Thursday, March 4, 2021

Thursday Art Date: Creases


Hello Friends!! 😊😊 

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Creases. Bugs Bunny gussied himself up to portray a happy housewife, ironing away the creases in her husband's shirt. If you're a Bugs fan, can you count the number of times Bugs Bunny was portrayed in drag? I can't! But RuPaul (the world's most famous drag queen) is quoted as saying "Bugs Bunny was my first introduction to drag!"


Creases in faces, creases in jackets...creases in the plan...this is my ink and graphite sketch of a scene from my favourite Woody Allen movie "Crimes and Misdemeanors". It's brilliantly acted by Martin Landau and Jerry Orbach. It's a mix of comedy and drama, and is very suspenseful at times. It also stars (of course) Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Angelica Huston, Sam Waterston and Alan Alda.


Here is the official trailer.



Another fine actor who has many creases in his face is Sir Anthony Hopkins...he has done too many amazing films to list here, but I think (for me anyway) his most memorable movie is The Silence Of The Lambs, playing Hannibal Lecter (also starring an amazing Jodie Foster). He's just so creepy in that movie!! This is my ink and graphite drawing of him.



Here is the official trailer  of The Silence Of The Lambs.


I had fun doing a Prismacolor Pencil drawing of a sea turtle. These beautiful creatures have many creases in their skin. I've never seen one in person, but I think they are just stunning!


I love these Evening Grosbeaks...they are beautiful!

The following photos are a tribute to my absolutely favourite bird, the Mourning Dove. I feel blessed to have them at my feeder and on my "bird cam"!!











Asparagus and Cheddar Quiche/ Pizza Night: #1 Bianca - olive oil, parm and oregano; #2 Margareta - tomatoes, parm and mozz, delicious with a spinach salad.


Penne with a light RosΓ© sauce (a parm cheese sauce with a wee bit of tomato paste), garlic bread...and for dessert - Strawberry Tiramisu! Yummy!

I'm linking up with these wonderful bloggers today, or at least trying (!!), please visit them for some really interesting posts! And why not join in on the link parties? You can meet some really nice people!! 😊

Friday March 5th : Paint Party Friday
Saturday March 6th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday March 8th: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more "Creases" artwork!

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I took this photo on August 12th, 2020 of the night sky...I LOVE to stargaze!!

March 11th: Next Thursday's theme is Space. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday Art Date: February Films: Tragedies and Melodramas


Hello Friends!! 😊😊 

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Tragedies and Melodramas. This is our last film theme and I hope you enjoyed it, and was inspired and challenged! It was a lot of fun for me. Bugs Bunny is very serious in his portrayal of Laurence Olivier playing Hamlet.




Hamlet is my favourite of Shakespeare's tragedies. I've watched many versions of this play and based on acting ability alone, my favourite Hamlet was Mel Gibson (charcoals). I know he's a controversial person, but his Hamlet was brilliant. I did a minor in English Literature at University and my main focus was Shakespeare's tragedies.



Here is the official trailer.



Macbeth was another favourite. I actually saw Macbeth on stage in Stratford Ontario back in the 1980's. Oh it was amazing! This is my ink and graphite sketch of Toshiro Mifune. Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was best known for his Samurai films and he worked often with Toshiro. This is from the movie Throne of Blood which is a version of Macbeth. It's so well done, I'm a big fan of Samurai movies.




Here is the official trailer.




Besides the stage version and the Samurai version, my favourite film version of Macbeth was directed by Orson Welles, he also played the lead. Here is the full movie on You Tube.



From tragedy to melodrama. I dipped into my Film Noir favourites for my next two pieces. This is Richard Widmark from Night And The City. I know I keep saying this, but really this is one of my favourite Film Noir films...it is very dramatic and the main character is tragically doomed. He's the anti-hero, which makes you hate him, then root for him in the end - brilliant acting! And I'm a wrestling fan, so any movie that has wrestling in it makes me happy!



Here is the official trailer. For now at least, you can find a great quality version of the movie on You Tube, here is the link.



Last but not least, an ink and graphite sketch of Jackie Gleason and Anthony Quinn from the movie Requiem For A Heavyweight. It's a sad and dramatic story of a washed up boxer (Quinn) whose agent (Gleason) badly matches him with a young, strong boxer (played by a young Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)); and the resulting end of his career. I fell in love with Anthony Quinn in this movie! And I really didn't like Jackie Gleason's role at all...but that's what makes him such a good actor. I think of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners...he played a very dramatic role in this movie. I love when comedians turn to dramatic roles, they are usually quite good at it!


Here is the official trailer.

There is another similar tragedy if you're into pro-wrestling and modern movies. It's The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke. It's a sad movie based on the life of real pro-wrestlers. A little racy because Marisa Tomei plays a stripper. It's very heartbreaking if you're into dramas!


I've been doing a lot of walking outside and I filmed a little video to show you where I live. I love my rural life!


