Friday, 22 July 2016

What I have learned this week...

turns out it has been a learning week
 I learned that I can't do everything which is a bit of a shock
 and that lists grow exponentially if you don't get your butt into gear
 and actually do some of the things on said list
 plus it turns out that renovation and redecorating 
 are somewhat time consuming and distracting

I also learned that Phantom  believes she is part bat and likes to park accordingly
ie she needs objects around her to park straight
give her a huge truck, and a massive SUV and she can park between them no trouble
no cars around and and empty area and she will park that sucker on such an angle it is almost sideways... okay maybe not quite but she tried to tell me her spatial awareness is better when she has something to bounce off
bounce her eyes that is... not the actual car thankfully
this  supervising her learning to drive malaky is a whole new world!

 Sinus also informed us that he is learning to cook by osmosis
ie he is watching all the shows and flipping through magazines
and somehow this is all magically sinking in
 so that one day he will magically become some sort of genius cooking savant
and start whipping up gourmet meals
at this stage I would settle for meals... in any form 
but the osmosis learning method is quite a long process apparently
now both of these concepts are new to me and has led to wonderful opportunities for Phants to throw lines around like... are you really judging me osmosis boy?
and Sinus running into things and talking about bat senses

photos from Nic McLean

but these are the same people who are constantly having a go at me for believing in the power of intuitive sudoku... I know it is going to work one day... and if I am honest half of the fun is watching Phants pale and sigh as I wack numbers in willy nilly
but I feel a little affronted that batgirl and osmosis boy are picking on my sodoku method

so I have retreated to the studio when I get the chance
a couple of cuppa paintings are sorted
and a lino print of some VW beetles progresses
it isn't quite there yet... but it is getting there

happy painting all...xx
photo from @Suznok


Giggles said...

Wow I am loving those lino prints...especially the vw's wow...impressive as always!! I still think you're super woman! Those mugs are magnificent too... if you bloody love cats....The dog ones for me!! Can't wait to see some of your reno work...hope we can!! At least Phants is attempting to drive...unlike some cough cough in my house!

Hugs Giggles

Denyse Whelan. said...

What a crack up you are! And how did you pinch my sudoku method??! I am crap at that stuff. You are a brave mama doing the L thing with DD.

Linda Kunsman said...

Fab lino print Tracey. Love the mugs- which I should have known were Nic's:) Your teacup is especially beautiful-so delicate. Happy PPF and have a great weekend too!

Sandra Busby said...

And I learned something too... That I don't understand the word 'exponentially'... Is it a word? I clearly have far too much time on my hands and so I looked it up. I will always snatch an opportunity to steal words for future use that might give someone the impression that I'm far more intellectual than I actually am... but this one I can not find! Nope! Never mind... It's a 'geniusy' sounding word, so I'm taking it anyway!
Meanwhile, I remember the days of taking the kids out in their first cars only too well! One near death experience springs to mind... and a lot of screaming in fear!
Since I'm also addicted to Australian Masterchef these days, I keep kidding myself that I want to cook - I really don't... But I have been taking some inspiration from it anyway and making some nifty salads lately. At least I can't burn a salad!
Love the paintings as always.

SLScheibe said...

Those prints are soooo good! Looking at them makes me want to pull out my rubber blocks and give it a whirl. Mugs are fabulous too!

Krisha said...

Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning! LOVE the post and the art work is fantastic.
Have a great weekend.......looking forward to the reno photos.

Rita said...

Aww! My dad had a bug when they first came out and I remember us three kids crammed in the back seat and us driving all the way from Minnesota to Florida...several summers...on vacation. He wanted to take the little bug rather than our big car because it got better milage. Also less room for luggage. They were stressful trips for us kids--LOL!

Am still totally loving your cuppa series. You can tell Sinus that I have learned woodworking the same way and, even though I haven't tried it yet, I know I could build a beautiful piece of furniture. ;) Say hi to Phoebe!!

artbyjune said...

Dizzy movement in the prints! Very fabulous.

Jo Murray said...

Hmmm....I can relate to bat sensors. Always love your work Trace.

Jennifer Rose said...

the lino prints look really nice :) great lines

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, learning all that is really a good thing. I hope maybe Sinus does impress you with a delicious meal one of these days. That would be exciting. Great art, good thing we have our studios to retreat to, eh? Hugs-Erika

Anonymous said...

the last cup took me back to buying teacups for my mom in the 60's, this beautiful teaset (did she drink tea? almost never) with violets and johnny jump ups all over them. I have no idea where it disappeared to but I loved it..... such a pretty image you made. huggs

Anonymous said...

Parking woes, ha, too funny. A retreat to the studio always sounds perfect. Good luck redecorating. xox

Fran said...

Wonderful prints. Being able to think negatively, meaning what is to be dark and what should stay light takes practice.

Nordljus said...

Well, I can say from my own experience that watching loads of cookery programmes does eventually greatly improve your cooking skills, so to me Sinus' plan makes perfect sense. I remember those driving lessons when my teacher had me drive to an empty car park to practice parking. Impossible. These days, though, I guess drivers here are glad if they find any empty parking space at all. Love your lino print! I always wanted one of those cars.

Serena Lewis said...

The pansy teacup, cat/dog mugs, and linocut look fab!

I never fail to laugh out loud when I read your posts. Your sense of humour is a delight. Aaron is on a Learner's licence too and I've taught him from scratch to date. I taught two of my other kids to drive years ago but I had forgotten that they'd had a couple of initial lessons with a driving school. Not so with Aaron who was far too self-conscious to dare drive with a stranger sitting beside him, even if it was an official driving instructor. Needless to say, the first time he got behind the wheel was a very scary experience as I quickly realised he had no clue how to steer, unlike the previous two kids. My bad. Now, he's doing well and confident on the road but still at the stage where parking can be a little nerve-wracking for him. hehe Good luck to Phantom.

Believe it or not, I have never attempted Sudoku as I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do with it. I think your method sounds good to me. ;)

Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Sudoku is lost on me. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do there. :) Love your illustrations!