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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.  🙂

 

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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!  🙂

Sea Turtle’s Greatest Peril!

sea-turtle-skull

Hello Friends,

Well, this is a different kind of skull!  It is not human for one thing.  I painted it from a photo I found of a sea turtle’s skull and a couple of bones at the bottom of the ocean.  It was also another photo that had a lot of darkness in it, but I wanted it to be lighter.  There is a bone in front of the skull and one off to the side.  It is just another depiction of the greatest peril that will eventually come to us all…death.

Everything dies at some point, but I would rather see a sea turtle die a natural death than be slaughtered for its meat and shells.  It grieves me greatly.

I only have one more painting to post of another peril that happens to sea turtles unless I decide to do more at some point.  However, the next one is also a peril that many sea turtles are saved from every day by the wonderful people who don’t want them to suffer or die.  So look for it tomorrow.

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

Sharks Circling Sea Turtle!!

sharks-circling-sea-turtle

Hello Friends,

The photo I have of this is very dark and dense so I tried to lighten it some in my painting. The sea turtle is swimming sideways trying to avoid these sharks so that is bottom of the turtle you see.  I have seen this happen on videos I have watched and it is so awful!  I feel the sea turtle’s fear when I am watching (or maybe it’s just my fear!!) However, depending on the size of the sea turtle, they can usually take care of themselves pretty well.  I like to think this one got away just fine.  I can’t imagine being the photographer taking that picture!  In the photo it all looks a lot smaller so the photographer was probably at a safe distance.

I guess by now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you have gathered how much I love sea turtles!  They are such beautiful creatures and are declared endangered animals mostly because of the people who keep killing them for their meat and beautiful shells!  But obviously, other ocean creatures like sharks attack them for food.  It is the way of the natural life cycle, which I can handle, but for people to kill them for profit just saddens me greatly.  I suppose that’s why I love to paint them so much.

I read an article by another artist recently who said he thought it was a waste of time to paint the same subject over and over.  I heartily disagree!  Many artists like Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo painted their self-portraits in many different poses and interpretations.  And I think the more you know a subject, the more you learn about it as you paint it differently each time for instance experimenting with poses and color.  Besides, there are seven different types of sea turtles so they don’t all look the same.  All I know is I never get tired of them.  I feel I still have so much to learn about watercolor painting as well as sea turtles, so if learning about these two subjects and putting them together is all I get around to doing the rest of my life, I’ll die a happy woman!

After all, I think having a passion for using our heads for something more than a hat rack is a good thing!

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

Green Sea Turtle #2

Hello Friends!

Here is another green sea turtle I decided to do yesterday after I went and bought some brighter greens yesterday!  I really thought that the first green sea turtle I posted the other day didn’t turn out like I wanted it to.  Sometimes I think I just stress out too much about trying to get colors “right” instead of just painting and enjoying myself more!  But that’s just me.  Yet, I want to get back to just relaxing and having more fun again.  I still have a lot to learn about watercolors, that’s for sure!

Well, here is a companion for Gilbert.  Meet Genevieve!  I thought that was an appropriate name today since I have a blogging friend with that name!  She had a great idea about creating a story about a sea turtle and a sea bunny who would be like the tortoise and the hare in some way.  I told her she would end up writing it before I got around to it!  I hope you, do, Genevieve!  🙂  And so here she is!

green-sea-turtle-2-copy

 

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Hopefully, I will be drawing more skulls as well as sea creatures this weekend.  Although, we do have a Dungeons & Dragons game Sunday afternoon….I better get busy!

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

Green Sea Turtle Watercolor

Hello friends,

I did this sketch yesterday afternoon when I had the house all to myself which is rare!  Meet Gilbert, the Green Sea Turtle!  

green-sea-turtle

 

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

SEA HEARTLE!!

sea-heartle

 

Hello Friends,

Yes, you read that right!  I didn’t get this idea until a few days ago.  I drew this in pencil first just doodling, but then yesterday after getting home from town, I decided to paint him.  This is a sea heartle!  This guy just swam into my mind the other day when I was browsing pictures of sea turtles and thinking about Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to get him here by yesterday, but he was a little late.  He said the currents have been very strong lately!

Well, I don’t have a name for my sea heartle, so I am asking all of you for suggestions.  PLEASE leave me a suggested name; it will only take a moment!  I will really appreciate it!!  Thanks!

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  We stayed in, had dinner and watched a creepy movie.  Yeah, not your “typical” Valentine’s Day, but we feel like we are celebrating our love every day and don’t really need one day a year to “go all out” as some people like to do.  Besides, we can’t afford that!  Ha ha!!  😉

I have painted more D&D miniatures but have not gotten a picture of them yet.  That is coming soon.  Also, I played in my husband’s game on Sunday.  No one there knew I was going to.  We used the element of surprise when my character, a halfling rogue, was waiting in a chapel for all of the other characters in the party to rescue me and others who were trapped in there by the ones outside who were trying to set fire to the back door!  And at the front door others were using a battering ram to try and break that door down!!  Fortunately, though, my wonderful group was able to get rid of the bad guys at the back door and rescue all of us.  I stabbed a Kobold in the back as I came out, but had to do it twice to kill him.  I know, sounds like such a violent game!  But such is war…

All I know is it was really fun and I am looking forward to the next game a week from this Sunday!  It’s nice to be with a great group of people and just have fun.  What are you doing this weekend for fun?

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

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