Thursday, 4 July 2013

Exploding Phantom ...


So let's talk about the best way to make your teenage daughter's head explode
I sort of feel it is our duty to make sure our beloved offspring
have something to discuss with a therapist down the track
so on a regular basis I like to see just how far I can push Phantom Steve
in order to achieve magnificent eye rolling and deep sighs
not to mention a bit of mumbling under her breath
all of which make me ridiculously happy and content in my role as mother


Over the years there have been so many little ways you could achieve this
a bit of food touching used to be enough to send her into fits of mumbles
and any attempt to discuss boys, music, movies or fashion
led to such a satisfying amount of eye rolling that she resembled a slot machine
but over the last few years not only has Phantom become immune to most torture
she has become eerily inscrutable 
and does a great statue impression in the face of most of my shenanigans
not to mention the scary development of her becoming alarmingly adept at retaliation
 which adds up to her having had a quiet time of it lately


That is until yesterday when I asked her to hold a couple of teapots
so I could take some reference photos for these paintings
which I wanted to do for this week's Summer of Colour prompt of grey and soft pink
little did I know that some light hand modelling would lead to such magnificent angst
at the two minute mark she was eye rolling, at five we had sighs
and with just one more measly minute we had not only had mumbling,
but also the introduction on foot tapping
she was so twitchy and gloriously annoyed that for a moment I was so nostalgic for the old days
when just a movement of just one stuffed animal could get me such a response
that I sort of teared up

So in honor of such a rare moment I decided to paint her head exploding
and I have to say this is exactly what I think she would have looked like
if I had of asked her to hold a pot for even five more seconds
As an added bonus it turns out that painting her head exploding was great fun
and even though I had planned the exploding head as my warm up painting
I ended up liking it more than the second one I did, though I really like them both
I am going to be exploring the whole black and white thing with touches of colour more


So I now am sleeping happily knowing that I have a new weapon in my parenting arsenal
which I must say was looking pretty depleted of late
and if any of you have any tips for torture of late teens then I would be grateful
I had sort of forgotten how much fun it can be

Happy Week 4 for SoC and also early PPF 
I apologize for the double link up but still sinus blighted 
so giving myself a bit of extra time to get around to everyone ...xx

My last post link is here for you... 

80 comments:

Bev said...

oh poor babies sympathize with u both not picking sides lol but do love the head exploding great effect and i bet she does too lol
hugz ladies lol and play nice xoxox

Jaz Higgins said...

Oh you terrible Mother! lol. I can just see her now sitting with this picture in a therapist's office explaining why Mum painted her head exploding. I wonder what would happen if you start discussing things like birth control...or even worse - One Direction!

earthenmagic said...

...(O:

Eva Ason said...

It's a great effect in that picture, sorry to hear you're having issues with your daughter. They can be very impatient, My daughter is 25 and she was a pain in here teenage years. Hugs

Tracy said...

Oh, just fabulous! What a great idea for people like me who aren't that good at faces...

Polly Birchall said...

Really, really funny and really good painting. Love your post

Carmen said...

Oh this did make me laugh. is it weird that I am in love with the way you draw hands? It's funny, a friend gifted me a canvas when she heard I was having a bubba and is a kind of abstract of me and the bub and I am also in love with the knee portion in that.

We are still at the stage where the mention of just one boy's name can send our teen into high pitched screams and beetroot faced. It's so much fun to just randomly drop it into conversation.

Dropping by to let you know I linked up your Marmite mug to my Marmite post finally ;) Glad I did as laughed out loud at this post and startled a very loud baby into silence ;)

WrightStuff said...

You are indeed a most excellent parent - a true inspiration :)

helena said...

laughed all the way through and love the exploding head - my nephew could be prompted into a rant with the dropping of the right words when he was a teenager. Loving the grey with a touch of strong colour

poppylocke said...

Brilliant :D Great hand studies (even if they were twitchy and restless :) The pink tag against the grey looks fantastic!

Diana Taylor said...