On the food front, my 53rd 39th birthday was last week and Alex made the day very special. I asked for a cheese fondue but he went all out. He made a Swiss cheese fondue with grilled cheese bites and fries for dipping! And for dessert he made chocolate mousse and Irish coffees. He lit a fire and it was a very special night! 


There is no sign of Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker, nor the Mourning Doves...but the Evening Grosbeaks are back! Don't mind the temperature, it's really not that balmy out lol...it's just because the camera is in direct sunlight! I could go out there and sunbathe in the snow if I wanted to!



Chickadees in flight. 


Hello Redpole! And I think I have a few Pine Siskins...this one has pretty good hang time! 😊 


I'm linking up with these wonderful bloggers today, please visit them for some really interesting posts! And why not join in on the link parties? You can meet some really nice people!! 😊

Friday February 26th : Paint Party Friday
Saturday February 27th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday March 1st: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Tragedies and Melodramas artwork!

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March 4th: Next Thursday's theme is Creases. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes.

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday Art Date: February Films: Comedies


Hello Friends!! 😊😊 

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Comedies. I'm more of a suspense/thriller film lover but I definitely love a good laugh! Bugs Bunny wanted to pose for his favourite comedy trilogy: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery. I think Mike Myers is really funny and I love those three movies.


I think a lot of the "modern" comedians rely too heavily on cursing to get laughs, I guess that's why I lean more towards older comedies. Here is my ink and graphite drawing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau from The Odd Couple. The entire cast in this movie was hilarious, but Jack Lemmon stood out for me as the funniest! Tony Randall and Jack Klugman starred in the tv show, which was also pretty funny.




John Candy in charcoal. He was such a loveable comedian and I enjoyed most of his movies. I was so sad when he died! If you're a fan of his, the CBC put out a documentary called To John With Love. It's very heartfelt and you can find it on You Tube. Here is the link. There are 5 parts and they play automatically.

John Candy was part of a sketch comedy show in Canada called SCTV. It played in the late 70's and 80's. It was a cast of greats and I remember staying up late and watching it every Friday night at 12:30am. 





This is John Candy, Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy, drawn in ink and graphite. Joe Flaherty, who was the main writer on SCTV, played Count Floyd, the weekly host of "Monster Chiller Horror Theater". John Candy played Dr. Tongue and Eugene Levy played his Igor-like servant, Bruno.

Dr. Tongue fancied himself a 3-D actor, and his take on 3-D movies is hilarious.


For those SCTV fans out there, here is a 1:48 clip of "Dr. Tongue's Evil House of Pancakes". SCTV's comedy, at least for me, was genius! Second City (the "SC" in SCTV) was a comedy troop based out of Toronto in Canada, and Chicago in the States. It produced such great comedians as John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Gilda Radner, the Belushi brothers, Andrea Martin, Martin Short...the list goes on!




I'm a fan of slapstick, and nobody did slapstick better than the Three Stooges! My favourite Stooge was Shemp 😊. You can find most of the Three Stooges shorts on You Tube. I've read all of their biographies and watched all of the movies and documentaries about them! Shemp was a hyper-phobic and led a life filled with anxiety and fear - though you wouldn't know it from his shorts and movies. I guess that's why I love to read biographies of my favourites, I can relate to them more when I know about them personally.




This was a fun theme...I won't keep you much longer, just wanted to show you my Valentine's dinner and dessert! We had a Raclette dinner - who doesn't love melted cheese on veggies? 


For dessert, I bit off more than I could chew (so to speak!). I made a Heart Log Roll Cake. It was DELICIOUS, but SO many steps...One of these days I will post the recipe!


One night last week I tried Vegetarian Meatballs for my Pizzaghetti. Yum! (Again, I'll post the recipe for the "meat"balls soon!)


Last night I made potato/egg filled fajitas.


For my birding friends, I have not found the time to put the "bird" cam back up, so here's a photo I took when I lived on Prince Edward Island back in 2010. It's a Heron, not sure if it's a Blue or a Great. These birds are so prehistoric looking, always so fascinating!


Charlie and Oscar


The pets are all healthy again, except Marlene. She is slowing down very quickly. She is now in diapers and not very interested in eating too much. She sleeps a lot. She has trouble standing on her hind legs. She still has a puppy-like spirit and romps around as best she can in the snow when I take her out. I'm making sure to take good care of her and make her feel safe and loved as she winds down her life. It's heart-breaking! 😒 We rescued her in 2015 from a bad situation and don't really know her age, though the estimate is maybe 14 or 15. We gave her the forever home that every dog dreams of...I'm hoping we still have lots of time with her!


I'm linking up with these wonderful bloggers today, please visit them for some really interesting posts! And why not join in on the link parties? You can meet some really nice people!! 😊

Friday February 19th : Paint Party Friday
Saturday February 20th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday February 22nd: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Comedies artwork!

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Charcoal from 2020

February 25th: Next Thursday's theme is February Films - Tragedies and Melodramas. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes.

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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