Friday, 27 May 2016

My Gloriously Messy Week...


I would love to be sitting here telling you I have had this amazing, productive, organised sort of week that is Pinterest worthy... or instagrammable
you know what I mean right, all pretty, carefully curated and collected
and looking like I have sailed through without a hair out of place
 hitting the end of the week feeling nicely accomplished and deserving of some time off
and perhaps a pretty drink with an umbrella in it
but nope I am skidding in with my butt bouncing on the floor
my hair is more akin to a person testing electrical sockets with damp fingers
the studio looks a little like I have held a rave followed by a toddler's birthday party in it
and despite the rest of the house looking surprisingly neat, tidy and visitor ready
I haven't been able to find my left sneaker for two days
and I suspect there is something in the back of the fridge that may actually be growing an appendage... or maybe it is a stray leftover lamb shank 
either way I'm not checking it out and risking it being gross
Sinus can do the honour of delving into the scary fridge leftover zone when he gets home
So despite the deplorable state of the world I inhabit do I get in and put it to rights
nope I am sitting carving a lino block

so let's look at the week shall we
hair was cut and coloured so it looked great for a day
and then old einstein hair made a reappearance
happily a nice fresh light colour, but einstein none the less

Phants turned 20 which is uber scary
not just because she is actually 20... which is seriously grown up
but it also meant a quick trip to the transport department for her to get her learner's permit as she had always thought she would get it before she was twenty
snuck that one in with hours to spare!!!
we have even done our first drive and car, nerves and sanity are all intact
in all honesty she did fabulously well and we only have 12 months and 99 and a half more hours to log before she can sit her test
she also managed to change her profile pic from here twelve year old self to an actual recent photo... Phants is not a huge one for social media you see
so this is big... like momentous big... friends phoning to congratulate her big


Last night we had a birthday dinner which meant lots of cooking, baking
and decorating the dining room which is always fun
even if it is a little fraught with danger as it requires climbing on things to hang those giant paper flower, ball things and other stuff from the ceiling
well I have to cover the scorch marks from the poorly thought out idea to cover the ceiling in fairy lights a few years ago... they looked glorious until the scorching stared though

We also got new curtains which necessitated Sinus using tools
and some light cussing and a couple of hours later the main bedroom is transformed
okay maybe not transformed
but it certainly looks like grown ups live there now
of course Sinus nixed the idea of attempting a ceiling covered in fairy lights up there
despite my assurances that I think I know where I went wrong in the dining room


I have done all sorts of fun-ish work projects
snuck in some sketching time
and eaten ice blocks in the endless summer warmth
we have walked the waterfront and marvelled at the perfection of the 
sky and water at this time of year
and have discovered that Barry the cat  is somewhat scared of certain vegetables
cauliflower seems to scare him, though it turns out broccoli isn't a problem
carrots freak him out and make him hide, but beans just make him curious
cats are weird


So quite frankly you can keep your pinterest, instagram perfection
I like things just as they are
happy painting all...xx

PS thanks to all of you who sent me photos of your cups and mugs for my Cuppa with Friends Project... they are all printed and on the pile waiting for painting to begin



19 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you had an art filled week! Have a good weekend, Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

ArtbyNicolaMcLean said...

sounds like another hectic week in the life of Tracey FK! I love those ice pop illustrations they even look mouth-wateringly good! Happy 20th birthday to Phants - I can't believe you have an adult daughter!Wishing you all a wonderful weekend of celebrations.x

cjsrq said...

Congrats on your 500th! And for keeping it real! Your posts always make me smile.

My name is Erika. said...

Yup, you've had a busy week but ti sounds like fun. Love your pieces.Are you going to show us your lino prints? Happy weekend. :) Erika

Faye said...

Lovely illustrations , as always, Trace. Cats are indeed weird. I thought it very funny that yours is frightened by certain veggies. I am most impressed with your carving. I would have gouged myself many times by now. I did do one simple block printing carving in college in Art 101. Not anything to brag about.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow What a week. LOL You managed to create wonderful art and that photo is amazing. Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

Linda Kunsman said...

what a crazy busy week you've had but I love how much time you're able to eek in with your fabulous sketching and lino cutting. Super art!!

Helen Campbell said...

You had a busy productive and eventful week! All those perfect looking photos on pinterest and instagram are shams... I'm certain of it.
Wonderful paintings as always. I'm most eager to see prints from your new lino block.
Happy PPF!

alarmcat said...

love your weekly summary!! sounds like a fun week! looking forward to seeing your new cup/mug paintings! Oh, and yeah, I agree, cats are weird!!

minnemie said...

Happy birthday Phants! Gorgeous painting - especially the pepper grinders. I love pepper grinders. I love pepper. And grinding pepper. Cheap destressor. Ok, your cat is weird. Ya think it has always been the case... or he had to become weird to fit in?;-)hugs to you!

Kate Robertson said...

Lots of lovely art, love the icy pops.

Happy PPF

Giggles said...

You need to rename your blog....Fun with Tracey...never ending joy to read bits of reality married with good writing! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. I remember most details of my life during the time your dearest child was born... wow twenty years have flown by... Your artwork is a fabulous as your writing...thanks for always sharing some of the real!! Wishing Phantom everything wonderful this year and always!

Hugs Giggles

Barry is not alone...have you seen the cat videos with a cucumber?....they are terrified and it's hilarious!!

Rita said...

Love all your sketches!!
Happy Birthday to Phoebe!! :)
Love and hugs!!

Özge Başağaç said...

I love the imperfect life :) Among all the adventures going on, i am most curious about your cat. I should try the veggies with mine, too :) I wonder how he will react...As always your paintings look so alive. Great colors and details.Happy weekend Tracey.

Studio Kaufmann said...

I can't figure out why you are in the summer warmth as you are down under and we in USA are roasting like pig on a spit? Congrats on getting through the week with your hair and sanity intact :)

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

I remember driving practice, it was all so nerve wracking. Glad it went well. Wonderful lino in progress. xox

Nordljus said...

I'd much rather read about your normal week, than see all those "perfect lives" on Instagram and other places! That lino carving is looking great already, and I love those ice lollies! That's the only thing I'm looking forward to in summer, that I can eat lots of ice lollies :)
Very happy birthday to Phants!

Beth Niquette said...

A gloriously messy week sounds like a lot of fun to me. (grin) Your artwork, as always just fills my eyes. Your work is so professional, yet homey and powerful. Hard to put how I feel about your artwork into words, except to say you are inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing! Happy PPF!

Sandra Busby said...

Wow, that lino cut thingy looks so complicated!! You are a gal with many talents TFK! I am so envious of your sunny seaside photo's and sun inspired sketches of ice-lollies, considering it's your winter! The first day of summer arrived yesterday, but it rained hard all day! And today the weather is completely pants again. We have had about three glorious days of sun this year so far!! So my sketches would more likely be umberellas and welly boots!! xx