I belong to a colored pencil FB group and I did this for the FeBruary challenge. It is a mixed media piece. The fish is colored pencil and the background is watercolor.
Colored pencil is a new medium for me and I have a lot to learn with it. I know the only way I can get better to practice, practice, practice.
I hope you like my little fishie!! 🙂
Strathmore Colored Pencil, Series 400, 6 X 8
Prismacolor Prmier,Faber Castell Polychromos
Carol Loethen/Loethen design
I am taking a colored pencil class and we are drawing a fig leaf. This project took a few days, as I spent a few hours each time, working on the project. i started off with a new velvety leaf and by the time I got to the end my fig leaf was dry and crumbled up. Therefore my colored pencil fig leaf evolved through the days just like the real leaf.
This fig leaf reminds me of our lives with Christ. We can either be velvety fresh and green and always ready to learn new things through his word or we can become dried up and crumble if we let the enemy in our life and walk away from his word.
Spend time each day in his word and refresh yourself with his life flowing water (word).
Even though I don’t like eating figs I did enjoy drawing this leaf!
As I drive to work each morning I cross over this 3 mile bridge that has the most spectacular views of the water. It is my time to take a deep breath, draw in the beauty around me and thank God for all the things he has provided in my life! As I was admiring his beauty these word came to me and I wanted to share them with you. The picture of the clouds is a photo I took while walking along the beach. I hope it brings you encouragement. Jesus is always there for you just breathe in his word each morning before you start your day, breathe in his spirit to help guide you as you go through your day, breathe in his life to help you be more like him as you walk in your journey, breathe in his beauty that is all around you if you just look for it, and breathe in his LOVE that is always there to comfort you and give you peace and joy even in times of trouble and hardship.
I miss all my blogger friends and fans. sometimes I just let work and life get away with me. What do I mean by that? Well I go to work every day, come home do chores, cook, etc,,, then go to bed and start over the next day, without really taking the time to relax, enjoy my life, and keep in touch with you guys, who inspire me, make me feel good, and are just fun to hang out with.
That being said with the sun out and the beginning of spring I am determined to start anew.
I got out yesterday for the first time in a very long time and walked on the beach.
I forgot how much I enjoyed walking on the beach. The smell of the salt air, the warmth of the sun on my face, and the cool water and sand between my toes. I thank God that I am able to enjoy these gifts. I walked three miles yesterday. It was very calming and relaxing. Something I needed way more than I realized.
Today, when I woke up I was determined to get that morning walk in again.
Today as I walked the beach, the waves were beating against my legs. I stopped and talked to a couple of fishermen and today the fish were not hungry. Today was so different than yesterday, I was wondering if I was ever going to make three miles. I had to push myself, my hamstrings are sore, but you know what, I did it and am so glad I did.
I walk half way on the beach itself then turn around and walk on the sidewalk coming back. As I am walking I always say hello to everyone I meet along the way. Sometimes I am amazed how many people don’t answer back. The clouds were gorgeous in the sky today so maybe they were all looking up to heaven thanking God for the opportunity to see his beauty.
Well I woke up this morning and knew it rained all night and we had 80% chance of rain today. I was ok with that as we have not had rain in a while and really needed it. I got my umbrella and was ready to tackle the day. I saw it as a fun day of skipping in the rain.
Well I get out there in my small little sports car and the roads are flooded. I am starting to wonder if I am going to make it to my destination. Big trucks passing by and throwing rain at me and blinding my way as I slowly move along wondering if I am going to stall. I keep thinking should I turn around, but decide to keep going as I only have about 2 miles to go. I get to the gate, it is storming, roll down the window, punch the code in, roll up the window and nothing. I assume it didn’t like how fast I punched those numbers in, so here we go again. Yeah, this time the gate opens. I park and try to get out the driver’s door, oh great, the door won’t open. Apparently the handle broke. So I crawl over the stick shift to the other side, grab my big umbrella, books, phone, and am ready to tackle the torrential rain and wind. I open the door and attempt to open my umbrella. The wind and rain are fighting with me, therefore I decide to step out and try again. BIG MISTAKE! I am drenched in 2 seconds as the books go flying one way and my phone the other and I am stuck between two cars desperately trying to hang onto the umbrella.
I am sure I looked worse than this but here are some pictures I found on the internet so you could have an idea what it was like.
Well by the time I made it to the door my umbrella was broken and I looked like a drowned rat. I then proceeded to try to open the door with the key I was given. Guess what? You guessed right, it is not working. After fighting with it for about 5 minutes and finding out I have to jiggle it just right I got the door open.
After about 4 hours of work, I went out, got soaked again trying to get to the car and headed home.
When I got home, needless to say I threw that umbrella away. All I wanted is for Calgon to take me away. So I took a long hot shower and got into some dry clothes. I looked out my window and see the rains have quit and things are clearing up. Just another day in paradise!