Friday, 24 February 2012

Pearl Jam Peony

The Peony is finished
after a very messy week full of stops and starts
and all sorts of distractions
I am putting a fork in it
cause it is done baby!!!!
well not scanned properly yet and maybe needs a bit of cleaning up and fine tuning
but close enough....

It all started with this photo
which I took quite some time ago
and the desire to tune up my botanical skills...
So I jumped in and started a peony
which have always been some of my favourite flowers
but deciding to not be a complete masochist
I decided to simplify it and make it like a single huge bloom
simplify my ass...
What was I thinking...

In the past I have really relished doing intense botanical work
okay maybe there has been some bitching and moaning along the way
but by and large I have found the
repetitive nature and close concentration required
to be quite therapeutic in an odd way

It would appear though that that ship has now sailed
frustration and distraction appear to be the key words
and any sort of powers to stick in there 
and concentrate for extended periods of time
has somehow fallen out of my brain
or perhaps it
has been obliterated by the madhouse that my house has veered into

The highlight for the madhouse portion of my week was just the other evening
I am quietly trying to get in and do 
some pencil colouring over the watercolour layer
well maybe not exactly quietly doing it as I was singing along
to some Pearl Jam at the same time
hence its title
Pearl Jam Peony

and on that note 
it turns out Pearl Jam is not that conducive to fine delicate pencil work
perhaps something slightly more restful and calming would have been more appropriate
you live and learn these things...

Sinus comes in and announces he is going to the bathroom
as only men do
to which I replied with the standard
have fun 
and turned back to my work all the while marvelling at the need for men 
to share these sorts of things with us
next I know I hear a squeal from the kitchen
a yell of its all over me which had emanated from a rather
distressingly high pitched male voice
and then these words uttered by the daughter

Well if you need an emergency appendectomy, that is where you want to land....

I did sit for a minute and consider all the possible scenarios 
that could have led to this statement
but in the end I abandoned my work and headed to the kitchen to find 
Matt dancing around trying to get something off his shirt 
from under his arm mind you
like all down the side of this shirt
Phoebe staring at a rather large splodge of hand sanitiser
that had been squirted across the kitchen floor
 She looks up and gestures to it
and says 
good place for an emergency appi 
and walks off like that is a completely normal statement
 Matt then spends the next three minutes explaining 
how the kitchen hand sanitiser
had somehow attacked him 
and spewed half its contents across the floor
which was now attracting the attention of the dog
who decides maybe he should taste this goo
and leads to us jumping around trying to shoo him away and clean it up
which he of course thinks is just about the best game ever invented...

this example leads me to the conclusion 
that my life is somewhat out of control
when something as ordinary as a trip to the bathroom by the husband
can lead to this sort of chaos
and why on earth you would need to use the hand sanitiser in the kitchen 
when there is a perfectly good one in the bathroom is beyond me
one of the mysteries of life I suppose

it is a miracle I achieve anything at all really...

So on that note 
I am linking this up with Paint Party Friday
and also 

and hope you will head over to have a look at what 
everyone has been up to in their hopefully
much saner worlds...xx


Jenn Girl said...

BEautiful beautiful work! Well done!

Lesley Edmonds said...

A perfect peony - just lovely!

Anonymous said...

In spite of it all, you painted a superb peony! :-)

Gloria j Zucaro said...

Gorgeous! You make me laugh, which is a good thing! Fun to see your process and hear about the travails!

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

This looks fabulous! Love all the shadows and highlights. :)

Netty said...

wow your peony is fabulous. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

froebelsternchen said...

gorgeous! Also I adore the tea cup

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Fabulous!!! WHAT a story girl!!! You make me laugh:)I have had a real emergency appi....let´s not go there....pooooüüüülease.....

peggy aplSEEDS said...

thank goodness for miracles! this is an amazing piece! thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

sandra de said...

Stunningly beautiful ... which masks the labour of love. A bit like family and the antics they get up to. Have a great w/e.

Abela said...

Great, you've managed to capture the essence of the flower. precious! Saludos

Nigel said...

Glorious peony, and love the tale of the distractions (why does it sound vaguely familiar?).

As for Pearl Jam, I think your muse has been led astray by mine. Or is it the other way around?

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent ~ Wow! ~Happy PPF ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

Unknown said...

I am in LOVE with your Pearl Jam Peony- it is rocking AWEsome! My peonies are just beginning to come up in the garden, and now I NEED them to hurry up, because of you and your painting, I want to paint them!
Loved your tale of distraction, sounds so familiar to my own household. Maybe being an artist attracts chaos?

Anonymous said...

your peony is wonderful! I've never really tried any botanical art but you've definitely got a talent for it. I laughed at the image of you doing such serene art work to pearl jam blasting out in the background and love the story of chaos in your household!

WrightStuff said...

Step 1 - find corkscrew
Step 2 - find bottle
Step 3 - open bottle
Step 4 - pour large glass
Step 5 - eh? What?

Tee Hee!!

