Friday, 23 January 2015

The Difference A Year Makes...

It has been a bit of a hectic week
 filled with lots of summer shenanigans and a little light lobster painting
 after a few weeks of crabs, prawns and now a lobster 
 I am thinking it is time to rest the crustaceans
 though I am totally coming back to revisit them at some stage
after all I have fond memories of Phants and the whole lobster in the pool incident
which has me thinking of how I could paint a grasshopper/ lobster hybrid thing
amazing how long ago that was now
but that got me thinking about where I was this time last year

It is the one year anniversary of the last dose out of 16 doses of chemo
and about this time I was feeling pretty fed up and over it all I have to say
not to mention I was dealing with the planning for upcoming radiation
which meant three planning sessions and getting fifty squillion little dot tattoos
and having the last remaining people in the country get to handle lefty
and generally it was all round pretty bloody awful
necessary and I will be forever grateful for such fabulous results... 
but looking back it amazes me sometimes just how full on and all consuming it all was

A year down the track I am healthier than I have been in many years
I have hair, and eyelashes, and I think the last bit of eyebrow is finally coming in
I have so much more energy and I remain cancer free which is a huge gift 
life is beyond amazing I have to say
I am surrounded by extraordinary friends
an incredible online tribe of fellow artists and creatives that mean the world to me
Phants and Sinus, and Mushu remain the centre of my world
and I wake up every single day so thrilled to be in survivor mode
and have the chance to be painting, and writing and spending time doing what I love
not to mention doing work for companies like GoodnessMe Box
which has been a great challenge and inspiration

If you had of told me this time last year that I would be sitting here feeling so good
I possibly would have whipped the scarf off my head and tried to shove it up your nose
but here I am and it is glorious 
The difference a year makes is quite something... happy painting all...xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

A Crabby Week ...

This week it has been crazy hot and humid
 that awful paper never drying humid
 which has played havoc with my current obsession with all things crustacean related
but I got in nice and early this morning and finally got this crab out of my head
which is quite a line to write isn't it
now I have images of crabs running around up there
maybe they can chase out the hamsters that make my brain spin a mad amount

I have no clue where the crabs and crustacean thoughts came from
I am not a huge lover of them, though Sinus would exist on nothing else given the chance
and we had a bad experience with a rogue crab appearing out of nowhere
in our house when we lived in Florida
which resulted in much squealing and jumping on chairs
it was eventually rounded up and chased back into the estuary we lived on
but it was quite the thing
we also had rogue coconuts appear in our car space regularly
but that is a whole other story

For the last week or so I have been doing a series of sketches in one of my books
mind you I chose the one I hate the most as it sort of absorbs the paint
and the colours are always more muted than I like
but despite being annoyed every time I use it, I continue to paint and draw in it
no clue why except that now it has so many in there that i feel the need to fill it

So the two crabs arrived first
then the prawn turned up on a page
quickly followed by another crab
which is not my favourite sketch I must say
it looks mildly menacing 
but it didn't stop me jumping in and doing the large one
which I love

I used 640 gr hot pressed paper to combat the humidity
and I do love working larger
so it was fun from beginning to end
and there is one part I am really loving
see the legs in this part... loving them

I am thinking that i may have this crustacean obsession put to bed for the minute
although I am starting to think lobsters
so maybe not quite yet
happy painting all...xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

What We've Been Up To...

I am back in the studio and painting again finally
it has taken quite a few days longer than I had planned
partly because I got in and decided to clean out a few drawers
which led to the whole room exploding into a cloud of paper
that coated the floor and made walking in and out a trial in coordination
that proved to be a bit beyond me and led to Phants finding me sitting against the wall
looking faint from lack of tea and chocolate
she had been drawn to my location by the snorting and laughing 
brought on by watching the mutt try to walk out of the room
on a floor that shifted below his paws like a maniacal travelator
the poor little mite face planted three times
though he retained an admirable amount of dignity throughout

other distractions were the heat and humidity
which has meant copious amounts of swimming has been required
plus when the pool proves inaccessible 
due to the sun turning it into a heated spa in the middle of the day 
we also had a new aircon installed and this sucker is insanely powerful
I am still debating as to whether it is a sign that it is cranked too high
if when the mutt walks into its cooling stream
it makes him look like he has his head out the car window

though he looks a touch homeless at the moment as I decided he needed a bit of a trim
due to the heat and as the groomer wasn't available
I had a bash myself... turns out I am not an undiscovered dog grooming legend
unless you like your dogs tufty, in which case I am a genius

so between dog grooming and swims Phants and I have been hanging out in the aircon
or as we like to call it ...The King Family Ice Bar
and like all good bars we have had many a deep and meaningful chat
we have broached heavy topics like 
what would happen if we gave the dog a squirt of nasal spray
and don't panic, we aren't actually planning on doing it
but just imagine his surprise at the intrusion

