Sunday, 17 March 2013

Cork- screwed ...


My Sunday sketch is a corkscrew
not because I am thinking of glug, glug woohoo at 11 am
the inspiration came from rummaging through the scary utensil draw
trying to find the lemon zester, which could win an award for hiding by the way
how it always makes it way to the back bottom left corner I have no clue
but while on the zester quest I came across the corkscrew
all forlorn and forgotten because we haven't used it in who knows how long
and it does have great shapes and lines when you stop to have a look at it
so I set about recording it in all its twisty interestingness
which was a lovely break after the week of wrestling with acrylics that I have had

I started the week thinking I would get in an finish off some unfinished canvases
and start some new ones as it turns out
and despite the fact that I haven't touched acrylic paints in almost a year
I blissfully thought it would be like riding a bike
of course I should have taken into account that I haven't ridden a bike in 30 years
and even when I did I was rubbish at it
so the transition back to acrylics has been anything but smooth
in fact it has been insanely frustrating in the extreme
which means it has been so lovely to sit and draw and add some touches of watercolour
all of which leads me to think maybe I should consider opening the bar
before I go back to the bloody acrylics
maybe it would all go a bit smoother with some alcoholic lubrication


hope everyone is having a great weekend... xx

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37 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

it's all looking good my overworked friend. keep going. *jenn gets out her pompoms and starts cheerleading for Tracey*
(PS. I never did have any pompoms, hehehe.)

Cat Beringer said...

they're looking good Trace! just keep going. acrylics have a distinct personality that seems temperamental but thing I love about them is that you can just paint over anything you don't like. (But I don't see anything you could possibly want to paint over!!) Also, love the corkscrew, it reminds me of a robot, the screws look a little like eyes. =)

Cynthia Garner said...

My my, you have been a busy girl....the kitchen appears to be a great distraction for you....LOL....I love your blue teapot wind chime hanging on the door handle....

blessings,
Cynthia♥

Giggles said...

Hey....I have that very same corkscrew!! This is awesome!! You go girl those acrylics look amazing!! Can't wait to see them in completion!

Hugs Giggles

SanDee1899 said...

Trace just amazing! wonderful!
XOXO SanDee

Jez said...

Those blues are so wonderfully deep and rich, and the reflections on the mixer bowl are amazing. Every canvas is so top notch, but that sweet little trio of prawns is the stand-out. Who said size matters!

Redanne said...

Hi Trace, your drawing and paintings never fail to impress! Loving the corkscrew, tis fabulous.

Ritu Dua said...

Oh the cork screw sketch looks absolutely wonderful and the other works in the kitchen have worked well to brighten up the space :)

Nic McLean said...

Love the corkscrew illustration. There's a thought - imbibing alcohol to see if it makes me paint any better!!

EM Illustrator said...

They look great Tracey :)
Happy Sunday!

Sue said...

Hi Tracey
Time to open a bottle of wine and get your handsome corkscrew put to some good use;)
xx

Catherine Constance said...

Great job on the corkscrew... and why does the lemon zester always hide. I thought it was only mine that did that. Maybe it's like when you mention bath to a dog...they run and hide under the bed with the dust bunnies. Only zesters don't have legs so can't hide with the dust bunnies so instead hide at the back of the draw, cowering with the draw crumbs...and half used birthday candles...You would think zesters would relish the chance to zest at any given moment. obviously they just don't give a pith... :)

Debbie said...

you've really been working hard and the results are great! Even if not finished, I really like all of them. I also caught up on the procrastination post...I have several unfinished paintings too! You've really inspired me to get them out and finish them. Happy Sunday!

Laurie said...

I just love the kitchen themed art, finished or not! I love the4 simplicity of it, I love love the colors, and I love the size. Take care my far away friend you sound worn out, maybe time to put that cork screw to work!

wednesday said...

Corkscrews are amazing things, aren't they? Your drawing is great.
After years using watercolors, I can imagine switching to acrylics would feel like trying to paint with cake frosting.

Sabina said...

Sorry to sound like a broken record but great job as always on the corkscrew. (Now I'm wondering if you're running out of kitchen stuff to immortalize.)

Anne Manda said...

