Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"Let's Dance" - Scribble Picnic


Hello friends :)

Today the theme for Michael's Scribble Picnic is "Let's Dance".

Evil yet misunderstood black-hat wearing cowboy outlaw: "Let's dance..."
Translation: Let's try to kill each other.

I saw a photo of the poster ad for the movie "High Noon" and thought of this phrase! If you have a chance to see it, it's a wonderful Gary Cooper movie!


I had some fun with this one. Do you remember Escape, the Pina Colada song? :) Tweety can't help himself! Nor can I lol :)


Here's a little minute and a half clip for you Tweety fans. This is the first time Tweety and Sylvester were ever paired (in 1947) according to Warner Brothers. :)


Well, Michael, you've gone and done it. I am so into the drawing challenge that I beefed up my drawing supplies! I have some soft pastels on the way too!


My first love will always be my paints though. :) Still on the same theme of "Let's Dance", this is the dance of the snowflakes in the woods. :) It's been very snowy lately and despite the shoulder aching shoveling duties, I'm really enjoying my winter this year. I think it's because I've realized that all I want to do all winter is create art, make yummy food and take care of my furry kids and Alex. Really, I'd be happy to do that for the rest of my life! Speaking of food...


Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies. This is fall off the bone if you brine the chicken for 4-6 hours!


Papas Fritas: Leftover chicken with potatoes, Homemade Salsa and Monteray Jack cheese. Comfort!


Chicken Parm Paninis. You prepare breaded chicken and layer the panini with some Marinara sauce, Parm and Mozzarella (or Provolone if you have it) and it is really delicious! I have one of those fake George Foreman grills and it works really well for grilled cheese and paninis. :)


Poor little Pavlov! Wearing the cone...on a side note, when did they fancy up these collars??? I don't remember them ever having designs on them! Anyway...he has some kind of irritation on his chin and between his toes. We are trying to heal him at home before taking him to the vet on Friday. We do have a good vet team who suggests home solutions first so I'm very thankful for that. He kept licking his paws to the point where he developed sores. :(  We are disinfecting the areas twice a day and applying some polysporin. So far the redness is going away but I feel just awful making him wear this!

I'll leave you today with my last week's drawings. Do you have a favourite hobby? Are you open to discovering new ones? I never thought I'd enjoy drawing as much as I do! :) The goal of the challenge is to draw something every day and I haven't missed one day yet since I started on January 20th! Too much fun! :)



60 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

On boy, you will see that I was wearing a black hat on my blog today. I like to watch gary cooper, he was the Virginian back in 28 I think, I'm not sure how much acting he had to do in those old westerns as he lived out there for awhile growing up.

Christine said...

Lots of wonderful art today Rain, interesting takes on the dance theme for sure! Your brined chicken dish looks amazing!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There used to be a commercial on TV (maybe for Canadian Tire? I don't remember) but it featured two old geezers meeting in a store, who once were bitter hockey rivals on the ice. One geezer drops his mitts like they do before a hockey fight and the other takes out his dentures and says "Let's dance!" The ad didn't stay on TV very long before it disappeared. I suspect the powers-that-be felt it sent the wrong message to kids about violence.

Anyway, love your artwork -- now you know what it made me think of!

Kristin Dudish said...

I LOVE your creative interpretations of the "Let's Dance" theme!!! They are all so clever :)
Poor Pavlov... I hope he feels much better soon. (He does look adorable in his cone though.)
(As far as hobbies go, I'm always up for trying something new!)

Guillaume said...

looks like a great panini.

Mama Pea said...

You have great cooking skills, are a great artist and have such a great imagination! How you come up with all the ideas for your drawings/painting I have no idea! I could never do it, that's for sure.

Poor Pavlov is right. I'm no expert but I would think the designs on the collars would be distracting or downright confusing to the animals. Wouldn't just the plain plastic be less invasive? (Not sure that's the right word though.) :o/

Jenn said...

I sure enjoy seeing your drawings. I was never good at drawing. Have you ever seen a movie called Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russel? (maybe me favourite movie ever) I thought of it when you mentioned Gary Cooper above...he's not in the movie but it mentioned during a funny scene.

Stefanie N said...

Aw...the cone of shame but thank goodness Pavlov doesn't look unhappy. All of your dinners look so yummy. I love seeing fresh att supplies. I like using my color pencils to color stamped images.

Wanda said...