not to mention filling his mouth with whipped cream out of a can 
when he yawns... that would be genius
though he might just love that one as he has quite a sweet tooth 

one conundrum that went unsolved is why the wonder mutt can go from a dead sleep
to upright and clawing at your legs in two seconds flat
at the mere suggestion of a biscuit or cookie being consumed,
but you can physically lift his ear and call his name down it and he doesn't stir
we tried cracking bikkies in the ice bar
he went from asleep to full alert and at Phant's feet in 1.3 seconds
his time when a biscuit is crunched in the next room
 was only marginally worse at 1.6 seconds
and from down the hall, around the corner and down one flight of stairs
it would appear he actually made time stand still
or perhaps I just forgot to do the timing thingy on the phone
either way it was an impressive time let me say

but all this aside I did get in and finish off a few perfume bottles on my desk today
they are more trial sort of practice ones and will be revisited as both were fun
and on finishing I went through the whole nightmare 
of trying to remember to put 15, not 14 in the signature bit
though it kind of works as some of these were started last year, so the combined squiggles of 14 and 15 over the top is quite appropriate
happy painting all...xx

Monday, 29 December 2014

Mushu Draws The Soul Food 2015 Winner ....

So the time has come to do the draw for the place in Soul Food 2015
 and I have to say it turned into a bit of a production
 Mushu the wonder mutt was a picture of professionalism
he had a bath and a bit of a brush
 not to mention he went formal for the occasion in his favourite tie
 as he patiently waited for us to get moving on the whole thing
which involved hiding bits of shortbread biscuit in a bowl of names
and being quick smart to grab the first name he nosed out
which was a great plan and should have been simple
especially as he would sell us all out in a minute for shortbread
but filming the draw added a whole new dimension to it
poor mutt had to endure our giggling fits
the fact that I am still rubbish at filming things
but dodgy sound and bloopers aside here is the big draw
drum roll please....

It all turned out in the end
once I had made the bits with swearing silent
and the maniacal laughter was muted also
not to mention there was a bit that I filmed just after this shot 
where the bloody mutt gassed us all with his smelly tusch
and sent us all running and gagging
while he serenely surveyed all in his midst and waited for more shortbread

I would like to thanks to all the people who entered 
and for your wonderful comments and support 
it has been a fun time putting it all together
and sadly you all couldn't win
but a big congratulations to Lori

I am now off to sneak in a little painting time on this perfume bottle
happy painting all...xx

Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Giveaway....

So the madness of Christmas week is upon us and I am feeling the season in all its glory
 this may be fuelled by the steady diet of candy canes and chocolate
while I finished my painting of the Solar Santa
and the one of the clubhouse for Sinus to use on his Christmas cards for work
 or perhaps the fact that we now have a solar Santa to add to the shelf
 with the Solar Queen and her solar Picorgi 
it is a veritable shelf of solar waving and flapping goodness I tell you
not to mention I also found a mug that has little Santas
that bear an uncanny resemblance to the solar Santa 
which is just icing on the solar powered Christmas
all this solar waving energy is pushing me slightly over the edge 
into the land of manic humming of Christmas carols
while having random bits of tape and a sprinkle of glitter stuck in my hair
thanks to an epic session of present wrapping
even the dog has a light frosting of glitter which is quite fetching
though undeserved as he was absolutely no bloody help with the wrapping
but in the spirit of the season I get to give you a present
well one of you anyway...

I am teaching at Soul Food next year and I get to give away a place in the course
which is kind of perfect given the season
Soul Food is a mixed media class
which is all about the teachers sharing their lessons with you
 and teaching you about the art that nourishes their souls
So to be part of the draw all you need to do is enter your name in the comments
and in a week I will draw a winner using a random number generator thingy
or perhaps I will return to the tried and true method of using the dog to draw it
it will come down to whether or not I can handle the slobber factor

part of the requirements of being a teacher at Soul Food is that I had to make a video
answering some questions to introduce myself to you
now before you watch it a few warnings...
anyone with any OCD tendencies may need a cuppa to be able to watch
because every frame on the wall behind me is crooked... seriously crooked
I also shot it with the ipad the wrong way... which you would expect I am sure
and I have post chemo badger hair and one and a half eyebrows
 though I did manage to hide the thin patches very well I have to say
and no it isn't centred on the blog page
hey I am just happy I managed to actually get it to embed
so here it is ...

Soul food 2015 interview from Tracey Fletcher King on Vimeo.

I hope you all enter by commenting below
and that you all have a magical time this holiday season
I want to send out a huge thanks to each and every one of you who has been part of my blogging  and creative world this year
it has been quite a rollercoaster at times, but so filled with love and joy 
... happy painting all...xx

entries have now closed and I will be drawing the winner shortly... thanks to all who entered