Friday, 9 September 2016

Dear Paperwork...

Dear Paperwork 
 I think it is time we broke up
 I know I am supposed to accept you as part of my life
 and yes I know that you are always there for me, quietly waiting on my desk
 but I have come to realize that you aren't my friend
 well not really
 Yes you sit patiently and wait for me to have time for you
 but there is something passive aggressive 
 about the way you stare at me while I am painting
 you don't ever say anything but I can feel the hurt you feel at my neglect
 and I am ever so slightly freaked out by the way you multiply while I am not looking
 I really don't want to know what you get up to to cause such multiplying
 let's just keep that as private paperwork business
  And while I am being open with you I also am not keen on the way you ever so slightly threaten to topple at the slightest provocation 
and paper cuts... I have come to realize that friends don't cut friends!!!
relationships shouldn't hurt and you have cut me one time too often now
 But the thing that really makes me wonder about you is how you say you don't really want to be friends with Tax Paperwork ... and Bill Paperwork
but you seem to hang out together a bit too much for my liking
and this week yourself, and Tax, and Bill have kept me from my real friends
the friends that make me feel good and happy
they might be showy with their splashy colours and their vigorous lines
but they make me smile and feel good and I never get to the end of the day feeling depressed or annoyed when I am with you
you aren't my friend Paperwork no matter what you say, so you can go hang out somewhere else, find friends who like your games 
might I suggest Sinus or Phants... they both seem to have lovely clear desks and I think you would be happy there
I wish you luck Paperwork but the time has come to say I don't want to see you anymore

Kind regards
Tracey... xx 
P.S make sure you take Tax and Bill with you... I really don't want to see them anymore either


Jennifer McLean said...

Ya think we could car pool and take my tax and Bill with them?? I'd pay for the gas. I'd even buy snacks. I'm sure paperwork gets the munchies just like the rest of us. xx

Anonymous said...


When I saw the title I thought, "Dear Tax..."

Did anyone ever tell you that you were brilliant?



Tracey this is just brilliant! I think you've summed it up perfectly for all of us - that horrible part of being self employed that looms over us all year. I was actually on the ball this year and during the period when my mojo had gone AWOL I sat down and did my tax return for 15/16 way before the deadline of Jan 17 - I'm very proud of myself! Your blue and white pottery is just stunning - I find a lot of pieces of delft on the beach and it always makes me wonder did a ship full of it sink or did someone just keep throwing all their crockery off a cliff - why is is only ever blue and white pottery that washes up on the beach?

Alexandra MacVean said...

haha I feel you there. It's a shame I'm the only person in the house that's good with organization and filing taxes. LOL Best of luck with that lovely paperwork! Here's to having it finished and moving on with wonderful painting projects. :)


sirkkis said...

Love the colour and beauty of your pottery Art.
Happy PPF ♥

Linda Kunsman said...

ha ha ha-this is brilliant Tracey!!! Love all your blue delft art-yes, that's my kind of paper work. Happy PPF!

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous work Tracy, love that blue white, my china is all blue and white, too! Hugs, Valerie, greetings from Susi Froebelstenchen.

DVArtist said...

Ohhh Tracey you have hit the nail on the head. I think we all feel this way. Brilliant script, with truth and laughter. Have a very nice, paper free weekend.

Helen Campbell said...

If your letter to your paperwork is effective, may I borrow it? Mine seems to be of the same family. ;)
Love seeing your cup paintings, and am enjoying the views of your carving and block prints on FB.
Happy PPF!

Silke Powers said...

Well, that just about sums up how I feel about paperwork. The annoying part is that it just keeps coming. Every once in a while I tackle the heap of it and then feel really good that it's done ... until the mail comes. It's a never ending drama... If you manage to send yours away, let me know how you did it!
Oh, and your art is dreamy as usual! xoxo Silke

Anonymous said...

love the delicacy captured in your is to a lovely cup of tea after the paperwork

Fallingladies said...

I am so in love with all your new work! I have been by your blog a few times but haven't had a chance to comment. Your words and art never fail to make me smile. The blue ceramic pieces are just stunning!

I think i could be friends, well maybe 'friendly acquaintances' with paperwork if he or she would be a little less pushy and less apt to reproduce like bunnies, families of paperwork are the worst!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work, love your blue-white china! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Anonymous said...

Too funny as always, yes please, TAKE TAX AND BILL AWAY!!!

Irene Rafael said...

hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahah. Love the art!

Robin said...

Tracey you are brilliant. This post is so funny! I love your blue & white ceramic drawings too. I am sure there are so many creatives out here that can identify with your daunting paperwork time. I guess you could look at it as "successful", or am I way off?

I love and miss the paperwork. Yes I am a little odd. The only problem now is nothing I have has been up for sale. I need to do that...really fast! I need to make some money somehow, so I would love to have those tax bills letting me know that My work is being bought, lol! "The grass is always greener..." right? Happy PPF and big hugs, Rasz

Giggles said...

That is the best breakup letter ever! Paper work is my nemesis too and always has been...They seem to always be taking and rarely's an unbalanced relationship! I am a bit nastier than you though as mine are steps away from the shredder... if they get cheeky even they go!!

Hugs Giggles

Dea Lenihan said...

Love your blue China work. SO appealing. xo

Tammie Dickerson said...

HILARIOUS!!! I love your break-up letter! When ART is calling, Paperwork doesn't have a chance :)

Paper rainbow said...

Oh so my paperwork out yesterday...then looked at it briefly and put it away thinking i will do it later. Big sigh...

Rita said...

This was just hysterical! :) :)

Artsy Matilda said...

Well said, Tracey! You are a genius with words! And with your beautiful art; so uplifting & delightful. Well done! Thank you.

Granny Annie said...

Now I have a headache:-) Love the pottery painting.

EAGHL/Granny Annie

Sandra Busby said...

I feel your pain! As soon as I think I am about caught up - another lot seems to appear from out of nowhere! I also have a good mind to tell them to 'BOG OFF'... but then I don't think Paul would be very happy! Still, like you I am planning to focus on painting for a bit. They can wait! Loving your blue and whites... Just gorgeous!! :0)

Indira said...

Witty post :). Enthralling white and blue art.