Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Glow; and Paint Party Friday!




Hello Friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Glow. I thought I'd do my take on the 1982 horror film poster Poltergeist. The glow of the television set is pulling Bugs Bunny into the ghostly abyss! Did anyone see that movie? At the time it was pretty scary, though now I find it kind of goofy, like a lot of those 80's horror films!

"They're here, Doc!" ๐Ÿ˜





I challenged myself this week to do a negative image drawing. I was helping Alex with a photo shoot a few years ago and I really liked the glow of the light hitting the side of my face in the photo; so I tried to draw that minimally with white charcoal on black paper. I like how it turned out!



Besides the art classes and house hunting, I've been busy in the kitchen! I am obsessed with a You Tube channel I found the other day called Buon-A-Petitti. The channel is hosted by an 85-year old Italian lady who cooks authentic Italian dishes. The videos are so down to earth and last night I made her pizzas with her pizza sauce. Mamma Mia! These were some of the best pizzas I've ever made!!!


It's been a lovely winter week here in the mountains! The weather is just around freezing, which makes it very tolerable. Here's a photo of the river where I walk the dogs each day - it's so beautiful!

Thanks so much for popping in! That's all for now folks! But please check out the link widget below to see more Glow artwork! 


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

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Black squirrel fine dining on a peanut!

February 6th: Next Thursday's theme is Dining. 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! ๐ŸŽจ

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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74 comments:

Christine said...

Wow on your charcoal portrait, didn’t know about white charcoal. And the Poltergeist take is funny
You have been so creative discovering this new pizza!

Elephant's Child said...

I LOVED your drawing - and as usual I am awed.
How wonderful to be able to learn pizza making fron an Italian nonna.
Your winter is incredibly beautiful - and good luck with all of your projects.

Valerie-Jael said...

Love Bugs bunny getting hyped up for Poltergeist! And your white on black drawing is fantastic, BIG wow, way to go! And that Pizza would make me glow, too, looks wonderful. Your river scene looks so tranquil, you live in a beautiful place. Have a glowing day, hugs, Valerie

Elkes Lebensglรผck said...

hello rain
wonderful your posting. Oh yes, the flicker box can glow when such a film comes. Great your picture.
Oh wonderful your photo and also there delicious food. The squirrel with the peanut how cute that is with all the snow!
Good luck with everything you do!
hugs Elke

NatureFootstep said...

I love the drawing you made of yourself. Really good, and of course I wish we had that amount of snow over here. My world is grey and dull :(

I posted two links today. One os from last weeks PPF and you have seen it. But I thought is wa perfect for the challenge. Then I created a new post and added some glow there as well :)

Have a gret week
Monica/NatureFootstep

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Your take on glow first made me think about my days of youth sitting in front of the glow of the television set at night. Then, I noticed that you did a spin off of Poltergeist with Bugs which broke me up. :D

Your charcoal likeness is amazing! You did a great job drawing yourself. My hat is off to you. Wait a minute, I'm not wearing a hat but you are. Go ahead, tip your hat for me. :)

Oh yum, that pizza looks fabulous! I guess if I lived out in the middle of nowhere like you that I'd have to find creative foods to make in the kitchen. Your dishes always looks so delicious and I know Alex loves everything you make. Can you email me a slice of pizza?

Your snowy landscape is gorgeous but I'm happy admiring it from afar. I really don't want the fluff here. The cold is bad but if we had that kind of snow it would shut the city down for weeks or at least on our street as the road crew wouldn't make it to ours to clear it off. Secondary roads rarely get help. In the words of a city sup, 'You'll have to wait for Mother Nature to do the work'. Okay thank you city of Knoxville!

A black squirrel? I've not seen one. We have grayish brown squirrels in our area and of course, I know about red squirrels and we've seen white squirrel in western North Carolina but never black ones. Oh wait, should I say African-Canadian squirrel? Ha! According to Wiki the black squirrel population is small and they are more commonly found in the Midwest and northeastern US, Canada, and the UK. I guess this is why I've never seen them.

Have a doodletastic day and thanks for hosting the artsy fun!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

WOW!!!! that negative image drawing is outstanding.it is perfect! i am going to start watching that youtube woman today!

wyomingheart said...

Wow, Rain! That charcoal of you is stunning! Do you think that black squirrel is one of the ones you raised? That pizza looks fantastic! Have a fabulous week!

baili said...

oh my this image of your is master piece

the way it is taken made it extraordinary indeed dear Rain !

looks like beautiful art to eyes ,so intelligent of you to take inspiration from :)

bunny fulfills the theme nicely :)

i am glad that you are enjoying your weather ,absolutely stunning image of snow
food is delight to look at
good for you to learn more recipes from Italian lady :)

more blessings to your days dear Rain!
hugs!

