Thursday, 22 August 2013

Random Saves ...


This week while doing up a mug painting for my Cuppa With Friends Project
and it feels great to get back to it by the way
it is like instant good mood vibes looking through all the mugs and cups photos
not that a few more wouldn't go astray so send one in if you haven't already
anyway....


I was painting up these mugs from Christy Croix
and they were the perfect antiodote for a bit of a crap week
the bright colours and fluid lines were lifting the spirits like mad as I finished it off
and then the dog let out a random bark... and not a bit of a polite bark
this thing went from zero top 5 zillion decibels in 2 seconds
he went from asleep on his back unattractively airing out his boy bits and snoring
to upright on all four legs and barking like a dog 5 times his side
he scanned around madly, looked rather puzzled, sneezed and sighed then lay back down
no clue what he had been dreaming about but he was snoring again in about 30 seconds
meanwhile I had aged about 10 years and my heart rate was in that scary range
and my painting had acquired a large splodge of orange on the pristine background... lovely


Studio time has been a tad tight this week so the thought of starting again was not ideal
so I grabbed the black gouache and painted in a black background
splodge disappeared, mugs complete, good mood restored... all with a bit of black gouache
which got me thinking about if there were others I could give a similar lifeline to
and low and behold in the drawer was a painting of a tea pot that I had splodged on
now I can't blame the dog for that splatter as much as I would like to
it was one of those situations where I reached for the brush while not really looking
sort of missed and managed to catch the end of the brush
which resulted in an impressive triple lutz with a twist by said brush
and a lovely splatter of paint across not only the background of the painting
but also the wall, desk and right lens of my glasses
but I had loved the teapot and didn't want to tear it up, so into the drawer it went
waiting for a day when I would think of some way to use it


Splodge and splatter were duly covered, detail added to the pot
a bit of blue laid down to liven it up
because it turns out that much black in the background was sucking the life out it
and we have two saves in a day
I am feeling like I can do anything at this stage
so I took some photos of these amazing roses I have in my favourite blue bottles
and thought I would have  a bit of a sketch and draw
might be a bit ambitious
but how could I not want to


Mind you the dog has been kicked out of the studio
because I am a bit over the whole black background thing
and I'm not sure the nerves can take another random bark
happy painting all...xx

Some Cuppa with Friends Project links if you would like to catch up
or be part of the fun ...



51 comments:

Laurie said...

I know it wasn't planned but I do like the black background, the tea pot is a beauty, the roses, amazing! I think of you often, I hope each day is better for you, and each day puts the nasty days one more day behind you,

Moon Stumpp said...

The black background was an amazing idea. I'm really glad to see you back in the studio. The roses...well, brillant is what I keep saying over and over...

Marji said...

I love the whole orange thing and a brilliant save by you with black for the background. Remarkably quick thinking even with frazzled nerves by unexpected sudden barking. Those roses are incredible especially in the blue bottles. Can't wait to see them rendered by you :) Happy painting!

Jez said...

Your yellow flowered cups look so striking against the black background. What amazes me most is the crispness of the meeting points between cups and black, and teapot and black. As an Olympic contestant level proponent of the wobbly, shaky hand I would be infringing on cup/teapot shapes all over the place. You do this so perfectly, I'm lost in admiration.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Great saves, Trace! It's wonderful that you are back and enjoying your Cuppa With Friends Project. Darn dog, though. We don't need him scaring the life outta you!! I don't want to seem like a do-do, but I'm curious now about the beautiful roses in the beautiful blue vases. Are they both photos or both paintings? They are equally sensational!!

Hugs, Darnell!

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Lovely all of it. Some of the best art comes from mistakes. :)Hope you are feeling better daily.

Rita said...

With the black backgrounds the oranges really pop for me! Happy accidents. Isn't that what they call them?

So very glad you have that special place to draw and paint that lifts your spirits--minus the bad dog dreams--LOL! ;)

Catherine Constance said...

Loving the black background and thanks for the blue tip, will have to remember that. Glad your feeling chirpy again... :)

Neesie said...

