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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “H” + #4M

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Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  In 1979, I turned 18. That year, The Doobie Brothers earned a Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year with “What a Fool Believes”.

I invite y’all to hit the dance floor with me for Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me with today’s theme, Grammy Hits the year you turned 18“!

Please note…I do not manage the below linky. I am only a co-host. This is XmasDolly’s little baby and meant for mewsic participation only. Non-mewsic entries may be deleted or labeled. You may want to consider labeling your own entry as NO Mewsic. Thanks! ?


 

I’m switching gears on mewsic because I’m doing the A2Z thingy as you  know and I gonna play some tunes that fit my sketch theme for today.

 

 

 

 

Now that you’re off the dance floor, catching your breath with wildcat Cathy’s turntable selection of some popular 70s mewsic and if you haven’t guess what my subject was for today’s drawing exercise, then  I invite you to take a look at Art Sketching Through the Alphabet with the letter “H”.

Horses are beautiful animals. I’ve only been on the back of a horse once when I was a little girl maybe 3 or 4.  It seemed enormous to met and it felt like I was sitting on top of a mountain.  I was scared and nervous, not to mention there were flies as big as Cadillacs flying around it and the smell…pee-uu-uu! I prefer to admire these critters from afar and I have on occasion photographed them in the Smoky Mountains Cades Cove community here and here.

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂

I appreciate y’all hip-hopping with me today. If you’d like to help, drop some “H” hints in comments for me to sketch!

Alright, it’s time to stop horsing around and head off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the  Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. “G” is for Girls

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Near Big South Fork SWF + CTST Vol. 5

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! This is the 3rd week that I’ve shared Skywatch Friday/Celebrate The Small Things on Thursday.  How is it working for ya? Do you like that I broke up my regular Friday posting to making it more digestible?

I haven’t taken many photos since December with the holidays winding down, the cold weather, and DH’s work schedule.  This isn’t a bad thing. It forces me to look through my archived photos of those not-so-purrfect pictures to run them through a bit photo-editing to share.

In today’s Skywatch Friday I’m pulling out a few images from a day trip to the Big South Fork area of Tennessee from 2011.  These are off the beaten path and honestly, I can’t recall more precisely where we were when I snapped these shots with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. This is what I had before getting a big girl camera (Nikon D7000).

Looking back, I remember it being a rainy, cool April day.  Given that it’s winter I felt this photo needs a B&W touch to trigger a bit of chill down your spine.

We wandered up a gravel road where it came to an end.  This pond looked inviting but the sprinkles kept me inside the car.  The sky was rather bland, so in the Affinity photo editing program, I used the haze remover to make the sky more dramatic.

Later, I decided the little pond needed some friends (I’m sounding a bit like the painter, Ross, now aren’t I?).  I borrowed some free brushes Brusheezy and placed a family to the right of the picture and a woman with a child (silhouette needed to be a bit darker) in the left center of the pond.

When we got close to the main road again we noticed a hawk flying over a field and it landed on a tree limb.  It was really hard to distinguish it from its surrounding, so I used the depth of field feature in Affinity to make the hawk more prominent for the viewer.

Can you see him?  On Wednesday I shared more shots from this day taken of a WWII hero’s home if you’re interested in taking that tour.

Today, I’m celebrating like I do every day, I Celebrate The Small Things in life.

I’m celebrating… the feeling I get with art. I don’t consider myself an artist but I love creating and dabbling with simple sketches and using my Prismacolor pencils is totally uplifting for the mood. I doodled four designs to use for this Valentine’s Day greetings I will share with my children and DH.  I plan to create a special pre-Valentine post with ideas and will include my drawings. 🙂 Also, I’m celebrating getting my exercise time on the elliptical to an hour each day and maxed the resistance for an intense workout. It’s good to be active again!

What are you celebrating?

Please joining CTST’s host Lexa and others to see what they are celebrating this week!

 

 

I will wind things down today with a new meme I thought I’d try hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. The rules are simple. I am to share 3 to 5 movie picks based on a weekly theme and tell ya why.  The category is “Movies About Artists (Painters)”.

