Friday, 8 March 2013

The Party That Never Was ...

I saw a photo of one of these drinks thingies months ago
right back at the beginning of Summer
and had visions of filling it with all sorts of wonderful Pinterest worthy drinks
and setting gorgeous tables in the perfectly manicured back yard
and having interesting people wearing glorious white clothes
swanning aorund discussing world affairs and literature
while the amazing food would be talked about for the rest of the summer
this soiree would be legendary

The reality was that every time I saw one of the drinks dispensers in a store
I already had arms full of packages or was in desperate need for tea
so it never quite made it home
and lets be honest that soiree was never going to happen here
for one thing the garden isn't manicured
and in fact has developed jungle overtones due to the recent rains
and is downright scary in places,
small animals or people with a poor sense of direction should enter at their own peril


As to the impressive platters of food and pretty drinks
let alone white clothes, well that was pure fantasy
white clothes are likely to be smeared with little doggy footprints
or paint splatters in about two minutes flat and
and the closest we got to summer entertaining and fascinating conversation
was lounging in the pool
while trying to teach the dog to get us more ice blocks from the freezer
darn lack of opposable thumbs really sucks
though it led to many conversations as to how you would go about getting a monkey butler
all hypothetical of course as the whole animal cruelty thing is disgraceful
but a fascinating topic none the less...


So as Summer rains itself towards a close
I decided to pay homage to the fantasy party that never was, and is never going to be
and just paint up the drinks container
which is probably more fun that lugging the thing home, making the drink
not to mention having to clean the sucker and find room to store it
so in my book it all worked out for the best
have a great weekend all, especially my  Paint Party Friday peeps...xx

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60 comments:

Tam Hess said...

I think I would name my monkey butler, "Steve" YUP! ;) Gosh this might be one of my favs Trace!! Awesome color!!

Netty said...

Another brill story Trace....lol you do make me smile. Fab painting of the Drinks Dispenser. Happy PPF, Annette x
http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Anna said...

My thoughts exactly! Could you imagine all the stress and money you've saved yourself!? I love the colors and have eyed those dispensers as well, so glad you've shown me the light . I don't need one anyway!

Sue J said...

I've looked at those too, but as the tap is a little way up the side you would have to tip the whole thing up to get the last of the beverage out, and I could see it going everywhere.
It was a nice fantasy though :)
You could fill it with iced tea!

Nic McLean said...

I love how you went through the entire process of having the perfect party complete with drinks dispenser in your head and then seeing it through to its natural conclusion back in reality! It all started off soundibg very Great Gatsby-esque -i was picturing waifish flappers in floaty white dresses! Still at least we got the pleasure of your illustration even if you didn't get the pleasure of drinking those pinterest worthy drinks!

Terri Corona said...

I have one of those, and I've used it once! Wise decision, and your painting is much prettier than my real thing anyway...

Laurie said...

well we can always dream!What a pretty picture you painted in paint and in words, but when you described the reality bit all I could think of would there be big snakes in those bushes, I can handle bears and wolves but I'm terrified of snakes, we have only itty bitty ones here,
I found a package of Tim Tams today in a specialty shop, I had to buy them because we NEVER see anything here from Australia well except the Manucka honey, I thought of you when I had my tea this afternoon (Twinnings Earl Grey) with Tim Tams dunked in just enough to soften, they are very good!

Michellem said...

Just think how good your lovely drink thingie would look filled with homemade Sangria!! sigh. . . but since I wouldn't want to clean it out either I will make Sangria in a regular pitcher - I'd loved joining you at your virtual soiree, though!

Cynthia Garner said...

Hahaha.... love it.....its a lot less stressful this way too....no food to prepare, bathrooms to clean...guests to entertain..... just paint what your heart desires....

blessings,
Cynthia♥

Jennifer McLean said...

Hehehe, sometimes those things should just stay on the shelf in the pretty stores. it's so tempting to buy stuff, I've been sucked into so many things it's pathetic. Purrrty drawing though. good for you for resisting.

Maria said...

hehehe love your humour! I've always fancied one of those too. They make it look so grand and beautiful but like you said the cleaning of it must suck!

Beautiful artwork!!! :D

Maria

Kim Andersen said...