Rain~ I love this interpretation of the theme. It's beyond perfect. To see the gun fighter between the legs in the distance..I'm a fan of the old Gunsmoke series and was watching it today...I think that might be Matt Dillon of Dodge City.

Great job.

Always love to see your menus and your doggies. Hope he gets better soon.

Serena Lewis said...

Great sketch! And nice 'outside of the box' thinking again. I think I watched High Noon in my younger years. I was a huge fan of Country and Western movies back in the day. Have you ever seen 'Broken Arrow' with James Stewart? That is still a favourite of mine. I loved John Wayne movies...also Audie Murphy movies.

Cute sketch of Tweetie dancing. The Pina Colada Song was a favourite.

Have fun with your new art supplies!

One of my fur kids recently had to wear the cone due to skin irritation which caused him to scratch and bite at himself. His cone is new and plain, clear plastic. I feel short-changed. hehe

Love all your sketches...you are doing great!

Lorraine said...

Kudos to you for keeping up with the drawing challenge. I love the dancing snowflakes. Your paintings are really beautiful. And, if I'm ever up in your area, I'm inviting myself over for dinner because your food looks delicious and I bet it tastes wonderful.

Tammie Lee said...

So sweet to see how smitten with art that you are. I enjoy your creative takes on the theme. They are both wonderful. I enjoyed the cartoon too, it had been so long since I had seen a tweety bird clip.

I wish I would have joined in, but I have been busy with my own theme. Dancing is a favorite part of life though.

tpals said...

Were all your pictures done with the colored pencils other than the snow scene? I'm intimidated by trying to use color, but you make it look easy. My favorite is the western one; something about how you framed it really caught my eye.

I hang my head when I look at your meals (because I had cold cereal for supper).

baili said...

Excellent painting for let's dance theme
once i used to watch and love the cowboy movies of john wayne ,gerry cooper and many others
you reminded me through tihs fabulous art a Sharon stone movie "the quick the dead"

loved each work of art very creative and amazing imagery!!!

magical strok for dance under the snowflakes:)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Poor Pavlov. It is hard to see animals looking so sad with the cone, but it is needed to help them get better. I hope his appointment goes well.

I painted for a few years and really enjoyed it. It was good for my mind and heart. I often think of doing it again.

Martha said...

The Pina Colada song! My gosh, it's been so long. I'm listening to it as I type this. What a fun tune that is. When I'm done with that I'll check out the Tweety and Sylvester clip. I didn't know it dates all the way back to 1947!

Your artwork is wonderful, Rain! I'm so glad you are enjoying it. That one "snowflakes in the woods" is simply amazing. I'd love to walk through there. If it's not too cold...LOL... And how lovely that you treated yourself to art supplies. Why not? It is something that brings you happiness.

I haven't had breakfast yet and seeing all that good food has me starving right now. But that happens all the time when I visit your blog. I get hungry for some reason. hahaha

Oh, Pavlov...hehehe...you big, gorgeous flower! I hope he's doing much better. It is sad to see them with these things on but they tend to handle the situation better than we do :)

I have a few favourite hobbies and I'm always open to new ones. My latest addition is drawing!

Marsha said...

High Noon is a great classic western. Great drawing which brought back great memories.

Are those Prisma Pencils I see? I love mine but I am not talented like you are. I use a coloring book with my pencils LOL. What kind of pencils did you order for pastels?

I think I could come and live at your house for a winter. All that lovely food you make and with the pretty snow falling. Investing in a snow blower would be my first order of business though. Shoveling is too hard on the back, shoulder, legs and hands for this old arthritic soul.

The cone of shame is so much nicer than they were years ago. They now have inflatable ones that don't seem so harsh on the poor babies. I love the paw prints on Pavlov's though.

Enjoy you day.

laurie said...

I don't remember the collar cones having that decoration either,, I hope he heals quickly,,, oh my gosh your food looks so good, makes me hungry,, no breakfast yet lol,,,and all the beautiful work you've done,, I love that its all so different,, different subjects,, that keeps it fresh and fun,, beautiful pencils!!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Lovely drawings Rain!! :) I just love the snow and trees one! I could live right in that painting!

I am no expert but would Pavlov's irritations be linked to food? One of my old dogs Willow had that around her mouth and feet. She would lick her feet nonstop and scratch at her mouth and chin until sores developed. The vet thought it would be a food allergy. And I can only speak from experience on that one with our Hunter! Do Pavlov's feet turn a rusty brown?

