Friday, 9 December 2011

The curse of the Frangipani

So it turns out that Karma does come and bite you in the bum when you least expect it.... though probably when you actually deserve it.... you see I have cast many many aspersions upon the poor humble frangipani... when I was young I loved them... it meant the beautiful sweet smell of summer holidays every bit as much as the smell of chlorine, and coppertone suntan lotion... I loved walking trough the sea of flowers on the way home from the train station... but then I got older and all that changed....
Frangipani went viral... everywhere I looked there they were... on every second canvas in every decorator store, to being all over photo frames, tacky necklaces and all those horrible horrible cushions.... what is the story with decorators and cushions????.... they are all obsessed... so my beautiful summer bloom was ruined... it had been relegated to cliche... a sad sad time in my life....


Of course things then got a touch worse because they became the symbol of bogans driving SUV's... for non Australians.... change bogans to redneck... I think... don't quote me on that.... but basically every second bleach blond bimbo with any cash at all had an SUV with frangipani stickers on the back window... and I have mercilessly flogged the fact that they are a tacky symbol of tastelessness, and it is a running joke, especially after Sinus Man bought me a brand new SUV two Christmases ago... he has been threatening to put those wretched stickers on my back window when I least expect it ever since... my nerves haven't been the same since I got the car I tell you... yes I am getting to the point... be patient...


So the thing is I was stopped at the top of our street waiting for traffic and the window was down and all of a sudden I was overcome by the heady gorgeous fragrance of the frangipani at the top of the street.... it was glorious, and then later the same morning I was sitting in the studio and looked out the window and was drawn to the deep magic pinks and oranges of some blooms... change glasses, and you guessed it... frangipani... so I thought it was time to make my peace with them and I would attack a painting... that enough time had passed and I could maybe have a shot at rendering their wonderfullness... turns out I was wrong... the drawing went just fine but the painting has been a disaster... so much so I can't even put post it... my biggest bone fide painting disaster in many moons... 


so I abandoned it and painted in my clivia, which I have posted at the top of this... to restore my faith in my own ability... and to an extent it did.... but it isn't summer, clivia don't sing about humid days and long lazy afternoons to me... even in those bright colours... so I tried to get my tropical back on with this painting of a coconut water that I had bought for Phantom to have with her lunch... purely bought it for the packaging.... and it has restored a little seasonal cheer... I am off to apologise to every frangipani tree I see over the next few weeks in order to try to restore my Karma so I can paint the suckers... and to soothe my battered creative soul I am heading over to Paint Party Friday to see what everyone has been has been up to... 




29 comments:

BlackPumpkin said...

Gorgeous!!!

Ayala Art said...

What a fun to read posting!! LOL Yes, you have the words right, so now I know a new Australian word heeeh Happy PPF (paint party Frangipani!!)

craftattack said...

Very nice post! I always wanted to know what those flowers were called! Valerie

Jaz Higgins said...

Hahaha....yes you've got it right about the tacky stigma that seems to be associated with frangipanis right now! I've even seen cars with a "No Frangipani Stickers" sign!

tortagialla said...

beautiful artwork :)

WrightStuff said...

Well, I have to confess to thinking that frangipanis looked like cakes, so this post was a total revelation to me!

FLO said...

Dear Tracey, I do not quite understand the story (the fault to google translator!) But your works are wonderful. Happy PPF

NatashaMay said...

I love your flower drawings and I hope you get to paint the frangipani. I love them! Even though I have never seen them or heard of them before they showed up in my wedding bouquet. I so love the name as well. Frangipani. :)

SHERI C said...

Your art is beautiful. Happy PPF!

pointypix said...

I love hearing about the things that are typical and ott in other countries. Here for some reason certain kinds of ladies seem to think it acceptable to spend all day in their pyjamas and frequently walk past out house with their pjs and slippers still on, on the way to the shop for their packet of cigs!! (and not a bra in sight which isn't pleasant let me tell you!)
Being a crap cold country Frangipanis are common in Ireland but I always loved the name as that conjured up warm sunny places to me - I'm glad you've made your peace with them! I've no idea what a clivia is but your illustration is lovely and I especially like the coconut water!

Nigel said...

I have to admit that, until I read your post, I thought Frangipani was some kind of Italian dessert!

I hope you manage to smooth things over with the frangipani, but until then, stick to drawing drinks - they come out very well :)

Victoria said...

Beautiful beautiful work as always..and your posts add a smile to my day! gorgeous pieces...lovely colors!
Victoria

Diana Evans said...

oh you got me with the sweet scent of Coppertone !!!! that is my favorite lotion of all time.....I love your new paintings!!!! you have a wonderful style and I always love your colours!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

hastingshall2 said...

A beautiful tribute to a worthy flower! Love your style. Faye

EVA said...

Now you are making me want to see a frangipani! I hope you try again - I know you'll master it.

Meanwhile I love the others you're showing!

Gloria said...

I definitely like your style, great artwork. Happy Holidays.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I really enjoyed reading this frangipani post!
Always look forard to seeing your blog on Paint Party Fridays! Wish I could smell the frangrance of the fangipani now. :)

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Phoenix Peacock said...

I love the ramblings behind this post. And dont you just hate when something you love becomes cliche. The paintings you did do really did come out lovely!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

funny how something becomes cliche, isn't it? I think the clivia is beautiful. I still would like to see your painting you consider bad, it's probably fantastic!

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Rita said...

I had never heard of frangipani until a girl in our writing class who had grown up in Australia talked about how she missed the fragrance so much that she searched perfumes and air fresheners but nothing captured the scent. Frangipani smelled like home to her and her voice had such a longing that I have wanted to smell them ever since.

Fran T said...

I have to laugh at what you wrote! I wish I could write the way you do!

I have never smelled "Frangipani" , I bet its wonderful. The name is great too;)

Christine said...

nice paintings, too bad about the frangipani!

rajns (carolyn) said...

They say the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Congrats on admitting your frangipani sins - the path to healing has begun for you.

wednesday said...

Well, you learn something new every day. I too thought frangipani was an Italian candy. I suppose they are very popular as tattoos as well.

I think your flower painting is gorgeous no matter what variety. Hope you manage to capture the essence of summer in a frangipani painting soon.

Tracy said...

Awww I'm so sorry to hear of your fragipani karma and am very happy that you are making peace with it. The coconut water painting is very lovely. It's hard to come by here unless you want to pay an additional toe or two at the health food stores.

I looked up the definition of bogans and yes, it seems it fits the term "red neck" or "hillbilly" here in the US to a "B". And thank you for the explanation. I can now add that to my growing list of "Australian terms that no one will know what the heck I'm talking about so I evoke strange looks when I throw them out there" plan.

There is nothing more bitter than having something you have fond memories about being blown into a ridiculous porportions and shoved in your face. For me it's the holiday season as we see Christmas and Halloween decorations popping up in August. Halloween is Oct. 31st and Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November. The running joke is to start saying "Merry Thanksgivoween from from Oct. 31st to December 25th.

Gwen said...

Glad you made friends again with the fragrant one... :)
Such an interesting read!
xx

Kristin Dudish said...

I love the vibrant colors of your clivia. I wish you well as you face your frangipani demons! Hee hee! I hope they are forgiving because I hope to see a painting of it in the future :)

xo
Kristin

Geckostone said...

Both paintings are excellent!You are very talented. Don't give up on the Frangipani, you can dooooooo it!!!!!Deb