Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Sea Creature


Hello Friends! :)

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date! Today's theme is Sea Creature. What did you come up with this week?  

I have no idea how Sylvester got stranded on such a tiny deserted island...but who are we to question cartoons? :) Tweety Bird is having a good laugh, scaring poor Sylvester with his fake shark fin! (Between us, I think that cat deserves it!) 😊

Siren At Sea (oil)

I had some fun with my oil paints again this week (it's a little dark)! I thought about my Greek Mythology courses many years ago, learning about Sirens and how they lure sailors to their death through song. Many sailors would plug their ears with wax to avoid the Siren Song - which often entranced the entire crew of the ship, leading to shipwreck and death.

Hammerheads (Watercolour)

And if the shipwreck didn't get the crew, maybe the sharks did! :) I've always been fascinated by Hammerhead Sharks. They may look a little funny, but they are dangerous creatures weighing up to 1000 pounds. They evolved to be better hunters; the placement of their eyes helps them see their prey better. To me, they look very prehistoric. Another good reason why I don't want to swim in the ocean!!!

Sea Creatures (Acrylic Pouring)

I tried my hand at acrylic pouring too. If you've never seen/done this, check out this video, it's really quite neat and I intend to do more of it when I have more vibrant paint colours! I did this one with dollar store paints which are kind of dull. But, it was a lot of fun to do! I was originally going to use this as a background for my sharks, but as I kept looking at it, I saw all sorts of sea creatures in it! What do you see? Maybe a Giant Clam or two? :)


More breakfast for dinner: Fart and Dart Beans, Lacy Hash Browns, Homemade Bread and scrambled egg whites. I can't wait to have my own chickens so that I can harvest and prepare my own eggs!


Tuesday's dinner was a Tomato, Ham and Gruyere Quiche. What comfort!


And last night I made a Cannelloni with Besciamella Sauce. We have plenty of leftovers, this was so easy to make and SO tasty!


Critter Time!! We have had so few sunny days, Jack is taking advantage of them! :)

Oscar the Cat, Charlie, Jack and Dana enjoying a sunny morning on the porch.

And...we had a scare the other day. Charlie our husky, decided to hop our SIX FOOT fence, chasing after a cat. Huskies are knows as escape artists and runners...but in the four years we've had her, Charlie has NEVER tried that move before. Luckily Alex and I were out and we ran after her. I called her and she came back like nothing happened. We were furious but relieved at the same time - I couldn't imagine losing one of the dogs...poor Charlie is now tied up any time she's out in the yard.

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June 6th: Next Thursday's theme is Trees. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration!

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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37 comments:

Nicole said...

Oh no ... I know that scary feeling when one of them chases after something cat, deer , squirrel. Charlie is a very good girl for coming back. Daisy our youngest who tries to escape whenever she gets the chance won't let me stop her when something catches her eye...i know she will come back eventually but I am always worried about the road.
Your food looks delicious as always. Makes me hungry at this late hour.. I should be sleeping ... lol
I love your oil painting. Beautiful. I like them all but that one is my favourite :) good night sis ❤

Leigh said...

I didn't realize huskies are jumpers! I lost a Great Pyrenees the same way. Trouble was, we were his new home but he didn't know it yet. Horrible feeling.

I love that you continue with your art so enthusiastically. Nice to see springtime out your door, too!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

That's just too cute Tweety posing as a shark. I love your comic approach with your first illustration! :) The siren at sea is a furtastic job! I love the texture of the oil paints!! Oooo, your hammerheads are excellent. I sketched a hammerhead this April for my A2Z Little Mermaid theme. Yours are far better than mine. Your last painting with the pouring techniques reminds of what the ocean might look like in its depth where it's super dark and scary. There's no telling what sorts of creatures live that far down. Nope, I'm sticking the ground. . BTW, your linky expires in less than a day. Did you set it up to close quickly on purpose? If so, you may want to consider extending it to a week because personally speaking there have been times when life gets hurried and I miss out linking up. This gives folks more time to play along. Don't worry about it if that's the way you wanna do it, though. Thanks for inspiring me with your artsy challenge!

Laurie said...

