Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Creatures In The Night & Paint Party Friday!


Hello Friends :)

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Creatures In The Night! What type of creature have you created today? Is it animal, human or supernatural? Bugs is learning to fly as Dracula, he's trying to expand his range so he can get more acting roles in the horror genre. 😊

By the way, I've added more themes for future art dates, click here to check them out! Also, I'm going to change things up a bit - the link widget will be open for more than one day. Cathy, you suggested that a while ago and I think it makes more sense!! From now on, anyone who wants to contribute will have up until Sunday night to post their link for the theme. 😊 




Ever since I had such success with my Frankenstein's Monster watercolour, I've been using a layering technique in my watercolours and I'm loving the results! I used the same technique for Bela Lugosi as Dracula. This is just the beginning in a series of portraits I intend on doing - for Halloween and beyond!! 



Here's my watercolour take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. These creatures are definitely not pleased after finding their porridge eaten and their beds slept in! What was Goldilocks thinking??? 😲


I've been wanting to join Paint Party Friday for a long time now, but didn't think I could do an art post on Thursdays and on Fridays. But my friend Laurie suggested that I link this Thursday post to the Friday party tomorrow so that's what I'm going to do from now on! 😊

For Paint Party Friday, I decided to try to paint Alex, my hubby. He's a musician and we do photo shoots at home and around the village for his artwork and blog. I painted this from a photo we took over a year ago. I used that same watercolour layering technique - I love how it turned out, so does Alex! Please visit  Paint Party Friday  for more wonderful artwork!


I'm eating again!!! Nearly 3 weeks on soup and pudding doesn't make a person's insides very happy...I'm on soft foods, but at least it's FOOD. My mouth is still sore but improving every day. Thanks for your wonderful wishes of health everyone! I don't want to see another dentist for the rest of my life...Alex and I missed our monthly "anniversary" fondue last week, so we had it last night. It's SO yummy...Smoked Cheddar and Apple Cider Fondue. It's a perfect fall fondue! But...I feel those pounds I lost crawling back up to my waist lol!

That's all for now folks, please check out the link widget below to see more Creatures In The Night artwork! And please join me on Sunday for my food and pets post - there will be some good eats on that post!! πŸ˜‹

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Last year's paper machΓ© Jack O' Lanterns

October 24th: Next Thursday's theme is Jack O' Lanterns. 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 don't include a link unless you participate in the art date!

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64 comments:

laurie said...

Your watercolours are amazing! I didn’t know Alex was a musician,, that’s wonderful! Beautiful website he has ! I’m glad you can eat again!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love fondue. I have not done it in years but my daughter enjoys fondue evenings and I have been invited to a few. She has a few pots and we get to enjoy all sorts of goodies. Of course, my favorite is the chocolate.

Your artwork is very cool.

Christine said...

Very creative Bugs Dracula, wonderful. Your watercolour portraits are beautiful using that layering technique. The fondue looks delicious. Regular checkups at the dentist keep future tooth nightmares at bay, don"t avoid them. Great suggestions from Cathy and Laurie.

Jenn Jilks said...

Excellent! If only I were more talented! I've been fighting some depression, light levels methinks, and haven't managed anything.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Turns out Bugs is really versatile. He seems to find his way into many of your themes ... Good OL' Buggsy :) Your paintings are wonderful and your husband is quite handsome even as a creature in the night. So glad you are back on food ... it sure was a hard way to lose weight. Hope you are through with dentists for sure. Cheese and cider Fondue ... oh my, I am hungry for such a delicacy. I haven't done Paint Party Friday in forever ... I may have to give it a try. So have you heard anything from Micheal? I often wonder what he is up to. Be well, Rain ... until the pumpkins next week :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i almost dropped to the floor when i saw the painting of alex!!! holy crap!!! it is outstanding! you just keep getting better and better!

Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) I had so much fun with the painting this week, I'm starting to get addicted to painting again, it's a good addiction! :) I'm so happy to be able to eat again!!

Rain said...

Thanks Arlene :) You know, of all the fondue we eat, we have never made a chocolate one, I have to remedy that! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) You're so right about the regular checkups...my fear stops me most of the time unfortunately!

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) I'm sorry you're fighting depression (I can relate)...I hope you feel better soon. xx

Rain said...

Thanks Andrea :) Yes! eating again is a luxury lol! Bugs is always finding ways to expand his fame lol. I haven't heard much from Michael since he posted a few months ago!

