Friday, 18 December 2015

My Sort Of Christmas Colours...

The last few days have seen me pondering the whole christmas cheer thing
 I am a bit of a boots and all girl when it comes to Christmas usually
 the cookbooks come out early and complex and in depth menu planning commences
 which is then followed by me cooking the same things as usual of course
 the decorations go up, present lists are drawn up and all the bits and bobs get put out
 after all I like my Christmas to be served with a nice big old helping of kitch
 no colour coordinated, military operation here
 we have a crooked tree and weird and wonderful singing and moving animatronic things
we live in a mish mash of dodgy decorations and slightly sad strings of lights hung at a height that could take off your head if you aren't careful
which I can't tease Sinus about because it was just recent history where Phants and I ended up putting scorch marks on the ceiling of the dining room after our attempts to create a ceiling of fairy lights... turns out you can have too many fairy lights... who knew right
 but this year things haven't felt quite Christmassy
despite the fun challenge of a Christmas light obstacle course to get to the front gate

So I decided to attempt to paint myself into some Christmas cheer 
and every day has been all about the seasonal themed sketch to warm up
which saw me painting up some baubles the other day
followed by a deer head with some gold bits for lights
and it was mildly working... the first stirrings of humming carols started to emerge
and then I got an email suggesting it might feel a bit more Christmassy if I used Christmas colours because otherwise baubles just looked like balls with knobs on them
now I don't know about you but if you find your balls are bright colours and have knobs on them then you should get to the doc pronto because that just doesn't seem right
but that health warning aside it got me thinking
The whole red and green thing does my head in a touch
 and I have used it on occasion but it isn't my favourite pairing
and while I can go the white and icy blue as a great colour combo at any time
it just doesn't scream Christmas to me
for me Christmas has a whole other colour palette

To me Christmas isn't about red and green and snow scenes
I only see red and green together when I am cutting up watermelon
and the only ice is what goes into the blender for frozen margaritas or iced tea slushies
to me it is a season about the deep cerulean blue of the pool and the summer sky
the orange of mangos, peaches, apricots and papaya
not to mention that wonderful red/ orange/ pink of piles of prawns
it is the yellow of pineapples and the sun
the green of the bamboo and palm fronds, and pine lime splice ice blocks
it is the bright colours of the bougainvillea, frangipani trees
and deep pinks of the dragon fruit, and the purples of hydrangeas and agapanthus
it is the red of cherries and lychees
of getting sun kissed and burning your butt on the leather seats when you get in the car
it is the smell of bug spray, and sun tan lotion, the sound of pool splashes and cricket balls
it is all about Christmas cracker paper hats sticking to your sweaty forehead
and groaning at the bad jokes within those same crackers
it is being sticky from eating mangoes and trying to wade through the god awful humidity
and long afternoon naps before being woken by the rumble of afternoon storms
to me that is the sound and colour palette of Christmas and I am sticking with it

happy painting all...xx

PS I am very excited about this challenge next year... have you checked it out yet?


Little Wandering Wren said...

Hi Ya Trace! You paint as equally a beautiful picture of a summer Christmas with your words as with your paintings - here's to mango coloured balls ma dear - Enjoy! Hope you will have some time in your summer for the yellow tennis balls as well?!
Happy Christmas
Wren x

Jennifer McLean said...

TOTALLY AGREE, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY AGREE 100%. We don't like red and green pairings here either, too passé for me. You know I love green but not really pine green, more lime than anything. Our tree is kinda subdued this year, we were hoping the white on the christmas balls was the only white we saw this year but alas it snowed this morning. ;o( Anyway my dear, I totally am in your head space and so is cgranny. We usually start christmas planning mid september. This year it was December 4 before anything got even planned ands the tree was LATE this year. I'm hoping all the baking helps and getting the appointments off our laps by the end of the day will be a salve to my nerves. I'm thinking the minute you put your official paint brush down (even when you can just paint for yourself), you'll find your chistmas cheer. Big smiles my friend, we'll get there yet!! Hi to Phantom and Sinus. Love love LOVE, ever cold Canada/

Unknown said...

Well, of COURSE!!! Doesn't it make sense that since it's summer where you are, the colors of Christmas are all the delicious ones you described???? For me its the shimmer. Or the old ornaments that spin from the lights. Those? They aren't red and green. Nope. Colors of the 60's, baby. Faded maybe, but lime green and yellow and orange.
Thanks for a thoughtful post and I hope your Christmas cheer shows up in ways that are meaningful to you.

Kate Robertson said...

