Tuesday, 6 January 2015

What We've Been Up To...

I am back in the studio and painting again finally
it has taken quite a few days longer than I had planned
partly because I got in and decided to clean out a few drawers
which led to the whole room exploding into a cloud of paper
that coated the floor and made walking in and out a trial in coordination
that proved to be a bit beyond me and led to Phants finding me sitting against the wall
looking faint from lack of tea and chocolate
she had been drawn to my location by the snorting and laughing 
brought on by watching the mutt try to walk out of the room
on a floor that shifted below his paws like a maniacal travelator
the poor little mite face planted three times
though he retained an admirable amount of dignity throughout

other distractions were the heat and humidity
which has meant copious amounts of swimming has been required
plus when the pool proves inaccessible 
due to the sun turning it into a heated spa in the middle of the day 
we also had a new aircon installed and this sucker is insanely powerful
I am still debating as to whether it is a sign that it is cranked too high
if when the mutt walks into its cooling stream
it makes him look like he has his head out the car window

though he looks a touch homeless at the moment as I decided he needed a bit of a trim
due to the heat and as the groomer wasn't available
I had a bash myself... turns out I am not an undiscovered dog grooming legend
unless you like your dogs tufty, in which case I am a genius

so between dog grooming and swims Phants and I have been hanging out in the aircon
or as we like to call it ...The King Family Ice Bar
and like all good bars we have had many a deep and meaningful chat
we have broached heavy topics like 
what would happen if we gave the dog a squirt of nasal spray
and don't panic, we aren't actually planning on doing it
but just imagine his surprise at the intrusion

not to mention filling his mouth with whipped cream out of a can 
when he yawns... that would be genius
though he might just love that one as he has quite a sweet tooth 

one conundrum that went unsolved is why the wonder mutt can go from a dead sleep
to upright and clawing at your legs in two seconds flat
at the mere suggestion of a biscuit or cookie being consumed,
but you can physically lift his ear and call his name down it and he doesn't stir
we tried cracking bikkies in the ice bar
he went from asleep to full alert and at Phant's feet in 1.3 seconds
his time when a biscuit is crunched in the next room
 was only marginally worse at 1.6 seconds
and from down the hall, around the corner and down one flight of stairs
it would appear he actually made time stand still
or perhaps I just forgot to do the timing thingy on the phone
either way it was an impressive time let me say

but all this aside I did get in and finish off a few perfume bottles on my desk today
they are more trial sort of practice ones and will be revisited as both were fun
and on finishing I went through the whole nightmare 
of trying to remember to put 15, not 14 in the signature bit
though it kind of works as some of these were started last year, so the combined squiggles of 14 and 15 over the top is quite appropriate
happy painting all...xx


Jennifer McLean said...

Ahhh, mutt stories always lift my spirits. Hi to Phants and I so wish I could measure the time it takes Mushu to perk up his ears when I munch a biscuit. Now that would be cool! Go play in the ice bar, happy painting my friend.
Love from C-granny too.

Neesie said...

I've had a grooming disaster (cough) experiment which had Muffy quivering and quaking! I kind of liked the dishevilled look but we had to keep her away from any mirrors for a while. Muffy also has that select hearing thing... crinkling cellophane paper has the same effect as biscuits.
Lovely to see your prefume booty bottles. I just love the colours and I can only dream of warm swimming pools. No need for the chiller room here as I can just stick my head out of the door!
Have fun my friend and keep chillin' xoxo

HollyM said...

As always your stories made me chuckle this morning as I read with my tea curled up in bed. I'd sure love to see your paintings and musings in a book!
I found myself wondering if you actually wear all that perfume, or if you buy the bottles simply for their esthetic attraction.

Sandra Busby said...

Another beeeeeeautiful painting!! Wow! Now I need the loo as that post had me belly laughing! Love it! Sherlock is exactly the same - but I'm sure if we tried the squirty cream thing, he would just begin yawning all of the time! Oh to be in the southern hemisphere... Sounds divine... Oh wait, we will be next week! Hurrah!! :0)

alarmcat said...

love your perfume bottles...such pretty colors.

dogs are funny people. :) our dog does the same thing so we've taken to spelling words like c-o-o-k-i-e or w-a-l-k just to keep her calm enough to fetch the cookie or leash.

PaintingWrite said...