Beautiful painting! The sea looks very scary and I can imagine sirens tempting sailors to their death! The sharks are beautiful, such strange creatures aren’t they, and yes I see a giant clam! Oh and the food, I want to try the cannelloni recipe! It looks so good! I’m allergic to tomatoes so I’m always looking for pasta recipes without tomatoes lol, That’s a high fence to jump, wow! Glad it ended well! We had a Springer spaniel that was a jumper, kept me on my toes for sure.,

Christine said...

I like all your sea creature interpretations, nicely done. Glad you enjoyed your acrylic pouring too, it looks like the sea. Your food looks so delicious. Thanks for hosting us you are good at it.

Christine said...

And unbelievable jumping that fence!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That acrylic pour is fascinating! And I've always had a soft spot for Sylvester.

wyomingheart said...

Bottom right of your sea creature painting, looks like a snake eating an egg... When we lived in Florida, we were out with our Captain friend fishing and I needed to go tinkle. Since we were fishing in shallow water about 3 feet deep, I asked him to pull up to the island and let me off to take care of business... well, he said I should just get in the water, and about that time, here swims by, right where I was going to step off, a 7 foot hammerhead...He was traveling in about 3 feet of water...shocking!!! Lets just say, I never got off the boat into the water again...!!!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

jack is so funny! but omg...charlie!!! i am a nervous wreck that one of mine could jump over the front fence. willie isn't interested in chasing things but winnie is a real hunter. that quiche looks killer good!

baili said...

I so LOVED LOVED this art dear Rain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have enjoyed the loonytoons with my kids for many years

and they were are my most favorite cartoons ,i loved the granny either and her energetic life style and livelihood :)

i am amazed with your stunning creativity which looks sooo DELIGHTFUL :)))

you hammerhead sharks are also GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yest sharks are true reason for not swimming in ocean

wishing you best of luck for having own chickens dear friend!

your food always make my mouth water lol ,so delicious and so appealing i must say it :)

such a relief that charlie obeyed your call and was safe

your blog fills me with tons of energy as you are so wonderful at all you do my dear Rain!
hugs!

Rain said...

Thanks Nik :) Oh gosh I would have freaked out if she didn'gt come back...that's how we found her, she was at the shelter, found in a field. I think she could survive quite well on her own, but we'd miss her so badly. She's tied down from now on.

Rain said...

Thanks Leigh :) That's so sad about your dog! I'm sorry to hear that...springtime is very welcome here!

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) I'll stick to ground too, if water is too dark, I don't trust what's down there! I can swim in the lake and in rivers, but oceans scare me! The Linky, yes, I set it up for 24 hours on purpose to kind of keep to a deadline! I'm glad you made time to share your art!!

Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) Dogs can be flying acrobats at times!! The cannelloni is really good, there are tomatoes in the recipe but you can omit them. Actually the original recipe called for ground beef too, but since we're trying to eat more vegetarian meals, I replaced the beef with mushrooms. The cheesy topping is SO GOOD!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) Charlie is an acrobat!! At least we know we trained her well to COME BACK...now to STAY is another thing lol...she lost her privileges of roaming the yard without a cord attached to her now though. And thanks again Christine, I'm loving doing these art dates, I'm glad you're joining in! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) Sylvester is a trouble maker! :) You should try the acrylic pouring, it's really a lot of fun!

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :) I see the snake eating the egg!!! How fun! But OMG...about your hammerhead story, I got chills from reading that oh dear...I've watched that show "River Monsters" too and the creatures that swim in 2-3 feet of water are frightening!! I'm glad you didn't take care of business before you saw that shark!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) The quiche is so good, I had leftovers for breakfast! We are always watching the dogs...you can't leave them alone for a second, if they see a chipmunk, they dart right in that direction. We know that Marlene and Jack won't try to jump the fences, but that's because of their ages I think! If they were younger, who knows??

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the post today! I love the Looney Tunes...in fact, we still watch them! Alex got pretty much the entire collection of them from the 30's up until the 1960's and we love to watch them! Bugs is my favourite though! :) I wonder if you'll ever try some painting? :)

Connie said...

