Friday, 8 August 2014

Perfume Bottles And Studio Dogs...


Part of me wants to apologise for posting yet more paintings of perfume bottles
while the other part of me thinks tough toenails baby I am posting these suckers
because they are serious fun to paint
I love perfume, but rarely wear it anymore
something in the chemo process changed my body chemistry
which means that most perfumes smell like rancid beer dregs on me
so rather than stink bombing the world I now stick with painting them
I am loving finding the whole splodge and drip thing beyond therapeutic
and am on a mission to try to mess my work up a bit more
to be a bit freer in letting paints blend and swim together
and these are a great way to experiment


of course there are downsides to the paint flying with abandon
not for me of course... all upside there
but the family are starting to mutter and mumble
I swear a little smudge of paint on a sandwich is not going to hurt them
and a few painty fingerprints around the place adds to the ambience
and frankly if you come and stand near me in the studio while I am painting
you can't whinge about some splatters or sprays


yes this one is on a bit of paper with a torn edge
bloody dog put his painty paw on the edge of the painting
while making his way across the benches for a pat
of course he had to walk across the palette and onto the freshly painted JÁdore bottle
but at least I managed to halt his progress before there were footprints across the whole thing
and yes I know if the dog is up on the table it is always a risk
but he likes to see what is going on
and it allows me to pretend I am not talking to myself


This is where he usually sits
well lies actually, but every time I get out the camera to take a shot he sits up
sometimes he creeps closer bit by bit when I am distracted
and ends up resting his head on the paper towel stack that I dry my brushes on
it does lead to a mildly coloured beard type thing at times
which I think is quite fetching on him
and I may have dried the brushes off on his head once or twice
but these are the hazards of life as a studio dog
and he usually accepts the hazards with grace
 though he does let fly with the occasional smelly fluff bomb to express his displeasure


Dog farts aside the studio is looking very inviting
as I am trying to capture the look of the smaller paintings
in a larger form... some on canvas, but these on the table are watercolours
now that is truly gloriously messy let me tell you
Happy painting all...xx
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53 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

oh my, those are so glorious Trace, then you also get to look at both he bottles AND the paintings lovingly. What true pleasure.
Hugs to all, I know I owe you an email. Sowwies for the long wait!

Boo said...

Tracey, I laughed so loud that I disturbed Scooter and he had to move from his perch on the back of my recliner.

I know you can guess which part had me rofl... yep.. it was the drying your paint brushes on his head. I'm still chuckling over that. Your bottles are lovely. Keep on painting them, I say.

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Mitchell is doing the dishes on this Thursday night and so he gets to have a good laugh listening to me read your blog to him. You are the painter gal with the funny kids names on the other side of the world. OX

alarmcat said...

love love love the juicy colors in these paintings! please keep painting perfume bottles...i haven't seen enough of them yet!

Jaz Higgins said...

These are truely stunning Trace!! Loving them!

Pallavi Iyer said...

These are beautiful.Love the flowing colors and your dog.Oh my God,I am in love with him.I need a studio dog too.I will decorate him with glitter.

Belinda Basson said...

I am loving your new style and can just picture your studio dog with a few shades of the rainbow in his hair, quite fetching I would say! As for the dog farts...my mom used to call them green fumes! They were so toxic, they had to have a colour!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the bottles. Your dog seems to like joining in! Valerie

Helen Campbell said...

Your perfume bottle paitings are lovely! Perhaps their essence helps combat the occasional fluff bomb by studio dog. :)
Have a fabulous week!

Carmen Whitehead said...

I love your perfume bottle paintings. Great work of watercolors, I really need to try these. thanks for sharing, #PPF

Neesie said...

You sound like you're having such fun which is wonderful and we all get enjoy with you. Gorgeous painting.. I love the new style.
As for your studio tales...well as usual giggling to myself and getting a dirty look from my curled up pooch trying to snatch a few more minutes sleep before the day begins. I'm drawing this morning...so far this morning has started brilliantly.
Enjoy PPF xoxo

Polly Birchall said...

These are indeed bottles of beauty and it's nice to see your workspace too.

Carol Beckx said...

Absolutely love your vibrant colours !!

Jana TangledPen said...

A W E S O M E !!!
...I just love reading your posts, Tracey. AND I do admire your sketches and paintings so much. It so happens that I like the torn-edge paper a lot - I'm drawn to torn edges (on paper that is - not sure if that means something ;))
Thanks for sharing!
Wishing you a great weekend: Kram (=hug in Swedish)from the North <3
Jana

Netty said...

so much about the paint getting on everything sounds oh so familiar plus the same reactions........lol Love the perfume bottles, you always give still life that bit of extra flair. Happy PPF, Annette x

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NatashaMay said...