How many bottles of perfume do you have? ? More beautiful illustrations of them. I think Mushu needs his own blog or at the very least a Facebook page. Poor little guy! I Can relate to so many of his antics (obviously not the air con related ones unless you swap them for dogs lying as close to a wood burning stove as it's possible to get! Your summer makes me long for warmer days then i remember where i live and laugh ruefully! When's that lottery win going to come?! Xx

Anonymous said...

such beautiful work as always, I love the beauty of perfume bottles but I am deadly allergic to all perfume, man made, so I admire what you do immensely. We had a little dog much like yours and sadly I was his only groomer, he hid under the bed and walked in shame for a few days after but like any bad hair cut it eventually evened out, Its hard to imagine you having such hot weather when we are in a deep freeze, its extreme cold at the moment, alerts being issued for children and pets to be brought indoors, how ridiculous does that sound, the pets should of course be brought in but my gosh who is stupid enough to put children out to play in extreme cold, only in Canada, lol,

Anonymous said...

Your bottles are so charming and washy which I love about your watercolors. I don't wear any perfume, so I never see those bottles. What charming bottles to use. xox

Linda Kunsman said...

LOVE the splashy colors of your perfume bottles! How I wish we had your summer heat...neither I nor my body are liking winter. I groom my dog myself, and although it saves a lot of expense it's getting much harder as both she and I get older. My hubby tried grooming a cocker we used to have and he ended up giving him a reverse mohawk all the way down his back. Needless to say he immediately made an appt. for the groomer and hasn't attempted it again!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Always a delight to read your blog posts, they cheer up the dull cold days here (it is Winter this side of the globe)!!

Anonymous said...

Love the mutt commentary, always!
You crack me up!

RosA said...

Lovely perfume bottle paintings! There's an awful lot of them ... I too am wondering if you use them all :) But, come to think of it, I have probably squirreled away every perfume bottle I have ever owned :)
Lucky you with lovely new air con! I have to go to work to get some relief from the heat :) (Or jump in next door's pool, which, like yours, is also a sauna for much of the day.)

Rita said...

I could almost picture dog feet sliding over paper and snores and begging for treats...and pool time in the heat (2 below F here at the moment)...and you and Phantom chuckling away over dog torture ideas. :):) And throughout this storyland feast is a smattering of beautiful paintings of perfume bottles!! Lovely post!! :):)

Claire Grantham said...

Tracey, this post cracked me up. Such witty words. Love the perfume bottle. Cx

Terri Morse said...

Hi Tracey! I love your painting style on the perfume bottles. I like the way the paint flows outside the lines. Being on the opposite side of the world, it's hard to relate to heat and humidity right now. the last time I checked, it was 14 degrees and snowing like crazy! I'm praying the furnace doesn't give up the ghost. If I tried to groom Sam the golden, he'd be having a permanent bad fur day.

Lynn Cohen said...

Always fun to see your colorful art splashes and read your fun stories. Thanks for the entertainment this evening dear friend! XO Have another creative week!

Joy Murray said...

You have such an amazing output despite heat, floor puzzles and a mysterious mutt. I love that you and Phants are plotting things against him but really only delighting him with biscuits. Love the perfume bottles and I look forward to seeing more.

sandra de said...

Gorgeous perfume bottles and love the timing experiment. My kitty can go from coma to full alert in around 2 seconds at the sound of kitty biscuits being rattled upstairs. Not bad considering she does not respond in general. Have a lovely week in your Ice bar.

Alexandra MacVean said...

Loving all of your beautiful perfume bottle collections. Absolutely stunning. We've had snow, snow and well, more snow here this year in Colorado. Laugh but we've been spoiled the past few years with very mild winters. Not this year! I'm ready for some warmer temps and MORE sunshine! Hee Hee

Love you always! xx

Giggles said...

How I missed this post is beyond me! I used to wear anais anais many many years ago and the bottle was a boring white..they is much more beautiful!

A co worker also wore it and asked her boyfriend to get it for Christmas. He went everywhere and couldn't find it!!It was very popular back in the day and my co-worker was completely perplexed because every store always had it on display. So she asked him if he talked to the sale lady behind the counter...he said yes the woman said they didn't carry ANUS ANUS!! Yes that is verbatim what he called it!! Absolute truth...and yes he was dumb as a box of nails! lol Every time I see that bottle I think of Kathy and that story!! Have a great day!

Hugs Giggles