Friday, 4 November 2011

A Missing Mohawk and Day 4


No tea pots, no flowers, no nice bright work today... in fact not even any finished work today because I tempted the bad luck genie and he has been biting me on the bum all day... should never have bragged about a good day yesterday, should never have said I was cruising the whole Art a Day Month thing.... should have just said nothing because today karma is a down right cow and it was inevitable that I would pay for the confidence.


It didn't start bad, in fact it was a cracking start to the day... pretty much a repeat of yesterday minus the dog sneezing on my foot, maybe a little more bitching and moaning about the early start, and that I dropped Phantom at school rather than Steve... but was pretty good all round. Sort of went off the rails slightly when I got home, played with the dog and realised that  some time last night he had had his mohawk trimmed by the man of the house... I had grown quite fond of his mohawk and thought it gave him a rather jaunty sort of air... but it seems that he needed butching up or maybe he was being teased by the neighbourhood dogs during walkies, or perhaps Matt only just noticed, but the upshot is that the mohawk is gone.
aren't I a cool dude!!! or should I say used to be...

I shook off this devastating blow and headed to the studio and it pretty much went down hill from there... started a peony, drew it well, painted it like I had ten thumbs and was colour blind... put it aside and had a cuppa, cruised some very cool AEDM blogs and tried redrawing the peony...looked like a dog's breakfast...  looked at the clock and realised that it lunch time already and hadn't achieved anything... went and thought about some collage, and pulled out my box of bits and found these little gems up the top of the page. Years ago I used to make heaps of these and they are quite tiny, but then I liked to layer them up and create patterns and textures using them, so I thought I would get in and play with them.

I had only just started them and they were in a very raw state, and it has taken a few hours to get them to this stage, but I think I can get them pretty much finished tomorrow and then I can work out what I can do with them. The paper is very porous and we are having quite a humid day so they will need to set over night, but all the horrid painting and drawing of earlier had been put behind me... until I took two that seemed a bit drier and started having a go at using them on a journal page... the results are below, and I am going to attack it again when I feel a little less creatively delicate, but it really looks like I don't know what... but I am sure it will come together eventually... just need to ignore it for a while... maybe go have the first swim for the summer ... linking this up with Paint Party Friday... so think about clicking on the link and checking out some of the work for the week.. it is always great xx




39 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

As my husband always reminds me "It's supposed to be fun ;)." You created, whether or not you liked what you created is beside the point. lol Sorry about the mohawk. Happy AEDM :).
Stay inspired!

Sunshineshelle said...

Funny post, the hard thing is explaining to others you were working all day & didn't get much accomplished, but I know most artists can relate to that LOL I think as Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another Day" and looks like you have a head start with journal page birthing ;) I like it!

Ayala Art said...

Your genie sounds like my muses... very bratty lol
I will show your dog's picture to my dog, she'll be happy to see such cute boy. Mine has a natural mohawk, heheeh no matter what we do, it sticks of like crazy. ANd before I forget, nice art!

Tracey Potter said...

Looking in from the outside, I'd say you had a very productive day! Love the colours and the textures of your collage piece! HAPPY weekend and enjoy the blog parties! xx

Nigel said...

Hmmm, looking at posts so far, Day 4 seems to be a "work in progress" day for a lot of us.

Don't sweat it, just go with the flow :)

Netty said...

Great post.....lol, Happy PPF, Annette x

Lesley Edmonds said...

It's looking good to me - lovely colour and texture and look at that Mohawk!!!!
Happy PPF
x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

I love the final painting ~ Some days 'the mojo' is a bit quirky ~ Dog is adorable! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^
PS ~ Thanks for the award ~ will post it but don't do them anymore ~ takes too much time ~ Love it though!

Serena said...

Your collage piece is looking lovely, Tracey! I really like the colours. I had a rugged day too and ended up doing a very quick and unfinished sketch.

Too bad about the Mohawk but then they do take a lot of up-keep....or so my son found out a couple of years ago when he gave himself a Mohawk. It only lasted three weeks because he couldn't be bothered with the up-keep. lol

Yes, your dog and my dog could be brothers. :)

See you tomorrow,

Serena

hastingshall2 said...

Your colors are really gorgeous. Hope tomorrow is better for you and the pup. I guess it will take all winter for the Mohawk to grow back. Faye

Anne said...

These are some of my fave colours so I really like it!!

Happy PPF!

Robin Panzer Art said...

Well even the masters didn't create great art every single day but you did create art! I happen to love the colors of the piece your showing. Your little Mohawk-less dog is adorable! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #10 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Pointy Pix said...

