Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Chilling and Paint Party Friday!


Hello Friends! ☺️

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Chilling! I decided to celebrate the idea of swimming in the cold chilling waters of the ocean for my pieces today! Poor Bugs thinks he's invincible, but I think that arctic water is a little too cold for him!! Has anyone out there ever done a Polar Bear Dip on New Year's Day? It's always for a good cause, but I personally think it's insanity!!!

Majestic Blue (Watercolour)

The blue whale always fascinated me. It's the largest creature in the ocean - and on earth for that matter. I can only imagine its beauty but it would be a chilling adventure to stumble upon one in the ocean! I went whale watching one summer while visiting Pleasant Bay in Nova Scotia, it was something I'll never forget! We mostly saw pilot whales, they can grow to 22 feet long. Now that was intimidating for me, I couldn't imagine seeing a 100-foot long blue whale from that little boat!

Seal Ballet (Watercolour)

Another lovely creature I saw a lot of along the shores of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia was the grey seal. Did you know they can live up to 45 years old? It was a treat to see such ocean wildlife!


Jack likes to chill with his favourite stuffed animal after dinner. Alex and I had been watching a lot of Three Stooges shorts when we got that toy, so it was christened Mr. Curly. If I say "Jack, go get Mr. Curly!" he runs and grabs it. Very cute!

That's all for now folks, please check out the link widget below to see more Chilling artwork! And please join me on Sunday for my food and pets post. 🐾🐾🐾



I'm also linking up with Paint Party Friday tomorrow!


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Leo and Dana playing on the porch last August

November 28th: Next Thursday's theme is Grays and Browns. 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! 🎨

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75 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Lovely watercolours and I like the Bugs Bunny cartoon too! I've never done a polar bear plunge because the shock of the frigid water would probably give me a heart attack!

Christine said...

Lovely chilling art pieces Rain! Bugs should pass on that dip!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

a funny, cool picture with the bug bunny
Your watercolors are fantastically painted!
The dog is so cute with his dog look!
have nice November days
Elke


baili said...

oh this is absolutely DELIGHTFUL yet FREEZING theme dear Rain:)

diving in extreme cold water made me shiver lol

i felt for poor bear :) such an amazingly lovely painting Rain ,so brilliantly done !

thank you for uplifting sights here ,you captured your pets in awesome pauses :) CUTE :)

22 feet blue whale sounds astonishing ,wow how great you could witness the beauty :)
i would love to stare her sublime moves either

shorter days and absence of electricity is effecting my blog visit ,yet i am trying my best to catch up with you all friends
hugs!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful art Rain, the first one is soooo funny. Love the whale and the seal, too. Such fantastic see creatures. I would never think of going into water which is so cold, brrrrr! Taking photos when it's frosty is hard enough, but swimming, oh no! Your Jack is such a cutie, and your cats always look happy. Have a wonderful day, hopefully not too chilling! Hugs, Valerie

NatureFootstep said...

my favorite is the beautiful blue whale :) It is gorgeous!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

No, I have not done the polar bear swim nor do I have any interest. I'm with you, it's insanity! I don't even like being outdoors fully dressed when it's cold, so there's nothing in this world that can get me to put my swimsuit on and take a plunge into some chilling cold water. Nope, it's not going to happen in this lifetime. :D I love your illustration, though. It's furrtastic! I'd be ever bit like Bugs, except I don't know that I'd even stick a toe in the frigid water. Your whale looks graceful and beautiful in the chilling blue water. It almost looks like he's in the stars but I'd imagine this is from the angle perspective below the creature looking up toward a night sky. Is that right? Nicely don!

Jack always has this look of innocence. It's in the eyes. He's so adorable. Leo and Dana I suspect are trouble. Cats are designed to be just that with a capital T. lol

Thanks for hosting the artsy fun, my friend. Have a good weekend!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Oh my gosh, that photo of Jack is priceless.

I wouldn’t tip a toe in water less than 70 degrees, but I do know people who have done the polar bear plunge. I do not understand why anyone would want to punish their body like that.

LA Paylor said...

you captured chilly... we woke to yet more snow, our 9th snow since October! Brrrr. I swam off the shores of Prince Edward Island, talk about cold waters. Mr Curly's Keeper... adorbs
LeeAnna

Jenn Jilks said...

A heart-warming post!

Becki said...

Was just reading an article about how those who regularly expose themselves to chilling conditions may live longer. It was an interesting bit of information, but not very compelling - to me, anyway. OTOH, having entered a phase in life where I carry around my own internal furnace I find getting chilled a bit refreshing. But not the wet kind of chilled. That sounds insane to me, too. :) Love your artwork today, Rain. Especially, the seal! It really does look like it's dancing...

The Happy Whisk said...

I didn't know they could live that long.
Wow, 45 years. Not too shabby.
Love the look on Bugs. What a hoot!

Lorraine said...

I love your "chilly" paintings. Such a graceful seal indeed! My daughter did a polar bear challenge one year and lost her croc in the process. You would have thought it would float back to her, but it didn't. Or maybe it was just too chilly to go back in for it!

sandy said...

