Grow through what you Go through.
I felt like Painting a little Sunshine into Bears day, we've had a great deal of rain here.
Bear is playing with Daisies... as I look out at the Dandelions on the front lawn.
Once a day I'm picking up something & bringing it in to paint.
I've a nice little collection already. Lilacs on my desk today! Bird is thrilled.
Backyard botany in Gouache it is.
Planting weekend in Canada the leaves are on the trees. Give Thanks!
My art is 'my flowers shared.
eYeah!! It's foray season! I've already had morels fried up twice! Nom Nom! As you know I designed the posted for the 40th Cain Foray - & I've a few ideas still- one is to encourage kids! I noticed from time to time there are little ones who join the forays and as expected- they get bored... so, I thought I'd make this cute little Scavenger hunt poster! There is something the sheet for everyone to find! They might not find the mentioned mushrooms Morel might not be in season) but it will encourage them to explore and discover!
We printed a few and will attach them to clip boards and hand them out to little explores should they joins us. a FREE color download - IF you want to take our little Mushroom hunter out in the backyard! The most important point you must teach your children is:
Do NOT eat anything you find in the wild.
They could become understandably confused, seeing mushrooms in the grocery store and also on the driveway. TEACH them the difference. IT'S your job parents, not the schools - to educate your little ones on being safe in nature and also - YES!! Come join us on a foray
(you need to become a member) & introduce your children to EDIBLE mushrooms! Show them the variety nature provides. Teach them which are safe to eat- Teach them how to FRY them up! My son (the Foray director) pulled out his camping stove, butter & frying pan at the last foray and a wonderful gentleman contributed his Morel find for all to share! Im making him a special thank you card. It was magnificent mushroom moment.
Mushrooms are fascinating!!
Are they little artists? Now is the time to break out the sketch book- I'm often overwhelmed and ONLY pick 3 off the table at the end of the day to take home and paint. If I am at a foray I'll be sketching and will gladly help any little artist. I met one this past weekend 'Isabelle. Her mom showed me a terrific drawing she did of a Robin & Blue cat smiling up at him - lol & she is talented. I gave her a little sketch of a morel & snail. NEXT- I'm working on coloring sheets to have at the Foray as well.
Children are OUR future. Mushrooms are the future.
Below a few photos of our last foray and a FREE color DOWNLOAD to enjoy with your little ones! Come back soon- for a coloring sheet and more mushroom art - OF course!
I want to start the week on a positive note...
One night while bear was wandering though the forrest alone she heard a faint noise
at first - like humming bird wings fluttering round her furry ears.... singing.
Who sings in the middle of the night, alone in the forrest?
Broadway Bear' that's who.
There he was on top of a tree singing- "Singing in the Rain!" There was no rain.
From the second she saw broadway - he made her smile.
He was singing with a smile on his face! Fur glistening not with rain but with moonlight, he sparkled as if a million tiny diamonds danced with him.
"Come on with the rain! I've a smile on my face!" He bellowed out!
He was larger than life... up there on that pedestal & when he leaped down- he could dance! Broadway tapped all over he forrest, jumping from rock to tree with the ease of a gazelle. All the while Bear watched from the trees, hidden but intrigued with his moves & voice.. it was honey to her ears.
Broadway knew she was watching.
Broadway was watching Bear for awhile before she even knew he existed.
As it turns out Bear and Broadway started to become fast friends.. a bit of 'chemistry' existed between them, so Bear thought anyway. Bear & Broadway continue to mingle exploring each other.
Broadway seems to be able to make bear SMILE, his jokes, chats - impressing Bear with his continuous tales & leaps & bounds'! He can carve, he's confident, funny, smart, incredibly talented too... as for his physical appearance - he was bears 'perfect pitch'!
Bear felt Broadway was a blessing... she had been praying after all.
It turns out Bear and Broadway have a mutual love (if not for each other) for Cannabis! It's what brought them together in the first place, Broadway could smell the cannabis coming from Bears cave. They wander often into the garden of Love. Love because it's filled with Gods medicine. They laugh, dance, joke, talk and just BE in each others company, away from the rest of the forest - someone - for a while to feel comfortable, close and cared for.
Broadways disappears as quickly as he appeared it leaves Bear feeling confused and alone at times... such is life in the forest. What's a bear to do? Nothing, Bear is USE to being alone, it's no different. She does what she loves to do most, create & have a little fun.
Making 'Daisy chains' with Fox and even a midnight dip in the lake... alone.
God will send Bear a companion in the future to enjoy the forrest with... soon.
That's what God does.
Fall Foray you say!?
I know- it's early but it's on my mind because I was asked if I wanted to draw the 40th Anniversary MST Poster! - by the 'Foray Director' himself - how could I refuse? It's not until September - September 22nd (Storms birthday - another reason I couldn't refuse - hee hee) but it's going to be quite the event and they want to advertise early!
In Muskoka - the perfect Fungi Setting - I already know it's going to be a beautiful weekend.
