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1. Aquatic

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2. Whimsical

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3. Letter J

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4. next on the easel.....

mysterious little Opal, October's mermaid.

and her jellyfish friends, of course :)

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5. a peek into the process....

i always start by *inking* or outlining the image in a watered down version of a gray acrylic, after i've transferred the sketch to the canvas, that is. by laying down the gray outline on top of the pencil transfer, the image doesn't get lost once i begin to lay down the background layers of color.

i choose my color palette for the background (in this case pastels and different shades of white to mimic the gemstone Opal) and then i go crazy just laying down the color in various strokes. i don't blend the paint on the palette at this point, just on the canvas with the large brush so that it's a it more random...the placement of color. i usually will do 2 coats of the background before moving on to the next step....

once the background is complete, i start to lay down the underpainting of the flesh in the mermaids face and then i address all the other parts of the painting the same way....always underpainting and building from background to foreground.

for October's mermaid, Opal, i am slowly building watercolor-like washes with my acrylics. let me give some MAJOR LOVE right now to acrylics. they are my FAVORITE medium for numerous reasons. they are extremely versatile and the color pay off is fabulous! i love how they can be watered down to an almost watercolor-like consistency or they can be applied thick with a brush, palette knife or whatever you can get your hands to lay down the paint. they are build able and there is no crazy drying time like there is with oils (not that i don't love oils too....). can't say enough about them!

ok, back to Opal here....
i'm laying down washes of color first in stages so that i can go back over them with a light mix of dove gray, unbleached and bleached titanium paints to give it that opal like milky look. the trick here, as opposed to the other mermaids in the series, is that because the hair and the background are so similar, i have to make sure that Opal doesn't fade away, hence the deeper colors in the strands of hair.

afterward, it's time to move on to the jellyfish and the rest of the painting and then VOILA...the finished little masterpiece! :) hoping to have her listed FOR SALE by the end of this coming week.

speaking of, can't believe it's almost September already! THANK GOD!!! BRING ON FALL!!! and FOOTBALL!!! and for those of you who truly know me, you know what that means....PEYTON MANNING BACK ON MY TV SCREEN!!! 


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6. meet mysterious little Opal....

October's mermaid. 
loving the way her hair turned out...and the cute little jellyfish, of course ;)

she is listed FOR SALE HERE:

go have a peek at the other mermaids in the series also listed for sale in my shop.

next up...little Esmerelda, May's mermaid, based on the gorgeous gemstone emerald. i'll be posting the sketch soon...:)

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7. Gooey Jellyfish by Natalie Lunis

Part of a series on invertabrates, Gooey Jellyifsh presents facts about these spineless sea creations in clear short sentences... Read the rest of this post

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8. Girl at Sea

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson is about-- who would have guessed?-- a girl at sea.

Clio Ford is a 17-year-old girl with a most fabulous tattoo and, she thinks, a most fabulous summer plan. But then Things Go Terribly Wrong. Her mother, an artist (Clio is an artist as well) gets a fellowship for the summer that causes her to move to Kansas. Clio has to give up her summer job at the art store with the Cute Boy and spend the summer with her father on a yacht in Italy. Oh, the horror.

Yacht = good, right? Clio doesn't think so. Bad relationship with father + no Cute Boy + no art store = lots of teen angst. But it's all good fun. And anyway, there's another Cute Boy, and he's much more awesome.

Anyhow, there's an ancient archeological mystery, some jellyfish, and much snarkyness. Read it. Don't let the cover fool you-- it's good.*

Oh and Aiden (that's the Cute Boy-- the one on the boat, I mean, not the one from the art store) is most wonderful. And he has great hair.

I bestow upon this book 3.5 daggers, because it is enjoyable and very entertaining, not to mention well written... but it's fairly frivolous. I mean, it's not a great work of liturature, but who wants to read nothing but great works of literature?** But, I mean, it's good, but it's, er...

Okay. I'll say it.

It's a girly book.

You got a problem with that?

Laughing at headless girls, reading girly books, fearing jellyfish, and yours,

*For some reason, two other books by Maureen Johnson have covers with girls who only have half of a head. Disturbing.

