Friday, 15 February 2013

A Sketchy Sort of Week ....

Gotta love balls
Chocolate balls that is
Lindor balls are amazing little packets of deliciousness
but have to say they are a pain to paint
or maybe it was the fact that I was eating them as quick as I painted them
and the resulting sugar haze meant I had a less than steady hand
but whatever the case these babies gave me all sorts of hassles
and ended up being a bit sketchy and messy
but it has been a sketchy and slightly messy sort of week
and the subject does fit in nicely with the whole Valentines theme


I have the new computer up and running a treat
largely helped by tech support in the form of tea and chocolate
and it was a good, though extremely time consuming task
to clean up the documents and photos from my old lap top before I moved things over
turns out I am quite the pack rat when it comes to keeping rubbish on my hard drive
but now I have this lovely streamlined machine which will give me more room to work
not to mention I can now find photos, scans and documents
without the habitual scroll down, shake head, scroll back up, have a bit of a cuss dance
that usually accompanied any sort of retrieval


the down side of all this is that I had little time to paint
and pretty much all I have to show for the week is the balls
and this sketch of the last bloom on one of  my agapanthyus
this bloom hung on through the storm of a few weeks ago
which is quite the example of resilience
but this week it finally gave up its last few blooms
so I quickly grabbed the sketchbook and painted it in
which means the last two pages have both been based on blooms in my garden
which is kind of a nice thing


Most importantly though, I see a free and clear week ahead of me next week
which means lots of studio time
which is almost as good as chocolate
can't wait to get back to some paint 
Happy Paint Party Friday all...xx


PS This amazing photo taken by the lovely Lori Moon
arrived to add to my wall in the studio
plus she sent me some Tombow markers to try... how cool is that... thanks Lori...xx


There has only been one post this week due to the computer change over
but here is the link in case you missed it...

70 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

OMG, those don't look sketchy, they look delish! I'm so hoping you got a huge bag of those little suckers for your endless enjoyment.

Oh, I forgot to comment on the hand post, that totally inspires me to get out the pens and draw, draw, draw. Which is a good thing, since the moleskine and cahier got here this morning, YAY. Now I have to figure out the best pen to use in the Cahier that won't show through the pages. Pretty sure that won't be any kind of marker or "flow-y" pen like microns or the solo cool and great to write on anything, Micador. THanks for those, it's so great to have a pen that actually writes over watercolors and twinks etc.

Happy Valentine's Day my chocolate loving friend. Please send hugs and kisses to all, even Mushu, lol.
Much love,
xxoo
Jenn

WrightStuff said...

Computers eh? Darn pesky things we can't live without. I got me a new phone ... it's very fancy and I shall endeavour not to drop this one down the toilet!

Love Lindor choc - yummy yummy yum yum. I would have just eaten the whole lot and not drawn any!

Laurie said...

I just love the brilliance of the products (paints ) you use, I envy those shades, I have paint envy!! Love the chocolates , those are my fav!

Alexandra said...

I LOVE Lindor chocolate balls! They're the best! What a fab sketch of them, too. Now, I want some! ;)

xx

Lynn Holland said...

We haven't been painting these today Tracey but we certainly have been eating them, Your version is a lot more slimming.
Lynn x

Michellem said...

Lindor balls ARE the best! I'd rather have them than meatballs any day! LOVELY blooms in your garden and your work inspired by them is gorgeous. Can't wait to see ALL the amazing work you will be bringing us next week!

Nic McLean said...

I used to love those lindor balls before I stopped dairy. The way the middle was kind of cold and liquidy - lush!! Wish they did them in dark chocolate. Glad you got your pc all sorted. Ours is playing silly buffers at the mo. Needs a load deleted of it. Early happy ppf!

Redanne said...

Your paintings are absolutely stunning! Been eating these today with Lynn (above)...

bluebird123 said...

dang! i left a really funny comment about balls and it's gone...unless you are laughing so hard that you can't hit the 'approve' button...beautiful balls of chocolate...they are my family's favs...LOVE your new paints!!! happy valentine's day, dear!

stefanie stark said...

