Thursday, 5 July 2012

Red and White With Some Blue....

Happy Canada Day
and Fourth of July
and all other assorted red white and /or blue holidays
which means high summer celebrations
which got me wondering if there are any nations out there
that have their big national day in the dead of winter???


I know we all feel more positive in the summer
and well lets be honest
it is very hard to get people together in the dead of winter
so it probably would have been especially hard to get people enthusiastic
about things like independence and nationhood
when all they can think is that they can't feel their toes 
and they wish that what his name would stop hogging the good spot by the fire
and wondering if they will remember 
where they parked the horse and buggy if they have another warming drink
so it probably makes sense that come summer all those forefathers 
were thinking not just of shedding clothes and things
but also of the shackles of whatever country they wanted to be rid of.



We lived in Florida for four years
so we had a few 4th of July celebrations
though for the life of me I still don't understand the correlation 
between hotdogs and independence
but hey it was always fun and full of food and friends 
and my dominant memories were of sitting around the pool
with my Arizona Iced Tea waiting for the fireworks 
to start in the park next to our condo
then scoffing copious amounts of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream


Canada Day is a tougher one
and I must admit to rather limited knowledge of the holiday
but lots of my favourite blogging buddies are Canadian
and some of my favourite tv shows 
like the Republic of Doyle, The Bridge, King, and about 10 others
are all Canadian and don't even get me started 
on the whole Battlestar Gallactica, Stargate being shot there thing
and we all know Maple Syrup makes everything taste better
so it must be a cracking national day in my book.

So to celebrate them both I have painted up some Arizona Tea bottles
which means I am coming clean 
and while it is very very tenuous 
I have placed the Red Pomegranate bottle next to the White of the Blueberry one
to meet the red and white Canada Day theme over at APR
embarrassingly dodgy link I know Jen...  
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend
we are off for a few family days over winter break
so I am posting this early for PPF
have a great weekend all...xx

My last couple of posts if you want to catch up...




45 comments:

Sandra said...

It's meant to be summer here but so far we have had just 5 days of sun in April and about 8 in June! And we live in the south! The rest of the year until now has been rain, rain and more rain! I look on blog land to find sunshine in the form of paintings and drawings! And I am never disappointed when I get to your sunny blog! I'm off to paint some sunshine my self now, with a Raspberry and Pomegranate tea! I LOVE those bottles! :0)

Neesie said...

Oh my...I now wish I hadn't pushed myself out of my comfort zone and posted to the APR, especially after seeing your tea bottles Trace. They're amazing!
I had such difficulty with both my jar and using the pencils for the first time :$
I heard that Brisbane was colder than Melbourne last night...I hope you kept cosy wherever you are.
Have a great time on your hols xox

Tracy said...

Dodgy... naw... clever and oh so tea minded - YES! *lol* I didn't know much about Canada day either until I was online and met Canadians. Absolutely adore my neighbors to the North.. In fact Canada is only a hop/jump and skip (hour to hour 1/2 drive) away from my house. :)

TwinkleToes2day said...

Love the bottles, they're so pretty. Hope you had a happy 4th :0)

Heather said...

beautiful bottles! The fourth was good - lots of blue and white!

Gina Sismilich said...

Love your paintings/sketches and comments as always. There is no correlation between independence and hot dogs - It just gives us grown ups the opportunity to eat unhealthy but yummy food!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love it when you paint these beautiful bottles- gorgeous as always and what a fun take on patriotism!
xx

Anna said...

I almost bought some of this tea last week when I saw the beautiful bottles, and Thot of the beautiful paintings you do of them. But I remember you mention their addictive nature and thougt it might be the last thing I need, one more thing to be addicted to. (we do manage to have a perfectly good fourth without hot dogs! Yuck!)happy PPF on Thursday.

Cottage Remnant said...

LOL....you are too cute....I love your choice of our television shows...you have good taste...♥

Your bottles are tea-rrific...LOL

blessings,
Cindy♥

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

I thought of you at the store the other day when I bought one of these. Well not exactly one of these, because it was a can and not a bottle...but it had PURPLE, and I wished I could paint it like you could!

Jennifer McLean said...

Totally wonderful! Dodgy?? are you kidding?? Sorry to hear you fell off your self imposed wagon but hey, if you're gonna drink something, might as well be something as delicious as Arizona tea!!
Hugs,
Jenn

Daniele Valois said...

goodness your sketches/paintings, ART, is awesome! I love your style. Very talented!

minnemie said...

I think Arizona Iced Tea needs to buy your art for their labels. Seriously excellent!

Gloria said...

Arizona tea is soooo delicious and I am sure because it comes in pretty bottles that it can't be bad for you! I love to see your imagination run "hog wild" in your posts! So much fun to read and say in my head, yeah, yeah! You go girl!

Nancy said...

I love Arizona tea and I love your sketches, the colours are gorgeous!

Serena Lewis said...

Very clever way to incorporate the APR challenge, Tracey! Awesome sketch! I agree, it's a little hard to think of celebrating anything in this cold winter weather. I know the Canadians and Americans celebrate Christmas in wintry conditions so much worse than our winter but hey, they have heated homes, right?!! lol

Lynn Holland said...

I'm screaming down the blog phone here Tracey, WOW WOW WOW what fantastic drawings and story. I wanted to read but I wanted look at the pictures too all at the same time. Wonderful. Well done.
Lynn and the Doodly Birds x x x

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful and colourful bottles Tracey. Happy PPF, Annette x

Pointy Pix said...