Well that was a lovely party you threw for all of us in your imagination ... I truly was there for about 45 seconds :)

I think that thing would be a pain to clean .... And the storage would definitely be a problem. Your virtual solution is perfect. And a vicarious party is almost as good as a real one - guaranteed to be without any dog mishaps :)

Giggles said...

Never mind it was a party in my mind. Must be a woman thing. Fantasizing about perfection, where in reality the dog decides to drag soiled underwear into the yard just as the last guests arrive!!I love reality in it's entirety! It's way funnier!!

Love the punch jar in all it's perfection right there on the page just as it should be!! I will however admit to having parties like that over a decade ago...no one wore white though... still they were beautiful!!

Hugs Giggles

Jaz Higgins said...

Ahh yes...I too have these fantasies! I loved this post. I read it out loud to my Mum. :)

VonnyK said...

Ooh pretty colours, makes me thirsty. That's a gorgeous drink dispenser but like you say, where would you put it. If it rains anymore we'll all have to use scythes to get across the gardens. You could have a party in the back garden and call it a jungle party, BYO scythe and jungle greens!! See, you did need to buy the drink dispenser. :)
Von

Dianne said...

you are right...painting it takes much less space than storing it! the merchandisers make it all sound so wonderful...yep, if you have a staff of people to put it all together for you! love your painting...

Lynn Cohen said...

Delicious painting! Makes me thirsty just looking at it! Ice too, wow! I'm coming to the party, so get that jug out and filled up! There's room to store it above the fridge! Or just leave it out all the time for guests dropping by!

craftattack said...

Nice piece, and beautifully drawn, but I would have left it in the store, too! Valerie

Anne Manda said...

It sure looks super glorious, but really quite impractical! Delicious colors; this is making me thirsty! :)

denthe said...

Hmm, this looks yummy. Wonderful bright happy summery colours. And all that while it's bucketing down outside ....

Aga Gasiniak said...

Tracey. It is such a pleasure to read your blog and look at your art. You are such a positive and cheerful person. Thank you for sharing your heart and talent. Have a lovely PPF!!!

Carin Cullen said...

Wow Trace, you do throw a great imaginary party....and yeah I'm guilty of doing the same thing. But at least it has made a nice addition to your sketchbook and blog and brightened our day. That's a party in itself :)

Sandra Busby said...

Hehehe... Why is it that fantasy is so often better than reality, lol!
But really, I think that a party with doggy prints and paint all over my clothes, with my feet dangling in the pool while talking total juvenile nonsense, sounds far more fun and much less intimidating :0)
As for the drinky holder thingy - I want one!!!! It is SO cool! And I love your painting. It screams of summer! We are looking forward to it's arrival here :0)

Mary Walker Designs said...

So funny isn't it amazing when you just let your imagination go

JKW said...

What a beautiful party dispenser. . .Oh But you could put your Sun Tea in it. I can't find my huge jar (with gold lid) that I use to make my sun tea in and I've been clearing out my house (I would remember if I broke it, but I also should have found it by now ~ so sad). Blessings, Janet PPF

Susan said...

Love your art (and love where your head is). This is a gorgeous post. Happy PPF

Anne said...

Your drawing skills leave me in awe. Great piece!!

Christine said...

that looks so delicious, beautiful colour.

Linda said...

Amen! Great post and I LOVE your illustration of the dispenser-I am captivated at how you're able to use color to get the look of the glass so perfectly-wow! Happy PPF!

La Abela said...

Oh! in Spain, when the summer comes, we tend to drink a beverage with fruit and wine sangria is called, your picture reminded me and I felt nostalgia for the summer. Saludos

wednesday said...

Monkey butler!!! Pure genius, and so is the idea of throwing imaginary parties.

Your punch urn is fabulous, imaginary or not.

Catherine Constance said...

Nothing quite like a good plan not coming together...and special treasured moments...:)

Gloria in CA said...

If I had one, it wouldn't get used either. The dream was fun. I could picture people in white milling around going from person to person. La ti da!:) Fun. Outstanding story and excellent piece. Thank you.:)

Apni Avani said...

Loved your idea of painting the dispenser and making the idea of the party rest :) The drink in your dispenser looks refreshing and yummy.

Enejy clemens said...

I LOVE your piece. The orange color is so bright and full of life.

Great job as always!
Have a great day!
Nora

Faye said...

