Sunday, January 15, 2017

Art for ABC Wednesday

When I saw a comment by Trubes on a recent post, the enjoyment I found from several years of posting at ABC Wednesday came flooding back.  She and the other volunteers at that meme have truly stood the test of time.  I had dropped out of blogging for 10 months, and had responded less and less to even the kindest of comments.  Yet, there she was, having read my post from beginning to end and taken the time to record her impressions of every detail in it.  Thank you, Trubes.  I am rushing to make it into the "A" posts before it is too late, but I will return to comment on your "Z" post, especially since zithers hold a special place in my heart.  Does this badge (that I have yet to add to my page, but will) mean that the meme will close forever after this tour?  I do hope not, but have to congratulate you, Roger Green, Leslie, Joyce, Gattina, Melody, Pheno, and Troy for running this meme that Mrs. Nesbitt began 10 years ago so very successfully.
For my "A" post, I have chosen "Art" for the theme.  As a musician, I know I fit into the world of the arts, but having never drawn even stick figures with Any success, I had Assumed that drawing was not something I would ever be Able to do.  In fact, I had pretty much Accepted that idea until Bill's cousin, Maryel, visited us at our favourite café (that also happens to be an Art gallery).  She had recently taken up drawing, and I was blown away by her portrayal of an owl.  What an impressive start to her new hobby.  I posted this photo recently but will put it here Again for anyone who missed it.
Inspired by Maryel's success, and encouraged by her suggestion of a place where I could buy some pencils and other Art supplies, and even more encouraged by Bill's enthusiasm that I give drawing a try, I decided to Attempt something that started with "A" for this ABC post.  What I found is this Aye-Aye..  or Aie-Aie (I saw both spellings on line, though I think the first is the more common).  This Madagascar lemur was on the extinct list but was rediscovered in the 1950's. You can learn more about it from this video.
 As Maryel told me, you can learn to draw just about anything from youtube.  Sure enough, there was a video to guide me with specific instructions for my Aye-Aye.  How Amazing is that?? I know this isn't perfect.  I have a long way to go, but it sort of looks like an Aye-Aye.  I'm really happy with this beginner effort.
 And, because I love to include Black Jack in most posts, here she is.  I took this photo of her yesterday..
 and then I tried to do an Artsy photo by cropping the photo to capture her eyes only.  If you look closely, you can see me in one of her eyes.  You can even see the balcony window behind us.
 I also love to include my Adored Bill in most photos, and he spontaneously did this pose yesterday.  I think his eyes are not only Adorable..
 but rather Artsy as well.  I love that you can see the smile in this 2nd shot.
 And then, the laughter. :)
 I guess my camera is something of an Art tool as well, and I liked this scenery shot over False Creek, taken moments after the one showing Bill's eyes.
Since the café at Harrison Gallery is surrounded by beautiful Art, I thought you might like to see a couple of professional paintings.  I love these two by Jose Trinidad.
 Art Around us enhances life so very much, as do All of you at ABC Wednesday for the many ways you Augment our pleasures.  My deep Appreciation to each one of you!!

25 comments:

  1. She is such a sweet looking dog!

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  2. Oh so good to hear from you again ~ Your sketches are divine but your doggie steals the show ~ so adorable and great photos! thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^

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  3. I love the dog, and all the others, great photos.

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  4. Beautiful artwork! I remember you from before and it is good to see you back in blogland.

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    1. Thank you, Sallie. It is good to be back for sure. :)

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  5. Great first piece of drawing! Bill is such a cad too!

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    1. Thank you, FG. I looked up "cad" as I feel sure your definition is more along the lines of "joker" than the "a man who behaves dishonourably, especially towards women" meaning the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries gave.

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  6. Cute dog. I really like all your photos and text. Have a nice week.

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    1. Thank you, Anu! I hope you are having a nice week too.

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  7. Very exciting to try a new skill as we get older and I can see you being very successful. Beautiful sun set and those paintings would be a delight to have gracing my walls.

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  8. It's always amazing to me to find people blogging who sort of travel in the same circles if you know what I mean. I suppose we enjoy some similar things.
    Mrs. Nesbitt.....I saw her and her postings many years ago too... I think I first saw her on Bob the Bear's Blog... did you go there too? I love him. I wish that girl would post again... her name was Helena...but, she fell off the radar after a bit. I miss her sense of humour...

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  9. Oh, and... drawing or painting... yes, do it!! I began taking some cute little watercolour painting classes online from Danielle Donaldson.... what fun I've been having with those.... and, I didn't know I could draw a line til I took a doll face painting class either...but, now..I love drawing eyes...

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  10. Hello, I love your beginner artwork. Well done! Love your sweet Black Jack and great shots of Bill. BTW, I have always enjoy skywatching and the beauty around me long before my blog and my amateur photography. I appreciate your visit and comment. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  11. Love your post with the art work and doggie and even bill. Thanks for visiting my blog too.
    MB

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  12. I really enjoyed reading this post. I also was missing from blogging for a long time. I share the same feeling about Mrs. Nesbitt and hope the ABC meme will continue as it is my favorite one and has continued for so many years. I really like your art work. Hope things are going ok for you and Bill and doggie. You put in some great photos of your area of Vancouver. cheers.

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  13. Great post....lovely photos and artwork....and very lovely fur baby!
    Yes,I agree that art enhances life - for me that's its purpose.
    Happy Tuesday!

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  14. The owl is indeed an impressive start. Funny I don’t remember ever knowing Aye-Aye’s existed until this post and you did such a lovely job of giving the creature a spark and personality. You also have a perfect model in Black Jack, especially when she is perfectly still having a nap. :)

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  15. Love those fur baby's eyes!!!
    And your art sketches....terrific.

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  16. Nice set of pictures! I am still here, although "here" is a different place for few weeks!

    Cheers - Stewart M - (temporarily in) New Zealand

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  17. Love this post, Carol! The photos of bill with Black Jack are adorable!!! I have wonderful memories of visiting the Harrison Gallery with you! I'll have to check out You Tube's art videos. I guess that you can find just about anything on You Tube! Sending you and Bill lots of love and hugs!

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