Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Life after a month of A2Zing is slowly returning to normal. At the end of February, I spied a gorgeous cardinal outside my kitchen window. I was certain by the time I returned with my camera and appropriate lens in hand he would be gone but he wasn’t. My cleaning fairies were on strike, so pardon the image quality it isn’t the best shooting through a dirty window but I got the shot and let those fairies go shortly after. lol
Isn’t he a beauty?
I think he was looking for his mate but she was no were insight. It’s magnificently vivid color stands out against the gray winter morning inciting a bit of glee in this gal. A flash of bright colors really makes the world cheery, doesn’t it?
Birds are difficult to capture and I’m always amazed at the talented bird photographers’ sites I’ve visited. I tip my hat to them. Incidentally, earlier in the month, he returned to our backyard with his mate. They were perched in a redbud tree but I couldn’t get my camera in time for that picture.
Hello, Kitten & Dawgs! I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z alphabet prompt and for my “D” prompt art sketches. The opening video is a bit of spoiler, but I couldn’t resist sharing it.
D is for Dog! Do you own a dog? I do not have a dog but if I did I would like a black or brown labrador. LL Bean always features labrador puppies in their Christmas catalogs and sometimes other times throughout the year and it might have been this marketing trick that caused me to adore these cute furbabies. I think they’d make good pets.
Originally, my labrador was just an outline drawing. The example I used from the net didn’t offer shading suggestions. I went back to wing the details.
The more involved I get with sketching the bolder I get with trying to do more. Maybe more than I am capable of doing but I doing it anyhow. After all, isn’t this meme meant to challenge ya?
You can try drawing this terrier, too. Just follow these instructions and have fun! Shading will take more time to develop but if I keep at it then the techniques will seem second-hand.
I have one more dog drawing for ya before you go. I fell in love with the dalmatian puppies in the Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians and for DD#2’s second birthday I did this as her party theme. I don’t think they’d make a good pet for me but I still think they are pretty animals.
You can learn how to draw this pup, here! I’m figuring out if you’re a visual person then you sketching might be an easy fit and all it takes is practice, practice, practice!
Hopefully, sharing 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! 🙂
Good morning! I’m presenting a double post and I hope you don’t mind, kittens and dawgs. In the first part of my post I’m sharing my mid-week photo (not-so) Wordless Wednesday and hope if you’re in this crowd that you’ll help me in the second half of my post. 😉
The winter before last, we were in the western North Carolina mountains passing through Maggie Valley when we came on a snow tube run beside the road. It was chilly and the winds didn’t make it feel any better but I braved the cold to snap a few shots. The one element needed that night was falling snow. (click on picture to view in another window and use zoom feature to magnify image)
I know what you’re saying but what’s that white stuff falling? It’s all fake, baby! I loaded my image in my photo editing software program, Pixelmator, and used a freebie background from Insight Designs to add some snow. Pretty cool, eh? 😉
What views through the lens are you sharing this week? I’m eager to see!
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DH surprised me on Valentine’s Day with a single red rose, Harry London assorted chocolates, a sweet little Teddy bear who I named Val. DH is the sweetest Valentine ever!
iPhone capture + Bokeh overlay
Okay you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half and help pick the next winner in the second round of Battle of the Bands.
I decided to go with The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps (the original is not part of the battle and is for reference only) in this showdown. George Harrison penned the words to this soft, beautiful ballad. This is what Wackipedia says…
I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, ‘The Book of Changes”. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book – as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw “gently weeps”, then laid the book down again and started the song.
Today, I’m playing Santana against Toto. Who will win? It’s up to you! Listen and decide who does it better.
Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).
Which artist gets your vote, Santana ft. India Arie & Yo-Yo Ma or TOTO?
The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players. Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! 😉
Come back tomorrow for another peek through the lens with my early edition of Skywatch Friday & Celebrate the Small Things.