Friday, 20 February 2015

Holiday Wrap Up...

 We are home after a pretty amazing time up at the beach
 there is something pretty cool about no longer needing to go on our family holidays
 during school holidays... yet another advantage of Phants being at university
 I swear there were times when we had the whole beach to ourselves
and while I have to say it was decidedly odd and a bit sad 
to go on a holiday without the wonder mutt, we still had a fabulous time

 So fabulous that I did bugger all drawing and painting
there was some of the normal shenanigans
mad conversations involving what we should name our new furbaby 
when we are eventually ready for one
I am favouring Graham or Barry, but am getting hailed down like crazy
of course I also liked Wally because of course you then get to ask Where's Wally
I mean that is a no brainer in my book but Sinus and Phantom Steve
have been oddly resistant to those names
which is a shame as I believe they are genius names

I did sketch up the view that I looked at as I had my cuppa every morning
the beach is just the other side of the tea trees
and I do love the dappled light and sounds of the waves
it is instant relaxation

I also painted up some tomatoes
no clue why, they just happened to be sitting on the kitchen bench
and if truth be told I was in that state of barely being bothered to move
so it was probably more about laziness than anything else
but on holidays that is a good thing

Laziness also led to me not coming to the aid of my darling daughter in the pool
Phantom Steve managed to beach herself like a whale getting out of the pool
I swear her body was out and those skinny little legs were going like crazy
but she was stuck half in and half out and making a decidedly odd noise
she eventually got herself sorted but it was quite something to see the contortions required
she did manage to work out a system by the end of the 11 days
but really I can't quite get my head around why you wouldn't just swim over to the steps
but I long ago gave up understanding what goes on in her brain
and if she wanted to half beach herself multiple times a day then that is fine by me
it was endlessly amusing

I also attempted some sketching of the house across the road
and it has more than a small case of the wonks
there is a decided lean in my sketch that isn't there in the real thing obviously
but hey, I was low on chocolate at the time so I may blame that
plus I had managed to win a card game the night before
I was still a bit shaky as it almost turned into a blood sport
and involved much cheating, throwing of lolly snakes
and heckling that would make the English cricket team proud
so my nerves were shot for days after that and it showed in my drawings I believe

Sketching took a back seat to trying to capture just how awesome the beach was
and it was amazing
sunrise over the water is truly one of the most magical things about our break
and Sinus managed the photo of the trip with his capturing of a blue bottle on the beach
cool photo right
And like all great holidays we have all come home refreshed and relaxed and raring to go
which meant I managed to update the process post from last week as my refreshed brain
managed to find some progress photos
happy painting all... xx


cjsrq said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation...but how did you let the supply of chocolate run so low?

Joy said...

I would like to have a vacation like that:)

Joy said...

I would like to have a vacation like that:)

froebelsternchen said...

What a great vacation and beautiful artwork!
Happy PPF Tracey!

PaintingWrite said...

It looks absolutely beautiful Tracey. Glad you had such a relaxing time. x

PaintingWrite said...

It looks absolutely beautiful Tracey. Glad you had such a relaxing time. x

Neesie said...

Ahhh... looking at your photos, artwork and hearing about your shinanagins, I feel I've been on holiday and I haven't even had to leave my bed. The only trouble is I don't have chocolate! (Gasp) I may have to nip down to my secret supply store. Note to self... keep some up here in my drawers! Oh that sounds quite rude... sorry.
Love the work in progress posts... so inspiring.
Enjoy your weekend and good luck with the names.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Here I am from the Barmy Army (altho' perhaps best not to talk about the English Cricket team...) to admire your holiday snaps and creative works, all as gorgeous as ever, glad you have come home refreshed and raring to go...
...Wanna lolly snake?!

Susan said...

Holidays at the beach are the BEST. But I must say, those tomatoes look good enough to eat! Happy PPF

Karla B said...

Love your art. It is inspiring!

Linda Kunsman said...

any time spent at the beach is heavenly! Love your photos and especially the sketches. Your tomatoes are fabulous! Glad you had such a nice relaxing time.

Miss Marple said...

LOVE those juicy tomatoes! Happy PPF - Irma

Faye said...