Oh the chocolate balls are wonderful yummy and looking so delicious!!! And the agapanthus looks so beautiful too! Enjoy the last bloom! I know that feeling very well. My agapanthus is currently waiting in our garage for the spring and so do I. Thank you so much for showing me yours while mine is still hibernating.

VonnyK said...

I'm very impressed by your strength Trace, I couldn't do it and painted the wrapper after eating my choc. We don't get the Lindt balls as they stick to Charlies beak too much, have to have Rochers, just for him (not that I'm complaining, yum). I really love those colours so bright and yummy. Your agapanthus are gorgeous.
Hope you were showered with flowers and chocs for Valentines. Von

Netty said...

Happy Valentines Day Trace. Loving both of your sketches, especially love the flowers, so beautiful.
Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

HollyM said...

I'd be frantic if I actually had to transfer the computer stuff myself. I leave it to my husband and listen to him cussing. I have to admit I do some too when looking for pictures. I keep naming the files with names I think I'll surely remember but don't.
I like the chocolate sketch. Messy sketching appeals to me although it doesn't really look all that messy to me.

Cottage Remnant said...

Lindt Balls are my favorite, absolute favorite chocolate....I get them every year in my stocking at Christmas....the way they melt in your mouth...Mmmmmmmmm.

p.s. I've never heard of agapanthyus before, they are a very pretty flower.

blessings,
Cynthia♥

Jaz Higgins said...

You know it's going to be a good post when it starts with "Gotta love balls". Lol. I agree though - Lindt balls are awesome. Love the mint choc ones!...oh and the milk choc, and the white choc...and...

Giggles said...

I just love the variety of color over here this week!! Beautiful flowers!! Love the illustration of the chocolate. Don't hate me....I'm not a fan of Lindt...however cupcake has those little balls sitting beside her couch at all times!! She is a huge lindt lover!!

Glad you got your pc all fixed up now send someone here so I'm not spending days trying to find things on mine!!

Hugs Giggles

Ayala Art said...

Everything looks always so cool and fresh and juicy! I don't think I can paint chocolate, it would be gone before I even find the paint hahaha

Fran Traina said...

How nice is that? I follow Lori and her blog is great! I just love your agapanthus! I am the same way and definitely a pack rat about photos on my computer! I keep feeding the pig! LOL
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and your VERY kind comments! They mean alot to me!

Marji said...

Love chocolate balls - sketchy or not. Glad to hear you got the computer switch-er-ooo done and that means lots of studio time.

Gloria said...

Really great chocolate balls portraits, Tracey! I am so glad your traumas are over(back to school,damaging storm, freaky computer troubles) and you will be able to feel more relaxed as you are able to paint and post in your usual routine.

JKW said...

Great chocolate balls. . . you painted them perfectly. Now if I could just reach in and pluck one off the table. Good on you with the computer. Yep, I've drawn another eye and lips. . . Keeping up with drawing and or doing art every day, thank you for asking. Blessings, Janet PPF

Lynn Cohen said...

Enjoy that chocolate! I'll enjoy looking at the paper they are wrapped in and wondering how you did that! HPPF!

craftattack said...

I love those balls, painted or real! My neighbour gave me a big box of them for my birthday, but they didn't survive long! Valerie

sharon said...

Love your balls! Sorry couldn't let that go! You wont believe it I have never tried Lindt chocs. Must buy them and do a taste test. Love your agapanthyus, mine have finished flowering but the seed heads are calling me to draw them.

denthe said...

they look interesting those Lindor balls, I've never seen them. Your flowers are wonderful. Good on you to get your computer sorted out!

Tammie Lee said...

fun to see your chocolate and flowers, both painted and real.
wishing you a grand week of artful times!

Anns Art said...

Wonderful sketches, more like paintings in my mind! Great. HPPF!

