Friday, 6 January 2017

Balls...

Welcome to 2017...
 and happy christmas, have a safe new year, stay warm/ cool and hope you survived all the  celebrations and all the other things that I didn't blog about in the last few weeks while  being very absent from the blogosphere
 It turns out that having about 50 balls in the air at one time 
 doesn't just lead to you dropping all of them
 you then stand on them, do the windmilling arm thing and end up flat on your back seeing  stars and wondering what on earth just happened

The renovation has progressed, the stopped, then progressed again
Christmas was survived
jigsaws were done, books read, tea drunk and mangoes consumed
resolutions have not been made
I only know the day of the week by checking my phone
I have no clue where the right shoe of my favourite slides is
plus I have decreed that meal prep beyond opening a bag of crisps is too hard
but I have painted so all is well with the world really...


 renovation hell has entered a new phase here
in fact as I type I am surrounded by all manner of things
that don't belong in the study 
including a wooden model catapult, a ceramic phrenology head, a packet of crisps, which may or may not be dinner tonight,  a cheese making kit and two feather dusters!!

These and other paraphernalia have been stashed here while the rest of the house is a complete blanketed and taped bomb zone for internal painting
which would be mildly tolerable if said painters were in the house
but in true tradie style they phoned at lunch time to say they wouldn't be showing their faces again until Monday
so after a brief half hour of muttering 
and googling how to inflict a boil type curse on their slack arses
I realised it actually meant that I in fact had the house to myself
well Barry is here snoring his little cat head off but he is in such a deep sleep he is barely here!
Sinus is at work and Phants is staying with friends I am in the rare position of actually being able to hear myself think
hence the first blog post in over a month!!!


And I am sharing balls
ceramic blue and white balls
that have been a bit of an obsession in recent weeks

My desk is actually groaning with half finished and almost complete work
and my brain is brimming with ideas so despite the chaos of my immediate surrounds
my creative life is going ahead like a whirligig on steroids
so I am thinking that perhaps chaos is my preferable mode for creative output
who knew!!


so the brain is brimming, the to do list is beyond epic, ours lives are in a permanent state of madness but that is kind of just how I like it... or at least my creative brain does

I hope you all are having a magical New Year
and that you have all chosen your words for the year, 
have made resolutions you have already broken, and that life is in general,  fabulous
I am off to revel in the quiet
happy painting all...xx


26 comments:

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm glad your holidays went well despite the renovations. I love those balls you've been working on. Happy New Year!

Christine said...

Just beautiful, love that blue!

Gloria J Zucaro said...

Tracey, your world does indeed go round, and round and round. That is what is so wonderful, the round appearance of your beautiful balls.

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Tracey, it's amazing what we can still get done when chaos reigns. It will all be worth it when you smell those coats of fresh paint!
I love your beautiful balls, all covered in their stylish and swirling patterns, and so prettily blue. Such a treat to see so many of them as well. Cheers now:D)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Yeah reno hell that is what it seems like and then one day it is over and you are left with a beautiful home. I am so impressed with these blue balls. The depth of roundness is fantastic. Glad you are brimming with creative juices.

sirkkis said...

Love these beautiful blue creations.
Happy New Year xx

studio Lee said...

the blue is so beautiful x

loveofcollage said...

yes its a time for new starts as we tidy up the house after christmas or have new work done..like the chinese balls

Linda Kunsman said...

With all that's been happening at your place it was a good thing to take a blogging break. And thankfully you kept going with the art to keep you somewhat sane:) Those balls are stunning and I could just picture them as ornaments decorating a silver Christmas tree.I could also see the patterns on fabric, on cards, on dishes, ....really awesom work my dear. Happy PPF and happy New Year too!

Granny Annie said...

Ceramic balls? Do you make the balls as well as paint them. They are so gorgeous.

BrownPaperBunny said...

Beautiful balls! ;) Really, you've done such a lovely job with them. Happy PPF!

Gillena Cox said...

balls of loveliness

happy PPF and Best Wishes for this New Year

much love...

