Pokémon Fan Art

 

Fish-like Pokémon

14 x 11, mixed media paper, watercolor, gouache, pen, and ink.

Goldeen is a white, fish-like Pokémon with orange markings on its tail, back, and fins.

Seaking is a large, orange, fish-like Pokémon. It has billowing caudal and pectoral fins, all of which are white specked with black.

Magikarp is a medium-sized fish Pokémon with large, heavy reddish-orange scales. It has large, vacant eyes and pink lips.

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Jonah Tali Lomu, (12 May 1975 – 18 November 2015) ~ Art by Red Dust

 

All Blacks Rugby Team

I started this painting back in 2016 and put the painting aside. I struggled to start the painting again….until….I changed the background. The flow came back and I changed brush strokes on the face and shirt. I’m happy with the painting, it’s finished. Well, maybe I clean up the lines on the right arm…😂😂😂😂

This painting is a birthday gift to a man who gives back to the community as Tulsa’s Rugby coach. He also helps troubled youth through coaching youth rugby. He is a good friend to our family as well. coach

Jonah Lamu’s Biography

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48 x 24, acrylic on cotton canvas, 2017

Progression of painting.
All Blacks Rugby Team

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Kitchen Art – Blue Mallow

Common Blue Mallow : Malva sylvestris Tea

14 x 11 inches, mixed media paper, watercolor and gouache

Depending on the Mallow plants environment it can be an annual, biennial or perennial, with the ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions. I think the plant passes it’s strength onto those who eat it for medicine or food, we get to absorb some of the chemicals that make this herb able to withstand extreme environments. Much like the Stinging Nettle, the Common Mallow is one of the first plants up in the spring and one of the last plants to wilt from hard frost, unlike the Stinging Nettle, which can’t handle frost.

The Wild Mallow plant is so hardy it can take root in just about any abandon area from sandy soil to hard clay. It has a long taproot, which aggressively seeks out nutrients and water. The Mallow or Malva comes from a very large family of plants called Malvaceae, a few plants are familiar to me like okra, hibiscus and cotton.

From stem to seed, all the parts of the mallow are edible, including their green leaves, which act as an anti-inflammatory agent, a mild laxative, soothes raw throats and helps clear congestion from the lungs and sinuses.

From the Romans like Pliny the mallow was used as a juice taken daily to prevent almost all illnesses known in their time. Many people in Europe throughout its long history have used mallow for food and medicine, the herb was known to sooth what ails you. In China Mallow was cultivated as a vegetable as far back as pre-Han dynasty.

The Blue Mallow is related to the Althaea Officinalis species that is cultivated for its root, which has mucilaginous substances and used by common folk to relieve sore throats, coughing, and asthmatic symptoms.

Long ago the Egyptians figured out how to extract the mucilage and transform it into our first marshmallows. The extracted mucilage substance was cooked and whipped with sugar, which was allowed to dry into a white, chewy, sweet candy.

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Foraging for mallow you only need a few leaves to make a large meal for salad or steamed greens. If you gather more leaves than you need you can store them in a plastic bag in your refrigerator where they will last as long as a bunch of collard leaves. That is how hardy they are!

You can use the leaves in your favorite green smoothy recipe, they have a mild astringent taste, the wild common mallow has a bit of a bitter after taste compared to its relatives that we see in our gardens.

You can pick the flowers and let them dry, especially the blue mallow flowers, which hold onto their color and pass on their beautiful blue color to your tea.

Tea Recipe

Bring 16 oz of water to a boil, add 2 tablespoons of dried mallow flowers, let boil for two minutes and sieve out the flowers when serving. You can add anything you want to this tea, including other herbs and fruit, like mint and lemon balm with some honey.

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Turbo The Frog and Looper The Snail

A Story About Tyme

An illustrations for a story about a little girl named Tyme. Tyme gets locked up in a big clock and her friends come to her rescue. Turbo and Looper are looking for the key to the clock that will unlock Tyme.

14 x 11 inches, mixed media paper, watercolor, gouache, pen and ink

Kitchen Art

Watercolor and Gouache Painting With Tea Recipe 

Honey Lavender Tea:

  1. Lavender bush from my Oregon herb garden.
  2. 3 tablespoons of freshly cut flowers, dice 8 cups of boiling water, remove from heat set aside.Sweeten to taste with honey.

    Add diced flowers and stems to the hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes, strain out flowers and serve.

