Friday, 22 July 2016

What I have learned this week...

turns out it has been a learning week
 I learned that I can't do everything which is a bit of a shock
 and that lists grow exponentially if you don't get your butt into gear
 and actually do some of the things on said list
 plus it turns out that renovation and redecorating 
 are somewhat time consuming and distracting

I also learned that Phantom  believes she is part bat and likes to park accordingly
ie she needs objects around her to park straight
give her a huge truck, and a massive SUV and she can park between them no trouble
no cars around and and empty area and she will park that sucker on such an angle it is almost sideways... okay maybe not quite but she tried to tell me her spatial awareness is better when she has something to bounce off
bounce her eyes that is... not the actual car thankfully
this  supervising her learning to drive malaky is a whole new world!

 Sinus also informed us that he is learning to cook by osmosis
ie he is watching all the shows and flipping through magazines
and somehow this is all magically sinking in
 so that one day he will magically become some sort of genius cooking savant
and start whipping up gourmet meals
at this stage I would settle for meals... in any form 
but the osmosis learning method is quite a long process apparently
now both of these concepts are new to me and has led to wonderful opportunities for Phants to throw lines around like... are you really judging me osmosis boy?
and Sinus running into things and talking about bat senses

photos from Nic McLean

but these are the same people who are constantly having a go at me for believing in the power of intuitive sudoku... I know it is going to work one day... and if I am honest half of the fun is watching Phants pale and sigh as I wack numbers in willy nilly
but I feel a little affronted that batgirl and osmosis boy are picking on my sodoku method

so I have retreated to the studio when I get the chance
a couple of cuppa paintings are sorted
and a lino print of some VW beetles progresses
it isn't quite there yet... but it is getting there

happy painting all...xx
photo from @Suznok

Friday, 8 July 2016

Debris Surfing...

This week has been all abuzz
  we are renovating and redecorating the house
  which of course means it is just one big scary mess
  and of course we aren't doing one room at a time
  nope... bits and pieces, higgledy piggledy, here and there
  is the best way to describe our approach

 We are table-less in the breakfast nook
 which has now been claimed by Phants and Barry as yoga studio/ cat vs paper bag zone
and of course I had commandeered the actual dining room as lino class filming studio
 so meal time has been all about creatively perching amidst boxes 
and debris surfing is now our family sport/ dance/ gymnastic endeavour
we could medal in the Olympics if it were an actual sport
I stick awesome landings I tell you

I am assuming hoping it will all come together in the end like on a mad renovation show 
but in the meantime I am taking every opportunity 
to leave the mess and search out some sun and fresh air
while attempting to avoid the sub arctic winds
and to paint up things like the cakes I am denying myself in an effort to get healthy
it is a sad substitute, but in the long run painting them is quicker than the hours of exercise I would need to endure to work the suckers off

Happily teaching my online class is also there to keep my sanity intact
the Delicious Paint classroom is fizzing and popping 
as 21 new painters joined the fray the last week
it is so inspiring to see the work they are producing and to get to know the newbies
teaching this class is such a joy... seriously

and filming is progressing on my lino class
rather slowly admittedly but progressing none the less
I am a tad distracted half the time as I keep running off to make notes and draw up ideas
I think Phants is about ready to quit as director/ filmmaker because of it
which is rich coming from the one who shot a lovely long bit of the sun reflecting off the greys in my hair which she said it was sparkling like crazy
I suppose it is a step up from her zeroing in one all my chins
but actually filming without mad camera shots and heckling and snorting seems to be beyond my little pumpkin

so when it feels like my brain is going into meltdown
I can't stand the mess a minute longer
or filming has degenerated into a farcical state of duelling hissy fits 
the cuppa with friends project is grounding me
well it means I am keeping my sketching hand in at least
and that is as close as I get to being grounded

happy painting all...xx

Friday, 1 July 2016

Dreams of Spring...

 Today is like a breath of spring after an arctic freeze
  which has me thinking lovely drinks and sunny days by the pool
 which explains the painting above
 admittedly calling the imminent arrival of spring
  may be a bit premature as it is only the first of July
 but after a week of disgustingly cold temperatures
  well awful for us... some of you would probably see them as a nice day
 the waft of warmth is like a heavenly reminder that spring will indeed return

I also completed the test print for this lino block
I am thinking it is close... a bit of tidying up around the spout
and then some general neatening  up and she will be ready to go
I want to try doing a two tones print and having the steam different colours to the pot
it may not work but I know I will have fun trying it
I am loving the lino and have also been doing lots of filming for the upcoming class
which has been mildly traumatic
mainly because Phants has been cameraman 
which has led to snorts and heckling from the peanut gallery
and giggles at how many unflattering camera shots she can manage
plus bloody Barry the studio cat thinks it is hilarious to walk through every second shot
 he is a total camera tart and sniffs at the lens and eyeballs it big time
 but mostly he just likes to walk in and sit in the middle of whatever it is I am trying to do
it is taking quite a while to get through the filming with such distractions

 The rest of the week has been the normal madhouse
made messier by half assembled furniture
left abandoned when ikea instructions proved impenetrable
not to mention we visited ikea to pick up more stuff last night and Sinus spent half the time pushing the trolley thing then jumping on and riding it like a toddler 
how he didn't break his neck I have no clue
mind you I was sorely tempted when he suggested I hop on the front for a ride
can you imagine two middle aged muppets surfing on trolleys in the ikea warehouse section
I do believe we would have done it with style
but I figured one of us should stay safe so I could drive the other to the hospital when they came a cropper!

