Friday, 20 September 2013

The Plus Side Of The Ledger ...


It's not often that I sit down to write a blog post and don't have fun stuff to share
but it has been a bit of a fun free zone this week
not a complete horror fest though 
after all I haven't had fish dreams for over a week
and the weirdest dream I had involves old socks and salsa
which admittedly was quite weird
but all others were in the realm of the normal
and I am pleased that fish didn't feature so it is a plus


Also on the plus side of the ledger 
is a week free of dog snot as Mushu's doggy hayfever has been mercifully quiet
not quite on the plus side is that he has taken to waking me up by licking my baldy head
it is equal parts gross and oddly comforting at the same time
of course would be nice if it wasn't 6am when he did it
and there was some concern that the chemo might leach onto his tongue
but his tongue isn't glowing or anything so we are figuring he is fine


Another plus is that I got into the studio yesterday and finished off this pineapple
I enjoyed doing the one on the left a few months ago
 and we had this gorgeous fresh pine just sitting on the kitchen bench begging to be drawn up and I do love the shapes and spikes and textures
they are oddly satisfying to draw
And this morning I got in and did this little sketch of a lovely teapot I saw online the other day
which satisfied my urge to own it... sort of
well that is what I am telling myself anyway


Big plus side is  that Spring break is upon us and so two weeks of no school run
no uniforms, no lunch boxes and a slave on hand
these are my favourite school holidays usually 
so I have high hopes that some hilarity should return in force
this time last year these holidays were complete madness
Now that was a Spring break... lots to live up to this year...  
hoping I have lots more to add to the plus side of the ledger next week
other than a lack of fish dreams... that is just sad....xx

44 comments:

JoyCorcoran said...

Love these drawings -- they have a sort of elegant calm. I think that's true of a lot of your paintings, even though you seem to lead the most extraordinary and action packed life -- the art is always peaceful colorful and makes my eyes happy. Again, thanks for sharing your work with us. I wonder if your dog will continue to lick your head when the hair grows back. It may result in a whole new look for you.

Susan said...

That pineapple looks good enough to eat.
I have to say, our dogs have an innate sense of how to nurse (nurture?) us. When our son was having chemo, our boxer suddenly decided that she had to climb up on the water bed (a trick in it self) and lie back to back with our son. She would stay there until he got up...2 hours or 12 hours later, no eating, no going outside, she was "busy". He objected at first but then, too, found it quieting.
Enjoy your Spring Break

cjsrq said...

So glad you felt well enough to paint - both paintings are just lovely. I will have to try that trick of painting things I want and hoping that it will satisfy the urge to buy.:)

Dion Dior said...

So glad boring old normal is happening, even if it's not hilarious, it's precious nonetheless. Sending hugs and Quinn Magenta paint drops your way. Xx

Yolanda said...

Still you somehow put a fun spin on it. Love the pineapple!

Faye said...

Your being able to paint a beautiful pineapple is a plus for me, Tracey! Great work.Your keeping that wonderful sense of humor in the midst of all that is happening is also a plus..

Belinda Basson said...

Love that teapot. Great Pineapple too...Have visions of a scary dog with a lumo Chemo tongue...but then that must mean you are glowing in the dark too...Chemo gave my friend the weirdest dreams too! Enjoy the holidays, ours start today and it is 100% rain and it is SPRING?

Lynn Cohen said...

I've been thinking of you Tracy. Busi-ness has kept me from sooner communication, but wanted you to know I keep you in my thoughts. I'm glad your wonderful sense of humor allows for bald licking tickling you even if too early to be awaken so.
I hope your appetite is up to more than drawing and painting this lovely fruit. I adore pineapple and hope you can too under current conditions. I know besides hair that appetite is known to go (for a while) too.
A drag for sure.

You've done a stupendous job on the prickly pine. And the tea pot is divine.

Hugs and good thoughts for that Chemo to beat the hell out of the cancer!