I love the sketch of your morning view with the light seeping through the trees. It really has depth. One of the best things about internet is that we can have summer all year long if we visit people online who live in the southern hemisphere. The beach scenes are gorgeous. So glad you had a good vacation.

Rita said...

What a wonderful getaway vacation! Love your sketches. Glad you are already thinking about a new furbaby. Too much love to give over there not to share it with another sweet thing. :)

TwinkleToes2day said...

Glad you had a great holiday Tracey and how nice that the beach wasn't crowded and there were no tussles for deck chairs, lol. Those tomatoes are a gorgeous shade of red, hope they tasted as good :)
I'm with on you on Wally for a pet name, Lol A neighbour had a dog they called Askim; endless fun for the kids.
You'll be glad to get back to routine? Yes? No? Have a wonderful weekend anyway, whatever you're upto ((hugs)) xx

Giggles said...

So glad you had a magical holiday! I will email you about those furbaby such a co-inkydink here.... it will make you giggle.

I have been craving those kind of tomatoes lately.... in a sandwich... seems the kids have been buying grape ones lately!! Now I need it even more!! Don't fault me but bacon would be a tasty addition too!!lol

Hugs Giggles

Gillena Cox said...

oh oh oh those tomatoes are yummy

happy PPF

much love...

Silke Powers said...

Ahhhhh, just looking at those photos and your sketches made me feel all relaxed and a just a little warmer. And your story about your daughter had me laughing out loud... xoxo Silke

GlorV1 said...

Just beautiful Tracey. Glad you were able to get out and about.

Anonymous said...

Looks to be a fabulous place, except for Mr. Jellyfish. You can keep those thank you. xox

Jo said...

Beautiful as always. I love your stories and your tomatoes. :) Your vacation sounds awesome.

My name is Erika. said...

Your beach trip looks fantastic. I love the idea of going when the rest of the world isn't there. Jealous too. I want to do that but as a teacher I am still stuck in the holiday mode-along with everyone else-even thought the baby girl is now gone from the nest. Gorgeous sketches, as usual.

Michellem said...

Great beach photos! If I tried to hoist myself from the pool from the side I'd still be half in the pool - my legs all blue and pruney - not pretty!

Ayala Art said...

Painted by you, somehow everything looks better, shinier! :oD

Ayala Art said...

Painted by you, somehow everything looks better, shinier! :oD

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Love your sketches. The tomatoes look fantastic. :)

bellefrogworks said...

We live near the beach - but it's been cool here in balmy South Carolina (only up to 38F here yesterday - just a bit above 0C - normal winter high is 60. So I loved the beach fix photos - yes I am addicted and I don't mean to get the cure! Definitely wanting some summer tomatoes - yours looked delicious. Glad you had a good vaca - loved your description of Phantom Steve exiting the pool

Tammie Dickerson said...

Love the tomatoes and the long format! How wonderful to get so much rest and relaxation beach side - and what fantastic cloudscapes! They are simply begging to be painted! Happy PPF :)

Carol said...

Sounds like such a heavenly vacation :) Love the art you shared and I'm with you on the names ♥

Sandra Busby said...

Oh wow - It looks divine there! What a perfect place to kick back and recharge. I felt so much better after our holiday and was raring to get to my easel when I got home. I always think an important part of the creative process is to take some time just to wind down - just so I can wind back up again. I was like a spinning top when I got home! Where's Wally??? Hahahaha! I LOVE that! Yep - that's about my sense of humour too! I met the cutest, tiniest little dog the other day - he was so small, practically pocket sized and when I asked his name, the owner replied, 'Dave.' I nearly wet my pants! :0)

JKW said...

Wonderful and fun vacation. Love the pictures. What is the purple bushes? I miss lilacs, it's too hot here for them to grow. Blessings, Janet PPF

Viola said...

I am so delighted by your drawings and paintings! Love the colors, and what a wonderful wonderful beach!

Serena Lewis said...

Lovely to hear you enjoyed such a fabulous holiday away albeit with a touch of sadness in the absence of sweet Mushu. I can tell that the next little fur-kid will be so loved and spoiled, just as it should be. Love those tomatoes!

I love your art and I love your sense of always brightens my day. Thanks. xx