Friday, 27 January 2012

Embracing Randomness


So I got this comment yesterday
or maybe the day before....

Its a good chuckle to read your blog, you come across fairly randomly at times! I do love your art though, it's always so fresh looking.

Now my immediate reaction was.... I'm not random
not even sometimes
I had a bit of a laugh and moved on
this lady has a great blog which I enjoy
and don't get me wrong
I wasn't offended or anything....
just kind of puzzled
especially as I thought I had played the post pretty straight
no talk of snarts or anything...


then while finishing off my painting for the 2012 Colour Challenge
and Paint Party Friday this morning
I started to stop and think about it a bit more
and started to assess some of the things that had popped into my head
in the last day 


So I have thought about the guy who hosts that show Dirty Jobs
is oddly attractive...
got to be the deep voice and laconic kind of charm....
even at 5.30 am 
which is relevant because it is usually on the TV 
when I stumble down the stairs on school days
stumble while muttering incoherently might be a more accurate description
but I start most school days with sound of his voice
describing some thing completely disgusting
very weird but he is rather compelling....

I had wondered what people who design buttons
have as topics at conferences
or do they have conferences????
and do they hate zipper people?????
Not quite sure where that one came from 
but kept my mind busy while putting on the washing
mind you came to no conclusions
button designers remain a mystery


Another was
Why don't people call their kids Gustav anymore
now I can understand not calling a girl Gustav
but kind of a cool name for a boy...
where that one came from is easy as Madame Bovary
is sitting on my desk as part of my painting...
It is a kinda cool name though isn't it....


Another thought was
Does Johnson's baby powder smell different in different countries
because Cadbury's chocolate from the UK tastes different 
from how it tastes here
or from South Africa
and yes I have tried them all...
so if they are the same product but different
does that mean baby powder smells different
so do babies smell different?
Now I used to live in Florida but for the life of me
I couldn't remember if baby powder smells different...
This one kept me thinking all through painting the teapot



So my conclusion from that scary little review of my brain is that
I am indeed fairly random at times
I did think I kept it mostly in my head,
but perhaps it leaks out
and seeing as my word for the year is 
embrace
I am going with it
and am now proudly sharing my randomness


Now you may have guessed that the colour for the colour challenge was
Orange, and no I didn't read the rules completely
and see you aren't supposed to use other colours outside of that spectrum
but I am going to pretend the paper had bits of blue and green 
embedded in it 
just where I wanted it...
I am such a rule breaker aren't I....
Luckily I haven't broken any rules
set by Kristin and Eva over at Paint Party Friday

at least I don't think I have
and I think I am pretty sure I am cool for 

off to make a cup of tea
and consider why when we have so many products
from other countries
one of them isn't Bounce Drier sheets
love the smell of those things...


54 comments:

Alicia C said...

wow I wish I had your brain LOL you think fun things

one thing I've noticed, though, is a lot of real old names are coming back. I've known Artemisas and Eleanors and Winnifreds - all children or babies - names you just didn't hear a lot in the recent past.

beautiful execution, as usual

Netty said...

Terrific illustrations and loved reading your post. Happy PPF, Annette x

Ayala Art said...

This is a FUN post! I like that guy too! Even when covered in nasty mud hehehe Orange is awesome, your thoughts at 5:30 am are more coherent than mine :oP

Tracey Potter said...

I love reading your post Tracey!

You make me giggle, time and time again.

I didn't know Cab. chocolate taste different in different countries. I learn so much while I read your blog.

Your painting is fantastic, it screams ORANGE, and also a very actuate depiction of the vibe this week has had. The blues and greens are so subtle, I think it hardly matters.

Thanks for playing along with p&p! It's great to see your palette. xx

Anne said...

Great illustration, energetic orange, wonderful randomness! ;)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

LOL! not only a talented artist but a comedian as well! i love your lines (both kinds)! happy PPF and thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

FLO said...

I liked to read your post and orange goes well with your art. I hope I expressed myself well (in English it's not easy!)

sandra de said...

