Friday, 6 March 2015

What's Been Happening ...

You would think that after the magic beach break we had
 I would come home mentally and physically refreshed
  after all I am one of those mentally hyperactive types at the best of times
 and other than walking on the beach, and swimming
  I was horizontal for the better part of every day
 but instead of coming home like an energizer bunny on steroids
 I came home a touch subdued which was a bit puzzling at the time
  I put it down to missing the Wonder mutt and all that horribleness 
 but it turns out I was busy being a human petri dish and was incubating an epic flu

I didn't get the pretty flu either... you know where you sort of lounge around feeling a bit off
oh no I got the truly disgusting whole shebang
for a time I seriously considered whether I had some serious ebola type bug
though that may be due to the fact that we binge watched Helix on holiday
so my mind was on worse case scenarios big time after watching that show
and yes I can be that psycho and dramatic
after all a little light hypochondria isn't unexpected after the last 18 months

I even had man flu moments where I think I may have actually groaned out loud
 and courtesy of having a butt load of lymph nodes removed and zapped by radiation
I now get a rash all over lefty and the left hand side of my torso as the lymph nodes that are there can't work hard enough to clear all the crap which is a whole new joy
we are talking a rash that made me look like I have walked into a ketchup fight
or perhaps am an extra in a Quentin Tarantino movie... it is quite something to see

So I promptly went to bed and slept away the better part of a week
while the rash appeared and generated an ungodly amount of heat
I swear I could have been rented out as a snow melter, 
which I know lots of you could do with at the moment
I could have just swanned through those drifts and with a flash of what remains of lefty
those pesky snow drifts would have melted away in seconds... like a superpower

but with an awesome amount of sleep I started to recover nicely
and managed to get in and do this pen drawing of the perfume Sinus got me for Christmas
it had started as a watercolour but I learned from my lesson during treatment
I know better than to attempt to use watercolour in bed so I finished it off with a ballpoint pen
it was perfectly therapeutic working in pen
and I quite like the effect of blending watercolour with ballpoint
plus I preserved the new white duvet cover which we have on the bed
well white with one or two little teeny tiny pen marks... adds to the charm of it I am sure

So I am now firing on all cylinders and back in the studio and working on lots of fun projects
some I of which I can happily share like this illustration for Delicious Skin
which is a skin care that smells like chocolate... seriously... it is amazing
and I have been in a frenzy of drawing, sketching and painting
including that blue Elie Saab Resort Collection bottle that is just crying out to be painted
so I am going to leave you there and get back to it
Happy painting all ...xx


Anonymous said...

Skin care that smells like chocolate? How about tastes like chocolate? I am not going to go there because after all it is YOUR blog and not X-Rated.

So glad you are well again. I assumed you were just having fun on the beach!

PS did you get a package from me because if you didn't then I think someone in customs is enjoying it.

Marji said...

Glad you've dumped that lousy flu bug and have moved on to bigger and better things. That perfume bottle is marvelous - and chocolate skin care?! I hope you got lots of samples because that just seems too good to be true. Wishing you lots of productive studio time! Can't wait to see the blue bottle all painted up. M.x

Sinderella's Studio said...


VonnyK said...

So glad you are feeling better now and I hope all that splodgyness has gone from your left side. Your perfume bottle is just beautiful. The pen really makes it. I was going to try out the new skin cream until you said about the chocolate. I'm worried that in a half awake state in the mornings I may just have a lick. I guess that would wake me up in a hurry though.
Love your pics as always.
Luv Von.

Kate Robertson said...

Skin care that smells like chocolate, sounds great. Enjoyed the drawings this week. Glad to hear that youa re feeling better.


Giggles said...

Oh my, poor you!! Seems to be a lot of that going around this year! Glad you're on the mend!! Love the new sketches of all the yummy products and perfume!!

Hugs Giggles

Ayala Art said...

ay ay ay....Don't go catching the flu, not recommended! :oP Last December I was sick for like 3 weeks, and we all got it, took forever to feel well again... I hope you are all fine now. Lovely bottles! The lines look all nice and crisp

froebelsternchen said...

Chocolate skin care sounds heavenly, Just amazing all your drawings this week. Good to hear that you are feeling better now.
Happy PPF !

Catharina Engberg said...

Sounds like you had the kind of flue that I had when I was around 23-24 years when I thought that my time had come. Honestly; I fellt like I was going to die! I couldn´t move my body an inch for two weeks cause it hurt so terribly and my stomach turned inside out. Haven´t been that sick ever since. Anyway; happy that you are feeling better again by now and are back in business with all your paintinggear. I LOVE your perfumbottle it´s super nicely done!! I´m waiting to the the result of the other bottle as well :) Take care Trace!

Sandra Busby said...

I am so glad you are feeling better now Tracey! I've never had 'actual' flu before... just nasty colds, but it sounds like you had the real thing! Still, back at your painting station again which is medicinal in itself, right? Let's hope you just keep building your resistance to all those bugs! :))

PaintingWrite said...

