Friday, 10 May 2013

Peas, Peas, Peas Let Me Love You ...


In my last post I painted the silverbeet packet from The Little Vegie Patch Co
and today it is peas... this packaging is just fabulous and it great fun to draw
and I do love peas
not that I don't love silverbeet
in fact I really really love silverbeet
but peas are the bees knees so to speak


So why do I love peas????
well the truth is that they are endlessly funny in that juvenile way

They have fabulous projectile possibilities
and many were flicked across the dinner table at my pesky little brother while growing up
they were also an excellent puck for table hockey
they could be used to make fabulous patterns in your mashed potato
and were a great size for shoving up said brother's nose
not to mention there was the sniggering giggles when you ask if someone lost their pea/ pee
or needed some pea/pee on their dinner plate
and all those other juvenile hilarious goings on


Sadly we grow up and that stage passes too quickly
and they don't have quite the same comedic possibilities
until you are a parent

I used to put a handful of peas on Phantom's high chair tray thingey when she was little
then sit back and have a cup of tea and a giggle as she chased them trying to pick them up

there was also the fun of telling her that peas were actually little balls of giant snot
which led to her asking for Giant boogers as a side at a restaurant
she was all class as a kid


Don't feel bad her though because she paid us back with the endless pathetic joke stage
the most memorable of which are

Why did the tomato blush???
Because it saw Mrs Green pea over the back fence

What do you call an angry pea???
A grump-pea

She had millions of jokes of that calibre
and sadly her sense of humour has not really developed beyond that



So these packages are not just wonderful to draw
they also evoke many warm fuzzy memories
and gave me the opportunity to share with my dearest that someone peed on my table
comedy gold  I tell you 
Happy Paint Party Friday all...xx

PS the title came about because I was listening to The Smiths while I was painting
and forever more Please please please let me love you  has been revised
I don't think I will ever get the change out of my head now.... hate that ....xx

My last post link is here


46 comments:

Rita said...

If peas only knew what joy they bring on so many levels. Maybe they do? LOL! These packages are great. I can see why you want to sketch and paint them.
When I was a kid we used to steal them young out of the garden and eat them raw. They were most delicious baby-garden-raw!! My mother wasn't too happy about it when she came to pick peas for dinner and we had striped the plants--LOL! :)

Netty said...

another fab read Trace and I love your painting of the peas, although have to admit its the one vegetable I don't eat. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

A Creative Harbor said...

Wow! What a fun post and love your 'peas love me' and your art work is divine as always ~ happy ppf ^_^

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

Fabulous! I'm loving your veggie packet paintings. When you mentioned peas, childhood and the dinner table I was immediately reminded of one on my siblings having to go to the hospital to get a pea dislodged from the nose. Ah memories.

Barbara Schwartz said...

My sense of humor roared at giant snot! Love your writing.

Journeys of The Zoo said...

We had peas for dinner and I'll be planting them in my garden this weekend. They're so versatile, even in art. Thanks for sharing, I always love seeing what you come up with.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
http://www.journeysofthezoo.com

Patsy Paterno said...

Yes I can see why peas are funny! :^) As usual I love your funny post! You must be hilarious (in real life!) patsy

Terri Richardson said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now but never commented. Just wanted to let you know that you always bring a smile to me and often a laugh. Thank You for sharing a little of yourself.

minnemie said...

Calef Brown has this little poem that we just love, and your peas brought it to mind: "Peas peak out of a pod... the ponder, they whisper, the nod... everything is new, the sky's a dazzling blue... peas peek out of a pod." Got to love 'em! You have accomplished amazing form with these peas... those subtle shadows and highlights on the pod makes fabulous indentations and bulges.

Heather Foust said...

You are too funny!!! You made me think of all the Pea/Pee jokes my sisters and my daughter told. And now my 3 nieces can't say the word pea/pee with out giggling. Thanks for the warm and fuzzy memories!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Great post Tracey! Your Pea illustration is awesome and your daughters pea jokes are funny. I will impress my son with those when he comes home from school:)

Giggles said...

The three freshest vegetables in the garden are, lettuce, turnip and pea! My moms joke....

What a fun post and I must say I love fresh peas! We eat bags and bags of them when they're in season!It's ones of Cupcakes favorite snacks!

As for your stunning package...wow I love how it pops, I can see this as a wonderful set of prints for kitchens!! As always your humour is delightful!!

Hugs Giggles

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just yummie!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

This is a good one to start the day :-)

Giant bogey-side dish! Wonderful how our memory works. Suddenly you are transferred to a different time and place and enjoy (maybe) long forgotten incidents in your life.

Happy PPF

Ilona xx

Laura Moore said...

Wow it must be "laugh a minute" in your house. Love your humour and the artwork.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

more peas please......you always make me smile:) thanks!!

Carolyn Phillips said...

Oh I love this!

Jez said...

Those peas look so fresh and delicious. They remind me of sitting with my mother shelling peas fresh from the garden - and that just brings to mind going to the local farm to spend the holidays pea-picking for quite good pay when I was 12 to 15, and my mum would come as well.
Now I'm fully with Phantom about loving childish jokes, and as I am in my second childhood I can add to her store with a silly joke my sister and I still laugh at whenever the moment arises with a spelling - 'The P is silent, as in bath'.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I can't think of a better way to start my morning than reading your whimsical posts and seeing your gorgeous artwork. I also have fond memories of my youngest daughter picking up peas with her tiny baby fingers, eating one at a time, and sharing some with our dog who sat patiently waiting next to her high chair. Blessings!

wednesday said...