What a hilarious blog post - good thing you've got a sense of humour - it's a necessity when you have teenagers! I love the exploding head - your paintings are beautiful and I love the little touch of bright pink. It works so well.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Got to say Brilliant - BRILLIANT!, both your painting and the fact you have risen several levels in the skills of annoying the kids. Ours have left home, yAy! although you have reminded me of the times I would Hide the Remote! Now that would set them off...Lol.

Becs said...

Adore both your beautiful art and hilarious writing. I'm afraid I have no tips for torture of late teens but will surely book mark this page for when the time comes that I need some ideas! Happy day to you. :)

Giggles said...

Mine was always, "stop now, or I will stick my head out the window and yell something embarrassing while driving past your class mates!" She knew I would too! Or I'd drag my foot like a zombie in the mall yelling her name while pointing that's my daughter....

But the problem with that is when you get older beware of the pay back.. while grabbing your cane to walk to the washroom you might find it three inches taller than you have adjusted it! Having no time to adjust back unless you want to pee your pants!! Oh and there's more...just NEVER be vulnerable and the ball will be in your court!! lol

Love the grey and pink...and splodin head.....said in a Ricky Ricardo voice!!

Hugs Giggles

Sandra Busby said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Oh I have lots of eye-rolling, head exploding things I could share, but too much for a comment roll! I LOVE your portrait of Phantom Steve! One for the wall I'm sure!! I am loving the tiny splash of colour too :0D

alarmcat said...

i recognize the exploding head!! my daughter's used to do that now and again !!

now she is 30 and it doesn't happen as often :)
although i still try. it is a mother's duty, yes?

love your SoC pink and gray...perfect!

Fiona said...

Love this picture and your post. I too have an eye rolling teenage daughter and have fun with teenage torture. It will come back to haunt us tho'.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Awesome!!! I am chuckling. As a mom of two POST-teens, now in their twenties, I can say that it is possible to get them to eye-roll...but now I do more of the eye-rolling. Hmmm. I thought, foolishly, that it would be easier on me once they outgrew their teen years, but, alas, it's surprisingly harder at times. Eye roll. Anyway, I adore your gray and pink brilliance this week! And, thanks so much for visiting me. You did make my morning! Kath

minnemie said...

Hilaaaaarious! And excellent art - your use of light and shadows is amazing!

Patricia/NYC said...

LOL!!! Brilliantly funny, Tracey!! I have a very sassy 8 year old who is armed with eye rolling & sighing already, and now I know what's ahead of me, but you , my sweet friend have provided the defense!! LOL! Love it!

Tammie Lee said...

love the shades of gray with a splash of pink, the hands are fabulous too.
really wonderful pieces. awesome that you will explore these colors more.

sounds like your daughter had a good teacher ;-)

Diana Evans said...

loveeeeeeeeee!!!! you can even take a dull colour like gray and make it alive!!! wonderful work!!!!

Joni Nickrent said...

LOL! Too funny! Love the teapot and the exploding head, priceless!

joy said...

You have stirred up memories of when my girls were teens - the DRAMA was almost too much to take at times. Love your sense of humor.

Your shades of gray drawings are fabulous and I love that one little touch of pink!!

Nic McLean said...

Tracey these pieces are fantastic - I love the limited palette and as for Phantom's head exploding - that is genius (obviously not in real life, that would be messy and upsetting)!

Debbie said...

your paintings are wonderful, exploding head and all! It makes me nostalgic for the good old days when I had a teenager to torment...sigh. Happy SOC!

sharon said...

Just love the exploding head, mind you the hands clenched like that on the teapot suggests that she might have liked to explode it on your head! Fanastic piece of art. That tiny bit of pink makes it.

Ayala Art said...

GaHaHaHa exploding head lol
Love it.
As for torture, I recommend removing their electronic appendages.... that seems to do the trick around here :oP

Kristin Van Valkenburgh said...

xo ;)

Paper rainbow said...

I love this Tracey!! You are so clever! :)

Faye said...

The exploding head was so funny, Tracey. I love the teapot drawing. You certainly are good at hands. They are so hard to do.

Faye said...

The exploding head was so funny, Tracey. I love the teapot drawing. You certainly are good at hands. They are so hard to do.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful drawings! Valerie

ike said...

