Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday Art Date: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Hello Friends and Merry Christmas!! 😊🎅😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - what are your plans for the next few days? My guests are starting to arrive to share Christmas with me! 

"Christmas Eve" (white charcoal on black paper)

The 25 Days of Looney Tunes Christmas Doors:

Porky Pig

Egghead Junior

Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf

Daffy Duck

Foghorn Leghorn

Pepe Le Pew

Yosemite Sam

Bugs Bunny

When I first committed to Alexandra's 25 Days of Christmas Doors, I didn't realize how much time would be involved in these daily drawings...finding the concept, drawing and colouring! I will definitely need to be better prepared for these challenges in the future - but it was SO much fun. Above are my last offerings for the challenge!

Breakfast for dinner (Toasettes and Crepes filled with Jarlsberg cheese) and my Yule Log Cake. The cake was so delicious with my Homemade Egg Nog (spiked with Pear Brandy)!

Cauliflower and Cheddar Quiche - a monthly favourite; Pasta Alfredo with Tiramisu for dessert. Though it looks yummy, this Tiramisu recipe from Taste of Home was too heavy on the yogurt. I was looking for a quick version of the cake to make - next time I'll stick to my recipe! We still ate it all! 😋

Creamy homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese! I tried this recipe for the soup and it was really delicious, the only thing I'd do next time is reduce or omit the butter! 

Close-ups of the Canine Critters. No matter what's going on in my life, my dogs are the brightest lights of my days. They bring me the most joy, fun and love!

I finally got my bird feeders up! This is the first customer!

After seeing pictures of my bird-watching friends feeding birds from their hands, I decided to try it out and I'm so thrilled and grateful to have tried!

And I got a Spirograph! I'll have a lot of fun with this!!

I'm linking up with these wonderful bloggers today, please visit them for some really interesting posts! And why not join in on the link parties?

Friday December 25th: Paint Party Friday
Saturday December 26th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday December 28th: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more 'Twas The Night Before Christmas artwork!


Lady Moon (Ink, Acrylic Paint and Graphite)

December 31st: Next Thursday's theme is Full Cold Moon - our last art date of the year! 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. Check out the 2021 Themes here!

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  1. I just love Yosemite Sam's cabin and Daffy Duck "Scrooge" with Bugs as the "Jacob Marley" door knocker! And I had a Spirograph when I was an adolescent -- loved the beautiful symmetrical designs I could make with it!


  2. What a welcoming image you (and Jack) have created to welcome your guests to the party. Looks like they have brought gifts, too. I know they will appreciate the food, drink, and cookies you will ply them with.

    Your charcoal drawing is incredibly clever. The Santa and sleigh with reindeer over the moon is amazing.

    You put a LOT into the Looney Tunes Christmas Doors. I can see why it took so long to create these. Not only did you have to come up with a different character each day, as well as a different door, you had to color each one, too. I'm sure you will look back on these over the years and appreciate just how very, very impressive they are.

    How nice to be able to feed birds from your hand. Looks like it was quite successful, too.

    I had a spirograph for years. I loved it. When my basement flooded one year, the spirograph never made it back from storage. I searched high and low, but it wasn't in any of the boxes the packers returned. I was quite sad about that, too. I know you will love yours.

    Have a totally wonderful, joyous, safe, and healthy Christmas, dear Rain. Now I really, really want a grilled cheese sandwich!

  3. Loving your art (particularly the white charcoal on black paper), drooling at your food (if I short out the keyboard it is your fault). And loving your furry companions too. Isn't hand feeding birds amazing.
    I wish you the very best Christmas - and an even better year to follow.


  4. What wonderful drawings these are ... wave lovingly to you and step inside .. sweet everything and lots of fun pictures, i love this!!!!
    When it comes to food, you're great artists with so much delicious, I love cheese and sweet!
    But these are also golden shots of your four-legged friends and I can fully understand that you love them. Caresses from me !!!!!
    Sweet as the great tit sits on your hand, that gives you confidence. The spirograph oh yes I know it where I was little, great that you have something like that. Have fun with it!
    I wish you a happy Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and Alex, hugs Elke

  5. Hi Rain, I didn't know white charcoal even existed, your picture is beautiful. Cartoons are fun and I can see a lot of time and planning has gone into them - thanks for sharing and making blogland a brighter place :) How lovely that birds are coming to your hand - tha'ts something I would like to do but with a cat it would not be practical sadly. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a safer and better New Year 2021.