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) You're so supportive! :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your Drac Bugs and Goldilocks art made me smile -- they're both terrific! And your Bela Lugosi watercolour -- oh my! Magnificent! I love his glittering intense eyes especially.

And I must say, when I saw your final beautiful watercolour -- I thought it was Johnny Depp! But it's your handsome husband instead, you lucky girl.

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) Your comment made ME smile! :)

John M said...

Nice artwork.

Stefanie said...

What a creative and fun interpretation of Dracula. And yay for moving onto soft foods!

Rain said...

Thanks John :)

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) Soft foods never tasted better!!! :)

Leigh said...

Our creatures of the night consist mainly of possums and skunks! The skunks are the worst because they perfume the air as they walk by the bedroom window! Cold nights means closed windows now, so they can come and go without us knowing!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The Bela Lugosi painting is very impressive. Well done!

baili said...

bugs is always up to adventure isn't he :)

i hope he can find more roll
oh i am sooo happy for you dear Rain ,thank God you are on food again ,i bet it taste even better after break :)

your work is improving amazingly my friend ,each art work amazes me with it's perfection almost :)

i was stunned by painting of Alex when i did not know it was his, you have put your heart in this Rain ,such a magnificent and deeply created as i can feel the life within eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i loved the website and music is so lovely :) thanks for sharing that he is wonderful artist :) i bet he play happy tunes for you sometimes

happy monthly anniversary dear Rain ,glad you celebrated it eventually :)))
each moment of life is worth celebrating with gratitude indeed

third painting with bears is just BRILLIANT ,the expression of girl are intriguing
i am so looking forward to your future portraits ,you going to be wonderful painter i believe as you have strength of devotion so powerful :)

wishing you happy days ahead with perfect health and peace of soul :)
hugs!

Rain said...

Hi Leigh :) Oh that skunk perfume lol...I bet that'll wake you up in the middle of the night. Cold weather is good for something! :)

Rain said...

Thanks TB :) Vincent Price is next if I can pull it off! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) You are so right, the food tastes so much better to me now. It's amazing what we take for granted!! And thanks so much for your encouragement and support with regards to my painting! I did put my heart into Alex's portrait! He does play music for me, actually he writes songs for me and it's very romantic! :)

Jean said...

You have been busy! Wonderful pieces! Love the piece of your husband. So well done!

Rain said...

Thanks Jean :) If I could paint all day long I would, I'm enjoying it so much!

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Rain, nice to meet you and to see you at PPF! Love your creatures of the night, those bears are fantastic. Sorry about your sore mouth, I had big trouble last year with infected gums and 2 OPs and months of living off yogurt and mashed fruit, so I can empathise! Have a great weekend, greetings from Rhineland to Canada! Hugs, Valerie

Bestdayblogger said...

oh my spookctacular post! I LOVE IT! The Dracula and pumpkins are so cool! I love the goldilocks and three bears! oh my goodness so much going on I love it! Your watercolour expresses so much mystery too. Your creatures in the night is super cute. I love it. I'm happy you can eat again. There is nothing worse then the dentist! I hate the dentist. I also have to go soon with both my girls and we hate it. Have a magical weekend and thank you for your wonderful message on my blog. It means so much to me Rain. I love your name. So pretty. Happy PPF! :)

https://decorcraftdesign.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful paintings! Love the vampire!

sirkkis said...

WOW, your amazing water colour technic works gorgeously with your portraits. Love all your fun and grazy Halloween art,too πŸ˜€πŸ‘»

sandy said...

everyone of your art pieces is so fun to see - ...and those bears ..wow... I like the style you did of your husband. I really do want to join in but I get so sidetracked most of the time. One of these days I will surprise myself and do it! Love today's post from you.

Rain said...

Thanks Valerie :) Oh gosh yogurt and mashed fruit...I would say normally that is delicious but not if that's all you can eat!! Dental issues are just awful! Thanks for your comment! :) The bears were fun to paint - LOTS of brushstrokes!

Rain said...

Thanks Maria :) I had a spooktacular time painting this week! You should do some paper machΓ© pumpkins with your kids, they'd really enjoy that! Oh, good luck at the dentist...I hope it's a quick appointment for all of you! Have a magical weekend yourself! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Mel :) I had fun painting them!

Rain said...

Thanks Sirkkis :) I just learned that new technique last month and I'm loving it!

Rain said...

