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5×7 Cards Ready to Paint

 

 

Hello Friends!

I just wanted you to know that I am still working on my cards.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the printer this week with the first one.  I became involved in a huge writing project.

Anyway, I did get three more sea turtles LIGHTLY drawn (sorry if you can’t see them well) onto the watercolor paper and will probably do some painting later today.

I didn’t feel very well for a couple of days this week, but I did get to talk with both of the kids for quite a while which made my week a lot brighter!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and all of you creative people out there are enjoying your creative endeavors, whatever they may be.

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

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5×7 Sea Turtle #1 FINISHED!!

 

Hello Friends!

Here is my first 5×7 Sea Turtle watercolor painting with the background!  This is my Green Sea Turtle.  In case you’re wondering why they are called “Green,” it is not because of the colors of their shells which are usually a brown color (mine is covered with moss, etc.) but it is because of the fat inside their bodies!  It is green from all the algae and other plants they eat!  Cool, huh?

I cannot seem to get my phone camera to do the colors justice, though.  The blues and greens in the water are not coming out as much as you can see them in person.  I tried taking the photo in different areas and this one taken outside was the best.  I think when it is scanned by the computer guy at the print shop, it will come out better.  I will dropping it off to them on Monday, August 14th since I will already have to be in town that day for the dentist.  I live over a 30 minute drive away so I go to town as little as possible!

I’m not sure how many to order, but will probably just start with a dozen.  The first time has to include the cost of scanning the painting as well.  So it could be two weeks or so before they are ready most likely.

In the meantime, I will be starting on the second one!  I am also working on my second children’s story for my writing class.  I wrote the first two drafts out by hand, and the second draft is a lot longer.  Now I’m going to type them to see what my word count is!

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

 

Remember Me?

Hello Friends,

I was looking at a photo of the painting I did three years ago of Kevin, the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle and trying to re-sketch him on my 5×7 watercolor pad.  And again, the issue for me with watercolor pencils seems to be with color and blending.   This came out too bright and yellowish looking to me.  But it was still good drawing practice and relaxing while we were watching our ER dvds.  😉

Here is a link to my original painting of Kevin and his sea turtle friends.

https://patsyscreativecorner.com/my-7-sea-turtles/

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

PhotoPad Fun!

Hello Friends!

The other day I got to chatting with a fellow blogger, Kevin Cameron, who also has a blog here on WordPress called https://kevincameronartist.wordpress.com/.

I was asking him what type of photo editing he used and we went back and forth for a while.  I can’t afford what he has, but he took the time to help me find a FREE one called PhotoPad!  It is simple, easy to use, and the price is just right for me at this time!  Thanks Kevin!  I appreciate your help!

So I was “doodling” around with one of my paintings that I have published here before, and this is how I changed my Floating sea turtle!  I love purple and yellow!  I also added a border!

The New Floater

 

The Original Floater

Pretty cool huh?  It will be a fun “toy” to play with and a great tool for editing any photos or just changing stuff up to make something new!  So I glad I held out and waited until I found the person who was able to help me most!

I am still working on a painting and my drawings for future prints of new 5×7 sea turtle cards, but it will take a while. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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

WINNER of Giveaway Watercolors!!

Hello Friends!

Today I am going to be announcing the WINNER of the Giveaway for these two paintings!  I picked from the five names of people who liked the post announcing the Giveaway.  I had to shoot the video last night since we will be out of town for part of the day today.  Thanks to all who entered!  Congratulations to________WATCH!

 

 

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

GIVEAWAY Watercolor Paintings

Hello Friends,

I know I already posted here today about World Watercolor Month starting.  So…I decided to go ahead and do a little sketch on a small 4″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper I already had cut from my 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper.   There is just one thing…this is a 2 for 1!  

The first painting I did is this one, the front view of a bloomed rose.  (I haven’t done flowers in a LONG time!) So if you don’t like the rose, you can turn it over to find…..“Suzy Sea Turtle” (that’s what I’m naming her.)   AND…

I AM GOING TO GIVE HER AWAY!!!   This is something I have never done on my blog or my Facebook art page, but I thought it might be fun.  Keep in mind, though, that the background color behind Suzy looks a little bluer in the picture than it actually is.  I mixed a little French Ultramarine with my Thalo Crimson for a light wash which makes a nice lavender, but I’m still getting used to my new phone’s camera getting the colors accurate.

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So here’s what you do if you want to win Suzy and The Rose:

  1.  Leave a comment and/or like the post.  Then I will put your name in a hat and pick a winner.
  2. Watch for the winner to be announced on Wednesday, July 5th, 8 a.m., Pacific time.   Once you know you are the winner, you can e-mail me at larrytheleatherback17@gmail.com to give me your mailing address, and I will get Suzy and The Rose mailed off to you next week, okay?

Thanks a lot everyone!

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

 

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH: Getting Well is Possible.

Hello Friends,

Over the last few days I have been deciding how I plan to deal with my brother’s suicide and how I would like to be involved in a large community near where I live.  I met with a woman on Tuesday at the open house for a new mental health facility that opened in Redding, Ca.  Here is a link to the article:   http://anewscafe.com/2017/05/25/county-officials-mental-health-professionals-and-public-attend-open-house-of-new-mental-health-facility-in-redding/

It was exciting for me to hear about all of the many services this group of people is going to offer to Shasta County.  I knew then that God was showing me how my life is going to change real soon.  I signed up to be a volunteer.  I will start out doing simple things at first such as answering phones or e-mails or helping with mailings.  I also plan to begin attending meetings facilitated by the woman I met with.  She facilitates meetings for friends and family members of people who completed suicide.  It has been many years since I went to any kind of open recovery meetings such as this, but I am looking forward to it.  I remember back in 1988 when I went to my first recovery meetings after I stopped drinking and using drugs.  I felt very nervous and afraid.  However, I am not that person anymore; I know what I need to deal with, I have good boundaries, and there is no pressure to share.  I think just meeting new people and hearing other people’s stories will help me begin to deal with the unfortunate choice my brother made.  I will have no problem sharing or talking, though, so I am sure I will.  The next meeting isn’t until June 5th so I have some time to process all of it some more before then.