I'm so glad to see you back in cyberspace Tracey - I was about to send out the virtual search parties as I've missed your presence in Facebook and around blogland. Your bout of flu sounds horrendous - I don't think I've ever had a bad flu - just head colds mostly (touch wood) but it doesn't sound pleasant. Anyway, I'm glad you fought it off and your perfume bottle is gorgeous - my favourite aqua tones as well. You must have a bottle of every perfume known to woman! As for this vegan skin care range - I really wish it was UK based as it sounds awesome but I imagine I'd need a mortgage to ship it over from Oz!They must be delighted with your illustration of their products - it's fab xx

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Neesie said...

So happy to have you back with us Trace. It sounds like once again you've been through the mill and back again... you poor thing.
I love this painting. The colour and lines are perfect.
So inspiring although I haven't got one perfume bottle to draw at the moment (hint hint... with Mothers Day coming up I must mention this in a conversation hehe)
Take it easy and stay well

coco.nut said...

wonderful work!

I wish you a lot of health! happy PPF!

Ritu Dua said...

Absolutely gorgeous !! The colors and the lines harmoniously blend together :)

Susan said...

The shading on that perfume bottle is amazing! I love glass but find it very difficult to sketch...nice lesson here. Chocolate skin care? Sounds fattening to me (without the taste). I would buy it for sure!

Linda Kunsman said...

sorry to hear you were SO ill after your vacation. Glad to see you're on the mend. Those perfume bottles are spectacular-the shading is amazing! Love the skin cream art too!

alarmcat said...

i'm heading over to check out chocolate skin care products ... yum! glad you are feeling better!

GlorV1 said...

Hi Tracey. Sorry to hear about you having the flu. You don't need those problems. I'm happy that you are feeling better and hope that dang rash goes away. Your bottles are amazing. I love them. I'm betting that perfume smells wonderful. I need to look that name up. Feel better, amazing work as always. Take care of yourself.

GlorV1 said...

Oh I forgot. Yay, you have the mushroom kit too. Love it!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Typing quietly seeing as it's the middle of the night for you there ;)
What an amazeballs perfume bottle Tracey. Truly one of your best!
And why haven't manufacturers cottoned on to the chocolate smelling skin care products before now?! I'm sure more ladies would have taken better care of their skin!
Yes I do mean me for one, lol
I do hope you are about fully recovered from the crap-kicking flu, it's really sh!t when you get that bad.
Sending healing vibes to help you on your way. Sleep well. {{hugs}} xox

Jo Murray said...

You are a hoot ! How you can be so funny when you are in such a state is beyond me. I LOVE your posts...they are uplifting ...and inspiring. Your sketches are divine. Who gives a stuff about pen on the duvet.

Renee Dowling said...

The effect of the watercolour paint with the ball point pen is very effective, I agree with you! Well done. So glad to hear you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

such lovely detailed pieces Tracey! Happy PPF!

My name is Erika. said...

I think you did come home inspired because you really nailed that bottle. It looks like a photo and very glass like. Fantastic work.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm so sorry to hear you got that horrid strand of the flu that's been going around, but glad you're better. I love your watercolor and pen illustration of the perfume bottle that Sinus gave you for Christmas. Blessings and Happy PPF!

Anonymous said...

Oh, there aren't any pretty flues, only in romantic fiction :D
The reality is much, much worse and horrible looking!
No time for selfies.

Your work is amazing, I'd never be able to create such light!

Jo said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better. I, too, had the nasty flu this year, even though I had a flu shot. It does wipe you out. I am happy to say I viewed your video on Soul Food. It's so nice to put a face with a name. Unfortunately your was the only video I was able to view. Don't know whether the site was having problems that day. Anyway, I so love your work.

Lindsay said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!! You did a wonderful job painting the bottles. Oh, chocolat cosmetics, love that...

Viola said...

I'm glad you're feeling well again! Hope it will remain!
And such stunning drawings and paintings! :)

Carol said...

The art is amazing this week. So sorry you had that nasty bug!! But I do love your uplifting descriptions of what must have been a very uncomfortable condition. Hope you are fully mended now or at least almost there. ♥

Serena Lewis said...

It's great that you're back and firing on all cylinders. Flues can be so nasty and you had to deal with a nasty rash to boot. :(

Love your artwork! That skincare range sounds divine!

Happy Sunday to you! xx

denthe said...

Wow, I never would've guessed that was ballpoint pen. It looks great! So sorry to hear about that nasty flu you got, and glad that you're back on your feet now and raring to go!

Anonymous said...

Lovely watercolors. So sorry about the creeping bug of ugliness and red rash heat. Sounds so dreadful. Glad you are better. xox

Anonymous said...

I am sooo in love with this drawing/painting, it is so beautiful, and you have really mangaed to make it out standing! Good to hear that you are back from being sick :)

Faye said...

First off, thanks for visiting my blog, Tracey. You are never far from my mind. I am so sorry about the flu you had to endure. I didn't realize that bit about the lack of lymph nodes and rash. As usual your art is astounding. I love the way you achieve the transparent look of the perfume bottle. What a gift You mentioned in your comment that you like straight lines and simple colors (or something of that order), well, so do I and I think that's why I am having trouble getting "into" this book alteration business. I love watercolors and yours are the best!

kat said...

Hello Tracey, thanks for the lovely comment you left for me, I appreciate your visit. It's good to come back here and see what you have been up to, so sorry about that horrible flu, such a nasty one too! But you seem well on the mend and creating beautiful work as always, all the best,