Thursday, March 3, 2022

Thursday Art Date: πŸ‰ Dragons πŸ‰


Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art Date! 😊😊 Today our theme is Dragons.  Bugs had a great idea to pose as Bilbo Bunny Baggins. The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings were stories I read over and over during my teenage years...and as an adult, I have very much enjoyed the movies! This is a scene where an unsuspecting Bilbo is about to realize he's not alone! Smaug, the Dragon, is watching his every move!


Thanks so much to Christine for stepping in when I was in need. ♥ I feel like I'm still quite depressed, but the longer days are helping me get out of bed...despite the pain we all have to endure, life must go on.


Here is my ink and graphite drawing of a Dragon underwater. I enjoyed this drawing, a little different from what I normally do.

I also uploaded the video showing me creating this drawing. It's time-lapsed and it shows my process from start to finish.


Back in January, I'd recorded about a dozen of these #shorts videos of me drawing various Looney Tunes. I uploaded a few of them the last few weeks if you're interested.



As for food, it's been pretty much comfort meals. I made two versions of Linguine Puttanesca. I was in the mood for green olives and I used capellini pasta in mine.


We're in "empty the freezer/pantry" mode lately! We had potatoes to eat so I made my Fricassee Potatoes and melted some Cheddar on top. Yum! I guess this could be a variation on the Poutine...maybe that's a stretch!


I'm officially OUT of canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce! From the 180 pounds of tomatoes I canned last September, I have 2 Mason jars of salsa left. Geez...I'm going to have to get 250 pounds of tomatoes next fall so I'll have enough at least until spring! Ideally I've love to be able to grow that much on my own...and I have a big garden planned this year, I'll cross my fingers that I'll get that many!


I also made Breakfast Burritos. These burritos are filled with the Fricassee Potatoes, Cheddar, Salsa and some cooked eggs. Sometimes I'll add kidney beans if I have them.


I had one high energy day where I decided to do some baking therapy: Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffins, Baked Sour Cream Donuts and Brownies.



Part of my frugal life is trying NOT to leave the house from New Year's through to March...it's not always possible, but so far I've been able to stay home for the last month. I'm experimenting these days...making my Camembert Cheese using milk and cream that I put in the freezer last December. I guess I'll know in 6 weeks how that turns out!


That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more "Dragons" creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date: click on the links below for a description of the theme and inspiring images!

March 10th: Mythical March ~ ✨ Fairies
March 17th - Mythical March ~ πŸ˜‡ Angels πŸ˜‡
March 24th - Mythical March ✨ Unicorns
March 31st - Mythical March ~ πŸ™ Mermaids and Water Creatures πŸ™

This art date is all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

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! All spam and non-related links will be removed! The link gadget expires Friday at midnight (EST).

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30 comments:

Stefanie said...

Always yummy goodies made in your kitchen. I liked the colors you used for Bugs and all the details you drew in the dragon.
My new blog up is up if you're interested: With Book and Wool Here and a Spatula and Thread There.

Christine said...

Great to have you back Rain! Love your dragon art and the food looks great!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have been out of the loop for so long, I thought Christine was still hosting. Looks like I need to go in and edit today's post.

That is a fabulous dragon. You draw so well. You certainly know your Looney Tunes characters.

Those cheesy potatoes are something I could eat all day. Your breakfast burritos sound great, too. And now I want something decadent and sweet!

I froze 1/2 and 1/2 once, and when I defrosted it, it separated badly when I added it to my coffee. It looked like curdled cheese, but tasted ok.

Hope you are doing better, dear.

NatureFootstep said...

Hi Rain, glad to se you are back, every good news is welcome today. There is too much darkness in the world right now.
Your dragon is a beauty. I am working on a piece but the program takes way too ling to process what I did. I might have to abort it. :(

Wee´ll see.
Take care!

Irma said...

You make really beautiful art Rain.
The food looks really delicious.
Greetings Irma

Gillena Cox said...

