Friday, 19 June 2015

My Week Part 2 ...


It has been a fairly awesome week...busy and full of lots of different and new things and the only down side being very little time for play drawing and painting. I did squeeze in an experiment with painting a water bottle while I had my morning cuppa which held the frustration at bay that I usually feel when I don't get to get the million images and ideas in my brain down on paper. I am trying to work out a way to combine watercolour and ballpoint pen so that it has the structure of a pen drawing, but also the looseness of a painting. I can see it in my mind... well sort of see it, it sort of is still a bit fuzzy and with this I am not quite there yet... but it is totally on its way. I actually scanned it without the black pen to finish it and I am still not sure that it was needed ... it just felt a bit weird to not finish it off with black to tell you the truth... basically I just couldn't help myself

A big part of why it was a good week was the amazing comments than emails that people sent in response to last week's post... it was humbling and uplifting and wonderful all rolled into one magnificent virtual hug... and I really started my week off in an amazing frame of mind. So much so that a slightly odd grocery shop experience didn't dent my glow...I was waiting in the endless line when a random stranger in the line smiled at me and asked me what I did for a living... that is a weird thing to ask someone in a line isn't it?... anyway I said, artist/ illustrator/teacher/ blogger and she asked me why on earth I would ever want to blog... and isn't it a bit odd to share your life so publicly... of course I assured her that why I may be a bit odd at times, it actually represents a sense of community that seems to be sorely missing from society today... I was actually quite proud of such a response, though I admit to being relieved when another checkout opened and the Nosy Nelly bolted over to that one with a pace that made my hair blow back... randomly weird... of course when I got home I noticed that I had some paint in my hair and a smear on the hem of my shirt, so maybe that sparked her curiosity... who knows... maybe she is just nosy

But it did get me thinking about why I love blogging so much. Yes it is an amazing community, and the whole finding your tribe thing is pretty cool too, not to mention the support and friendship and all that...  the response to last week is the perfect example of that...they are all totally great reasons, but I think there are some others that maybe aren't talked about so publicly sometimes and maybe it is time to bring them out in the open.

I totally love that I can visit my friends in my pj's and see what they have been up to, and nose around their world... how could you not love that

Even better is I can sit and catch up with them while eating peanut butter out of a jar with a spoon and they don't say a word. They also don't mention when I have bed head, my lack of make up, the fact that I am wearing two different socks,that I am working in pajamas and it is 11am, or that dust bunnies are being blown across the room like tumbleweeds. It is like total acceptance by default... awsome... what is there to not love... 


I could wax lyrical about how awesome blogging is for hours, but I am off to do some editing... I filmed the process of painting up the June GoodnessMe Box this month and I am sort of eager to get to the editing... it is always exciting as I am slightly dodgy on the filming side of things and who knows what I will have to work with. But hopefully there won't be too many faux pas in there and I will have a video to post soon... happy painting all...xx

37 comments:

Lynn Richards said...

I love blogging for all those same reasons! What a terrific answer you were able to give. I wonder if Miss Nosy has had a change of heart? Love the water bottle-it looks all "water-y"-you know-serene and calm. Love it!

GlorV1 said...

Great job on all your work. I especially love the PIC's peanut butter. It's great. Good luck on your editing. I always look forward to blogging on Friday and sometime on other days. Everyone on PPF is in my book TOPS, especially you Tracey. Have a wonderful day.

Valerie-Jael said...

Nice work, your peanut butter has inspired me....off to make some toast to eat with it! Happy PPF, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

The waterbottle looks fab! With the black lines it looks even more fab- indeed!
Always love your work and you are right :blogging is great- I agree with you!
Happy PPF Tracey!

Paper rainbow said...

I missed last weeks post and have gone back to have a read. What a beautiful and heartfelt piece. You have been on such ab emotional rollercoaster. I admire your courage and determination so much. I love the way you describe visiting your blogging friends in your pjs. Its right we do! :)

Clare Lloyd said...

