Berries and Branches

Sometimes I like to follow along with tutorials because then I don’t have to do so much planning. These berries and branches were inspired by a Skillshare class, and I plan to cut them down and make them into greeting card toppers.

Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches
Berries and Branches

I plan to get a lot of use out of Skillshare this fall and winter because of staying in more. It’s a great way to learn new things or just paint along for the fun of it.

Smiling Sloth

Although sloths move very slowly, about 125 feet per day, they are superstar swimmers! Isn’t it fun that their hair patterns make it seem as if they are eternally smiling?

Smiling Sloth
Smiling Sloth

There has been an explosion of sloth-themed items for the last many years, and my daughter thinks they are awesome creatures. Therefore, this painting will find a good home with her. I hope she likes it!

Draw A Bird, June 2020

I hope this blog post finds you well and enjoying the change of season (without all the crazy rain we had during the early spring).

Although I don’t recall northern mockingbirds in this area when I was younger (maybe I didn’t pay that close attention), we now have many at our feeders.

Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Northern mockingbirds are plentiful when I have suet or whole peanuts offered, and they also are seen eating loose seed underneath the seed feeder. Evidently they like berries, too.

Fun fact: Northern mockingbirds can mimic up to 200 sounds in their environment including other birds, alarms, and gates creaking. Pretty clever!

Tulip

Hello! I hope you are doing well. Is life starting to feel more normal? Here in Ohio many services and business are reopening, of course with social distancing, masks, and other concessions, and although I am not afraid to be out and about, I think I’ll to continue to stay home as much as possible and bundle my errands to do all at once.

I’ve been working in my art journal lately but have also worked on some bigger pieces of artwork, like this tulip.

Tulip
Tulip

Special thanks to photographer, Charlie O’Shields, for the interesting perspective of his reference photo.

May the Force be with You

Since 2011, May the 4th has been known as Star Wars Day due to the pun “May The Fourth be with You.” One of the good guys of the Light Side of the Force is Yoda, a wise, 900-year-old (70-year-old in human years) humanoid-alien who trains Luke how to use the Force against the Dark Side, which is a good thing in case you aren’t familiar with the series.

We watched the Star Wars films often with our kids, but it’s been years since I’ve watched them. When Disney+ launched last year, everyone was talking about the new series called Star Wars: The Mandalorian. A young 50-year-old (4-year-old in human years) Yoda is in the show, and I really don’t know much else about it except that the The Child Yoda is kinda cute, so “paint him I must!”

The Child, young Yoda

Yoda was also known for his wise words. I like this quote: “You will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”  I wish the same for you: See the Light, be calm and at peace, love those around you, and be your awesome self!

PS: I’m sure my kids will let me know how much I might or might not have butchered this whole synopsis! 🙂