Friday, 3 May 2013

The Forgettable Week ...


It has been a sort of messy, forgettable week with not a whole lot to show for it
no clue how it has turned out like that actually
 and while I would like to blame a crazy schedule, we are always busy
in fact, last week was even busier so no answer there

I would love to blame the fact that I don't have George Clooney bringing me a cup of tea
and rubbing my shoulders while I work
but he never turns up which is always disappointing and I usually manage
so basically I have no idea why I got bugger all done


Perhaps it has something to do with my distraction radar going on holiday
because I have managed to clean out part of the pantry
don't get excited I am talking a tiny tiny part

I have started 4 novels... none have taken at this stage, but sooner or later one will

I fed the dust bunnies under the couch
contributed mightily to the Great Wall of Washing
created some truly dodgy meals for the troops
and pretended the floors were self cleaning

I gazed at the veggie patch and considered what Sinus should be planting up
which led me to looking at seed packets and drawing some up
didn't come to any decision as to the planting, but it wasn't a total waste

I put my feet in the pool while enjoying the sun with the pooch
which was madness and led to shivering and teeth chattering of epic proportions

I even tried to work out if it would be possible to use the high pressure cleaner on the showers
they aren't grubby, I just think it would be kind of fun

and all the while my desk remained looking like this...



























Normally a desk full of ideas would see me glued to the studio
happily ignoring all chores and neglecting as many domestic duties as I can get away with
but the only pieces of work I have finished are the Flatforms for the last post
and this tin of Tomatoes which I totally bought for the packaging
but I am just not seeming to settle long enough to do much of anything


I did also have a play with an idea from Kristin's Tutorial link up
and had this idea of using the painting on the Mother's Day cards
but it kind of looks a touch like a mutant Phantom Steve and Mushu
there is something seriously amiss with her eyes
but it was a fun process and I am going to give it another shot and see if I can't improve it

and maybe then I will settle to some sort of normalcy
though to tell you the truth weeks like this don't bother me too much and I know it will pass
and visiting all my friends over at Paint Party Friday may give me the kick in the pants I need
or maybe it will just distract me even more
either way I win .... happy Friday all...xx

My last two post links are here for you



56 comments:

VonnyK said...

It must be the weather Trace, because I can't seem to get anything done either. Started a canvas and got no further, swore at the computer continuously (still no new one in sight) and just wondered around basically. So we can blame the cooling of the weather for our distractions. However, what you produced was fantastic, Phantom looks fabulous, love the tin of toms and I want that bag! I will have a look at Kristin's tutorial, if this darn computer will let me that is.
Von.

Cat Beringer said...

I feel like you just described my week, except I haven't started four novels... Those dust bunnies sure do get hungry though!! Love that can of tomatoes, yours is way prettier than the real thing!

Giggles said...

Well Tracey if you can't seem to get it together then the world is completely falling apart....it must be...that can be the only answer!! You are our goddess painter queen we all look up to you!! Sadly I came here because I too have art cramps....nothing is working for me!! When you put shoes on your blog like last post I get even more distracted looking up the style and forget to come back to comment! Oh and my dust bunnies want a playdate with your dust bunnies.

I do love the abstract though...I think it would look wonderful on mothers day cards as is!! The can tomatoes are pretty terrific too!!

Happy weekend!

Hugs Giggles

Laurie said...

sounds like a pretty good week to me and I love what you created as well!

Rita said...

Some weeks are just like that. It will get better. I find creativity seems to run in cycles. I'm sure you'll be hit by the rt bug again soon. ;)

storybeader said...

I'm just looking for the mailman to deliver my book club book for the month. I love your idea of taking cans and seed packets for painting. I definitely need to try that. But I've been mostly sick this past week with a cold and not up to much. Except for blogging about the past month. Your posts are so fun to read! {:-Deb

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

There seems to be a lot of that going around. I did read a couple good books which gave me an excuse not to draw..which is good when the muse on vacation.. Your can of tomatoes looks great and what is on your table looks promising. Fun read..HPPF early. :)

Patsy Paterno said...

Maybe you have to do an Ellen and advertise with a big banner to get George Clooney to come and rub your shoulders! I don't think I'd want him anywhere near me! It would freak me out what to feed him! :^)Always fun to drop by and see your paintings of stuff from your kitchen! patsy

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you got quite a bit done, love the tomatoes! Perhaps you need to take things a bit slower? Valerie

Melanie said...

I love your greations.
Liefs, Melanie

sharon said...

