World Watercolor Month 2019 – Recap of the Final Three Days

World Watercolor Month has come to an end, but I hope you enjoyed following along as much as I enjoyed painting each day’s prompt.

Day 29 – Glorious Green

Glorious Green
Glorious Green

Day 30 – Wild Thing

Wild Thing
Wild Thing

Day 31 – Favorite Color (all shades of blue)

Favorite Color

Seeing the work of other artists and their interpretations of the prompts has been inspiring! Thanks, Charlie, for hosting the event, and I hope it raised the much-needed funds for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!

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 following this month-long journey! 

Reptile, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Because I am not fond of viewing reference photos of most reptiles, for today’s prompt I offer this little turtle.

Turtle

Turtle

He has a look of determination on his face and I wonder where he is off to, but rest assured he will not be arriving very quickly.  However, we have learned firsthand over the last couple of years that slow and steady wins the race.  That said, TGIF and I wish you a slow-paced weekend full of relaxation!

 

Turtle-y Awesome! #NatureDoodlewash

Meet Alpha, a loggerhead turtle that was nursed back to health at The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, first housed on Topsail Island.  Alpha was admitted to the Center in August 2013 after ingesting petroleum products that were in the water near her favorite marina.  She was literally on death’s door many times for the first months into her rehab, but after an almost two-year stay at the turtle hospital she was successfully released back into the Atlantic. We visited Alpha and the other patients at the hospital last year, and this painting is based on a photo taken by my daughter-in-law, Maura.

Alpha, the Loggerhead Turtle

Alpha, the Loggerhead Turtle

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is staffed by volunteers and run on donations.  Their mission is the protection and watching over of the 26-mile beach of Topsail Island. They are committed to the health and welfare of sea turtle egg sites, hatching of the eggs, caring for sick and injured turtles, eventual release of the turtles back to the ocean, and public education.

Turtle Nest in Surf City, Topsail Island

Turtle Nest on Surf City, Topsail Island

The hospital really is extraordinary, and if you’d like to learn more about how exactly they accomplish their mission daily, here is a link to their website.  http://www.seaturtlehospital.org/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/seaturtlehospital/.

Fortunately we experienced a couple of turtle release events, which are a big deal on Topsail with hundreds of folks gathering to watch and cheer for the turtles as they swiftly make their way down the beach and back to their native waters.  You can almost see the smiles on the little turtle faces.

Large Turtle in a turtle "snuggy," being walked down to the ocean for release

A larger turtle in a turtle “snuggy” being carried to the ocean’s edge.

Even a medium-sized turtle needs a lot of brawn to get him to the ocean's edge.

Even a medium-sized turtle needs a little brawn to get him to the surf.

Smaller turtles are hand carried to the surf.

Smaller turtles are carried individually to the waves.

To feel the pomp and circumstance of a release, here is a link of a drone video taken over the ocean where the turtles were released this year.  You can see firsthand the happiness of the turtles as they flap those flippers back into the ocean for the first time since their rehab. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2016/06/03/drone-video-captures-sea-turtle-release-in-surf-city/

Turtle Release Event, More than 400 people in attendance

Turtle Release Event – More than 400 people in attendance

To learn more about North Carolina sea turtles in general, here is a terrific link explaining nesting habits, hatchlings, plights, and rescues.  http://www.seaturtle.org/groups/ncwrc/overview.html

Thanks to Maura for sharing her photos for this post, and Happy Birthday to Barb, my turtle-loving friend!

National Craft Month

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? One of my favorite crafts is creating with my Cricut machine. Here are four of my favorite Cricut cards created for OWH with the thought that they would be perfect for children to receive.

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

Toadally in Love

Toadally in Love

Miss you Deer-ly

Miss you Deer-ly

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

They were cut with the Create-a-Critter cartridge, which has such adorable, endearing characters sure to evoke a smile. I just happened to have some punny stamps to go along with them too.