Sunday, 6 November 2011

Where does an hour go?


Day six is all about the works in progress and some random dog type facts...the gerbera is slowly getting there...way too boring to go into detail of what I have done on it, and even I am struggling to see where the hour I went on it this morning , but hey I put in a solid hour... thinking the deadline trick from the dahlias may the only way to save it, and my sanity, at this stage... have made tea and am contemplating it...
Had a go at the whole bright, play and patterns type thing and kind of like it... humidity is a cow today though so everything I put onto it is just sinking into the paper, so will need to let it set before I do much else to it... don't think it is quite finished yet...


Random fact number 1...Mushu has randomly started doing his laps of the pool in the opposite direction. For the last three years, every day, several times a day he goes out into the back yard, up a step and around the pool in a clockwise direction. The pool is just outside my studio window so I just see this flash of white fur out of the corner of my eye... bit disconcerting at first, especially as he gets quite a bit of speed up, but you get used to it soon enough, but now all of a sudden he is doing counter clockwise laps... and every time he almost falls in.... I swear if we trim his nails he is wet... 



Random fact number two... the first year we had the pool Mushu has a swimming action something like a humungous rock... put him in and he just sank... didn't try to dog paddle or anything, just sank with his little snout the last thing to go down... the next year he swam like an olympian... so either he watched us and learned somehow... or it is some sort of doggy swimming miracle... third year he learned how to jump in when he was hot , whether we were in the pool or not, and then come and shake all over us, the carpet, the house, the walls, the washing... pretty much anything that would be annoying.... this year... who knows... I have money on finding him sunbaking on his back floating on the body board...

Random fact number three is that the grass is getting so long in the back yard it looks as though Mushu is hurdling when he walks... with all four legs... he sort of kicks one leg out sideways, then the next, then the next... it is oddly fascinating to watch... 

Should remind Matt to mow, but he is ironing so we are all being as quiet as good little mice to not break his flow... the secret to a marriage lasting almost 20 years... a man who will iron!! And no he can't come to anyone else's house, or be lent out... 



22 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

You make me smile :). I love the top image, is that the gerbera? Note: When we had a huge back yard I used to walk laps with my cane to keep mobile and I always preferred counter-clockwise. lol Maybe Mushu is having difficulty with his right side. Just a thought.
Stay inspired!

Elin said...

I have been married 15 years to a man who does his own ironing - and the laundry. Perfect! :)

I laughed when I read about your dog. We don´t own a dog (yet) but my eldest daughter is constantly telling me we should buy one, and now I keep drawing and painting dogs... I have told my daughter that it´s enough with three cats and a rabbit, but maybe...

Jennibellie said...

Hahaha this post made me laugh so much, I think it's a doggie miracle because my old one was the same. I bet Mushu is adorable taking a dip. I can definitely see where the hour went - Tracey it looks so skilful, the shading in particular is brilliant, I'm told rubbish at that. My favourite so far, much love Jennibellie xx

Gwen Hughes said...

Hold on to him he is a real treasure.
Love the flower work..the gerbera..lovely!
Gwen

Gwen Hughes said...

Hold on to him he is a real treasure.
Love the flower work..the gerbera..lovely!
Gwen

Tracy said...

Love the paintings - both of them. My fav. is the first one though.

I've been married 14 years (together a total of 17). The secret to our longevity? I told him when we got married (both our 2nd time 'round that road) that I would not get another divorce. One of us would die first and it wouldn't be me. I've also reminded him frequently that if he simply read my warning label and instructions for use, he would shake his head that way at me. Of course there is the extra extra extra fine print in the marraige license he neglected to check out. Ha ha ha! Yes, a man that irons, you lucky woman! Mine likes to cook when he's not working so hard.

Ahhh the joy of pets... My money is with you. He'll be out there working on his fur tan floating about the pool with a big old margarita glass!

Thanks for the giggles!

Serena said...

The gerbera is looking fabulous!

Your random facts made me smile, particularly picturing Mushu sun-baking on his back on a body board. lol

Tara@Aquamarine said...

Your paintings are so lush and gorgeous! And I really enjoyed the dog facts too. :)

Joni Nickrent said...

Great post...love the WIP'S so bright, colorful and fun!

Carol said...

Love the Gerber! Love your story of Mushu and the pool ...You started my day with a smile :)

Lori Moon Studio said...

This is the first time I'm visiting your blog. You do beautiful work! I love the flowers! Hold on to that man - a good partner it worth all the gold in the world.

Carola Bartz said...

I love your colorful piece since I love color so much, but the gerbera is very beautiful as well. Mushu sounds a bit like my neighbor's dog, she loves to hop into their pool several times as well... And keep that man of yours (as you can tell, I hate ironing and haven't ironed anything in the past six or seven years).

Marylin said...

Just gorgeous! And the Mushu stories... so sweet. <3

Nigel said...

The artwork is good, and the post is brilliant :)

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

You have a way with words and paintbrush! I enjoyed the Mushu stories, and the gerberas are so pretty--another of my favorites :)

Tracey Potter said...

Yet Another post that brought several smile to my face. The gerbras are looking fantastic. great idea on setting a time limit. The dog on a body board, that would be a sight to see.

Constance Mueller Rawlins said...

I like your gerbera! Very life-like. And your doggie sounds like fun! Thanks for visiting my blog, and giving me the information on different watercolor pencils! I really appreciate it.

hellopalz said...

So sweet of u to share it with us... The flowers are nice n vibrant!

Bobbi Lewin said...

I'm having so much fun popping over here to see what flowers you've done today!

Your doggy stories are fun too:)

craftattack said...

The gerberas are lovely! Valerie

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I LOVE reading your posts. They're so entertaining and the word pictures you use make it easy to see what you're talking about. Happy Day #6. I feel like I missed a day somewhere. Maybe it was that hour on Sunday. I feel like I've been trying to catch up ever since then! HuGGs!

That Girl Designs said...

Such a fun post to read. I'm a huge dog lover so always enjoy doggy stories. I'm loving the bright pattern piece you are working on. Do you paint in watercolors or gouache?