Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday Art Date: February Films: Westerns


Hello Friends!! 😊😊 

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Westerns! Bugs is acting out a very cliché scene from many-a-Western movie!

Playing with watercolours

I do love visual stories. I used to be an avid book-reader. When I burned out in 2003, I suffered permanent cognitive skill function; and one of the issues I have is the inability to remember things in the short term. This makes reading books very difficult and frustrating for me as I tend to re-read paragraphs over and over because I can't remember what I just read! I've become a visual-gal and movies provide wonderful entertainment for me!


I've been really loving these 3-D Trick Art tutorials I've found on You Tube! Have you ever tried them?



Most Westerns are dominated by a male villain/hero. I loved the movie The Quick and the Dead because Sharon Stone played a tough yet vulnerable heroin in the Wild West. It's a great movie, also stars Gene Hackman (who plays a wonderful villain), Russell Crowe and Leo DiCaprio.


A GREAT Western movie that is on my top ONE...is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This movie has it all. And it has a cast of greats: Lee Marvin (always an amazing bad guy), John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. Of course there are many amazing supporting actors like Andy Divine, Vera Miles and Strother Martin. If you're a Western fan, I'm sure you've seen this movie! :)

Here are the guys one by one (drawn in charcoals):

Lee Marvin

The Duke


Jimmy Stewart


We've been eating leftovers this week and trying to "eat from the freezer"...this happens every year after the holidays! A great comfort food to try is Tortilla Soup.





I've been donut crazy lately too. I made my Baked Jelly Donuts. I also recently got some donut pans and I'm going to try to make all sorts of baked donuts in the very near future!




Incoming!


Shoulders


Hairy Woodpecker Couple


Here is a 9-second video of an Evening Grosbeak hanging out on my window sill!


And a 14-second video of me snow-shoeing with Charlie. She would love to live outside in the winter! She looks so happy.


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? You can meet some really nice people!! 😊

Friday February 5th : Paint Party Friday
Saturday February 6th: Eileen's Saturday's Critters
Monday February 8th: Angie's Mosaic Mondays

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link gadget below to see more Westerns artwork!

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"The Big Combo" (Acrylics 2016)

February 11th: Next Thursday's theme is February Films - Film Noir. 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 revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! Also, if anyone adds a link that has nothing to do with the art date theme, it will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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70 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Bugs looks totally at home on the range.
Love your art.
And your food.
And the avian visitor. And Charlie.
I do hope your stress is taking a back seat. so very much.

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Hello Rain, that is a fantastic posting with paintings!
That's so exciting to watch these actors super drawn And also bunny around the campfire.
The delicious cuties look like Berliners, great.
The bird world is unique to you with the video and
from the high snow the walk.
I wish you all a good week, hugs Elke

Betty said...

Hi Rain, I loved seeing Charlie in the snow - your art is lovely, I didn't paint this week as on a big lates shift rota but will enjoy visiting all the other participants. Your donuts look delicious and the soup too.

Ella said...

I am so sorry that you are suffering from this terrible disease. ❤️
I really don't like western movies! Sorry!
Your Baked Jelly Donuts look nice and they are very tasty ... I think!
The Woodpecker couple is beautiful!
Thank you very much for hosting!
Have a nice day! 🤗

Irma said...

The donuts look really delicious.
You have a nice feeding place for the birds.
Greetings Irma

baili said...

your bugs in western style looks delightful dear Rain :)

i enjoyed all your art adventure today ,you are fast learner and i am amazed the way you are able to create faces with such details !

i too was movies lover and quick and the dead is one of the my favorite of both of us ,watched it three times and each time found it GREAT!

i find old actors face very fascinating ,i can't find such intriguing feeling and expression on new faces i don't know why

loved the videos lol both are amusing ,here in my yard mirror robin often tries to enter haha ,i wish i can record it
yummy food as always!
more blessing to you and family dear friend!

Laurie said...

Your work is beautiful Rain, you draw so beautifully. The doughnuts look and sound amazing! Thank you for hosting again this week.

Leigh said...

Your 3-D horse is fantastic! And all your people drawings look just like the people. I love that you continue to work on your art skills.

Were the bird pics taken with a trail cam? What kind? We've gone through 3 such cameras and had trouble with all of them.

I made Dan some chocolate filled donuts for his birthday, but they didn't turn out as pretty as your jelly filled ones. Must be the baking pan!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The stars, once again, for me are Evening Grosbeaks, eclipsing the movie stars. I think I must be a bit of an oddity almost. I doubt that I have seen a hundred movies in my entire life; Miriam maybe a few more, but not many. It is not our thing, I suppose. We have been together eighteen and a half years now and have not watched a film together so that perhaps tells you that it does not rank highly on our "things to do" list,

Gillena Cox said...