Bwahahahahaha !!! LMAO - fabulous story and I think you are a hoot :-D
Happy PPF

Hugz
IKE xx #33

Shahrul Niza said...

This is an inspiring read, I think I must have made my mom miserable growing up :). Though I LOVE, LOVE your insterpretation of her exploding feeling!. Wonderful painting :).

dawn said...

This was so fun to read, thanks for the laugh this morning. I can totally relate to this, have 2 teen girls myself. The one daughter asks me if I actually think of ways to torture her everyday, haha. I asked her if she does the same to torture me.

LOVE LOVE these pictures, so cool and that little pop of pink is just right.

LOVE THIS!!

Linda Richardson said...

Fun! with 2 teen girls - this put a smile on my face :-) Just being ourselves seems torture enough!! xo L.

Linda Richardson said...

Fun! with 2 teen girls - this put a smile on my face :-) Just being ourselves seems torture enough!! xo L.

Meenart said...

I am waiting my tee just now. How can I wait, when I watch Your wonderful paintings about pans. Very beautiful paintings. I think You are the master of watercolor.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

How many times as a parent have we witnessed this, still laughing....xox

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful painting of your daughters exploding head!!lol She will indeed be able to have some great conversations with her therapist later in life!

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Wonderful idea and wonderful work!
HPPF Erika

Linda said...

OMG I can just picture the whole scenario!! :):) Fabulous illustrations Tracey!

Mary C. Nasser said...

I knew this was going to be a great post just by its title! Lol!!
Always a joy to visit your blog, Tracey!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Oohhh I am totally cracking up. Great great post and I love the exploding head.
Have a very nice weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

Terrie Purkey said...

My teen torture days are long gone but it's so much fun to relive it through your experiences. Phantom is lucky to have such a caring, sensitive mom - a mom who always thinks of how to please her! :) Thanks for another chuckle.

Helen Campbell said...

Oh my goodness, I just sprayed tea on the keyboard! I am so glad you found a new weapon for the teen torture arsenal. I do quite like the head exploding painting, I remember my daughter being close to that point a few times.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Rita said...

OMG! This was just the perfect post to lighten my day. Been a long, long time since I have made Dagan's head explode. ;)

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Tracey, I SO LOVED your post not the torturing part...poor daughter :P My sympathies with her :) On a serious note, the way you explained it is fab....LOL!!! The head exploding reminded me of one of the ads here for a chocolate. I am not fond of it but I LOVED your painting!!! It has so much character to it!
HPPF!

BJ said...

Oh what a scamp of a Mum you are. Loved the story and the paintings. Thanks for visiting me BJ

Christine said...

beautiful take on pink and grey for SOC and PPF!

Ginny said...

Loved your post Tracey. No girls for me - all boys who react differently but they still react.
I really like the black and white with the hint of color. It will be interesting to see what you do with it in the future.

Denise Price said...

This is a funny illustration of the idea of "getting steamed." :D

Love the bright pink tea bag.

Zoe Ford said...

Your work is mind-blowing! (see what I did there? LOL)
I'm afraid I have no other teenage-torturing hints to give. My teen is 14. She gives as good as she gets and I prefer a quiet life!
Zoe #15

ann hyde said...

Hi Tracey

I seem to have lost my original blog! I have tried to get it back but unable to so have decided to start a new blog with a similar name:

www.annatstudiohyde.blogspot.com

Do home you will follow,
ann

Victoria said...

Hi T..such super beautiful work..gorgeous color-combo..such a charge of energy and visual brilliance..another stunning journey here..beautifully done.shine on friend..fantastical as always!
Victoria

Lori Saul said...

Amazing color combination and stunning effects . Lots of expression that is subtle but elegant!

Terri Morse said...

Tracey, you never fail to make me laugh. You are better than an antidepressant drug...and a lot cheaper :) The exploding head will go down as a classic. For an early twenty-something, I came up with one that might not only produce an exploding head, but possibly a launch. We're supposed to be buying a new mini-van tomorrow. I was thinking of parking the bright red Mitsubishi Lancer my son has been driving around the corner, parking the new mini-van in its place and telling him that we traded in the Lancer for the mini-van. No self-respecting twenty-one year old would be caught dead driving one of those. What do you think? -Terri

Carolyn Dube said...

