365 Days of Art: Day 85 – Watercolor Lychee Fruit

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Do you know how exhausting standing about one-foot deep in the ocean watching your kid for 3 hours with the waves crashing on the shore can be? I have leg muscles that are sore that I didn’t know existed, and I do a lot of leg work. Oh, yeah, and if you are going to be at the beach for 3 hours, wear sunscreen. I look like a tomato, and just bending my knees makes the skin up and down my legs sting. That’s after two rounds of aloe. (And I’m a native. I should have known better.)

Hence, I fell asleep putting my child to bed again. Hence, it’s 10:40pm and I’m about to attempt my daily art challenge. Tonight, I’m painting a watercolor lychee fruit from Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. I haven’t eaten lychee fruit in a while, and quite frankly, I’ve always wondered about that first person who looked at the lychee fruit and said, “Hey, that nasty thing might taste really good inside. Let’s crack that baby open! Who’s with me?” (I feel this way about crabs too. I mean seriously, how hungry was that first poor soul who chased that thing down and figured out how to get the meat out?)

Anyway, it’s Friday, I need to get to bed, and I’m sure you have other Art blogs to read. I’ll put the brush to the paper and see what happens.

Mine is on the right.

This was not my favorite exercise. I totally put more indigo than I needed to in the white part—twice. I couldn’t get the red to work right. Anyway, it’s done, and I’m off to the showers. Happy Friday everyone!

Daily yoga: I did this very short Yoga with Adrienne video this morning. I felt disappointed in myself for not doing something longer, but after my fight to stand up straight in the wind-tossed ocean today, I’m actually glad I did something lighter this morning.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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