Wishing everyone a Happy Thursday


much love...

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

I love your Bugs sketch! LOL I always thought the episodes with Bugs and Yosemite Sam where a lot of fun. We have The Quick and the Dead in our Amazon Prime cue. You did a nice job on Sharon Stone but my favorite is of The Duke. You did a fabulous job capturing his likeness! Oh yum, do those jelly filled donuts look good. I'm going to steal your recipe! The soup sounds good, too. I've not made either of these recipes so I'm anxious to give them a try. Sometimes small birds will fly up to the kitchen window where they can grab the screen to hang on. It's so cute to see them peek in at me. I have buoy bell (wind chime) just outside my kitchen window and sometimes they will land there or they'll hit the flapper making the bell ring. lol Thanks for hosting the fun. Have a doodletastic day, my friend!

Jenn Jilks said...

A wonderful post. I love the birds and the pup. I can't find my snowshoes. I'm so upset.
I'm working on another sketch!
I'm so sorry about your memory. That's really tough.
I'm glad you are settled in. What a time you've had.

Martha said...

Your art always amazes me Rain! That 3-D Trick Art is really cool. I can't even imagine doing something like that myself. Your food looks delicious and I love all the critters too. :)

Christine said...

Lovely western art today Rain so many wonderful
Portraits. I love tortilla soup although I only has it once in Mexico. The baked donuts look amazing. Sorry to hear about 2003.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The watercolours are very good Rain.

If you want to try a more modern Western (and you have Netflix), try Big Kill. I was actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. I think is some corners there is a revival of this genre.

Tom said...

...perhaps I suffer from permanent cognitive skill function too. I love your sweet and spicy treats. I'll stop back in the morning.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

all of your art is great but that john wayne just blew me away...WOW! and those doughnuts! they look like perfect polish paczki (poonch-key)! yum!

gigi-hawaii said...

You seem to do well as a writer, though. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That 3D Trick Art is great! And your portraits are amazing, especially John Wayne! I'm lusting after those jelly donuts -- in Manitoba, we call them "jambusters." It's a word unique to Manitoba. They were my favourite treat as a kid and I still love them today!

Phil Slade said...

Hi Rain. I have been looking forward to your Western day. But, sorry I have nothing to offer in the way of a blog post that relates to westerns. I have lots of black and white memories from way back when TVs were 12 inch and a trip to the cinema was like a western adventure. I think that's where my interest in North America stems from – I follow North American news and of course North American birds and North American music.

Your charcoal sketches are super, especially the last, even though I don't know the film. But the B&W Sharon Stone wins today for me at least. Keep those bird videos coming, more so when the snow clears and your migrant birds start to arrive from Florida and the Caribbean. Get swotting.

DVArtist said...

Your art is always so exciting. From bugs to 3-D all great. I like the soup but give me a donut anytime. Yours look sooooo good. Nice short videos too. Have a really wonderful day.

Leftycrafter said...

Great sketches of so many greats. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence is one of our faves too. Silverado is another good one with Sharon Stone in it. I have a donut pan too. Mine is silicone and I wish I had purchased a metal one. So far the donuts have fallen apart when I try and remove them from the pan. In will keep trying though.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Today is my daughter's birthday and I am very busy trying to prepare, so I will be commenting late (again:( But, I am having a problem with Mister Linky ... it gives me an error message every time I try to enter my name. Not sure what to do about it ... maybe you could check it out? I will come back later and try again. Sorry :(

Andrea @ From the Sol

Pam said...

I can't paint or draw someone to look like they do....you do AWESOME.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hi Rain! Wow, another of my faves - the Duke. Your charcoal paintings are amazing. You nailed all 3 of those actors. I've read bios of Wayne and Stewart but not Marvin. LV is a classic but I'm more of a Stagecoach and The Searchers Duke fan. And once I learned the back story about True Grit, Wayne totally deserved that Oscar. Here's a good one from his bio: Guess who was Mel Brooks' first choice to play Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles? Yup, John Wayne. Bwahahaha, can you even see that? Wayne had the good sense to politely turn it down. He told Brooks he could never say the N word on screen but he's be first in line to see it because the script was hilarious. xoxo

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Nice! I loved The Quick and The Dead too! I has a sparrow who sat on our window box outside my kitchen window. He pecked and pecked at the glass. I think he wanted in where it was warm! More snow photos please!!! We didn't get much this year sadly...

