Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thursday Art Date: Inventions


Hello Friends!! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Inventions. I had so much trouble with this theme, sorry in advance if you did too! I didn't know what to draw. I kind of cheated...Bugs is channelling his inner Salvador Dali - who didn't invent Surrealism or Cubism...but certainly made it popular! 


If you are an SCTV fan, you'll enjoy this quick skit with Joe Flaherty imitating Dali. (Pop!)


Drawing Bugs with Dali's trademark mustache got me thinking about mustaches. (Or is it spelled moustache???) I saw an article about mustache cups - they are meant to keep the mustache dry while you sip your tea. The mustache cup was invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams (Wikipedia).


Men, do you or have you ever sported a moustache? What was your style? Ladies, do you like a man with a mustache? Men, do you like a lady with a mustache? πŸ˜„




I just happened to be watching the movie Tombstone the other night and there are some fine moustaches in that movie! I wasn't going for realism here, just doodling cartoon-style! I drew these with ink and graphite. I really love that movie.



Here's the trailer, it's a great movie!

Grilled Cheese and Fries...Swiss Cheese Fondue

Here are some foodie photos. Now that Google Photos is charging if you go over 15mg of storage, I haven't been taking as many photos but I purchased a backup hard drive so I can now back them up on my own instead of paying! Expect more delicious photography in the future!

Look At My Garlic!! It's Insane How Tall It Is!!!  And Wildflowers In My Back Woods!

As you may have noticed, I have caught up with everyone's art posts since the beginning of May - I've commented on all of your art date posts! And I've visited blogs this week plus answered every comment from the last post! I'm back baby! I feel a lot better! I think the depression has lifted and my bad luck seems to be a thing of the past! (Knock on wood???)

Flying Grackle - Eating Me Out Of House And Home

I took out my hummingbird feeder and have LOTS of customers! I've had new birds at the feeding station in the last month too, I'll post photos soon! Since I posted last week about being attacked by that swarm of aggressive bees, I noticed that the beekeeping boxes were removed from the blueberry fields along the walking trail. A few days ago, I faced my fear and went back to that trail. There were no lingering bees, I was safe 😰, though I was extremely terrified. I have my walking trail back! It's a commercial blueberry field and they harvest every 2 years. For a month sometime in May during the harvest year, they bring in the bees to pollinate and make blueberry honey, then they remove them (NOW I know). My neighbour informed me of all this when I bumped into him. The harvest is in August and I intend to seek out the owner to ask him to post warning signs the next time.


This week's highlighted artist is Andrea from From The Sol blog! Andrea is the sweetest lady, she has a great sense of humour and an eye for photography. This is just one of the contributions she made for last week's theme of "In The Water" - you can see her sense of humour here! Andrea has been such a great supporter of my art and I cherish knowing her. Please visit her blog! πŸ’—


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 June 18th : Paint Party Friday
Saturday June 19th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday June 21st: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more "Inventions" creations! If you know of any fellow artists/creators...can you let them know about Thursday's Art Date friends?

See you soon!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date:

June 24th: Jump!
July 1st: Miniature
July 8th: Criss Cross
July 15th: Mornings
July 22nd: Your Favourite Decade

Click on the links for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

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, June 10, 2021

Thursday Art Date: In The Water


Hello Friends!! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is In The Water. Bugs and Tweety Bird insisted on recreating a scene from Disney's The Little Mermaid for this week's theme! Actually Bugs Bunny insisted more...I think he likes wearing wigs!



My art this week revolves around movies that take place in the water. I started a charcoal drawing of Robert Redford from the fantastic movie "All Is Lost". I really recommend this movie...there is zero dialogue and just a handful of spoken lines from Robert Redford. It's all about the struggle of a man lost at sea. It really is amazing.

Here is the trailer. I didn't finish the charcoal because I just couldn't draw him "old"...I kept seeing him as a young man in my mind and couldn't add any more wrinkles!!!




I'm a big "Jaws" fan and my favourite scene in the 1975 movie is when Roy Scheider sees the shark for the first time and freezes. I drew this with ink and graphite.




Here's that great scene from the movie.


In keeping with the theme, I took out my watercolours and painted a shark from my perspective if I were in the water. Eek!

