Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Opposite of Easy.....

I can't believe how quickly the month has gone by
and it is time for the Monthly Painter's Challenge reveal already
This month's topic was deceptively tough
it should have been straight forward 
I mean
how hard can it be to come up with an interesting take on
Opposite Colours
it is just the sort of topic I used to get all those kids to explore when I was teaching

and for that I now apologise
maybe apologise is a bit much, but I at least acknowledge it wasn't easy
because this was a tough, pain in the ass
opposite of easy would have been a more accurate topic
especially as all I could think of was
the colour wheel 
and I swore when I left the classroom 
all colour wheels were banned from my presence
so that was duly abandoned
and all month I looked at and drew all sorts of rubbish
until I threw my hands up in the air in frustration 
and abandoned the studio muttering rude words 
directed at Tracey Grigc Potter for choosing this monster
which is awful because Tracey is just the sweetest most treasured friend
even if she does choose impossible topics

The only solution left was to make a cup of tea 
and contemplate my navel out in the warmish morning sunshine
and I didn't hold out much hope
until I walked into the pantry
and just to clarify it is a walk in pantry, I didn't run into it
although that wouldn't be unusual

and there on the shelf was the perfect solution
Lady Grey below Australian Afternoon Tea, 
next to T2 below, Wedgwood tea caddy in that glorious blue
opposite colours in all their tea glory
which goes to show that tea, is in fact, the answer to any question...

So Monthly Painter's Challenge is done and dusted
opposite colours are no longer torturing my brain
and now of course I get to pick the fiendish topic for next month

happy Tea on Tuesdays my friends...xx

What you may have missed in the last few days


Jennifer McLean said...

OOh, I'll have to participate this month then, I've always planned to participate in this hop but never remember! What's your challenge gonna be??

Next week's APR is inspired by Phoebe's challenge to you about books!
Hugs and to Phoebe too!

Neesie said...

I always love your artwork Trace! It’s perfect for the challenge.

I totally agree Trace...tea solves any problem or crisis!
I'm away to pop the kettle on again...just in readiness ;D

Unknown said...

oh this painting challenge sounds like fun!!!! love your work always Tracey!!! This makes me want some tea......

VonnyK said...

That tea really is powerful stuff. Love those bright colours and now I know what to do when I lose my mojo. Just put the kettle on!!
A big congrats on you feature in the Featuring magazine.

Unknown said...

Now we (the MPC artists) can spend the next month cursing your name :) he, he. Seriously though, what a wonderful painting Tracey, so bright and happy.It makes me want to put the kettle on. I'll have to give the Australian avo tea a go, I'm all for strong tea.

Belinda Basson said...

Opposite colours are one of my fave things to work with. I had a great teacher at school who got us to understand this concept and I use it daily without thinking about it. I guess it would be different if I had to paint something on demand using it...not sure...might give this a try....

Giggles said...

Well it turned out wonderful, and it was right at your finger tips all along! Can't help but wonder if you will use your pantry for your own prompt!!

Hugs Giggles

Valerie-Jael said...

Enjoy your tea, I'll stick to my coffee. Love the colours you have used. But what is Lady Grey? I only know Earl Grey! Valerie

Sandra Busby said...

Well that's my chuckle for today! Thank you very much! I really love your quirky style. It really is unique! And all over a cup of tea... And I have always said that there is little that can't be made just a tiny bit better by a cup of tea :0)

Yvonne said...

Your art qork just amazes me. You are so talented. Enjoy your tea today. Glad you stopped by my blog for some tea this morning.

Unknown said...

I always so enjoy the stories behind your art- what a perfect solution!
P.S. Can anyone join the challenge- it looks like fun!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am always amazed at how you can turn ANY challenge into a tea drinking experience. What a fun way to show opposite colors, especially since I just created a color wheel in my AB lesson yesterday!

Have a fun and tealicious Tea Tuesday.

Unknown said...

Great job!!! I love blue and orange together ... I'm glad you found what you were looking for! and a nice cup of tea to boot :)

*jean* said...

oh girl you make me giggle...i remember doing that very study in high school and just hating it! love your paintings lately, especially the peach of a tale...yum! happy tuesday!

My Dream Canvas said...

Your art work is amazing. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

Lovely blue and orange tea container thingies--a complementary compliment LOL. Can't wait to see what fiendish topic you choose!

~*~Patty S said...

So it must be true that opposites are attracted to one another dear Tracey!

Those colors and what you've done with them are WOW = gorgeous!!!

you certainly know how to delight the senses

Jennifer McLean said...

thanks so much for the lovely words in your comment, you truly mean so much to me and I feel like I'm becoming part of the family! I hope one day to come visit your beautiful country and take you both out for tea, you pick the place!

minnemie said...

What a happy ending literally and visually:-) Refreshed by your colors, I will now go pour my own cup'o.