Sunday, 27 January 2013

An Unexpected Sunday ....



My plan for the day was to draw up this great pencil box
that I bought when I went and got Phantom's school supplies the other morning
the pencils are actually completely useless as they are HB
and I am a 3B girl at the minimum
but the box is fabulous isn't it...

anyway I drew it up and was excited to get into the studio and get it started
until I came down to the studio and found the paper curled up into a sodden ball
due to the crazy humidity thanks to the fact that is is bucketing down
and I mean huge buckets that could hold a whale
not piddly little kiddie buckets
we are talking biblical proportions



Thanks to the remnants of Cyclone Oswald
our normally sedate and lazy Moreton Bay is a churning mess
and there is water everywhere
and even the storm run off at the end of the street is looking pretty impressive

The rain is coming sideways on impressive wind gusts
which had unexpected upside
as it gave all the windows down the eastern side of the house a good blasting clean
and it also managed to travel across our covered entertaining area
come in through the dining room window 
and the table was getting a good washing before I realised
it is a testament to my style of cleaning 
that I actually considered leaving it open thinking the floor looked like it could do with a wash
but thankfully common sense has prevailed as we have had inches of rain since
and the floor wasn't dirty enough that it needed inches...


So I am reduced to sitting in the studio making notes on ideas
while I watch the pool turn into a water feature as it overflows

not the Sunday i had planned for the return to Sunday Sketches 
after such a long break
but I am crossing fingers and toes that it all slows down soon
and that everyone is staying dry and safe...xx

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36 comments:

Jaz Higgins said...

Haha at your comment about maybe letting the rain in to clean the floor. That's my type of cleaning! lol. Good to see the weather is providing a space to brainstorm anyway! :)

Sharon Evans said...

That tin looks great. Saw on the TV the damage that cyclone has done, Glad its not too bad your way.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

I do identify with your style of cleaning! A hose on my washing machine burst a week ago resulting in inches of water in the kitchen and dining room - after huge mopping up I realised that my floors were really sparkling! Talk about enforced cleaning.

Adrienne Rose said...

Aaaaaaaahhh! I love your header! The teapot especially!!

Following you now!

Great sketch this week! I am loving the flourishes on the box!

Sucks about the rain messing with your papers! Man, I hope it's stopped raining!

Jez said...

I thought about you this morning when I saw the news on TV. Such extremes of weather everywhere. Hope it settles down soon. Love your post, and you really do seem to have had the cleaning fairies in. Love your bright determined approach to life and taking what comes with humour.
Must email my brother in Sydney now to see how weather is there.

craftattack said...

That pencil box looks great! The rain does not look so exciting, we usually get enough of it here! Valerie

EM Illustrator said...

The pencil box looks lovely.
The weather doesn't sound so good, great idea to sit indoors on a day like this. Clear sunny morning here but very strong winds, and cold. Enjoy your Sunday!

Eva

WrightStuff said...

Eek!

Anns Art said...

Looks like a bit of rain then! Do hope all are safe in such terrible downpours. Completely envious of your pencil box, it looks brilliant.

Anne Manda said...

Yeah, let the nature do the cleaning! :-D Great sketch!

Giggles said...

Stay safe!! Very nice sketch...Hope there is not too much aftermath!!

Hugs Giggles

Christine said...

Hope you stay safe! Beautiful lines on your pencil box, well done!

Laurie said...

I've been thinking about you, we heard of the floods you're having, gosh from one extreme to another, keep dry and safe! I like your cleaning ideas!!!

Carol L McKenna said...

Be Safe ~ Wonderful illustration as always ~

Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

Hwee said...

Stay safe. Hope everything is alright your way. Freaky weather these day, isn't it?!

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

ugh! stay dry and hopefully this crazy weather will end soon. love the pencil box!
cheers, dana

Joni Nickrent said...

Stay safe and dry...loving your sketch! Always so much detail and beauty!

Colleayn said...

I hope you stay dry! This is a great box. I love great boxes, tins, etc. I always fall for great packaging.

Lynn Cohen said...

Happy Sunday Sketching!

Alicia C said...

there is something incredibly unsettling about these sorts of storms, I find. Hope y'all do OK! That is one beauteous pencil box. Staedler is a good brand

Lynn Holland said...

Awh and we were whinging in the UK about 12" of snow that disappeared the following day because of a downpour and some high winds.
Hope you are all okay and get back to normal soon.
Lynn

Catherine Constance said...

It's bucketing down here too. Has been for days. Will need a boat to get to work soon. Thankfully we changed all our windows last summer...so far so good, we're water tight.. x

Jennifer McLean said...

yup, we've been watching the news too and cringing, hoping you guys have water wing so you can float when the flood comes through. No drowning, that's just not permitted. Stay safe, crossing my fingers that both your home and your town also doesn't suffer damage.
Much Love,
Jenn

janice smith said...

Good grief! Stay safe! At least you got a few clean windows out of the deal :-)

Tammie Lee said...

i wish you and your home safety in this storm!!

thank you for sharing what is going on.

your pencil box is grand as is your sketch ~

NatashaMay said...

I didn't know the air can get so humid that it can effect the paper! Hope the sun is shining soon for you. :) Love the prawns from the previous post.

Kristin Aquariann said...

Oh dear, sorry to hear that the humidity ruined your sketch! It rained for 5 days straight in Delaware and I was about to go mad. I hope yours stops soon! Stay safe.

♥ aquariann
Art Update: Fantasy Mushroom Drawing

Kirstin McCulloch said...

Hope you are all ok! I have been watching the news + it looks awful! We havent had much rain in western nsw but have had all of the humidity!! Glad you kept busy despite having you plans foiled!

Sandra Busby said...

Well I think your pencil sketch is already looking fabulous!
Poor you! Our weather has actually improved! It's wet, but there was something round and yellow in the sky earlier and I'm scratching my head trying to remember what it's called! ;00

JoyCorcoran said...

I think the pencil box sketch looks wonderful, too. I'm sure things will dry up soon and you get to return to your studio. Just the idea of a pencil box brings up so many fond memories. I think I'll go play with my watercolor pencils. Stay safe!

Tam Hess said...

Yikes...wet and wild huh? ;) I used to be a B girl and how I'm an HB or H girl. H is easier for me to erase. SILLY!! Loving everything you do, as always, Happy SS!

jennifer said...

Love the box and the sketch. Stay dry,there is such weird terrible weather all over the place these days..

Lynn Richards said...

Holy moly. Hope the wind and rain has stopped. Sounds like it wasn't a lot of fun...

I got caught up on your last two posts and I thought the jelly fish you drew looked awfully familiar. I had a run-in with them while snorkeling in Hawaii a couple of years ago. I thought they were pretty bubbles in the water. Huh. They are known as Portuguese Man O War there. And the stings are nasty, nasty awful. Those tentacles are so loooong that the stings can go everywhere!!! I do like the name Blue Bottles better, it sounds less intimidating.
xo
lynn

Kristin said...

Now THAT'S what I call a great cleaning lady! Good luck to you my friend, xoxo

stefanie stark said...

The pictures of all this water look dramatic! I hope you are all well. Your house should be more than clean now, isn't it? But the main thing is, that the water does not flood your studio.
I also love the prawns they look so delicious and yummy!

Kim Rempel said...

Wow, that is a LOT of rain!
I have developed a bad habit of not checking my blog roll as frequently, rather relying on FB. Argh! What inspiring, fresh, beautiful posts I miss! I am such a fan. Your work is incredible. Are any of your illustrations for sale?