Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Camping/Campfire


Hello Friends! :)


Welcome to Thursday's Art Date! 

Our theme today is Camping/Campfire. Bugs is scaring the heck out of Daffy Duck with his ghost stories! Poor Daffy is so gullible! ;)

When I was eight years old, I remember having the time of my life camping one summer when I was in the Girl Guides. I camped in a tent, went swimming in the lake, hiked in the mountains, took lots of photos on my little Brownie Camera and roasted marshmallows over the campfire at night. Lots of my friends were Girl Guides too so it was a few weeks to remember that's for sure! I always wonder what happened to all of those photos I took! At least they are in my memory. :)


Painting realistic looking fire is not my forté! But I like how this acrylic campfire looks!


A campfire ghost story favourite when you're in the mountains is to talk about Sasquatch/Big Foot. There are people who think the whole Big Foot idea is hooey...yet others are absolutely convinced such a creature exists and have even seen one!

The above still from the Patterson-Gimlin footage of 1967 in Northern California seems pretty legit to me. People have been trying to debunk this footage for decades without success. (Don't you hate debunkers???) If Nature can create Giant Squids, the Platypus and Wolverines (not the Hugh Jackman kind, lol)...why not a Sasquatch? :)  Is seeing really believing? A lot of things that I believe in...well, I've never actually seen, so I am open to all possibilities! :)


I've been watching a lot of Big Foot movies lately, and they are mostly all horror-based. The Big Legend is a good one, corny at times, but not full-on horror. Although I don't know whether Big Foot would be aggressive or not, I decided to recreate a recent nightmare (likely brought on by all the Big Foot movies...) This was painted with a mix of watercolour and acrylic.


We are thinking that Monday will be the day that we start phase one of the release of the squirrels. Oh we'll miss them! But they are passing all of the tests that show they will indeed survive; and they need to be out in the woods soon. This is Spunky eating a sunflower seed. He shreds the shell a little at a time until he gets to the seed. (You can hear one of our cats meowing in the background by the window!)

I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far! Mine is very busy and I'll do my best to visit my friends soon! :) xx

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28 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I just love your painting of the Sasquatch looming up behind the well-lit little tent! I especially like how the glow of the tent matches the glow of Big Foot's eyes!

baili said...

lol this is best what bugs can do dear Rain :)

i so enjoyed this painting ,brought so many memories along when my younger sister used to play bugs most of the time lol

the campfire painting is powerful and engaging !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

either i find my self to open to all possibilities as this is strange world where nothing is impossible

you created a very impressive bigfoot here :)

i have seen this video about bigfoot on national geographic years ago

and i think there is strong possibility of the existence of this creature

Oh this is so cute video :))) thank you for cherishing my moments :) i hope they will survive and will never be able to forget their angle guardian Miss Rain :)))

mouch love and hugs my dear talented friend :)

Sandi said...

Remember when Bigfoot teamed up with the bionic man?

Laurie said...

That campfire painting is amazing Rain, fire is so hard to paint! Your Sasquatch is brilliant! I have been thinking about how you will miss your babies when you release them, but I suppose like all kids time comes to fly the coop lol, baby squirrels might be very bad teenagers lol , You and Alex have taken such good care of them, you should be so pleased and proud, few would take the time and commitment so seriously!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I am not a camper but I love to hear stories from people who do. It sounds so romantic and peaceful, but that isn’t necessarily how it goes. I did it once and got eaten alive by chiggers.

Mary said...

Your paintings are just fabulous - your energy unbelievable! If I were younger I'd move to the woods too and get my mojo back, haha!
Rain, I wonder if the squirrels will stay close to your home when you let them go. It will be interesting to see what happens - perhaps they'll be tapping at the window looking for you, their 'mama', and more treats! Such a sweet video, thanks so much for making that for us to see.
Hugs - Mary

jaz@octoberfarm said...

you should have been a cartoonist. it is very hard to duplicate those images that we have seen our whole lives yet you nail it every time. fire is very hard to paint! you really have done such a wonderful job with the squirrels. i wonder if they will live in your garden?

Jenn said...

I have one of those Brownies sitting on my self!
I wouldn't mind catching a glimpse of the Hugh Jackman kind of Wolverine.

Good job with the squirrels, maybe they won't go too far and you'll still see them.

wyomingheart said...

Awesome Art! Love the video and I wanted you to know that I'm not sure I could let them go...tugs at my heart strings! Thanks for sharing, Rain! Have a great week!

