What’s in a Dot? An Art Prompt

Scribble Picnic: Fill in the Blank

Mr Michael at #ScribblePicnic gave a very usual prompt this time. It was called “Fill in the Blank”. Take a look below.

Fill in the Blank

We were to take this exact shape and size (we could turn it around and change the colour) and incorporate it into a picture.

Since Canada 150 is still on my mind and I haven’t blogged much on my home and native land I thought of using this time to paint my Canadian picture. I used my micron pen 03 and my watercolour pencils.

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A Few Facts about Canada

  • Canada’s population is 36,286,425 and the country is 998,467,000 hectares in size.
  • Our 150th birthday is called our sesquicentennial.
  • Canada stretches across six time zones.
  • We have two official languages: English and French.
  • Canada is the world’s most educated country: over half its residents have college degrees.
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.
  • The U.S. / Canada Border is the longest international border in the world and it lacks military defence.
  • “Canada” is an Iroquoian word “kanata,” meaning “Village.”
  • The butter tart was invented in Canada.
  • We don’t use dollar bills or two dollar bills – we use Loonies and Toonies.
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Group People Waving Canadian Flags Back Lit from Huffington Post.

We are now 150 years and 12 days old.

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  1. Awesome and patriotic take on the challenge, Janis…great job! Lovely to read the facts on Canada too. 🙂

  2. “Oh Canada” – one of my most favorite countries in the world – and Vancouver my favorite and much loved city. My maternal grandfather was Canadian (Toronto) and I have many Canadian friends – including all you blog friends out there! We’re hoping to come back soon – still so much t see and enjoy.

    Great art today Janis. and love your ‘fact list’ many of which are new to me.

    Mary –

  3. Your piece is really fun Janis. Nice that you created something that also holds meaning.
    It was fun reading your list about Canada. Living in NW Montana only an hour from the border I am so aware of Canada and Canadians. Nice to have it so close.

    1. Tammie,
      That’s great to have a close neighbour. I haven’t been to Montana. Somewhere I do want to visit some day. Do you visit Canada?
      Thanks for the compliment.

  4. 150 years–a grand reason to celebrate, and you’ve captured that here! Our local town here in Kansas just celebrated its sesquicentennial in June. I had to see what butter tarts are–yum! Have made something similar, just called them pecan pie bites or tarts.

    1. Jolene,
      I had to look up sesquicentennial before I wrote the post – lol 🙂 Yes the US is much older than we are. It’s sure is fun to celebrate with family and friends. The name “butter tarts” seems to be exclusively Canadian along with a drink called a Caesar with Clamato juice, and Tim Horton’s, Robertson screw drivers and screws, insulin, Canadarm (space) and so many more. Here is a list of 50 http://findcanadianmade.ca/listing/50-great-canadian-inventions/#.WWeEctMrKRs


    1. Lorraine,
      I celebrate every day – the fact that I wake up – and I can see trees, hear the birds and sense God’s presence. I am thankful we live in a country of freedom and pray for those who don’t.
      Many blessings

    1. Wanda,
      Thank you. I love our country but love God more. Michael’s comments certainly were interesting but not unknown. We spend our winters in the US and have come to realize that Americans don’t know much about their Canadian neighbour.

  5. Still such a young country! And oh so beautiful. I love your ode to Canada, clever incorporation of the dot and line, and must say, never met a Canadian who I’ve not instantly liked. Great people!

    You know, probably should not write this here, but when I very first started bloggin waaaay back when, I used to follow this Canadian college student who was quite a good writer and one day she posted about Canada and the Olympics, being “proud” to be Canadian, etc. For some reason I found that concept fascinating! I mean, for starters, goring up in UK, we lerned nothing about Canada other than some loyalists moving there after the revolution! We learend tons about the US and the world, but it was like Canada and Mexico did not exist in our schools.! Weird! So, as a young person, other than natural filial affection for where one might have been raised, it never really occurred to me that 1. Someone would be particularly “proud” to be Canadian (as I didn’t think they would be so American as such in terms of patriotism) and 2. I honestly could not think why anyone would feel particularly so! Let me clarify!! lol. Before then, I had always considered that someone would be proud of one’s country for what it may have contributed to the advancement of humanity through history, whether inventions (primarily), trade (the spread of language, religion, education and/or goods) or perhaps power…and Canada just didn’t come to my mind there. All I could think of was the nobility and bravery of those who fought alongside the mother country in the Wars (which is wonderful, true)! So, there you go, Janice! Of course, I understand Canada better now and also have asked enough to know what Canadians love about their country, even when the answer most given is not unique (like healthcare) but the lakes one is so incredible and truly one of a kind! And it is for sure top of my list for pales to visit (again)!

    1. Michael
      Hi there. Thanks.
      I do find it interesting that many countries don’t “know” us. But we don’t make a big noise. We have always been quiet, thoughtful and unassuming. We love peace. We love each other which is why we are multi-cultural, not a mixture.
      And our lakes are amazing, and that’s one reason we try to be “green” and want to look after our world. Climate change is a big issue for us.

  6. Congratulations to Canada for their 150th and for many other things. You would be surprised how many of us, down here in the states, are considering a move in your direction … You have reason to celebrate and be proud. Love your art …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

    1. Andrea,
      Thank you so much. We are sorry that some of our American friends are even considering having to relocate. Praying for your country. Thanks for the compliments.

    1. Mary,
      Thank you. You should take a look at the other artwork from my “scribble picnickers”. I love to see what they do. And there were so many facts on Canada it was hard to choose just a few.

  7. I’ve always like Canada though I didn’t know much about it but I like the bills are called loonies and toonies.

    good take on the line-dot challenge. I like all the red and the smiling face.

    have a lovely day.

    1. Hi Lissa,
      I would have loved to tell you more about Canada but space didn’t permit. Our “bills” are actually coins as we did away with the one and two dollar bills. We no longer accept pennies either except in bank accounts and credit cards, etc. Anything dealing in hard currency we have no pennies and no paper ones or twos.
      Thanks for your comments,

      1. Janis, that is the same here in Australia. Our $1 coin was introduced in 1984 followed by the $2 coin in 1988…their note versions were phased out altogether. We have always been perplexed as to why they made our $2 coin so much smaller than the $1 coin. You would think it would the other way round. haha Our 5 cent coin is the smallest coin we use physically but, as with Canada, 1 cent and 2 cent currency is accepted via electronic transactions only.

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