Martha said...

Wow, awesome artwork! That negative image drawing is amazing. And I LOVE that first one. So cool!

Leigh said...

Just posted my link. Now, here's my comment!

I have to agree with the others, your self-portrait is fantastic. I knew you were a natural!

Rain said...

Hey Everyone!! I LOVE how many people are participating this week!!! It's monthly shopping day (groan), so I'll be in touch soon!!! xx

Laurie said...

I also have watched that YouTube channel, when the gramma hauls out that sheet of plywood bread kneading board you know you’re in for a treat. What astounds me is the sheer amount of dough she works with, huge amounts. I’ve watched every video, she’s amazing, her simplistic good healthy food is what we all should be eating. I’ve tried a few of her recipes, the recipes are all carried in her head and her family is so lucky to have, her method of raising the dough always makes me smile. I know you’re art work is wonderful, it always is. Soon I hope to actually see it! Have a great time house hunting!

LA Paylor said...

Hi Rain... those pizzas look so good. I have to go look at her link despite not enjoying cooking that much these days. I wish I could just paint with prompts but can't seem to... I'd like to be part of your group.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

I do remember the movie ... I am surprised you are old enough to remember. In your pictures you look soooo young and beautiful. Your negative image of yourself ... Oh my, I thought it was a photo of you. How talented you are. I mean I have always known you were talented, but you keep outdoing yourself! And, I still can't get over how much energy your put into life ... all that you do. There should be some form of special recognition in your honor.

So you know, my daughter in back in the rehab facility and it will take her awhile to regain her strength, but hopefully we are on an upward swing. Thank you for your thoughts ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your negative image art is AWESOME!

Linda said...

I love your charcoal drawing of yourself! It’s beautiful! I admire your ability to draw! I’m going now to visit your YouTube link! Thank you for that....

Becki said...

When I first opened up this post and saw the Bugs Bunny picture and the theme, I laughed - thinking how perfect was your picture. And then I saw the charcoal drawing of yourself, and I gasped! It's so beautiful, Rain. Firstly, you're a very pretty subject, so it's beautiful in that regard. But you've so perfectly drawn the positive spaces on that piece of black paper. It's just stunning.

Going back to look at it now. And then to check out the link to Buon-A-Petitti. I just love reading about and watching what older people do in the kitchen. They have so much experience and it's wonderful that their knowledge can be preserved in this way.

Magic Love Crow said...

Love Bugs and I love the image you did of you! Wow! That pizza looks so good! Love the winter scene! Beautiful! Big Hugs!

Nicole said...

Wow your charcoal portrait is beautiful.
How is the house hunt going ?
That pizza looks delicious !!! Gotta check out that youtive channel.
Our house is still bug invested ... crazyness I tell ya. I am the only one in a household of 7 people that is not sick as a dog. I am running marathons ...but I am feeling good so I am very grateful for that. " enjoy" shopping day ;)

Jenn Jilks said...

Mamma Mia! I love it.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What a great image of yourself, both in the original photo and especially your charcoal rendering, Rain. I also didn't know about white charcoal but what a great effect! Thanks so much for the info on the YouTube channel. I watched a bit of one that I clicked on after reading this post. I will be watching several more and that pizza is amazing. Now, I want to make it this weekend because it's one of our favorite homemade meals, maybe not the healthiest but so good with a glass of red wine or beer! And that snowy view that you walk the dogs in is just beautiful but sadly we currently have no snow here in Nashua, NH. Can you send me a bit?

Unknown said...

the charcoal self portrait is brilliant. Good luck with the house hunting.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hi Rain, at last I am here.. didn't think i'd get here today little Freya has been very #NEEDY.. haa haa. Your take on Poltergeist Bugsy Bunny looks so absorbed I agree it was a scary movie in its day.
Love working with black and white in my youth it took many year before I could to introduce any colour to my drawings and portraits, I still prefer pencil and ink work to anything but keep that just for me now. Your self portrait is a fine piece and would make a great wall print.
Another fabulous view of the mountain scene around, not sure my little girl would like the cold on her puppy paws though.
Thanks for sharing and hosting, I do hope I can play more soon.
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Sandi said...

Your snow is SO BEAUTIFUL. We have not had any yet this winter.

Your squirrels are black?? I don't think I have ever seen a black one, just gray or brown. I grew up in Michigan. I would have thought our squirrels up there would be similar to yours. I mean, we were on the border, but with Ontario (Sarnia) not Quebec, but still. I think I am overthinking this, ๐Ÿ˜Š

Not a fan of horror movies. But your artwork is FAB!