Stock Photo

How am I doing...well, feeling a little better every day. The car is fixed ($$$), the pets are healthy, I managed to afford a toaster oven to replace my big oven. So far it's standing up to my recipes very well! I bought the biggest one I could afford because I didn't want to have to replace all of my pans and bake-ware, it's a Kitchen Aid and it had great reviews. I hope it lasts!

Some of the hundreds of beekeeping boxes along the Blueberry Trail - photographed with my zoom lens from at least 200 feet away

During one of my 6am dog walks last weekend, I was attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees. I'm not kidding. It's a long story...it was terrifying and we were all lucky that we didn't get stung. I was nowhere near the beekeeping boxes that were irresponsibly plunked down along the walking trail without so much as a sign of warning. There were bees in my hair and all over my t-shirt πŸ˜“ I managed to get home after a panicky half kilometer sprint in 40C (104F) weather. They were relentless and followed/attacked/swarmed during most of that sprint. I was very sick for a long while after that, I think I went into shock. I feel like a tragedy could have happened that day and I'm still trying to process those frightening emotions. Screaming for help when no one is around is a devastating feeling. I don't have much respect for bees and those particular beekeepers right now.

Needless to say, my best intentions were to visit everyone's blogs last weekend, but the bees had other plans for my life. I need a break. Can you say a prayer for me friends? I'm not the pity-party type, but I feel like there is a curse on me!

On the positive, summer is here and I'm very much enjoying the heat and I'm ENJOYING THE HUMIDITY!!! (sorry Joyce!) How is your summer going so far?

This week's highlighted artist is Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover blog! This is just one of Elizabeth's contributions from last week's theme "Hands" - my favourite!! Elizabeth is such a creative and original artist, a cat lover and a wonderful person, please check out her blog! πŸ’—

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more "In The Water" creations! 

See you soon!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date:

June 17th: Inventions
June 24th: Jump!

Click on the links for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

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, June 3, 2021

Thursday Art Date: Hands


Hello Friends!! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Hands. Who do you think will win in this match? I think Yosemite Sam has the fiery strength and passion to win...but I suspect Bugs Bunny has something up his sleeve!

Here's a little video of the pets. They are all doing well thankfully. My car is not doing well, nor is my oven...grrrrr!!! This too shall pass, this too shall pass....I'm trying to get back to blogging and drawing. I intend on visiting everyone's blogs this weekend to catch up, so we ask that you please bear with us. 🐻 Despite feeling low most days, I'm trying my best to see the positive in everything. Thanks again friends for your continued love and support and to those who have lent me a helping hand! πŸ’™


These are my hands...kind of a mix of how I've been feeling lately! I have to admit, I'm not very good at drawing hands...but then, I've never actually taken the time to practice. For my art this week, I focused more on portraits where the person showed their hands. 



"I refer to my hands, feet and body as the tools of the trade. The hands and feet must be sharpened and improved daily to be efficient." - Bruce Lee (drawn in charcoals)





"Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." - Arnold Schwarzenegger (unfinished charcoal drawing)






“Film is fragmented and gets into lots of other people's hands. There are a lot of pleasures that theatre gives me. You get to perform uninterrupted.” - Willem Dafoe (drawn with ink and graphite)




This week's highlighted artist is Cathy from Curious As A Cathy blog! This is Cathy's contribution for last week's theme "Cupcakes" - isn't it cute??? Cathy is a sweet lady and her blog is a lot of fun, so why don't you check it out? πŸ’—

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more "Hands" creations! 

See you soon!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date:

June 10th: In The Water
June 17th: Inventions
June 24th: Jump!

Click on the links for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

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, May 27, 2021

Thursday Art Date: Cupcakes

Hello Friends!

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today's theme is Cupcakes. I'm sorry but Bugs Bunny and I are absent this week...I can't believe what's going on in my life...I had zero time to do any art this week. My time has been spent caretaking my pets and trying to deal with my depression and going to therapy.


This is Leo. He stopped eating a few days ago and then we noticed his skin was yellow. Jaundice...as this post is being published, we are again at the vet. Please wish all of us well! When will it end????

I'll just add the link widget below, please enjoy each other's art creations. Love to all of you!! ♥