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Tracey Fletcher King

Art and Illustrations

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A neglected desk


So here is what is on my work desk....
I wanted to have a play with some of the images I have painted recently 
and explore the idea of a little journal book thingy ....
this is the first attempt, and while I had hoped to be much further along
Christmas season has started with a vengeance here 
and there has been little or no time to be creative


Now I love all the fun of family and celebrations
but
I get a tad grumpy...
okay I turn into a complete and utter miserable whiny sod...
 without the chance to paint or draw
so things have been a touch on edge...
hopefully I will get a little done on this each day
which will not only save my sanity...
 but perhaps my marriage 
and my whole family from feeling the wrath
of me deprived of creativity....
we all get like that
don't we????
please tell me I am not the only one who turns into a complete cow when shut out of the studio!!!


So other than this....
and wrapping presents
and wrapping more presents
and baking
and cooking
and cleaning
and more present wrapping
and avoiding more cleaning...
and spending time gazing into the oven to see if it has magically cleaned itself...
it hasn't by the way...


I have done just a little...
and I am not sure about the tack I am on with it...
I am sure it will all come together in its own way though, and




I did finish the tiles and string them onto necklaces
and I love them
I can't wait until after Christmas when I can get in and do some more



I have ideas crashing into each other in my head 
so I feel that the year will be finishing with a session of pendant making...


and if things get too hairy I can always
settle down with the parcel of books that has arrived in the last few days
they look as though they are fan - freakin - tastic
and could be real sanity savers
and inspiring 
and all of the wonderful stuff



So I hope you all have wonderful, safe
fun filled Holiday season
and thank you all so much for an incredible few months
for your comments and time
and for your inspiration and support
those are actually the warm little nuggets of wonderful 
that will keep me sane over the next week...

If you feel like you are a bit short of Christmas cheer,
or need to feel alternately in awe of people and completely delighted by
other creative souls
head over to Stamping Ground
to see wonderful creative desks,
or to
for some wonderful posts and blogs...
xx

63 comments:

RosA said...

Fabulous books! You'll enjoy them, I think. Love your tile pendant - gorgeous! And yes, my oven won't clean itself, unless I press the right button on it and I can't even be bothered doing that! Happy WOYWW!

Cathy said...

Great makes. Happy WOYWW and Merry Christmas.
Cathy @23 xx

kath said...

gorgeous makes tracey...thanks for the 4 days to christmas peek of your workdesk...wishing you and yours a wonderful christmas...hugs kath xxx

Bridget Larsen said...

wow love your book and tile but I just love seeing those pots of pencils lol, they look awesome
Bridget #21

Helen said...

Those books look great - hope you get time to delve into them soon. Happy Christmas.

voodoo vixen said...

I think it is more than fair that you get a bit of crafty time during the festive season... they want their next meal cooked, don't they? LOL Have a lovely Christmas!! Annette #8

jude said...

Gorgeous shot of your desk and the journal looks beautiful.Take out some ME time we all need it!
Have very Merry christmas and please pop by i have candy on offer
hugs judex 22

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh good some one else who has to be crafty or go nuts!! Yippe, there are sane people in the world!
I love your Journal thingy, it will be wonderful when finished
Happy WOYWW and Happy Christmas,
Lou #34

Sunshine Girl said...

Your artwork looks fabulous and yes I get grumpy too if I cant create. Love the look of those books too have fun reading! Have a wonderful Christmas. Sunshine Girl – No 38

okienurse said...

gorgeous artwork! Love your pendants! Journal pages are awesome! Hope you and your family enjoy a Merry Christmas holiday. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #44

Ann B said...

So busy and you still get time to create a wonderful mini journal - love it and your pendants.
Thanks for sharing your desk and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Ann B
#28

Rita said...

That folding journal is just stunning!! Well, so are the necklaces. Wow-wow-wow!!
Have a glorious Christmas and don't get too grumpy with people--LOL! Maybe keep a small doodle pad next to you at all times. ;) Enjoy!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The members of your family will be doing their own thing over the holidays, won't they?? You go do yours!! Love that pendant, gorgeous colours, yum yum.
Wishing you joy and happiness this Christmas,
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx
PS My oven hasn't changed either.... :D

Lori said...

The journal is beautiful! Yes, I too get a little grumpy (being off balance just sucks). I'm in the process of packing a little creative go bag and have plans to create journals with my niece when visiting family. Remember to take a little time for you. Merry Christmas!

butlersabroad said...

Hope you find some time to yourself Tracey, I can easily mope about without direction if I don't have a plan. usually I like to give my craft room a big Spring Clean over the Christmas break, it feels like I'm getting all prepared for the upcoming year! Love the makes this week, those tile necklaces are awesome, they'd make great gifts. Love the books too.

Have a wonderful Christmas,
Hugs
Brenda 71

spaark said...

