Sunday, 4 March 2012

Put a Fork in it....


I spent the morning going through old food mags
and pulling out recipes
all of which I dutifully filed in a folder
never to be looked again
but it allows me the maintain the illusion that I am exceedingly domestic
and illusion is very underrated in the sanity saving stakes
so while virtuously tearing out pages
I came across this great photo
of a pile of old spoons and forks

it was one of those designer picnic spreads
of the type that I have never actually seen
in the real world
lots of artfully thrown down cutlery 
on squillion dollar napery
in a park with not an ant or fly in sight
to mess their fabulously styled hair...


and laid out  was beautifully casual food 
that takes hours and hours
and about three glasses of wine
to attempt to recreate
and which in my kitchen
leads to a meltdown of monumental proportions,
a throwing up of hands in defeat
and ultimately
finds me gently sobbing in a corner
cooing sweet takeway where art thou dear takeaway


so rather than put everyone through that again
I happily tore out the pic
gave it a draw 
and have put a fork in it
cause it is done baby...

and see what other people have gotten up to with their


24 comments:

Terrie said...

excellent sketching, story and totally fun. love your arizona bottles too - i love the detailing but you're still maintaining a looser style. great work! thanks for the very nice comments.

Bella said...

love the image...I too am under the illusion that I am domestic...have that file somewhere in my drawers in my kitchen...stopped buying the mags to fuel the illusion...LOL

sandra de said...

I am guilty of the "cookbook read' as if it was the latest novel. Wonderful intentions but never quite making it onto the kitchen table. Love how you turn domestic conundrums into art.

WrightStuff said...

Ha! This is just perfect!!!

Yeah baby, I'm with you. Those magazines depress me with their perfect houses where even the cats pose on demand and don't shed hair or leave muddy footprints...

Best action I've taken this year though is to employ a cleaner. She is a magician I tell you....

Heather said...

great sketches!!!

LOVE your Arizona tea bottle below too! beautiful colors!

Lorinda said...

Once again you've so artfully put into words what so many of us can relate to...and with a beautiful sketch to match!! xx

Lorinda said...

Once again you've so artfully put into words what so many of us can relate to...and with a beautiful sketch to match!! xx

MollyGirl said...

I'm with you! If it weren't for takeout, I would blow away! :-)

Love your interpretation of the picnic... They always SOUND so romantic!

As always, fantastic sketch!

Nora CG said...

Beautiful sketches. You always amaze me!

Catherine... said...

Love the sketches...well I'm lucky I take a bottle of wine to Mum's and she cooks and sometimes i get to take away too....and double whamy, I have a man who cooks and is a domestic godess...ohhhh heaven... ;)

Rita said...

I'm no Martha Stewart, either. You sure can sketch better than any of those cooks with the perfect hair, anyways! ;)

Sabina said...

Wow, great job capturing the utensils, especially the ones with the textured handles. And I'm with you--I've certainly never been to a picture-perfect picnic. Just ones involving plenty of Solo cups and splintery benches. Which is fine by me as long as long as I'm in good company.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great sketchy of an 'everyday' object ~ well done ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy SS ^_^

Anne said...

Fabulous sketches. You are so talented. xox

Sophia said...

You really do have a unique but amazing sketching talent. I would give anything to sketch as you do. Wow! :)

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

This is wonderful! Great shading :)

kat said...

Hello Tracey what a sketch! It's a great piece, you really do have a hand for sketching, I love your pictures, simple pencils, or cutlery end up as real master pieces. Also enjoyed the little story that went with your piece, thanks for sharing with us.xx

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I hear you on the scanning of recipies. :D Wonderful sketch, great dimensional work.
About the magazine pics: I learnt how to zoom in and take only one detail to add to my life. Eg: take colourful (paper) napkins. Forget the rest.

Gwen said...

Loved your description of the 'perfect' yet unattainable picnic.
Take-aways do have their place, don't they?...nice drawings.
xx

pauline said...

Tracey, your sketches are fantastic. i love ink sketches and yours always blow me away... xoxo

Joanne Osband said...

Thanks for the chuckle over your domestic insights :)

You use of line and shading is fabulous....the utensils look 3D as if I could pick them up off the page.

I too also love your Arizona Tea bottles and enjoy your addiction rantings ;)

Christine said...

LOVE your artful cutlery!

Debbie said...

wow! the detail on your sketch is amazing! great job!

Fran T said...

great post LOL! Love that "maintaining the illusion" ! haha:D Best, FranT