Your week has been a bit like mine, a lot procrastation going on! Like what you managed to create though. I tried that tutorial from Kirsten and I darent post the results!

Priyanka Rastogi said...

oh simple love your artwork...looking very nice
hugs

Dawn said...

yesterday was beautiful here so i crochet out side and left the other crafting in the house (which was colder than outside)

your watercolour is always so bright & fluid :) Dxx

Netty said...

terrific writings Trace, when you get your kick up the pants can you pass it on to me, but not too rough as am old and delicate............

Loving your paintings in progress and the tin of tomatos, ooh love tomatoes.

Happy PPF, Annette x

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

Sandra Busby said...

Oh I am SO envious of all those WIPs on your desk! I don't even have ONE (well, aside from the bear)! If I had all that lot to do, I'd be glued to my studio chair, I am sure of it! Still, there is something to be said for taking some time out. I call it 'creative rejuvenation', which is what I'm doing at the moment.
I love the tomatoes - I LOVE the blue bag and I can't wait to see your seed packets! :0)

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

I think we all get weeks like that Tracey. I haven't done very much this week either! Love your tin of tomatoes though:)

Ginny said...

Since I am the queen of taking things slowly and seeing what happens, your week still sounds like it was filled with lots of accomplishments.

All of your pieces are lovely. The tomato can is so bright. I love it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

A Creative Harbor said...

Great post and wonderful creations as always ~ 'Every road has its bumps, it's the pot holes to watch out for.'

Happy Weekend to you ^_^

Nic McLean said...

well, for a post where you claim to have nothing to show, you still have plenty to show :0) The weeks where I get distracted I really have nothing to show so I'm quite glad I'm still working through the never ending sketch challenge pictures to illustrate my posts with instead!!
I love those flatforms and the peas label will be fab when it's finished.

Jez said...

That hand bag painting on your desk is luscious and makes me want to go out and buy one. The tin of tomatoes is great too, but doesn't make me want to rush to Tescos - tried one tin of tomatoes, tried them all!
Your watercolour portrait for Kristin's TTO - well I can see what you mean about the eyes. i think is luck in finding the right photo. I enjoyed doing that tutorial, and this week's is even more fun.

Dianne said...

well, we all need a little 'down time' once in a while to re-charge our batteries, so I am guessing that all those ideas on your work table will be finished one of these days. The peek at the blue purse looks promising! Fun and colorful tomato can--quite true to the photo! always fun to stop by and see what you're up to. hmmm. self-cleaning floors. I like that one...

Gloria in CA said...

I really like that tomato can and it's title, and it appears you got quite a bit done. Love that purse. You have quite a talent. Happy PPF and weekend to you and thank you.

Marji said...

I have days and weeks like this. Its actually really incredible to see how many things I can find as distraction to keep me from what I really should be doing. I love the idea of self cleaning floors.. Last night I had an explosion of feta cheese go everywhere - totally pleased the dog, but unfortunately she didn't do the finest of jobs - on the list for today. Happy Weekend to you. Marji...x

Ariel said...

Thank you for posting your work desk Tracey. I'm happy to see that I have company:) Your can painting is excellent.
Hope you have a creative weekend.
Susan

Anne Manda said...

You got some very nice work done, never the less... the tomatoes couldn't be any more plum or red and the peas look nice and that blue purse that is peeking underneath it looks fabulous. Phantom Steve and Mushu portrait looks wonderful and interesting and now I have to check out that tutorial! :)

Christine said...

nice work on that can! Sorry you weren't as productive, but sometimes it's like that.

La Abela said...

Never pensñe a puediera tomato can be a work of art, that you got your. saludos

Linda said...

Well I know I've had a harder time getting much accomplished -esp. in the way of art since our weather has finally really turned to Spring and I just have to be outside! LOVE your writing style and humor- and of course I'm always impressed by the illustrations!! Happy PPF!

Viola said...

Impressing drawings! =) and canned peeled tomatoes is my favourite when I'm making dinner.. that and onion and garlic.. the base in my dinner, very often :)

Your canned peeled tomatoes is even more cool than the one from the shop :)

JoyCorcoran said...

It's better to have a lot of things started than to be blocked. There will be time to finish them all. The can is so beautifully RED. I can see why it grabbed your attention. The sketches look like future beauties just simmering for a while.

Alicia C said...

Hha ha! Saw 'burn after reading ' the other day and thought of you :) i like how you express the ambivalence and resignation most of us 'creatives ' inevitably feel when confronted with the inexorable reality of house chores and such -i relate so well.... Phantom and pooch look rad! It's real cool to see that print screen mono colour style

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

You know it is weeks like this that make the good weeks that much better. Relax and have a great weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

Carol said...

