Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Forest and Critters & Paint Party Friday!


Hello Friends :)

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Forest and Critters! Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck landed the roles of Hansel and Gretel this week. They just emerged from the haunted forest. What do you think - will they go into the candy house or call their agents for less dangerous acting jobs? ๐Ÿ˜Š

Important Note: I don't want to be an ๐Ÿ‘น ogre ๐Ÿ‘น, and I hate that I'm forced to say this; but PUH-LEEZE...don't include your link if you aren't following the weekly art theme!!! I'm not a marketing tool to give you hits on your blog! I will have to remove your link if that's the case! Thanks for respecting me and my fellow artists who put their minds, hearts and souls into creating art for the themes!!!



Here's Algie in oil pastels - I've been wanting to whip those pastels out for a while now! Oil pastels are so much fun to use! Algie was one of the three squirrels that Alex and I found in our basement walls last spring. We babied those critters for nearly two months before releasing them into the woods. Algie was the gentlest and the sweetest of the three - here's a video I took with her in my pocket.


Here's a gorgeous critter! This drake is a chick-magnet with his brilliant colours! We are lucky to live in an area where we can see such lovely wildlife all year round!


I really enjoyed using my markers this week! I love how colourful they are when you mix them up with coloured pencils! This is my Enchanted Mushroom Forest. Alex and I went to the art supply store a few days ago and I'm just itching to try new things...I'm thinking about pan pastels, charcoal, oil pencils and special blending tools. Art is so much fun!!!


Still using that watercolour layering technique, I decided to paint the biggest critter in the forest, the moose. I ran into a moose once during a long mountain hike in Orford Quebec, he was very docile. I kept my distance though. I WISH I had a photo to show you! But I think my nerves got to me and I'm not one of those idiots who tries to take a "selfie" with a wild animal! ๐Ÿ˜Š You definitely don't want to run into a male moose during mating season, they are known to be very aggressive during the rut. They are beautiful animals, the largest deer species in the world.


Something got the dogs' attention this morning!


Jack got cold and ran for the door; but the girls kept digging. I'm guessing a little critter must have hopped across the ground before it snowed.

Cold Mountain River

That's all for now folks, please check out the link widget below to see more Forest and Critters artwork! And please join me on Sunday for my food and pets post. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ


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

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Chilling weather last February - notice my frozen hair!!

November 21st: Next Thursday's theme is Chilling! 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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! The link gadget expires Sunday at noon (EST).

⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡  Be forewarned ⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡  If you include a link that doesn't follow the art date theme, it will be removed! Thanks for your understanding and for respecting my fellow artists who put their minds, hearts and souls into creating art for the themes!

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70 comments:

Christine said...

Lovely piece for your theme, you are such a prolific artist, enjoyed all your pieces. You look pretty in that frozen photo. That mallard duck is gorgeous, those colours...

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Rain, love all your colourful pics today, and Angie has stolen my heart. The moose is wonderful, too. And the enchanted forest and the quirky critters. It's ALL gorgeous. Lovely photo of you, but frozen hair? Oh my, it must have been cold. I wonder what the dogs were looking at? Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Leigh said...

If photography counts then I can join in! I just posted my change of seasons walk in woods color post! With one critter, but you'll have to forgive the first shot, it's only tomatoes. ;)

And you're not an ogre for insisting that people don't abuse your Mister Linky. People who do that deserved to be fussed at.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Hansel and Gretel aka Bugs & Daffy don't know what they are getting themselves into with old Broom Hilda or maybe it's Broom Hilda don't know what's in store for her. lol Of course, I remember Algie...well, I wouldn't know which little squirrel is which without you telling me but I do remember those little furballs that you guys found in your basement. Do they visit anymore? Oh WOW, you came upon a moose in the wild? That had to be crazy exciting and a bit scary. I'm glad he left you along. I've heard that Moose can be dangerously aggressive. We have elk in the Smoky's and those critters are big! The terrorists, better known as tourists, are very dumb. I see people walking close to bear or moose who are inviting the animal to attack. No picture is worth getting injured for! Nice job on your paintings, my dear. :) The duckie is so vividly bright. I just love its colors!

Hey, I understand about putting up a warning to those who join a linky who aren't playing along with others. Usually, I find most are goofs and didn't realize the theme of the linky party. I always try to encourage those to play along next time.

It's so cold in East Tennessee. Winter has arrived early it seems. We got a little snow on Tuesday but it's the frigid temps that I really hate. Spring...where are you? :)

Have a doodletastic day, my dear!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I love your watercolour moose!! Many years ago, when husband and I were driving through New Brunswick, we saw a few moose. One, a young one, was right on the road when we were coming around a bend. Thankfully we were going slowly (because it was so "bendy") and were able to stop with room to spare. It just ambled away, without a care in the world. They are HUGE. -Jenn

Leftycrafter said...

Ah, Algie. Such cute little guys those 3 were. We should be seeing some mallards soon. They migrate here in the winter along with Canadian geese. You can't miss the geese. They " announce their arrival mid flight. Quite noisy.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your artwork is always a delight and I enjoyed your adorable squirrel video.

