Friday, 18 November 2011

The Agapanthus and a three hour Brazillian

Pen and watercolour agapanthus - day 18

Great news for one and all that I survived yet another night after Phantom tried to drown me, and I am now thinking I am out of the woods and there will probably be no lasting damage. A huge shout out and thanks to all who have offered support and healing with their witty comments that bought many smiles and laughs, with a notable mention going out to Carolyn over at A Colourful Journey who has found a technical loophole which has allowed me to retain my title of Queen of the Float... obviously this talented woman is both and artist and bush lawyer and if you have any issues that need sorting you should head over and get her advice!!!

So to art, which is after all the reason we are all doing this and I did get in and do a little yesterday, though just a little play with making pendants and rings from some recent work...

I was kind of stressing though because I had tried to do a little drawing for this week's Inspiration Avenue Challenge and found myself falling into the old traps and habits of correcting every line and being completely anal about it all... now I blame the bloody Gerbera for getting me back in that brain space, and of course added to the trauma of Phantom turning on me, I was thinking I had lost all the ground I had gained over the month....

Agapanthus version 1
We then headed off to Speech Night, and for those of you not from the Southern Hemisphere let me tell you about this excruciating ordeal... our school year runs from Jan to Dec and so we are at the end of the school year and Speech night is about as much fun as having a Brazillian ...for three hours!!!!...we are talking hours of speeches, short interludes of musical and arts based pieces of performance, the occasional rousing number by the orchestra to wake everyone up and an endless parade of girls who all look the same in their uniforms and pony tails...of course there is that brief moment of complete parental joy when you see your baby stride across the stage clutching her haul... and yes Phantom cleaned up, with three big awards... but once that was done I pretty much lapsed back into a trance state and concentrated on how I was going to reverse the Gerbera damage...

My brilliant idea was to take a botanical I had done previously and maybe try to redraw it and re-imagine it as a looser brighter piece of work, done in about a twentieth of the time. I chose the Agapanthus which I drew early in the year and redrew it in pen and attacked it with my trusty watercolour wheels... the result is at the top of the page and I am pretty pleased with it.. I think the damage may be minimised and I am getting in and starting a larger work this afternoon so we will see if the looseness holds up to a bit more pressure. I still love my original drawing but like the new reworking as well...

I am linking this up with these two great link parties
you should head over and check out the work everyone is doing

Paint Party Friday

and 

and a new link party set up by my good friend
Tracey Grigc Potter
which is called Palette and Paint
the link on the side bar will take you there

Now I know it isn't Thursday but Tracey asks to see our palette and materials so this week so I am showing you my beloved Koh-i-nor watercolour wheels and my favourite 30c brush... I have been using them more than anything else this month and love the strong colours that I get with them...

Why don't you hit all the links and join in the fun ...













49 comments:

Rita said...

Love your work!
Speech night sounds positively numbing.
Your florals are bright and beautiful!
Have a great Friday! :)

Tracey Potter said...

The Agapanthus are beautiful! The Koi In Noor disks are such a lovely colour and texture, I can see why you like them. Thanks for sharing! xx

MollyGirl said...

I just want to move into your house and be surrounded by your beautiful artistic gardens. I'm even willing to catch a wave or to with phantom! :-d

Ayala Art said...

Beautiful work, I love the watercolor and ink, looks so alive

Gwen Hughes said...

Love your pen and watercolour work!
We used to have speech days in the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. It felt weird walking across those boards, where world famous musicians had performed. Similar thing to your speech night!
Thanks for an interesting post.
Have a lovely day.
Gwen xx

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous flowers...thanks for the links too...I want to go to P & P but that link does not function...leastwise for me anyway. Have a good weekend...and stay away from ANY water!!!

NatashaMay said...

Well, that was fun to read. :) I've had brazillian done and I can imagine the pain you went through. :)) The flower looks wonderful!

Netty said...

Loving all your work. Happy PPF, Annette x

WrightStuff said...

Just been catching up on your week's art n antics! 3 hours of speeches... phewey!

Your botanicals are really lovely you know!

Lia Edwards said...

Great job. I love the idea of having a go at something in a quicker, looser relaxed way. It came out really well!

La Abela said...

These colors are bright and clean ...Saludos

Tracy said...

*LOL* Well not ever experiencing a Brazillian, I can only imagine the pain! Oh you have a way with the words Madam. :)

I love both versions of the Agapanthus! Well done!

I was remiss in checking posts yesterday so I must get caught up on the whole "Phanton tried to drown me" post. The things I miss when I'm away...

Nigel said...

The agapanthus is great, but really drawn to the pendants - they're stunning :)

Terrie said...

You're such an artist! I get the whole "looser" desire and I can definitely see the difference in approach on the two drawings. Each one would appeal to a different audience - for me, I love the looser pen and ink look!
Thanks for your continuing input and support!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Your agapanthus is extraordinary!
Recently went to the Monet show here and learned that he painted one of his waterlily triptychs was originally titled "Agapanthus," but he chose to paint over and obliterate the image.

Love seeing what you do each Friday! :)
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Lynn Richards said...

When I saw the title to this post I thought, "really??? she's going to tell us about having a brazillian??" ha ha ha!!! Why not? We know just about everything else!!
Love the painting and it's colors.
And it's nice to know someone else's mind wanders during nights at school for our sweet kids!
xo
lynn

Tara@Aquamarine said...

