Friday, 6 January 2012

The Sounds of Summer

I am finally back in the swing of painting 
and have a piece of a decent size finished
other than the tiny paintings I did last week...
so my complete bitchy grumpiness is starting to recede
ever so slightly...
still hanging in there
which may be due to coming down off the constant chocolate high
that I maintained over the holiday season
small amounts often is the way to survive...
of course the withdrawal is slightly ugly
but hey its a good excuse for being a cow...

Now I started with this drawing
done of what was on my desk...
in my defence for the slightly boring subject matter
it is tough to hear your muse over the noise that seems to exist
during summer holidays
it is the constant drone of tv in the background...
Phantom, who is now calling herself Cub...whole other story there let me tell you...
 loves the tv on while she listens to her ipod...
and she reads the subtitles...
now I have discussed with her that if she is reading it she could have it on mute...
but she likes to pause her ipod an listen in to her favourite bits...
the only time she mutes it is if she decides to read a book...
which seems to happen every half hour or so...
go figure...


so between a murmuring of Mad Men and Mythbusters in the background... 
I added some paint...


Then to the tune of Cub in the pool and the barking and growling of Mushu chasing her...
I added some stronger colour...
in between needing to provide extra sunscreen...
and an ice block to eat...
and her book to read...
and de-anting the dog, who managed to sit in a nest of the bitey little buggers...
the ants aren't suddenly appearing mind you... 
he seems to sit in it most days...
never said he was a bright mutt...


and finally finished up some detail and strengthened up some edges...
and 
breathed a sigh of relief
that my skills hadn't magically deserted me over the break...
they may need a bit of tightening up,
but are relatively intact...
more intact than my sanity I think... 

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58 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

mmmm chocolate ;) Thanks for stopping by. Your skills definitely remain and bravo for not knocking over the tea!
Stay inspired!

Serena Lewis said...

I LOVE the looseness of your drawing, Tracey! The colours really make it pop. Awesome!

Teenagers...who can figure 'em out? lol

Ginny said...

Your skills are definitely intact. I like looking at your work over and over. The details are amazing.
Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. Your words are both inspiring and helpful.

Ginny said...

Your skills are definitely intact. I like looking at your work over and over. The details are amazing.
Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. Your words are both inspiring and helpful.

VonnyK said...

Great paintings, I'm so jealous, I just snuck into the room to try to draw something and she has found me. Have to go and play (sigh)....

Do some painting for me Trace, it might improve my skills as yours are perfect.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome. So soothing. And I love how you showed us the different stages of completion.
Rinda

theartistrycollective said...

This looks so bright and cheerful! I'm in the mood for tea now...

Wonderful work here on your blog!

Ana

Pointy Pix said...

i love this post - I can almost hear and feel the chaos happening around you! Cub (love it!) must be a very efficient multi-tasker and I find it difficult to read and listen to background noise at the same time never mind simultaneously listening to music AND watching the TV!!
De-anting your dog - poor wee soul although it is funny that he has his steep learning curve means he made the same mistake more than once!!
I love your illustrations they are always so crisp and clear and this one is no exception.

craftattack said...

Lovely work! Valerie

BlackPumpkin said...

My year's word is "learn". And I'd like to learn sketching and drawing what I see around me. You're very inspiring!!

Manon said...

Glad to see you are still at the tea thingy thing as I always love to stop by for a cuppa! Could you do a Chai tea drawing just for me? Wished it was summer here, I am jealous of you Tracey
ManonX

Netty said...

Beautiful still life. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous painting! :) Love your little tea parties. :) And they are always so colorful.

Fallingladies said...

I can't even imagine being hot or bored right now, it's been so cold! Great work as always!

Lori said...

Tracey, I love the colors that you've added, so lovely. Oh, the sun, the pool, and sunscreen all sounds lovely right now since it is cold here in NY. Sigh....

WrightStuff said...

Sounds like a laugh a minute in your house!! Are you sure you're not living in a comedy sketch? I once fell over while climbing a mountain - skidded down the hillside and landed face down in an ants' nest. Not pretty... The ants weren't best pleased either!

carlarey said...

How do we survive school breaks without going on a rampage? I am even more impressed that you got this painting done amid that noise and constant interruptions.

mimi torchia boothby watercolors said...

I like your still life. Happy PPF!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Hello my sista, I'm baaaack! Thanks as always for the many laughs as I read your post- ants indeed- I think your dog could be related to my cat :D
I LOVE your painting, and sometimes a still life is the hardest thing to do- especially with the sounds and interruptions from everyday life in the background. I finished my Dad's Christmas painting to the sounds of "Time Traveler's Wife".....so trust me, I GET it!
I've missed you during my absence from blog land- and I just want to say, I'm SO glad I'm back!
xo
Stephanie

Phoenix Peacock said...

well you got more skills than I do!!

Gloria said...

Sounds like you were having lots of fun while working your piece. Great job. I always love what you paint. Nice. Happy PPF!

hastingshall2 said...

Your skills definitely had not abandoned you over the holidays! This is so beautiful and so inspiring. Such simple items and yet you make them seem so special. Love the way you draw. Faye

Carolyn Dube said...