Your life sounds so much like mine right now.... lots of starts and no finishes and very little inspiration. So glad I decided to try the finger painting today or it would have been an artless week here :(

denthe said...

oh, don't we all have weeks like that ...? It's probably the change of the seasons. And for saying you didn't do anything I still think you've done pretty much ...:-)

Lucy Chen said...

Tracey, your drawing reminds me of Andy Warhol!

Tammie Dickerson said...

I LOVE your tomatoes! So full of color and life!! NOT a forgettable painting!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I LOVE your monochromatic portrait. It's gorgeous. Blessings, my friend!

Ayala Art said...

That is the most fabulous can of tomatoes ever! :oD
Happy PPF

JKW said...

OK, if George Clooney shows up, so am I. . . .I've written 3 YA novels and 1 picture book.. .. always good luck with writing. . . publishing field has changed so much. . that of can of tomatoes is something I would buy at the store, go for it. I had to take a razor blade and a out of country cleaner to get the glue from under the shower doors. . something finally worked! This country never has the proper cleaning supplies (?) Blessings, Janet PPF

Lorraine said...

george clooney..your posts always make me laugh..I like the blue watercolour it reminds me of judy garland for some reason..happy ppf

soulbrush said...

Seems to me that even when you aren't doing much, you are doing lots. Love it all. Happy PPF and have a great weekend.

aimee said...

it still looks like you managed a lot to me! our great wall of washing is so tall that it is nearly scaleable.

Debbie said...

even without george clooney you managed to get a cute tom painting done, and the purse on your desk is super cute looking as is phantom and the puppy! As for the chores, i suggest a trip to the store to get something new to wear! It won't help anything get done, but it just always makes me feel better! heehee

Miz Katie said...

You should try some 20 minute paintings, Tracey. :) You'd be surprised how much you can get done in a short time.

Rhonda H said...

Still you did some lovely tomato cans! I am like you, I often start more than one book at a time and see which one reaches out to grab me first... need to find some more to read now that summer is approaching! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

kat said...

Hello Tracey, great to visit and see your amazing art work, those tin tomatoes look so real, you have such a way with making art look alive! Relax and enjoy your week-end, don't worry about what gets done or doesn't, sometimes switching off is what we all need, much easier said than done, still give it a try!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I love what you have created this week! I blame Gorge Clooney too for not bringing me a coffee in the morning to start my day ;) x

Michellem said...

I'd normally have a lot to say but I can't get past stating how I wish I was as endowed as that can of tomatoes!! Yowza!

minnemie said...

Hahahha, well even if you are not getting a lot done, you are still thinking creatively: high pressure washer for the showers... now that is what I call ingenious! why have not thought of that before? hehehe.

Elisa said...

I am fascinated with the can of tomatoes tracey. You are always so good at sketching things in the most bright and real way. Have a good rest alright!

bellefrogworks said...

I love to visit here - for the art and the fun words. You always make me laugh. I love that painting of Phantom and Mushu. And I want that bag! (that's my weakness - handbags! Well at least one of them) HPPF

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Love your wonderful tomatos, dear Tracey - wonderful work and post.
Late HPPF and hugs
Erika

NatashaMay said...

I would blame my life's struggles on George Clooney as well. :) Great artwork as always! And I tried that tutorial as well and it is awesome. :)

Melisa said...

Sounds like a perfectly acceptable week to me. Perhaps you are aiming to be too productive. :) I'd have bought the tomatoes for the can, too. But I'd probably just have hoarded it and never gotten around to actually painting it. Like the pretty Butter Chicken sauce jar with the pretty turqoise label I've been saving.

Terrie Purkey said...

I've MIA on vacation and when I get home and back in the swing, I go online to visit my fave blogs...and what do I find but you're up to your usual fun and nonsense! Guaranteed to make me smile, enjoy bright colors and such delightful drawings! I don't know many people who buy things so they can draw the packaging!

What are you in the mood to read? Maybe I can suggest something? Or is a case of just not being able to settle on something?

BTW - I totally love the way you describe housework (or lack thereof) - feeding dust bunnies indeed! :)

Pia Rom said...

haha "I fed the dust bunnies under the couch" < mine are gorged too and yes
sometimes you have to set priorities ;)
I love your scetches so much and the blue bag catches my eyes totay ♥ Conny
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