Nic McLean said...

That pinapple is fantastic, it really does look good enough to eat. You even manage to put a funny spin on a not so good week Tracey, I can see Mushu licking your head like a lollipop in my mind's eye! Bless him. I hope you have a good spring break & have no doubt that whatever happens, it'll make a funny story when you tell it back to us!

Lynn Holland said...

Popping by to say hello from Lancashire UK and realise you have been having BIG traumas. You are an inspiration Tracy it's wonderful to see your fighting spirit and sparkling sense of humour.
Lynn xxx

Patsy Paterno said...

What a deliciously healthy pineapple- it's just oozing with goodness! Now you've made me crave for some! Hope you are doing well! patsy

Giggles said...

We love pineapple in this house and I think I may be salivating from this painting...is that possible? Adorable teapot...a little retail therapy maybe?
Good for you painting when you can!

Dogs are amazing creatures. My one dog knew I was pregnant before I did...he gave it away by not letting anyone near me....growling each time, which he'd never done before.. it was funny...only for a few weeks though. That's how I guessed I was pregnant in the first two weeks ....

They are such nurturing sweeties!! Hope he gives you loads of cuddles!! Thinking of you lots....hoping you're over the horrible hump soon!!

Big hugs x0x0x
Giggles

Netty said...

Again you show us some beautiful artwork Trace and your strength of will shines through. Happy PPF, Annette x

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful work Tracey. I love the colours of pineapple and the way it leaches over the edge. The teapot is beautifully decorated, no wonder you want it! Have a great spring holiday:)I also have two weeks off from making lunches and school runs Yippee!!!

HollyM said...

Your good humor amazes me. Of course I know the real thing is not all fun, but still you keep going and writing.
I love the detail in your paintings, especially the teapot!
You may just need to treat yourself with the real thing!

Suzy said...

Thank goodness Mushu is over his allergy problems otherwise head licking would be a messy event. As always you inspire with your lovely paintings. The pineapple looks good enough to eat and the teapot....well, you might want to break down and purchase that little gem.
Glad to see you painting again. Continuing to pray for you.

Sandra Busby said...

Sherlock is also an early riser - he wakes us up at 6am every morning - though we have a stair gate which prevents him from coming up the stairs while he has a bad leg - which is probably just as well, because if I got woken up by a huge wet tongue across my face, I might not be very happy - I have enough of that with Paul - haha! ;0)
Drawing a pineapple sounds far too complicated to me - all those shapes having to fit together looks all manner of difficult and too much for a simple brain like mine to cope with! But you have clearly mastered the pineapple in a big way! Awesome! :0)

earthenmagic said...

...happy spring`ily hugs dear kindred!...(O:

Carolyn Dube said...

For some strange reason I am feeling this overwhelming urge to go to the grocery and buy a fresh pineapple. Craving pineapple now and I haven't had pineapple for months and months...you are a pineapple enabler today! Happy PPF!

bella lullo said...

Sempre bellissimi i tuoi lavori!!
Bellalullo

Siggadisart said...

The pineapple is good but the teapot is fabulous, such a great job you have done :)

Marji said...

Beautiful - both of them. I can see why you covet that teapot. Retail therapy is good for the soul - as is painting :) Wishing you and family a lovely weekend!

Helen Campbell said...

Wonderful drawings, Tracey. I hope your Spring Break is full of pluses for your ledger.

Catherine Constance said...

Hi Tracey,
Am totally in love with that teapot. I now have teapot envy. Spring break...yay...hugs to you :)

Jo Murray said...

Always love your drawings Tracey. They say that art is therapeutic...hope it's working wonders on you.

Terrie Purkey said...

Fabulous pineapple - it looks so ripe and ready to eat...your kitchen must smell great.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Oh how I love that pineapple, they always seem so complicated to draw that I end up eating them instead!
Hope you are doing okay, what with the chemo and all. Enjoy Spring break :)

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

Amazing! That pineapple is beautiful. I can smell it from here. My, my has the yeah gone fast, I'm enjoying this spring weather and so glad this time of year is here. Enjoy the spring break. Xx

JKW said...