Happy blogging and love your art work as always. Happy PPF

Abigail Davidson said...

So true -- blogging is its own art form! The illustration looks great, and always happy to visit from PPF -- lovely post!

Nic McLean said...

what a lovely post - it just radiates positivity! I love the water bottle and I have to admit that I agree about the black lines - any time I ever worked with watercolour I always felt it seemed more complete somehow with an outline! I think the black provides a nice contrast to the watercolour and somehow makes it bolder. It'll be interesting to see how your ball point pen technique works out though.
I love the answer you gave to that woman - I wonder what she does for a living - you obviously struck her as an interesting bohemian arty sort of person to compel her to ask you. I also love all those wonderful reasons you gave that make the blogging community so great - anything that means I can stay in my PJs is always a winner with me!!

Ayala Art said...

That bottle of water looks so refreshing!
I totally agree with you about blogging, we get to meet fantastic people with the same passion for art :oD

Denyse Whelan. said...

You write long never ending sentences like I do and just like to talk like I do which is why, even though we are in the same country, if we met it would be a non- stop talk fest.. Tea for YOU & coffee for ME!!

Rosie Kaplan said...

Terrific watery water bottle.

Giggles said...

What a perfectly beautiful post! I absolutely adore what you said to nosy Nelly!There really is a lack in society that we can find in blogging. Like minded souls connecting is a wonderful thing! Thanks for always inspiring us!

Hugs Giggles

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm glad to hear you're in much better spirits this week. I think you nailed it with you answer about blogging. Of course, the convenience about not having to dress up or clean your house before visiting with blogging friends is also very convenient - LOL! By the way, I loved the painting you did of my cup, so I posted it on my blog along with a little shout out. Happy PPF, my blogging friend! #34

My name is Erika. said...

You made some wise comments about blogging, and I TOTALLY AGREE. Plus you get to chat with like minded people and I don't know about you, in my life there isn't enough of them. There are too many who care if you are wearing 2 different socks or if the dust bunnies are blowing by. Like who really cares? Love the water bottle and have an excellent week. Haven't made it back in these last 2 weeks to my fruits and vegs with school ending but next week I will be there with bells on my feet. I can't wait.

Sharon Fritchman said...

I loved reading your post, Tracey! And why some people feel the need to ask personal questions while in line is beyond me! But I loved your response, too! And your art work is absolutely wonderful and always inspires me! HUGS!!!

Linda Kunsman said...

You have described a love of blogging beautifully Tracey and I feel the same way. Good response to nosy Nelly:) Your water bottle is gorgeous!!

Christine said...

Only you can turn a water bottle into a work of art, Tracey. I love the blogworld too, it is so supportive.

Rita said...

Ballpoint. I haven't even used one to write with for a couple decades. Well, ever since the Flair pens came out--in colors--whenever that was? Could have been three decades ago? More? Now I'll have to google that--lol! And then came gel pens--whoohoo!!

Okay, I googled Flair pens--OMG! They arrived in the US in the 60's!! So, even if it was the late 60s we're talking almost 50 years ago!! I suddenly feel quite old--ROFL!

Anyways, love the bottle and the food painting...and that you had paint in your hair at the store! :):) The people I have spent time with in blogland have been kind, supportive, funny, generous, smart, talented, and such good cyber friends. It's hard to explain to people who don't blog or to people who have only run across self-promotion-business-blogs or bitch-blogs, etc. I love your explanation...and your stray paint. :):)

denthe said...

I can't really say which version of the water bottle I like best. It might even be the one without the black. But both look equally stunning. Love your answer to that nosy lady :-)

Faye said...

First off, your bottle, with and without black pen, is gorgeous. You really have a knack for making transparent things look that way. And your comments about blogging hit the nail on the head. Several times lately I have felt pushed by so much house maintenance that I have considered dropping out of the blog scene. But then I think of all the wonderful friends I have met, none of which I will ever see in person, I'm sure. I love the blogging art community.

