Friday, 27 April 2012

The Random Bark....


I love my studio
and I love my fur baby
but sometimes they just don't mix
usually Mushu sits at my feet
or more often lately 
on my work bench
but in the last two days
for some reason that could only make sense in that brain of his
he has become super protector dog


normally I would applaud this appearance of steely resolve
cause lets face it
in the dictionary beside the word coward
they have a pic of his adorable little face
but this week he is taking on the cat from next door
which is actually relevant to these paintings
just be patient


So the cat from next door is a bit of a piece of work
he comes and sleeps in Mushu's bed at night 
while Mushu is tucked up with one of us
which of course drives him to crying and pawing at your leg
until you shake it out and resettle it for him
But it would appear that this evil feline nemesis
has taken things one step too far
as he now suns himself lying up against the fence that divides our houses


Mushu has decided to fight back 
and reclaim his territory
by emitting random barks in its general direction
not a full on crazy bark like his head is going to explode bark
but a single, somewhat lazy, though very loud and random bark
which has been driving my to the brink
and means that my nerves are shot
my heart rate is somewhat erratic
and I have dropped my brush about fifty gazillion times
I have snorted my tea
slurped it down my front
and knocked over a water container on my desk


so disastrous was one such tea slosh and drop brush incident 
that I had to re work this canvas
and  while on the agapanthus canvas it seemed to not matter too much
especially when I was doing the line work
the tea cup has taken the brunt of it
I'm still not sure it is where I want it to be
so I am abandoning it for now until
the random barks lose their appeal
and Mushu returns to the sloth imitation that is his true talent


All in all I got  a fair bit done given the circumstances
but I feel it is time to stop pushing my luck 
and spend a bit of time cruising other people's Friday work 
to settle my nerves
happy painting all ...xx



P.S.
What you may have missed this week...







62 comments:

Serena Lewis said...

OMG, I hate when Cody suddenly gives a loud bark out of the blue although his single bark is usually followed by a flurry of barks. I just about jump out of my skin so I know what you mean. lol

Btw, I think that both paintings look fabulous!

Carolyn Dube said...

Do you think Phantom put Mushu up to it as retaliation for your Torture the Teenager-ness?

peggy gatto said...

lovely blues and fun story!!!
so far my dog simon likes to tear papers for collage???

Ayala Art said...

I always love the way your pieces look like they are dancing, so cool! Beautiful work .

Lynn said...

wonderful lines and color, bold yet lightness too...thanks for sharing. HPPF!

Molly said...

love your stories about mushu and phantom! and, as always, lovely, lovely flowers. your colors are always so perfect!

Catherine... said...

Poor pooch, being terrorized by the naughty car. I feel for him and your nerves... Spray the cat with water that will send him back from where he came... :) love the paintings..your teacup is going to make it...

Neesie said...

What a giggle Tracey, I can totally sympathise with you over Mushu's random barking because Muffy does calm little gruff noises to show her indignation over anything that takes her fancy...a sound, smell or sight...you name it!
It's amazing how such a little noise can really wind you up. But it works because I have to investigate and sort the problem. She has to contend with two cats and two dogs next door, so you can imagine ^..^
I love your teacup because I can really appreciate it this week because I've had a personal battle drawing one. If I could have reached into the paper and grab hold of it I'd have smashed it! Have a great weekend ;D

craftattack said...

Your tea cup still looks good, and the flower is beautiful. Perhaps your Mushu is lonely? I think he needs a companion....Valerie

Liz said...

I love the agapanthus painting. Such beautiful blues. I particularly like the the dark sketchy lines that seem to be one of the signatures of your work. They add such energy to your compositions. And such a free feeling.

Your random element is a dog, mine are two children. I have yet to decide which is more disruptive :D Although I must admit that lately the phone has been quite an evil nemesis when it comes to spam people ringing me up in those few saced moments I have available to myself.

Here's hoping your dog wins his war and settles down. Gotta love him, despite the urge to strangle :D Same here with my kids :D

Happy Paint Party Friday.

Best wishes,
Liz

NatashaMay said...

I love your watercolors! And I love your blues. :)

Nicola said...

Well despite all the distractions I think you have created some beautiful work! I know I probably say this every time I see your work but I just love how you can make it all just POP!!! So fantastic! I love that tea cup too! :0) x

Fallingladies said...

God, i so love the bright colors and wonderful lines in your work. .... And i don't have a dog to disrupt so i don't know the true nature of your misery but i do have my son who does a great job at interupting art time as well!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful watercolours and hearing about Muchu's escapades. Happy PPF, Annette x

Yvonne said...

Wonderful funny post about Mushu. Oh, the difference between cats and dogs.LOL Love your little paintings. Great job done among all the random barkings etc.. LOL

scapmanufaktur said...

this is fantastic, so wonderful flower and I love your tea cup

La Abela said...