The pineapple looks so yummy. The China teapot is definitely a Yes! Blessings, Janet PPF

soulbrush said...

You sound so much better, and on top of things too. The art shows this. Happy PPF.

Molly Freibott said...

Love the new ones! I can't wait to hear of all your hilarity and adventures over the holiday! Love to you and the family! Take good care of yourself my friend!

Rita said...

Lovely pineapple and teapot. :)
You do sound tired, but hanging in there. Are you reading any good books or watching any good movies?
*love and hugs*

minnemie said...

Hmmm, pineapple therapy... methinks only the brave, accomplished (and/or crazy) can find drawing a pineapple therapeutic;-) The multitude of spines and textures would be counter-therapeutic to my brain. But you did it-and beautifully too! So you are either brave, accomplished or crazy:-) Now the chocolate issue is a grave one...:-/ I have no words, but sincere wishes that the same thing does not happen to tea!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your dreams sound like a fascinating place to visit. I love both watercolors, but my favorite is the teapot this week. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your holiday and continue to recuperate, my friend!

SAMARA said...

Your pictures of art have so much life in them Tracey, like you. You continue to heal others! It is quite a miracle actually how giving your still are at this time...My Gosh you are a blessing. xox

pauline said...

Tracy... soooooo good to catch up here. Your work is always so full of life, and your words always crack me up. Comic relief. Your blog is my eye candy AND my heart & lung candy. ;-) So nice to be back here. Hope you've been well. xox

janice smith said...

Just had pineapple after dinner tonight. What a beautiful food...your painting really does it justice and then some. School just started few weeks ago here and already I am longing for a break! You are on my mind and in my heart often Tracey. I hope the coming week is a good one. xo, janice

Jez said...

Luscious looking pineapple - we have pineapple many mornings, but I don't think a painting of the label on the tin would have the same appeal.
A delicate little teapot - lovely sketch - it looks just right for an Edwardian lady's afternoon tea. Now, does that fit into the ambience of the house.
So sorry that everything has been so beastly, but also so glad that you are able to see the plus sides too. Things will get better. I'm thinking of you every day. Jez XXX

Introverted Art said...

the tea pot is adorable :)

Linda said...

playing catch up after hubby surprised me with a beach get away for our ann. That pineapple is really fantastic and so beautifully detailed!! Great teapot too. Enjoy the Spring break!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I love the idea that you cansatisfy your shopping cravings by painting it! I wonder if that works for other things, like art surplies or chocolate? Glad things are kinda normal for you up there + enjoying having your slaves for spring break x

stefanie stark said...

Your sunny disposition and personal charisma is wonderful as well as your sketches and your notes! I love it to see and to read how you always find something humorous everywhere and how you manage all these difficult experiences! My thoughts are with you!

butlersabroad said...

We miss you on WOYWW Tracey! I saw your beautiful artwork at Darnell's and recognised it instantly. I then read her post and heard your news for the first time so popped in to give you a cyber hug and wish you well. Keep creating, keep laughing and above all, keep fighting.

Hugs
Brenda xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Even when things are extra crapola, you make light of it, Trace. I love your "fun-free zone" term! Have you made a sign for it? Does it make your Bodily Functions Family (including dog person) want to make extra efforts at getting you to laugh? It would me! Love a challenge!

This could be a whole new side business you know. Cancer is rampant and everywhere. I can just see your painted signs: "Puke week" "Fun-Free Zone" "Leave Me the Bleep Alone" "Cuddle Me Week" ... well, you get the idea! Bumper stickers for getting through cancer!

Okay, blither over. Thank you for joining my blog. You are my first for-reals celebrity to do so!!

You are on my heart and in my prayers - always! Hugs, Darnell