Friday, 4 March 2016

A Great Week...

I have had the best week

 I found an awesome bunch of sugar bananas which were screaming to be painted
 one of which happened to have a weird knob on the end
  like it is giving the world a little dose of banana naughty finger
 it is important to find joy in the little things isn't it...
 Years ago I saw this awesome painting of a hand of bananas from this sort of angle
 and I have been wanting to do something along those lines ever since
 this week I managed to achieve that
 I only wish I had the original sketch that inspired it so I could credit it...
I hate not being able to do that... 


Plus I have fitted in all sorts of little sketches between illustration jobs
and hours spent at the computer
It is no small miracle that my brain hasn't exploded despite spending every spare minute
to get my Delicious Paint online class up and running by my deadline of the 8th March
and yes it is a self imposed deadline, but if I start letting myself off from these things then it leads to a vortex of procrastination, indecision and despair... so 8th of March is D day

The great joy of running it again is that I can revamp, refresh and redo bits
and while that is a bit of a slightly slippery slope
 and has added quite a bit of time to the preparation
I am loving using CourseCraft to set it up, and I must admit it feels a bit more like me with the additions so I am really happy with how it is shaping up and it is very cool to create it
I will be skating close to the wire to hit that date
but I love the smell of burning brain cells in the evening

I even think I may have worked out a way for alumni to be able to be able to rejoin
so they can access the new content...just a kink or two to work out there
but I don't need all of my brain cells right


Another positive is that Barry the cat is settling in nicely
and in a magnificent turn up for the books
I found a teeny tiny shark costume
I think it is for a tiny dog but I am hoping I can convince Barry to wear it
then I need to make a deal with either my mother or my friend Ange
who both have Roomba vacuum thingies
so I can recreate what is possibly the greatest internet video of all time
I feel mildly nervous that so many good things are happening
but just the thought that we may be able to get him into a shark costume and onto a roomba is enough to make me skip through the days


And in a final snippet of joy I found a secret stash of raw chocolate
which I had completely forgotten about
This is shaping up to be an amazing week!!!!
happy painting all...xx

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45 comments:

Tammy N said...

I love your illustrations and the colors you use. They are bright and fun. Good luck with your class!

Dea Lenihan said...

Oh those candles! I received on as a present from a friend in NYC. It had this mysterious, almost incense-y smell. Loved. Very nice images--love your style. xo

Lynn Cohen said...

The lines in your drawings and their bright colors always excite my eyes!!! Wishing you another creative week ahead.

Faye said...

Lovely illustrations as usual, Trace, especially that bunch of bananas with the naughty knob. I'd really love to see a video of you trying to get the shark costume onto Barry. Hope you have plenty of band-aids to cover those scratches!

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm amazed, thrilled and in awe of you if you're actually gonna let past members of delicious paint have access to the new content, you totally rock. I won't hold you to it though, I know computers suck sometimes so if it's too undoable I know we'll all understand. Happy clapping ensues that you're week was awesome. Mine's shaping up to rock too, I'm finally painting again! Things are looking up, I'll get an email to you in a week, we'll catch up. We'll totally need video of that cat/shark/roomba thing, that's possible right?? Who wouldn't want to go vital, just tell Barry that, I'm sure he'll cooperate. :o)

peggy gatto said...

I so love your original art style ( I am a follower)

BrownPaperBunny said...

I may have laughed out loud at your banana giving the finger comment. Great paintings! Happy PPF!

ZenziB said...

Your delicious paint class is still my favorite. You are such an awesome teacher and mentor to your students!

Ayala Art said...

I absolutely love those bananas!!!! lol
They looks so happy, made me smile1 :oD

Giggles said...

Love the bottega..so many yummy dark lines! We'll the naughty nob is delightful too! Who doesn't love a naughty nob eh sinus? I know you're reading this! Tracey you're are launching on international woman's day...go you! Many more happy weeks for you and your clan! Prayers for Barry playing sharknado!

Hugs Giggles

Effie Maryeli said...

Great work! I hope all your weeks are as good as this one!

Heather Foust said...

I can always tell your art!! Just Gorgeous!!

sirkkis said...

I really love your post today.
Happy PPF ♥

Laila said...

Lovely Tracey, you almost had me spill my morning coffee by telling this fun stuff about Barry, the cat. Lovely also if you can get us oldies connected to the new fresh class.

Neesie said...

I'm lost for words... which is a phenomenon in itself, because this post is full of awesome things. Those bananas are incredibly gorgeous.
I love all of the illustrations and the news of your launch is so exciting.
I've also seen that video of the shark/cat. It was hilarious, so I'm routing for Barry to have a go. I'm chuckling just thinking about it.
I hope you carry on having good times my friend. Loved this post! xx��

Sandra Busby said...