Reading your randomness gave me a lovely chuckle .... a writer would call it a "stream of conscious" a painter would see it as an expression of their creativity. Thanks for leaking some of it out to blog land it made me smile.

WrightStuff said...

You're a very well-read lady (or should that be well-orange?).

I think this has to be a fave of mine now. I'm imagining myself snuggling down with a cuppa and a classic... But, what's this? Oh no... totally random thoughts are flying around my peaceful brain - "Do button designers design other things or just buttons?" "Why are penguin books called that?" Help....

craftattack said...

Love your work and your ponderings! Valerie

Ellie said...

Love it! Your brain sounds like mine, constantly on the go! Lovely illustrations of the tea set and books.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Great post to read - love the meandering words... and the picture of course!

Carolyn Dube said...

Oh no, I am concerned - I never thought you were random - it all made sense to me- now I realize that may be a problem! If you are a bit random and it seems normal to me- what does that mean for me? Love the oranges today. The background layers really grabbed me today!

faye said...

Gorgeous palette of colors. Your painting of the books is beautiful.

Vicki Holdwick said...

Love this post - and speaking of randomness, I don't remember if I let you know that your zine was posted on Wednesday and that the nice lady at the post office (whose name just happens to be Vicki) told me it would take between 12 and 15 days to get to you.

Please do let me know when you receive it,

xoxo

La Abela said...

Beautiful composition, and if you may very good work!.
This orange-red color me paece incredible. Saludos

Melisa said...

I don't know, all that sounds pretty normal to me. Does Cadbury really taste different in different countries? I may have to order a bunch from different places and test that! Love the teapot painting. What shade of red did you use? Is it cad red light?

carlarey said...

I don't care if you are random or not, I just love your paintings, and your thoughts. I think Mike Rowe is sexy too.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Your "random" thoughts are one of the things I love about you! And of course there is the beauty of your paintings that I love too- I'm glad to see you embracing that about your personality!
xo
Stephanie
P.S. We love watching Dirty Jobs around this house too- and yes, he is pretty darn sexy!

Christine said...

yes, those are very random thoughts, interesting though! Love your work coloured in although I liked it uncoloured too!

NatashaMay said...

Lol! I loved reading this post. :) I think that guy is strangely attractiveas well and the same brand is made in different factories for differnt parts of the world that's why the chocolate tastes different even though it's suppose to be the same thing. :) And gorgeous colors on this drawing. love it!

EVA said...

I love your painting and especially love that you are EMBRACING your randomness.

I've always loved the name Gus - and you're right, you rarely hear it. Sometimes Gus's are Augustus - not that that name is more common though...

Beadwright said...

I really love your art. Great sketching and shading.
Nicole/Beadwright

Debbie said...

lol!! That is an amazingly random post. I love it! And your painting is great, as usual!

Nora CG said...

I love your paint, you always make beautiful work, and your post is very funny!

Crystal said...

Love your randomness and your paintings...from one radom rambler to another LOL :-)

Mary C. Nasser said...

I've never thought of your work as random...I think it is very cohesive. You have a distinct and wonderful style!
Love this orange palette painting!

♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Julie said...

Your posts are always so fun! Love your orange painting!

Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors said...

Orange! My favorite color! and who cares about rules anyway. Happy PPF

Rita said...

My thought are all over the place all the time, too--LOL!
My dad's middle name is Gustav...but then he's 91.
Rules are just suggestions, right? ;)
Have a super random day.

Carol L McKenna said...

Lovely creations ~ creative words ~ Everyone has a 'monkey mind' at times ~ randomize ~ healthy sometimes ~namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

Nordljus said...

Randon or not, you certainly express it very well :). Love that orange piece, especially the stack of Penguins (even though, I must admit, I never liked Madame Bovary). And it just reminds me that I haven't done my Creative Colour Challenge painting yet, so that's my Saturday afternoon sorted...

SHERI C said...

Your confession of random thoughts makes me feel not s alone in this world. LOL!!! My brain has a butterfly inside that flits about flower to flower as yours does. Thanks for sharing and as always...I admire your skills so much!!! Your art is captivating to me!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

Renee! said...