I have my first counseling meeting set up for June 2nd with a therapist I met a couple of months ago.  I am also looking forward to talking with her.  It has been a very long time since I went to a woman counselor which will be different.  When I first went to counseling in 1988, I went to a woman.  However, after several months, I felt really uncomfortable with her for some reason.  So I stopped.  I kept going to the ACA meetings, and then found a male counselor at the church I was attending at the time.  I went to him for several years, and he was encouraging, safe, and the first man I ever felt connected with emotionally whom I knew I could trust.  I grew a lot in those years, and he helped me through the transition of entering a second marriage which has been healthy and loving.  My husband and I have been together since December of 1994.  It has been quite a journey!  And now we are looking toward the future when our nest is empty and he retires someday.

So as far as working with Hill Country Care Center, I am planning to take some time to get to know people, get a good feel of all of their services to the community, then possibly go through their Shasta Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Academy which is a “FREE 65-hour certificate training program…designed to help people prepare for entry-level positions within the public mental health field and/or prepare them to become Peer Mentors.”  (That is a quote from their brochure.)

It has been many years since I have taken any kind of classes, but I had already been thinking about something along these lines for the last year or so. I just had no idea I would find out about this wonderful care facility this way.  So hopefully, as I said in my last post about my brother, something good will come from his death.    It is possible that I may eventually get to use my writing and art to contribute to the creating of flyers, etc.  So that is exciting for me, too.

Thank you to all of you who read my last post about the suicide of my brother.  I appreciate all of your support, prayers, and comments more than you know.  I am planning on keeping you updated on what I will be doing and learning as a volunteer in the mental health community.

I am still doing art and still plan to keep working on the picture books I’d like to write and illustrate, but for now it is just for fun.  I am feeling like this other work is going to become more important to me for the time being, but the facility does also have a program where they train people to go into elementary schools and talk about suicide.  Who knows?  Maybe somehow, all of this will meld together into something beautiful.  I sure hope so.

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

 

 

Question #14 – What lifestyle do you think would suit you more: the city life or country life? Why?

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I have already lived both; I am living the country life (except for going to town to shop, etc.) now. After 13 years of this life, I love it. I don’t really want to live in town when my husband retires, because there is too much noise and too many people! It will probably cramp my creative lifestyle! ;-0

I prefer a more solitary life, but I wouldn’t mind living a lot closer to town than we do now, like a 10 minute drive outside town rather than our present 45 minute drive! Of course if we did, we would probably spend more money and be tempted to go out to eat more…when I get frustrated with a painting, I might be tempted to say what Alan Rickman’s character, Alexander, in Galaxy Quest said after a stressful situation when Gwen DeMarco asked, “Alex, where are you going?” He said,

“To see if there’s a pub!”

Question #12 – What was an experience that left you speechless with delight?

Abalone Shell

I painted this abalone shell in 2005 in watercolors!

Back in the early 80’s I went abalone diving once. I wish I had gone several times after that, but for some reason I didn’t. My husband at that time taught me everything about diving, because he had been doing it for years. We went with his family every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend to the coast just for abalone diving.

I rented a pink wet suit which probably scared the fish! I had to learn how to use a snorkel a few weeks in advance. So on the day we did the diving, I was equipped with my suit, snorkel, mask, gloves, and crowbar to pry the abalone off the rocks. I had been told that would be the hardest part. But I wasn’t worried about holding my breath a long time; I was in excellent shape then and have always been a strong swimmer.

The hardest part of the day was getting down to the shore from the cliff we camped on. The hill we went down and then had to climb back up after diving was nicknamed “Cardiac Hill.” It was twisty and very steep, so the name fit! What I hoped for when I went that day was clear water, not cloudy which makes it harder to see. Not only was the water the clearest we had ever seen it, but the weather was perfect that day! I was greatly blessed with the perfect day for diving.

I felt really nervous, but I just prayed for strength to be able to find some abalone and be able to pry them off the rocks! The limit for each person was four abalone.

Once I was in the water, I took a few deep breaths, put my snorkel and mask on, and plunged down as far as I could go. The DELIGHT came when I saw the fish and sea life swimming all around me and the colorful plants, etc. I LOVED IT!!! Tim showed me where to go and look for them, because he was diving with me. He helped me find my first one, but I pried it off the rock by myself. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be! But I did it!! I had my first abalone which I think we put in some net or something until we went back to the surface.

I took several more dives and got two more! Then his uncle got one and dropped it down from the surface for me to get. I didn’t know that at the time; I thought it was just swimming around. Silly me. But I was so tired by then, that I was thrilled to have gotten my four abalone. 🙂

That is one of my greatest memories out of all of my ocean trips, except of course being with my husband and two kids a couple of years ago at Crescent City! Maybe I’ll get to try diving again someday after my husband, George, retires! 😉

Question #9 – What do you do extremely well….

The whole question is:
What do you do extremely well, or what would you like to do extremely well?

Out of all of the mediums I do – watercolor, acrylics, and pencil work – I think I do watercolor well. I don’t know if I would say “extremely” well, but I feel I do have a good sense of color and how to mix colors to get the shades I want. This has taken me many years to perfect, and I am still learning! I would like to do watercolor much better, but it takes lots of practice which is what I am planning to do all summer – try and learn some new techniques. Also, I would like to perfect the use of acrylics more.

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