Your creativitiy is showing .... How do you come up with those "cool" ideas like the polar bears and bugs putting his toe in the water. So clever. And that whale - beautiful. That picture of your dog is adorable.

Sandi said...

Sweet puppy! :)

Yes, the polar bear dip is insanity! Yikes!

Nicole said...

Oh Jack ❤
I went whale watching on Vancouver island. All we saw was the fin of a grey whale but that was already very impressive...lol

peppylady (Dora) said...

Hello from Idaho and hope your day is going good. Stop in from Christains and your little doggy is so cute.
If you have time stop in for a cup of coffee.

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

Beautiful paintings! And Jack is so adorable!

Jan/JFM said...

Your art is fantastic and truly amazing.
I have fallen in love with Jack ❤❤❤
Happy PPF!!!

sirkkis said...

Love your party friends 💖 Hope they visit mine too 😊
Happy PPF 🤩

DVArtist said...

I love all of your chilling pieces of art but my fave is you dog. He looks like a special part of the family.

Linda Kunsman said...

marvelous art- love that top cartoon:) Love your sweet fur babies. Happy PPF!

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

I've seen people do the New Year's day dip here in the UK but it isn't something I'd do. I don't go in the sea in summer either, far too cold for me.
Lovely art and cute dog.

denthe said...

Oh, Jack is just the sweetest little thing, how cute! Lovely artwork, love the blue whale. No polar bear dipping for me, no way! I hate the cold ;-)

Leftycrafter said...

I had no idea grey seals could live that long. Now I do lol. Your whale art is so pretty. I can almost heat it calling. 💓jack💓

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Rain, I have done a polar bear-esque event: jumping into a swimming pool after New Year's at midnight. Outside temp was around 45 degrees so I assume the pool was the same. It was short and sweet (and I convinced a bunch of teenage boys to do it based on my example) - so probably yes, I will do it again.

I love the whales.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Oh Rain, everytime I come over to comment I get interupted by something or someone ... but I always walk away with a chuckle. The grin on your polar bears face is soooo funny. Your paintings are gorgeous. Your use of color make them exceptional ... I would love to be able to paint the way you do. And, your dog with his wooby is a riot. A perfect shot ... good eye. You have a cat that looks like my Fonzi. I love my animals as do you. They make my day in so many ways . Next week I am going to have to be creative ... brown and gray, oh my, you challenge me :) Stay warm and I will see you next week.

Andrea @ From the Sol

~ Dixie said...

Hi Rain,

Whale are fascinating creatures. I've been lucky enough to have seen a few.
Polar bear dip? No, noooo thanks. :)
I love "Chilling."

carol l mckenna said...

Fun and creative artworks and love the 'fur persons' photos ^_^

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

Pam said...

Oh Jack, you are just adorable. Loving the art work, and wishing to have the ump to do some myself. Just not getting there as of yet. Kitties are so sweet looking. There is something about a cat that just moves my heart and being I was not a cat person till 2.5 yrs ago...too funny huh?

J.L. Murphey said...

Well, I've missed out again! Will try to be a regular in 2020.

Martha said...

Beautiful artwork as always. And I just LOVE images of Jack. He is so darn cute!

Fundy Blue said...

Oh Jack is hilarious! His portrait with Mr. Curly made me burst out laughing! Those eyes! I love Cape Breton. Your memories brought back many memories for me. I have visited Pleasant Bay a number of times, mostly before whale watching became popular. Your artwork, as always, is fun! I'm with Bugs ~ burrr! No way would I ever take a polar bear swim. I think the shock of the cold would kill me ~ LOL! One day I will link something "artistic" to your Thursday blog. I'm still buried, but I'm thankful that I have this time at home to take care of things. Hugs to you, my friend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Awww love the photographs of Jack and also Leo and Dana :)
Lovely art, especially the blue whale.

All the best Jan

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) I totally agree. I feel in shock when I dip my toe into the lake in the summer!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I think Bugs definitely passed!!

Rain said...

Thanks Elke :) I'm glad people get my sense of humour with the cartoon drawings!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :)) I think if I saw a blue whale close up, I'd be scared, but it would be such a treat to watch her swim! Oh yes, I would never jump into water in the winter! I have a hard enough time getting into water in the hot summer!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Valerie :) Jack is the apple of my eye :) I can't help photographing him, he's very good as a model lol! I'm glad you enjoyed my sense of humour with Bugs Bunny! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Monica :) I had to redo it because I made a mistake trying to use detergent to make bubbles!!! :o

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) Gosh I totally agree...even when I'm in my snow suit for 5 minutes outside, I can't tolerate it. Funny though, when I was younger, I ski'd, tobogganed...I still take out the snow shoes once in a while if it's milder, but I can't handle it anymore! I like your take on my blue whale!!! Very cool what you saw! Actually I was trying to create bubbles in the water. I tried using a technique where you mix some water, dish soap and a bit of paint...blow it with a straw and transfer the bubbles onto the canvas. The tutorial I saw was perfect but mine because a sludge lol...so I just painted the bubbles on! All of our cats are trouble!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Arleen :) Jack is priceless for sure! :) Punish is a good word to describe the polar bear dip lol!

