Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Block-Head-Choc-Head


Eeeek! Panic is beginning to kick in. I now have less than a month to complete these canvases for an upcoming exhibition and this is all I’ve done so far. Prepared the backgrounds with vintage book pages (choice of pulp being Peanuts…no surprise to anyone who knows me!) and I’ve yet to add the paint. They are going to be paintings. Which of course means that they require painting. I have paint. I have brushes. I even have this very clear plan in my head of what I want to do. It’s just not happening. Why? Dunno. If I wasn’t in panic mode my brain would work properly and I’d be able to list a gazillion concise, yet extremely mundane reasons. Stress is a funny ol’ thing. Causing an inability to focus. Leaving one with an attention span of a flea. Is flea correct? It doesn’t seem right somehow. I think of fleas as being quite attentive little critters. Maybe I’ve read them wrong. Whatever. And performing the simplest of tasks becomes all too overwhelming. Even attempting to reply to text messages while on the bus was a complete impossibility. My hands failed to work and I kept dropping the phone. I gave up in the end. On the bus. On edge. Route #345. The crowds, the noise, the drunken Melbourne Cup Day revellers…

St dwn kd, y’r mkng m nrvs.


Today at least was made a little sweeter with the arrival of this Etsy purchase from Esme's Fudge. I LOVE homemade fudge and this is the first Brisbane Etsy shop that I've discovered to sell food items. Oh boy is this fudge yummy! 350 grams of hand whisked creamy milk chocolatey goodness! It was also wrapped and packaged so pretty in lovely fabric and ribbon and was sent fresh from the kitchen via overnight express post! I discovered this shop on Little Mary Moo's fab blog and I'm so glad I did!

30 comments:

M.Kate said...

Poor T, panic has set in. I'd help you paint if I could..but then maybe you wont let me to.I know the feeling, happens too often with me. However, I am sure you'll do it soon..burn the midnight oil, you have our fudge to accompany you :P wow! you have an upcoming exhibition, how cool! Make sure you put up pics for us..er..with you in it will be a good start, for once. I can't be imagining Naomi Watts in sneakers all the time (do you remember haha?!..I do) Happy painting :D

picciolo said...

that fudge looks yummy! I hope your panic eases and you end up enjoying doing you paintings, the backgrounds you have already prepared look like they can't wait for you to get started!
: )

Hey Harriet said...

M.Kate -

HaHa! I am more than happy for you to imagine that I look like Naomi Watts! :D

High Desert Diva said...

I think the fudge will help... definitely a smart purchase. Not to mention a business expense.

nichole said...

Fudge is exactly what I need to brighten my mood this morning. That looks delicious!

nichole said...

Fudge is exactly what I need to brighten my mood this morning. That looks delicious!

Victoria said...

Yes, fudge is always a good stress reliever!

The panels are off to a good start, hope you have better luck focusing today. I feel like I have been unproductive for weeks, with the US election stress. But now I can begin to breath again!

LazyTcrochet said...

Good luck. I'm taking some time off today to destress...and bake some cookies! The fudge looks delicious.

Alissa Nicolau said...

I am quite curious to see your finished paintings... Please do post lots of photos!

donat said...

looking at the big pile of canvases would be overwhelming so hide them away & work on one at a time & forget the others exist. you can do it harriet! if all else fails can you exhibit photos? not that you'll fail but it's an option if you don't have the time to finish the paintings. i think many of your photos are worthy of exhibiting! keep up a good supply of that delicious looking chocolate & you will be fine.

Bobbi said...

I can't wait to see your canvas' done. You HAVE to share - pray for the brain capacity of a cheetah or something :) And....thanks alot! (meant in a sarcastic way) yesterday was the first day in I don't know how long that I have gone without sugar. I've been trying for months (I'm so addicted). Anyway, my goal was if I could go until Christmas without sugar I could have some fudge. Rub it in my face Tracy, rub it in my face!!! he he.

Lisa B. said...

Ooooh the fudge looks yummy!

I can't wait to see what you paint on those cool looking canvases!! So snap out of it girl...and get to work! Did that help?!

Little Mary Moo said...

Thanks for the lovely shout out, very much appreciated from the fudge maker and I.

I hope the stress easy a little for you, I'm sure your paintings will be fantastic.

amy said...

Take a deeeeep breath.

Mary-Laure said...

An exhibition? How exciting, keep us posted please.

SewMuchDetail said...

Oh you'll get it all done, you will!! They will be spectacular and that fudge looks oh so yummy:)

Lily Hydrangea said...

don't worry, you'll get it done. One suggestion though, ask people to help you. I know it may seem obvious, but since I always forget to do that, I thought maybe it might help you.
They don't have to do the actual painting, (unless they know how) maybe they can do the dishes or pick up some groceries, anything to give you more time.
Good luck.
the fudge looks delish!

Bobbi said...

Ha Ha! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Estela said...

omg, the homemade fudge looks so tasty!!

Ali said...

Mmmm, might have to get me some of that fudge! ... Don't panic - you have fudge!!!
And I can't wait to see the finished product of your paintings - I love them so far!! I have a 'thing' for old, yellowed book pages! ;)

Hot Fudge said...

I know exactly what you mean. I am also stressing out about an exhibition and a couple of markets in the next few weeks.

Maybe I should order some of that tempting fudge. Is it hot?

shells said...

Oh honey, I hear you, on all accounts! When that overwhelming panic sets in, I simply don't do anything. I just shut down in the hope that it'll all just go away and then I won't have to deal with it!
And oh how I love fudge! I must try out this shop, especially cos it's local!
You take care and try not to stress too much! xx

please sir said...

Oh goodness...starting to look good...keep up the work!!

Gina said...

Maybe motivation will kick in after a bit more of that fudge!..looks delicious!..Love the peanuts backgrounds!! Can't wait to see you paintings! :D

bunbun said...

That fudge looks amazing!
I really like how she wraps it in fabric.
Anyways, I can relate to you about focusing. The early month of September I could hardly get anything acomplished and the more I stressed about it, the more harder it was to get anything done. I feel a lot better now, so what I am trying to say is, those times are terrible, but I know that you will wake up with calmness and focus you need soon. Hope that doesnt sound corny, but I really feel that life just hits me with phases where I feel like I am a major disapointment.
Then it always turns around.

Rosebud Collection said...

You will get things done..once you start, you will get in the groove..
I have faith in you..
Food sure looks good..One bite of that chocolate and you should be done in a jiffy..
Missed you..

Richiesliv DÅ och NU said...

Am drolling w/ ur punch...wish I can have some.

EXHIBIT? That's a kinda cool stuff, huh? Show us d outcome, mb?

ENJOY UR W/END...

Katie said...

Sounds like you need a massage! I hope you're able to have some good "me" time in the midst of your busy schedule....that fudge looks great!

EmBelISH said...

you crack me up !! best of luck with the paintings... the fudge sure would help to de-stress things :-)
thanks for the tip on picassa too have done a few collages on our blog today... SSS posted, just no Mr Linky yet
xEm

Bec said...

Wow, that's a lot of canvases to get through. Good luck with it all!!! I'm feeling similar stress about building enough stock for the Christmas market....eeekkkk!!!! So of course my answer is to spend MORE time reading blogs in an attempt to procrastinate doing useful stuff....makes perfect sense really...I think....maybe...oh dear, I think I also have the attention span of a flea....