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

"Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play" ... sorry, just singing along with bugs. I loved cowboys when I was a kid and I probably still would but they seem to have stopped making cowboy movies these days. Yes, Lee Marvin was a bad guy, so I am left with the feeling I didn't like him and when I was of the age where I was watching cowboys, I wasn't paying attention to how good of an actor he was. John Wayne too, I like him because he was a good guy and Jimmy Stewart I loved for other movies like his 6 ft tall invisible rabbit friend, Harvey. But I never strayed from Roy Rogers ... just being loyal, I guess. Your drawings, of course, are superb and I could easily have named them without your help just by looking at them.
Oh, I love Tortilla Soup. Of course I buy mine at the store (Panera's soups are really good), but I can only imagine how good your soup is. And there you go again ... donuts??? How come you don't weigh 200 pounds. I could never each such delicacies and get away with it ... though once again, you make my mouth water :( Your gross Beak probably sees his reflection in the window and is pecking at it because it is in his territory. My cardinals used to do that a lot when I lived on the lake especially the females. So Charlie, like my Izzi, has that wonderful thick winter coat and thus can go out and love playing in the snow without giving a thought to the cold. Sadly, I don't have a tolerance for the cold anymore so I am always trying to rush her back in ... but not before she throws the snow up in the air with her nose, licks it and then dashes around like a wild little Indian. Winter is her favorite time as she gets too hot in the summer. Well enough said ... another wonderful week with you and your followers ... Hope all is well. I am looking forward to getting my vaccine shots so I can feel a little safer ... My husband and I would probably not survive Covid if we came down with it, so it has been a long stressful year. Stay well, Rain ... and see you next week in the dark .... :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

NanaDiana said...

You certainly are talented, Rain. Love how you drawn and paint and your 'take' on things. Love your John Wayne.
Hope you have a great upcoming weekend. xo Diana

Lowcarb team member said...

Great post.
I love your art.
I love your food ... those donuts, so naughty but nice :)

Great photographs and video.

Take care and have a good week and a happy weekend.

All the best Jan

Martha said...

Your artwork is always amazing, Rain! I must make that tortilla soup. It's something George and I would really enjoy. And I love the way Charlie embraces winter! So adorable.

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous art, food, photos and videos, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Granny Annie said...

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a favorite movie of mine. Your portraits of Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin are spectacular!

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WendyK said...

Fantastic character drawings, love them. You manage to get their perfect likeness. That soup looks good as well.

Linda Kunsman said...

Not a fan of westerns- I never did like them at all. However, I AM a fan of your western art here rain- they are all fantastic!
Ooh those donuts look especially good. Haven't had any in our house in years!
Love all the bird photos and the video of the one at the window sill id so fun.
Stay warm, and happy PPF!

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

Great faces. I shall have to look up that 3D art.

Magic Love Crow said...

What a great post Rain! Your art is amazing! That horse 3-D is fantastic! You rock with your art!!! Actually, you rock with your food too! LOL! I would buy some of your donuts1 LOL! Your famous faces are A+++!!! Love seeing your birds so much! Thank you for that Rain! Big Hugs!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Love cowboy theme of your art work. It been a while since I had tortilla soup.
Happy PPF
Coffee is on and stay safe

sandy said...

Always a treat to see your art - you have some really nice portraits you've done. I will check out tutorials - sounds interesting. And those jelly donuts wow.... i wanna grab one right now.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Rain,

It has been a long time since I have watched a Western film. John Wayne is a favorite cowboy and actor. You are so right, Lee Marvin plays a great bad guy or villain. Your Bugs sketch is cute, I love all your sketches and portraits. The soup and the donuts look delicious. You must know I love your bird photos, I love all the birds. I wish the Evening Grosbeaks would visit my yard, there were here once years ago. Charlie does look happy out running in the snow. Wonderful post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Those birds are happy to have a good place to eat! I know you love watching them too! The Western art is very cool. I love old Cowboy books and have a few on my bookshelves. So much to love in this post! Happy weekend!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Those western charcoals of Marvin, Wayne and Stewart were really great, Rain, and yeah to including a woman too. I must admit to not having seen any of the films mentioned as I am not a western movie fan, but you are right that Lee Marvin is always a nasty character even in non-westerns. I know what you mean about reading books and sometimes my concentration also wanders. In truth I enjoy reading but couldn't tell you the plot lines of most of the books I have read, now movies are another story...thank goodness!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I promised to stop by and am finally here. I had to take a break because I was still not well from my surgery. I love how cozy Bugs looks in western garb. He seems to feel right at home there.

I know better than to visit when I'm hungry, but I love seeing your tortilla soup and those donuts.

Great to see Charlie enjoying herself and loved the bird feeder action this week. Although I'm not playing this month, I'll be by to visit next week. Hopefully on Thursday.

Jean said...

Loving your western art. Very well done! Those donuts look yummy!

Cockeyed Jo said...

I made a large pot of 15-bean soup with hot sausage tonight with corn muffins. We just watched our 1st snow fall of winter. I always feel so sorry for huskies in the summer.

Tarang Sinha said...