Anyway, that painting is INCREDIBLE. You have the patience of a saint. My entry this week had flowers in it and I just smooched a bit of colour with a few swirls and called it done! I think I want to get all botanical now... You have inspired...

SHERI COOK said...

The painting is fabulous and I love how your art bowl holding the pencils MATCH the painting this week.
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Beautiful work Tracey! Glad I found your blog! Happy PPF!

Carol said...

WOW! So beautiful and such detail!!!!

Robin Panzer Art said...

Trace can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post! Love the bloom of course and the title is, well flippin fantastic! Your anecdote made my day, with dogs, a homeschooled Son and a hubby that works at home, many of my days are just like this! As always your work is stunning. Happy Paint Party Friday #6 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Anonymous said...

Oh so brave. My absolute favorite flower that I have only tried to paint once. WAY to frustrating. You did a beautiful job! Julie
p.s. thanks for the laugh too!

Ayala Art said...

Beautiful flower... and hilarious story. Life with kids and pets ha!

pauline said...

Tracey, your home sounds so much like mine.
i laughed through your whole story... :-)
Happy PPF! xoxo

Carolyn Dube said...

I WANT MY PEONIES!!!! Your painting is so stunning - I don't know if I can wait a few more months until my peonies bloom. I may even play Pearl Jam when they bloom. I'll just have to keep staring at your perfect pink peony.

carlarey said...

Beautiful peony. I am in awe of it.

It's miraculous that most of us with families can create anything at all. My husband has no idea that he is the source of 98% of all drama, chaos and filth in our house.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I love peonies, too, and can't wait for mine to bloom! :)
Beautiful painting with its ambitious, complex and wonderful composition!
Turned out GREAT!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Anne Manda said...

Your painting is absolutely beautiful, your work really was worth while, it is a w e s o m e !!! <3 <3 <3
What size is it?

faye said...

Your painting is gorgeous!!! No way is it a simple drawing/painting. I can see hours of detail work here.

Christine said...

your peony is beautiful, just beautiful!

EVA said...

It is absolutely gorgeous!! Turned out beautfully.

Isn't life chaotic indeed - especially with kids, pets and husbands!

Nordljus said...

Oh that peony turned out absolutely beautiful! Love the colours and shading! I've been wanting to do some botanical painting for ages, but somehow seem to be putting off again and again. But this is so inspiring, it just makes me want to take out my watercolours!

Happy PPF!

Anne Butera said...

Your peony is amazing!!! It's just gorgeous!

And your post made me laugh. I can imagine that trying to sing along to pearl jam would make fine detail work on a painting difficult. Haha.

And the story about your husband! LOL! At least your life is never boring! :)

Happy PPF!

Unknown said...

It's so perfect!!! Great job!!
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Daniele Valois said...

It is so lovely!

deeplyrootedinbeing said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Alexandra MacVean said...

OK....a few things here. One, I want a header as lovely as yours! hahaha. Not jealous...not, yes, I am. hahahaha. :D Love ya! that this is out of my system....your peony turned out wonderfully. I SO could not pull that flower off. I'm so impressed with your artwork. YOU are ONE inspiring lady!

Happy PPF!

Debbie said...

I so love peonies and yours is gorgeous! 'Love your hilarious stories, too!

VonnyK said...

Your peony is absolutely beautiful.
What a day. Men seem to have an inate way of turning the mundane into a major drama, with so little effort. It's good to see your household is just as mad as mine.

Von :)

Kat said...

Hello Tracey, sounds like a mad time, happens...but hey life is so good when you stop and just focus on your paintings, those are just such pure moments, our life jackets I like to think. Beautiful, pink delicate flowers, so lovely!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous work there Tracey! That comment about pearl jam was so funny, I almost spit my tea! Have a great weekend:))FranT

Annabelle said...

Peonies are so beautiful and admiring your work I can almost smell it's sweet fragrance.Adore all of the detail and softness you achieved here with delicate color palette.
Your home sounds much like mine and it never stops to amaze me how much we still can achieve.Very lovely work.

DVArtist said...

Wow this is stunning, beautiful art.

Unknown said...

Love, love, love your peony! So beautiful. Your story was cracking me up too. Sounds like a day in my life. Ah, what would life be without a little chaos? :)

ANNE said...

LOL! What a life!! Love your peony, so beautiful.


Serena Lewis said...

The peony is so beautiful and delicate which is amazing considering you were listening to Pearl Jam. lol

*jean* said...

you crack me up...thanks for the your pearl jam peony & love pearl jam! i just started layering pencils over wc last year, great technique!! happy ppf!

Rita said...

Okay, now that I have stopped giggling...
That peony is gorgeous! I'd hate to see you never do anything "botanical" again, because this is just stunning.
Maybe I haven't stopped giggling...I keep picturing the sanitizer dance. ;)

Helen Campbell said...

Your peony is just gorgeous! Thanks for the hint about Pearl Jam, by the way. :)
Happy PPF a few days late! Helen @ Natures Walk