I love agapanthus! It's one of my faves. The way you write makes me laugh too. :)

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Your work is so lovely and delicate! I love both versions!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Very stylish and creative art works ~ love it ~~ Thanks, namaste, Carol ~ (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

carlarey said...

Yep, love both versions. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite.

I was also scared to read about the three hour Brazillian...whew, what a relief that it was only a metaphor.

Christine said...

I love both versions of your agapanthus! beautiful colour.

Gloria said...

I love agapanthus. It's one plant I don't have in my garden. Carnations and Agapanthus are on my lists for next spring. I really love what you did with both versions. Loving the softness of it. Thanks for sharing.Happy PPF!

Janet said...

I like both versions of your agapanthus. They both have equal beauty. We have agapanthus in our yard but ours are the white ones. I like yours much better.

Sarah Anderson said...

i love both versions too; still cringing though at your wave experience yesterday, I hate breathing in water (not that i think anyone love it !), it's up there with throwing up!!!

Manon said...

Lol stop painting flowers and come and smell the roses at Amy's...manon's...class tomorrow! There is an award on my blog for you too for being so awasome and introding me to tea. I have only just done the 7 what don't you know about me thing. I have been too busy with Rupert or what was his name?
You are fab!
manonX

rajns (carolyn) said...

Looking for the damage on your flower -but I can't find it. The lawyer in me would like offer evidence that both are great- just check out your comments! My kids got a huge chuckle out of your post (so did I)- they have often gotten the unpleasant end of my lawyerly skills....

laurie said...

your agapanthus is beautiful, both ways, your work is lovely, thankyou for visiting today, thats a scary wave for sure!!

Robin Panzer Art said...

LOL my Mom gives Brazilians for a living! Both versions are lively and lovely! I'm loving your pendants, those poppies are delightful and the orange flower (my botany knowledge is pathetic...) just gorgeous! Glad Phantom didn't succeed in drowning you! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #9 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I am loving those jewelery pieces! So pretty!

Melisa said...

Beautiful stuff! Version 1 seems absolutely perfect but I do prefer the freer version 2. I will admit that I don't even know what a Brazilian is but you make it sound so bad I'm afraid to ask, LOL.

hastingshall2 said...

Tracey, your flower pictures are just gorgeous! Love the detail work.
Faye

Precious Worker said...

You know what..I like the first one better. I think the second may look more modern, but the black lines sort of kill the lovely gentleness of the flower, and make the picture heavier. There. Only a teacher would say something like that!! But theres a challenge for you as we all aspire to improve. How to capture the character of the flower in a contemporary style with no sacrifices. Sometimes traditional works better than "free". Still love your work or I wouldnt be here!!

Precious Worker said...

Oh yeah, whats a Brazilian?

Victoria said...

Super-beautiful work..gorgeous agapanthus..it is such a striking and bewildering flower...gorgeous my friend..you are super talented and inspiring! Stunning work!
Victoria

Debbie said...

I love your florals! Both versions of the agapanthus are gorgeous and I love those pendants.. Wow!!

Teri C said...

Gorgeous gorgeous blooms!

EVA said...

I am glad you survived submersion! I love the agapanthus. Such a beautiful flower and you did a fabulous job on it!

Kelly said...

Your botanicals are so beautiful! Glad you survived your submersion ordeal :>

Anne said...

I love them!

Kristin Dudish said...

I am so glad to see that you are alive and well (and thriving from the look of your beautiful botanical)! You've had a dicey few days with the wave and trance-like state induced by speech night, but it appears as if things have worked out swimmingly (pun intended, of course!)

Your blog posts are always so much fun to read - I love your sense of humor :)

xo
Kristin

p.s. It is hard to imagine your beautiful warm weather as I look out and see snow on the ground! (Sooo jealous!!!)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

both versions are just beautiful. your post is so amusing! thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Serena said...

Both agapanthus styles are lovely in their own right, Tracey. Your pendants and rings look fabulous!

Congratulations to Phantom on her THREE awards!

We called it Awards Night when my older kids were in high school and I still vividly recall one in particular. The night had been long and it was nearing time for us to be set free WHEN the bloody tuckshop convenor presented herself on-stage to perform what can only be described as the Mother-load of all speeches. I was imagining myself jumping up on stage, putting my hands around her throat, and strangling her. A few other parents may have had the same thoughts because they started clapping loudly at the end of each of her sentences, hoping she'd get the hint to SHUT UP! She honestly went on and on...even left the School Principal's speech for dead. My Dad swore he'd never come to another Awards Night.

~ Serena :)

FranT said...

the jewelry is just lovely! Where do you sell that?

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

LOVE your Agapanthus- so beautiful!!! And that composition is perfect to help loosen things up.....
x
Stephanie

FLO said...

l,Agapanthe est une très belle fleur, très décorative, j'aime votre version :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Love those pendants! I'm going to have to google brazillian to find out what you're talking about! You always come up with such delicate watercolors, love my visits! So delightful! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Our academic year goes March-December so we are at the Final Exams stage now. You surely notice that at the school gates. ;)
Good to see you survived everything. :)
Beautiful work and thanks for the links.

Nathalie Nayer said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! It's love at first sight!

Kristin said...

So many pretties!!! I love both versions - and think it was a brilliant idea - your work is wonderful and I enjoyed your new model at the top . . . congratulations to your baby too - sounds like a memorable evening for many reasons ;) xoxo