Yum 😊 I luv pasta.
Welcome back Rain

Much❤love

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Rain

So glad to see you back! Love Bugs the dragon! Your food all looks delicious.
I would love it all, I enjoy baking. Take care, enjoy your day!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Hi Rain: When you say it is your plan not to leave the house from New Year through March do you mean that literally - not step outside the door? I go stir crazy after even a day inside, and that rarely happens! Our canning days came to and end a couple of years ago, but we never came anywhere close to the volume you produced. We did some pasta sauce but beets were top of the agenda for us. Spring is here. Yesterday we saw our first Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles and the Mourning Doves were getting amorous! For dinner we made Kung Pao Chicken (takes mere minutes in a wok) with baby bok choy, stir-fried veggies and udon noodles. Delicious and ready in no time at all.

Jeanie said...

The longer days are such a blessing to me. I just feel better and do get more done. More energy. I love your drawings. I'm with you on not leaving the hose in winter! I'd be perfectly content every day inside doing art, baking, reading, writing.

I'm impressed with your baking and wonderful cooking. I still have some bags of frozen tomato sauce in the freezer and in fact was thinking of breaking one out this weekend! It's nice to know that if every store closed, I would still have pasta sauce for a number of meals!

Mary said...

Glad you are doing better now Rain dear. Can't believe you're running out of tomato sauces - amazing how much you canned last season! All the baking looks delicious too.
Love the dragons - you are such a fabulous artist.
Spring almost, and some blossoming trees are showing color here - really pretty and uplifting as we hear and watch such atrocities in Ukraine. We are quite frightened at what is possible if this madman continues on this path. Prayers are needed big time these days.
Stay well and may you and Alex enjoy springtime when it arrives in your
lovely area of Canada.
Hugs - Mary

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

I'm happy to see you back! I find the best way to fight the blues is to do something I love but I totally feel like you when it comes to longer daylight hours boosting your mood. Even when I'm not down, just seeing the sunlight stretch further into the evenings each day makes my heart soar and a smile spread across my face. :D

I like Bilbo Bunny Baggins. Our youngest daughter was or is a huge Lord of the Rings fan having read the books and seen the movies countless times. We watched the original trilogy while she was still living at home, more so because she was interested. This isn't our favorite genre.

Your foodie pix look fabulous as always! I won't show DH your desserts or else he'll be wanting those donuts. I really need to make Fricassee Potatoes. Yum, yours look so good!

We stay home a lot, but not because we're frugal just logical. However, we need to keep our car battery charged so make the extra effort to drive it at least once a month if it's been awhile since we've driven it. The last thing we need is a dead battery. Our second vehicle is out of commission for the time being, so we'd be in tough spot if our primary car died. We are looking forward to doing more others as Covid continues become less of an issue, though. In May, our son is getting married so we're excited.

Thanks for hosting the weekly art date, my friend. You're in my thoughts and prayers. XO

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your underwater dragon rocks! And I love the dragon's eye in your Bilbo Bugs drawing! That was a great scene in the movie.

Little Wandering Wren said...

I like the idea of winter hibernation and also in my new life batch making the tomato sauce. I am pleased to see you back here, life has sent you a dreadful 5 months. Cheering you through Rain
Wren x

Leftycrafter said...

Welcome back, Rain. Your dragon is exquisite. Very realistic as far as dragons go lol. Your food always inspiring me to try new things. I can not believe you used all the sauce you canned. Wow. Hopefully you will have some gorgeous and yummy cheese in a few weeks.

DVArtist said...

I can't tell you how nice it is to have you back. I have missed you. Great art, I will try to get over to the YT to check these all out. OMG! there is some great looking food there. I hope you join in on Food Wednesday with Kathy. http://hummingbirdwoodlandstudio.blogspot.com/

Christine said...

Thanks for the cute thank you art too Rain, I was happy to help!

Lowcarb team member said...

Pleased to see you back.
I do like your dragons and your food looks very tasty.

Take care, my good wishes.

