9.13.2011

Creative Tuesday: Kitchen

It's Creative Tuesday and I have to admit I almost bailed on this one.  I'll tell you why in a second... and why I'm glad I didn't.  Wondering what a Creative Tuesday is?  Every two weeks we grab our pads and something to color with to create for the theme over at Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesday's assignment -- neat, no?

This week's theme is Kitchen.  Wait, wha?  Like I should draw my kitchen?  Oh no.  Not good.  What could really be so interesting about a kitchen.  Hmmm.  ...days of thought later....

Funny story ----------  by now you may know... and if you your new in these parts, welcome! and I'll tell you... I have a five month old puppy.  Sammy... Sammy as in Samantha, ...is a golden retriever which is code word for too smart for her own good.  And did I mention that she is getting taller/longer/faster/nosier?
Do you see where this is heading?  Yup, countersurfing.  I think countersurfing is technically defined as a pup taking whatever they want off the counter... whenever they want to.  Oh, big trouble!  Katie, our four and 1/2 year old golden, also went through this very phase.  I thought I was well prepared.  And Sammy has schooled me that I am most certainly not.  And on the very same breath.. how cute is this picture!!

And so, we work on the commands "take it" and "leave it" ... as in take that toy of yours on the ground, and leave that yummy bacon on the counter.  And I am also learning to cook with my new kitchen buddy and it normally ends with me laughing so hard when she ends up with something like flour on her nose.  The whole experience led me down the path to a fun "kitchen scene" that I otherwise wouldn't have thought of... and boy am I glad I did!!

Creative-wise I did things a little differently this time, since Creative Tuesday is all about exploring styles.  I started with card stock paper, doodled the scene in pencil, traced it in pen, and then scanned it to the computer.  Then colored it all in using GIMP -- which is a free software download.  Phew. 

Interesting exercise.  I have so much to learn about digital coloring, if I may use that term, but I loved the experience.  And here is the result! For those of you wondering... this is Sammy in the drawing.  Katie is so tall she can just put her head on the counter without jumping.

I hope you consider joining in this or the next assignment (really hope you do) and please take a look other artists in the community here.   

I'd like to add that Sammy's good cooking will also be linked at Tasty Tuesday where you can share your tastiest things and pawsome recipes!

29 comments:

Monika K. (MySweetPrairie) said...

I LOVE your illustrations! And I LVOE your fabric with the dog & birds! You excel at fabric design! I feel like so many other participants tried to make what's already out there or already loved. You made something creative, and it sings!!
~Monika

Monika K. (MySweetPrairie) said...

and I'm not just saying that because I like you.

;P
~M.

dthaase said...

great post - glad you shared it in the whimsy collection

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! OH Golden LOVE IT!!!! Is that Sammie or Katie? ... exactly what I do when mom cooks/bakes. You are a great artist. Mom been checking out GIMP too. Lots of Golden Thanks n Woofs, Sugar

BTW: This is great for Tasty Tuesday Blog HOP ... please add it and the tasty cinnamon roll ... Golden Woofs

Mmm said...

I'm so glad you did too, Christie. Very funny and sweet drawing. You;ll get the hand of GIMP in time. fun to change colours too, btw.

I can so imagine Sammy with powdered nose and so on. LOL. Love this:"Yup, countersurfing."--HA! Never heard that before.

you know, I am particualrly drawn to the line art on this one so want to included that as well as the colour version if you don't mind. TY for the plug and for the story, to boot. Funny and even inspiring, really

Mmm said...

Oh, i forgot to say, I love your title too. :)

Betsy said...

Oh, I am laughing! I can relate a little back when we had inside cats. But cats come clear up on the counter to help themselves. Even if they are punished, you can hear them leaping down in the night when they know you are sleeping. ha.

At least with dogs, they clean up every little crumb on the floor for you. Hardly the need for a vacuum. :)

so cute and HAPPY, like always! :)

Joni Nickrent said...

How fun...love the sketch to color! Perfect kitchen for the challenge! :)

Wanda said...

Oh this is so dang cute! I love those frosting paw prints... Love your creativity and your story!!

Dina Thanki said...

Cute story and illustration

Teje said...

Hi Sammy! You see you made your mom create even she didn't feel like that! I love that picture and especially Sammy and the spot of her paws all around!
XXX Teje & Nero

Catherine... said...

Great illustration and story....

art2cee2 said...

So very cute! Puppies are like that, nosy and getting into everything, guess you won't be leaving bowls of anything on your counter? :-)

Christine said...

love what you've done and with digital colouring too! Sammy's cute.

Grandma Coco said...

Oh, I do miss my countersurfers. Love your drawing. Very sweet.

MJ said...

CUTE!!! I do love what I learn from you about puppies and owning one!! I just realized that you and I swap parenting tips all the time, just for different species :).

xx oo

Missy said...

This is so cute, love it. Sammy is too cute and i love all the stuff on the counter. I also like dthe process on how you created this!

Heather said...

hee hee! I absolutely love this! Yes, dogs love counter surfing don't they? My dog likes couter begging- he just stands and stares at the counter ALL day - hoping!
I think you did a great job with GIMP(?) i must check it out!

Janice said...

Wonderful! Our pets add so much to our lives. Your art makes me smile.

Jehanne's doodles said...

Oh this is adorable. I love it!!!

linda said...

What a wonderful story to go with a wonderful drawing. Both made me smile.

Seaweed and Raine said...

Love the story behind the picture. I could so imagine Sammy "cooking up a storm" in the kitchen with you! lol
Glad you captured this phase in her life with your sketch.

Daniella said...

Totally Fabulous!!
Poor Sammy! Just a huge puppy who wants to explore!! Although countesurfing is not good!!
You crack me up!
xxDaniella

Judie said...

My dogs always hang around me when I am cooking! I can really appreciate your subject and your artistic creativity.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love the dog illustration ! Awesome! ~ Thanks, namaste, (Share the Creative Journey) ^_^

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

This is the cutest thing. I can just imagine the doggie's tail flipping back and forth.
QMM

Karen S. said...

Darling! ...and all doggies as cute as that one, can cook in my kitchen any time...! I'll share!

Rhinestone Beagle said...

This may be sammy in the pic but its also Mr. Biscuit. Thankfully he'll never be tall enough to reach anything but he tries. Thanks for posting at the Rhinestone Beagle!

Kolchak Puggle said...

I love the picture! How incredibly awesome!! Kol loves to "help" in the kitchen and I am constantly working on commands like "OFF", "LEAVE IT" and "DOWN", plus the super embarrassing, but highly effective "For barking out loud Kolchak, KNOCK IT OFF!".

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