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Larry the Lonely Leatherback

Hello friends.

This past Saturday I had the privilege of sharing my first picture book even though I haven’t finished the paintings.  I have the rest of the pages’ backgrounds and outlines done, but haven’t finished painting the characters.  I only have 4 pages to go!

I shared it with a local writing group called Redding Writer’s Forum which my husband has been a part of for several years.  He also took over doing their monthly newsletter and website.  You can see what they do here: 

I am sure there will be a new post there with information about who read their work that day along with pictures of the group.  I met a nice lady there who wants to start another small writing group to get together maybe once a week over the summer break from the Redding Writer’s Forum group. She has a lot of excitement and energy to start this, so I am hoping to do it with her and a few others.

This is my first rough draft.  I want to improve it.  Also, on the parts where there is just text, those will actually be separate pages, and I want to do some ocean backgrounds for those that I have not come up with yet.  For the purpose of sharing it on Saturday, I printed out the words that will be on the pages of the characters and cut and temporarily attached them to those pages.

So for now, this is the first picture book I have been working on. So here it is so far…

Larry the Lonely Leatherback

© Patsy H. Parker

Larry is lonely.

He does not have any friends to play with.  Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.

Now Larry is sad.  He feels like crying. So he does.

When Larry feels lonely, he swims 

and swims.

He is hoping to find a new friend.

Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling.  

He misses Alicia so much, he forgets to eat! So Larry decides to look for his favorite food. Jellyfish!

Larry dives…



Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.

He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.

He sees a swarm of jellyfish!  Then they see him, too!

They swim fast to get away…

To be continued…


Now back to the drawing/painting board!


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





Inktober 2018 – Day 31 – Slice

“Bank” the Thai Sea Turtle

Hello Friends!  

Meet Bank, the green sea turtle who lives in Thailand!


A photo of Bank taken four days before her surgery, her belly filled with nearly 1,000 coins.

(Image: AP/Sakchai Lalit)

When my husband told me the story of Bank, the green sea turtle, all I could do was shake my head.  Fortunately, her story seems to be having a happy turnout.  This is just one of the crazy, almost tragic, things that people can do to sea turtles, harming them without thinking.

There are more photos in the story that you can see of this beautiful green sea turtle, Bank.  Once you read this, you’ll understand her nickname.  Hopefully you haven’t heard it yet.  I couldn’t get the link to go to the Yahoo news page directly, so you’ll have to go to my art page on Facebook and then click on the link there.  Sorry about that!  It is a short article, though.  Please go check it out.  Tell me what you think!

Here’s her story:

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

P. S. If you ever see a sea turtle in a pool anywhere…please don’t toss it a coin!!!

Flower Fridays


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

Flower Fridays


Flower Fridays

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Hummingbird Acrylic Painting!!


A close-up of the hummingbird

Hummingbird close-up 2

Sea Turtle painted for a friend. My first paid job!


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rose 2

This is the current watercolor painting I am working on from a photo of a friend of mine. The photo of the printed out picture appears much darker here than the rose actually is. Hopefully, when the painting is finished, it will show up better! 🙂

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