Friday, 22 November 2013

Things I Never Thought I Would See ...

I opened this slightly weird week by seeing a dog drive a car
I was getting the bags from the back of the car at the grocery shop
when out of the corner of my eye I saw a car gently rolling across the car park
which is unusual enough but add to that there was a dog sitting very calmly in the drivers seat
and I was fairly gob smacked... so what did I do
I stood and giggled... I mean come on there was a dog driving a car
 it kept rolling until it came to rest against a now slightly crumpled BMW SUV
the dog continued to sit there tongue out  and looking fairly pleased with itself
turns out he wasn't much of a driver because there were plenty of older cars he could have come to rest against, but no he picked the newest and shiniest to act as his brake
I realized there was another witness to this madness because there was an elderly gentleman laughing so hard that he could barely speak
eventually he stopped laughing and all he could choke out was
that dog is a rubbish driver ...
 no kidding that is what he said
anyway I have no clue how it all turned out because he said he would wait and tell the driver what happened because he wanted to shake the hand of the dog
he seemed so amused by the whole thing that I left him to it
of course I couldn't wait to tell Sinus and Phantom,
though they took some convincing that I had seen a dog drive

Next on the list of things I never thought I would see is the laundry room floor
the great wall of washing is no more because it turns out that I am not the only one capable of making the washing machine work
Sinus and Phantom have stepped in and done some washing to help out
when I am laid up by the dreaded chemo and it turns out it isn't that hard
well as long as you don't mind a few misshapen clothes 
and some creatively tie dyed numbers as a result or mixing colours and whites
not to mention the poor washer has danced across the floor so often due to uneven loads 
I have renamed it John Travolta
but the great wall is gone and that is quite something

The final thing I never thought I would see is that I finally lost my rogue hair
due to the onslaught of chemo I lost my locks months ago now
but there was one random very grey hair that stubbornly hung on behind my ear
not one of the really long past my shoulder type hairs thank goodness
that would have looked very odd
but a shortish single grey hair ... It may sound a bit weird but I was quite fond of that grey hair
and the tenacity it showed so I named him Nigel
not for Nigel over at freebird... that would be oddly inappropriate
but Nigel as in Nigel No Mates
but this week I woke to find poor Nigel had finally given up the ghost
and was lying forlornly on my pillow
poor Nige ... he was a good hair

So it has been a week of odd happenings
so I am also posting the odd drawings I have done in my sketchbooks this week
did I paint a dog driving a car ... no
or a washer named John Travolta ... nope
or a lone tenacious hair that deserved to be immortalized for hanging in there for so long... sadly even poor Nigel didn't get a look in
instead I painted my water well pens, some masking fluid
and the Buddha wall hanging from outside... 
which like everything else this week is a combination I never thought I would see...
happy painting all... xx

Friday, 15 November 2013

Endings And Beginnings ...

This week has been all about endings and beginnings
Sinus man said goodbye to 45 and a big hello to 46
and 46 suits him very well I have to say... 
the flowers I got last week gave up the ghost
but not before I got the painting finished
but then I got to say a big hello to some new blooms
they weren't for me mind you but for our precious daughter, Phantom Steve
who is graduating high school today
that is a big ending and beginning right...

The blooms were from Super Aunty Karyn Happy Feet
who sent them to her niece as a congratulations for scooping 7 different awards
at her final speech night
which means Phants is going out covered in glory and magnificence
she can't tell the difference between a grasshopper and a lobster
and she can't even spell geography let alone find anything on a map
but her brilliantly stupid genius is boundless and I can't express how proud we are of her
as a nice little side bonus for me I get to paint her well deserved flowers
and I am thinking I may just use my new Golden flows
another new beginning... no ending to go with it... just lovely little pots of colour

The colours are just perfect for these blooms,so nice work Karyn Happy Feet
and if you are wondering why my sister has the name happy feet
it is because she took the unprecedented step of wearing bright pink shoes 
to her youngest son, Tim's, formal last night
now Karyn is not known to wear girly gear at all
her daughter Grace is another matter all together
 she was born for pink and leaves a trail of glitter in her wake that is legendary
however Karyn in pink shoes with blooms on them are the least likely shoe choice... ever
but they looked magnificent and she pulled them off with style

Tim looked suitably handsome of course and he is graduating today as well
albeit two and a half hours away, but sharing a graduation day with his cousin is kinda cool
and I am insanely proud of them both
Now I don't get Super Aunt status because what did I send Tim???
Nada... nothing... bumpkis... bad aunt... 
doesn't mean I don't love him to bits
or that I am not embarrassingly gushy about the creative, interesting and caring young man Tim has become
I am just a slack ass at these sorts of things
so happy graduation to Tim and Phantom Steve 
hope you both enjoy the big ending today
and wake up tomorrow full of excitement of the new beginnings... xx

Friday, 8 November 2013

Back In The Studio.... Finally ....

Feels awesome to be back in the studio after the longest break I have taken in years
weeks without painting and drawing have taken quite the toll on my sanity
and before you all snort and scoff that I was ever completely sane
I admit it is all relative, though I have been a touch loopier than normal lately

But  luckily there is something about the scratch of a pen on paper
the smell of the paints, splotching them on the palette
the swish of the paint brush in the water container 
that calms the brain and makes all seem a little bit more manageable
even cancer and chemo are easier to take with a brush in my hand
it is totally the best therapy around

More great therapy is having amazing flowers delivered 
and these crazy gorgeous blooms from my sister in law Kris are stunning
I love these lilies which smell so diving
and they are a favourite to draw though I haven't attempted them in a while
but I jumped in and was hugely and happily surprised that I still had some skills

There is always that moment when the pen pauses
and you wonder if you have suddenly forgotten how to draw
I almost resorted to using a pencil for a minute
but in the end I couldn't be assed hunting one down so I ended up with this pen drawing
which I was thrilled with... maybe the break was a good thing all round

I was quite excited to get started on it this morning
and then I glanced up and saw one I had drawn a few years ago
and was completely overcome by panic that I wouldn't be able to capture it as well
I used watercolours and prismacolour pencils and it is a bit of a favourite
and it is right there front and centre gazing down at me from the studio wall
just daring me to do a crap job of the new one

so with rather uncharacteristic restraint
I decided to maybe do some painting on something else first and not risk ruining the drawing
so I painted up the last drawing I had completed before my enforced break
which was an ever so fascinating view of my kitchen window
hardly that thrilling I know but a good way to ease back into paint mode

and while the end result may not be my most light handed piece
it was sound enough to restore some confidence so I jumped in to the lilies

layer one all good ... 

and layer two came along pretty well too
and that is as far as I have gotten with it at this stage
because it is on the last layer that it could all go terribly wrong
so I am going to go and make another cup of tea and fortify myself with some chocolate
and attack it while the painting gods are being kind
happy painting all ... xx

PS ...  thanks so much to all of you who have been sending cards and messages and emails
you have been such amazing support and have kept a smile on my face through this whole horrible mess... seriously you are all gloriously amazingly perfect people to have in my life and I am grateful for each and every one of you... xx