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Sea Horse Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

Here is my crayon sea horse which now is a mixed media piece! This was so fun!

First, I painted a coat of Liquitex Matte Medium over the crayon seahorse and plain blue background.

Second, I applied dots of modeling paste to add some physical texture for parts of the sea horse and the red coral.

Third, I painted over the white modeling paste with a red watercolor. Then I added some darker accents to the seahorse with watercolors.

Fourth, from my original watercolor painting I had done of this seahorse, I cut out the green seaweed, gluing it down in the corner.

Lastly, I cut out a couple of the smallest fishes from my original yellow tang fish watercolor painting I did a long time ago and glued them on.

I like the way these cut out pieces added a 3D effect since they were originally painted on 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper which is thick.

This whole process was so relaxing! I spent a couple of hours this afternoon in the quiet of my studio with the windows open listening to the birds while I worked. And this was after a nice unexpected phone call from my high school friend who lives in Texas now. So it has been a great day! I hope you….

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

 

Meditative Collage

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This past week I have watched several different artists teach what they like doing best as a part of Sketchbook Revival. I have not been able to watch all of them yet, but today I watched Toni Burt.

She loves drawing basic face shapes and then painting, collaging, writing, etc. on them. Her demonstration was fun to watch. However, I watched it while riding my stationary bike. Then later I did this!

The Chinese symbol is my rough attempt at writing the Chinese word for calm. I haven’t been practicing any calligraphy lately, though. So it is rough.

By the way, this is NOT a self-portrait of me physically, but it is a portrayal of all I was thinking about while I worked. It was a very meditative process.

Lately, I have been branching out of my comfort zone and am enjoying it immensely! I feel like I am seeing new ways to do art and am really soaring in my spirit.

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

Bunny Buddies in Watercolor

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Here is my second attempt at a bunny watercolor. I say “attempt,” because I am not that crazy about this one either. I tried the same poses, just switched around. So I think I want to just draw ONE rabbit and give it a more whimsical expression. So we’ll see what I come up with. I think this animal would be easier for me in a profile position and maybe just the head! Ha, ha.

Well, it is a gorgeous spring day here today. It has still been staying cool enough to leave the windows open at night which I always love doing in the spring and fall.

I have been working on some ideas for another mixed media project. I have cut out some things from some old paintings that I want to use in a unique way. I just want to think about it some more.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and if you have the desire, do something creative! It’s fun!

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

Painting Your Intuition

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On Thursday I did a short watercolor painting session in the Sketchbook Revival Facebook group I am in. So many awesome artists are sharing their ideas and giving things away! It’s amazing! I haven’t done every session, because we have limited wi-fi, but it is fun!

This lesson was presented by Angela Fehr. She is from British Columbia. She said, “The most important thing you bring to your art is YOU.” I like that and it is so true.

The colors she used were ones I do not have, but I used Winsor & Newton’s colors of: Thalo Yellow Green, Thalo Green (Blue Shade,) Thalo Blue, and Turquoise Blue. These particular colors remind me of the ocean, so don’t be surprised if this painting gets some other media added to it!

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

 

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! 😀

 

Bunnies in Watercolor

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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! 😀

 

Baby Elephant in Pencil

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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! 😀

 

Art Journal Watercolors

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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. 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! 😀

 

Cardinal Pencil Drawing

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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! 😀

 

Goat Pencil Drawing

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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! 😉

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! 😁

 

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