Oh Tracey, you are not alone. I have been getting up in the wee early hours of the morning to have some time by myself to create. I love your selection of art books...I want to come over for tea and a good read. Enjoy your beautiful journal. Happy Holidays..and a wonderful, inspiring new year.
Julie

FranT said...

You have such a wonderful way about you and I just love your blog! So much fun to head over here! you're post on Creative Every Day was terrific:)) I'm having trouble too getting creative, so busy these days but I was able to blog about it today. I hope to get more artwork done my week off coming up. Happy holidays to you!! PS I LOVE the blues in your work, great colors! Brilliant.

Jacqui said...

Lovely paintings and I envy you the books - I have drawing Lab though and think you will love it.

craftattack said...

Great makes. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Valerie

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

I have this theory in my head that if I can get chores out of the way by 10 (usually up at 7) then surely there is time for everything else. Somewhere along the line a 3 year old gets in and after putting him to bed by 8 it is all I can do to stay awake until bedtime myself! The pendants are beautiful. Hope you get time to work on the journal thingy would be lovely to see where you end up with it. Merry Christmas.

Lorinda said...

I am so jealous of your beautiful work space! No wonder you're cranky from being away from it!

Your pendants look gorgeous! I can't wait to see more. And see what you end up doing with your journal. It looks like a fantastic start to me!

I've asked for the Carla Sonheim book for Christmas (fingers crossed) and signed up for her Faces course in January (my first). What are the other delicious looking books?

Here's to your art-withdrawn sanity! xx

Mrs A. said...

Love your little art journal cum thingy. The colours are so bright snd cheerful. Like it just the way it is. Know the withdrawals symtoms bug too. Hope I don't catch too much of it over Christmas. Like the lok of your pile of books. I have one to read over the period to keep me sane. Have a great (withdrawal permitting) Christmas and a Crafty New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

Julia Dunnit said...

Nice 'start' Tracey, wonderful fresh colours and so welcome after all the glitter and red and gold etc! You aren't alone, I get itchy and fidgety without some time at my desk, and...and the ideas that come crashing around when you can't get to the table - Too true. But, you wouldn't change it really! happy Christmas!

May said...

Beautiful art will make a great journal, Merry Christmas, Hugs May x x x x

505whimsygirl said...

Oh wow -- your fold out journal is beautiful. The pendant necklaces are great too. So much eye candy here!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

WOYWW #82

Serena Lewis said...

I love all your little paintings in accordion style...gorgeous! I get depressed if it's too long between art and creative adventures. So many distractions, particularly at this time of year.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Just dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season! Your work is gorgeous! yes, it's hard to get time to be creative these days! Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Craftychris said...

Your post did make me smile, thank you!! The paintings are fabulous and the journal will be gorgeous! Have a brilliant Christmas and a big sit down!! xx

Sarah said...

It's good to rest the creative fingers and refeed the mind with inspiration from those fab books! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

Elizabeth said...

Your book thingy is shaping up very nicely - love the bright colours. Whilst I wouldn't say I turn into a complete cow, I do get withdrawal symptoms if I can't craft a bit every day - so you are certainly not entirely alone - far from it :) It will all be over soon enough and we will be able to get back to normal - can't wait :)) Merry Christmas, Elizabeth x #46

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Merry Christmas!

WrightStuff said...

Oh yes I definitely get tetchy when I'm not able to paint. Tomorrow I have to pack up the 'studio' aka dining table ready for Christmas...

Love how your have all your stuff organised.

Neet said...

Ooh recognise the bottom book - you can be sure of some good reading in those little beauties.
Enjoy your Christmas - from one little grump (big one really) to another who is studio-less.

Sarah Anderson said...

Drawing Lab is one of my very favourite books! Love your little book thingy, and I get grumpy too when I don't do something creative!
Happy Christmas xx

Terrie said...

Love those necklaces - they're so creative. And your little journal/book is a treat filled with your gorgeous (looser!) flower drawings. I've actually been toying with trying a book at the beginning of the year ... lots of research since I've never bound anything, but I'm game! But the best photo was of your new books waiting to be absorbed. I've been toying with getting Carla's book; maybe it's time! And I immediately went to amazon to check out the others and they're going on the wish list.

Can't wait to see what next year brings for you! Happy Holidays

JoZart said...

Love your post as I love your humour and your art. Thanks for your Christmas Greeting and I hope you too have a wonderful holiday. Stay cool!
JoZarty x

The Crafty Elf said...

You aren't alone! I've been taking my B12 vitamins and do find they work well this time of year. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle but if you just slow down and breath.....you realize it will all get done in time. Breathe in...breath out! You aren't alone!
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas with family and friends and All The Best for a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Tracey think the chorus of agreement with you might be little deafening - but still family time is important and cant work our hearts out on our own all the time either -do i sound boring when I say balance is important ...mm , maybe! Now I just adore those poppies of yours they are so gorgeous and so are your tiles well done you!
Thanks so much for popping over. Happy WOYWW! All the blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of the dear Lord Jesus and the greatest Gift of all, love Shaz in oz. x #20

Robin Panzer Art said...