** Okay, so quite a few people, but my point is NOT ME.

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9. Joy the Jellyfish, written by Kristen Collier & illustrated by Kevin Collier

24 pages,
Written by Kristen Collier
Illustrated by Kevin Collier
Dragonfly Publishing,
October 2007
24 pages
Paperback: $12.99
Hardcover: $25
Joy the Jellyfish Book page:http://joythejellyfish.blogspot.com/

I just finished reading this truly delightful children's picture book about a little Jellyfish named Joy and her search for true friendship. I read it to my ten-year old daughter and she loved it and found the illustrations charming! You can always count on a child for an honest review :-)

I'll be posting my review in a few days, so stay tuned!



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10. Review of Joy the Jellyfish, written by Kristen Collier & illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier

Joy the Jellyfish has a very serious problem. More than anything, he wants to make friends. But how on earth can he make friends when he's nearly invisible!
He tries to get the attention of the other Great Barrier Reef creatures--Amy Anemone, a school of sea horses, Gantian the Great White Shark, Bogart the Blowfish, Daphne the Dolphin--but because of his near-invisible nature, he's mostly ignored.
"My only wish is to have a friend," says Joy the Jellyfish. Then, as he keeps traveling deeper into the ocean, and the waters become icier and darker, he meets Bella Beluga the Whale, who teaches him the secret of friendship and how friendship itself has nothing to do with his nearly-invisible physical nature. Thanks to Bella, Joy learns how to overcome shyness and make friends. More confident, he swims back to the reef, this time powered with the knowledge of true friendship.
Joy the Jellyfish is a sweet story about friendship and about how to overcome shyness in order to make friends. The prose and dialogue are engaging and the brightly colored illustrations captivating. This is a book that will make a fine, delightful gift to any child, not only because of its beautiful artwork and engaging plot, but also because it teaches the different animals which inhabit the great barrier reefs. This book is the second collaboration between talented illustrator Kevin Scott Scollier and his author wife, Kristen. I hope this book will not be their last and I certainly look forward to more children's picture books from this winning team.
Written by Kristen Collier
Illustrated by Kevin Collier
Dragonfly Publishing
October 2007
24 pages
Paperback: $12.99
Hardcover: $25
Joy the Jellyfish Book page:http://joythejellyfish.blogspot.com/

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11. Sea Shapes

We borrowed a library book involving shapes that become sea creatures in a cut-paper style...

and since today we integrated the letter D to our learning, we looked at the "semicircle" page...

and made our own jellyfish out of cut paper. This is TheSquirrel's, which was great for scissor practice. (The jellyfish I mean; I had to cut the fish for her)

And here is mine:

By: ErinSherman & TheSquirrel, age just4!

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12. SFG: Fish

Who's taking who for a walk?

My very first submission to SFG and I'm late. I'm just happy to be here.

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13. An image from a current project

Asleep on an island in the middle of the sea.... or is it an island?

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14. Week of Surprises: Dancing Jellyfish

Me [as a jellyfish] dancing with Lady Gaga at our neighbor's Halloween Party last Saturday.

I love surprises. This week I'm going to post about things that have surprised me lately. You never know where a good idea might come from or who might inspire you. A few weekends back Joe and I were at a Harvest Festival at a local winery. I was uninspired for my Halloween costume--thinking I'd go as a hula girl. Sort of not into it. So I asked the folks we were with at the festival what they were dressing up as for Halloween. Nobody had a party to go to, but one gal at the table said, "I don't have anywhere to go, but if I did, I know exactly what I'd go as." I thought it was so cute that she was so passionate about the subject. "I'd go as a jellyfish if I had one of those clear umbrellas." I'm like, I've got one of those. She said to Google Martha Stewart jellyfish costume. And I did. Pretty fitting since we live right on Monterey Bay. Nice to tie Halloween to where we happen to be living at the time too. I made a few upgrades adding a boa and some battery operated lights, which were a hit. It was a blast. One guy who was a pirate kept asking me if I sting all night. Hilarious. And the funny thing was my neighbor didn't recognize me at all and wondered who "that girl" was. You all have any Halloween party stories?


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15. A Very Merry Unblogday to You

Today isn’t our Oxford World’s Classics discussion day (hence my bad pun about an “unblogday”). Don’t be too upset though, because we will be discussing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Thursday. Get ready for some maddening discussion!

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