Jenn Jilks said...

Good for you for being tough on people not playing along.

I haven't done another drawing this week, not yet. I like mixing my oil paint markers with coloured pencils. It's really fun.

laurie said...

Thank you rain for hosting again, I have it on the best authority your paintings are beautiful today, I may not see them clearly but I know how beautiful they are just by your words,

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Love your oil pastel portrait of Algie the Squirrel, and your watercolour moose! I must learn that watercolours layering technique too! It creates such a gorgeous result.

Elkes Lebensglรผck said...

How sweet, the picture and the squirrel, very nice the mushroom picture. The moose is beautiful in the watercolor. So much snow oh wonderful winter landscape with the dogs.
nice November day
Elke

NatureFootstep said...

love your art. Especially the Mushroom Forest :)

RO said...

Wow! You're so beautiful, cold hair and all! All our pics are so amazing, but the Forest and Critter pic is postcard worthy, and I love it so much! Lots and lots of snow, that I need out in my front yard, please. Really enjoy this artsy post Rain! Hugs, RO

J.L. Murphey said...

Rain, Beautiful choices once again. Frozen here in NE GA mountains. Of course when the temps do warm up, it'll rain. We;ve gone through 1/2 a cord of wood already. Needs to dry out some so we can split some more. Jo

DVArtist said...

Rain your art makes me so happy. There is so much detail and color and life. Your photos are delightful as well. I like seeing your dogs playing in the snow. Have a wonderful weekend.

Martha said...

Your artwork is so beautiful! I always enjoy it. Frozen hair? Yup, that would be really cold!

Linda Kunsman said...

delightful creatures in your art projects!! And of course, can't help but love the pups:) Happy PPF!

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Jut s quick comment ... of course I love your pictures and your adorable critters. I am off to stand up in a wedding and will be gone for two days ... I will come back and have more to say. Yes, you heard me right ... a bridesmaid (actually Maid of Honor) at 78 ... what a hoot :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Pam said...

I just love your cartoon Bugs paintings. You do such a great job with them. I am so sorry that I have not been playing along with Art Date this yr. As you know, life threw me that wicked curve ball and I am still trying to adjust to life as is. My painting has gone by the way side and if I don't get this house in order and cleaned someone might come condemn my home....I never want to do anything but work and sit. Hoping you are well. Take care.

BrownPaperBunny said...

I love all your paintings, so vibrant in color and life! Happy PPF!

Jan/JFM said...

Very beautiful and colorful art Rain.
Happy PPF ๐Ÿ’ฎ

sirkkis said...

Squirrel is my favourite from all lovely animals you painted this time. Happy colourful art, Rain๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฟ️๐Ÿงก

sandy said...

I've got to come back and go through your post(s) recently much more slowly but your beautiful bright art you are doing with the markers is SO cool! Nice job.

peggy gatto said...

what fun happy paintings!!! Also love your pictures! I had a great visit!!

Jean said...

Loving your moose! Just wonderful!

Becki said...

I love all your artwork this week, Rain. Little Algie is pretty adorable. And I loved the video. And your voice. You have such a pleasant, happy voice. :)

baili said...

i absolutely LOVED the first painting dear Rain :)
what a beautiful imagery with such perfection ,you are amazing in your skills no matter what way you choose to express yourself is impressively fascinating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

such an awesome watercolor painting ,fantastic algie ,thank you for the cute video ,i remember the fun days when you had them with deep affection and care :)

inspiring art work through each brilliant stroke :)

enjoyed it thoroughly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

delightful images of your pets :) they are having fun indeed

this is my third visit to your blog since thrusday ,each time i try to post comment and electricity goes off ,two days rain made it disappear for many hours

wishing you all the joys and peace of the life my friend !

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your work is so beautiful Rain, it;s my first visit to your blog directed over from PPF and I am so overwhelmed by your bold bright designs. Fabulous and creative. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy belated PPF (i'm so late for the party) Tracey x

carol l mckenna said...

wonderful series of artwork ~ favorite is the squirrel ~ ^_^

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

wyomingheart said...

Hello Rain! I am catching up today on inside projects, and my blog friends. We have been absolutely slammed here on the ridge. The new building is thankfully coming along. The concrete was poured just before our temps went to freezing, thankfully! I have been too many hours in the tractor seat....just sayin! Enjoyed your art, and your babies. Jack puts me in mind of our little Jack Russell....he does not do the winter well...lol... guess he’s still a Florida pup!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I think when I get into an artsy mood, I am just flooded with ideas, sometimes at the last minute though! I'm stumped currently for Chilling!!

Rain said...

Thanks Valerie :) Algie totally stole my heart when we had her. If it was only her that we found, I think we would have kept her as a pet. Though we've heard that gray squirrels are much more affectionate than red ones, I can't imagine any other critter who would have been more gentle and sweet!!

Rain said...

Thanks Leigh :) I'm so glad you joined in! I guess it's inevitable that spammers will invade any linky they can to get hits.