You sketch really nice portraits. I haven't tried 3-D Trick Art tutorials (don't even know what's that). Will check. Thank you.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful Western them artwork ~ so versatile and creative!

Moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

here they are giving vaccines to the second group which includes people over 65 and essential workers. I am guessing you are not in either of those groups, but I would suggest you look on line for the local Health Department (I got mine through my County Health Department). They should be posting information as to which groups are being vaccinated and which groups are to come. Once your group is up, they should post the when and where information. I know you are pretty much isolated and probably not much at risk, but it won't hurt for you to get protection so it is one less thing to worry about, right?

Andrea @ From the Sol

Shiju Sugunan said...

Great post, it's a visual treat!

Kokopelli said...

Love your picture of the camera at the feeder. So many birds! I really like the 3D horse and really need to look into these tutorials! And no, your charcoal drawing don't look clownish. I really like them! I never drew much with charcoal, as I always seem to have dirty paper all around the drawing. *LOL* Have a great day, Rain!

Belinda said...

Your tortilla soup and baked jelly doughnuts look so good, Rain. And I love your bird feeders. I have two of them on my back porch and they are definitely fun to watch.

John R said...

Lovely artwork. I'm not a big fan of westerns, though I do have a favourite. It's The Searchers. Great cast and storyline.

EricaSta said...

Very interesting to read... and of course delicious to see the Donuts. I love your paintings, Rain, again and again. They are funny! We need to have some fun, I believe.

And... most wanted the Western, with the Stars you painted too!! Especially John Wayne.

Have a wonderful and good week. Stay healthy and well, dear blogfriend 😘
Hugs, Heidrun

italiafinlandia said...

Hello Rain,
your visual art is awesome and...yes, I love donuts too! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Lots of snow, and birds, beautiful. Your art is special. Thanks Rain.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Very cool artwork, Rain! The actors would've been impressed with your charcoals. The photo of your jelly doughnuts has me wanting to make some. :-)

Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped by my Monday WRites today Rain

Much💗love

bill burke said...

Beautiful charcoal sketches, they are very impressive. I love donuts but don't eat them very often, yours look delicious. Have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing your artwork.

Linda said...

I enjoyed this post. Very impressed with the Lee Marvin portrait.

Angie said...

Rain - the author of the book "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", Dorothy Johnson, was raised in Whitefish, Montana. At the museum where I volunteer, we have a display all about her. I like any movie with Jimmy Stewart! Those donuts look mouth-watering. Good thing it is only a picture!! It made me think of paczki donuts, a Polish tradition for Fat Tuesday. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Nancy Chan said...

You are gifted and artistic.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Rain, There is something for everyone here. Love your charcoal sketches, and the cute Bugs Bunny cowboy. Hubby and I are film buffs, so have seen all these westerns, and many of the resent films.

I am so sorry you suffer from permanent cognitive skill function, not
something I have heard of before, but you being a visual girl, has given me, a colourful look into your world.

Your soup, and Doughnuts look delicious, and I loved the video clips, and all your bird visitors.:=)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Hi Rain- your artwork is very nice! Love the birds and the donuts...oh how I wish I could eat a few of those! Have to stick to lower carbs, but donuts are one of those "yummys" that are hard to let go of. Have a nice rest of the week1

Becki said...

I must say I was not at first convinced your horse drawing wasn't 3-D. I looked up how one would do this and I am so impressed! Even watching a drawing made so that it looks 3-D, it still hard not to see it as a 3-D object once it's done. Very cool. :)

Jill Harrison said...

my goodness those donuts look dangerous! I think I need to keep away from those. When I was a young thing in my first job at a university and much slimmer than I am now, I used to buy chocolate coated jam donuts from the university canteen. Yummy! The birds look like they are enjoying your bird feeder. Stay safe, enjoy your week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

Rostrose said...

Oh! I saw that there are problems today, but I haven't commented on this yet ... Great pictures you created - and I'm very happy to see the birds at the feeding place :-) <3
I hope everything will be going as well as usual soon!
All the best, Traude
https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/02/ausflug-in-den-nationalpark-neusiedler.html

Dawn said...

I love old Westerns, the movies and tv shows. You did a great job Rain!and now let's talk about donuts!! oh girl, you're speaking my language.
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Cloudia said...

I wanna eat those goodies in your kitchen and look at your work!

Stefanie said...

I have never seen woodpeckers like those before. They are amazing.

The Padre said...

What A Wonderful Post - Thank You

Cheers

Fundy Blue said...

Oh Lord! There are baked jelly filled doughnuts too? Nooooo! I still haven't tackled art. I haven't given up hope though. Yours is amazing. I was sorry to read about your reading issues ~ but thank goodness for great movies! You really nailed John Wayne, my friend!