˜€

 

Cardinal Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends!

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

Hello Friends!

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˜€

 

Art Journal Cover

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to make a cover for this little homemade journal. Miriam Schulman calls it a “No Sew” journal. She shows how to take a piece of watercolor paper and make a bunch of folds a certain way. Then you make three long cuts after you fold out the paper to its full size again. After that, you begin folding it on the lines the way she shoes you in the short video. I am really enjoying being in her “Inspired Insiders” Club!

To make her journal she used a 140 lb. sheet of watercolor paper but I used a 300 lb. piece since I love working on heavier paper.

She also suggests putting a thicker piece of paper on the front to make a cover. I wanted to put a cardboard cover on mine. So when I went to my cardboard pieces stash, I found this round one with the four indentions. It reminded me of a flower, so I glued it to the front of the journal and put a coat of “Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish” on it. I dried it with low heat, then began painting it with acrylics. I went over it with Liquitex Brilliant Purple a couple of times, speeding up drying time with a little hair dryer set on low.

Then I used Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Light Hue to paint the center. After drying that, I added a little detail to the center and Liquitex Hooker’s Green and Sap Green to create the leaves in the background. It is supposed to be a type of Clematis flower. So lastly, I added some Liquitex Deep Violet to the flower petals.

I will most likely be doing watercolor sketches in this because each page is only 5″x5.5″. It folds out like an accordion so I will be able to paint on both sides of each page.

You may be wondering why I made another art journal. My only answer is first, just for fun, and second, because it is small enough to stick in my purse or a little bag if I want to take it to town. I can draw in it and paint over it later, or draw in it with watercolor pencils, or markers, etc. And the paper is heavy enough to handle acrylics and even collage! So eventually I may be sharing some of what I do in it.

I am still working on the owl collage/painting, and other ideas are constantly going through my head!Β  Today it is at least 70 degrees and sunny out. I need to get some sunshine!

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

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

Spring Squirrel

 

Hello Friends!

Today I painted a squirrel for the first time. I named her Sarah. This was really fun. It is one of the woodland creatures featured in the online class I am doing with Miriam Schulman. I didn’t paint what she did. I found my own photo reference from an animal encylopedia I have. Then I gave her a dandelion to hold.

I did this after doing another project from a new book I got in the mail today. I will be posting that one tomorrow to share with my friends for our Friday art.

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

 

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