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) I think you may be right! Old Broom Hilda is in store for a lot of hi jinx lol! The squirrels were visiting a lot in the summer and what fall we had. We knew it was them because Spunky always climbed the side of the house towards our bedroom window...that was incredibly cute. Algie and Frasier were always together and they visited together too. They never came closer than the bird feeder though. But they never ran away if we approached them and when we said their names, they ran up and down the trees. Adorable! Now though, we don't see them as much, but hoping they found a warm spot for the winter. The moose was HUGE and honestly intimidated me a lot, I was very nervous and kept looking behind my back! I actually got a linky link for someone who was just trying to sell their goods, I'm not into that!

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) That's scary. Driving into an adult moose can kill people...even the babies are huge. When I was visiting homes in NB last spring, I saw a LOT of moose there on the highways. Just as I was entering Fredericton, a large truck about 200 feet in front of me slammed on his brakes, so I did too, then I saw a moose just wandering happily across the road in front of him.

Rain said...

Hi Marsha :) I totally agree about the honking geese! We heard them last month heading south, I guess they knew better than we did that the frigid weather would be early this year!

Rain said...

Thanks Arleen :) I look at that video often, I miss that little critter!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) I really want to check out those oil paint markers! I have to look up a video to see what they can do, they sound like fun!

Rain said...

Thank you Laurie :) I appreciate your comment! xx

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) I just happened upon that technique on a you tube video one day and I just love it.

Rain said...

Thanks Elke :) Our snow came on time, but there is definitely a lot more than last year. I wasn't ready for it yet!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Monica :) I really enjoyed creating the Mushroom forest!

Rain said...

Thanks so much RO :) I'm glad you're enjoying the art posts! I love them, I'm so glad I started this. You can have ALL of the snow right now if you want! There will be plenty more where that came from sigh.

Rain said...

Thanks Jo :) Wow, you are going through the wood fast...it is definitely arctic weather out there! We are supposed to have a mild December so we'll see if that means rain here too.

Rain said...

Thanks Nicole :) I appreciate your comment, so glad you're enjoying my pieces!

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) Frozen hair is in the forecast for today too, brrr. At least my eyelashes haven't frozen over yet! ;)

Rain said...

Thanks Linda :) The pups are my favourite part of each day! :)


Rain said...

Thanks for dropping in Andrea :) Enjoy your wedding! Oh a bridesmaid, how fun! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) And don't worry about not joining in! I know the year you've had, I know your challenges and I wish you all the best especially with the holidays coming up. xx

Rain said...

Thanks Jessica :) I'm adding lots of colour lately, I think it's because it's so cold and dull outside! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) I appreciate your comment!

Rain said...

Thanks Sirkkis :) I love the squirrel too, the oil pastels are very fun to use!

Rain said...

Thanks Sandy :) I don't venture too much into that much colour, but I'm really enjoying it!


Rain said...

Thanks Peggy :) I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Rain said...

Thanks Jean :) I am very happy the way the moose turned out!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Becki :) That little squirrel really captured my heart...I miss her!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Baili :) I read on your blog that you finally got a break from the rain! Though I'm sure you need it more than I do right now! ;) I will remember the baby squirrels so fondly...and I'm so happy I took a video so I can look at it when I miss Algie! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Tracey :) I'm late for the part a lot of the time too lol...actually I don't normally do such colourful pieces, but I'm glad I took a chance and did some, they really turned out nice! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Carol :) I think that's my favourite too!

Rain said...

Hi Dino!! :) I was wondering what you were up to! I think Jack would like to be a Florida pup too, but with air conditioning lol...As long as he's dressed up well, he'll tolerate it! Happy to hear about the new building coming along. That got me thinking that I always see buildings going up in the fall or early winter...I wonder why it's done at this time of year! Hope you can have a little time off for yourself soon! But I guess that's what winter is for! :) So nice to hear from you!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Awww little one in your pocket is so sweet.

Always enjoy seeing your art.

All the best Jan

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) Algie was a very sweet little critter!

The Happy Whisk said...

Nice to see your art.
Love the house. So fun.

Rain said...

Thanks Ivy :)

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

I just wrote you a long, fun comment and blogger made it disappear ... in short I said your post is wonderful, I loved Algie, beautiful Mallard Drake and handsome moose and, oh yes, Hansel and Gretel did eat sweets from the house because I don't think you can change history. So this week you only get a summary because I don't want to chance having my comment disappear again. See you Thursday ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Rain said...

Thanks Andrea :) Blogger sucks for comment-disappearance issues! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! :)

butterfly said...

Great pieces and photos full of woodland life - my favourite is the magical moose watercolour - so beautiful.
Alison x

Rain said...

Thanks so much Alison! :)

Stefanie said...

Seeing how you're hosting this art linking meme, you have every right to say something if there are those who aren't following the rules. Fun to see Bugs and Daffy in a Hansel & Gretel setting; made me smile. Your oil pastel of the baby squirrel is awesome, so detailed. Do you see them anymore? That is one handsome duck.

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) I just hate spammers!!! :) We see the squirrels once in a while, especially Spunky. He was one of the males and he hangs around the yard more. We think he made himself a winter home in our woodpile!