Sunday, 20 November 2011

Trauma Averted


Day 20 of Art Every Day month and the creative fires are burning a bit low... today's work is also for Inspiration Avenue where the theme was Harlequin.... now I have a bit of a history with the IA challenges in that most of them have dealt with things that freak the bejesus out of me... owls, sewing, Masquerade Ball, fear and beach treasures to name a few... there have been rare glimpses of topics that are calming and fun to explore like Art Nouveau, Viva Espana and the first one , which totally sucked me in , which was sunflowers. 


So to Harlequin... thanks Stephanie...and  it is looking like I am going to need some therapy... I have no hassles with clowns... but Harlequins freak me out a bit... the whole creepy costumes and bells on hats just make me squirm....except in a scene in the Tudors where there were Harlequins, but that was also because the gorgeous Henry Cavill was in the scene and I was too busy gazing at his loveliness and imagining just how perfect life would be with him in walking around looking all manly and sexy... nothing could scare me if I could just gaze at him all day... if you have no clue who I am talking about do yourself a little favour and Google image him... oh my giddy aunt he makes me weak at the knees...


There was no way I was going to paint one of those freaky things, so went google searching... looked at the Wedgewood Harlequin patterns stuff... I actually have the cake stand in my studio... but way to complicated for my tired little brain... then I found a Malaysian harlequin Butterfly and a Harlequin Butterfly tea cup.... problem solved and no trauma has been induced!!! I even think It will make an okay addition to the little weekly roundup I have happening above my desk, which is all quite blue and orange on reflection... might need to change up the palette a little next week.





So happy AEDM and Inspiration Avenue Challenge... off for a Sunday afternoon nanna nap... and hopefully some Henry Cavill dreams...



31 comments:

Tracey Potter said...

Love it Trace, the butterfly Is a perfect touch. Its such a pretty piece and a nice fresh interpretation of the topic. I love the studio shot too! Xx

Sweet-Lemmon said...

I really like it. Simple but beautiful- and like the person before me said: the butterfly is a perfect touch. :)

Rhonda said...

This teacup and butterfly painting is heavenly! Another beautiful addition to your collection. I am particularly taken with your tea and teacup pieces, they speak of restful thought and reflection. Cheers! ~Rhonda

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Love your butterfly and teacup. The colours are awesome :).
Stay inspired!

tortagialla said...

Beautiful work! I agree that Harlequins can be freaky - eek! happy aedm!

WrightStuff said...

Well that's just perfect! I just oggled at Henry for a while... yes, quite delicious. However, last night I dreamt about George Clooney... and he was NAKED.. so I fear that maybe all this manliness might be a bit too much for me soon. I need to go and do something dull like clean the bathroom!

tracy said...

Beautiful! Brilliant! Butterflies!

I had to wrench myself away from the delciousness that is Henry Cavill. A man that proudly sports a nice chest hair pattern is ALL MAN in my book. "ROWR!". *wipe wipe wipe* 'Scuse me, I drooled on all over the screen.

Now what were we talking about?

Jennibellie said...

Haha I had to google, not bad though I think he'd look better in regency gear than tudor - anything that resembles Mr Darcy will have my 'giddy aunt' reaction haha love the butterfly and display of this weeks work - wish I had enough room for this :( see you tomorrow x

Gwen Hughes said...

So glad you found a harlequin you could handle.
Sunflowers, (mentioned) and butterflies......my cup of tea!
The butterfly is probably drawn to the sweet sugary tea. Lovely art work:)
Xx

Currie Silver said...

This painting is just lovely, Tracey, as is your other work I've been enJOYing looking through. Love all the deliciousness on your sit that I went waltzing through this early Sunday morning [here in Florida it is 7:24 AM].

Your creativity may BE burning a bit low, as you say, but I think that may well BE just settling in to your rhythm.

Lori said...

Tracey - I love your style and have really enjoyed discovering your work via AEDM - such a treasure.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE your take on the theme- using a Harlequin butterfly was a stroke of genius- and as always, I'm enchanted with your tea cups :)
After reading the list of IA challenges that put you on the edge of a freak out- I feel I need to appologise, 'cause two of them were mine! If it makes you feel any better, those were both weeks that I struggled with finding a topic......
Anyway, love your entry- have a beautiful Sunday
x
Stephanie

Judy Hartman said...

Good for you, Tracey - you managed to avert a harlequin trauma, while creating a beautiful painting! As always, your writing is so clever, and your work is amazing! Now I'm off to google Henry!

Heather said...

i love the additiiton of the butterfly! beautiful color palette, too!

Nordljus said...

Very nicely solved! I definitely prefer Harlequin butterflies too. And the tea cup is so lovely! I definitely like the colours you've been using this week. Sweet dreams!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have to admit, you stepped WAY outside the box this week. But I admit, this is one super painting and use of the theme. Your paintings always make me smile. I love this one, possibly the best (at least until the next one-grin).

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

Really lovely interpretation of the Harlequin theme! i do wish you had panned out a bit with the studio shot, tho, so we could all see the posters of Henry on the other wall.

Susan Hopkirk said...

Tracey - thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I have really enjoyed hopping over to yours and seeing all of your beautiful work! Looking forward to you next post.

xx ~Susan

priti.lisa said...

Just gorgeous! And I love that you weren't frightened.
Blue and orange make a great palette, I get stuck in the same colors (turquoise and ocher)and I try to escape them, but they always make their way back.
xox

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wonderful way to make the challenge less scary! I adore butterflies & tea--your painting is just perfect!

Serena said...

Blue and orange do make a great match....LOVE your teacup and butterfly painting today! Harlequins, jesters, clowns...they ALL freak me out. Just way too creepy for my liking.

I googled Henry Cavill. Yes, I'd have to agree. Yummy! Mind you, like Jennibellie, I'm a Mr Darcy kinda gal.

Your work looks lovely on display! You seem SO organised.

See you tomorrow,
Serena :)

Terrie said...

Wow - research and everything! There was never any question of me drawing that funky harlequin guy cuz I'm not capable.....I just took the easy way and used the diamonds! You, however, found such a great way to make it your own! Excellent teacup and butterfly still life!
We've all done a great job in sticking to the AED plan - congrats all around.

That Girl Designs said...

Love the butterfly!

A Splash of Ida said...

Lovely as always!!! The butterfly caught my eye!!! :-) Have I ever mentioned that I love your style of drawing and painting? :-) You are very talented!!!

xoxo
Ida

TrishaTrixie said...

I am a butterfly lover. This was awesome

Fellow AED fan

Helen Percy Lystra said...

I loved reading your blog. Great take on the theme and I did Google him -- he's gorgeous!

rajns (carolyn) said...

Very creative solution - out of the box thinking to stay within the challenge parameters and not require therapy!

Nigel said...

I don't think I'll bother googling for what's his name :p

Love the painting though - your work is so vibrant :)

VonnyK said...

Thanks heavens you didn't go for a clown!!! Love that butterfly. Is he coming for tea?

Legacy of a Single Girl said...

{laughing} Your post made me laugh! Love the artwork...and don't worry about clowns, they're harmless really. Oh, I took your suggestion and googled Mr. Cavill........sigh.

Hugs, Margo

MollyGirl said...

oh my! he is delicious...

sorry, did you say something else?????????

p.s. your butterflies are lovely! ;-)