Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Something beginning with O

This month it was Jaz who set the topic for the Monthly Painters Challenge... now not to long before this Jaz Higgins, Tracey Grigc Potter and I were sitting outside drinking lovely tea and Jaz assured us she was going with an easy topic for this month... so I am thinking you know.... spring... or maybe favourite colour... but she picks Something beginning with O.

Now at first glance I am thinking this isn't too bad until you start to try to come up with an image of something starting with O that you would like to paint... 
orang-utan...
 not really my thing and all that hair to draw
octopus...
kind of freak me out unless they are barbecued
then they are particularly yummy
Orange...
 the colour
or the fruit
never turn out well for me
outside
ok that is lame...
 then I start thinking a big grafitti
OMG...
equally lame...
come back to orange...
seriously consider doing a painting of an orange..
start hunting through books on plants
oxalis... not nice
ox eyed daisy.... boring
orchid... maybe

go to Tracey Potter's house and hope she 
has left a clue as to her direction of her painting 
and that will get me heading in a direction
no joy she is a crafty one that Tracey...
everything was hidden
come home and do a million tea drawings for AEDM 
and paintings of tea
go to the grocery shopand 
discover Oolong tea

figure I can shortcut and just do a tea pot  and a packet that says oolong
feel guilty about not putting in the effort
find a random picture of a Hawaiian shirt covered in orchids...
 that is so bright it is blinding
start thinking
oolong
and orchids together...
add in bright shirt type tropical fabulousness
and have the final piece...
problem solved and now all I have to do is cross my fingers that next month
is something easy!!!







27 comments:

Lorinda said...

Beautiful piece!

Oak trees? Oreo cookies? Octagons? Maybe stick with orchids... :)

Carola Bartz said...

Orange and blue always work together in my book! This is beautiful and so well put together.

Kathleen Conard said...

You are an amazing talent to come up with the art and writing that you do!

spaark said...

You got off easy.! Next time I want to see you do an orangutan.
Very nice writing and art combined. Julie

Rita said...

Before I knew the story behind this painting I thought it was lovely. And after hearing the challenge...lovelier still. :)

Lia Edwards said...

Brilliant! I love the way you write : )

Jennibellie said...

Haha I do love how you describe your thought processes, makes such interesting posts. Great painting - as always - I'm glad you didn't go with the orang-utan, see you tomorrow, hugs Jennibellie x

Venessa Davies said...

Stunning piece! I love the flowers....and the bright colours! Gorgeous!

FranT said...

beautiful!! Oolong and Orange orchids, fantastic idea! well done. What medium is this?

That Girl Designs said...

O the possibilities. (sorry, couldn't resist) Great piece. The colors are perfect.

A Splash of Ida said...

Wonderful as always. :-) your paintings and drawings always make me smile!!! :-) Lovely colour combination. they looks so cheerful!!! makes me want to have milk tea!!haha

happy Tueasday!

xoxo
ida

http://asplashofida.blogspot.com

Lynn Richards said...

Good grief!! I love your thought process!! And how it seems to take up your life-how I can relate to that.
Thoroughly enjoy your painting. Oolong is a fabulous idea and adding the orchid is such a pretty touch. Great job!
xo
lynn

Gwen Hughes said...

Orchids...the obvious choice. Lovely rendition!
I seldom go for oranges and yellows, but this is such a happy combination:)
Gwen xx

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous as well as that fabulous cake below too.

Kris Lanae said...

Tracey,

I was cracking up as you were brainstorming your ideas! Love your work, the colors and definition is so amazing!

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog, I truly appreciate your compliments on my jewelry! :-) Can't wait for tomorrow's post! :-) Kris

Christine said...

fabulous!!! and you are so funny.. thanks for sharing.

tammy vitale said...

I find themes hard. Really REALLY hard. Inner Child pouts off to her tree house complaining the art is about what SHE wants to do, not some theme. Therefore I stand in great awe of this process you have shared - the amount of thought that went into the final simply and lovely picture. You need to tape that to the back of the original and any prints!

Judy Hartman said...

Gosh, I love what you came up with! Love the colors, the way the image runs off the page, the simplicity... I really admire your sense of design!

Sweet-Lemmon said...

Beautiful! :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful job---I liked reading about your thought process!

Nigel said...

Brilliant images, and great writing :)

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

ooo this turned out so pretty! love on contrast of blue & orange with the white teapot to balance it, perfect! your writing is such fun to read too, love hearing your thought process - happy AEDM!

tracy said...

Love it! I think you did a bang up job with the letter "o". :) Oooh, I thought of one... ovaries... just saying.

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

Oh boy, we got double O's--and it's oh, so pretty!

Stacie said...

I really appreciate your supportive comments on my blog. :-) And nice painting. I LOVE tea!

Stacie @ HandMade at HavenWood

Tracey Potter said...

It came together brilliantly Tracey. It's fantastic to hear your thought process and how the painting came about. So happy you could weave in your two passions, flowers and tea.

When you came over for a cuppa, I had not even started my painting, as far a I went was looking at the letter O in Animalia. It would have been great to brainstorm ideas together, it's so difficult to keep quite about the topic, but so rewarding when you see the variety of interpretation and creation.

Nordljus said...

Oh what a challenge, but the result you came up with is gorgeous. Love the bright, happy colours, and a pot of Oolong is never wrong.