  6. Have a wonderful Christmas, stay safe and well! Hugs, Valerie

  7. I loved scrolling through your sketches to see how your looney tune characters get ready for the season, the look on Daffy's face is priceless. I used to love my spirograph as a child.. Merry Christmas to you and yours & stay safe our Christmas will be very different from those in the past.. here's to extra canine cuddles. Hugs Tracey xx

  8. Beautiful blog with beautiful drawings and the food looks delicious.
    I wish you and all your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a healthy 2021.
    Greetings Irma

  9. Hello Rain,
    You have cute guest for Christmas! I love your cartoon art work. The food looks delicious! Your canine critters are adorable, dogs are full of joy. I would love to hand feed a bird, my birds spook easily.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. Great to have those chickadees visit your feeders, and now that you have fed them by hand your life is complete! Try it without gloves; it is even more satisfying. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  11. ...a Spirograph, I had one as a kid! I hope that you will enjoy a healthy and joyous Christmas. I'll be back tomorrow.

  12. I love your artwork, Rain! And the food, of course. LOL
    I bought a Spirograph for my kids when they were little but I think it was mostly for me. They didn't use it but I did!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  13. Your art always amazes me, you are so talented! All the food looks so delicious too. Love all the critters, so cool to feed the little birds by hand! Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

  14. All of your food looks so good! I'm guessing all the cheese was made by you? Amazing! Spirograph... inherited from an older sibling. I loved it but never got the hang of making designs using the long, thin pieces. Still, it was wonderful seeing what I could make! Have a very merry Christmas with all your furry friends, Rain. -Jenn

  15. i love that you joined all of your friends in that first drawing!!! you sure have been busy. the food looks so yummy. merry xmas eve my friend! i'm cooking like crazy!

  16. Love your Christmas Eve and Lady Moon pieces. So enjoying your 25doors of Christmas too! Merry Christmas Rain!

  17. Happy Christmas to you, Rain, and to your darling drawings! And I have a feeling everyone will be eating well at your house this week!

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Rain, all your art is lovely and I particularly love the charcoal etching of Santa soaring across the moon. Your dog faces makes me yearn to have a dog again....Damn allergies. Just looking at your food puts the pounds on!! I always wanted a cool. Isn't it fun to have the birds come to your hand? I have a friend who has had a Pine Grosbeak eat seeds off of her hand. So far, we just have the Chickadees doing that. Have a lovely, peaceful Christmas in your new home. All the best.

  19. Love your doors. Have an enjoyable Christmas. It will be very quiet for us this year.

  20. Merry Christmas Rain! The charcoal of Santa is wonderful (as, of course, are all of your drawings).

    I do love the vintage Spirograph (one of the wonders of youth)1

  21. And of course I forgot to say I love your Night Before Christmas piece!

  22. Rain,

    You never fail to amuse me with your cleverly humorous sketches. You do a marvelous job with the Looney Tune characters and the 25 Days of Christmas Doors challenge you met with flying and green to be precise! :)

    Thank you for hosting the Thursday art date. It's been such a blast when everything else in 2020 was going down the tubes. I hope you and Alex and all the furbabies have a beautiful and blessed Christmas, dear friend! Sending hugs and love to you!!

    PS: I LOVE your charcoal Christmas Eve - fabulous job!

  23. Thanks Friends! You make my day with your lovely comments!!!
    Jenn: The only cheese I don't make is the orange Cheddar because I don't like the colour additive, so we buy Balderson, it's an Ontario cheese and VERY good! But only cost-effective if you get it at Costco!! $$$

  24. Hi Rain, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. John

  25. Que pases una ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!

    Saludos desde Salamanca.

  26. Merry Christmas, Rain!
    What a beautiful array of foods. You are so impressive. Talented, as well. I love your art.

  27. You're hooked now Rain. I guess you'll be asking Santa 🎅 for binoculars next year. Love those colourful cartoon characters and Lady Moon is very clever. Enjoy your Christmas. And take a rest!

  28. You do such a wonderful job with your artwork, Rain. Very impressive. That was a BIG commitment to do that challenge this time of year. Good for you.
    Have a blessed, wonderful Christmas with your family- xo Diana

  29. That's a nice bird feeder for them. Do you ever get squirrels on it too? I really like how the reindeer came out in your charcoal. Sam the Sheepdog made me smile. Love, love your canines.

  30. All of your paintings are so good! Leghorn Foghorn has always been one of my favorites. You have a Chickadee on your hand!! That is amazing. You and Deb! I need to try. :) Love your snow pictures. Just had to check in and wish you and Alex and the three doggies a Merry Christmas! Love, Henny

  31. These are all just amazing. I love your art. It's like watching cartoons. LOL Wonderful spread on the food too. I know with all the goodies you made my favorite is that perfectly made grilled cheese. Yuummm. Wishing you have a nice Christmas.

