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The "Doctor" Is In...

While I was at Rockport and walking the beach park, as I mentioned in a previous post, I also went to Linda Castro Sanctuary and then on to Tule Creek Trail before taking a lunch break.


There, at Tule Creek Trail, I noticed an artist on the bridge. Curiosity got the better of me, and I walked up to investigate the work being done from her easel. We talked. She was working on a piece with oil pastels. Now, I've never done that, and the artist, Linda [not Linda Castro of the aforementioned sanctuary], was kind enough to give me some pointers if ever I wanted to begin learning.

The next day, Bud wanted to go to the bookstore, and I walked over to Hobby Lobby and purchased some oil pastels, a pad of paper especially for pastels and a small table-top easel for indoor work



Friday, I got up late, so going out in the extreme heat was not gonna happen!!  I began a project...All along since returning from the Jamaican cruise, I've had intentions of drawing [or painting] the national hummingbird of the island. I figured this was as good a time as any to try....





And finished it in a couple of hours. I'm hooked.



Bud got busy cleaning a frame we had on hand and wiping off the glass. Now, question is...where to hang it? lol
Jamaican National Bird "The Doctor Bird"
My one and only photo I got at the sugar cane plantation before it flew away...see here

36 comments :

  1. totally awesome, you are one of three of my blogger friends that continue to make me jealous. I wish I could do what you do with your art. so beautiful, no matter what medium you use... I forgot last time I was here to say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the owl in your header. he looks real enough to hear him/her hoot

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  2. It's always exciting to pick up something new, especially when it turns out, and it sure looks like you have a winner with this!
    You have inspired me to return to my oils... time just seems to disappear when involved.. have a wonderful day.

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    1. I hope you do. I'd love to see your work.

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  3. You are such a talented and smart lady. I am no artist, but have several oil paintings. In fact, I have a large one from Jamaica that I got years ago on a cruise. Not sure of the name, but looks like McErnst G Lovie. It is an outdoor scene. Stay cool.

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  4. Wooie! That is great! Maybe, if I ever get to a place that carries the materials needed, I may HAVE to try it. You're an inspiration.

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    1. Can't wait to see some of your work

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  5. Oh my GOSH, this is gorgeous!!!!! I'm in LOVE with it. And I like your new header, too. How are oil pastels different from regular oils? Is it that they are in kind of a chalk stick form?

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    1. A lot like crayons. Thanks Ginny

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  6. Oh GASP! It is so beautiful I am gobsmacked. :-)

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  7. You never cease to amaze me!! My daughter, Summer, used to do some lovely pastels!
    You are a true artist through and through!!

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    1. Thanks Linda...you're an excellent artist too

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  8. WOW, that is fantastic. I'm in awe of your talent.

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  9. Now that bird is really marvellous. You did that from memory in just a couple of hours? Wow ... that is great. I certainly cannot draw or paint. My mind "sees" the picture but my hands do not obey and paint/draw what I see.

    God bless.

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    1. Your talent with words tho, speak volumes!

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  10. Wow Anni! That is just beautiful. I wish I had just an inkling of that talent. :)

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  11. I have no idea how people do these kinds of drawings / paintings. Wonderful.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  12. Wow, Anni! Your hummingbird is gorgeous, awesome painting. You are talented. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  13. You're very gifted - love the hummingbird

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  14. Beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks Lea...have a great week yourself.

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  15. Wow - beautiful sketch!

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  16. What a talent you have.

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  17. Wonderful painting! Rockport can be inspiring that way ~ You go girl!

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Wonderful painting ... you’re so talented! And I envy your bird sightings while on a cruise even if it was but brief ....like you, when we went on ours there was way too much else to do. I would love to go back to a couple of those places on a birding expedition and looks like Jamaica would be a great place for that as well. Sigh, so many wonderful places .....

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    1. I would love to travel the world...birding!

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