Well if that's what happens when you make mistakes, then I want to make mistakes! I have the Mutt already so I'm half-way there, but unfortunately don't have your painting ability! :(
The black background, blue and vibrant beautiful designs are fantastic.
It's great to see you painting again as I know that's good medicine for you.
Hugs (((♥)))

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

Happy accidents are so wonderful, they allow you to go where you had not thought of. Love the black backgrounds on the teapot and cups, makes them look somewhat from the 60/70's. Great to see you in the studio and posting again. The combination of the roses and the blue bottles are brilliant. Happy almost end of the week! xx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Awesome 'Randon Save'! Those black backgrounds make the colours truly stand out. Like Jez, I am mightily impressed by the 'not going over the edge'-ness of it all! The cups are very pretty - can I have a cuppa in one please? ;) But that tea-pot! Wow. I want! Do you know, I don't own a single tea-pot? Sacrilege I know (hangs head in shame), but until fairly recently there weren't any 'pots for one' around me that I would like arond me, so I never did get one (am the only tea drinker hereabouts), but after seeing a few very pretty ones, and with inclusive cup, I'm beginning to be tempted. No room for a 'collection' mind yo, so makig my choice will be suuuuper difficult. Ok. Enough drivel. It's great to see more of your art again, and I'm delighted you're having a good few days. How are things prgressing with you? What's the current schedule for you? Sending lots of love n HIghland hugs :0)) xx
love, love, those roses btw x

Snap said...

High five for the great saves. The cups and teapot are gorgeous. So wonderful to *see* you doing those things that you love. Wishing you well and much love....

oxox

Lisa Graham Art said...

What a nice cup of happy this was for me this morning. Love what you did! Bet you go soft on the dog in the studio thing. They have that way of changing our minds.

Boo said...

asleep on his back unattractively airing out his boy bits... Wa ha ha ha.... I love that line. It describes Scooter so perfectly. That mad barking at invisible creatures happened at my place at 2 am. I too was concerned about my heart rate.

You cups and post are beautiful. Great save on the background.

Sandra Busby said...

Yes - that was what I found most alarming about having a boy dog after ten years of owning a female dog. The first time his boy bits made an appearance I was quite alarmed! I thought he had a hernia and part of his intestines where falling out!!! And let me tell you, I have never been able to put lipstick on since!!!
I love the way you have rescued your paintings - and the blck makes that orange sing out in a big way! Fabulous! :0)

Helen Campbell said...

Fabulous saves, Tracey! Your dog cracks me up, bless his little heart. So good to hear you're feeling up to being creative in your studio.
The roses in the blue bottles are gorgeous; I look forward to seeing your drawings.

Faye said...

Beautiful work, Tracey. I think the black background really enhances the beauty of the orange and white teapot and gives it a special prominence. Also the roses in the bottles are gorgeous. I have colored bottles in my kitchen windows. I love to see the sun shine through them.

Giggles said...

Just seconds before I read this the dog I'm sitting let out a bark that gave me a jolt my hearts still beating!! Thankfully I was only making coffee...when she barks she usually has a good reason too!!I can even tell you how many times I've had my dogs scare me like that...

Love your tea pot and mug, they look like they were meant for each other.Very happy accidents. Glad you are able to fall back into creativity to stave off some of the crap happenin.

Love the roses and colored glass is one of my favorite things... a bit of a weakness actually!!

Thanks for sharing...

Big hugs Giggles

Giggles said...

Sorry too many mistakes in that last comment can't seem to delete it on my notebook...glad my heart is still beating... wish it weren't so fast though...oh and I *can't tell you ...but I'm sure you already figured that one out... note to self,(reread your comments before posting
giggles )... too many oopsies!!


Linda said...

you have an amazing spirit...and wit Tracey!!! I love how you remedied your mishap with black-it really brought out your (as usual, gorgeous) painted work! Those orange roses in the blue vases are so lovely too! Hugs ,wishes and prayers

Paula Jennings said...

the dark backgrounds came out stunning!

sharon said...

The dark background is inspired, make the painting sing. Oh I love those Roses and the Blue bottles, cant wait to see what you will do with them. Isnt it fantastic how art can lessen the impact of crap!

Ayala Art said...

Sorry about the stains but it was hysterically funny! Fantastic results ♥

Anne Manda said...

Love the dark background, looks brilliant! <3 Lovely flower pics! <3

denthe said...

I like it with the black-blue background, and your roses are so gorgeous! Your dog is hilarious, I can just picture the scene in front of me :-)

Nic McLean said...

Ha, I laughed in sympathy at your doggy tale this week as Brodie, our little bitch, does the same thing and every single time it scares the bejezus out of us as she goes from sound asleep to such a high pitched bark so unexpectedly! Good save on the paintings with the black gouache -it appears to have been a happy accident as it realky makes the cups and teapot pop!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Some of me best ideas have come from 'happy accidents' The dark background gives a very different feel to your work but looks great and really makes the orange pop. Its a good way to save a painting and create a new look at the same time! HPPF

Lorraine said...

love the bright colours.

earthenmagic said...