Great painting, Tracey. Your blog is one of my favorites to come to. I always love how you've drawn and painted ordinary things although this drink dispenser is anything BUT ordinary. I love your musings about your delightful family. Last night, actually in the wee hours, trying to get back to sleep, I began to visit in my mind some of the artists' blogs. Yours was one of those that took away my worries and allowed me to get back to sleep. I appreciate you for the entertaining posts each week.

JoyCorcoran said...

I went to a party where they had one of those things. I think that's the way to do it -- let someone else have the party and just attend. I love the way the red cherries pop against the orangy liquid. Beautiful!

Catharina said...

Great painting with gorgeous colours! If you still can make it for that jungle party; just grab a big bowl and a spoon so you can get that gorgeous looking fruit in the glas too. As we say here in Sweden SLURP!!! (The sound of when we suck in the juices).

peggy gatto said...

Delightful art, I ALWAYS enjoy my visits here!

kat said...

Hello Tracey, great to catch up with your wonderful art and stories here! Sometimes things are far better imagined than done, sounds like you've made the most of your summer taking it nice and easy by the pool, wonderful!

WrightStuff said...

Funnily enough, my son and I had a really interesting conversatin this week about what our cats would do with opposable thumbs... it's a topic dear to our hearts and one we discuss often - we usually feel the urge to watch the Cravendale advert on YouTube again and giggle nervously while secretly thinking... but what if???

Dianne said...

Love your beautiful painting--so glad you stopped over at my place today--

You threw me for a minute when you mentioned summer ending--then I realized the part of the world you are from--

Blessings,
Dianne

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous painting, Tracey!
Looks much better than the photo that inspired it!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

soulbrush said...

I couldn't stop giggling at the thought of my dog fetching ice cubes from the fridge. Ha ha ha ha.Please write a book - I would definitely but it and read it! Happy PPF.

Debbie said...

heehee i enjoyed the pictures swimming in my head from your post.. the elegant paryy and the monkey butler and teaching the dog to fetch ice...hilarious! Your painting is awesome too! Love the cool colors you used!

Jessica Sporn said...

OOH - you are just teasing us poor shivering folks here in the Northeast USA. This so evokes summer. Love it.

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

You really had the perfect party that never was! I love the drink container, such lovely colours

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Its Beautiful...Loved the glass and ice effect! I have always loved that but never got to do it myself... apprehension! Would try that some day :) Love the colors!
HPPF Tracey :)

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Catharina's mug is superb as well!

Sue said...

Ooooh. Wonderful drawing of a fabulous item, I want one:)
Xxx

Diana Evans said...

Tracey.....this is such a wonderful piece!!!!!!! I feel like having an outdoor party....this is one of my favorite pieces ever......

Zafaran said...

Oh Tracey, I came here to read the next post, but saw this and fell in love with it! It is so beautiful! I love those colors...oh...and reading your descriptions always makes me laugh!! :-) You totally rock!!!!
Love, love that painting!

Elisa said...

what a refreshing drink this is! Love your delicious painting!

Tammie Dickerson said...

I LOVE this post! You are as entertaining as your paintings are magical! LOVE it!

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Just think of how much money you saved by painting it instead of buying it and having that party..The cost of the thing, The cost of the food, The cost of cleaning up the yard.. oh the cost on the bad back from doing all that too. :)) Sometimes dreams are nicer staying just that.. dreams. :)) HPPF Love your work!!

hellopalz said...

Feast for the eyes and Yummy in the tummy...love your inspiration!

Ilona said...

Oh Tracey!

Send you a big smile first! :-)

Loved your idea about this sophisticated party with white clad people in 20'ies style showing off their intellectual knowledge of everything...but then again how would I feel between all those fancy people?
And then you tell about your jungle garden!!! You should write a book, I'm sure you could have great success!

The baked figs sound so delicious!!!

Hugs Ilona

Terrie Purkey said...

I've fantasized about the exact same party but you forgot to mention that the women would all have on hats - gloriously frivolous, totally elegant hats! I actually had one of these drink thingies in my arms once but decided I should take it out of the box and look (the price was a little TOO good) and lo and behold, the spigot was a cheapy plasticy thing that would NOT contribute to our elegant party. I'll take your drawing any day! :)

peggy apl said...

I love my visits here, admiring your work and laughing at your stories. So funny! And so true for me too.

aimee said...

I think you just had your party right here! It's fabulous!