Friday, August 29, 2014

What we learned about this week: Bacon!



This week the girls wanted to learn all about natures candy meat- bacon! 

Bacon (noun) the main reason we are not vegetarian. 


Reagen's Super Bacon! 


Hannah's Bacon being attacked by Toby!  

Idioms: 
"I've got to bring home the bacon."
"I almost lost my bacon."
"Today I saved someones bacon."

No one describes bacon better than comedian, Jim McGaffigan. 

“Bacon’s the best. Even the frying of bacon sounds like applause. Yay BACON!”





"I just had some bacon. Anybody ever had bacon before? It's good. Oh, my greasy lover, bacon. It's the best!"

"You wanna know how good bacon is? To improve other food, they wrap it in bacon. If it weren't for bacon, we wouldn't even know what a water chestnut is. "Thank you bacon. Sincerely, Water Chestnut III.""

"And bits of bacon, bits of bacon are like the fairy dust of the food community. "You don't want this baked potato? Brrring! Now it's your favorite part of the meal. Not interested in the salad? Bibbity bobbity BACON. I just turned it into an entree.""

"But once you put bacon in a salad, it's no longer a salad. It just becomes a game of 'find the bacon in the lettuce'. It's like you're panning for gold. Eureka!"

"There is something dishonest though about putting bacon in a salad - it's kind of like smoking while you jog. "I want the BLT, but I'll just get a salad with bacon and tomato. Can you put it between two pieces of toast and stick a toothpick through it? That'd be great...""

"It's amazing the shrinkage that occurs with bacon. You start with a pound, you end up with a bookmark."

"But bacon is that good. I bet if you put bits of bacon on a strip of bacon, you could travel back in time. It's like a tasty vortex."
More bacon quotes: 

“I’ll have the smiley face breakfast special. Uh, could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair, bacon moustache, five o’clock shadow made of bacon bits and a bacon body.” - Homer Simpson


“When you have bacon in your mouth, it doesn’t matter who’s president or anything…Every time I’m eating bacon I think, I could die right now, and I mean it. That’s how good life is.” - Louis CK


“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” - Doug Larson

Bacon has become quite a craze: ThinkGeek as a great bacon collection! 




Bacon bits: 

There is a difference between traditional bacon & Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is often called back bacon. 

Alternatives: soy bacon or turkey bacon. "I think we can all agree the turkey bacon experiment was a failure." -Jim McGaffigan 

It's a fact: dogs love bacon! 


There is a bacon song: 




Bacon in history: 
The word 'bacon' originated from the modern English language that 
dates back to the Saxon era in the 1st millennium AD.  Bacon (or bacoun as it was spelt then) was a Middle English-11th/14th Century, High/Late Middle Ages. Bacon refers to a traditional cut of pork meat unique to the region at the time at the time.
The phrase "bring home the bacon" was first said in 12th century England in the spirit of matrimonial harmony. Now the phrase bring home the bacon has evolved into meaning generate household income. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

What we learned about this week: The Chimera!


© Holly DeWolf- Chimera with flair! 


What do you get when you cross a lion with a goat and a snake? 


This week, the girls chose to learn about a Greek fused mythological animal called a Chimera. I should have remembered this from art history class. I'll blame it on the early 8:45 am class and not having enough coffee in my system.

Moving on...

The Chimera is a combination of a lion, goat and a snake. According to Homer's description in the Iliad,  "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire." The term chimera has now come to mean any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of many parts, or seen as wildly imaginative or implausible. So does that make a platypus one as well? Interesting! 

Chimera's in popular culture:

• Chimeras were mentioned in the Harry Potter books. In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and in the Deathly Hallows," the  Elphias Doge is said to have encountered Chimeras in Greece.

• The Chimera was featured as a story element in "Tomb Of Dracula"


• In the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, the chimera is an creature which looks like a lion with leathery wings on its back. 


•  In the RPG World of Warcraft,  The Chimaera is seen as a creature with a winged lion body, two dragon heads with goat horns and two tails that seem to have scorpion type stingers on them.


•  The Godzilla Power HourGodzilla fought a chimera.


• In The X-Files, there is an episode titled 'Chimera', which takes place in Vermont.


• Since Chimera seem to be a mix of a bunch of animals,  here is Hollywood Hybrids: The Best Chimeras on the Big (and Small) Screens



Top: Reagen's Chimera. Bottom: Hannah's Chimera. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Miscelaney Monday: a painting in progess.




