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. 🦈 🏝

Our Faithful Furry Friend

This is Winji, our faithful furry friend.  If you follow any of my other social media platforms, you know that we said goodbye to her a few days ago after 16 years of unconditional love, snuggles, adventures, and silliness.  It’s difficult to get used to how quiet our house is now, and I miss how she kissed my ear when I returned home, how she kissed the back of our hands when we fed her, and mostly how she loved cuddling in the recliner.  How could a 12-pound pompaoo contain so much love?

Winji

Winji

My daughter and I plan to make a scrapbook with many photos and written memories of Winji’s antics.   In the meantime, I painted this picture for my daughter in an effort to capture Winji’s joy that spilled over into our hearts, which are now broken, but which I know will heal with time.  Some folks do not understand how pet owners grieve after the loss of a beloved companion, but I’m grateful for those who do and have expressed their condolences.

 

 

Sandwich

Today’s prompt for the World Watercolor Group is sandwich.  One of my favorite sandwiches is The Gobbler, which is a hearty turkey sandwich dressed with lettuce, tomato, mayo or cream cheese, and cranberry sauce.   Some folks even add some stuffing, too.

Sandwich

Sandwich – The Gobbler

I really don’t eat many sandwiches anymore, but if I see one listed on a menu and want to try it, I ask that it be served over salad greens rather than on bread.  Delicious!

Art Classes – St. Maarten Painting

A few months ago I was in a rut with my art, partly because of not finding enough quality time to create and partly because of feeling stuck with my progress. Around that time my friend Judy saw a story in the local paper about a weekly art group forming in our area – all skill levels welcome!  Having no real formal art instruction other than a 6-week beginning watercolor course for me and lots of YouTube and other tutorials, we thought it would be fun to join. After learning the basics of line drawings, negative and positive spaces, composition, gridding, etc., we finally started on our first paintings.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten

This 12 x 15 painting is inspired from a photo I took in St. Maarten last year, and yes the sky was that dramatic and the water was really ribboned with those gorgeous colors.  I am thankful that I was required to work in a size larger than I am used to, and I relished having a professional artist to suggest, critique, and guide me along the way.  She is respectful of my style and listens to my thought processes, offering a variety of options and encouragement, as do the fellow students.   I am hopeful to complete a new “big” painting every four weeks or so in class while continuing my usual practice at home as posted here and on Instagram. Now to select a subject for my next painting …