Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Quick Fixing ....

Aimee over at Artsyville asked us about our quick fixes
which is rather uncomfortable for me 
as I kind of think my life is one long string of quick fixes
I am no Martha Stewart with a calender of things to be covered
and if I went down the road of things that literally need fixing 
then this list would be an endless litany of embarrassing household debarcles
so I decided that rather than concentrating on the negative
I would focus on positive quick fixes
things that make my day a bit brighter in a short time
and allow me to hold onto the delusion
 that the rest of the house isn't falling apart around me...

so number one is go and cut some jasmine to make my studio smell lovely
I will ignore the fact that the arbour which is groaning under its gorgeous scent
is held up with cable ties tied to a down pipe
which you can just see in the bottom of the photo below
and to get the photo I was required to venture amongst the triffid like foliage
that has taken over the side of our house
I felt like an explorer by the time I emerged
it was worth it though because now I can enjoy the aroma wafting through the studio
making all seem lovely and spring like
and as a bonus I used pretty paper cups in this gorgeous blue
which means I won't have to soak a little vase after they die to remove all the toxic sap
a lesson learnt after last spring when the pinterest inspired jasmine in cut glass crystal centrepiece had some unexpected consequences
not the place for details... just think disgusting sappy tinged drinks 
and a somewhat disastrous start to a dinner party a couple of weeks later

which brings me to another favourite quick fix for my soul
I love to cruise Pinterest and imagine I have actually cooked some of those meals
made some of those seasonally wonderful things, or have a house that is gorgeous
don't underestimate the importance of fantasy in maintaining a healthy self image people
if I sit and pretend it is a site dedicated to my wonderfullness for 15 mins
I float around for hours after
all I have to do is pretend that the house I happen to find myself in
is someone else's ...

but my favourite two quick fixes are a cup of tea
any tea, a stonking great mug or cup of the stuff
and a chance to sit and draw
just for a little while
it calms my brain and lets me escape 
into a few moments of line and colour
shape and form
light and shadows
it soothes my brain and makes all right in the world
it doesn't have to be perfect or finished
it just has to be there emerging on the paper
it is the greatest quick fix around ...

This is also my link up to APR with its theme of shadows
I figure that all my drawings have tone... therefore shadows are a given... sort of
talk about a quick fix!!!!

I would also like to take a moment to hope all my East Coast blogging friends
are safe and that the damage is easily and quickly fixed for them
sending you all lots of positive thoughts...xx

Links to my last two posts are here ...


Anonymous said...

Absolutely lovely paintings! I love your list AND the fact that you can walk outside to gather jasmine....wonderful!

SandeeNC said...

I love Jasmine, and can only imagine how wonderful your studio must smell! Guess, I'll have to go find a candle to substitute! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Jennifer McLean said...

Oh gosh, I swear I can SMELL that Jasmine wafting through my living room! You lucky girl to have such a beautiful and luscious bush of them in your own backyard. The smell must even cover the chlorine smell from the pool!

Puuurrrrty painting my dear.

Currie Silver said...

much to make me think here, and laugh, but this seems a tad more on the serimous side...

I love jasmine and so relished the idea of it.

an interesting notion, quick fixing... for me it's often a little time getting into making art or writing. sometimes a walk will sort me out, too. actually, though it's NOT always "quick" the walking I've been DOing since selling my car has created a new "problem" which is I have lost so much weight my clothes are all clearly TOO BIG and with this sudden cold here, I have discovered that this includes my jeans [which rarely get worn] and even my sweatshirts...

mayBE the quick fix there is a bit of rope to hold my britches up?!

thanks, as per usual, I leave your site laughing.

Anonymous said...

I could just imagine you braving the jungle to cut this beauties, are there snakes in there because I wouldn't leave the house if there was, bears, I can handle, wolves I can handle but the snakes you have I think scare me near death! I lov this piece and I love the way you photographed it, I'll take a honking big mug of tea anytime, now would be lovely.