Crafting Queen said...

Love the painting. Those pizzas look super yummy.

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

Your charcoal portrait is fabulous.

Linda Kunsman said...

Love the bugs bunny Poltergeist:):) And oh rain, your charcoal drawing is spectacular-wow!!! The way you have captured the light of your lovely image is just beautiful.

Funny, I just made homemade pizza and sauce recently although it wasn't this recipe. Of course, I am going to check this You Tube series out;)
Your winter scene does look beautiful but I am thankful not to have that in my parts right now. Happy PPF and have a great weekend!

Nadya said...

What fun pieces you shared, and Love your theme of glow! Life actually emits light - Biophotons (from the Greek - ฮฒฮฏฮฟฯ‚ meaning "life" and ฯ†แฟถฯ‚ meaning "light") are photons of light in the ultraviolet and low visible light range that are produced by a biological system.
Happy PPF and Art date

Fundy Blue said...

Great self portrait, Rain! And thanks for the Buon-A-Petitti link. I'm going to check that out. Have a great weekend, Rain! Enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside.

Stefanie said...

My husband bought these pine nuts from Whole Foods and boy are they big. I keep telling him the squirrels would love them.

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I LOVE charcoal!! I also got a bunch of tinted colours of charcoal too that I have yet to discover! The pizza discovery is awesome! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Elephant's Child! :) Watching that Nonna's videos are amazing, she is teaching me so much! And her food is good!

Rain said...

Thanks Valerie :) The pizza sure made me glow with happiness! It was so good! We ate it three days in a row lol! We do live in a beautiful area, it's just way too populated by loud people now!

Rain said...

Thanks Elke :) I love watching movies in the dark. It's so much fun but I think Bugs Bunny isn't going to enjoy it so much lol! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Monica :) Of all the complaining I do about the snow, it really is beautiful and I like it over gray and dull. But it's just so cold! I'm very late catching up but I will be by to check out all of your links!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) I'm happy you enjoyed Bugs...he won't be in front of that tv for very long if the ghosts get their way lol! :) I love your sense of humour! My hat is now tipped for you! Honestly Cathy, we ate that pizza THREE dinners in a row...even if I had time to post something tomorrow, it would all be that pizza ha ha! The black squirrels are rare to see around here. We mostly see gray and little red/brown critters, but once in a while the black ones show up and it's such a treat!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Joyce :)) I hope you enjoy Gina's channel, I think you will! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :) Our little squirrels were red/brown! We often see one of them around, Spunky, he was the more independent of the three. When we call his name he just sits and looks at us! It's so cute, I'm going to miss that little fella when we move, I kind of wish we could bring him with us!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Baili! :)) I do love how that charcoal turned out! It was so simple, but so wonderful to see the final piece! That Italian lady has some great food and she's so much fun to watch, though at times I don't really understand what she's saying, her accent is to thick! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) I don't think Bugs knows what's just about to happen to him lol! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Leigh :) I feel like I finally found my favourite medium! Of course that will change I'm sure lol! I'm so glad you joined in! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Laurie, I hope beyond hope that I'll hear you say one day "I can see!" !!! :) Praying for you! I think it's so neat that you know Gina's channel. I agree, and so far I've seen that she works with 5 pounds of flour in most of her recipes. My gosh I laughed when she said "today I make a little pizza"...she made FOUR HUGE ones lol...I'm so glad I found her. What recipes did you make of hers? I think I'm going to try one of her pastas next.

Rain said...

Thanks LeeAnna :) I think if you watch that channel you may get interested in doing some cooking, she's addictive! It would be nice if you could join in, but I totally understand not being able to work with prompts! :) I'm glad you're still stopping by! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Andrea :)) You're very sweet! I am in my 52nd year now and I VERY MUCH love that you said I look so young!!! :) I'm so happy that your daughter is doing better, I'll keep her in my thoughts and wish for a full and strong recovery! xx

Rain said...

Thanks so much Debra! :) I enjoyed using the white charcoal!

Rain said...

Thanks Linda :)) I think you'll enjoy the food channel, that woman is wonderful!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Becki :)) I really appreciate your comment and that you mentioned the positive spaces! I'm learning all of this, as it's pretty new to me, and honestly sometimes hard to figure out. I'm always so tempted to add more charcoal, paint, ink...it was hard for me to stop and just add minimal medium! It's such a learning process! I'm so glad to share Gina's food channel, she's wonderful to watch, a little hard to understand, but her food is amazing as I can attest to personally now! :))

Rain said...