Love the watercolor splashes! :) My pets do the same thing when I try to take a photo of them. They just need to check it out a bit closer to see what I'm doing. :)

sheila 77 said...

What a fabulous post. The first perfume bottle hit me right in the eye, amazing colours and blending of colours and I love the way you have painted the flowers on the top. Love your sweet dog, and he obviously helps the painting process a lot, nice work little dog. Now I'm off to look at the Crime Scene Tea Party, that guy looks seriously tough.

Lorraine said...

love the way you have used colour here..and the dog is so cute

Stacy said...

The "splodges and drips" technique looks fantastic! I love the vibrant colors and the way they mingle with one another. I also enjoy your energetic ink lines too!

Snap said...

Three cheers for "splodges and drips" ... they are the best. Hello to Mushu! Woof. I think a painty beard would be fun ... on Mushu ... ! ;)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Perfume bottles can be works of art on their own, so I can see the root of your current series. Your dog's antics in the studio made me smile, because I have my own about my 3 dogs and a cat whom hangout in my studio. Blessings, my friend!

My name is Erika. said...

Looks like you've been having a blast of fun lately. I love the crazy chickens and the tea infuser too. And the perfume bottles are beautiful. Keep having fun- that's why we do this, isn't it?

Carol said...

I never tire of looking at your gorgeous bottle paintings. You always seem to get it just right :) With such a studio assistant how could you not and you know how trendy those color streaks are these days so the dog is quite in style ♥

Faye said...

Wonderful post, Tracey, and yes, I went back to see the crime scene tea party. What fun! I love the loose and splashy method you are using with the perfume bottles and wish I had that much looseness in me. I think your pup is just adorable. As for the rhodo/phlox, that's about all the color I have in my garden. I have those plants fenced off from the deer. Everything else got eaten so I also am mostly a sea of green foliage.

Christine said...

beautiful work on the perfume bottles and cute doggie!

Sandra Busby said...

What a great idea!! Drying your brushes on Mushu's head!!! I'd try it with Sherlock if he had longer fur! I once let him happily chew on what I thought was a stick under my table as I was painting away... only to find that what he was actually chewing one of my brushes - luckily not my W&N series 7 sable brush! Anyway - he comes in there sometimes but usually gets bored quite quickly. Your perfume bottles are AMAZING!!!!! Love the wild abandonment of colour! And those biggies look like they are going to be STUNNING!! I might have to buy one of those! :0)

thidu said...

Beautiful pieces you have there. I love your free technique. It feels liberating. A great post, love everything!

Have a great day!
Nora Clemens-Gallo

artatag said...

Hmm, to me it looks like Mushu got himself a new job as quality controller and is just stamping paintings he approves. Hehe..

Debbie said...

I love your perfume bottle paintings. So many perfume bottle designs are quite amazing and gorgeous even if the scent isn't always something I can wear. My hubby sneezes every time I put perfume on, so I can't use it much even though I love it.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

What an adorable studio mate. He's so cute. Loving that chanel bottle in progress. xox

Beth Niquette said...

I just LOVE reading about your art companion with the fetchingly colored beard! Your artwork feels nostalgic to me--there is something about it which takes me back to my childhood. I LOVE your perfume bottles--not only because they are beautiful and skillfully painted, but because I collect "foom" bottles! Have a lovely day.

Beth Niquette said...

I just LOVE reading about your art companion with the fetchingly colored beard! Your artwork feels nostalgic to me--there is something about it which takes me back to my childhood. I LOVE your perfume bottles--not only because they are beautiful and skillfully painted, but because I collect "foom" bottles! Have a lovely day.

Tammie Dickerson said...

I LOVE the glorious looseness of these paints! There is something so freeing about coloring outside the lines - like breaking a rule! You go girl - and tough toenails to the nay sayers!! Happy PPF!

TwinkleToes2day said...

For me, the Daisy bottle is my favourite and I would love it if you managed to get a piccie of a multi-colour bearded pups one day, lol ;) Boo says she has to keep Sooter away from Theresa as she has 'threatened' to stencil on him, lol. I think it's hilarious.
Remember I said I had a picture of a lovely perfume bottle I wanted to try and paint? Well I'm darned if I can find it now. I would have put money on it being in a rarely purchased 'lady mag' I have, but nope! Hey-ho, my blackberry will have to do ;) Have a fabby weekend Tracey ((hugs)) xx

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Absolutely loved them including the Chweet doggy! The first, second & the last are my favs...studio looks great!
Deepa
http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

You are so funny. You just crack me up. Now you know how much I love your art and your style. I am inspired each time I see what you have created. However, my favorite painting this week it the one of the animals hanging on the wall in your art studio. That is just stunning.
Have a great weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

Aga Gasiniak said...