I LOVE the idea of Bazza in a shark costume! Are you going to put him in the bath for the video?? Or would that be classed of kitty abuse?? Do cats even swim??? Anyway, having a banana give me the finger is not how I expected to start my morning, so thank you for that! It did make me chuckle - which I never fail to do when I visit! I love your paintings - all of them!! :0)

Liz said...

I think my favourite part of your work is your brushstrokes. They are so free and gorgeous, I feel envy :D

Glad to hear you had a good week and happy PPF!

Best wishes,
Liz

Linda Kunsman said...

awesome illustrations again Tracey! Am excited for your new class and hope to be able to join in!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

You post has the feel of busy and excitement and joy. I love the bananas. I have signed up for your newsletter. Have a fabulous weekend.

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Mitchell and I shared this morning and his comment is that it is the bugger-off banana! He has broken into dance at this silliness... How did I miss that you are redoing the class? Am I asleep?

Granny Annie said...

I certainly admire you colorful paintings and I hope to try some sketches of other than faces for a while. by EAGHL, http://trigra.blogspot.com

amy said...

i am desperate to see a video that features Barry the shark and a roomba.

i am also desperate to own a roomba - but i'll be content to see one playing opposite Barry.

xo,
amy

Lorraine said...

fabulous art and that tutorial looks tempting

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Very funny banana bunch, ha ha. Sounds like a great week and chocolate at the end, whoa, what's not to love. xox

Studio Kaufmann said...

Your banana painting is utterly fabulous. Good luck with running your course. You are superwoman :)
Happy PPF

Christine said...

Beautiful work this week Tracey!

susupetal said...

Those bananas look so sweet and delicious and they aren't giving the finger to me :D

Your art has so much air and light, it lifts me up!

sheila 77 said...

Hello Tracey.
Your naughty banana is such fun, I'll have to look out for those. I like that you kept the image of a banana bunch in your head for so long before you got round to painting it. So many things to paint, so little time.
I hesitate to say "lovely colours" but as it is not the only thing I say I think that is alright, your colours are alight.
Good luck with the new class, that is a lot of work. Have fun too.

Cozydoodle said...

Happy PPF! Loving the harsh bold lines and colours! Truly wonderful! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

pauline said...

Sounds like you've had a wonderful week! So happy for you. And those bananas are probably my favorite by you so far! That yellow just makes me happy. And the angle of the bananas. And that little finger too. ;) Good for you for setting 'self imposed' dates! That's how things get done, baby! Have a great weekend Tracey. xx

denthe said...

Great bunch of bananas! I think it's visible in your art this week that you were skipping through the days ;-) Sounds like a nice platform for e-courses, I will check it out, thanks for the link!

alarmcat said...

as always, your bright colors cheer me up!!

GlorV1 said...

Hi Tracey. Hope all is good with you. Happy to hear you had a very happy week. Your illustrations are the best. I really love them. In other words, your tops. Keep on being happy.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

As usual, I love the free spirit of your marvelous illustrations and your marvelous sense of humor. I can't wait to see your new kitty in a shark suit, so I hope you do a painting of him. Blessings, my friend!

My name is Erika. said...

Glad you are running delicious paint again-it was a really good course! I enjoyed it and learned a lot.Its always so much fun to see your sketches! :)

Gillena Cox said...

luv luv the bananas, your colours are so vibrant, makes me feel happy
Thanks for dropping in at my blog this PPF

much love...

Serena Lewis said...

OMG! I couldn't stifle my laugh when I read your part about the banana naughty finger. hehe Are sugar bananas the same as 'lady fingers'? Delicious! I used to love Lady Finger bananas when I was a kid. I haven't tried them in years.

I adore your art, Tracey....so inspiring! I'm excited at the possibility that those who took your previous course may be able to have access to your revamped content. Life got in the way of me being able to complete your course but I'm getting back on track.

Glad to hear Barry is settling in nicely. :)

I'm not sure if I'm signed up to your newsletter or not so I'll sign up again, just in case.

Have a lovely week! xx

Cindy D. said...

Love those bananas. Such color! And a naughty banana finger! Beautiful cup and bottles. So nice to hear your week was great!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful illustrations, many many more happy, happy days are waiting for you! I am sure about that! Thank you for sharing those moments

Beth Niquette said...

I laughed and laughed over your "naughty banana finger." LOL Your artwork, as always is awe-inspiring. Happy PPF!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Such gorgeous illustrations! I especially love the bananas. I hope your class goes splendidly, it looks wonderful.

Abigail Davidson said...

Your style is always beautiful no matter what you illustrate -- gorgeous!

NatureFootstep said...

my favorite is the bananas. The form and color is gorgeous, they just popped into my eyes :) :)

Fallingladies said...

So glad you are having fun! I am planning to use coursecraft for my mandala class too! I love your banana pbiece, so bright and loose!

Faye said...

Wonderful rich looking painting of bananas, Trace. And thanks for that super video of improving watercolors. I feel like you were speaking directly to me about the wishy washy colors. I will try your idea of the deeper colors. I already use the watercolor pencil and try to leave white.