Saturday, 10 December 2011

A sense of something...

I didn't know what to write about tonight - more especially, how do I illustrate with words this piercing picture I just knocked up for Sunday Sketches?

I figured maybe I'd just sling in a few totally random thoughts.

First up, something strange is happening with my sense of smell. Yesterday I caught a splash of Gardeners' World on TV (channel surfing... honest!). There was actually a quite fascinating feature on Christmas trees and the more I watched, the more I was convinced I could smell Christmas- you know that wonderful waft of pine that tickles your nostrils when you come downstairs to say hello to your indoor tree at this time of year...*

(Want to smell it too? Check this out - about 45 minutes in.)
Then today, the Hairy Bikers were cooking up the new 'traditional' British grub - Singapore noodles! I swear my nose was in the room with them. Sense of smell began conspiring with taste buds as ginger, garlic and spice pirouetted around my conscious.

(This one starts getting smelly at around 40 minutes.)

As much as I was enjoying smell-o-vision, I was beginning to become a little concerned. Would it be safe to watch a documentary on cattle farming? Right now I can smell mango. No, I'm not watching a tropical drama or even another cookery show - it's mango body lotion on me... I smell delicious!

So, we've discussed taste and smell. Sight is clearly represented by the sketch I did this evening (gesso over advertising material, topped with coloured pencil). I'm listening to Michael Buble croon softly in my ear and fingers feel the smooth keys as I type frantically away. Most of the letters on my keyboard have worn away. It's fine for a touch typist like myself, but drives the rest of the family mad when they try to use it. I won't bore you with listing what's left, but if my keyboard was scrabble tiles, there's only very high scoring letters left.

*Although I hate to ruin the story - ours is artificial! I'm going to buy some of Heston's pine-sugar-dusted mince pies when I can be bothered to trek across town to Waitrose.

32 comments:

  1. Although I've never smelled the tv shows, I totally agree it's possible, I read a book on a girl who could "feel" colors and had other odd connections to her senses, I can't remember the word for it, an actual diagnosed condition! Sometimes I wish I had it, just for awhile at least...

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  2. such an awesome wonderful eye!
    so sight and tales are inspiring scent. then scents can inspire memories... seems it is all connected, every bit of life.

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  3. The gift of being a creative is the ability to make magic out of air.

    That is all I have to say to you about this post. :)

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  4. ahhh, i think the cause of your smell-o-vision comes from your imagination:)when we imagine things we think we can taste, smell or even see it. I have experience that often. It's kinda cool. Your eye painting is gorgeous! Love the eyelashes

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  5. exquisite eye! And you know I love my eyes!!!
    Love as always my visits as your silly ruminatings make me without fail smile and I can always 'SEE' you and imagine you just as you describe yourself! (pls dear reader excuse long sentence)
    Hugs and happy happy holidays to you and yours!

    Miss my visits but sounds like you are doing very well....hmmmm...except for maybe that smell thingee...

    Smiles
    Julia
    xxoo

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  6. ohhhh that eye is gorgeous!!! Really love the detail and texture!! I think your smell thingee means that you have a wonderful imagination!!! :0) xxx

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  7. Oh, Lisa! That eye is incredible! Made me take pause....then reading your post...I came back to my senses....heehee!

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  8. It's a good thing you're only smelling nice stuff. :) When you start being noxious from weird odors than its time to see the doctor. :)) the eye is amazing. I'm always impressed by the eyes that you paint/draw. :)
    p.s. we have an artificial tree as well. I feel sorry for all the trees that are being cut down every year and I hate cleaning up the needles afterwards. :)

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  9. This eye is incredible - just amazing!

    When my son played hockey, in college, his coach used to play for a pro team and had experienced several concussions; he ultimately lost his sense of smell. I asked him, one time, at a banquet, how he can deal with eating without smelling. He stated it's strictly from memory of what things used to taste like - interesting.

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  10. Totally captivating 'eye' - so glad you didn't choose to draw a nose - somehow not so magical.

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  11. By the time you got to the mince pies, I could swear I was smelling things that weren't there. Hmmm, food for thought.

    Wish I could get those mince pies here. (Not sure about the Christmas-tree-smell though.) I'm the only one in the family who likes mince pie. I don't bake them because I'd eat it all myself!

    Love love love the eye! So beautiful!

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  12. Autosuggestion can be very powerful!
    I saw the same programme but did not get the aroma...shame! Perhaps it was because I watched a recording and not the first showing ;)

    I think I'll order smelly-vision for Christmas.
    Lovely creation and amusing post :)
    xx

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  13. I am in awe of your talent. That eye is so detailed and wonderful. Fabulous piece!

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  14. Hi Lisa,smell o vision very interesting... you might want to give "One man and his dog" a miss for now... love the eye...

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  15. Great detail on the eye! Very talented!

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  16. Lovely eye sketch ~ and I do agree ~ certain times of the year or memories bring out certain smells ~thanks, namaste, Share the Creative Journey (Carol)

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  17. Beautiful 'eye' and thanks for the links...love that Hairy Bikers one!

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  18. Stunning, the green colors of the eye is amazing, as well as the grungy'ness surrounding it~

    // -T.W-

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  19. A great eye! And I can well empathize with your family, my h's keyboard is the same way and it drives me crazy LOL

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  20. love the eye!!!!
    you are on to somethings with getting a smell out of the tv! wouldn't that be a great feature for cooking shows!
    have a great sunday!
    xo

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  21. Great eye and love the words with this post... I smell things that I see all the time, but hey I am totally mad and the most suggestible person on the planet.... making me smell and hear things is like a national sport around here... I am now going to use your experience as a defence and say it is a creative thing!!! We are just more attuned to our senses baby!!!

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  22. Wow Lisa! This eye is amazing!! I too love to draw eyes so yours just drew me right in!! The realism is incredible! Love!

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  23. your eye is gorgeous! i agree with tracey, i think your sense of smell is a creative thing!

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  24. great eye! Fun conversation!

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  25. Very cool sketch...a perfect point of view too! Oh, and the festive look on your blog is wonderful!

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  26. I love the Sunday sketch, that eye is so captivating.

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  27. isn't the power of suggestion amazing?? i think i'm smelling your mango body lotion right now! :-)

    your illustration is amazing. that eye is looking right at me-- piercing! i'm starting to feel guilty but i'm not sure why. i may start confessing soon! ha ha!

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  28. Lisa, you are so funny!
    I love your drawing, very intense eye- just lovely.
    Merry Christmas

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  29. I wish my eye looked that good every morning!! Hee :)

    And I so love the different smells of Christmas. I bet it smells wonderful in your home this time of year. :)

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  30. You might be developing super powers! Your eye is super duper awesome!

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  31. Your eye is brilliant Lisa. I love the eyelashes and the white rings. Really great. Happy SS

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