Great sketches and great and funny post! Thank you for sharing! Big hugs to you!

Miss Marple said...

Simply fantastic your watercolor paintings!!! Happy PPF - Irma

pauline said...

Tracey, those perfume bottles are great, and the CHANEL bottle on your table... OMG... love, love, LOVE. Your art (and great sense of humour!) always keep me coming back. ;-) Have a great weekend! xx

Dia said...

What a WONDERFUL way to continue enjoying the perfume, Tracy!! Love these!! When I visited the Corning Glass Museum in NY, one of my favorite parts was seeing Greek & Egyptian ampules for kohl or perfume!! Heavenly!
& the peek in your studio - it IS inspiring! That lovely row of Golden paint ... drool ....
Happy PPF!

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Tori Beveridge said...

I love your perfume bottles! You did right to paint and post them. So adorably beautiful. Loved the peek into your studio life.

Terri Morse said...

I love your new style! It adds so much energy to your painting. I agree, it's great fun letting the paint fly. On the subject of flying paint, nowhere is safe at my house. I've splattered paint on the computer, the walls, the cat...and it's very dangerous to have a cup of coffee within swishing distance of my brushes. I've wasted a lot of coffee that way. Since I've been on a pastel kick, I hack and sneeze my way through the work day and everything is coated with a multicolor layer of dust. My studio assistant, Sam (an 8 month old Golden Retriever)comes to visit regularly - and ends up being green, purple, or whatever other color pastel I have smeared on my hands. He's also not shy about stealing and eating my pastels. I guess the small size and pretty colors make them look like dog treats. My husband was rather startled when he found the bright green evidence in the backyard. I love reading your posts. They are a feast for the eyes and very funny too. It's amazing how much creative people have in common. Happy painting! Hugs, Terri

Giggles said...

I can't even tell you how much I LOVE that little face, reminds me of all the dogs I've had. We have Bella for 2 weeks after an 8 month hiatus an I am loving it..and her.
They are just so fun!!

I LOVE your perfume bottles, they are so beautiful. I too love perfume and always have. But seriously when I heard Sharon Osborne say older women just smell different I had to laugh...our chemistry just isn't as fresh as when we're young...so don't be surprised if it's never the same again..lol

You have wonderful prints for the kitchen, now you have adorable ones for the bedroom and bathroom....can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful self!! So glad to see you in your creative form!!

Hugs Giggles

GlorV1 said...

Looking at the picture of your sweet doggie, his eyes are saying, "guess what momma, I cut one." lol What a cutie pie. Great work on those bottles. Hope you are doing good. Have a wonderful day, good to see you.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Once again you have cracked me up AND wowed me in the same post, Trace. That muppet dog with the intelligent eyes is so adorable and your perfume bottles? Please I could look at those the rest of my life, so never fear there. What you do with color should be illegal. That first painting is a veritable rainbow! But then. Then. We have dog farts. Yes, darling, the only farts happening in this studio of art and talent are farts of rainbows!! Big hugs, Darnell

Michellem said...

Mushu is adorable!! Love the Chanel bottles - do you let them air dry or do you help them along with a dryer? Gorgeous and so full of fabulous pigment!

Twist of Pink said...

Who could dare to say they don't enjoy another perfume bottle from you. Quite fanciful & lovely. Great post as always!

Katherine Jeanne Wood said...

:))) I love that you say tough toenails. The slodge and drip thing is working well for you..well, other than the sandwich, but they'll get over it, I assume. :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

GLORIOUS are all those bottles !
What a cute post Trace!
xxx
Susi

Rita said...

I love the perfume bottles! Bring 'em on!! Love the larger versions, too. I admire the looseness and splatter. Wow! But the idea of you wiping a colorful brush on Mushu's white head...well, that just cracks me up. LOL! Critter footprints and stray hairs become a part of art with furball companion supervision. ;)

kat said...

Tracey I love these bottles, fabulous! I really love your free and spontaneous way with them, such beautifully painted scents that float my way, thanks for sharing!

Serena Lewis said...

I love your studio tales, especially when it involves Mushu....a doggy after my own doggy's heart. hehe. I couldn't imagine my studio life without my fur-kids laying about somewhere close to me.

As usual, I adore you art!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What fabulous bottles!! I love em! Your dog is such a cutie....my cat loves to lay on my art table all over the art too. You better be careful though with that white fur as my cat is creme and had to roam the neighborhood with PINK spritz marks on his left side for sometime and the neighbors were wondering when the piercings were to be added or was he leaving soon for a punk rock band. So I took some hard hair gel and gave him a mohawk and he was the hit...all the girl cats were then hanging out at our place so ....watch out.