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ATC: Wyvern

So. I had planned on posting a new ATC each week for my new Mythical Beings and Imaginary Friends series. And here I am posting another ATC, a day after the first one.

Why? Well, thank you for asking. I so enjoyed creating yesterday’s Phoenix, I decided that I couldn’t wait until next week to do another, so went right ahead and created one right here right now. Well, earlier, as you’ll be reading this after the event.

Today’s Mythical Being is the Wyvern. Often mistaken for a dragon, wyverns have two legs whereas dragons have four. It’s an easy mistake to make, but don’t go calling a wyvern a dragon. They’re quite touchy.

Once again pastels, gold and silver markers and gel pens were used for this mini creation (2.5 inches by 3.5 inches is the ATC size).


If you think I’m a dragon
More fool you
Dragons have four legs
I have two
I have long strong wings
And a sharp barbed tail
Try to find me
You will surely fail
But pay attention
Look up and down
You may see my images
All around town
If it’s a dragon
That you think you see…
Remember the Wyvern
Remember me

Wyvern

I’ve reposted this little rhyme I’ve written about the Wyvern quite a few times, so I think it’s due for another outing.

Tomorrow, I shall try for a written post. But me and plans, y’know…


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ATC: Phoenix

I’m back to being creative again… well, a little anyhow.

I’ve decided to venture on to a new series of ATC creations. ATCs (or Artist’s Trading Cards) are small artistic creations that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The last time I created ATCs was during July’s World Watercolour Month, when I did them using the medium of watercolour. Goes without saying really.

This time around, however, I’m not limited to watercolour. That isn’t to say I won’t use watercolour, as I probably will, but with ATCs anything goes, as long as that anything fits within the boundary of the tiny blank canvas.

For today’s ATC, I’ve used pastels, gel pens and gold and silver marker pens. ‘Phoenix’ is the first in my Mythical Beings and Imaginary Friends series.

This is my first time at using pastels, and I found them quite easy to use and very smudgy! I’ve never washed my hands as much as I have whilst creating this little picture, but it was all fun. It passed a couple of hours as I got carried away with it, which is good.

Both images on this post are a little misleading as they don’t actually show the real size, but as the series progresses you’ll see that they really are ATC size.


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Happy August!

Happy August!

And that isn’t a sentiment. IT’S A COMMAND!!!

Three white rabbits sat in a row
Looking forward with nowhere to go
The middle one sat up, and declared ‘”I know!
“We’ll do what we do, enjoy it, and go with the flow!”

And the rest became history.

Some commands are worth taking heed of. Onwards! Upwards! Forwards! Forever!

A bit of Monday silliness to sprinkle a little light. Well, it would be, had it been posted on a Monday. (Note for future historians reading this post: August 1st 2017 was a Tuesday. The last time it was a Monday was in 2016, and the next time will be 2022, when it will be/was the only Monday 1st of the whole year!)

The Roman Emperor August I started the Pax Romana era (Roman Peace), which was a time of considerable peace that lasted for around two centuries. Augustus, as he preferred to be referred to, named August (the month) after himself.

‘Onward, upward and forward’ is used in the Bahamas’ national motto (Forward, Upward, Onward Together); the Roman Empire’s motto was ‘Senatus Populusque Romanus’ or ‘The Senate and People of Rome’ (not quite as uplifting I feel)

However, let us now be like those white rabbits… and roam free! Well, it is silly Monday Tuesday. 👅


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Time For A Couple Of Reveals

Well, it is Saturday after all. And Six Word Saturday at that.

Not that that is the reason.

So, without further ado, let’s start!

My next painting for #WorldWatercolorMonth is…

The First Wallow

That’s right! My ninth painting in my series of nine versions of ATCs/ACEOs is a baby hippo! It’s the next day on our safari now. Or it’s the morning of the first day, I forget. We lose track of time around here. The baby hippo is the first to get into the muddy lake for a good old wallow before anybody else.

Hippopotamus babies are so cute it’s untrue. They are tiny, compared to their parents, and they are like little round balls with four legs. Well, the ones I saw were!


Moving on, time for…

The Second Reveal

My #WorldWatercolorMonth poortrait.

Did you have the slightest inkling as to who it was? I’ll post a quick reminder first:

And then I’ll post a quick recap of the clues I gave. I’m dragging this out a bit, I know. I love it! Hehehe!