Great work, the cup of tea I love!. Saludos

Pointy Pix said...

I just love your stories and this week again you haven't failed to delight!! Mushu sounds hilarious and I can totally relate to the fright the random barking can give you. My girl dog barks incessantly. At everything. My boy dog looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders and rarely barks other than what seems to be at her as if telling her to shut up. However lately he's taken to emitting one really loud bark right in your ear if she dares to bring her treat bone onto the sofa beside me. She growls at him so he can't sit beside her so he barks as if telling me to sort her out! They are funny creatures. anyway, back to your art - I love this flower piece - it looks like it is full of movement as if it's blowing about. the tea cup looks wonderful and i can't make out any bark induced damage so will look forward to seeing it completed!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE both paintings, but me being the flower worshiper that I am , the Agapanthus is especially dear to my heart- I LOVE the way you captured the center "star" formed within the petals- so beautiful! That said, I also REALLY like the tea cup painting- I personally think it's complete- those intense whites in the background frame it up beautifully!
xo
Stephanie
P.S. Being the owner of five cats, I had to laugh at your story, because there always seems to be some kind of cat/dog drama going on in my life :D

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

I love this post and the paintings. I can so totally relate to the animal story. They can be so funny in their dynamics and power plays. Happy PPF

Catherine Denton said...

I rather like the spill on the canvas, it gives character to the piece. I always exude a happy sigh looking at your work--so beautiful!
Catherine Denton

Debbie said...

Your paintings are both so beautiful and serene. Maybe you need the chaos to produce such lovely work. Lately my cat has decided that it's important for her to jump up on my work table and walk across each piece I'm working on at least once, which reminds me of a very funny book I saw once about cats who paint.

Gloria said...

Mushu is just being her/himself. Family pet members are the best as are your beautiful flowers. Enjoy the weekend.

Helen Campbell said...

Your paintings are gorgeous, despite the challenges of a fierce-protector-of-his-territory. Fur babies can be so funny, and so irritating at the same time. You just gotta love them. Have a wonderful week!

Simona Cordara said...

I love how your pieces always look so ethereal!!

Gloria said...

Tracey, I can sympathize with your heart jumping! Although I am a cat person and they are quiet, sorry you have a pesky one! I have a neighbor who has a motorcycle. When he starts that thing up on the weekends, I jump out of my skin, too, and it does something to my heartbeat.

But none-the-less, your paintings are exceptional as usual. The drawing expert, the colors pure.

Cottage Remnant said...

Love the story....poor wee puppy♥ :0)
Great paintings, I guess one always has time for a "spot" (or spill) of tea!

blessing's
Cindy♥

New End Studio said...

My favorite line from your post: and Mushu returns to the sloth imitation that is his true talent. Sloth imitation, love that!

Lucy splits my skull sometimes with that one off bark, can understand your pain. Some cats know just how far they can go to torment the neighbor dog, don't they...

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Your work is lovely even with a barking dog. :) I love your colors. Thanks for your nice comment about my journal pages. They are fun to do. Happy PPF

carlarey said...

If he kept making me ruin paintings, Mushu's next impression would be of a furry soccer ball. And if he suddenly became airborne in her direction I'll bet the cat would think twice about coming on your side of the fence.

Love this week's paintings, especially considering how close they came to disaster.

Faye said...

I'm so glad I made another pass along the list of posts for PPF and found I had somehow skipped over yours. Your flower is really gorgeous and a beautiful work of art, as is the cup. Poor pup. It must be so frustrating to have a cat, of all things, sleep in your very own bed. No wonder the poor guy is getting fretted by it all. I'd be barking too.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love both of these paintings!
And I loved reading about how your puppy has gone into super-protector mode...it's so sweet when they try to earn their keep!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Tammie Lee said...

they both are lovely pieces
i guess the animal sounds are working as an unusual muse for you

sometimes the telephone makes me jump when i am lost in a piece of art, i understand.

Rita said...

Still chuckling!! I have lived with dogs, so I can remember the jolt of electricity that goes through you with the loud single bark out of the blue. Makes me glad to live with a cat. She's an absolute coward, but doesn't pretend to be anything but. She quickly hides quietly under the bed--intent on saving her own life...unlike some of the dogs I've lived with who hid under the bed and barked loudly out of guilt. Cats do not suffer from protective guilt issues. ROFL!! ;)

Anne said...

Dogs are so funny! Mine make it hard for me to work in my studio which is upstairs where they can't go (they're afraid of the stairs). When I'm up there they wait at the bottom of the stairs, sometimes with squeaky monkey whines and chirps. Pretty distracting!

Hope your little one settles down soon! Not that it really seems to have affected your work. Those paintings are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Happy PPF!

kat said...