Wow! He's quite the jumper. Happy that you saw him and was able to get him safely home. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I love having a camera in my pocket, now with my new phone, but as you could see the close-up photos of Butchy were grainy, that wouldn't happen with my real camera. Doing a blog from my phone was something to learn and good to know that I could do that, but not as much fun as doing one on the computer . . . a bit frustrating, with less options :)
As always your meals look amazing! Does your hubby know how blessed he is having such a caring wife?
Have a sweet day,
Connie :)

Pam said...

Love you art date day....love what you have done for Sea Creatures....

Pam said...

Oops...I missed the linking to the theme this week but I did however post on my blog today my sea creatures since I already had them picked out....DUH..I totally FORGOT! I will try my best to be on top of that better cause I enjoy doing it. Great job on your paintings. Have you let Michaels folks know that you are doing this?

Pam said...

HAHA....I am so all over the place today. Meant to tell you that I am glad that you were out to catch the Charlie. When Lily Bit got off Moms deck and I spent hours hunting her I just knew I had lost something else I loved. I was so scared. Loving the pic of Jack with the sun rays shinning down on him.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm enjoying seeing your art, Rain! Sylvester and Tweety Bird makes me laugh every time I look at them. You're so creative mixing styles and mediums. I'm definitely seeing seahorses in the acrylic painting. I always love to see your beautiful pets. I'm so glad that you got Charlie back safely. I bet he hates being tied on. How do you eat all these amazing, yummy foods and not be the size of a whale shark? I definitely want to make your Fart and Dart Beans! Have a good weekend with Alex and all the fur babies!

Rain said...

Hi Connie :) Yes...Charlie is quite the jumper..I don't like it!! I find that close ups on my phone only work if I'm actually very close to the subject/pet/food etc...if I try to zoom in, it's always blurry and grainy. Practice though! It's very handy! Thanks so much! :) Take care of you and your sweet hubby! xx

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) Three comments, nice! :) I let a few people know I'm doing this, but I guess I'm not into advertising too much!! If they stumble on me, then great! :) Maybe I should send you an email reminder for the Linky!!! ;) I have to check out your post!!! I remember when Lily took off, I can definitely relate to that feeling of anxiety, fear and then relief...my pets are like my children!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :) Seahorses...yes! I had to really look at my painting, but I see them...with their long snouts! Great!!! :) Charlie is a typical husky and HATES being tied...but we just can't risk another jump over the fence...I laughed so hard at what you said about being the size of a whale shark lol...good reference to a sea creature hee hee! ;) Honestly, we usually only eat one meal a day. In the morning I'm just a coffee person and we have a yogurt/fruit shake around noon, then dinner. 1-2 days I "fast" (about 700 calories the whole day), I find that zig-zag method of calorie intake works for me. Plus I'm pretty active with the dogs and I exercise every morning too. I learned a long time ago, I'm willing to put in the physical work so I can eat whatever I want! :)

RO said...

Wow! Your artwork is fantastic, and I'm a serious fan of Tweety Bird! Once again, I have to compare you to the wonderful Martha Stewart and you are both culinary goddesses! Hugs...RO

Stefanie said...

I"m so glad Charlie came back! He must have really not liked that cat to jump the fence. Our little kittens are escape artists. One's an instigator and the other a rocket when she gets out.

Martha said...

Your artwork is awesome, Rain! And the food...let's not go there. I'm always hungry when I come here! LOL

Linda said...

I love your art! All of it! I have a friend who does a lot of the acrylic pouring but I have never tried it. I really like yours!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Okay, thanks for letting me know about your linky deadline. I guess that'll motivate me to get over here quickly each time. lol

Rain said...

Thank you RO :) Martha the great lol...I try! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) Kittens spend their entire day figuring out how to get into mischief lol...I'm sure you're enjoying your new fur kids!!! They're so cute!

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) You should snack before visiting my blog! ;)

Rain said...

Thank you Linda :) I loved the acrylic pouring. I did it without all of the fancy mediums though. I'm thinking of getting some of the real mediums to work with, I think the results would be fantastic!

Rain said...

Hi Cathy :) You're welcome! I thought about extending the deadline to another day, but then it wouldn't really be "Thursday" art date!!! :)