Storm has attended past weekend Cain Forays & shared they are incredibly enjoyable & informative, nice to be amongst fellow Fungi aficionados! This year celebrating the 40th Cain Foray - I've no doubts it will be an event to top all others. The MST is educating the masses on Mushrooms - they had a special event at the ROM, educational material printed and promoted, many members have young children and understand the serious RISKS posed when Children are NOT taught about finding wild edible/poisonous mushrooms - many which LOOK similar to what they recognize in the grocery stores. *Too MANY Adults are equally as uninformed. If you are not positive- don't pop it in your mouth.
The Mycological Society of Toronto holds weekly Forays in the spring & fall, this weekend was the official first! They have special themed meals, monthly meetings with informative guests, mycologists, authors, illustrators & artists, photographers, chefs, fungi farmers and MORE! Want to experience a NEW Hobby? One that feeds your tummy & soul? Grab our basket, Mushroom knife - sketch book and get ready- Foray Season is here!!
Spring Foray Season that it! Can you smell the morel?
I've been inspired to create another FREE color download - One to have fun with your little backyard mushroom hunters - stay tooned.
It's Buds Bunny! Jumping for JOY! Cannabis is here end it's time to celebrate and ENJOY all the benefits that follow! When I was working on the coloring sheet thinking about one of my favourite pastimes as a kid - Jumping jacks - Who was not fascinated by these technical marvels that could dance with the pull of one string?
Who in Canada- or USA has not at one point given a little tug?
Especially as little tykes? What could I offer to bring as much 'Tickle me Green Giggles'?
BUDS BUNNY & He is FREE.
Debating on 'Printable downloads' as a source of income, amongst others opportunities BUDS Bunny hopped right onto my drawing desk- the next thing I knew 'He was going to be a toy that could be printed this EASTER for every adult who wants- for every kid they want - Kid of any age. When it comes to jumping jacks I can not resist!
Bugs Bunny is in color for those that want to make and use without putting much thought. Being the visual person I am, it was much easier for me to put it all in step by step photos for assembly AS you see Below. The paper I use to paint him on was water color paper - stronger than most. 140lb.
I HIGHLY recommend before you do anything, YOU take the following simple step:
Print your bunny on good paper - then GLUE the entire sheet on the back (smooth out the glue with a credit card so the entire sheet is covered ) * or use spray adhesive, and place it on a stronger piece of cardboard- recycle an old cereal box. Use the 'blank side' out so you have a nice "clean back to write a note on the back of your Buds bunny- Do not forget the day you created this masterpiece - so future generations will enjoy your hard work.
Once DRY follow the steps.
You will need:
Glue *for above step* IF printing on a CARD stock quality paper - you might not need this step.
A standard hole punch
4 brass brackets - available at a craft store.
Needle & hempstring or strong thread.
Nimble fngers to tie knots...lol
1 BEAD or something with 'Weight' to tie on the bottom *see examples below
Follow the steps below and then.. Jump for Joy as Buds Bunny knows the healing powers of cannabis- BTW- just incase your bunny doesn't have his 3rd eye open- you can cut out the little flower and place it over... for now.. lol
PLEASE, if you have the opportunity, take the time to explain to little ones about the plant.
That's all the first step need be..
Educate them: They should NEVER touch or eat any PLANT OR Mushroom
unless they KNOW what it is. There are far more poisonous and deadly plants in the wild than the cannabis on your counter. Fact.
Click on the Image below for your Easter Gift from GeorgiaToons. ;) then follow the steps in the images below. have fun! Take photo an show me your bunny! #budsbunnyjumps or
E me a photo.. stay tooned - MORE creative cannabis inspired crafting coming soon.
I'll leave this post for a couple of days - Enjoy your Easter Weekend!
BUDS BUNNY is a creation & property of Georgia Toons *I don't mind you printing a bunny for your honey - or even a few - But no money shall be made on this buds bunny.
"Give" please & Give thanks ;)
Think of the smiles yo will create.
NOTE! I'd like to thank IKEA for this:
It is a template to print out if you don't want to use bunny & recycle cardboard - like those IKEA assembly required - lol- boxes ;) !
& it shows you 'simply' how to assemble.
I'm taking a break for Easter.. no posts for a couple of days.
Color me Spring! Grab our crayons and have some fun.
I paint every day! I know how wonderful it feels! How about you grab some crayons print off this Hello Spring coloring sheet and have some creative fun yourself! This is one page of several! I've ben asked to create a coloring book! These pages are only my 'Warm UP' ideas,
so I can get a feel for how I want the coloring book to look!
**The first 3 people who print and e mail me the photos email@example.com
of the colored 'Hello Spring' will get a postcard in the mail from 'Me to say Thanks!**
Click on the Image below to download your 'HELLO SPRING' coloring page:
This inspired me to make an **EASTER CRAFT! A FREE COLOR download for you to print and create with your kids or adult friends! Sure to tickle you green!! COME back Saturday to print and get instructions!! Hee hee Georgia Toons 'BUDS BUNNY' is so much fun!
Georgia... On My Mind.