Andrea Priebe said...

Do you sleep at night ... it would seem to me your brain is always on high speed and your body tries to keep up. I love what you do, all of it ... the picture of the evil cowboy, the food, tweety and all of your weeks drawings(you are way ahead of me, I can't seem to manage drawing every day). I know I am in for some wonderful entertainment when I come to your place. Good thing, though, that I don't live next door or I would be probably be a rolly polly from eating all of your goodies. Great job ... Great fun. Love it all ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

RO said...

I suck at drawing, so I always get a kick out of looking at the skills of others. I love Tweety Bird, and I always love to dance whenever I can. Something about it is so freeing. My hobby other than reading of course, is working on my planner, couponing, finding freebies and entering sweepstakes. Great post Rain and Happy Thursday! Hugs...RO

wisps of words said...

Poor Pavlov! If only we could explain to them, why some things are really, really necessary. Poor baby. :-)

Delicious food you make!!!

All your art. Delightful! And showing so much imagination.

I have used oil paint, pastels, pencils, but never *conquered* pastels. Maybe why I am reluctant to take any up again, is.... That all I could do, was "copy" someone else's work. I copied pretty impressionists, in pastels. I (tried to) copy a fav oil painting. Etc.

So... Perhaps... What stops me is.... The realization, that I don't seem to have my own ideas. Maybe..? Than maybe, I'm just lazy. ,-)

Keep showing all you do!!!!! I just might get inspired, eventually. :-)

Susan said...

Gary Cooper was a dream boat! The silent but sexy one. I am such a huge fan of most things animated - Looney Tunes and Warner Bros. were/are among my favs. Oh, good for you, Rain! It's such fun to find your passion and throw yourself into it. You are one talented gal (on all fronts). Can Pavlov's irritated paws and chin be due to a food allergy? Peanut came to me with red, itchy paws (between the toes) and was scratching and itching constantly. I changed his food to grain free, seafood only and it went away. I found an inflatable cone when my dear Scrappy needed it - it did the job without taking everything within a meter out around him!

Goatldi said...

Large blog post with lots of fun places to visit! Darn you now I want chicken!

I have always felt most pups look guilty while wearing "the cone of shame." The last clinic I worked in stocked the soft cones they were solid and soft. From my own experience with my pups was they would always scare the pants off themselves if they scrapped the collar on a door entry they didn't clear. But in the end it is for the best. No fun to have to stitch back up the neuter or spay that was opened up by a dog who had a sympathetic owner and removed the collar.

Sandi said...

"Evil yet misunderstood black-hat wearing cowboy outlaw..."

Hahhahaha...said every woman in every movie where the girl falls in love with a vampire or a monster or the guy who totally did it. You just don't understand him like I do! ;-/

You like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain... :) oh, sweet, dancing now.

jack69 said...

You make food a thing of beauty. Great shots. I did smile about decorating the cone collars. I will always remember your patience and love for the Pugs.
Love to you from Florida.....

Rain said...

Hi Gill :) I loved your black hat and the story behind it. I think it's pretty cool :) Gary Cooper was a natural and I don't think he needed to act too much!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I will NEVER make a bird without brining it ever again!!

Rain said...

Hi Debra :) I don't remember that commercial, lol...funny! And even more funny that it may have been pulled off the air for violence reasons, considering all the cartoons that show violence as funny! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Kristen :) I tried to draw David Bowie, but I am not there yet with the portraits! :) That's what first came to mind!

Rain said...

Thanks Guillaume, the paninis are just a fancy grilled cheese! :) That's why I love them so much! :)

Rain said...

Hi Mama Pea :) Thank you! :)) I don't know where I come up with the ideas either lol, they just pop up now and then. I think you're right about the little decorations. Poor thing, he's getting used to his new "girth" though! :)

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) Thank you :) Oh, I don't think I'm good at drawing at all, but you know...the daily challenge is helping me improve my skills and technique. Practice really helps! Auntie Mame sounds SO familiar to me...I have a feeling our drama class in high school read it or did a play or something!

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) When I opened the coloring pencils, that smell brought me back to high school lol! It's fun, I can't wait to get my pastels! Oh Pavlov is just too spoiled to be unhappy, even in the cone lol! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Wanda :) I got the idea from High Noon...that was a wonderful movie. I'm a big fan of old Westerns. I may have to try to draw or paint John Wayne one of these days! :) I loved Gunsmoke too!

