Friday, 12 December 2014

Serving Up Some Time...


I have been sucked into that weird time vortex that only exists during the holiday season
 I thought I had enough time to get everything done but somehow
 time has been disappearing at an alarming rate
and the evil pixie list fairies have been busy filling my notebook
with scary, long pages of things to be done every time I turn my back
So I did what all creatives do when faced with overwhelming real life
I did some drawing


and not some light sketching
but a good old get in and do mad tonal work with a pen drawing
which calms my brain no end
and has the added bonus of being that rarest of rare things lately
a drawing which is now actually finished
nothing like a sense of achievement when everything else around you is falling apart
maybe not falling apart so much as descending into a truly epic shambles
which I am hoping like mad will be seen as charming by all and sundry
during the holidays as they open their weird and wonderful gifts
which at this stage could be old bananas and a couple of tins of chickpeas
if I don't get my butt into gear


But let's not focus on those possibilities
these are my favourite salad servers and I love how they turned out
there is something so meditative about the soft scratching of ballpoint on paper
maybe it is a leftover from all those years of doodling
and decorating every spare inch of paper during class while at school
which was a long time ago I know but it has that same calming effect
of course when I stopped drawing
I saw the list pixies had been evil little bastards and added yet more to be done
so I retreated to another sketchbook and started work on another drawing
which I began a while ago... quite a while I think


But how could I not enjoy the irony of drawing watches while time disappears
although I must say that I do need to start to deal with the whole holiday season
with something approaching organisation soon
or I will find myself bolting around the mall at 10 pm on Christmas Eve 
with all the other hopelessly disorganised sods
and I am trying to block out the whole needing to feed people palaver
that is likely to drive me to mainlining chocolate 
and hiding in the bottom of the walk-in wardrobe with the mutt


I really do need to get moving on some list ticking off
so I will leave you with my latest illustration for the December GoodnessMe Box
not just because I had a great time illustrating it as always
but also because how can I not have an injection of colour in a post
happy painting all...xx



39 comments:

Christine said...

wonderful pieces this week Tracey! And hope you get going on that list of things to do!

Rita said...

Time is slipping by quickly over here, too. I just love your ballpoint drawings!! A calm, quiet time to sketch sounds like just what you needed. :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

GORGEOUS drawings... love this .. always a pleasure to visit your blog !

Lynn Richards said...

Ballpoint pen sketches! Beautiful!! I saw somewhere that there are "14sleeps until Christmas" and just about died. Since when does time go this fast??

Ruth L said...

What a fabulous art projects, happy PPF!

Nicola McLean said...

I love those salad tongs and you did great drawings of them. I just never seem to sketch but when i see yours and Sandra's lovely work it inspires me to do it. I love the goodness me box-lovely vibrant colours. X

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

Again laughing as I too, am facing s list from the evil pixies! ( I had typed prixies, Freudian slip )
Cheers, dana

Faye said...

Your drawing talent never ceases to amaze me. You make it look easy when I know it took hours to get all those wonderful shadings. Beautiful work, Tracey. Happy holidays and a joyful beginning of the new year to you!

Studio Kaufmann said...

Love your sketches Tracey! Me too I am running around like a headless chicken but maybe I should sip some herbal tea or tequila and sketch something to calm me down. Happy PPF

alarmcat said...

great sketches this week, Tracey!!

I was reminded yesterday that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and I broke out in a sweat!! i don't know how it happens, but i put off holiday shopping/baking/etc until the last minute!!

Dianne said...

brilliant drawings...I agree about the doodling and shading in pen...soothing and meditative...and the evil pixies too! haven't even gotten out many Christmas decorations...

Marji said...

Beautiful! Who wouldn't be in love with those salad servers, anyway. Funny you should show the watch drawing - for some reason I was thinking of it the other day and wondering if you had finished it. I totally hear you about the crush of the holidays. Glad to hear that drawing keeps you sane. M.x

denthe said...

