Saturday, 15 October 2011

Fear and Dislike

When the topics for the week are Fear and Dislike you know it is going to be a bit of a week, but on the heels of Owls last week, I think these challenges are starting to tip me over the edge a bit. So thank you Inspiration Avenue and Monthly Painters Challenge for joining forces to make it a very challenging week artistically. I hope that working through all these things saves me from therapy down the track... but I have a feeling that they may be pushing me closer to it.

Now Owls are pretty much my fear, and while I take on all the supportive and wonderful comments from last week, and some of them actually made me laugh out loud, when all is said and done they still freak me out. The other thing that really freaks me out  is moths. You would think it would be snakes, or spiders or one of the other myriad of deadly creatures that inhabit Australia, but the thing that makes my heart pound is moths. They are butterflies' bully boy cousins, with their furry bodies and all their dive bombing of your lights and the freaky shadows they send around the room. Yes some of them can have lovely patterns on their wings, and there may be beauty in that and things, but I can't get past the furry bodies and grossness!


This was all made just that touch worse by the Monthly Painters Challenge topic which was dislike... now outside of topics that deal with things that freak me out, I like to think I am actually quite positive and there aren't that many things I dislike.
I don't count things like football, cricket, motor car racing, mowing the lawn or beer belches, because lets be honest you have to be out of your brain, or have boy type bits to like those things. The challenge was to find some things outside of obvious boy rubbish that I dislike...and the art work below is my solution. I really dislike the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. 
I always think you are a Chilli Pepper person or a Pearl Jam person, and at the end of the day Eddie Vedder will win out any day in my book. I'm not saying that the Chilli Peppers have no talent or anything like that... they just aren't my thing, whereas the delicious Eddie is big time like in my book. 

To reinforce the whole subject is the fact that I can no longer eat chillies. This may be due to a dodgy digestive system which is a little more temperamental now I am no longer a fresh faced young thing.  It may also be due to the fact that I consumed my lifetime's limit of chillies already as I was a chilli fiend in my earlier years. Perhaps there is a finite amount of chilli that you can consume in a lifetime, and once you hit that limit it gets ugly. Either way I dislike that I can't eat chillies anymore, not the actual chilli itself... after all its not its fault.... but I miss them and their sweet eye watering, throat burning intensity.


So moths and chillies and the Red Hot duds are duly painted ... albeit very loosely ...and I would like to take this opportunity to request a topic for next week and next month that is a little gentler on my nerves and perhaps a touch more positive!

Linking in to Monthly Painters Challenge, Inspiration Avenue, and Artists in Blogland.



34 comments:

Yvonne said...

Beautifully done, Tracey!

hellopalz said...

The red hot CP is really nice... with the music tone background:-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never considered a moth something I would fear, I guess because I am actually faster than they are and I can kill them pretty easily. But they certainly are plentiful during the warm months of the year, so they are quite unwelcome. Love how you drew them, though.

I have to agree about the peppers. A few years ago I could eat the hottest of the hot, and didn't even flinch. Now I can't handle hot peppers. Great take on these two challenges!

Manon said...

Ha ha how brave are you painting your fears. I rather keep my defence mechanism in place...avoid like the plague or hide away in the sand. Lets hope there are no moth or chillies buried there.Fabulous paintings!!! I love the red
ManonX

Sadee Schilling said...

Oooh, your moths are beautiful! I love the color and the looseness of the lines and paint strokes. I'm with you--I CANNOT STAND the Red Hot Chili Peppers either! There's not a lot of music that I don't like, but I turn of the radio when one of their song comes on.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog today! :)

Lesley said...

I admire you painting the thing you detest most. Lovely art! My fear is spiders and I can;t bring myself to even think about them let alone paint one EEEK!

Georgie Horn said...

New follower! I love the RHCP and I love your painting!
Come by for some puddin in pie!
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/10/make-cupcakes-not-war.html

Arlene said...

I love your work!!! I shall be checking back to see more. Thanks for your kind words.

bohemiannie! art said...

I love your work too! And your great sense of humor! And I'm not a fan of red hot chili peppers...mostly because of something i saw them do at a concert way back when. UGH. You're right on in my book but I still say alligators are the scariest.

Linda Starr said...

good for your for facing your fears fearlessly, but a gentler topic would be nice to relax a while, try poblanos they are not so hot, but give a mild flavor; I have made a papaya salsa with them, I chop up the papaya small, roast the poblanos and peel them and chop them up, add a dash of lime juice and fresh cilantro and it is wonderful with blue corn chips.

Janet said...

This whole post gave me a chuckle or two. Your moths are beautiful even if you're afraid of them (mine would definitely be snakes!) and I love your take on the chili peppers both RHCP and the edible kind.

