Happy Hippo

While working on this post last night, I saw that my previous post of Seagull was in the drafts folder, so I quickly published it because it should have been public on March 8. Then I saw there were comments written from March 8 through the 29 and am so confused. How could my readers see and comment on a post that was still in the draft folder? Who knows?! It just goes along with the extraordinary real-life events of March 2020, I guess.

How is everyone holding up? It took me a couple of weeks to wrap my head around all the unbelievable world events and our temporary new normal, and even though I have had emotional moments on some days, they’ve not lasted too long. I am generally a positive, optimistic person, and after processing all the facts (I’ve been journaling, which is something new for me), I am much more myself. That said, I haven’t been in a place to create much of anything lately, but I’ve worked through that and plan to keep up the momentum. I’m grateful currently to be participating in an online workshop called Sketchbook Revival, and it has helped my mind get back to a creative place. Art is so therapeutic!

Happy Hippo

Happy Hippo

This is the last piece I created in our Tuesday morning art club, which of course is postponed until further notice.  Two other class works-in-process are on my desk, but there has been a lack of motivation to continue these.   Surely the mood soon will strike to get back to these, and the series of cute water animals will continue!

I hope this Happy Hippo brings you a smile and that all of you, my dear readers, are staying well in mind, spirit, and body. As they say, we are all in this together and we will persevere! Sending out healing thoughts and much love to you all!

PS:  Unending thanks to all those who work at essential businesses – YOU are true superheroes!

Draw a Bird, March 2020

Well, I came here to WP and realized this did not post and was in my draft folder. Operator error, (although had the flu that week, despite getting a flu shot). That’s my excuse, and yes, it was just the flu. This post is just a few weeks late now. 😳 ☺️

Having recently returned from a lovely time on Hilton Head Island, SC, I was inspired to paint a seagull. Thanks to photographer, Svetlana Cook, for providing this awesome reference photo.

Seagull Coming in for a Landing

Even though I was bummed to lose an hour today because of Daylight Saving Time, the weather was extra springlike and absolutely gorgeous! I hope things are well in your neck of the woods. 💐

Shady Shark

Today’s Doodlewash prompt is ocean, which immediately brings to mind our favorite family vacation spot in North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. One of our favorite ocean activities is beach-combing and searching for fossilized sharks’ teeth, and here is where it all begins.

Shady Shark

Although we find quite a few sharks’ teeth during our vacation, it’s been a few years since we’ve found a sizable one; you’d think it would be easy because sharks shed approximately 35,000 teeth in a lifetime! Either way, it is fun to spend time in the surf – one of my favorite places to be. 🦈 🏝

Draw A Bird, February 2020

Gosh, how quickly a month rolls around. I’ve had the itch lately to do some early spring cleaning and purging around the house, which has eaten into my art time!

At least I’ve been going to my weekly art club and started a series of animal paintings. I am working on water animals first, starting with this paddling penguin. These birds make me smile with their funny antics and quick underwater maneuvers.

Paddling Penguin

Hope your winter has been gentle in all ways, and here’s hoping spring is right around the corner (and that I am almost finished with the spring cleaning!).

Draw A Bird, January 2020

Welcome to the first Draw A Bird celebration of 2020!


This is a parrot we visited on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, last winter. He entertained us with fun acrobatics and loud squawks. His bright, cheerful feather colors are just the thing to cheer up this drab winter day. Hope the New Year is treating you well. Now if I can just train my brain to write the year properly!