  32. Wonderful pictures! You are so talented!! A spirograph? I had one of those when I was little I LOVED that thing. Hmm, kinda makes me want one now! Be sure and post your art with it, can't wait to see.

    Merry Christmas to you all, including the fur babies!

  33. What a treat all your drawings are. Very cute! Merry Christmas!

  34. Hope you had a wonderful Xmas ~ Beautiful and fun digital artwork ~ favorite is the second one ~ lovely!

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  35. Really cute sketches. They look like children book illustrations. And the charcoal painting is so beautiful. Merry Christmas. Have a nice weekend. :)

  36. Hey Beautiful Soul! I have missed you!! So happy everything is going well and you're safe and happy, in your new home! Your art made me smile, BIG TIME!! The first one is so cute! I truly love them all! And, all your food! Holy Rain! LOL! Mouth watering! Happy your fur babies are doing well too! Love seeing the birds and your have a Spirograph! So cool! Big Hugs and Merry Christmas!

  37. Hello Rain,
    I just love your art work, the first image of your and your furbaby welcoming your visitors is awesome. Love the sweet dogs. I wish I could hand feed my birds, what fun! Grilled cheese and tomato soup sounds yummy, maybe my lunch today. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Also, thank you for all your comments and links this past year. I wish you all the best in 2021, a very happy and healthy NEW YEAR! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  38. Hello Rain,
    your white charcoal darwing is just lovely!
    Plus... I have noticed a scrumptious tiramisu'! ;)
    All the best!

  39. Love your art, so humorous and cute. I did not know that white charcoal exists. I assumed that it was black. Your food looks delicious. But, where is the waffle iron you bought? Blessings to you and your husband.

  40. Lobe you sense of fun, some great art. have a great Christmas .

  41. Rain, belated Christmas greetings to you and Alex as i did not turn on the computer the past couple of days. The artwork was so much fun to see and the food looked so good just in the photos! One of these days I will try making our own egg nog as once the holiday season is over it's no longer available on store shelves. Your version adapted from Williams Sonoma seems just the drink for a winter's eve!

  42. you are quite the talented artist!! i remember the spirograph and having lot's of fun with it. i guess it was the primitive way of making art!!

    how thrilling to feed the chickadee by hand, lucky them, lucky you!!

  43. You really do fit so much into your days and then share everything with us - it's wonderful to see.

    Hoping your Christmas was a good one, here's to a Happy New Year.

    All the best Jan

  44. Merry Christmas dear Rain ,wishing you and Alex more happiness ,health and peace in new year my amazing friend !!!

    such a treat to eyes this post of yours as always :)))

    first painting made my day :))) loved you within cartoon world with real smile :) so true of you indeed :) warm ,loving and most friendly :)

    enjoyed the loonytoons series thoroughly as they are my favorite and always will be :)
    the santa with his carriage riding through clouds is amazing and beautiful !
    oh i will return to check your food page as each one looks yummy ,delicious and mouth watering lol
    how amazing to feed bird with hand :) loved the feeder shot
    more grace of Lord to both of you dear Rain!

  45. Love your drawings for the challenge. They are beautiful drawings and you are a very good artist. My eyes are feasting on all the delicious food and cakes. Dogs are their owner's best and faithful friends. Must be wonderful to get a bird to feed from your hand. Beautiful Lady Moon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to you and yours.

  46. Your art is especially fun for the holidays! Enjoy your week! hugs, Diane

  47. Porky, Bugs, Tweety Bird, so many of my friends from childhood - Happy New Year!

  48. Love your drawings, Rain. They are funny. Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment again.

    Stay healthy and well, dear blogfriend.
    Happy MosaicMonday

  49. Rain - eggnog is one of my favorite holiday drinks - I will have to try it next year with pear brandy! I am so glad for you that birds came to your hand - it is an indescribable experience. Ah, the Spirograph. One of my favorite toys as a child - I might still have it downstairs somewhere!! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, and Happy New Year to you!

  50. Love the beautiful drawings! And the food looks delish!

    Happy 2021!

  51. Great art work! Love the doggies sweet faces :) We have feeders too, love the birds!!!

  52. Hi Rain, I could not resist a second comment. :-) What a cool post. You have captured the essence of the season. Happy New Year to you and yours. John

  53. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches ~ What could be more Canadian than that on a cold winter's night? You are so creative whether drawing or cooking. Thanks for sharing, Rain!

  54. WhooHoo! I used to love Spirograph. It would be fun to use one again. It is a pretty cool tool.


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