Day 378 – a little Heaven – Blue Heaven

   
Blue Heaven is a wonderful funky restaurant on the corner of Petrona and Thomas.  

Blue Heaven – the colors are so Key West – Sooner or later this will be a painting but If you want to paint it feel free. 

It’s been various things over the years including the place Hemingway had cock fights and a bordello. Now it’s an open air restaurant where u done with chickens under feet. The food is wonderful which is why I drew their eggs Benedict with pink Key West shrimp. 

  A band jammed under an umbrella.  
Eggs Benedict with pink Key West shrimp. 

  
There’s even a chicken graveyard as well as an artist selling some great chicken paintings. 

  
 The wait for a table can be long unless you are there by 9am but they have plenty of chairs to wait in. Sometimes there’s a band.  Sometimes there isn’t.   
The view from our table. LOTS of shade. 

  A funny sign on our table.   
Andy’s Cabana across the street on Petrona. The home of the most delicious fish taco I have ever eaten.  Also owned by the people at Blur Heaven. 

 
One of the iguanas at our condo. I call him Mango. He poses for me most days. I talk to him and tell him to hold still I just want to take his picture. He poses for me. He’s not always benevolent. A 7-8 yr old boy was chasing him and throwing twigs at him. Mango whipped him with his tail. He’s got a very long tail.  He’s at least 4 feet long. OUCH!  

A key West Iguana tale. They are cold blooded animals. Occasionally it does get pretty cold in Key West. Iguana live in the trees. During one cold snap they started falling out of the trees. One of the locals decided to clean up the island and started throwing them in the back seat of his car. The car was warm.  The iguanas woke up and tried to desperately claw their way out of his car. They also pooped in his car. The man was so shocked with his car load of wild wide awake iguanas that he wrecked his car. Poor guy got a ticket for wreck less driving!! 

Moral of theses stories don’t mess with iguanas. Lol. 

But if you want to paint Andys or Mango feel free. 

   
One more chicken. This is a handsome one from Blue Heaven which is why I posted him. Happy chicken drawing!! 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx

 

Day 377 – and chickens

  I love drawing chickens. I NEVER used to understand WHY anyone would like painting drawing buying chicken paintings. Now I know. They are just fun to draw as are all birds.  These are drawn with my Noodler creaper Ahab in my almost finished moleskine. Thank goodness.

 I still really don’t like that paper!! The paint just seems to stick to the paper. You can not wash out the color. It just sticks. NO FUN!! 

From now on I am sticking to Strathmore 500 mixed media paper or Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbooks. NO MORE moleskine watercolor books ever again.  At least I only have one more page in that moleskine!!  HURRAH!! 
 Here’s a picture for you to draw that I took at the Wildlife Center yesterday!!  

I still have to go back and draw the egret  pelicans hawk and various sea birds at the Wildlife Center. 
I rounded the corner there and on the sidewalk was a HUGE white egret. 

  I guess we were both scared.  

 He flew off. 

If you want to draw either the egret or the chickens feel free!! 
Thanks for reading! 

Margaret ️xxx