Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ Ladybug/Ladybird

 Wanda's watercolor ~~ googleimage.com photo

The theme this week is "ladybug or ladybird".  When I saw ladybird ~ I immediately thought of a  "particular LADY BIRD" so decided on trying a portrait of Lady Bird Johnson.

Since I love painting people, I found a photograph of the First Lady during the 60's ~  and used it for my model.  Not a very good likeness, but it was sure fun doing it.

In reading about her, I see she had the nick name "Lady Bird" since a small child.  Our daughter was born in 1963 when LBJ was in office and we started calling her Julie Bird.  She didn't like it, but it strikes me funny that she uses it for her email address as an adult....haha.

To see all the ladybugs, or ladybirds...just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on the top of my sidebar.  

32 comments:

  1. I vaguely remember reading about Lady Bird Johnson. you did a pretty good job on the portrait. good take on the theme.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. After I posted this, I was thinking most of the other artists are much younger than me....and probably were not alive in 1963 when Lindon B. Johnson was president.

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  2. Wanda this is fabulous - you really took the theme and went all out by actually doing Lady Bird Johnson's portrait - and did it so well!

    Last year I visited the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail in the Redwood National & State Park in northern California - such an awesome walk under those gigantic trees. She did a lot for preserving nature - even started the wildflower growing program along state highways too I believe.

    Happy day - Mary

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    1. Thank you Mary. When I was reading about her, I saw that she was very much into preserving nature. In fact, there was several pictures of her in a field of wild flowers. Almost chose one of those to paint.

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  3. What a fine portrait you've done Wanda, and a unique take to the theme!

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    1. Thanks Christine. I guess I'm always stretching the themes...haha. I did have fun with this. Wish the likeness was better, but I'm OK with it.

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  4. You did a nice portrait of her. I admire Lady Bird Johnson for her work in preserving wild flowers and natural beauty.

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    1. I wasn't sure how many would know who she was...that was some time ago. I had just had my second child, and the time of sorrow with Pres. Kennedy's death. She did a lot for preserving the wild life and that is what she is remembered for.

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  5. Well done for thinking outside of the box, Wanda...I love your Ladybird version! Of course, the information was all new to me so thank you for sharing it. Too funny about your daughter using the name for her email...just shows that some little quirks do stay with us from childhood.

    Have a lovely week ~ :)

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    1. When I decided to do this, I forgot most of my viewers would not know who she was. I'm sure most were not even born in 1963...Just shows how old I am...HaHa.

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  6. Oh I do remember this grand lady and you did really capture her in your painting. I love that your daughter has reached back into her past to express herself today ... guess that means she had a happy childhood :)

    Andrea @ Fronm The Sol

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    1. Thank you so much. I do remember both their daughters also had a bird after their first names... I just can't remember their names. It was a fun way to do the theme.

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  7. Quite a good likeness, people are so hard to do.

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    1. Thanks Janet. I usually do children, but wanted to get back into something out of my comfort zone. And she did come to mind when I saw the theme.

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  8. The best thing about art and our inspirations for it, is we all interpret it differently and I just love seeing how it all turns out. Big art lovers in our home and my oldest daughter is quite an artist too. I really like your picture and how you captured her. Great job! Enjoy your evening!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. That's so true, Jill. Our art is as different as each of us. How we see things, what filter it goes through in our brains and what comes out on paper. Thanks so much for your visit and comments.

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  9. I always enjoy your take on the Scribble project. Wanda, you captured Lady Bird's essence perfectly.

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    1. Most of my takes are not "normal" haha, but then neither am I...
      Thanks...it's fun to see what Michael comes up with each week.

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  10. Your choice of the Lady Bird was so clever. It turned out great.

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    1. Why Thank you. It was a fun theme.

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  11. The likeness is excellent, Wanda. And I certainly remember them... I guess that makes me old, too? Nahhh! :-)
    The daughters were Lynda Bird and Luci Baines.

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  12. That's right...I was in too big of a hurry to look up the girls. But of course, that was their names. Thanks. Hope you are "riding" high! Love you tons.

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  13. That is a fun story about your daughter. Fun that she uses her nick name. Sometimes it takes time for things to grow on us.

    your portrait is lovely. I can see her in the eyes you made.

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    1. Thank you Tammie. I think it did grow on her.... I appreciate you kind words. Thanks for the visit.

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  14. That's a super clever take, Wanda, and glad you fit it in with your passion of illustrating people. I think it works wonderfully and does look like her. you see, I love how people interpret things. Woudl have never thought of her. Clever!

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    1. Isn't it fun to see what each persons brain comes up with. I must say, your lovely gal in her sweater still has my heart melting. So love it. I don't see you doing that style very often. Because Julie was born 1963 we were very aware of President Johnson and LadyBird.

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  15. good idea for the theme, thinking out of the box :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer... I try to do that once in while...think it keeps me young as the years tick off..haha.

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  16. This is a very interesting post and painting. I smiled while reading about your daughter's email address. Such a cute story!

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  17. Whenever I hear ladybird I too think of Ladybird Johnson. Your portrait is very good and I love that you think outside the box on these prompts. It makes it so interesting to see how everyone interprets things in their own way.

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  18. I actually thought about her also, but there was no way I was going to try to do her portrait! You did a good job!

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