For this miscelaney Monday I'm working slowly on a painting for Hannah's room. As I progress along, I'll add text and illustrations of her favourite things. I will be post the finished work when I'm done.

Friday, August 15, 2014

What we learned about this week: El Chupacabra!


© Holly DeWolf


© Reagen DeWolf- vegetarian Chupacabra 

© Hannah DeWolf- Dancing Chupacabra 

This week we decided to learn about El Chupracabra! 

If you see a El Chupacabra, should you:
a. do a Mexican hat dance while playing the maracas
b. eat tacos (drink tequila) 
c. run 
d. all of the above

What we know from the research we found, these creatures are definitely not vegetarian. 

The mythological creature also know them as the goat sucker was first first sighted in the early 1990's. Eye witnesses claim they have spotted them in Mexico, Puerto Rico and all the way to Maine! These nasty customers have supposedly left a trail of destruction with livestock and other animals. 

Some believe he has wings and others claim the creature is from outer space. Others describe him as dog-like or a reptile-like creature that has sharp spines or quills down its back. This monster has been also called the big-foot of latin America. 

El Chupacabra in the media: 



• Marvel ComicsFantastic Four released 28 December 2007, a group of Chupacabras are featured as antagonists. 



• The X-files had an episode called El Mundo Gira featuring the mythical beast from Mexican folklore. 

• And the latest is, many have claimed to have caught them on camera and caught in one Texas



Monday, August 11, 2014

Miscellany Monday's: Today Is Just Fine!



I'm trying something new: a weekly creative schedule. I'll begin with Miscellany Monday's to get the week properly started on the right foot. If I begin the week with creative freedom, this can set the right tone for productivity for the rest of the week. 

Today's illustration was inspired by a movie I saw recently- Into The Storm. It was okay, not award winning but it did promote a good idea after the destruction. At the end of the movie, one character scrapped his original bucket list idea for just living in the moment. That's a good code to live by! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seal of approval!

© Holly DeWolf- Seal of approval! 


"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line!" -Lucille Ball

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Big ideas happen here!



Big ideas happen on the good days, the busy days and the even the bad days. 
Here's a great list of quotes that can ignite your big thought generator! 

"Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about." -Ashleigh Brilliant

"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living."
-Anais Nin


"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together."
-Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


"If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied."
-Alfred Bernhard Nobel


"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea." -Benazir Bhutto

"Believe in something larger than yourself. . . . Get involved in the big ideas of your time." -Barbara Bush

"Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right."
-Walt Disney


"Every really new idea looks crazy at first." -Alfred North Whitehead

"Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas." -Harvey S. Firestone

"The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time."
-Henry Ford


"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied." -Arnold H. Glasgow

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
Nolan Bushnell


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
Emile Chartier


"You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea." -Pablo Picasso

"Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea." -Jim Rohn


"The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success."
- Henry Ward Beecher
"New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!"
- Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, June 20, 2014

The visual word of the week: Contentment!



Like I always say, Illustration is visual proof that the universe wants us to be happy! 

The visual word of the week is 'Contentment.' Nothing is more satisfying than living the creative life. Despite the ups, the downs and the lean months, there are many tiny victories and big moments that keep me grounded. That 10 second commute, having endless ideas, drifting through work while forgetting about time, laundry and dishes is indeed priceless.

I'm a little late posting this but I have a good excuse: a new webpage!  It's going to be a great summer! 

New Website & New Beginnings!




New websites are worth the wait.

It's been a while since my last website redesign. I worked with The GDC Group to create a responsive page which took some time and a new way of thinking about how I present things on a site. This new page centres around my blog, my portfolio and books. I like the idea that I can post work in progress and illustrations I'm working on from my blog. Plus there is a nifty slider at the top that spotlights selected illustrations that be changed when needed. From here, I may add my twitter feed and a shop. I'm pretty excited to see what this site leads to. Let the summer promotion begin!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What I'm Sketching Today June 5 2014




We've been wrapping up the last of the website redesign details so today I refocussed with some much needed sketching. This is part of the series I'm doing, Visual Word Of The Week. Looking forward to finishing it plus adding the text.

I'm considering adding a sketchbook to my website and a few other tidbits to show work in progress. With any luck the site should be launched in the next week or two.