WrightStuff said...

I'm not very fond of moths either - especially the really big ones. However, you managed to find some pretty ones to paint (where are the fangs?... Moths do have fangs right?)

As for the red hot chilli peppers. Well, I can take them or leave them... I am partial to a nibble though!

Hettienne said...

Hi what fun finding your blog today! I came from IA. When you have time, pop in to say hi on my spot. I love your art and I must say you do a pretty good job at embracing that which you do not like. To me all of these seemed beautiful and sumptious - thanks to your art - although I am a great chilli fan and I like moths. I think they are the drab cousins of butterflies. ciao

bohemiannie! art said...

Hi Tracey - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! Every week is a busy one around here. Now that we're retired...I don't know how we ever had time to work!!! And yes...I love teaching!

amy said...

i am seriously terrified of moths.
i used to live in cheyenne and there was this horrible thing called 'miller season'
miller moths would LITERALLY cover every single surface.

like. our houses would be brown.

ugh.

linda said...

Your moths are quite beautiful and I find it hard to believe from your painting that they freak you out. Also love the play on words and music with the hot chilli peppers.

Carola Bartz said...

Tracey, I had to chuckle several times while reading your post - you've got a great sense of humour. Your moths are so pretty - funny how the "things" that we fear can be so beautiful. I have to admit that I have no idea who the Red Hot Chili Peppers (did I get this right?) are, I need to google that. And football - did you mean football in the American sense - which I hate - or football like the rest of the world sees it? Because I'm afraid I quite like that, I have to say, especially the German teams... hm, am I boy like now??? Makes me chuckle right again!

Carola Bartz said...

Your comment on my blog cracked me up. No, no belching - so I think I'm safe!

New End Studio said...

I've only ever seen those small white moths, but if I ever saw the type you drew, I'd be getting the swatter pronto. Great paintings!

MollyGirl said...

I stumbled upon your blog today and between your art and your taste in music (Eddie Vedder just keeps getting better and better!), I just had to follow! Looking forward to seeing more!

creatingme said...

This is a fantastic post. And love the art! I think I really love those peppers, and Eddie Vedder rocks!

Dorien said...

I really like your moths, they are beautiful!
Although I'm not very fond of moths, I'm brave enough to catch one with my bare hands and throw it out of the window!!
(Moths here in the Netherlands are not that big)
What really freaks me out are those creepy spiders!!!!
Have a nice weekend.

Evelyn said...

Beautiful pieces, even if they are scary stuff.

priti.lisa said...

Beautiful Artwork Tracey! Not my fears, but I kinda wish they were...they seem more manageable than mine♥

IM GIRL said...

Your paintings are beautiful on both accounts and while these are not my favorite things for sure, I admire you for your work and facing your FEARS!
Nice work!

Kristin Dudish said...

Ha! This post was a riot :)

I think you worked through your fears beautifully! I hope they take it easy on you with next week's themes! Until then, make yourself a cup of tea in one of your beautiful cups from the post below and relax with some Pearl Jam ;)

(I never thought I'd ever write "relax" with some Pearl Jam! ha!)

xo
Kristin

p.s. I rebound my sketchbook project from last year with only 2 minor pokes of the finger... Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can do it!

Cathryn Backer said...

Excellent Tracey and amusing! Moths? Mmmm...I like moths. I have one living in my bedroom...I guess that would give you nightmares.

kirstin mcculloch said...

Such beautiful work. My brother was deathly afraid of butterflies and moths - not that he'd ever admit it himself!

I found my self nodding my head when you were talking about your dislikes football (tick), motor racing (tick), cricket (oh kill me now!).

Thanks for the lovely comments and visiting my blog. x

Jaz Higgins said...

Sounds like last month was artistically terrifying! hehe. I have to agree with the moth thing. Any moth bigger than a 20c coin is hideous in my books! Why is it that butterflies seem so beautiful and graceful and moths are so ugly and unpredictable?

Anyway - I think your idea for the chilli peppers was great - and it had more than one meaning! Genious!

Hope the next month brings about some pleasant topics for you.

NatashaMay said...

It fascinates me to see what freaks people out. :))) I have the regular phobias of spiders and sharks. :)

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

FabUlous entry! Tho' I must admit to being a Chili Pepper admirer ;) Moths don't bother me so much, but I can see how they could be disturbing to others.......

craftattack said...

I can understand your fear of moths, I don't like them either, nor spiders, nor wasps nor snakes....But I love owls. Love chili, too, but it doesn't love me anymore! Valerie

Melisa said...

It's amazing that the themes of fear and dislike can produce such beautiful paintings!

Heather said...

Hello, I enjoyed my visit and your beautiful work. Thanks!

Heather