Really nice corkscrew, easy and effortless looking! We have the same, too! ;) I'm sure your acrylic skills come back, sooner than you think! Your WIPs look so awesome, I already commented on the awesomeness of the kitchen aid, now the smaller utensils and that black and white cup look really great - cool compositions! <3

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

fabulous painting of a corkscrew. Keep going with the acrylics, your canvases look great!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Love the corkscrew with a tad of color ~ divine!
Enjoy ^_^

Gallery Juana said...

I love how you find inspiration everywhere! Really cool painting of the shrimp and the blue mixer. And I'm eyeing that art drawer set with green eyes ... ha ha:)
Have a good weekend.
Juana

Victoria said...

Yay..such gorgeous works..I love all the fabulous blues..lovely and lively color palette! I actually have a favorite-sentimental/an old metal corkscrew just like that..from my father's house..I keep it in my art room..i just like looking at it ha ha! Beautiful room..I also love those white drawers..those must be so perfect to store art in..beautiful!
Happy wkd to you dear friend..thanks for adding magic to my day!
Victoria

Alexandra said...

This is wonderful work! I love all the different pieces you have going here. And I had to chuckle at your alcoholic lubrication. :D

Happy SS! Hugs xx :)

Lynn Cohen said...

Confession: I am not at all sure which I come to your blog for more, YOUR ART or YOUR STORIES?
Well, that said they are BOTH great fun and I do like starting my day with a huge smile and some chuckles and you promise or at least deliver both! Thanks.
I said I loved the mix master yesterday. Today, I like that huge canvas with all the cups on it. So if you ever give art away, well, just saying... LOL TEE HEE HA HA and all that. Not that I have a wall in my kitchen it would fit on, well, maybe...

Lynn Cohen said...

PS: Maybe if you painted your old bike with acrylics you'd get better at both? Nah, just a thought.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love you kitchen painting collection, especially the way you illustrated the metallic pieces. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has to play hide-'n-go-seek with my utensils. Blessings!

Jane Lazenby ~ Artist said...

Happy Sunday Sketches to you! I love all of your drawings and paintings, especially the kitchen paintings you did for this collection.!! Love the shades of blue you used. Have a great Sunday!!
Jane

Piarom said...

the corkscrew looks amazing...(as all your art do ;) you always remember me to do more scetching :) wonderful!!

pauline said...

the transition may not have been smooth for you Tracey, but the paintings look fabulous from here! Those blues are just awesome. i love that you stick to the blues... the corkscrew is fantastic too! xox

Stephanie Corder said...

GREAT drawing of the corkscrew- I LOVE how you did the twisty bits!
And I've been following the progress of your acrylic paintings via FB- they are gorgeous!
xx
Stephanie

Sandra Busby said...

I love the corkscrew! I imagine that it would be a lot harder to draw than you have made it look, lol!
And as for the Acrylic - well, from where I'm sitting it doesn't look like your having any problem at all! I just LOVED those prawns :0)

Missy said...

What a lovely corkscrew! I love using acrylics and boy you've done quite the number of pieces! Love the mixer and the giant painting with teacups all over it!

Tam Hess said...

I always jump back into a medium thinking, I've done this before, I'm so fine with it and it will be easy! NEVER IS.....

Gloria said...

Corkscrews are wonderful pieces of sculpture, aren't they, Tracey. You did a wonderful job with it. How are all the people around you doing(and yourselves) after the massive rains?

I recently bought some acrylics, too. I squirted out a one inch worm of each color and realized, that unlike my oils, these don't take very much paint and they dry up completely while you are thinking about your next stroke!

stefanie stark said...

Oh Dear Acrylics-Wrestling-Lady, I always love your storytelling so much! The corkscrew is wonderful! And I love the "wrestling-experiences" you did last week as well! I love the mugs and the spoons and the blue mixer and the utensils! Please, please keep going on!

kat said...

Your sketches always amaze me, you produce such great renderings of the simple every day, it's always fun to see what has captured your interest, have a great week! xx

Kristin said...

LOVE love love! Your post, your screw, your acrylics battle & you! xoxo

Catharina said...

Oh I can see my cup! :) Beautyful. And those shrimps looks really nice!