Friday, 30 September 2011

My dear friend Sangria

Inspiration Avenue asked us to visit Spain this week, and I openly admit I am woefully educated on most things Spanish except for Paella, Javier Bardem and Sangria. Now as much as I would like to say I am intimately acquainted with the juicy Javier Bardem, tragically that is not so and while I have a passing friendship with Paella, this is limited by the appearance of the dreaded mussels. Without mussels maybe Paella and I could have been dear friends, but for me those rubbery little bearded things are a deal breaker. This leaves my dearest Spanish friend Sangria,to be my inspiration this week. 
Sangria saw me through my college years, comforted me through assignment deadlines, broken hearts, and bad hair cuts. It was there, cheap and available by the jugful at the Cantina in the Elizabeth Street Arcade before our nights out at the clubs, and yet it never seemed to poison the friendship with a hangover. Sangria was always thoughtful like that, and as my life progressed it has turned up to remind me that I was once young and energetic and loving all things new and exotic. It has comforted me through hard times and celebrated all sorts of events, being there reminding me of heat and youth and great times just when I have needed it. So my journal page this week is my small repayment, I didn't have much time and I haven't done our friendship justice, especially the very dodgy orange and apple, but somehow I don't think Sangria will mind... it's just that sort of friend!
To see all things Spanish head on over to the Inspiration Avenue blog and to see what other creative minds have been busy with head to the Art Blog Hop or to Artists in Blogland. Happy painting all I am heading out to renew my friendship now....got to love a Friday afternoon!


19 comments:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nice composition and fun story to go with it! I really like how you placed the emphasis on the jug & bottle rather than the fruit.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Nice composition :). I've never had Sangria, so thanks for the education. Now, I know what others mean when they say time for some Sangria ;).
Stay inspired!

New End Studio said...

Tracey, loving the prose to go with the painting! Nada on the mussels for me, sangria- haven't had for ages, but wouldn't mind sharing a pitcher at a cafe with Javier! Beautiful painting.

hellopalz said...

nice abstract! love sangria too

Joni Nickrent said...

Gotta love a great Sangria story...beautiful work! Popping by from Show and Tell Saturday! POP ART MINIS

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I so enjoyed reading the inspiration behind this piece and your take on mussels, among other things. You paint SO well, and I love the Sangria tale. Would love to see your art in real life. It is super.

amy said...

*dies*
omg

yes. sangria is a close friend of mine as well.

you and i would get along pretty well.

xx,
a

WrightStuff said...

Ah yes, Sangria was definitely my friend in Madrid last week. Picture the scene... up early, flight, travel across the City, long check in at hotel (a group of 22 of us took some time!) and then finally lunch.... and Sangria!
Judging by the love that went into this painting, I'm guessing that Sangria is a very dear friend indeed!

bohemiannie! art said...

Who woulda thunk it? What wonderful memories you have with your old friend. Enjoy your visit this weekend. And here's to your lovely painting and...no hangover!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

So happy so many of you share my friendship with Sangria... it is the perfect drink here in Queensland as we are getting our first warm spring sub tropical days... sending some sunshine and sangria to all of you who are stuck in autumn.xx

bohemiannie! art said...

Thanks for the lovely compliment on my blog Tracey! (The circles) :) I'm seeing ALL kinds of things done with them!!! The frame idea is a good one!

Linda Starr said...

What a wonderful story and the painting to go with it is great. I happen to like mussels, perhaps if they are cooked too long they become rubbery. Ha. Oh well you can always leave them out.

Manon said...

Is Sangria friends with Vodka on the rocks? I tHink I may know you then!
Love this post, great story and lovely painting!
ManonX
Nice meeting you!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I really think your old friend sangria would be pleased with what you have come up with! It's wonderful! Good enough to be framed! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful still life.
OLE!

Terrie said...

We love sangria too! On our trip to Spain we made it a daily afternoon ritual to stop our sightseeing and have a pitcher of sangria at a cafe somewhere. It refreshed us, cooled us and gave us a chance to catch our breath. Your drawing totally captures that and brings back all those good memories! Such a great drawing!

NatashaMay said...

I see you go way back with Sangria. She truely is your best friend when in need. :) Great portrait of her as well. :)

Coleen said...

Tracy, thank you for commenting on my blog. You have a lovely blog here. I am enjoying all your drawings. I really must get back to drawing. It was my minor in art school. I'm following here on both spots. Hope you'll do the same on mine.

Blessings,
Coleen in Ukraine
www.vintageterrace2.blogspot.com

priti.lisa said...

OMG! Tracey! You are so GOOD!
And I agree with you...sangria-yum.
Mussels-bleh :(
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