Peas! Truly one of Nature's funnest vegetables.
Great painting!

Nic McLean said...

I'm loving these veggie packet illustrations and I loved that Smiths song - it's ruined for me now!! All the juvenile pea/pee jokes reminded me of a teenage gameshow we had call Blockbusters where the contestants had to pick a letter to answer a question - every week without fail some nerdy bloke would smile smugly and say 'Can I have a pee please Bob?' ah the old ones!!

denthe said...

Oh, the things you can do with peas ... I love pea-soup, but I'm wondering now whether I'll ever get that image of the little balls of snot out of my head ... Thanks Tracey .....

Christine said...

love your peas Tracey, vibrant green they are!

bluebirdslivinginthemeadow said...

that is my kind of fun...elementary, my dear watson...i'll look forward to her book for my grandkidlets!...always on the look out for juvenile jokes to share with my own phantom...we have a similar family thing about beans...how have you bean? and of course, you already know we have balls in common...xoxo happy phantom's mothers day dearest...love your packaging paintings...i'm getting my garden ready later today and i'll have to see how mine look!

Sandra Busby said...

Lol! When I was small I didn't like eating my peas, so I used to bury them in my mashed potato! Now I LOVE peas - can't get enough! I've never tried shoving them up anyone's nose though...
Love the painting! How you make something so ordinary in to something exciting is a mystery to me! :0)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I can so remember my son eating his peas and squash and everything else for that matter. Smashing them just as easily into his hair as well. Happy packets, happy memories. xox

Pia Rom said...

such an hillarious post and now I can´t get the grin out of my face (don´t mind if it stays forever ;) love the stages of the peas emerging and now I want some peas to play with and to crisp in my mouth too ♥ Conny
http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

Anne Manda said...

What - Phantom has a great sense of humor! Love your pea packets, so fresh and summery! <3

JoyCorcoran said...

Humor is an important element in any meal. I can't wait to serve peas again, maybe on Mother's Day with my 30 yo son, so he can shake his head at how little I've matured since he was 12. The shades greens you've captures are amazing.

Lorraine said...

great drawing my son is growing a runner bean at the moment and its huge happy ppf

Abigail Davidson said...

I love the humor you bring to your posts! The pea pod illustrations are wonderful! They look so crisp and fresh.

Karen Smithey said...

There was just me and my sister when I was little, and, sadly, my mom was not one for any hijinks at the dinner table. Plus, my sister refused to eat any vegetables, at all, until she was well into her twenties. So peas did not have a prominent part in my childhood.

However, I have no control over my own family's dinner time behavior. We once spent an entire dinner making up alternate versions of "Beans, beans, a wonderful fruit..."

As you can see, we are very high-minded, what with all the poetry at the dinner table!

Faye said...

Love the peas packet, Tracey. I had to go back to see the previous post of silver beet, which I have never heard of. I will google it later to make sure I know if it is beet leaves or not. Phantom's photo is fabulous. So I skipped backwards for several days to see all your wonderful works..

Annabelle said...

Hi Trace,

Love the whimsy in words and paint. Those peas have such stories to tell and you told them with great gusto. Had a fun read. Thanks for sharing.
Annabelle O,O

Tam Hess said...

The boys and I were trying to come up with clever and relevant joke for you but we couldn't think of anything! I especially love those peas. Really great work!!

Michellem said...

My dad used to say, "Eat every bean and pea on your plate. . ."
Ha HA - a laugh a minute!!

bellefrogworks said...

Balls of snot - hmmm - that's what I thought of them when I was a kid. The good thing was you could swallow them without chewing - thus totally skipping the veggie flavor. Lovely painting and I like peas much more now than I did long ago! HPPF

Ayala Art said...

Xo) Adorable peas!
No matter what I said to my kids, they never ate them! One is just now trying them (now hat he is all grown up)

Elisa said...

Such a fun post Tracey! Lovely treat to reminisce about peas and at the same time paint them! :)

Laura Leeder said...

I love peas too and so does my yorkie Kenya! We open each pod for her and she then runs off with it to eat her peas!

storybeader said...

very hilarious, as always. I need to look for that company online, even if I don't get the packets! {:-D

JKW said...

You certainly brought back memories. I had a kitchen garden when I lived in the north and I use to grow peas. They are so delicious fresh out of the garden, but then isn't everything. Wonderful paintings. Blessings, Janet PPF

stefanie stark said...

Your ideas are always really really cool and so funny! I laughed so much about your peas-story and yes: Sadly we grow up and that stage passes too quickly ... I am so glad that your funny thoughts did not pass up to now :) And I love your beautiful peas-poster too! The color combination and the whole picture looks amazing!

Maria said...

oh so sweeeeet! :D

Gloria said...

Gee, and I just had to leave peas and mushrooms out of my tuna casserole because so many people dislike them and I was cooking for a potluck! Great drawings and fun verbiage! Oh, I just looked that up and I didn't mean to say "too much said" only well said!

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Happy belated PPF. Love your work and your sense of humor. I dont think a family member would last long there without one. :))