Thanks Sandy :) I hope one day you'll surprise yourself! I'd love to see your artwork contributions!

LA Paylor said...

Nice to meet you Rain! Thanks for visiting my little blog too. I also live in the mountains (COlorado) and have great love for my furbaby. He writes on Thursdays. Love your work, and your self description at the top! I lived in Edmonton for a couple years, and also have great affection for Canada. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I'm not surprised Goldilocks looks so terrified, those bears look so scary.

Rain said...

Thanks LeeAnna :) It's so nice living in the mountains, we are the lucky ones! Nice to meet you too!

Rain said...

Hi Linda :) Yes, the bears are scary! I've never met a bear who wasn't! :)

Martha said...

Your artwork is awesome, Rain! It's always so much fun to visit here. Love the food, of course. I end up hungry when I stop by at your blog. Wonder why? LOL

Rain said...

Thanks so much Martha :)) I'm so happy to see you again! :) Wait until you see my Sunday food post... ;)

carol l mckenna said...

Oh delightful Halloween Creations and that fondue looks yummy!

Happy Day to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Rain said...

Thanks Carol :) The fondue is perfect for a cold fall evening!

wyomingheart said...

So happy you are on solid food again. Your art, Rain, is fabulous ! Wish I had the hand eye coordination to make more than stick figures... lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :) I started with stick figures many moons ago too! :)) The solid food is WONDERFUL.

Fundy Blue said...

I always love seeing your latest creations, Rain! When I saw the three bears, the hair on my arms stood up! I get a chill/shivers each time I look at it. Your portraits of Alex and Bela Lugosi are amazing ~ you have so much talent! I'm glad that you extended the posting time for sharing artwork.. After I get my cataract surgery out of the way on Monday, perhaps I'll have time to start exploring art. It's on the list of things that I wanted to do in my retirement. It's about time!!! Big hugs to you!

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :)) Oh that would be so fun to see your artwork!! :)) I do hope you join in! You can also link to Paint Party Friday like I'm doing now, you get to meet so many nice people and see their art work too! I'm loving it! :) And thank you, the new watercolour technique I'm using is working so well for me, I think I found my style. I have some new ones I'm working on! I'm glad the bears gave you a chill, then my work is done lol! ;)

Pam said...

HA...I keep forgetting about doing the art date. Still having planning issues and getting a routine going. Yours are great as usual. Great job.

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) I hope you find some time to join in again! :)

artbyjune said...

Wow lots of scarey Hallowe'e themed imagery! I love the portraits!

Rain said...

Thanks June :) I would love to have Halloween 365 days a year! :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Another lovely post, I always enjoy your art - love the piece of your husband! Wow!

Oh my that fondue looks so delicious.

Have a great weekend.

All the best Jan

Mama Pea said...

Omigosh, Rain! The minute that second portrait you did popped up, I said, "That's Alex!" Of course, I don't know him personally but from the photos I've seen of him, you definitely captured his essence in your painting. What talent!

NatureFootstep said...

interesting :) Did not know of this challenge. :) I´m not good at creatures though :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) I'm really having fun with this new technique!

Rain said...

Thanks Mama Pea :) I had to do that painting three times because I couldn't quite get it - I'd been using too much colour. When I switched to mostly black and white, it worked! :)

Rain said...

Hi Monica :) I have a weekly prompt, so feel free to join in anytime! :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Count Bugsula! Great job on Dracula!! Goldilocks was blonde. That's what got her into the world of trouble that she did. lol Mmm, smoked cheddar and apple cider fondue - sounds yummy! We'll see if I get a chance to play along in this week's art date. I've gotta lot of catching up to do. ;)

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Bugs as a creature of the night - Love it! The watercolours are really wonderful, love the effect. Although I love both soup and pudding, but I can see eating them for 3 weeks can be a bit too much. Glad you are eating other food now.

-Soma

Rain said...

Ha Cathy, that explains Goldilocks lol! :) Thanks for your comment, I know you just got back from vacation, I hope you join in next week! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Soma :) Since I started the layering technique with the watercolours, I've been enjoying it so much more than I used to! I love soup and pudding too, but yeah, 3 weeks is just too much!

Magic Love Crow said...

Your artwork is amazing Rain! You always make me smile! I would love to enjoy the smoked cheddar and apple cider fondue! Yummy! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Thanks Stacy :) Oh that fondue is really something else. The combination of apple and melty cheese is so delicious!