Friday, 23 September 2016

The Sneeze House...

I must admit that there is a mild chance that my brain may in fact implode this week
 The dreaded/much anticipated renovation starts for real and for just three messy and noisy weeks my studio will be smack bang in the middle of demolition central
I am not sure how much painting will be tackled, but I am hoping that at least enough to maintain my tenuous hold on my sanity will be possible

 added to this excitement, spring has arrived
 with its seasonal swathe of sneezing and watery eyes
 not to mention the truly awe inspiring sneezes from our neighbor
 you have to admire a sneeze that can be heard through two sets of walls, a huge bloody fence and  across the yard... this sneeze is so epic it stuns me
the only disappointment is it is always a single so it scares the bejeezus out of you and then disappears before your heart beat even looks like returning to normal
sometimes I wish it was a pair, or a triple so I could truly admire the force of them, but I am always mildly stunned from hearing it so I don't get to stop and truly admire its volume
not that I admire it so much that I want to be too close
as I fear such volume may come with flyers... and that is never pleasant



But neighborhood sinus stories aside
and you will note I am blithely ignoring the fact that we are in peak snore season here in our house... I scarily think we may all be quite something to hear and perhaps sneeze house call us snore house... though I doubt we can even touch the volume required... perhaps as the season progresses we may work achieve such heights.. maybe
 Hayfever matters aside, I do love Spring well except for Barry's shenanigans
there is always something isnt there... Mushu used to sneeze on our feet and generally snot us to bits, but Barry seemed to be completely uneffected by seasonal snot so I was hopeful that spring life would be quieter with a cat
unhappily with the return of the warm weather sees a return to Barry sleeping in his self proclaimed cat hammock that is the shade cloth over the pergola
this is a genius spot as he can safely watch all that is going on, happily taunt the poor dog that lives in the sneeze house
and drop bear me like crazy when I go out to hang out the washing... every time he gets me
I swear I will just get used to looking up when I go outside and it will be high summer and he will have retreated in front of the aircon like the smart feline that he is
he got me twice this week
washing dropped on the ground, nerves shot and muttered curses that would make a longshoreman blush
quite frankly I sometimes wonder if my nerves will survive the season

When my sanity is in doubt there is always work to get me through
the blue and white love is continuing
This large lino printed urn is finally done 
and awaiting a frame to hang beside the other one
of course on seeing the two together I am more certain then ever that a third of the same huge proportions is required for them to really look great
so I will be turning my brain to planning another this week

on top of the painting I have been crazily filming and writing and the lino class should be up 
October 1
I am so excited to finally have this class opening and if you want to be kept up to date with it all and get the early access to introductory/ explantory video and information then scroll back up to the top of the page to sign up for the newsletter
I am actually filming and doing it as two classes... one for beginners, and one the next step on, so people can do the one that suits, or bundle both together
it is just such a huge area and if I was teaching it in person I would run it this way, so Lino Printing 101 and Lino Printing 201 will come in to being soon
exciting times ahead
happy painting all...xx





17 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful blue-white paintings, hope you and your brain survive the renovations! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Jennifer McLean said...

I'll give a little hope that you survive the house reno. I know you'll survive, stick together just like when a bomb hits. You'll love the end result. Just keep that in mind. If that doesn't work, imbibe. ;o0
Mom tells you to take care of you. Miss talking to you, I'm sure we'll talk when all this hullabaloo is over.
xxoo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Good luck for te renovation! Wonderful cups... amazing!
Happy PPF!
oxo Susi

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Laughed through this one again, sneezes never had it so good! I suppose i will be bundling as I've never done lino anything but I am so clever I thought I'd just do the lino 2 (I keep hearing Rhino) anywho I so need yet another thing to do but I want this and am SO HAPPY it is soon!

Louise Primeau said...

Tracey...you are the only one who can make allergies funny! I have a neighbour much like yours who sneezes loudly enough for the whole neighbourhood to hear him and when he starts, you can be sure that he won't stop until he has sneezed at least three or four times. Poor guy!

I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep us posted on those renos. ❤️����

denthe said...

Amazing illustrations. So beautifully done, and such a gorgeous blue!

Susan said...

I am married to one of those sneezers! He rarely sneezes but when he does it makes up for the previous four months when he didn't. Am loving your blue pottery sketches and am hoping they won't shatter during the renovations. It is hard to paint, let alone do much of anything when your house is torn up. Good luck! Happy PPF

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I am so impressed with your blue and white pieces. The detailing is amazing. Speaking of amazing that is some sneeze to hear it from the neighbor. LOL

Terri Morse said...

Hi Tracey! You have made me laugh once again. My husband was having lunch as I read him the part about the snot house. My favorite part has to be Barry the dive-bombing cat. The mental picture alone is priceless. I love your illustrations of blue and white china. It has me eyeing the humongous cabinets in my dining room that house an entire wall of blue and white. But the patience to paint all of that detail...my eyes would never uncross! I hope your studio renno is a great success. It will be worth it in the end! --Terri

Alicia C said...

I keep forgetting y'all getting springtime now! We are hurtling into fall....those bowls are absolutely gorgeous!

love to read your awesome psots as usual xoxoxo

Terri Morse said...

Hi Tracey! You have made me laugh once again. My husband was having lunch as I read him the part about the snot house. My favorite part has to be Barry the dive-bombing cat. The mental picture alone is priceless. I love your illustrations of blue and white china. It has me eyeing the humongous cabinets in my dining room that house an entire wall of blue and white. But the patience to paint all of that detail...my eyes would never uncross! I hope your studio renno is a great success. It will be worth it in the end! --Terri

Rita said...

Blue and white heaven! They are beautiful. Sounds like a noisy spring your way--LOL!
That Barry is a character. Congrats on the new classes. *love and hugs*

Giggles said...

Ka-Choo,..just kidding...we are coming into my favorite season...Fall exiting the sneezes unless some dust should appear...then trouble. You are certainly able to carry allergies into the fun zone, despite their terrible annoyance! All the best on the reno...Hope the marriage survives..truthfully it is a nightmare and why we haven't done anything major of late! At least it's only 3 weeks... can't wait to see it...I do hope you show us....with all the blue enhancements!!


Hugs Giggles

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

more wonderful blue and white work :)

hubby sneezes pretty loudly and of 4 or more times at once, scares a few people lol

Tammie Dickerson said...

Beautiful work, Tracy! Best of luck on your renovations!! I do not envy you that process! Happy PPF!

Sandra Busby said...

Now I thought that Paul had the record for producing the loudest sneeze! I would love to compare - I have never yet heard one as loud as Pauls... Also always singular. One can only assume that the force is so great that another one is simply not required! The most embarrassing and awkward time that he did it was at a funeral in a church... Yes, add the church acoustics to the number of decibels produced and you see me sliding down the pew... It was utterly mortifying!
Meanwhile, As Spring approaches down under, Autumn approaches here and the seasonal change has also bought no end of germs in to our house! Add the immense dust from the building work to the chesty cough I already had, things aren't pretty! Never mind, they say that laughter is the best medicine and I always find it here, so thank you for today's dose! And I love the paintings/lino cuts! I'm hoping to create a bespoke painting for our kitchen once Paul and I can finally agree on a colour scheme! :0)

NatashaMay said...

Love the cups. Great design. :)