Jennifer McLean said...

well that all sounds thrilling, I must say. Especially the cat snoring, I miss that sound. Me, Izzz gots a cold in my nose. I hate colds and avoid them at all costs but it seems some cold germs decided to hijack me. Damn their evil little hearts. Hoping a hot, hot, HOT shower in the next half hour makes me feel all shiny and new. I'm holding out hope, cross your fingers, lol. Other than that, still awaiting the phone call with good news. I guess I gotta wait through the weekend now. SIGH. Talk soon my dear friend (just don't ask me to breath through my nose!)

Tracy said...

Gorgeous work, as always. Hope the renovations are all done soon and 'normality' can be resumed. And who needs to do food prep in this heat? (41C for us today) I'm sure we can all live on fresh air and sunshine for the next few days...

Tammie Dickerson said...

Your balls are lovely!! (How often does one hear that?!?) Glad you are surviving the chaos - there is nothing like a little creative fix to make things better! Wishing you all the best for the new year and happy PPF! :)

Silke Powers said...

Wow! You sound full of adventure and excitement! You know, I often have the same thing happen - when everything is crazy around me and I don't really have much time or space, I overflow with creative ideas. I wonder if it has to do with the general level of energy when things are super busy! I LOVE your blue and white art. These balls are fabulous!!
I have chosen a theme for my year (possibility), but no resolutions. I just hope to have lots of time to paint, read, knit, blog, crochet, cook, bake and eat. ;)
Happy New Year and Happy PPF! xoxo Silke

Latane Barton said...

Such a beautiful shade of blue. Stay warm...

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

hope you enjoyed the quite, well besides the snoring.

never seen ceramic balls like that, going to have to look up what they are for if anything besides decoration

dkatiepowellart.me said...

I love your balls... hmmm not said that to a gurl painter before and truly not to a boy painter either. Missed your wit and frankly glad to get on with whatever nonsense happens in 2017. Huggs.

June Walker said...

I love the clean crisp lines of blue on those balls.

Giggles said...

Sounds like things are ballin around there. Amazing how you can take one colour and make a million things with it!! I am truly amazed!! Your patterns are gorgeous!! Glad all was well with the world despite the chaos. You are a better woman than me. Living in that for as long as you have would be enough to make on batty!! Happy New year...wishing you a New year filled with beauty, peace and laughter!!

Hugs Giggles

pauline said...

Tracey, I am so loving this blue period of yours... :)
The combination of blue bowls with the lemon & limes. I'm blown away. I loved your art before, but i am so loving this new direction. Your patterns are gorgeous. Bravo to you for daring to go there! :) Happy New Year to you dear girl! xo

Catharina Engberg said...

Love that blue! Makes me thinking about Greece.

Sandra Busby said...

Gaaagh! I have missed some posts! But I have looked back and I just love your balls! You have this blue and white thing going on and I am just loving it!!! I've also only just posted a blog post, finally! I think every one is just so busy juggling so many balls (no pun intended) trying to keep up with all of the social media sites, that the blogs have all been a little neglected. You are updating more than anyone else I know, so you've nothing to worry about! :0)

Sandra Busby said...

I was sure I had commented on this! Well, in fact I know I did, but then again it was from my iPhone, so something must have gone wrong! These balls are just beautiful! I've never seen ceramic balls like this over here... Well, only Christmas ones! And I'm intrigued about the weird things that you seem to have lying around your place. 'A Cheese Making Kit'... Really, lol! We should do a holiday house swap one of these days. I just have to see some of this stuff! Meanwhile, I have also been juggling many balls... Mainly marbles of course! My resolution was to spend more time at the easel and to be less distracted by the computer, which begs the question, why would I choose then to uproot from blogger and create a new blog on a whole new platform, just as I decide to spend less time in front of a screen?? But Im going to do a 'time management' diary, putting aside specific times in the week to visit blogs I love, create new blog posts of my own and make cool videos with my new toy! Then I know that the rest of the time is purely easel time! Wish me luck! xx

Sandra Busby said...

Wow! Your new banner looks stunning!!!