Rain said...

Thanks Serena :) Oh yes, I've seen Broken Arrow, I've seen most of Jimmy Stewart movies, he was a dream boat lol! ;) I love the old Westerns too, especially the John Wayne movies and the Sergio Leone directed ones with Clint Eastwood. Oh haha...you're so talented, you could paint some fun things on the cone for the next time lol! ;)

Rain said...

Hi Lorraine :) Ha! You have an open invitation to dinner! ;) Thank you, I do love the watercolours so much! The daily challenge has been miraculous for me, I never loved drawing so much! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Tammie Lee :) I am definitely smitten :) If you have a chance to read this reply can you tell me about your theme?

Rain said...

Hi Tpals :) Lol...cold cereal can have its good qualities lol :) The Western Let's Dance was with the new Prismacolor pencils and I used a blending pencil to soften it up and blend it the various colours. It was my first attempt and I'm getting better each day! The Tweety bird and the other drawings were done with markers and with old Crayola pencils that aren't that great quality. I've got some pastels on the way and I can't wait to try them!

Rain said...

Hi Baili :) Thank you! I really liked that Sharon Stone movie because she played such a tough gal, but she wasn't all that tough as she pretended to be! :)

Rain said...

Hi Starting Over :) We decided to wait on the appointment until Monday because the little stinker managed to get the cone off and licked his toes again so we had to start all over with the treatment, arrrgh! I hope you start to paint again, it is true that it's great for the mind and heart! :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Ha! Glad you're boogeying to the Pina Colada song lol...The Looney Tunes started in the 30's, but it's the 40's when it started to get really good and funny.

I ALWAYS have "buyer's remorse" when I get anything for myself, but this time, there was none of that lol! I LOVE the art supplies! You have to get those blenders Martha, they really are a dream to use once you get used to them. I suspect I will need to buy more soon because I'm 1/3 way through one of the two I bought just from sharpening and using it! I love them!

Pavlov is a little bugger because he got the flower cone off his head and started to lick the toes again...so we have to restart the treatment and sigh, make the cone tighter. :( I'm sure he'll be fine if he just leaves it alone!!

Rain said...

Hi Marsha :) Yes! Prisma pencils! I also got these soft pastels from Prisma too: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000N3382G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They are stick of pigment and I love that they can be used wet or dry. I watched a few You Tube videos for technique and I can't wait for them to arrive to I can try them out!

I like the idea of the inflatable cone of shame...Pavlov has a LOT of fur so at least I know it's not digging into his skin. If it were Jack, I would worry a little more because he barely has any fur on him. I'm tempted to hire a snow service for next winter...

Rain said...

Hi Laurie :) Thank you! Pavlov is healing pretty well, except he sabotaged himself by getting the cone off and licking all night again! But as they say, back to the drawing board! :) I'm loving the new pencils!!!

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) Thank you! That painting is my dream world... :) So, just to let you know, I stopped the rice since this morning. We rescheduled the appointment to Monday to give it a few more days. I hate running to the vet out of desperation. Usually we can heal them at home, so we'll have to wait and see. :) Thanks for the tip!

Rain said...

Hi Andrea :) LOL...I slept with 5 dogs last night, if you can call that sleep lol! Winter is meant for being roly poly! I figure I'll work it all off in the summer! ;) I'm glad you enjoy coming to my blog, I love all of the hobbies I've started to enjoy. And yes, the drawing challenge can be a challenge each day, but I'm someone who really loves and needs structure so I look forward to it as a part of my "therapy" routine to keep my mood up! So far I haven't run out of ideas or time! :) Thanks for your support! :)

Rain said...

Hi RO :) I like your hobbies, saving money and being frugal is another one of mine too! I dance around with the dogs a lot, they probably think I'm nuts lol!

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) Pavlov only knows that he's getting lots more attention with the cone on, so I think he doesn't mind! ;) I don't always have my own ideas when it comes to the art stuff either. But I try to get an idea from an image and make it my own. I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all! This is how I start to think of my own ideas, it springs from others. :) I'm excited to try the pastels!

Rain said...