Hi Tracey! Thanks for your comment on my blog! I just love your Tea banner!!!
Just followed your blog and would love it if you'd follow mine too!
www.fussitup.blogspot.com
Happy painting!
PPF,
Renee
xoxo

Magpie said...

What a fun blog post, I love randomness! I knew someone named Gustav once. I thought then it was a very unusual name.

I love this painting too. Your paintings always seem to shimmer with excitement! The cup is just begging to be filled with some lovely tea :)

Belinda Carson said...

Oh! I so love that vibrant orange!! Great piece!

Tricia said...

What a delightfully happy post and I love your orange take on your teapot and cuppa - I enjoyed following along your rambling thoughts! If I should ever write down my thoughts while I'm painting, I'm sure I would even surprise myself! Happy PPF. And thanks for visiting my blog.
Blessings,
Tricia

Phoenix Peacock said...

your brain and my brain could be friends.
and rules are for non creatives.

and and...
tea makes me happy! ooo one more thing that makes me happy!

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

If could remember all the random thoughts I have in a day I think I would have a more interesting blog. lol
Love the teapot and cup going off the border. Nice!

Anne said...

Hmmmm If that's being random, then I'm right in there with you!! Love the gorgeous orangey red of your painting. Very warm and inviting.

Be right over for a cuppa!!

xox

Lori said...

Tracey - I just think you have "artist brain". Love your posts and love your color challenge orange illustration. Oh, I always look forward to your randomness - in fact I think it would be fabulous to sit and have tea with you some day so that we could share our randomness together. <3

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Beautiful painting! Love the color and the way you outline...very nice! Aren't we all a little random? Happy PPF :)

Sunshineshelle said...

Your randomness is actually PERFECT :)

Michele Bergh said...

Love these! I love the vibrant color and the sense of movement and the randomness:)

miz katie said...

I have the attention span of a gnat, so I love your randomness. lol

Kokopelli said...

That orange looks so fresh! Love it! OK, off for a cup of tea.

Cindy D. said...

Love the painting. I particularly like the sketchy marks around the items, almost looks like they are vibrating ever so slightly - full of energy, I suppose.

While I do think rambling thoughts are a fairly universal phenomena, it takes a bit of a gift to replicate them in words, and you've done a great job of it. I know you did not ask for answers, and yet I would like to address one issue:

Do button people hate zipper people? There was a conference dedicated to this very issue back in 1996 (or so, can't recall exactly). The general consensus was no, they did not hate zipper people. However, there was a small group of button folk with an intense and irrational dislike of zipper people (but they were ignored, for the most part, particularly since they also had unkind words for hook-and-eye closure people - and we all know that hook-and-eye closure people are universally liked for their kindness and generosity.)

(Popped over today from Artists in Blogland!)

Heather Santos said...

This is gorgeous! And I love the rest of your post. :)

Kristin said...

Oh I LOVE THIS POST! Love love love! AND I find the dirty jobs guy to be a cutie too ;) Fabulous Orange - you are such a sweet talent, xoxo

kirstin mcculloch said...

What a lovely rambling random post. I love the way your brain thinks - have you ever ended at one thought and wondered how you've ended up there and then untangle the threads? Lovely piece such beautiful colours.
(and I agree chocolate definitely tastes different overseas. I think I prefer it from the uk though!) x

artimagica said...

I loved your random thoughts! They made me giggle and brightened my day. And your art was bright and fun. Glad I stopped by...

JKW said...

The Bright bowls/books/cups are gorgeous, I would love to have several sets of them. In fact I do have a bright orange bowl with a flower in the center - good popcorn bowl. Great art. ummm, yep, what I remember different is how perfume smells different in FL. Blessings, Janet PPF

Sadee Schilling said...

BIG smile on my face now! Love your work...AND your "randomness!" --Sadee @ a Picturebook Life

Fallingladies said...

I missed this post earlier, i embrace your randomness as well, randomness is what makes it all interesting!