Tracey Fletcher King

Art and Illustrations

Friday, 29 August 2014

Is It Spring Yet?

Spring has well and truly sprung here in my part of the world
I thought that maybe it was a bit of a false spring for a few days
even though I saw the first blooms of jasmine
and smelt its wonderful fragrance
every now and again you get a rogue bloom
so I wasn't quite ready to believe it may be here

Even when I was woken up by a veritable horde of rainbow lorikeets
swarming the tree outside our bedroom window and devouring its seed pods
while screeching to each other at the top of their birdy lungs
I still wasn't quite ready to declare winter done for

and despite having our first mosquito put in an appearance the other night
which was duly dispatched with glee and karate type noises
plus I left that carcass on the wall as a warning to other little bitey buggers
they enter at their own risk people
even the appearance of that annoying little blighter couldn't make me declare it

the bougainvillea in the neighbor's yard was showing a few blooms
and I admit that I was starting to be hopeful
the light is gorgeous, the skies are clear blue, and the breeze has that first hint of warmth
and my hopes were getting higher and higher
but what if it is really one of those false Springs
that send you shivering and diving back into sweaters unexpectedly
might be best to be a touch cautious before I start washing sweaters and blankets

The paper on these watercolours dried fabulously quickly as I finally finished them off
which should be an indicator
especially as these are quite large by my standards
and I used 600gr paper to avoid the whole stretching paper palaver
which always sees me somehow ending up covered in water
with tape from head to tail and still having dry patches in the paper
but it wasn't until this morning that I was ready to finally say winter is done for

And that is because I woke up to that indicator to end all indicators
a dog sneeze in the face... yep the mutt gets hayfever
only in spring and then he becomes a roving mass full of snot, sneezes
and epic snoring that has to be heard to be believed
he opens the day with a sneeze, proceeds to sneeze all day long
and most disgusting is that he likes to sneeze on something
your foot, your leg, or your cup of tea if you let him get too close
then does the best impression of a drunk trucker that a small fluff ball can achieve
So when faced by the wall of disgustingness that is doggy hayfever
I have to call it... Spring is here...

So in celebration of the change of seasons
and as a distraction from the dog sneeze that just hit my leg
I am getting stuck into the suitable bright paintings on my desk
happy painting all...xx

Linking with PPF
and here is the link to Tuesday's post

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Coffee Tins And Daffodils ...

I have had a week of epic snot and assorted flu disgustingness
which was actually very weather appropriate
as we had the sort of grey, wet and windy late winter weather
that just screams for being tucked up in bed drinking tea
and feeling magnificently sorry for yourself

I woke up this morning feeling like I am more human than snot bag
and was even happier to see that it would appear that Spring is turning up
there is that gorgeous clean air and the sun is shining
so I have been happily in the studio painting up this coffee tin
sadly not from life as coffee tins here seem to be particularly uninspiring
but Aimee from Artsyville kindly sent me a photo of her coffee tin for me to draw

Aimee lives one of those lives on instagram and her blog that is saturated with color
I get glimpses of her work, life and interesting chotskies
 all beautifully shot and recorded for my drooling pleasure
meanwhile I watch the shelves of the stores
in the hopes that something half as interesting to paint will turn up
Not that all packaging over here is bland, far from it
just the coffee it seems... it is bog standard boring
instead I happily did a vicarious painting of a more visually interesting life

Coffee tin duly complete, I plan on taking in the spring air, reveling in the sunshine
and painting like a madwoman while the weather lasts
so I have two projects on my desk
one is to finish off the larger watercolours of the Chanel bottles I started last week
I can't tell you how much I am loving these... amazing fun

and the other is to attempt to paint these daffodils
which feels seasonally appropriate
happy painting all...xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Some Days...


Some days everything conspires to make you smile
I started the day with finally finishing this boot drawing
which was homework from Andrea Joseph's lesson for Sketchbook Skool
it was done with a Pilot medium ballpoint pen and was actually quite fun
even if it was crazy time consuming
and required me to take the boot with me from room to room as I chased the good light
I love the result and may even head down this style of drawing again
there is quite the sense of achievement in finishing something like this

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself on finishing the boot
so I made another cuppa and opened the paper
and the headline at the top of the page that I opened to
pilot lands plane after losing arm.... well something like that
turns out a pilot had a prosthetic arm and it fell off during landing
which made me giggle endlessly which is probably inappropriate
but I had visions of what it was like in the cockpit as all this was going down
plus it also reminded me of the prosthetic leg incident of many years ago

one of my flatmates from way back when, who shall remain nameless
was friends with a bloke with a prosthetic leg
he would come and stay for the weekend sometimes
and after one particular night out on the town
I was woken by my flatmate looking under my bed in an attempt to see if the leg was there
it seems that at some stage during the night he had misplaced it
and after searching the flat and not finding it
we ended up having to visit the various drinking holes they had frequented until we found it
I still have fond memories of being able to walk into a bar
and asking if someone had handed in a leg the night before
my life was awesome sometimes 

But wait there is more
the morning got better because I saw a dog walk into a lightpole
he hit it with pace too and did that double take and head shake like in the cartoons
I had been watching his owner share his pastry with him while they were standing at the crosswalk and I was in the car waiting on the lights
the dog couldn't take his eyes off that pastry as he trotted along when they started to cross
so much so that he smacked right into the lamp post on the other side of the road
the owner gave him the rest of the pastry to help him recover from the trauma
and it had me giggling all the way home

talk about a great start to the day right
I can barely wait for what other shenanigans the day is going to serve up
happy painting all...xx

linking up with PPF
and here is the link to the last post for you...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Hydrangeas and Homework...

I mentioned on Friday that I have been on a quest to mess up my work a bit
to get the paint doing fun things and generally making as big a mess as possible
and I have to say I managed to take the mess to a whole new level with these hydrangeas
I swear I had paint from tip to toe
and it turns out when your hair is no longer the long brown locks you were used to
but instead is a very sticky-up-y  light grey
that the permanent rose truly lives up to its name
that little splodge that ended up on a tip seems to be in for the long haul

the photo I worked from was truly lovely
who regularly sends through photos of her glorious blooms and garden to inspire and cheer me
and I had a great time painting this from the first splatter to the last
of course the pink tipped hair and blue hands were quite the look
but it turns out that scrubbing the shower without gloves
actually removes the worst of the paint from fingers
even if you are using organic, earth hugging, no nasty spray
I actually considered spraying my hair for a minute
just to see if it would get rid of the pink
because who wouldn't want to know that right
luckily I remembered just how inaccurate I am with any sort of aiming
and I had visions of aiming at fringe type hair and getting my ear, or an eye. or the dog
so common sense did prevail in the end... just

So in order to give my poor hair and hands a break
I decided to get in and do some homework from Sketchbook Skool
Andrea Joseph set one exercise to draw an object using ballpoint pen
so one of Phantom's boots is in the hot seat so to speak
It is quite the change of pace from the splashing paint around of the past few weeks
 but it is oddly soothing in a obsessive compulsive sort of way
happy painting all...xx