Gorgeous Poppies! I totally understand, it's hard to be kept out of the studio especially if your creative juices are flowing! Hope your holidays are wonderful and quickly over...LOL! I'm visiting for both WOYWW and Paint Party Friday! I've so enjoyed you and your blog this year!

BlackPumpkin said...

Ahaha! Although I don't have a studio, I can understand you. On Dec. 25th my family will reunite at my brother's for the whole day. I think I'll bring my papers and pencils and draw with my niece!! :))
Happy holidays!

NatashaMay said...

Just stop cooking, baking and stuff and get painting to save your sanity. :) Happy Holidays! :)

Elisa Choi said...

Wow, I love your energy and I can feel your passion for art. Lovely paintings. I agree with you that at some point when everything feels like work I tend to want to break off.. so art and books and tv are definitely going to save my sanity. Btw, I love your books. Where did you buy them? Also those pendants are gorgeous! Ahh, can you teach me? Haha. Great job and Happy Christmas my dear!

La Abela said...

Some very good paintings, I like the style and quality that you give them. Abrazo

Fallingladies said...

Yes,I feel the same way, but i've been busy but I don't know with what as I haven't managed to wrap or clean or bake at all yet and the big day is here in2 more days!! Yikes! What have I been doing? Any way, I love you latest work, is it acrylic and watercolor? And I have 3 of those 4 books and LOVE them!

Pointy Pix said...

what a great post-i can relate to a lot of it esp the whole self-cleaning oven! i love those beauitful flower illustrations and the way you've done then in an accordian style. your pendants are beautiful. btw i love the wee hanging bucket above your desk-did i see then in IKEA by any chance? such a clever idea!

hope you have a fab festive period and get your daily creative fix!

Melisa said...

It's looking beautiful so far. I hope you will make time to work on it or your pendants. Sometimes, the things we know we need to do are more important than the things other people think we should be doing. Christmas really doesn't have to include a lot of baking and buying and decorating. Only if we want it to. It's more important to feel the joy of it and that is hard to do when we are stressed and tired.

hastingshall2 said...

Beautiful work. Love those poppies. Love the necklace. And yes, I do feel deprived when I can't do art because I have visitors/house guests. Hope you have a happy time with friends and family and some solitude in which to do art. Faye

Gloria said...

Great job. Love all your hard work.
Happy Holidays!

Jenn Girl said...

Beautiful card! I love the bright colors in the flowers! I also love your desk with all the pencils all organized!

Christine said...

Love your pendant and your pretty desk and it's art! Merry Christmas Tracey!

Legacy of a Single Girl said...

I totally love your tile!!! And, you are not the only one who turns into a cow in the workshop. Mooooo!!!!

Merry Christmas!

EVA said...

Beautiful journal and lovely pendant. Lovely!!

I sure know the feeling. Overwhelmed and creativity repressed. Hopefully we will all get back to normal soon.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Tracey!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Tracey! take some time off! Everyone will benefit! The tiles are awesome! Love the vibrant colors! I recently finished Destination Creativity and imagines myself at one of those workshops! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Geckostone said...

Wow a folding journal, thats a great idea and yours is sooooo lovely! Your pendants are awesome and yep I'm super jealous of those wonderful books ya got there! I think we can ALL relate to the holiday busy blues! Hugs, Deb

Jennibellie said...

I turn into much more than a cow lol mammoth may be haha love this journal, merry christmas and a happy new year :) x

April said...

WOW those pendants are fab!! yes I too get a little grouchy if I don't get enough time at my desk!!! Have a great christmas. x

Beadwright said...

I too find myself not quite right when I am not creating. So don't feel alone. LOL Your art is wonderful.
Happy Christmas
Nicole/Beadwright

Gloria said...

I can't believe the NEATNESS of your desk! My studio looks like a hurricane went through! Your flowers in your folded book are so lovely, and the pendents are gorgeous! The countdown is on, only 6 days until the New Year!

SHERI C said...

The folded paper Art Journals are GORGEOUS!!!
May have to copy your idea with some of my horse art. Love the presentation format!
Wishing you a Happy PPF and wonderful 2012.
Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

Sophia said...

I SO want your desk! :) I'll make great use of the neglection. hahaha :)

Hope this note finds you doing well. Happy Holidays and many blessings for the coming new year.

lruk said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful art - just looking at it makes me happy. You are certainly not alone in becoming grumpy when the need to create is not accommodated - I am with you on that one totally, even though my creations are not nearly as lush as yours.

mydailycreativity said...

I love your desk space! Mine is never organized or cute like that :)

craftydvl said...

Reading about your Christmas was really nice, and seeing the art process was great too. And I agree with everyone else who is coveting your desk, love it! Thank you for showing your lovely blue, new, borrowed paintings ;-) And Merry 2012--!!