Full Circle with Baby Bear Counts One: Part 4

Bears are great climbers.

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Look at those claws!

Two cubs were orphaned when their mother was killed by a truck. They were  brought to the office of Oregon’s State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Colin Gillin, where I was able to videotape them.

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Bears climb trees to escape danger and to find food.

My cub climbed the tree to confront two squirrels

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My 1st sketch didn’t have him in the tree  so I revised to show him climbing.

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But the perspective seemed weird, for both the bear and the squirrels, so I revised again.

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And then again, to show the cub’s whole body.

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Finally I was able to carve the block…

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Print it and paint it.

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DIY Clock Face Transformation

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Every summer, during the Hollins University Summer Graduate session there is a one day, student run conference called the Francelia Butler Conference. One of the ways they raise operating funds is by holding a silent auction.

This year I picked up this clock at a very good price and decided to “pimp” it for my lake cabin in Vermont. I liked the dark blue rim but the flag image was just not enough for me.

Normally, when I make little artworks for the cabin I work in watercolor

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But for the clock I used collage. I added all the things I love about living by a lake for part of the year.

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Honestly, does it need any numbers?

 

Children and animals

I can never decide.

Do I love drawing children best?

Or do I love animals?

This summer in Lowesville, Virginia I had the chance to draw both.

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The house and barns, as seen from the river road out front. Willoughby_2_web

The family’s  youngest child, drawing monsters. Luckily he was not using me as his model!

But he was a wonderfully calm and focused model for me.

I stepped away and a kitten entered the picture

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So I drew her, and her sister.

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Until they left and were captured by the middle child

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Luckily, she had some origami to fold, so she modeled for me too.

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Full Circle with Baby Bear Counts One: Part 3

There is not a tree I hate.

There are quite a few I am neutral about and many I really admire and look up to.

There are a handful I love.

I love oaks.

I grew up with the deciduous Eastern white and red oaks and came to love Yosemite’s Black Oaks, and California Live Oaks too.

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At Julie Anna’s House

Julie Anna is my Grand Niece.

She is two.

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She is going to be a big sister.

Her baby sister is due around the New Year, and Julie Anna is moving into a new room between now and then.

Her new room is pretty plain at the moment.

The walls are blank and boring, so I painted a mural for Julie Anna.

I called it Julie Anna’s House.

Step one: To get my client onboard, I let her handle my tools.

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Step two: Get some paint on the wall. Use sheets to keep the rest of the wall reasonably clean.

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Step Three: Add loads of little details for your client to stare at as she goes to sleep at night, or is failing to take her nap.

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Step four: Show your client the finished mural and see if she approves.

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Step five: Give her a hug and wish her luck as a big sister. It is a wonderful thing to be.

Update: Julie Anna’s Daddy installed chair Rail and painted. Her Mommy Karen painted an old desk in purple with a white overcoat and distressed it. Her room is really coming together.

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Further update: Baby sister Karla Whitney Wurzinger was born on 12/30/13 and already has found a good place to be, on big sister Julie Anna’s lap.

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