Another great, witty and yet informative post from you today! I love how no matter the subject matter or the occasion you can link tea in there somewhere - how you did it with the red, white and blue was pretty ingenious,actually! Beautiful illustrations as always.
Hope you have a great winter break. we're off for our summer break (summer, pah, I use the word very loosely!)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

As always, your artwork complements your writing and viceversa. The bottle colors you chose look great together, and it's a very creative take on the challenge. Blessings!

VonnyK said...

Trace, you are the only person in the world who could use tea to represent Canada Day and make it work so well. That is truly thinking outside the square (or is that teabag) and come up with something so clever. I will have to get me some of that tea, looks so yum every time you paint it. Keep warm and enjoy the rest of the hols. I'm sitting in bed with the laptop, it's warmer in here :)
Von.

Carolyn Dube said...

Your memories of the 4th of July seem pretty accurate with my memories of it- most years. You have a pretty drink- those tea bottles are beautiful! I just had plain old diet cokes...There were a few years I went to Washington DC for the big fireworks display. Sat all day on lawn called The Mall (no shopping - I thought a cruel trick as a teenager). 500,000+ people were there to listen to the annual day long concert headlined for years by the Beach Boys (they have since aged out). All day in the sun. Fireworks and trying to get home with the subways packed beyond belief. Glad I did it, never need to do it again...

Giggles said...

We have that tea here and I have never tried it!! Thanks for the nice comments about Canada! We are extremely patriotic and celebrate in a big way.... concerts, fireworks good food! Everyone wears red, even those who don't like the color. Some, like me, fly the Canadian flag on our cars! This year I stayed home...but I have many amazing memories... as does my daughter! Fabulous illustrations Tracey!! Have a wonderful holiday!

Hugs Giggles

Tricia said...

Wonderful artwork! I am from the deep south and iced tea is a must! Happy PPF!

Tammie Lee said...

your paint of these teas is wonderful. they really know how to package them attractively. perhaps the company would be interested in your art for their advertising!

sandee said...

There is nothing more American than a hot dog, it's made just like us, with a little bit of everything! hot dogs, apple pie, baseball! yay US! lol I even had a hot dog on the 4th! Love your bottles, so very pretty! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina with a hot dog in one hand and a flag in the other!:)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely paintings of the tea bottles ~ they are beautiful ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Anns Art said...

Love your paintings, and these bottles are great!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

i'm with you on not sure how hot dogs equate to independence - but good friends, good food and fireworks make up for the brain tease. Happy PPF

Anne said...

Beautiful bottles, love your style - both blogging and painting! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Being a vegetarian, I don't get the correlation between hotdogs and Independence, either. But it was fun to see your lovely red, white, and a bit of blue entry for Jenn's APR challenge this week. I always love how you tie everything to tea. Way to go.

Terrie Purkey said...

Dodgy? Well, you're nothing if not dodgy, right? Always gotta push the boundaries, strain the edges of a challenge! Well, good on you - and it's amazing that you were able to to tie tea and two disparate holidays together. How do you do that anyway?! Beautiful drawing as usual. You know the inspiration avenue theme this week is teapots, right? I have high expectations :)

Gloria said...

Hi Tracey. All your bottles are wonderful. Love what you had to say as well. Your stories are always great. Have a wonderful weekend. By the way, I have about 10 of those Arizona bottles, two in my studio on the window sill. The other 8, I just can't throw away. My husband drinks them. Nice post.

Rosa said...

Son una preciosidad. Me gustan muchísimo. Realmente lindos, los colores son apasionantes.

Saludos

Helen Campbell said...

I love your paintings... although I have never tasted Arizona Tea. We live near the Canadian border, so there's always lots of folks in town in a festive mood. We stayed home to avoid the crowds this year, and enjoyed our neighbors fireworks show. Watermelon rather than Ice Cream, though. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

the bottles are great - the post, cracking me up!

Alice said...

hahaha! ben and jerry's is a must!

Karen Smithey said...

Obviously, your paintings are wonderful--but your writing always makes me smile!

Frances Traina said...

Addictive bottles of wonderful...LOL!

kat said...

I love this juicy colored bottles, they are so very pretty!

Elisa Choi said...

happy 4th of July! Loving your colorful bottles! Delicious!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Super-creative still-life to celebrate the Fourth of July!
Loving it!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

A belated thanks for the Canada Day shout-out Tracey!! xx

Fallingladies said...

Ok, I think i have gotten caught up on your posts, you had me smiling through them all! Oh, and i meant to say, the wild strawberry tea i had on vacation and sketched was really not that good. it's supposedly extremely healthy for all sorts of ailments but just not sweet enough for me, my family didn't care for it either. We just poured hot water over a handful of leaves and added a few actual berries, but it needed something more. I may try again adding more stuff. And a question.....Have you mentioned why you are drying teabags on your windowsill, and i just missed the explanation? Dying to know....

JKW said...

Loved hearing about your different holiday experiences. Yep, we in FL, do know how to celebrate. I remember setting huge jars with tea bags (up north) in the sun for Sun Tea and since I hate sweet tea, it was the perfect tea ever. We left it out for hours, in FL, it doesn't work like that, lol. Love your tea art. Blessings, Janet PPF