World Watercolor Month 2019 – Week 2 Recap

We’ve made it through the second week. I tried to limit myself to 15 minutes or fewer to get these onto paper and had some hits and misses, but they were fun to try.

Day 8 – Flying High

Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Day 9 – Shadow Play

Shadow Play
Shadow Play

Day 10 – Ocean Creatures (Negative Painting)

Ocean Creatures
Ocean Creatures

Day 11 – Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasure
Simple Pleasures

Day 12 – Blossoming


Day 13 – Glassy (Glass Pebbles)


Day 14 – Furry Things

Furry Things
Furry Things

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Day 15

I felt like this subject needed its own blog post because it is so unusual.  The prompt is On The Beach, so I painted this leathery, tendrilled curiosity.  We find them washed up on the beach almost every year while on vacation.

It is called a mermaid’s purse, which sounds much better than saying it is an empty egg case of a skate (a kind of ray/fish).  Some sharks also have similar-looking egg cases.  Eggs are laid in this small pouch made of collagen proteins that protect the developing embryo for up to 12 weeks. At that point, the skate will have grown into a fully developed and independent juvenile, ready to take on the ocean. The long tendrils at the corners anchor the cases onto vegetation on the ocean floor to keep it hidden and safe from predators.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse 

To show more detail, this was painted about twice the size of the dried cases we find in North Carolina.  I hope you enjoyed this little synopsis of a fascinating beach novelty.




Draw a Bird Day – January 2016

Here we are again – the 8th of the month – a day some folks in the blogosphere call Draw A Bird Day.  The official draw a bird day is April 8, but some enjoyed it so much that we now celebrate our feathered friends once a month.  You know what?  I am glad that I stumbled onto this custom because I have discovered that I really enjoy drawing and painting birds!  Who knew?  There is just something about them that I can’t explain.

Young Osprey

Young Osprey With Its Catch

Today’s bird is painted from a photo taken by my talented brother-in-law.  He enjoys hiking through our local parks and has taken pictures of birds that I have never seen around here before.  Guess I need to get out and hike more often, but even if I saw them I could never photograph them as beautifully as he does.  Here is my version of an immature Osprey with its delicious catch.  I hope I did justice by his awesome photo, and I know he will continue to inspire me with his artistic photography.

Have a Fintastic Day!

Hi Friends!  Long time, no blog!  As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to go on a beautiful vacation recently and island hopped the Hawaiian Islands.  In a nutshell, Pearl Harbor really touched my heart and the Punchbowl came in a close second.  Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was the most awesome of the “organized” natural wonders we visited and I found it quite intriguing, not to mention the random beauty we saw around every corner including pristine beaches with turquoise waters, large turtles close to the shore, and gorgeous sunsets worthy of a Sierra Club publication.  You know those calendars – they show photos so breathtaking that you think they must be Photoshopped and color enhanced.  Turns out these things wonders of nature really do exist and are even more stunning in person.  Also, the smells of the flowering trees and shrubs caught me by surprise each day.  Okay, I will admit it was really, really hot in some places and unfortunately some cities, mostly Honolulu, suffer the same blights of any other big city, but overall I considered it a trip of a lifetime.

The six-hour difference really kicked my butt after we got home on Sunday.  Finally on Thursday I started feeling like my body clock was back to normal and it has taken until now to have a breather from work, chores, and everyday life to update my blog.  In honor of all the colorful fish and sea life of Hawaii, I am featuring a cute fish card to wish you a Fin-tastic Day, and while you are at it, Have a Fin-tastic Weekend!

Have a Fintastic Day

Have a Fintastic Day

This card was made with Cricut Life’s a Beach fish cut at 2”, 3”, and 3-1/2”.  The seaweed was cut at 2”, and the sand is simply a ¾-inch torn paper strip.  The shell is from Create a Critter and is 1-1/2”.  The background was dry embossed with the Sizzix Swirls and Waves folder, and air bubbles were enhanced with Glossy Accents.  Aloha!