Thanks Stacey! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Nik :)) Well, I've been looking for houses and so far I've found about a dozen that could be potentials. I sent them to our agent in New Brunswick and I have to wait on him to get all of the information. I haven't found much in Nova Scotia yet though. But things start to really pop up in March...I found a PERFECT place...here's the link ( https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/21191146/-shinnickburn-road-cains-river ), but it doesn't have electricity! So the bank won't finance it...ugh! If you have time, I think you'll love watching that Italian grandma cook, she's amazing! I hope you and the family are through with the sickies!!!

Rain said...

You said it Jenn lol!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Dorothy :)) I will send you ALL of my snow lol! Actually it's not really the snow that bothers me, it's the cold. I can't handle it most days, but I force myself out when walking the dogs, and we all get used to it! It starts to become very exhilarating to be out in the woods when it's cold and snowy, then I get used to the warmth at home and don't want to go out again lol...same thing each day! Let me know if you make her pizza!!! Ours turned out amazing, I had mine with a bit of "Moozarell" and Alex had his authentic style like Gina likes!! :) For me it's red wine with pizza every time!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks to "Unknown" for your comment! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Tracey :))) I think that little Freya may need boots for this weather...even our husky Charlie - who was basically bred for snowy cold conditions, needs boots once in a while. I've noticed that when the dogs are out in the yard and their feet get too cold, they lie down for a while to give them a break. That was interesting to see! But I still try to help them out in the cold with sweaters and booties! I did the opposite of you, I started with colour now I just love black and white! I'm so glad you joined in this week, I'll be dropping by soon, I'm so late this week, sorry about that!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Sandi :) The snow really is pretty but I can't handle the cold! We don't often see the black squirrels, they're pretty rare around here, usually it's the gray and red/brown ones!

Rain said...

Thanks Anesha! :) The pizza was SO good!


Rain said...

Thanks so much Lin :)

Rain said...

Thanks Linda :)) I'm pretty proud of that charcoal! That was a first for me, trying not to add TOO much white! I'm an over-adder when it comes to medium lol...I think you'll love Gina's channel, she's really fun to watch and her recipes aren't very hard...you just have to scale them down because she makes food for an army!

Rain said...

Thanks Nadya! :) I LOVED your comment, thanks so much for the lesson in light!!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :)) I hope you like her channel! She had great food on there and it looks all so easy! :)

Rain said...

I think you're right Stefanie! They love pine nuts. When we had the little squirrels at home, we picked up a bunch of pine cones from the woods and the squirrels picked out the nuts and loved them! :)

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

great job with your white chalk! You did an awesome job. Thanks for posting they linked to the little Italian lady would love to see what some of her recipes look like

Tammie Lee said...

All your art is fun. Your self portrait is beautiful and I do recognize you in it, even though we have never met in person.

Love your wintry world, so pretty, much like ours, but it is above freezing and there is no snow on the trees now. It is even raining. Such an odd January and now Feb. So warm for our area.

Nicole said...

Oh my that place is gorgeous ... how perfect that would be and 10 acres is a great size for homesteading. Dang about the electricity. There is no way around that eh ??

Rain said...

Thanks so much Nancy :) I think you'll love Gina's channel! She's so REAL and fun to watch!!!

Rain said...

Thanks Tammie :)) Nice to see your comment. Our winter is typical at this point. I wouldn't mind some really mild days though!

Rain said...

No Sis...not with the bank. They're so primitive lol...if the place is off grid, they figure it's not worth their while to finance it. But yeah...10 acres...and no neighbours! I still haven't heard from the agent yet though!

DVArtist said...

You are always so busy. I love your glowing self and that pizza. I went to her sight and will be making some of her recipes. Have a great Sunday.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely artwork ~ wonderful self portrait ~ and gorgeous photos ~ yummy pizza ^_^

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

Rain said...

Thanks Nicole!! :) Oh tell me when you make her recipes, we can compare notes!! I want to make some of her pastas!

Rain said...

Thank you Carol :) The pizza was really delicious! :))

Lowcarb team member said...

I just like everything about this post, it's great!

All the best Jan

sandy said...

your charcoal portrait - wow. good job. and poltergeist drawing - love it.

I really want to join in on Thursdays - i will make an effort this year (see I gave myself a lot of wiggle room for not totally committing, lol The minute I commit to something it's like I get tongue tied.:))

but it sounds fun and i want to do it

Jenn said...

The white charcoal of you is awesome!!
Also LOVE the winter scene image....stunner!