Tuesday, July 30, 2019

How My Little Tales Emerge {The Introduction Of The Tale Of Sawyer Lamby}

My dear friends, 

Oh my, where do I begin? I have much to tell you, so might you pour some tea and let's have a little visit with one another. I am having some chamomile with cream, blueberry scones, typing up this post with Miss Potter playing on the television, in the background.

On July 28th, it was my dear spirit guide, Beatrix Potter's birthday. I didn't celebrate much, I must be honest, as I had a big snafu happen with regards to my son's truck. The company illegally repossessed it, which led to me being tied up with resistance all day. I must tell you, I had to find closure with my son's belongings, by letting it all go. I prayed and meditated about it and feel that for me to find peace and healing, I had to allow things to work themselves out. I firmly believe that God/Source will work all things for my good. As of late, I feel a desire to stop pushing against every little thing.
Beatrix Potter and Benjamin Bouncer on the left, and Me and Oliver TwistyTopsy on the right.
On July 29th, it was my wedding anniversary; three years of great happiness. My dear husband and I just stayed home and enjoyed a little fish supper. We are glad to have such a beautiful relationship and felt no need to do much of anything. We have had quite a bit of contrast in our lives, as of late, and are just plain weary if you want the truth of it.

" I hold an old~fashioned notion that a happy marriage is the crown of a woman's life."~Beatrix Potter

Then today, my husband was fired from his employment. He had worked for the same company since he was 17, which means he was at the same job for 35 years. I told him today that God/Source has bigger plans for us both. I have to admit, I am appreciative of all the contrast that I am experiencing. The viscitudes are strengthening my character, by leaps and bounds.

" I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me, it is a stronger desire than ever. "~Beatrix Potter

Now that I have gotten the dreadful news out of the way, shall we chat about happier moments, if you please? I wanted to tell you what I've gotten up to with my newest little book about my dear son Sawyer. His little tale will be called "The Tale of Sawyer Lamby." It will be a tale about a little black lamb amongst a herd of sheep, that follows to the beat of his own drum. He is shunned and cast out, but triumphs in the end by sacrificing his own life for the good of the entire sheep farm. An accurate tale of heroism. I followed suit, on Saturday with a lovely little jaunt to the Blick art store to collect my supplies.

I plan to visit a little sheep farm {Windlestone Ranch} this weekend with my darling husband. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit and take photographs. I believe it'll do my heart right to feel I am continuing to put one foot in front of the other. I know my son is giving me the direction and fortitude to carry on. Furthermore, my painting and writing of my little animal books make my heart happy, indeed.
Dorper sheep
I should think it a fun little treat to share with you the materials I use for my book illustrations. Perhaps, you'd like to live your very own dream of being an Authoress and Illustrator, too.  Below is a paint tray that is similar to the one Tasha Tudor would use. I really enjoy the squares, as I can mix quite a bit of a particular colour. It's especially perfect for the background washes. I use a sepia Micron permanent marker in sizes .05 and .005 for my outlines. When I want to draw words, a straight edge ruler is most helpful, as well as a Pickett circle radius master. The pencil I use is graphgear 500 by Pentel. The brushes I use are Princeton aqua elite. I believe they happen to be new on the market and they are the most divine brushes, ever. Especially for a synthetic brush series.  

 I have found that when making beautiful art, one must use the best of products. I have tried in the past to use mediocre articles, and it has not served me well.

The watercolour blocks I use is Arches 140 lb. hot-pressed and Arches 300 lb. cold-pressed. I use the 300 lb. cold-pressed for the illustrations and the hot-pressed for the lettering. I am attempting to handwrite/paint my written pages for the remainder of my future books, such as Beatrix Potter did. I believe that Susan Branch also handwrites her books as well.
I surely hope that you found some ideas for yourself in this wee post, as I had the dandiest time creating it for you. Please allow me to know if you were able to test some out for yourself. I'd love to hear all about your adventures.

Here is my darling little children's tale called The Tale of MerryMaid Scarlette Rose. It is derivative of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but instead of a rabbits adventure, it's about a little merrymaid. 
Buy My Book, The Tale Of Merrymaid Scarlette Rose

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx


  1. I have some Arches paper, but haven't been brave enough to use it. You make it all look so beautiful.

    1. Oh, I hope you do! Youre so sweet... You always have sweet things to say to me.


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