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Red Tulips-a painting a day

January 12, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

This painting has been framed and is for sale at Burgess Hill Open Houses see blog for June 4th

size h 7″ x 6″ 17cm x 15cm

There has been a long gap when I have written and painted nothing. In my defence it was Christmas and then I was ill.

Christmas approached and as always the creative life was swamped by the mundane. There were presents to make, cakes to make, cards to send, lovely aunts social life to mend and her medical needs to be addressed, husbands dumped friend to console, and then there were the floors, the loos and the bedrooms which all needed my attention-in addition there was still the shopping and ordering.

I have a major difficulty with being ill in this household and it’s to do with timing; ideally being ill should be a solitary activity much attended by concerned (healthy and vigorous) loved ones, that is in my dreams. Now my husband seems able to time his occasional bouts of man flu so that he is able to announce to the world, work, and his closest relatives that he is really ill as he collapses sideways onto the red settee with the remote control. He varies his illness by retiring to bed with a book on Greek Naval Warfare or the Odyssey and calls for his basic needs, conversation and fussing whenever he feels like it. This continues until he is fit enough to get up and go back to work….protesting that he is not yet fully recovered ….he then comes home and collapses sideways onto the red settee with the remote and is exhausted. He is of course excused household duties until he is at least a little better i.e. well enough not to want to come home from work and collapse sideways onto the red settee. I may be imagining this but it is possible that his episodes of ill health tend to finish when he has exhausted the recorded episodes of Startrek, Frost and Lewis. This Christmas holiday he must have been truly unwell as I found him watching a recording of a Harry Potter film followed by two of the Narnia films. I am quite worried however as we were given a swanky new set top box at Christmas which is much more effective in recording whole series of programmes and has a HUGE memory; thus we will soon have every single broadcast episode of Frost etc .

I got ill first this year for a change and by rights should have been able to collapse gracefully onto the red settee etc. etc. But I mistimed it badly, I started to get ill on Christmas Day and having found out on that morning that we were to have 13 at lunch the next day I was forced to battle on. There were arrangements in place for the day after Boxing Day as well -eight for lunch. Note to self , do not volunteer to entertain three days in a row at Christmas or at any other time. The last day was fine as there was woodpigeon pie ready to go in the fridge which we had with bubble and squeak made from left over mash and sprouts with chestnuts. Once all people had gone home and I felt able to actually be ill as opposed to falling asleep in the middle of things, I was overtaken by diy dad who, having done enough diy to empty all the cupboards in the house, caught my chest infection. Of course he was worse than me and needed attention, as he recovered No2 son came back from a days shopping with the winter vomiting. We have managed to contain his personal pandemic this time ( his best being 11 people infected)and the only person who has succumbed this time is …well of course its me.


  1. Susan Atkins
    January 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Sounds like an EPIC Christmas – AND I love the painting 🙂

  2. Nikki
    January 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    That is a beautiful painting. I love the shades of red and can feel the silkiness of the petals on my fingers as I look at the picture.

    Sorry to hear you were so poorly, Did you get to recline on the sofa at all??

    • January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Actually I did get to spend a little time on the sofa but don’t tell anyone…I watched Edwin Drood on I- player and really enjoyed it, Matthew Rhys who looked familiar but unplacable was a fantastic doped up fiend, huge fun and huge drama all in two episodes.

  3. January 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh how I laughed, but sympathise HUGELY. Love the tulips.And I loved Edwin Drood too. Don’t tell anyone, but I thought it was much better than the Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes.

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Sympathy accepted , not that I was after sympathy you understand….

  4. Susan
    February 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Love the tulip paintin, thank you.

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