Sandi McLean said...

Lovely piece of course! I like the way you think too..:)

Head Krazy said...

I love LOVE LOVE your paintings, it reminds me of the spring, the promise warm days, light and airiness.. They give me hope I will survive the winter!

Rita said...

Oh, jasmine is such a pretty scent! Was worth the trip to the jungle--lol!

I'm not the least surprised that tea and drawing is the best quick fix for you. :) :)
Absolutely! Your sharing your drawings is a quick fix for me. ;)

Unknown said...

Love the Jasmine. Great idea putting them a paper cup. Didn't realise you lived on the edge of a jungle... :)

Jez said...

Inspiring post, lifted my spirits. My quick fix is just going out for a day to one of our favourite haunts (travel very restricted) and pretending that I can be anywhere in the world, a good way to experience the familiar with fresh eyes. Love the jasmine pic, I can smell it from here.

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Ta is my favorite fix as well. :) Love your illustrations! :)

Unknown said...

Your jasmine is beautiful- both the painting AND the flower! I didn't know that it left sappy residue...ew! As for quick fixes, I don't even want to think about how there are around my house- too many, for sure....I like your idea of Pinterest-ing vicariously through others, will definitely have to try that soon!

Ritu Dua said...

Tea and drawing really really lift my spirits your illustrations!

TwinkleToes2day said...

I thought I was already following you. It turns out I wasn't, but I am now :D (hope that doesn't scare you)
Ahh, what a wonderful perfume Jasmine has, but I didn't know about the toxic thingy. What a great tip about the paper clip!
The drawing is gorgeous and I definitely see shadows (not dead people, just shadows)
Have a wonderful wednesday.
ps -thanks for the comment on my Flickr, so nice to see you there :) - I did reply *hugs*

storybeader said...

I've never heard about jasmine being dangerous in vases. I'll have to read up on this! {:-Deb

Kristin said...

Oooh my goodness! I can smell them from here ;) AND your rendering of this sweetness is absolutely wonderful, naturally ;) Thank you for your constant inspiration, xoxo

Bev said...

oh jasmine love it yours looks like star jasmine i had the other one and i miss it so much ... love your painting its so reminds me of when i used to bring some in and place it in a vase and wallow in the scent ...

hugz bev

VonnyK said...

Jasmine would have to be one of the most delicious scents in flowers. My dear hubby "trimmed" mine and now it's gone :( Your painting is beautiful, I can almost smell it from here.

Unknown said...

Beautiful painting! :)
I've never smelled fresh Jasmine before, but I'm sure it's amazing! :)

- Sasha

Darla said...

Our jasmine is blooming too, maybe I should cut some for inside. Love your shading/shadows and that particular shade of blue.


~*~Patty S said...

I have never seen that many Jasmine blossoms in one place before...lucky you Tracey and thank you for sharing them in so many ways...your drawings always enchant me

I have the kettle on for another cuppa too ... thank you very much

thank you for your good wishes for us east coasters...we in the Wash DC area were among the lucky ones

Happy November (already!!!)

Viola said...

I like your lovely flowers! :) and yes, it was an awful storm sandy that came in!! :(
I hope as you that all on the east coast are fine, even I heard some were not that lucky.. scary!

Serena Lewis said...

Beautiful flowers and, as always, your post brought a smile to my face. :)

*jean* said...

love, love, LOVE this one!!!

stefanie stark said...

Oh I am so happy that you are not a planning expert like Martha Stewart but the unique and beloved "quick-fix" Tracey ;) - I love your "quick-fix-paintings" and your "quick-fix-diary-notes" so much. And the Jasmine is beautiful!

Terrie said...

Fab drawing and it really captures the looseness and wildness of the jasmine. We had a wall of jasmine when we lived in Las Vegas - I was surprised to learn that it grew well there in the heat - but it was one of the few harbingers of spring that bloomed (except for some cactus). I loved it! The drawing brings back the smell and the beauty of that wall - thanks!