Stefanie said...

I loved reading about your Girl Scout memories. Is that an example of a Brownie camera? Would it be against Mother Nature to have some kind of bird house on a tree and to release the squirrels by it so maybe they'd take residence in it? Or that's not how they roll?

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) I'm glad you caught the eyes! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) I'm so happy you enjoyed my art this week! The Big Foot idea is an interesting one, it's too bad that people over the years have gone to such lenghths to make a mockery of it. I wouldn't want to run into one that's for sure! I think that the squirrels will do a great job on their own!

Rain said...

Hi Sandi :) I remember the Bionic Man but not with Big Foot...I remember the "probes"...were they from outer space??? They scared the heck out of me! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) I'm so glad you joined in this week! :) And yeah...fire is very hard to paint. I watched a video of a guy who air brushes fire and he made it look so easy, I couldn't get it lol...the squirrels are definitely in the teenage phase lol...they are destroying their room hee hee. It's always such a mess!!

Rain said...

I have to say Arleen, the idea of being eaten alive by chiggers is really cringe-worthy, we don't have those here and they look like nasty bugs...when I spend time outdoors in the summer, I make sure I'm covered with deet. I hate to use it but it's the only thing that keeps the biting bugs off me.

Rain said...

Thanks Mary :) Oh wouldn't that be nice if the squirrels stuck around!! We were told that the males may stick around for a while, especially if we keep putting food in the bird feeder. The female may wander quicker. I think it will be hard to figure out who is who once we release them, but we're hoping they will remember us as a friendly home! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) Fire is too hard for me to paint. I can't make it very realistic. And thanks for the compliment about the cartoons! :) If the squirrels want to live in my garden, that's okay! I'm going to let them have my strawberry plant I think...put it near where we will release them. They love those strawberry tops!


Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) I hope they do stick around for a long time! Oh, the Brownie camera...I used to love that thing! I remember when I could buy "slide" film too, got lots of slides from that camera! Lol re: Hugh!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :) Honestly, we are not 100% on the idea of letting them go, but when we watch them running furiously up and down the cage, we realize they do need more room. We could never let them loose in the house, it would be a horror show lol...Hope you have a great week/weekend!! :) How are the pumpkins doing? Mine have just started to flower! (just a few of them!)

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) Yes, that's the Brownie. It was shaped as a cube, I loved that camera!! We were told that we could keep their cage out so that they can use it whenever they want, so that's what we're going to do. They have already claimed it as their territory (by peeing...) so other animals likely won't use it. We're going to keep watch to see if they keep using it!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

LOL I love the Bugs & Daffy painting - great fun!! I was a girl scout, so I have some memories of those days gone by. Your realistic fire looks fabulous! You did a grand job making the flames look real. Beautiful coloration!

Perhaps, Big Foot is or was real. In that photo, it looks like a large primate that's adapted to walking upright like a man. Anything is possible. I hope I never see one, though. Thanks for sharing your artwork and the video of the cute squirrel. Have a good weekend, my friend!

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) The fire was hard to do! I kept looking at tutorials and tried a few times then said the heck with it and just did something abstract! I'm glad it turned out well. Yes, I agree...I would never want to meet a Big Foot type of creature! Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

Nicole said...

There is suppose to be lots of Samsquatsches around in our woods. Would be neat to see one ... or maybe not ?? ;)

Rain said...

I don't know sis...the samsquantches I've seen on tv look pretty scary lol...

Henny Penny said...

Rain, thank you for visiting and following my blog. I have fallen in love with your blog...the art, the food, your dogs and cats, and those baby squirrels. Baby squirrels are adorable. Poppy and I have had the joy of raising baby squirrels before. I had to read back to where you found the baby squirrels. You have taken such good care of them. You write about lots of interesting things. Thanks again, Henny Penny

Rain said...

Hi Henny Penny :) Thank you! :) Interesting to know that you raised baby squirrels too! They really are very sweet and the female responds very well to our voices. At this point they are getting insanely energetic and we are soon to release them! Thank you for visiting! :)

Pam said...

I am sorry, I am falling behind on supporting you on your ART DATE! I just can't seem to find that creative side of myself yet.....Love yours. I love the Bugs pics you have been doing. Nicely done by the way. Your babes are growing really fast. Bout time to let them out on their own.

Lowcarb team member said...

Love your paintings and really enjoyed the squirrel video … just so sweet.

All the best Jan