Tracey these paintings look great together and that tea cup, well I just love your cups! This one is no exception with its blueness and light, wonderful!

Margo@Legacy of a Single Girl said...

Hi Tracy! Love hearing animal stories! They just make life so much more interesting? Perhaps we'll see a sketch of your pesky visitor soon?

I love the teacup!! Wonderful!!

kristin maynes said...

Your work is just beautiful! I love seeing the process, thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Absolutely lovely creations ~ love the movement in the blue flowers ~ and can relate to your 'fur person's; behavior sounds so familiar ~ happy weekend ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful shade of blue in those flowers!
Rinda

Sunshineshelle said...

With you on the sudden barks LOL, I have Milo at my feet under my desk, while cooking, getting the mail LOL, he has a thing going with the neighbourhood dogs - they gather on our deck LOL, that's all good, but when the new puppy in town waltzed right into the house he went into a whimpering mess before he found his 'bark' & showed him inside was his domain & guest dogs remain 'outside' LOL... I truly admire your delicate art, the freshness of colours & movement you seem to even capture in still-life objects - great post & gorgeous art :)
PS We get those blue-tongues & goannas too ;) although believe it or not it's those canetoads that scare me coming up our stairs of a night (they don't move until you step on them)... Have a great weekend & watch that tea ;)

cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

I would like to borrow Mushu for a week, please, to see if he and his random bark might help me paint even HALF as beautifully as you... :)

Lori said...

Tracey, love the blues. I just got caught up on your week. I love the stories you weave and share in your posts and your artwork is always stunning! Xoxo

Victoria said...

Beautiful blooms..love that blue..beautiful photos..and also love your tea cup is dazzling and florals are always so gorgeous! Fun and cute stories..such sweet creatures ! smiles!!
victoria

Kristin said...

Oooh! You crack me up! I always enjoy reading your posts and I really like the addition to your painting that that random bark provided ;)
Beautiful work and talent! xoxo

Alexandra said...

.....((tip toes in, keeping an eye out for Phanton Steve))....


.... What a super fun, wonderful post. I LOVE LOVE your blue flower. Beautiful. And of course, I believe I love any and every tea cup. I really should have been born in England. LOL

Happy PPF!

Sweet Tea said...

So glad you stopped by my Blog (Sweet Tea) which enabled me to find you. I love the fact that you live on the other side of the world from me. I also love that you are so talented. I know nothing about art but I love to look and appreciate what others are gifted to do. If I could paint I would never sleep, but paint 24/7. Beautiful work!...I love dogs and enjoyed hearing about yours. Such funny, sweet companions they are!!

Anne said...

Lovely work though, even with distracting dog barks! Really enjoyed your post! :)) <3

Sandra said...

I just popped along to say thank you for visiting my blog and also for following :0)
Your blog is wonderful and your art work is uplifting, so I am also following you because I like so much was you have here to see! Lovely!

Mary Walker Designs said...

I read that coleus canin keeps cats away. Try googling cat deterrent plants and maybe you can find a natural cure to your sticky situation.

Nora MacPhail said...

Wonderful flower painting Tracey. It has lots of movement. Great turquoise blue too.
Happy Painting.

RobanStudio said...

"Super protector dog"! I love that. It makes him sound so noble. You should sew him a cape with a big M on it. Then that cat would know what it was dealing with and think twice about things.

All in all, your painting is lovely, happy accident and all.

Have a wonderful weekend. :-)

Jez said...

Your paintings are so beautiful and the colours perfect - two people used the words 'serene' and 'ethereal' and that really describes them. The agapanthus is so perfect. Jez

Christine said...

Lovely pieces Tracey!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

You love blue, don't you? I do too! Great work as usual Tracy!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

your paintings are really terrific ! I love your style !

bohemiannie! art said...

LOL! Our neighborhood, here in Barranquilla, is full of honkers. It doesn't usually affect me when I'm in the play room but every now and then...I feel like I've hit the roof! Especially when my neighbor comes home for lunch (siesta time is from noon - 2pm)and honks his horn for someone to open the gate! Yikes! I must say that your spills have certainly not hurt your work! They're beautiful!

pauline said...

Tracey, i SO love your style of painting... just ADORE the blue tea cup...and of course, those flowers are gorgeous. I think the black line you add in the end really adds a LOT to the painting. Gives it so much punch & just lends itself so well to your style. Love it. You go girl. xoxo

Giggles said...

Oh my what a cunning cat!! They are so taunting at times!! Poor dog, poor you! Still your work is so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs Giggles

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Delightful flower, so delicate.
Poor Mushu, barking out of frustration. makes me wonder what would happen if I did something similar. You know, yelp in the general direction of something. Now, there´s a thought. :)

sjor said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Beautiful work here x

mx said...

Beautiful blues and fun words too!