I love the colours in these little pieces and I know how it feels to have a day when nothing you work on seems to come out like you hoped but at least you did get creative.

As for your dog - is he a westie whose ears never came up because he is so like my boy, Reuben. Absolutely adorable. Cute mowhawk - Reuben usually ends up with a middle parting like a gent from the 1940s!

carlarey said...

What a beautiful summery palette. I think the weather must have been calling you outdoors...maybe that's why your muse was acting up.

Julie said...

Your collage is off to a beautiful start. Sorry about the mohawk, I hope tomorrow is a happier day!

Tracie said...

oh man, I thought the mohawk was manly....

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Isn't it amazing how some days it just feels SO good to be an artist? And then there are *those* kinds of days........when it seems so hard to get anything done! I really like what you have so far with your collage- great colors! And I look forward to seeing what you do with your peony- 'cause in the end, I know it will be wonderful.
xo
Stephanie

TammyVitale said...

dropped in to see what's up. Stayed to read the whole thing and think: wow - it isn't just me. Let's blame it on the moon. THanks! I needed that!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

You had me cracking up girl!! Your cute doggie brought a smile to my face....your story had me laughing and then the end result had me saying WOW...love the piece...so modern and fresh.

Cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

I really REALLY like this journal page--what a great idea to make the little "bits" beforehand. And that little doggie face could never be UNcool... mohawk or no mohawk :)

craftattack said...

Sorry you had a bad day, but your work has such wonderful sunny colours, love it! Hope tomorrow will be better! Valerie

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Wow, I'd say that if that collage is from an off day... stop yer bitchin! hahha just kidding. Looks great. I love the doggy mohawk!

I'm so jealous of your summer! Just getting cold here.

Jennibellie said...

I'm a big believer in Karma, but believe it hit should be taken into consideration with bad attitudes/actions, positivity is a different matter & believe that sparks more positivity so hope you wake up tomorrow happy again with lots of happy creating. You're comment on my blog made me laugh - I definitely feel like I have less time to blog hop & browse this month but then I don't have a phantom to look after - just another Mohawk-less dog hehe xx

Janet said...

You got in there and played, tried things, and got your hands dirty. That's being creative! Don't be so hard on yourself. I really like the colors and shapes in the little pieces you're working on. And remember tomorrow's another day!

Teri C said...

I am having this exact kind of day but you at least made something beautilful, not me.

Kelly said...

I think that your collage is lovely! It may not have been where you imagined going today... but I like where you ended up. Sorry it wasn't a fun process today.

Domestic Icing said...

I just love the colors! I'm curious what else you might do to it -- I've never done collages and I am kind of fascinated my them. I'm so glad you worked through your block this morning -- it looks like it's going to be worth the trouble!

iamrushmore said...

"karma is a down right cow" almost made me spit my wine on my computer. LOVE what you created. really really love it.

peggy gatto said...

I have a doggie just like that, tooo cute!
Love your header!!

Joni Nickrent said...

Loving the collage...and the pic of the little one is absolutely adorable!

Jehanne's doodles said...

Great WIP (work in progress), and tomorrow will be a brighter day :D (I hope). Your dog is so cute :)

Gwen Hughes said...

I like your very colourful collage. The repeated elements are so interesting. Lovely work.
Gwen

Gwen Hughes said...

I like your very colourful collage. The repeated elements are so interesting. Lovely work.
Gwen

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Yes, yes... day 4 was a day of ugly art for me too. I kept at it, REALLY kept at it and ended up with something I'm beginning to like a little. I have to tell you... I really LOVE what you have percolating here. I have a feeling it's going to be something very special. But, don't rush it. It's nice to stay loose, but sometimes we see something in it's infancy and say AHHH, this might become something GOOD! Happy Day 4!!!!!

creatingme said...

I like where this is going!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Some days we feel better than others, but it really isn't in the feeling. I think you did great, although I expected seeing from you....yes, teapots, and flowers, and.... but this is a surprise and great too, in another way! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Lori said...

I have enjoyed my first visit to your blog. I love your work, especially the painterly colourful ones. I will be back :)

Victoria said...

Super gorgeous..yoru work is always stunning and charming..such beauty! I love your gorgeous header by the way..stunning!
Victoria

Melisa said...

Actually, I like this a lot! I bet it looks better to you now, after a few days have passed. Sometimes, when you're having a bad day, even the good stuff doesn't look so good. To me, this feels like looking at beautiful scenery through windows in an adobe wall.