Rosie said...

Your painting is gorgeous. HPPF

Zafaran said...

I was going to write those flowers look amazing..but seeing this hand sketch...wow!!... okkkayy...I think I will have to try this out myself...hmm... well someone did say 'imitation is the best form of flattery' :-) Lovely!!!!
Thank you Tracy for your visit!

Laura said...

Oh yes, Lindor are lovely and it's a fab 'sketchy' work of art. It's 9.30 am here and I'm wondering if it is too early to eat chocolate..?

Carin Cullen said...

Sketchy...ha! They're fab. Better an unsteady hand than giving up chocolate or tea *shudder* (I'm a real tea caddy too)

Kokopelli said...

Lindor is sooooooooo yummy! Happy PPF!

La Abela said...

I love your work, wanna eat chocolates and flowers very special. A question is also hand señando your picture? is a very good foreshortening. Saludos

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

These are all amazing pieces, and it looks like the sugar high from the chocolates energized you to have a VERY prolific week. Blessings, my friend!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

LOVE LOVE your blooms! They are fantastic! Nice effect! Love your chocolates too :)
HPPF!

Susan said...

Blooms and chocolate...nothing better! Great post!

Christine said...

gorgeous sketches this week Tracey, I enjoyed them all and that is some photo, wow. I love the way those chocolate balls are arranged.

Sandra Busby said...

Lindor chocies are my favorite! Melt in the mouth little truffles of joy! Yum! And I love your sketches - all of them! No flowers here at the moment - well, apart from a few Snowdrops. Can't wait for some splashes of colour! :0)

EVA said...

mmmm Lindt balls - they even have new flavours this year! White choc is my fave but the new coffee, raspberry and mint are lovely.

Gorgeous painting of the agapanthus, white flower (gorgeous and in your garden? awesome!) and the chocolates.

Jez said...

Those choccies look wonderful, with the bright colours and the delicate 'butterfly wings' of the paper twists. The flowers, as always, are stunnung.

Aga Gasiniak said...

Lovely, positive and cheerful sketches. Have a great studio-time soon. Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Chocolates and flowers...two of my favorite things!! Especially THOSE chocolates! :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wonderful illustrations ~ all of them ~ Such talent! ^_^

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Tracey. Chocolate is hard to resist and when it's in the house, it just doesn't last long. Love how you painted them. There isn't anything better than chocolate and flowers, well maybe.:) Great job as always.:)

Helen Campbell said...

I may need to go out to get some Lindor chocolate balls! Your flower paintings are fabulous... you make me want Spring to hurry and get here so we have some luscious blooms too. Happy PPF!

soulbrush said...

Perfect rendition of the balls. I hate getting a new anything! You can do it I know you can. Enjoy the chocs too. Happy PPF.

Terri Morse said...

Okay Tracey...just when I stopped thinking about chocolate for awhile, you have to paint those scrumptious little morsels and put them under my nose! Now I want them. Sorry I didn't warn you about perils of new computers - it's more loving to allow others to learn for themselves, isn't it? (NOT!!!!) I think the worst part of getting a new computer is that none of your passwords are stored on it. Every time you go to a site you visit regularly, you have to remember your password all over again. It's like having your identity erased! Oh well, I'm glad you survived the transition. Your garden sketches are beautiful - I'm already anxious for Spring to arrive!

missy k said...

great sketches.... love the colours of the chocolates

glad you got your laptop sorted you clever thing :)

karen x

Diana Evans said...

oh Tracey!!! you have out done yourself again!!! the chocolates look divine ....the flowers...wow!! they are gorgeous!!! they pop right off your page!!! everything you do is always a sight for the eyes!!! a delight....a full feast!!!

Have a super day!!!!

Jessica Sporn said...

Those are my favorite chocolates -- I would have probably eaten them all BEFORE i even painted them so kudos to you! Love your purple flowers! Happy PPF!

Faye said...