Rain said...

Thanks LeeAnna :) P.E.I. water is very cold!!! That Atlantic ocean...I lived there for a year and I couldn't really get into the water much either! You have more snow than I do for sure...I'm still not used to that much in November though!

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) I'm glad it warmed your heart and didn't chill it! ;)

Rain said...

Thanks Becki :) One time Alex and I went to a spa for our anniversary and it was in March so there was still snow and the river was quite cold. We spent time in hot tubs and in the saunas, and they had a section where you could plunge into the river right after being in the sauna. Alex did it but there was no way I was doing it!! He said it felt great, but I'll just have to take his word for it lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Ivy :) Bugs is a bit of a wuss isn't he? :)

Rain said...

Thanks Lorraine :) That's funny about your daughter's croc, I would think it probably froze to the ice lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Sandy :) I appreciate your comment! I think my many years of watching cartoons help me with my ideas for the drawings!

Rain said...

Thanks Sandi :) Jack is my heart that's for sure. I can't even take my mitten off for too long in the winter, forget being in frigid water!!!

Rain said...

Hi Sis :) Oh lol...at least you saw a fin!!! That's funny. Well, I got lucky because there were lots of pods of whales when I went out. We were hoping to see some humpback whales and orcas but they were a no show! It was neat to see the water spouting up too!

Rain said...

Hi Dora :) I'll be right over for some coffee! Thanks for stopping by! I'm late responding to comments! :-s

Rain said...

Thanks Mel :) Jack is a bundle of precious! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) I appreciate your compliment coming from a great artist like yourself! Jack is very easy to fall for! :)

Rain said...

Hi Sirkkis :) Thank you! Happy PPF! :)


Rain said...

Thanks Nicole :) Yes, he's definitely a huge part of the family. I think he knows it too! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Linda :) I'm glad you like my sense of humour for the drawing! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Linda (Lin) :) I have a hard time in the lakes here in the summer. It takes me a long time to ease in and it really has to be a very hot and humid day for me to do it!

Rain said...

Thanks Denthe :) Me too, cold is far too uncomfortable lol! Jack really is a sweet little fella! And so patient with me for the photos lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Marsha :) Jack is very easy to love! :) I would absolutely freak if I saw a blue whale but would love to hear her call that's for sure!

Rain said...

Thanks TB :) You are brave, and I still think it's crazy lol...but if you enjoy it, more power to you!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Andrea :) I'm glad you like my sense of humour! I enjoyed trying to find a good mocking smile to put on the bears lol! I'm so glad I am challenging you! :) Fonzi, lol...that's a great name for your cat!!

Rain said...

Thanks Dixie :) Isn't it special to see whales? It's so rare for most people, I think we're blessed! Yeah, no polar bear dip for me either!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Carol :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) I think it's cool you became a cat person! I think it takes the right cat! I was always a dog person, well, still am, but when we got Baby Oscar, my heart fell for him and I started to really enjoy having cats as well!

Rain said...

Hi Jo :) There are plenty of Thursday to participate!!! :) I'd love to see what you contribute when you have the time!

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) I can't help take photos of him, it's like he tries to be extra cute and it's irresistible! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :) You should see Jack...I need to video it one time, when I say "get Mr. Curly" he runs for it. He's never without his little "pet", it's very cute. I would love to see your artistry Louise!!! I do hope you join in! Oh Pleasant Bay...I went there...hmmm...early 90's? Something like that. I did the Cabot Trail but Pleasant Bay had my heart. I stayed at a lovely B&B, the lady was originally from Montreal and was she a cook!!! Oh my, it was such a treat. I saw my first moose there too and of course the whales. I'd been living in Mtl so it was really new for me. That's when I decided to move away from the city and start a life as a mountain mamma! :) I stopped by The Rocks in NB too on the way home, another visual treat!

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) I had a lot of fun painting the sea creatures this week! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

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butterfly said...

Great paintings - especially the whale, that one really is beautiful with the swirl of movement in the deep, cold, dark waters - amazing. I've not done a New Year's Day dip, but I have gone from a sauna into a fjord when it was ice-covered apart from at the shore where they'd cleared it for swimming - magical! And then back into the sauna of course!
Alison x

Rain said...

Thanks so much Alison :) Oh my gosh, you are braver than I am! My hubby did that when we went to the spa too, jumped into the river in March after some time in the sauna...I just couldn't even dip my toe into that frigid water!!!

Stefanie said...

I love whales; I always enjoy learning about them on those nature shows.

Rain said...

Me too Stefanie, they are such beautiful creatures!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I LOVE the variety that you share Rain but your Blue Whale has really stolen my HeART.. Fantastic. Lovely to see you in the PPF spotlight today along with Jack and his precious toy so sweet.
Happy PPF Tracey x

Rain said...

Thanks so much Tracey :) I love how you wrote HeART!!! :) Jack is so easy to fall for!! :)