Friday, 31 July 2015

Sinus And The Creepy Ice Cream Scoop...


One of the things I love about staying in a beach house is that there are always oddities that the owners obviously feel no holiday home should be without, and in this case it was this weird ice cream scoop. It was downright creepy, not to mention it was mildly obscene as it felt a bit wrong to be holding it around its weird little bulging body parts, plus its feet are reminiscent of butts... so all round a strange inclusion, but hey whatever floats the owner's boats right. All in all it was a pretty decent break, a jigsaw was started and not finished, books were read, candy was consumed, rubbish was talked, beaches were walked, we got lost, we grumbled about the rain, we watched crap tv, and some good, we chatted, and annoyed each other and played small but gloriously childish pranks, and chased every bit of sun we could find, but there were two things that dominated... one was the weird little ice cream guy, and the other was a bloody pinball machine.


Renting a beach house which has weird acoustics which also had the oh so charming existence of a pinball machine smack bang in the middle of the bloody house, meant I was constantly woken up from my naps by the rather disconcerting feeling that I had in fact been asleep on top of said pinball machine. It was loud!!! Like scary loud which meant the soundtrack for the week was the not so joyous sound of pings, slaps, that weird flapper/flipper sound, bongs, and raised voices and taunts being levelled at each other by Sinus and Phantom... I swear sometimes it is like having two toddlers in the house not a father and adult daughter. Phantom showed quite the aptitude for it, and Sinus had his competitive streak in full view as they had epic battles outdoing each other, flinging taunts and teasing with abandon, not to mention one fabulous example of family harmony which resulted in me banning them both from playing for at least an hour and sending them to opposite ends of the house. I was allowed one game, which lasted all of two seconds, and then I was forever prohibited from repeating such embarrassment. No taunts were issued, they just said I was to never do that again in their presence.... ever... bit harsh really


Of course they didn't play pinball the whole time, and the beach was explored whenever the sun came out, but Sinus decided to bring along the ice cream scoop. Seriously, that is weird right... anyway I had made the mistake of reminding him that friends of ours take a garden gnome on holidays... which is genius in my mind... and he decided that we too needed a mascot, so creepy ice cream scoop came on our walks. not just on our walks,but he was photographed along the way.  Sinus ignored our protests that he would look weird walking along with an ice cream scoop, and of course he not only bought it along, and photographed it, but he also had the scoop chatting to us... dead weird... but some great photos came out of it


and no one can say Sinus doesn't commit to a shot because that sand was cold...


Weird ice cream scoop even kept me company while I did the only sketch of the trip. It was a very quick one, as I am not great at public sketching at the best of times, but add in the whole weird scoop sitting near you and chatting to you and it was quite the thing really. 


I tried edging away from him,  to try to distance myself from the weirdness, but Sinus kept moving him closer so in the end I gave up and just dashed off a quick sketch and retreated to the car... at least holidays are never boring I suppose and best of all creepy ice cream scoop is back in the drawer where he belongs.


happy painting all...xx

28 comments:

Nic McLean said...

he's not creepy at all - he's adorable! I think the photos of him are hilarious and admire Sinus' artistic creativity!
I think you should probably hunt down your own cute scoop and keep him beside you in the studio.
It looks lovely where you were and your holiday sounds perfect (Apart from the rain and the pinball machine!)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just gorgeous! Happy PPF !oxo Susi

Jennifer McLean said...

Ya, but does he scoop ice-cream? Hehehe. You guys always have the best times and the best stories. Now I wish I was at the beach with a weird little blue butted ice-cream scoop to follow me around. ;o) (I just know you're gonna miss him, I'll put him on your Christmas list, lol.)

Owing Email soon, I promise!!

Möwe von der Insel said...

Thanks for all the good laughs Tracey :))
I've seen that kind of scoop before and
I didn't like it myself :) But maybe they
bought it to make sure it will stay there ;)
Love your little landscape sketch!
Too bad you didn't make more, but at least
you had a real vacation :))

Have a beautiful weekend!
Möwe

Clare Lloyd said...

Fun, lovely watercolour. Happy PPF

Belinda Basson said...

I love the way you have made the scoop a "him" I see it as a "her" with eyes in the back of her head! Cos that's what us moms have... Too funny. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your house some time... You make it sound so wonderfully quirky and fun. I can't imagine my hubby taking the scoop out for a photo shoot, though that is just what I would do!

sirkkis said...

Lovely painting. Happy PPF♥

Sandy said...

I think those photos will always stand out in among all the other photos as that time you remember the wonderful fun you had photographing the scoop. They are awesome photos..
Happy PPF
Sandy :)

laurie said...

I don't think, I KNOW Sinus has your sense of humor and creativity for sure!!!
What a beautiful spot for time away, it sounds lovely except for the pin ball machine, such a beautiful sketch/ painting,,
unusual ice cream scoop but its kind of cute,, lol, looks like,,,, a cartoon character, beautiful color it is,,

Fallingladies said...