How totally delicious, Tracey! I once used the wrapper of one scanned to the computer and altered with photoshop. It made a wonderful background for some digital work. And the flowers are beautiful as well. I am being forced to consider replacing my 10 year old eMac and I dread it. You may have set me back a year or two. LOL!

Enejy clemens said...

Beautiful Tracey! love your chocolates. I have not try them yet, but they look so good to eat. The flowers are GORGEOUS!!!

Have a great day!
Nora

Ginny said...

I love everythng you sketch but especially chocolate balls. I actually have not brought any chocolate home from the store for a whole week. I think that is a record.

Thank you for your kind words about my gratitude posts. It has become a practice that I am really glad I stuck with. Have a wonderful week filled with paint!!

Lynn Richards said...

Oh, have mercy. I have tried just cleaning up my photos and they all ended up in "trash". Needless to say I haven't approached ThAT again, until I have a free week or more. Good for you to get the job done!
xo
Lynn

JoyCorcoran said...

Beautiful work. The flowers are energetic and inviting. Love that blue! Of course, the chocolates are lovely and it's ironic but I was eating such balls when I started my PPF tour with your post. Life is delicious.

Debbie said...

your chocolate balls look good to me! I only wish I had some!

Silke said...

Gorgeous!! I love your line work and how energetic your drawing look! And, of course, the Lindor chocolate truffles look excellent to me... xoxo Silke

Carola Bartz said...

Yummy, I simply love Lindor chocolate balls. They just melt on your tongue. I would have devoured all of them before even able to paint them.
Computers can be such a pain, but if they work correctly it's heaven. I hope heaven will stay for you.

Rita said...

Lovely flowers and now I am craving chocolates! Beautiful work Tracey!

Serena Lewis said...

I must admit that I've never been a fan of Lindt chocolates. I was always a Ferrero Rocher kinda gal. Of course, now that I'm transitioning to vegan, it can only be Green and Black's for little old me.

LOVE your sketches! :)

Glad to hear your new computer is up and running blissfully. I'm a terrible hoarder of files and, half the time, I can't find a thing. lol

Enjoy your weekend, Trace ~ xx

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful lines and yummy colors! <3

Lorraine said...

you are a very talented artist..love your drawings. I bought my husband some of those lindor sweets for valentines...thanks for your lovely comments on my painting and now you have said it I might try and have a go at drawing my old vintage whisk..bet you could do a fab job though

Elisa said...

beautiful sketchy paintings tracey! the chocs looks so yummy to me. flowers' scent is reaching my nostrils here. lol. enjoy!

Anne said...

I truly love your work! Your sketches are wonderful and the colours so beautiful. I wish I could draw like you!!

Happy PPF!

Currie Silver said...

awesomeness and JOY!!

I have missed your wondrous posts and deLIGHTful humour!!

enJOY the new computer. my prayer is that one day in the NOT TOO distant Future there will BE a newer model for me, but I am cherishing this one as it does me more than just fine...

xoxo

Aranthe said...

Oh, I really like the composition and lines in the Lindor balls. It lends them and nice, bright sketch quality, and the addition of those subtle umber(?) lines is a great touch!

see you there! said...

I like candy well enough but I really, really like flowers. You gave me a bit of both - what could be better?

Darla

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oh your Lindor balls are making my mouth water.....do you know I have been to the factory outlet where they make these things!!!! You can buy BIG bags of them....hold me back!!!

minnemie said...

confession: i did not read the whole post. i saw the lindor truffles (excellent composition, btw) and the sight made me drool...even worse, i started smelling it... have to go find some RIGHT NOW. i did see the finger pointing at me at the bottom of your post... i guess you knew i would be guilty!:-)

Neesie said...

What are you doing to me...I love those Lindor balls...you can pop them hole into your mouth and just let them melt slowly or try to take the outside layer off first then....whoops...sorry I got carried away there. :D
They look brilliant and I love the wrappers. You are so clever do you know that don't you? ;D