One of the biggest clues should be the fact that I’ve been mentioning time a lot of late. It was a clue, but I’m always mentioning time, so it wouldn’t really have stood out.

The first clue, and the subsequent clues, and the time clue thinking about it, would all point you to the character this person is playing. Will play. Has played for years. (I’m still giving clues now, although I don’t really need to!) The first clue was An Old Clock In An Empty Room, which I thought was a giveaway. Mind you, I would, as I knew the identity to start off with.

I’ll quickly explain. A clock in an empty room. A blue clock at that. Time. And space. More later.

The next clue came in Wise Old Oswald And Friends. Here, not very subtly, the names were the clue. Names linked to the character, Oswald, Clara, and Ace. Companions. Other clues were scattered throughout this post as well, which I’ll mention in a minute.

Tiggan provided the next clue, still linked by name. Rather, pronunciation… and spelling…

Tiggan also posed the question as to who would be the ninth animal. I was playing with concepts here.

Clues were scattered throughout my latest Letters To The Universe post. A big one in the phrase ‘reverse the polarity’, which I also used in the Wise Old Oswald post. The Letters post also asked if I posted a clue last year. Which I did, and I didn’t. I posted it this year, to slot into last year’s time stream, if you can believe that. Did you see what I did there? Time travel. This link will take you to that post, but, if you haven’t got the identity of the character so far, this will either give the game away or confuse you totally. I realise not everyone may even know the character.

Finally, the original poortrait post held the biggest clue. Read Who Is This? as a statement rather than a question, and you have your answer.

Of course the poortrait was of Jodie Whittaker. The actress who will portray the new Doctor Who from next year. The first woman to play the part. I’m looking forward to the new series, I think it is an excellent choice, and things are most certainly going to be different. I can see big things happening for the character and I can’t wait!

And, I have some correct guesses as well! Woohoo!

Well Done and Congratulations go to…

(These all link to the latest post on the respective blogs, by the way)

Elaine of I Used To Be Indecisive…

Becky of It Caught My Eye In Portugal

Prenin

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Debbie of Travel With Intent (Debbie also hosts Six Word Saturday, and this links to her latest SWS post)

With thanks to all of the other bloggers and visitors who took part, but didn’t quite name the poortrait correctly.

Just to finish, now that we’ve had the reveal, I can reveal what the above clues were revealing. Oswald, Clara, Ace and Tiggan represented three companions of the Doctor. Travellers who escort him/her on his/her many adventures. Clara Oswald, Ace and Tegan were their correct names. The clock in the the room: time and relative dimension in space; represented the TARDIS, the fabulous space/timeship that the Doctor uses to get about. It’s broken and stuck in the form of an old police phone box.

And really just to finish, the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ links on this theme that appear at the end of my posts also help with the clues. ‘Previous’ takes you forward and ‘next’ takes you back. If I can get my head around that,

Convoluted Space and Time Travel’s Easy.

For Six Word Saturday and


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Turbulence and Light

Today’s painting for #WorldWatercolorMonth is a colourful painting of water. And a lighthouse in a storm.

I’ve also had a little fun with the lighthouse theme, as just before posting this I wrote the previous Wordle post, based again on a lighthouse. Well, why not?

There were some challenges with this painting, which, I’ve decided, is unfinished and still needs work doing to it.

The turbulent sea threw up a challenge in itself. Several, actually. The colour for one. How to make the water look choppy for another. And the mist from the waves as they crashed onto the rocks. Oh, and I decided to throw in some lightning as well.

The sky was equally challenging, but I got around that by having the lighthouse send its warning light out to see, should there be any seafarers out there, not realising how close to land they were.

I’m not sure about the mist – I may have missed (hehehe!) the mark with that one, but I quite like the effect I conjured up for the waves crashing onto the rocks. There could still be some work to do there as well, I feel.

And the lighthouse itself. There should be a door at the bottom, a double door, actually, which really does need finishing off. Although I’m quite happy with the battered effect the lighthouse has.

I like the overall feel to the painting, however, even if I do say so myself, and even in its unfinished state. I seem to have developed a choppy painting style as well, unless it’s the brush I’ve taken to using. You know the old saying about a good workman…

This is my last post for today. I’m all posted out now.

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