Hi Susan :) I agree, Gary Cooper was a dreamboat! :) I laughed so loud when you said that Scrappy took everything out within a meter of him lol...we often will hear sccccrape...and smmmmack against the walls when Pavlov is trying to find his girth, poor silly. Dianna (above) also mentioned the possibility of a food allergy. He's been eating the same kibble since the summer...BUT...I did buy a different brand of rice just before his symptoms showed up. We give them rice with their kibble...so I stopped the rice as of this morning and I'm going to see if that makes a difference. Thanks for the tip! :)

Rain said...

Hi Goatldi :) You're so right about the danger of a sympathetic owner...there are times when I'm so tempted to take the collar off him for a bit, but I just cannot. We do when he goes in the yard, but we have to constantly watch him. Same with dinner time, as soon as he's done, the collar goes back on!

Rain said...

Hi Sandi :) That's so funny..."but he's so misunderstood...that's why I can CHANGE him" lol...silly movies! :) That Pina Colada song is great, I always find myself dancing to it if I ever hear it!

Rain said...

Hi Jack :) Oh...the pugs...you remembered them :)))))) Those two were the loves of my life...it was so hard letting them go! :) Thanks, love back to you and Sherry!!! :)

Michael said...

I love how your mind thinks on these various prompts, Rain - another wonderful interpretation. In fact, two of them, no less. the cowboy one is seriously clever as of course that is something they would say! I love the angle you chose and the movie is great too (as is anything with Tweety in it!). Your snowflake one is gorgeous and I’m also loving your daily sketches—need to catch up with you on Instagram too. I really love the red mushromm fairly like one. Wonderful stuff.

I think I would enjoy cooking more if I was better at it but as it is, I really dislike shopping at the grocery stroe(s) so we are often limited. Ha.

Awww, poor Pavlov! Well, I am just glad to know he is well taken care of there, fancy collar and all.

Thank you so much for this lovely post too.

Rain said...

Thanks Michael :) I owe it to you really because you gave me the idea that maybe I could draw, or at least try! :) And I love your weekly prompts too, it gets me thinking. Next week's should be fun. :)

Oh gosh I hate grocery shopping...I do not like to drive on the highways and it's the only way I can get to the stores. One of the reasons I dropped it down to once a month because I also can't handle crowds!! I'm more comfy in the kitchen!! Pavlov seems to be getting better, fingers crossed!!

Magic Love Crow said...

I agree, that's why I love winter too, to create my art and eat! LOL! I actually love the quiet time of this year! Your Tweety is too cute and I love your blue forest! Your food looks so good! I hope puppy feels better soon! Keep creating Rain! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Hi Magic Love Crow :) Yes! Art and Food!!! :) It's definitely a time for introspection, hibernating and GAINING weight to keep us warm isn't it? At least that's my excuse lol! :) I think Pavlov is on the mend. Healing the pets at home always takes a little longer, but it seems to be working!

Mary said...

Sorry Rain, thought I'd left a comment earlier but think I was in so much pain from the kidney stone - I got sidetracked and had to go to the ER etc. Great post here as always!
Thanks for your good wishes - doing better.
Hugs Mary

Rain said...

Hi Mary :) No need to apologize!! I just want you to feel healthy again. :) Thanks for commenting! :)

Sam I Am...... said...

Grace loves the bird t.v.! She's on my bed watching the t.v. on the dresser...what a hoot! I like it too!
You have gotten so good with your drawings and glad you enjoy it so much. I have way too m any things I enjoy....thus never finishing things. The food looks scrumptious and I have a George Foreman but I never thought of using it as a panini maker. I wrapped a clean brick in foil and used that when I made paninis.
Poor Pavlov....could it be a food allergy? Usually when they itch between their toes it can be that. Have you tried some Benadryl? You might have to give her a bunch for her size but there is also a spray Benadryl that I use on mosquito bites and it stops them from itching. A small bottle lasts forever.
The food looks so yummy and the papas fritas especially...yummo!
Love the pine tree forest and your new pencils look so pretty. Tweety Pie and Sylvester....who could forget? Thanks for the video! Your plant labels are really fancy with your custom drawings. You are very talented!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) That's a good idea about the brick. Sometimes if the paninis are too thick, the little grill thingy doesn't work. But we use it for grilled cheese too, it squishes everything really well! :) Thank you :) I'm really enjoying the new art endeavor! :) Pavlov...not sure about an allergy. Our cat Oscar takes a little prednisone every other day for a "mystery" allergy so we gave some to Pavlov, and it seemed to clear the toes right up. We're still watching him though, just in case he starts to lick again.