...i big giggle! ~ thee doth be a happy li'l vegemite!... ...hearty blessings to thee dear neighbour!...(O:

Jenny said...

Beautiful and vibrant Tracey... and love the black background... glad the splodges and splatters were covered and cleaned... I dropped not one... but two bottles of ink on my table this week... the saddest part was soaking up deliciousness that could not be saved... ah well... my table did look very vivid there for a while...lol... your artwork is stunning...

Jenny ♥

Fallingladies said...

Don't you just love it when you get a great idea like that! Well done, i think i could save a few pieces that way myself! I keep forgetting to email you my mug, i will try to get on that soon! Take care!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Wonderful orange and yellow forms you have drawn and painted, I like them on the white, and the black creates a great contrast to it.
The roses are gorgeous!
Amazing what an alarm animals can make, we had to take our chickens from a pear-tree last night, they were already sleeping and screamed like the fox were after them, which they probably believed, I must say ;-)
Wishing you good process in recovery!
Ilona xx

Sabina said...

I think there's something about the colors and patterns that are instantly uplifting. (I'm partial to florals, for clothes and just about everything else, but still.) Lovely job on these.

Jessica Sporn said...

Our animals really do change the flow of our days... but this was a happy accident as I think the black backgrounds add a lot of interest. I was feeling black backgrounds this week too! Hope you're feeling better each day.

Christine said...

Love those pieces on the dark background!

Kim said...

Beautiful work and I just adore the pic of the roses!

Kat Sloma said...

LOL! Dogs are hazardous to your art! I've had that kind of surprise from my dog too. Makes you wonder what they are dreaming that is so intense. :) Lovely tea pots, and I hope to see what you do with those roses in blue bottles! Happy PPF.

JoyCorcoran said...

I got to read your post to a few 10 year olds who were bummed out by accidents on their paintings. You officially rock in Portland! When we meet again, the kids and I will be painting black backgrounds.

JKW said...

OMGosh, thank you for that tip. . .my daughter uses Gouache but it's way too dark for me. . .this is a great idea for the 'big' misses I make. I love your wit and sense of humor. The tea pot is a definite Yes. The vases and flowers are beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

soulbrush said...

I use black as a background quite often because of my loud colours haha. Love the effect of it. Glad to hear you sounding 'up' and love what you've done as always. hugs from across the water.Happy PPF.

janice smith said...

So much orange and blue in this post...an absolutely scrumptious combo. I am well acquainted with random barks although ours are double the fun (maybe not the right word)...When one of our dachshunds barks the other instantly springs into action and they invariably work themselves into a mindless frenzy. Ridiculous creatures at times, those weiner dogs, but they're pretty great, too :-)

Ginny said...

Noone gets near our house without our two dogs barking. If they do come in, one runs up to kiss them and the other hides behind the chair.

Your paintings are beautiful. I agree that the black background makes everything pop. Your work is amazing Tracey.

Irene Rafael said...

funny post. the dog dream, the splurge, the bits of turquoise, black background. all in a day's work. happy ppt.

Nancy McCarroll said...

Turquoise and orange; terrific! Of course, all you do is...

bellefrogworks said...

That dog story really made me laugh. I have a rescued old deaf female Boston Terrier. She will often wake up barking at something and startle the life out of me. She isn't allowed upstairs near my studio because she'd gotten a little too close with the carpet (like kneeling and peeing on it). I like the black backgrounds on those two paintings - works well with the orange. That teapot is terrific - that was a good one to "fix"

missy k said...

Great saves Tracey....

I love those beautiful roses they look so beautiful in the blue vases.

Karen x

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Brilliant saves Tracey! Who knows what goes on in those furry little brains. Our kitty Meisha has some rather expressive dreams as well. Thank goodness she doesn't bark!! xx

Michellem said...

The black background caught my eye right away - go figure that it was a serendipitous situation!! Gorgeous! Hope you are feeling okay - Thinking about ya!

Rochelle Cathey said...

Tracey...nice save....that dog knew what he was doing (hehe) and you should thank him....never mind the aging aspect of that startle...you produced a great fun piece as a result....well at least it elicits a feeling of joy when I see it...thank you and glad you are back at it.

Serena Lewis said...

The black background was a great save on a lovely piece of art! OH, and I LOVE blue or blue/green glass...those bottles look great!

Cody had me on red alert quite early (6:30am) Saturday morning. The rest of the household was asleep but he was sure acting like something was going on inside the house...he was on edge, standing still, just waiting and listening/watching. Nothing eventuated but he had me checking throughout the house to see if anything was amiss. Gotta love 'em! lol

Lynn Cohen said...

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