Those drawings are so beautiful. Amazing that you did that with a ballpointpen! And yes, who wouldn't love these salad servers .... Very unique!

denthe said...

Those drawings are so beautiful. Amazing that you did that with a ballpointpen! And yes, who wouldn't love these salad servers .... Very unique!

denthe said...

Those drawings are so beautiful. Amazing that you did that with a ballpointpen! And yes, who wouldn't love these salad servers .... Very unique!

Jo Murray said...

Great drawings....love those elephants.

Özge B. said...

such lovely and lively drawings...

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I don't think I've ever seen any of your drawings, only your watercolors. The shading is exquisite, so I'm glad you find it relaxing during the turmoil side of the holidays. Blessings, my friend!

Victoria said...

Gorgeous work..I love and adore the watches...magical and enchanting...so beautifully done! HUgs
Victoria

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Great minds. I've had BORING work deadlines and so I have been sneaking color onto older drawings. Calms me down to no end. Wet color, yum. I love your line sketches and am not used to seeing them. Loverly!

Good luck on the holiday. Everyone is scattered this year so it is pj's and a basket of books and cookies and chocolate and coffee and unplugging for a couple of days. M's been good so he gets books not undies!

Carol said...

Great work again Tracey!!!! I'm feeling the time stress thing here too :-/ Why to we do this to ourselves every year ?

Tammie Lee said...

yes, drawing when things get tough is a good thing.

love your shading....

when i read the word chocolate, i thought, why not simply give EVERYONE chocolate!

Michellem said...

LOVE - fess up - how long did it take to do these??

My name is Erika. said...

Your sketches are amazing. I LOVE the clocks. The evil pixies are always the busiest at the holidays, aren't they, but aren't we creative folks lucky to have a way to get rid of that stress? Hope you you manage to get organized and get your shopping and chores done. Happy weekend.

sharon said...

Adore your ink drawings the shading is wonderful. Nastie evil pixies! Thanks for your kind words on my post Tracey, it means a lot.

Giggles said...

Wow Tracey these are so cool!! Love the watches they'd look amazing framed!! I am behind too!!
Darn Pixies!!

Hugs Giggles

Yolanda D said...

Great drawings and such a quotable line, "But how could I not enjoy the irony of drawing watches while time disappears."

Tammie Dickerson said...

You just gotta love that "overwhelming real life"!! I am right there with you sister! Commissions to finish, a show to take down, another solo show going up with 48 pieces to frame, my parents and my brother with his family coming in one week (to stay for two) - oh yeah - and Christmas with all it's dinners and family events planned! That "weird time vortex" is more like a tornado! Best of luck to you!!! - Oh - and I especially like the ironic watches :)

kat said...

Such great sketches and work here! All the best for the season, I hope things quieten down and you get to settle and enjoy! xx

minnemie said...

Beautiful sketches! And of course you knew that I would LOVe those elephants!!!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Your first drawing of your salad set looks so much like bone to me. Quite realistic. xox

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

So wonderful! I especially like the time pieces, amazing that you did these in ink! I'm a bit overwhelmed with the holidays too, so much to do and so little time, and all I want to do is paint...

Paper rainbow said...

You draw so beautifully tracey. You make the ordinary extraordinary.!

Ayala Art said...

Wonderful to visit, as always! Merry Christmas!

Jo said...

so very cool!!

Sandra Busby said...

Ooh... I remember seeing the beginnings of the watches and wondering when we would see the finished drawing! I love them!! And of course your salad servers... Though mine are getting little use now winter has kicked in! :0)

Irene Rafael said...

Love these sketches, Tracey! Thank you for the PIF gift. A Tracey Fisher King Abstract! Now that's special. Speaking of running out of time... your PIF should be in the mail this week. Happy holidays. xo

Bronson Hill Arts said...

Where do you find enough time, at any point in the year, to do such lovely work, Tracey?

As always, splendid!

-barb

Marianne said...

Love your drawing style and artpieces - just beautiful....