Friday, 25 March 2016

Grasshopper Carnage...

I have had grasshoppers on the brain for days
 which is quite something as I kind of detest the creepy, weird legged, clicky noise buggers 
 Two different people brought them up with me in different contexts early in the week
 but it was just yesterday that it took on truly fantastic proportions

One happened to be doing a passable imitation of a stone in the pool
it was backstroking rather sadly while slowly doing the inevitable titanic sink
which required me to rescue it from being sucked into the filter 
or meeting its end in the watery depths
well it required me asking Sinus to rescue its poor grasshopper butt 
as there is no way in holy high water I am not touching its weirdness
Sinus duly scooped the poor thing out and placed it gently on the side of the pool 
from where it promptly took off like its butt was on fire
 reaching mach 1 in about two seconds
and flew straight into the side of the shed at about the speed of light
now this would normally be a bit tragic, but because it was still wet from the pool
it happened to leave a wet shadow on the wall of the shed like a cartoon character
there was a visible splat...
 it's little creepy legs were splayed and its watery imprint was there for all to see
which led to a scary amount of hilarity considering the end to the poor tragic sod
but hey... at least he went out at speed, flying free and garnering a laugh
there are certainly worse ways to go and I have immortalised him and faffed him up a bit giving him some lovely colours, rather than his boring brown stickiness
I am hoping that means I now have grasshoppers out of my system and will be untroubled by crazy, suicidal ones for the foreseeable future

mugs from top right to bottom right... Catarina Engberg, Carol Nafey Kutz, Cupcake, Myself and Silke Powers
I am not tired of my Cuppa project and hoping to get it out of my system however
after yet another hiatus it is back in full swing
and it is fabulous fun to have them back gracing my desk and inspiring me to finish each studio day with a bit of sketching and painting
if you want info on it there is a tab up the top
or you can click here 
you might even want to contribute a photo of your favourite cuppa or mug
have a safe and happy easter all...xx


sirkkis said...

Love the grasshopper and mugs. They all are fantastically painted and I can see some Easter there. Very beautiful.
Happy PPF and Easter time xx

Valerie-Jael said...

What beautiful mugs you have got. Love the grasshopper, too. Happy Easter, Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Kate Robertson said...

The mugs are fabulous. Love the grasshopper, so much better than the actual ones. Happy PPF

Lynn Cohen said...

Well, for someone so turned off to grasshoppers, you. Certainly draw them proudly, and of course one of my favorite story tellers! Enjoy your holiday weekend! Great cups too!

Neesie said...

I've never seen such a handsome grasshopper and now he's immortalized forever in your painting which is so cool. You reminded me of the time when I cleaned out our pool filter... pulling what I thought was leaves out only to find amongst them was a mouse. I don't know who squealed more... the mouse or me.
Love all of the mugs and wish I had something to contribute... I may need to go shopping. Any excuse.
Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy all that chocolate. I know I will... yum!

Lorraine said...

marvellous watercolours and I love the way you write..poor grasshopper ha

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I agree, there could be worse ways to go :D

Your cups look so delicious, as does that grasshopper. Aren't fried grasshopper a treat somewhere?

Liz Powley said...

Brilliant work as usual :D

Have you seen some of the gorgeous colours grasshoppers can sport? Even if they ick you, you have to see the wonders of the not so humble hopper - a quick Google search.

And yeah, I'm all for my other half to do bug duty (spiders mostly with the occasional cockroach). I claim that I get up in the middle of the night for the kids, he can do bug duty :D

Happy PPF!

Best wishes,

sheila 77 said...

Aaaww, poor grasshopper, especially after he was kindly rescued. It's a really good painting.
Who doesn't like a colourful mug, and coffee does not taste the same out of a cup. These are terrific, all of them, especially the dogs and the crazy hens ones.
Happy PPF and Happy Easter!

Silke Powers said...

What an interesting fate for the poor grasshopper - to sacrifice himself only to become immortal in your gorgeous watercolor painting!!

And would you believe it, I am drinking tea from the chicken mug as I type this. So fun to see it painted!!

Happy Easter! And Happy PPF! xoxo Silke

Granny Annie said...

Amazing art and wonderful tale. Guess I will have to try my hand at camel crickets. That's the invasion we are having now. Don't think I would rejoice in their recovery and escape however.


Susan said...

Anyone that can make a grasshopper look lovely has some serious talent! Happy PPF

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Bless his heart. However, I'm glad you did a memorial illustration of the little cricket. I love that your working on your Cuppa project after all these years. I still love the one you did of my mug. Happy Easter to you and your family, my friend, and happy PPF!

DVArtist said...

Oohhh I am cracking up. That poor grasshopper. Your detailed story is so funny. I am glad you paid tribute to him. My favorite mug is the one with the chickens. Happy Easter.

Linda Kunsman said...

that is an AMAZING drawing of a grasshopper Tracey!! I love seeing all your mug illustrations too-so glad you're back with them!

Unknown said...

Grasshoppers are so not my favorite. yeesh. BUT, the colors you put in yours make them passable. LOVE the blues you used!!!
I much prefer your cuppa project and am enjoying each one I see!!

Faye said...

Still laughing over your grasshopper story, Tracey! You have painted the prettiest grasshopper on the planet. It reminds me of when I was taking Biology 101 in college and learned how to tell boy grasshoppers from girl grasshopper. It was such an exciting concept I had to write my mother all about it. She replied that she had a really hard time concentrating on getting her gardening done because she was now examining each grasshopper she found. (Boys have round bottoms, girls have pointy ones.)

Giggles said...

Love your ode to the grasshopper which you totally glammed up!!The cupa project is by far one of my favorites...especially with our darling mug replicated!! Thank you, we all love it so much!

Hugs Giggles

Robin said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the grasshopper story. I sat here laughing remembering all the little bugs from drowning, from being stuck in between the window and screen and the rule I have here that we do not kill spiders. Yes I have taken thousands outside to live in their humane habitat. I think your grasshopper is beautiful! It must be a SHE-hopper. I also really like the cups! I am going to follow the link because anything that starts with "cuppa" makes me think of coffee, which I cannot live without!

Hopefully that grasshopper didn't go tell all his grasshopper friends and family that you are a nice human! Then maybe you will end up with a Hopper Family Pool Party. Thanks for the great post that is still making me laugh! Hugs, Rasz

Julene said...

Very entertaining...and you certainly did the grasshopper a grand honor by telling his story! The mugs are very nice, just the sort one would like to use due to their interesting nature!!

Laney said...

I enjoyed reading your grasshopper tale. Felt kind of bad for him. I love the colors you gave yours! Great little paintings!

GlorV1 said...

Your grasshopper is outstanding! ENJOYED THE STORY. Love all your cups as well. Always excellent work. Happy Easrer,

My name is Erika. said...

Love all your pieces this week Tracey. Glad to see you conquered a "fear" and did the grasshopper and am really glad you are back to your mugs. Always enjoyed those cuppas. Happy weekend! And Happy Easter if you celebrate.

Paper rainbow said...

Poor wre least you have him a fighting chance by rescuing him. Your cup project looks super. Happy Easter.

Viola said...

Poor grasshopper. And a beautiful drawing of it! Also I like your cups!
Happy Easter! :)

Anonymous said...

poor nasty ass grasshopper (;

you always have a good story posted along with your work - it makes reading your blog a joy.

i come here for the art, but i always chuckle at the stories.


Sandra Busby said...

Ahhh... that is SO sad! Poor Grasshopper! But like you say, he died famous thanks to you imortalising him! And of course your painting is fab! I LOVE their clicky sounds... makes me think of sunshine and holidays :0)