TwinkleToes2day said...

You make my heart sing! I love this virtual world because I do not feel judged and I can say things that would be too embarrassed to say irl. I can be who I want to be. I can be my own kind of beautiful and you always make that ok {{Hugs}} xoxox

peggy gatto said...

you are so funny, I always enjoy reading your blog and admire your artistic skills. you have taught me a lot !!!

Mascha said...

A great drawning of the bottle!
Once begun to blogging, it seems, we can't stop it ;-)
Greetings from Germany

Neesie said...

Brilliant painting... I love that there are so many colour included in a bottle of water. As to the blogging. I once had a 'friend' ask why I spent so much time with virtual friend in the blogging world instead of with real friends! I didn't know where to start because she just wouldn't get it without being into blogging. Where would I start to explain just how brilliant and special blogging can be? I feel she is the one missing out and maybe she was just a little jealous that I wasn't spending enough time with her :/
I'm so happy that your virtual hug helped xx

Laila said...

Good answer to the nosy one, and I bet she went home and searched for some blogs to check out herself.

It's amazing to see your two bottles of water, the upper one, with pen lines, shouts Tracey, the other one is much harder to address. Lovely work as always.

Carol said...

Great art again Tracey! You nailed with all of the great things about blogging. If you don't blog or at least read blogs you just can't understand. Now I"m off to pack up some more boxes :)

sheila 77 said...

I've found that people in Real Life who don't blog have no understanding at all about blogging, even artist friends, and they cannot comprehend our friendship and complete understanding of, say, a little house half an inch high painted in watercolour, or a beautifully drawn and painted water bottle. And some of us look like a flower or an illustration or painted lady and no-one minds.
That was a very interesting blogpost.
I hope all is well with you, have a good week.

Cindy D. said...

What a great combination of pen and watercolor! As for blogging, I wish I had more time for it. Alas!

Fallingladies said...

Love that water bottle, the pen lines are perfect, and i always feel the same way about black lines. I want them, yet i try not to add them, feeling like it is more true art if i don't add them for some reason, and usually end up feeling the piece is no good without them.

Marianne said...

The water-bottle is amazing!!
Love your style...

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous water bottle, Trace, love the way you you used the colours.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Tammie Dickerson said...

Love it!! I totally agree - total acceptance without judgement! What is better than that? Love your drawing - and I don't think the black is needed at all :)

Sandra Busby said...

Oh, yes... all of the above! I LOVE blogging for all of those reasons too. It is an amazing sense of community and I love that - It's just a shame that so many seem to be disappearing... and I keep reading that blog posts must be kept short and to the point and yet I am a natural waffler, but I have been trying to keep mine short recently. That said, I love a good long blog post to read if it is interesting enough to keep me with it and I never have any problem of 'mindwanderitis' when I read yours! So maybe I shouldn't worry so much about all that myself either... Hmm... Anyway, I love your water bottle and actually I do think the black finishes it off perfectly! :0)

Connie said...

Oh, my goodness, I am over the moon to have found your wonderful blog. Adding you to my favorites list, so that I never miss and post. Your newest follower and blogging sister,
Connie :)

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Hello Tracey,
I love blogging just as much even though
I just took a longer break :)
And I also love doing it in my pj's :))
I like the water bottle, I'm not sure if
I would have used the black pen.
I think more that the ballpoint pen
replaces the black pen. But that's up
to you, it's your bottle :))
Looking forward to your new video!

Wish you a great week without Nellies :))

Tinna ✐
(back at brush and pen:))

And now I'm going to read all your
posts I've missed :))



Viola said...

The bottle with the roll pen came out very lovely, and such a wonderful blue color!
I smiled when I read what you answered the one in line in the shop. It was a very wise and true answer! :) You are so right! :)

Viola said...

Sorry.. What I meant was..
a ballpoint pen..
and lovely blue colors..