I thought it interesting the movie prompt today is about artists and my CTST segment I celebrate my wannabe artist side. 🙂  In all honesty, these sorts of movies wouldn’t be my first pick but I certainly am not opposed to watching them especially if the mood hits me just right. The below list of flicks I haven’t seen but work purrfect for today’s theme choice.

 

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) Charlton Heston portrays the biography of Michael D’Angelo’s facing his doubts and struggles painting the Sistine Chapel upon the behest of Pope Julius II.


A friend recommended this film after I shared A Picture of a Painting last year and if it should ever make its way to Netflix or Amazon Prime then I will watch it. I love old movies!

Frida is the Mexican self-portraitist who survived a near-fatal bus crash when she was 18.  The story revolves around her injuries, art success, and volatile marriage with artist Diego Rivera. Frida is currently available on Netflix, so I watched it mainly because of this prompt. It was interesting to see how this woman lived. She was a bit progressive for a woman of that era. Wikipedia describes her as a feminist and the movie eludes to this fact.  Her dreams gave birth to her folk art style paintings which tell of her life’s struggles and it’s a bit too abstract for my taste. I prefer realistic art. I enjoyed the movie but I doubt if I will watch it again.

 

Big Eyes is a drama based on the 1950s success of paintings by Margaret Keane, whose husband claimed credit and the legal battle to remove her husband as the creator and to gain recognition for her work.

 

The story where the underdog rises to the top in the end, is my kind of flick, especially one that’s been mistreated or misrepresented as Keane.  This along makes it a good reason to see and when it shows up on Netflix then I’m gonna catch it.

Have you seen these movie picks?  Can you think of or have you seen any movies about artists?

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.

 

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#a2zchallenge: What does a horse say? Wordless Wednesday

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I just past the half-way point with this month’s A-Z Challenge yesterday. Getting creative with the daily alphabet prompts is sometimes like trying to find a needle in a haystack when it comes to rolling two hops into one. Needless to say, I got this one covered!  What does a horse say?

With a neigh, neigh here,

a neigh, neigh there.

Here neigh,

there a neigh,

every where a neigh neigh…

DSC_2866DSC_2870DSC_2726DSC_2876DSC_2882I used my big girl camera (Nikon D7000) for all photographs and Fotor photo editor to apply copyright. and make minor adjustments.

The truth of the matter is not a single horse made a neighing sound. I did hear an occasional blustery exhale from those nearest me and that’s because I didn’t have a carrot to spare. Sorry, I just don’t keep loose carrots in my pockets, do you?

Sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…

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To join other bloggers/photographers, scroll to the top of my Home page, click on Daily Blog Hops for more WW communities! It’s so nice of you to come by and I hope you decide to make it a repeat visit to share in my photo ops. Wanna make me or someone else happy? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to see you soon!

 

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Horse in the Cove & Smoky Mountain Memories

Nikon D7000 August 2012 photographed HORSES IN THE COVE

 

I found a freebie photo editing program called FotoFlexer.com, which is really cool to use. On the above picture, I used the photo effect Full Grain. Normally, I do not like seeing a grainy photograph, but this really added some drama to an ordinary scene. In my opinion, and that’s precisely what it needed.

Do you like the sound of mountain folk music? I figure you either love it, hate it, or somewhere in-between. Growing up, I despised the sound of anything resembling bluegrass. All I can say is that was then and this is now. 

Perhaps the reason for the change of heart correlates with my now deeper appreciation for my native Appalachian roots and Irish heritage. These sounds are tightly woven into the music of this mountain music and kindled my sentimental-ness toward banjo picking accompanied with the strumming guitars and mandolins which resonants happiness to my ears.


Today, I want to share with you another song that holds Smoky Mountain Memories….


Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining us for another edition of  Wayback WednesdaysTo participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

Leave a comment letting us know You are now our newest follower and we’ll pop over to your lovely blog. I’m looking forward to sharing memories with you!

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Hanging with Friends

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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