Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A Better Start ...

All of a sudden I have my painting mojo back
 not that it was all that absent, more that it was easily distracted
 and it was a bit of a task getting into the swing in the studio each day
 once I got going on things it was all fine
but the normal triggers I use to get going weren't really cutting it all of a sudden
I am gloriously haphazard in everything except for my routine when I start work for the day
that has been more or less set in concrete and you interrupt it at your peril
but for the last two weeks or so I get in the studio each morning
and find myself staring at the desk with the same attitude I usually keep for exercise
I know it is going to be great once I get going, but it is going to hurt to get started

So I was going to be heading into the studio with a touch of trepidation this morning
but luckily I was at the shops yesterday I saw this nexba iced tea
tea, watermelon and great packaging means it was the holy trinity of must buy for me
three of my favourite things in one lovely can... how could it not be great
so instead of my usual pot of tea
I started my studio day this morning with this tin of wonderfulness
and I sailed into a sketch of it with ease
and before I knew it the paint was going down with ease
It is bloody delicious and actually tastes like real tea
and it was fab to draw, so all round a great start to the day

so great I decided to attack this month's GoodnessMe illustration
it has been stuck at this first layer of paint stage for a day or so
and has been giving me all sorts of grief
I try to keep them fresh and different and I look forward to painting them each month
but this one had been troubling me a bit and not quite coming together the way I wanted

but thanks to the magic start with the drinking and painting of the iced tea
I was feeling pretty positive and energized
there isn't anything better than one drawing and painting going well
to get you in the headspace to tackle something that has been not going so great
I jumped in and got it finished off and it came together in no time
I am thinking maybe this nexba stuff is some sort of magic creative juice
happy painting all...xx


Jennifer McLean said...

two things, one, I'm betting the sugar rush from that fabulous sounding tea (and tasting apparently) was just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. Two, THAT'S JUST HOW I FEEL ALL THE TIME when I start painting. Maybe I have to get some magic tea too. Love to all,

Neesie said...

Ok I'm sold Trace... where can I get me a case of that magic juice?!!?!
Fantastic work and words that are so inspiring. I'm going to stare at your illustration and hope when I go into my studio this morning that something rubs off and I can produce something (anything) worthwhile.

Catharina Engberg said...

I have a surprise for you Tracey in my blog. Please have a look! :)


Catharina Engberg said...

I have a surprise for you Tracey in my blog. Please have a look! :)


Unknown said...

It must be something in the air these days. I've been feeling the same way. Think I'll make a stop at the grocery store after work to look for inspiration. ;) ~ karen

Anonymous said...

Yum watermelon ice tea, bet is is fab. I usually make my own, because I don't like much sugar in my tea, but a slush of watermelon sounds so good. Lovely sketches, every time. xox

TwinkleToes2day said...

Definitely a gorgeous tin worth painting, the colours are fabulous. I wonder if there's anything like that over here. And the GoodnessMe box looks as delicious as ever, so many yummy things to tantalise. Great paintings Tracey {{Hugs}} xo

Barbara Dane Lapins said...

Love both paintings! That ice tea sounds delicious.

Unknown said...

I like your version of the ice tea much better than the original :))
Have a fine day

Tinna ✐

Rita said...

Magic creative juice! I need some of that! LOL!
Both turned out great. Glad you have gotten your mojo back. :)

Jaz Higgins said...

Sounds deliciously refreshing! I might need some of this magical potion. xo

Polly Birchall said...

I love all your 'goodness' paintings, they always cheer me up

Sandra Busby said...

It's hard to imagine that your painting don't simply fall off your brush from where I'm sitting! They always look so brilliant and yet so effortless! And I LOVE it! One of my favorites actually! And now you are famous!!! Don't forget us now, will you!! ;0)

Anonymous said...

Watermelon tea . . . Aussies have it all! Love the idea, and M would be in heaven. Great post! BTW I love clicking "I'm not a robot" -- cracks me up because if I WAS a robot I'd be a smart one programmed to click that dang box for sure . . .

Giggles said...

Wow I missed this last week...what a lot of detail. I am always amazing by your eye for detail..and perspective. Everything seems so even and sized properly. That's a gift we don't all have!! Looks wonderful considering it gave you trouble!!

Hugs Giggles