I love how you enjoy your daughter! Reminds me of why I take and scrapbook so many family events- so that when the kids are telling the therapist all things I did there is photographic evidence of my deeds!

Michellem said...

A pretty reliable way to make our boys' heads explode is for the DH and I to have signs of PDA - a little kissing throws them over the edge - cracks us right up!!

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

You are doing your job well! I can visualize the eye rolling. My Dad had it down pat on how to annoy his teenage daughter..Me.. :) To bad he's not around to give you a few pointers. LOL Love the tea pot & head exploding too.

craftytrog said...

He he! What a great read...made me smile this morning! Your paintings are amazing! Happy PPF!
Alison x

Pamela Haun said...

Fun post and lovely sketches. I miss those days... Sigh my son is now 30 with his first little one on the way. I can only hope he carries on the tradition. HeHe

denthe said...

Haha, love it! Wonderful idea, that exploding head, and i love the way you did those hands. great work!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Great combination of words and art. Both are very expressive. Strong and powerful painting and very nicely done. Have a relaxing and creative weekend and big hugs to you.

Sharon Fritchman said...

I absolutely LOVED reading and looking at your beautiful post! You use words and art in such an inspired way! Just wonderful!!!!

missy k said...

Love it!

Karen x

Kim said...

lol as the mother of a now 22 yr old son, I can really relate to this post...although being the mother of a daughter I've heard is a whole lot more difficult. LOVE your exploding head sketch, absolute perfection! HPPF!

bellefrogworks said...

Well - I've had some experience with an exploding teen myself and I think your painting is brilliant!! Really a funny and wonderful idea and perfect for the week's colors!!!

Lorraine said...

what a great teapot..another funny post

janice smith said...

Love the exploding head...very cool. The color combo is great, too. My daughter was one constant explosion for about 6 years straight. Things are better between us now that she's on her own. (At least if she explodes I don't have to see it!)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm running very late and trying to get to everyone. Love the exploding head and the way you describe your teen. Glad all I have is a cat!

Maria said...

Tracy they do change so fast..my daughter is now 6 and her personality is so different from three years ago. They go through different stages. It's great that we know how push their buttons just a little. It's amusing but in a way sad because it reminds me how fast they grow. Really wonderful wok, I love the movement of the piece. You can sense how angry and frustrated your daughter is through the piece. Really cute in many ways. Payback for my daughters for not letting me sleep for more then three hours at night for 6 years now is that when they won't want to get up and go to school one day to blare music and start dancing around their rooms. Lol sweet revenge! One day!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

liked your painting! great effect!
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Rita said...

I commented on your exploding art on Google plus but it didn't link me to this whole post. I'm glad I took the time to stop by...so funny! I'm not sure if I feel sorry or Phantom or am ready to suggest you model shoes next!

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

Love the monochrome with a touch of colour!!! Fantastic work Tracey.

Natasha said...

Most excellent tip to remember. Posed photos!! Though at the moment my girl-child loves being my model. I love the way you did her head, I love your hands, I love the monochromatic tones with the pop of colour, love the lines, I am completely over the top in love with all of it, and was also in stitches laughing throughout the post. Job well done in reliving my feeling of perpetual overwhelm and feeling of been behind at the moment. Some light relief was much warranted, especially with the inspiration overload thrown in.

Prairie Jill said...

Ah, if only I'd known how much fun being a parent could be, I might have had kids!
As always, your post made me laugh out loud, and I love your artwork!

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh you do make me giggle Tracey...Fantastic post and LOVE your grey and pink offering...and I can totally relate with exploding teens.. I've had three of them!! LOVE your artwork! x

Sue McGettigan said...

LOL at this, maybe it's just the wickedness of a fellow Aussie mother of teens, even though mine are being raised in California (which might be a torture in and of itself) this post just cracked me up - keep up the great work, and blessings to you during your treatment and recovery, so that the torture, and art, can continue uninterrupted :)