All the best Jan

sandy said...

it's an adventure seeing all that amazing food and wow how much sauce you went through since September. Glad u are getting inspired a little now that the days are longer. Your animals are like your kids. It's so understandable how much you miss Charlie. Your art, as usual is amazing to me. Love it.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

I enjoyed the Dragon in the live action The Hobbit, but I actually thought the one from the animated Rankin/Bass 1979's version was more impressive, although much less CGI.

There is never a wrong time for breakfast burritos!

Becki said...

It is good to see you back here, Rain. I've missed you, and you've been in my thoughts after your losing Charlie. Your dragon done in graphite and ink is amazing!

Tom said...

...Rain, it's good to see you back and I hope every day becomes better for you!

baili said...

your art is great as always dear Rain the third dragon is spectacular wow so nice!

i am glad you started to feel better my friend the strong and inspiring woman you are i believe that you will be out of the "phase" soon" sending you tons of healing energy !

your food is mind blowing loved the brownies and biscuits most they look really tasty wow !

unbelievable that you have finished your canned food ,i remember how many cans i saw when you packed and shared .

wishing you all the best and yes i loved videos ,granny is my fav as always :)
hugs and blessings!

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Oh dear Rain. The times are so difficult and personal pain only makes it harder to cope. You have shown such strength and it is wonderful to have you back (tho we all appreciate that Christine was able to step in for you). Love your Bugs and his ominous dragon. What a shock that would be ... ever feel like you are being watched? Your art is, of course, spectacular. I love dragons and stories that have dragons ... they can be so heroic and then again, they can be destructive ... I like to stick to the heroic dragons :)

Your food is always wonderful and I am amazed at all of the tomato you have eaten over the winter. Must be what gives you those rosy cheeks :0 Your deserts look so good and I am still not eating sugar ... seems to be the only way I can control my weight. I wouldn't do well if I lived near you, I do think though I would love every minute of it.
Time will ease your pain. I think I told you, I did an Izzi Book of her life and the process helped me deal with her loss ... but our lives will never be the same. My granddaughter bought another mini Aussi to fill the hole in her heart and she is another little Izzi, full of spunk and fun. I would do the same, but as I explained before, I can't do that to a pet as they would surely out live us and be left without their family. But life does go on ... Stay strong and keep doing what you are doing. You bring light into all of our lives ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

I love puttanesca Pasta Too! Just made some last week. And you're baking day oh my gosh I should come to your house! I keep meaning to make cookies on the weekend my favorites oatmeal chocolate chip with walnuts but it seems like I always run out of time. I guess I should make them first thing right after breakfast that I can have cookies for lunch! Hope you're hanging in there spring is around the corner here still chilly but the days are getting longer at least

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Welcome back, Rain, as you can read from the previous comments you were missed and we all know how sad you are still feeling and that is to be expected. I hope that happy memories will sustain you when the sadness lifts. Cooking and baking are great therapy but my problem is in eating everything and those treats and pastas looked so good, but are off limits for me know, sadly. You did an amazing job of canning so many pounds of tomatoes and sure every meal was as delicious as it looked. Hope you are able to grow a larger veggie garden this coming season.

Angie said...

Rain - so glad to see you back again. I hope you can continue to wend your way out of the depression. I love green olives ... and just about everything else you showed us in this post. Which is probably why I found that I had gained five pounds since November!!! Wow - you have gone through a lot of canning!!! Enjoy your weekend!

Betty said...

Sometimes connecting with other people and sharing how you feel like you did on this post is helpful and also expressing your feelings in your art is a good therapy for a bereavement - I still cry sometimes when I think of my little Amber cat and it's been nearly a year now, there is no timespan for accepting loss of loved ones people or pets - but, as you know, in time the raw sadness is replaced by acceptance. Your dragon art is fun and I am glad you are back blogging :)

Cloudia said...

You are water dragon is impressive! And of course I do love bugs and something to eat

Cloudia said...

Don't give up. Life can be beautiful. I know I went through a lot.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Great artwork, Rain, delish food and baking/cooking therapy. Happy to knw you are feeling better. Hang in there! I think everyone with any morality is feeling loss right now. Take care of yourself, xoxo