    Lavender Tea:

    1 tablespoon of Fresh flowers diced or 1 tablespoon of dried flowers crush.

    1 cup of hot water

    Add flowers to your water steep for 5 minutes, strain out flowers.

    Health Benefits of Lavender:

    Bloating, relieves stress, reduce inflammation, improves mood, helps sooth skin irritation, prevents infections, relieves itchy scalp, has anti-fungal properties.

    Grown in my Oregon garden, Lavandula angustifolia or common garden variety lavender.

    Lavender is easy to grow, the plant needs lots of sunlight and well-drained soil. I have read you need slightly alkaline soil but I never tested mine and my seedlings were very happy.

    Prep the dirt so it is weed free and there is no danger of frost, the seedlings like warm weather, around 70 degrees, so maybe start your seeds inside first if you can’t wait for the warm weather.Lavender seeds are really tiny, I mix mine with sand if I’m just throwing seeds in the ground.

    It’s easier to plant them in little peat pots, you have more control over germination and you can see the sprouts when they come up.

    Important thing to remember, don’t over water the peat pots. I use a spray bottle to keep the pots moist until germination occurs.

    You need good air circulation sprouting seeds inside, I use a little fan placed near my peat pots to keep the bugs and fungus at bay.

    Depending on how warm the seed’s environment is, it will take 4-6 weeks to germinate. Once the seedling reaches a couple of inches in height you can transplant, peat pot and all into a bigger container or to your garden.

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Yarrow Tea

Painting rendered on mixed media paper with watercolor and gouache. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have a lot of paintings to share along with some stories.

Sand dunes, dune grass, white flowered yarrow, and the smell of salt and seaweed are my memories of the Oregon Coast. When I was a child there were certain plants that I would stare at as if hypnotized. Yarrow was one of them. The plant grows from the coastal mountains to the alpine meadows of the Cascade Range. The delicate white flowers and lace like leaves were a work of art I could stare at forever. I had no idea the ancient myths or healing recipes that surround this plant When I was a child, I just thought it was beautiful.

Yarrow helps with nausea during flu season and also help the restless mind relax and sleep. Take a teaspoon or fresh stem with leaves and flowers of the yarrow with a teaspoon or couple fresh leaves of mint add to cup of boiling water, turn off heat and let sit for twenty minutes.

FanArt — Bombur — The Hobbot by J.R.R. Tolkien

The reason I picked Bombur for my first drawing out of a series of (I don’t know yet, maybe 5 or 10 drawings), is because he does not have a big role in the Hobbit Story, he is clumsy, likes food, cleans dishes so fast it seems like magic, can play some wicked drums and falls asleep at the most inappropriate times. He sounds like me, minus the drum playing.

Bombur is one out of 12 dwarfs that visit Bilbo at Bag Ends his cozy Hobbit home in the Shire. Bilbo had no idea a company of twelve dwarfs was going to show up at his home and Gandalf didn’t say a word about the any adventure with the Dwarfs because he knew Bilbo would show them all the door and ask politely to be left alone. Hobbits don’t go on adventures!

Bombur was supposed to be the last dwarf to arrive, as Gandalf asked the company of 12 Dwarfs to show up one at a time and be polite, do not overwhelm the Hobbit with too many demands or too much information. Each Dwarf arrived was shown in as the poor hobbit became more bewildered and confused. Gandalf was trying to tell the anxious hobbit a story to calm him down when another knock came at the door, that would be 11 knocks so far and Bilbo was losing it. He opened the door and there stood the mighty Thorin, King of the Dwarfs of Moria, so dignified in his kingly manner, so strong and proud and up behind him rushed Bombur. He was afraid he would miss out on the food having been the last one to arrive and having to wait for hours to knock on Bilbo’s door. Bombur rushed up the path so fast he tripped and bumped into Thorin from behind. With his great girth Bombur knocked Thorin to the floor and promptly fell on top of him, knocking all the air out of him.

As you might imagine any conservative Hobbit would have been alarmed. Bilbo was rightly alarmed, Dwarfs, wizards, magic, and he was running out of food and drink, plus all his dishes were dirty and he still had no clue what was going on.

If you want to find out what happened after this, you must read the Hobbit.imageimageimageimageimageBombur’s story line

The next drawing I do will be on paper made especially for pencil. The mixed media paper I used was too soft and shows too many lines from my heavy handed use of hard pencil lead.