I had a mascot for my trip recently as well, yours is decidedly and charmingly a bit odder but both are fun! love your sketch of the blue guy!

Denyse Whelan. said...

What a funny old item that was! Did you actually scoop any ice cream with it?? Glad your holiday was both a change of pace and place! Denyse x

cjsrq said...

Thanks for the chuckle! A creepy ice cream scoop - too funny! But it made for great photos. Great little painting!

Linda Kunsman said...

honestly, I don't think you guys could ever come up with anything too weird to play with or sketch! Love it! The scenery is so beautiful and of course I love your seaside sketch. I'll be heading for the beach soon and am taking sketching supplies to work on some lessons and practice.

Marji said...

Sounds like the perfect break! Even for the scoop which I'm sure had never been out of the hose let alone on the beach for glorious walks and photo sessions. Fun had by all and I love your sketch and seeing your part of the world. Welcome back :)

Penny Lee StewArt said...

I think I found his cousin on Ebay if you want to bid on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Koziol-Germany-I-SCREAM-Blue-Ice-cream-Scoop-/171851098888?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item28031fab08

Penny Lee StewArt said...

Hey, Wait a minute - I just found him in your choice of colors. LOL.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Koziol-I-SCREAM-Ice-cream-Scoop/331098904000?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D32765%26meid%3D4f301794d74f4df1bfb5e5553909d5a1%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D171851098888

Liz Waeltz said...

Love the photos! Looks like he's having a good time :)
Liz Waeltz Art

Jo Murray said...

Hilarious. Weird ice-cream scoop should find a place in your kitchen.

Giggles said...

I have to admit when I saw this scoop drawing at first glance I thought what is Tracey up to now, drawing bits of abstract blue crab claws. One never knows what brilliant idea you might come up with...however once my eyes focused I knew it was an odd ice cream scoop... everything you have said about it seems so true!! The one thing you never mentioned was if it worked well...after all isn't that what it's all about...whether it works well or not... It sure worked well as a gnome replacement for quirky sinus the sand sniffer!!

Hugs Giggles

~Rasz~ said...

Love your painting of the spoon...how funny! And a pin ball machine is also a little strange in a beach house. The ocean and beach, with the spoon included were beautiful. So...did you take the ice cream spoon home with you, lol!!! Happy PPF!

My name is Erika. said...

Your photos with the ice cream scoop are a riot, and I enjoyed your post. Looks like you went to a gorgeous beach-how fun to have a little get away, ice cream scoop or not.

ZenziB said...

Tracey - you are the best kind of nutty! Thanks for making me laugh!

rosy durand said...

sketch nice! it makes me think of Duffy, I love

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hilarious. Totally hilarious. I'm so glad you had a lovely break away even tho' you were prohibited from improving your pinball game and had to be keep company with a creepy scoop, lol.
I love your sketch. I'm so envious of anyone who can sketch loosely like this. Although it's not filled with minutiae, it's immediately obvious what it is. My brain insists on adding tiny details that take an age to draw; it's as if my brain thinks no-one will be able to tell what it is without all the bittys, and then inevitably it's time to go and I've not completed one drawing. Very frustrating.
Blimey, what a whine! Love your tale and love your painting! <3 xoxo

Neesie said...

Ahh but are you sure he's in the drawer Trace... It sounds like Sinus was VERY attached to him. Maybe he's adopted him and he'll appear when you least expect it. I have to agree with you though, it is certainly a strange one. I've never seen one like it before, but hey ho it was someone's pride and joy design and it takes all sorts I suppose.
Have to give credit where credit is due too... Sinus took some fantastic photo's. Had to laugh at him lying prostrate on the beach for 'that shot'
It's the kind of thing I would do.
Love the paintings. Admire that you managed to do any whilst away. I carried my art supplies (even with limited weight allowance) only to carry then back again without even looking at them!
I'm in search of sun because I didn't find much whilst away... fingers crossed August will be tropical!!! Ha!
Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

Sandra Busby said...

Well only YOUR lot could give an ice-cream scoop an actual personality!! I almost wet my pants when I saw those photo's! Hilarious!! And aside from the painting of the scoop - I just LOVE your sketch!! I wish mine could be so free and lively but mine are always so laboured! I drive myself barmy! I just love it!!! It sounds like you had a lovely break (aside from the pin ball machine that is) and hopefully you recharged and raring to go again! :0)

Tammie Lee said...

i bet that is the most use that spoon has ever received.

lovely to hear about your fun time away and see your charming drawings.

Carol said...

Finally getting the chance to pop in and visit! So glad I didn't miss the saga of the Blue Scoop!!!Those are some great photos and do love your drawings and paintings ♥