Also our washing machine has decided it wants to make this weirder than normal sound during the rinse cycle...I truly think it believes it is a kettle in a former life

a delivery was left for us while we were out walking and there was a random glove left with it
just one glove... that is weird right?

Barry has taken to sitting upright on the sofa like a person
he sort of half reclines back on a pillow
but definitely like a person and not a cat
I had a feeling he is only going to get stranger too

happily though in between all of that I have had time to paint some more cuppas 
I managed some illustration work
and even painted up a sneaky drink illustration or two
all round a good week I would say

happy painting all...xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Snotfest 2016...

 I have been away from the blog for a couple of weeks
  due to our whole family participating in Snotfest 2016
 talk about being seriously gross
   we have been expertly building walls of tissues
 sneezing loudly enough to cause avalanches of the same walls of tissues
 not so quietly  bringing up lungs from coughing
 and happily infecting most of the southeast corner of the state
 actually we are all well and truly on the mend but nothing wrong with a bit of  creative exaggeration is there...

In amongst all the fun and drama I have squeezed in illustration work 
 and done some more cuppa paintings and some light sketching
but gross snotiness has been reigning supreme until the last day or two

 The only one clear of grossness has been Barry the cat
 though he has developed the habit of coming in and jumping on the bed in the morning and  just placing one foot on my forehead
 not with force or any weight... he just lets it lay there
which makes me think he is either attempting to do some sort of mind control
which requires actual physical contact
or he is just weird
 weird probably wins out

Part of the reason I think weird may win out is because he has begun jumping up on the sofa and lying on his back and meowing ... loudly
like cat screaming until we cover him with a blanket and then he stretches his arms above his head and goes into a deep sleep
it looks hilarious and is half adorable

Plus this same cat who is scared of cauliflower happens to like cauliflower soup
Phants has decided it is because it has been beaten into submission 
kind of makes sense when you think about it as pretty much anything is no threat if it is cooked until soft then pureed
I mean even a T-rex would be little threat in that situation

and talking about dinosaurs... how cool is that blue dino-planter
I am seriously wanting one for the studio
hence the drawing at the top
I think it would be just the thing to chase the last of the cold and flu blues away
I think he would be called Phillip... or Greg
or maybe he looks a bit like a Frank... or a Stanley

happy painting all...xx

Friday, 3 June 2016

Making Lemonade...

This week it has all been about making lemonade
 A whole frickin tree of lemons has been coming our way
 but I am pollyanna-ing their butts like crazy
 so lemonade it is

I could be stressing that Phants is patient zero for the current head-cold-ageddon
and is making all in her path generate unholy amounts of snot as she happily infects us?
. but I am choosing to see her as our own personal flu shot
and is helping us get the flu/ head cold out of the way early in the season
okay so maybe this one is pushing it as she really does appear to be patient zero despite her swearing it is Sinus and referring to him as Typhoid Mary under her breath

My poor Dad also had to have back surgery
which happily went well so don't stress
 plus he told my Mum and sister he was buying us all new Mercedes while drugged up to the eyeballs... he also wanted to know why they were wearing clothes
which is something I don't want to go anywhere near
but a new car brightens the week considerably
and the only downside is the sister didn't get it on camera
he is sooo going to try to weedle his way out of that one

Mug photo from Susanne Vargas

Barry the cat managed to jump/sit or otherwise bury his foot in mud
which then dried to the consistency of concrete
which has led to him walking around demanding we somehow remove it with what we assume are our magical powers as we aren't allowed to touch it
it is dislodging bit by bit and the upside is that he constantly walks around shaking his foot
 step step shake... step step shake... step step stop and lick it a bit... then shake
I shouldn't laugh and our cat whisperer is coming in to help us sort it out
but in the meantime... hilarious

mug photo provided by donna Browning-Damm
I still haven't found the missing left shoe I have been hunting for
but have decided it is a sign that I should buy new shoes
total lemonade there people

I dropped everything that I put in my hands
but that meant the floors are gleaming and have been washed more in the last week
than they were in the last month
I am thinking of serving dinner on them they are so shiny

We bought a gold painted garden gnome to put in the lounge room
no downside there...pure unadulterated genius from the top of his gnomey hat to his adorable golden feet

Mug photo from birthday girl and one of my Delicious Painters... Lynn Pauly
The Index-Card-a-Day challenge started 
so I got to get stuck into a couple of cuppa paintings

plus I am working on an illustration job 
that has involved me doing  some exploratory lemon paintings
which I kind of love despite the fact that they aren't usable for the actual job
and I have to get my head down and butt up and get moving on them as the deadline looms
but it has served as a good make lemonade reminder!!!

Happy painting all...xx