Friday, 4 September 2015

The Holy Grail...


This week Sinus Man and I went on a bit of a date... well by date I mean he came along while I went to the yarn store to buy yarn I didn't need, and a hook that I did ... and the deal of him coming along was that I would get him a good coffee. Actually I am now thinking if I had to bribe him it wasn't much of a date really. So after a mildly heated disagreement over where The Hawthorne Garage actually was... I was right by the way as I have an uncanny sense of direction, whereas Sinus can get lost driving home from work which is five minutes walk away! Yet another reason why we are a good team, or rather we would be if he ever believed my directions! ... we arrived and found the holy grail of gluten free... bagels!!!


Phantom Steve is a coeliac and I have an intolerance so we are a gluten free household, and have been for many, many years. We are talking back in the dark ages where the gluten free aisle at the grocer consisted on three mildly manky products. But now gluten free products are more prevalent, tastier and so much easier to find and life is certainly a bit easier. Having said that Phants and I often engage in a good old game of what do you miss most. Number one on my list has always been bagels so to find these was fairly monumental... and they actually taste like bagels... awesome. Plus I found these delicious bars from The Health Food Guys which I have been having as a breakfast on the go in the studio because I have been slammed with some illustration projects so time to work on other painting has been a bit short this week. 

Being so busy is making it hard to find the time to create a lot of artwork for me, so I am finding that doing my Week On A Page sketches in a sketchbook is a bit of a creative lifesaver. I add little drawings as I think of them, or as I find a bit of time, and by the end of the week I usually have a page of outlines at the very least, though sometimes I actually get in and paint them along the way as well. What is really great is I have to really think about how they are going to work together and it has to grow and change as the week goes on so I have to  think about composition as well... so it feels as though they are doing all sorts of work... they are helping me to be mindful, they are fun, they are getting me doing at least some drawing and painting each day that isn't work related, they make me think about composition, colour and negative space and all that good stuff. Plus by posting them every Tuesday I have been making myself accountable and have managed to keep it up for six weeks. Of course the biggest plus ifs that it is fun... fun to create, fun to think about, and fun to plan in my head while I am doing other things.

 All round a pretty awesome week when I think of it
happy painting all...xx

21 comments:

Rita said...

It must be difficult to find gluten free foods even now, so glad you found some that are tasty.
I love your week on a page sketches! Well, I love any of your sketches. ;)

Lynn Cohen said...

I like your style so much that you could draw and paint anything and I'd like it!
As for breads I've almost eliminated them from my diet, rarely I get a vegan sandwich, but that's about it. No, I don't miss it.
Don't have to be glutin free, just cutting carbs down. ( except popcorn, I do eat those carbs!)

Kate Robertson said...

Beautiful illustrations, you can make anything look good.

Giggles said...

The kids just found a vegan bakery near our house during the power outage. Not sure if it's gluten free...but boy did the pizza crust taste amazing! The cookies were so good too and very low in calories...we're hooked. Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous work.Always a joy to see what you're up too!

Hugs Giggles

sirkkis said...

Much has happend - and your art tells it so well.
Happy PPF xx

Nordljus said...

They certainly do look delicious. I think it's great how far things have developed with both gluten and lactose free products, that you can now get a great variety at the supermarket. I remember buying goats milk yogurt at the health shop 10 years ago. They were tasty, but tiny and cost at least 3 times as much as a normal one.
I really like your weekly pages, what a great idea!

Ginger said...

I just love your illustrations! So glad I found you on PPF!

Studio Kaufmann said...

Congrats on finding the gluten free bagels. Your illustrations are fresh and funky. Love them. Hugs Emma x

susupetal said...

You lines flow so easily and lightly on paper, just adore your style!

Colleayn said...

I wish we could get these bagels in the US. I haven't found a good one yet. I'm waiting for a really good GF french bread. That is what I miss so I can make garlic bread. Enjoy!

Linda Kunsman said...

I so agree with what Lynn has said above- I just love anything you illustrate Tracey! So glad you are able to find more varied and tasty gluten free products. We are lucky to have lots of sources in our area and even have several gluten free bakeries in town although I've never tried them. Have a fab weekend!

Janet O'Connor said...

It's wonderful that you have found a way to document your week with sketches. I find it very difficult to find time to practice my art. The weeks get out of control busy. Your work is delightful!!!

Dianne said...

such a fun idea to do your week on a page! love your sketches and the variety of things you choose to draw...you are so right about the negative space...I tend to forget that! lovely!♥

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Hi Tracey!!! It is so nice to see your week on pages. We have a good selection of gluten free foods here but you have to be "RICH" to afford them. I mean seriously so expensive here. Glad you found some foods you like.
Nicole/Beadwright

Faye said...

Love your drawings/paintings, Tracey. Glad you were able to get your bagels fix!

Beth Niquette said...

Your work continually amazes me. Your style is one I would recognize anywhere. Someday you are going to be famous. Your artwork fills my eyes, my talented Friend!

NatashaMay said...

Love your random objects illustrations. :) Those ants rock!

peggy gatto said...

I LOVE seeing all the images, so grand!

Jo Murray said...

Gluten free is easy!...try giving up wine (I'm struggling)

Neesie said...

I'm sure I would find having to be gluten free a real challenge... I don't like to give up anything! It must have been a struggle in the beginning.
Don't get me started on the directions thing because my hubby is hopeless but obviously being a man he won't admit it. Now we have sat nav it's possibly saved our marriage (hehe) At least he listens to her!
Love all of the illustrations and you know I'm a huge fan of the week on a page. I mean how can you make an ant look that cute?
You ROCK!!!
xoxo

Sandra Busby said...

Ooh... I wonder if I could entice Paul for a date down the art store!! Hmm.... I'm exhausted just reading all of the things you have got going on! But I love the fact that it fills your pages with paintings for us to enjoy! Must be a nightmare trying to avoid gluten... I've been a Pesketarian for almost a year now and that's hard enough!