Friday, 30 December 2011

New and Blue to End the Year

I hope everyone survived Christmas with their sanity more or less intact and that we are all ready for the New Year that is rocketing towards us... Christmas in our house was pleasantly mad and full of sun and laughter and shameless cheating at Jenga and Monopoly, bowls of lychees and cherries and Swedish pear cider, and of course the all important Christmas Haul of pressies... now people say that Christmas is all about family and love and sharing and all that, and I agree with this, but let's be honest, it is all topped off by a good old fashioned pile of goodness under that tree! It is wonderful when you open a present that is so perfectly picked and there is a special joy in seeing someone's eyes light up when they see what you have found for them...and we all seem to get that one random gift that makes us scratch our heads, but that is all the fun of it isn't it...



Now this year the haul was magnificent.... fragrance reeds, tea and a tangine, great books and smelly things, beautiful wedgewood plates to match my cake stand, Donna Hay mugs and cake plates in her nostalgia pattern, and to top it all off a perfectly formed tea pot from my great friend  Tracey Grigc Potter. Yes I am spoilt, but I am soooo worth it, and to pay homage to the level of wonderfullness of some of these gifts I thought I would make them the centre of attention today and embarked on a little creative therapy to help regain some equilibrium... haven't painted for over a week and it was a touch dodgy in places, but then it came flowing back and I found myself sitting happily humming and getting messy... perfect way to end the year really...
Wouldn't these little beauties inspire you too... I am sure it will take many tries to get them just right,and you will all be sick of drawings and paintings of them before long, but they are just perfect and I am seriously in love... of course in a nicely serendipitous moment the challenge over at Inspiration Avenue is something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, so I am cherry picking just the new and blue part and saying these little paintings meet the prompt, new mugs, with blue on them is close enough I think.... I am off to make a cuppa now so I can spend some time checking out what others have been submitting, and also heading over to the last Paint Party Friday for the year.... can't wait to hear and see what everyone has been inspired by at this time of year and need a huge hit of looking at and catching up on all the inspiring blogs to end the year.... Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!!





38 comments:

Rita said...

I absolutely love your drawings of the cups and teapots! You can tell how much YOU love them by the care in which they are rendered. :)

Joni Nickrent said...

Amazing drawings...wishing you a very Happy new Year and beyond!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Loving your blue :). Glad you enjoyed your Christmas. Wishing you a healthy, happy and incredibly creative 2012!
Stay inspired!
Michelle

Robin Panzer Art said...

Wonderful Blue! Sounds like your Xmas was fab! Hope you have a wonderful New Year! ~Happy Paint Party Friday and Happy New Year! #2 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Lorinda said...

Glad to hear you were properly spoiled Tracey and are making good use of your new treasures! Lovely painting!

craftattack said...

Have a great new year! Valerie

WrightStuff said...

Treasures to inspire - now that's what I call a great present!

NatashaMay said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time over christmas holidays. :) I'm excited about my gifts, too. Happy New Year, Tracey!! Wish you all the best and may all your dreams come true. :)

Denni said...

Your little lovely teapots and cups are so pretty. The blue and white is so simple and fresh. You're Christmas sounded wonderful, it is fun to see when you've gotten someone the perfect gift.
I hope you have a joyful New Year1

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful creations and Xmas sounds like it was real delight to you ~
~ ~~ Happy New Year to you ~ namaste, Carol, Share the Creative Journey ~ Happy PPF ^_^

carlarey said...

I think you did a great job capturing your new cups! They are really beautiful. I am a sucker for a pretty tea cup.

BlackPumpkin said...

Simple and elegant!
Happy 2012!!

Gloria said...

Can't wait to see all you do with your new beauties.

hastingshall2 said...

Such beautiful art. Your teapots and your cups are perfection. Happy New Year. Faye

Joanne said...

Beautiful sketches have a happy healthy creative new year

rajns (carolyn) said...

Great art - really really love the color - it reminds me of the ocean in Turks.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Perfect job capturing the beauty of your new cups! Hope you enjoy many cups of tea in 2012!

Carola Bartz said...

I love how the teapot and mugs inspired you to this beautiful painting.
Happy New Year to you!

Tammie said...

oh how lovely
your art and the cup! I have always loved wedgewood.

Beadwright said...

Cups and teapots, they remind me of my young days. Happy 2012
Nicole/Beadwright

VonnyK said...

Beautiful cups and teapot, you are very lucky to receive such beautiful things and even better that you have captured them for posterity.

Glad you are back into art, my only art is on the wii drawing tablet (mainly Pictionary). Can't wait to escape into my room.

Happy new year to you and hope we all have a big one in 2012.

La Abela said...

You have an incredible ability to capture the essence of things. Happy new year

New End Studio said...

Your Christmas sounded like the perfect combination of what makes for happy memories. Best wishes for a terrific New Year!

laurie said...

wonderful gifts and beautiful work, simply perfect!

Serena Lewis said...

Glad to hear you had a great Christmas with family, Tracey! Your drawings are lovely as always and I'm looking forward to seeing lots more of your work in 2012.

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

~ Serena xo

EVA said...

What wonderful gifts!!

You did a wonderful job painting them - I know what you mean - even a week's absence feels off.

I hope you have a fabulous New Years and that you have wonderful things in 2012 to "Embrace", Tracey!

Elisa Choi said...

beautiful exquisite cup tracey! I love your entry on your Christmas celebration. Have a great New Year!

Nordljus said...

What wonderful gifts - and paintings of them! I agree, the pressies are a nice part of the whole Christmas thing :). A very happy New Year to you, Tracey, may it be filled with happiness, colour, and creativity!

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

Your line about getting a random gift that makes you scratch your head made me LOL because I snuck a little random something into my brother's gift box...a funny-looking head-scratcher/massager gizmo. I'm nothing if not literal :)

Hope your holidays were fabulous--Happy New Year!

artangel said...

What charming paintings - and how lovely to get a gift that has inspired your creativity, as well as being rather useful for tea-drinking!

Wishing you a wonderful 2012 Tracey, full of happiness, creativity and exciting things :)

priti.lisa said...

You are amazing, Tracy! But you knew that, right?
Happy happy New Year♥♥♥

peggy gatto said...

Fresh, simple and lovely!!!

Lenora said...

love these - what a great gift! teh painting is perfect!

Lynn Richards said...

happy, happy new year! one can never, ever get tired of blue and white..
xo
lynn

Terrie said...

Charming and lovely as always - loose and free and easy as a year-end project should be. Doubt we'll ever get tired of seeing you paint/draw them! Happy New Year!

Gloria said...

I always love your cups. Very nicely done. Happy New Year to you Tracey. Best wishes.

We Three 3 said...

this is delightful! Love the blue and white! HNY to you and yours!! Fran

Sadee Schilling said...

Beautiful blue and white! I love art with tea cups and tea pots! -- Sadee @ a Picturebook Life