Friday, 9 December 2016

A Blue and White Break in Transmission...

It has been too long since I blogged
 renovating and running a business from home just don't mix it turns out
  so nerves have been frayed, and tempers getting a touch shorter 
 well not short so much as it hasn't been out usual laugh fest and we find ourselves lying  around a bit shaking our heads and trying to decide who is more exhausted

Happily the endless renovation of the house is at the stage of pretty much being done
well except for the painting ... inside and out
and the garden which needs a huge amount of work
but construction wise we are done and dusted
 all walls and doors are where they are going to stay... no more jackhammering will be needed... floors are sorted, furniture has been arriving in an ever increasing flurry of deliveries and the fun of decorating is finally starting

Of course due to delays and the inevitable hold ups along the way the painter now won't be able to start until the new year
but when it is all painted in January I will share and give you a tour
At the moment its loveliness is still at the potential stage
as we have a patchwork of walls and raw plaster and endless bloody dust 
but I can visualise it and it is going to be fabulous
totally worth the exhaustion, dust and madness of the last 10 weeks
in fact I am a little stunned at how much we have done in that time...

my way of coping has involved locking myself in the studio as it is the only room in the house not being touched,
 and doing the sort of controlled and realism based work I abandoned years ago
and it has been the perfect antidote and sanity saver
as the dust has plumed alarmingly
and the language turned bluer and bluer
it has seemed an appropriate colour palette to stick with the blue and white

well except for the pineapple  which has no discernable blue to speak of...but it got me through a particularly thorny week
which involved four tradesmen, laundry room demolition, a new floor, doors coming off and going back on, floor wastes causing all sorts of nightmares, wrong appliances being delivered, then one right one, and one wrong one, Barry the cat freaking out at the front loading washer, still waiting on the right dryer and endless rain and storms, wonky shelves, then perfectly righted shelves... etc etc...well you get the idea
it was your typical laundry room renovation... but all through it I just retreated to the studio and tried to calm my brain and prevent myself from slowly banging my forehead into the work table.

but the end is in sight and it is going to be wonderful when it is all done
and sanity is enough intact to survive the madness that is Christmas
so I am off to haul the Christmas tree from the garden shed... well direct Sinus to do it
I don't go anywhere near the back shed... that thing is scary spider zone!!!

happy painting all...xx


Jennifer McLean said...

The very moment you said "back shed" I freaked out, thinking of you covered in spiders and webs. Not a great look for you, me thinks. Hey, it'll make Sinus look manly and tough (as long as he doesn't make girlish squeaks from all the organic decoration, eeeewwww.)
Can't wait to see your beautiful space my friend. Talk soon, promise. Merry Christmas sweetie.

Lynn Cohen said...

Tracey your art is always stunning. Bold colors and shapes, your vase print and how you did that is phenomenal. I'm glad dust is settling around you and you will have some peace and quiet to continue your art in. Enjoy and be well.

sirkkis said...

Beautiful post.
Happy PPF xx

ann @ studiohyde said...

10 weeks of renovation! 😳 Think you need an award. Glad the bulk of it is done and you have been able to find time for your wonderful paintings shared with us here online.

Susan said...

Love, love love your artwork! That vase is gorgeous. Renovation NEVER is accomplished without undue upheaval. But once it is done, it is surprising how quickly you move on and enjoy your updates. Happy PPF

Anonymous said...

Love you.

Gloria j Zucaro said...

So glad you are through the worst part, and the best is yet to come. Can't wait to see the new venue. Your blue, white and pineapple are all great examples of your art.

Christine said...

wow beautiful work Tracey, nice to see you back and surviving renovation

Linda Kunsman said...

absolutely GORGEOUS art Tracey!!!! But I certainly can feel your sense of upheaval with so much renovating and glitches to boot. Geez, we have only just renovated our one bathroom and it drove me nutty. You sure do deserve an award after all is said and done:)

Neesie said...

I never realised that your renovation work was going to encompass so much upheaval Tracey. It sounds like you've really been through the mill and back! Isn't it wonderful that your art has been able to help you keep sane.
You are incredible because even through all that turmoil and mayhem, you have produced these stunning pieces of work. I'm in awe of you my friend :D

Faye said...

When it's all over, you will say it was worth the agony. Your blue and white works are masterworks, for sure. And I do love the pineapple.

artbyjune said...

I love your realistic style!!

Anonymous said...

Your blue art is stunning!

Jean Spitzer said...

Such beauty out of the tumult. Well done

DVArtist said...

Nice to see you. Yes renovations can be daunting and take much longer than you expected. Glad you have time to create and as always your art is amazing. That pineapple is just wonderful.

Rita said...

So happy things are nearly done and you are getting a BREAK!! I love your realistic paintings so much. Having to focus intently has to keep your mind in the painting zone and ignoring the demolition. Happy holidays! :)

Jennifer Rose said...

looking forward to seeing everything all finished :)

the front loading washer freaked the cat out?? odd, too much spinning?

Irene Rafael said...

Hello Tracey, It is great to see you here. I commend you for living in a renovation! You have to keep the end in sight for sure. That you got any art done during this time is amazing but your pieces are exquisite!
~~ Irene

Giggles said...

I feel I could reach in a touch that vase it's perfection to a tee!! As for the renos...if you get through this still married you can face anything!! Two huge feats in five years...high five yourself and everyone you see...dawn your hero cape and fly my dear!! For you are the Queen of survival!! Can hardly wait to see the tour...

Hugs Giggles

BrownPaperBunny said...

No more jackhammering, you must be so relieved!! The pieces you posted this week are so beautiful!

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Love the china patterns. Fabulous!

Sue (this n that) said...

Hi Tracey, I'm new to your blog - it's lovely, I'm knocked out by the bright colours. It's a really exceptionally busy time for many at the moment. I wish you well and will have a little further look through your postings.
Cheerio for now, Sue :D)