I tend to like the silver and blue combos we see a lot of in papers and decorating ideas. I never liked true red and green but more forest and burgundy. Love what you did with the ideas though. Beautiful bulbs, Happy Holidays to you.


Christine said...

Merry Christmas Tracey, love your Christmas lights!

sirkkis said...

Your Christmas tree is very creative and beautiful as well as other paintings.
Next year is very soon so it's fine to have plans for it:)
Have a happy Christmas time xx

TwinkleToes2day said...

I luurve you Christmas colours too and as Lynn said, your colours are because it's Summer with you, but of course that doesn't mean those of us in the grips of Winter have to be boring. We have many colours too and Wee Man places those baubles anywhere he wants to, in clumps of this and that with one or two waa-ay out on their own, lol.
Whatever your palette choice have a SUPER DUPER festive time, with a kajillion hugs fae bonny Scotland xoxo

Faye said...

Your Christmas tree/lights painting is delightful and the colors look great. I've never checked out where red and green for Christmas came from. The combination is not my favorite either but I do think of Christmas when I see red and green together.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your family sounds like the kind of people I would love to spend some time with during Christmas. I love all your pretty Christmas designs, especially the tree of lights. Hope you have a very blessed Christmas with your family, my friend, and a happy PPF too!

Unknown said...

OMG you are hilarious...i almost snorted my tea across the computer when i read about the color balls...i love your take on christmas and agree whole heartedly. Christmas is what ever color each person wants it to be. Merry Christmas!

Linda Kunsman said...

I am all for your bright and fun Christmas Tracey!! Love your tree!

Sandra Busby said...

Hahahaha! I will be sure to tell Paul to make sure his Balls are not red and green!!! I love your Christmas paintings and they are very festive indeed... Makes me want to start belting out an Xmas tune too! I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and I'm wishing you a happy, healthy and creative New-Year! Can not wait to see what it brings! :0)

My name is Erika. said...

I think you have painted yourself some positive and cheery things. I hope it helps and you STAY cheery! Enjoy your holiday!

Rita said...

I love multi-colored lights and balls--LOL! Maybe because here everything is frozen and either brown or white.
That looks like a fun weekly challenge. I shall check it out. Thanks. :) Watch our for hanging lights across your path! ;)

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, my, your Christmas colours sound wonderful! And warm! Here in Winnipeg, the temperature is about -10c; there's snow on the ground, and it will stick around until April. (If you could spare a couple of degrees, could you send them up here, please????)

Best wishes to you for a merry, colourful Christmas, and a wonderful new year.

Ayala Art said...

Your Christmas sounds fantastic! lol
We don't have snow where I live, but it is cold enough to miss your mangoes and all the delicious imagery you described...
No storms either since we are in a drought, but I'm happy to report there is some sprinkling at the moment :o)
Have a wonderful, healthy and loving Christmas!

Mary Hysong said...

love your bright colors; your summeray Christmas sounds more like our 4th of July ;-)

Giggles said...

No red and green for me either...ever...however I did a card for my niece in limited palette of green with red...I have never been conventional... I know you're not a pink and purple girl but that is me.. However if I LOVE your coloured balls all the right combination and would make a change for them!! I like one or two colours together on a tree... Cupcake has a whimsical tree with fun ornaments of cartoon characters...we have different tree tastes and why we have two!! All the best with your gorgeous everything!! Thanks for your wonderful personality and humour threaded through each post!!

Hugs Giggles

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the much needed laugh!!! I too find myself Christmas mood challenged. I created Christmas tags and rolodex cards for swaps hoping they would get me into the spirit of things but it did not work. Do like the bright colors of your baubles and tree! I did check out the challenge and am tempted but promised myself that this year I would work on my UFO's. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Love your bold Christmas colors and your description of Christmas in your world. So now I"m going to open a bottle of wine and dream of a warm Christmas day :)

DVArtist said...

Agree with the others. LOVE your Christmas colors. Have a very happy Christmas.

Beth Niquette said...

What a wonderful painting! As always, I am floored by your creativity. I loved your description of Christmas, too. So different and so beautiful.

Studio Kaufmann said...

Love your Christmassy baubles. I am more of the drink a lot of wine and start making the Christmas dinner school of planning. Some of it will burn and some of it will be raw but it doesn't matter!
Happy Holidays
Happy PPF

Cindy D. said...

Oh my goodness, the scorching of the ceiling with the fairy lights. I hope you laugh about it now because it sounds like the perfect silliness (since it ended ok! Be careful out there, people!) Beautiful artwork and your Christmas colors sound just right to me.

peggy gatto said...

Merry Christmas hugs!