Love the art in your art - the flowers you painted on your desk that are in your painting. Does that make sense? I hope so...Your dog and my sister's dog need to meet - they seem to be very similar.

La Abela said...

Stylish have your work, I like. A greetings

Ayala Art said...

Beautiful! and so crisp! Always enjoy visiting your blog.
Happy new year and PPF!

JKW said...

Thank you for describing your process. Between your latest painting and the heading painting, I would love to come to your house for Tea. Absolutely sold on that. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Janet PPF

Megan said...

I love the casual feel to this... definitely sense a summer vibe... the flow of the watercolor goes so beautifully with the crisp details. So nice!

EVA said...

A wonderful sketch/painting! Definitely your skills are warmed back up for 2012!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great paintings ~ I can certainly relate to the 'grumpiness' when I don't create ~ then I got a rotten cold ~ so will be glad when I get 'back in the swing' ~ Lovely style and creations you have ~ ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Daniele Valois said...

You're very talented indeed! wonderful!

SHERI C said...

I simply LOVE your art!
Shall we reward ourselves with chocolate?
Love the stuff!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

Cre8tiveQueen said...

Beautiful I love it! I wish that was my desk!
Enjoy!
Nat

Doone said...

somebody is stealing my comments! Honestly I did come see you, and remarked on the lovely colours in your sketches, I do hope the comment appears this time,

dx

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wish I could draw vignettes like this! Great composition! A wonderfully blessed new year to you and your family! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Carol Apple said...

Absolutely love your color choices and style. It is very distinctive, warm, and just a pleasure to look at. If you were out of the swing of painting, I'm glad you swung back into it!

Kristin Dudish said...

You always crack me up! I say the solution (to everything) is even more chocolate! Ha!

I wish my desk looked this good (mine is a disgrace at the moment)! I love seeing your progress shots... Beautiful at each stage!

xo
Kristin

Denni said...

Talent still in tact, break and all.

I get totally grumpy when I don't create. Quick... Someone lock her in a room and throw some markers at her or something! My family thankfully knows this and leaves me be at least for a half hour!

bohemiannie! art said...

Keep painting! You haven't lost anything and it WILL keep you sane.

Catherine Denton said...

This is so beautiful. It's calming and cozy.
Catherine Denton

Diana Evans said...

your work is so beautiful Tracey!!!! I am thrilled you are back in the swing of things!!!!!

The Woodwife said...

Love your tea time - you create like I create - in between everything else. It isn't easy so when we are finished with a creation and we take that deep breath - we know how hard it was to get there!!!

Cathy Bueti said...

Happy PPF! Love this!! And your blog header image is gorgeous!!

Thanks for stopping by my PPF post and leaving that lovely comment!

:)

Magpie said...

It's so fun to read your post about it being summer during the holidays. So amazing to me, sitting in the winter doldrums. You have done another beautiful piece in spite of all the distractions! Love it!

Belinda Carson said...

I really love your work! You have a new follower. Very inspiring!!

Gwen said...

Such an amusing post. Your painting is beautiful and I think you should up the chocolate a bit, (have a little more). We are in the depths of winter here, but it's not too bad. I love peace and quiet. Happy painting. You paint in such lovely summery colours!
xx

Carol Creech said...

Hi Tracey! I found you through Artists in Blogland. Love the painting! And I love hearing the details of getting it done - nice to know I'm not the only one who tries to create amidst lots of interruptions! :) (I have two girls...ages 2 and 4...and a cat who likes to pick on me every afternoon when she's hungry...) I also am excited to see you are a botanical artist as well. I've been plugging away at that for a few years now. Would love to have time for more! Anyway...following along with your blog now. Have a great day!
Carol

Nordljus said...

This looks absolutely wonderful! What I love most is the fact that you painted your paintings!! Oh I can relate to chocolate bit! Thankfully, here it's winter, and cold, and therefore a good excuse to have a hot chocolate in the evening :). Have a wonderful weekend!

Geckostone said...

Ah, your post had me giggling! Love your painting, wow, you sure have the perspective thing down, fantastic!!!

linda said...

Such a lovely painting.. You have such a beatuiful style in your drawing and painting.

- T.W - said...

Really beautiful work. I love how you work and blend the colors, it looks stunning!

// -T.W-

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

YOur sketches are sublime. I love the color ways you choose and the detail that seems so free. xox Corrine

Robin Panzer Art said...

Tracy this is just a spectacular piece! I always enjoy your art! Happy PPF!

Beadwright said...

I really do enjoy your paintings. Happy PPF
Nicole/Beadwright

Mandy said...

love love love your work...xxx

Gloria said...

Such excellent drawing skills. I love your style, storytelling and colors in your paintings and in your colorful life!

FLO said...

Hello Tracey!
I love your work and also your little stories about each post.
FLO
http://lartenciel.blogspot.com/

hellopalz said...

Hey Tracey,
How have u been? The pots and cups sketch to paint photo is descriptive and lovely!

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm your newest follower because I love your work. I'll be back tomorrow to peruse more!
Best,
Jenn from JustAddWaterSilly.com