A Few Sketchbook Studies: Daily Art Practice


Couch Talk


The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity from my son’s daily football practice and games to my husband and I taking out annual getaway for our anniversary. Again, I haven’t had a lot of time to paint but I am thankful for the little periods of time here and there that I can be creative.

I have been continuing to make my fermented food since I can’t do without. Here is a look at my Kimchi before it goes into the jar for a 4-day ferment. It contains napa cabbage, scallions, onions, apples and a delicious paste seasoned with Korean chili flakes. I seriously could eat this by the jar because it tastes SO good but my belly wouldn’t like that, so I restrict myself to half a cup a day.

What is your favorite fermented food?


Daily Art Practice: Sketchbook Studies


One study that I did recently was a figure study of people in motion. I was inspired after taking an Etchr class, focusing on creating travel journal layouts. You can see my travel layout from the class HERE. I used a few photos that I pinned from Pinterest.



For this first photo, I was drawn to the various dishes that the lady is serving, along with her colorful garb.




I loved the blue garb that this man is wearing but of course it was the tea that he is pouring that drew me most.



Here are a few more sketches I did from a study of pantry items. I used colored ball-point pens for this study.




Tea Day



I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is  Nspire Organic Tea Silver and Spice. I love drinking this in the afternoons while I am painting. It has just the right amount of spice, while still being light.

Happy Tea Day,


15 thoughts on “A Few Sketchbook Studies: Daily Art Practice”

  • You chose such wonderful images for your watercolors, and you created such great pictures inspired by them! I really enjoyed seeing your work, especially the man in blue pouring tea,

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • I’ll begin with your comment about metered mail. Your bank statements, utility bills, and most bills that don’t use postage stamps are metered. Postage is paid either with stamps or metered mail.

    Now for your Kimchi. To my knowledge, the only fermented food I have ever eaten is yogurt. At least, I THINK it’s fermented. I’m glad it helps your tummy.

    I love the watercolor paintings you drew this week. That man with the tea is stunning. I was most impressed, but a bit opinionated because he was pouring tea.

    Your colored pen drawings of pantry items were spectacular. These are a great alternative to your watercolors.

    Loved the sound of silver and spice. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your Kimchi, art, and tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • I think I never had fermented food, other Sauerkraut comes into that category… with pineapple then.

    The tea-pouring came out perfect!
    Love your art – here it´s tea-weather also, seems summer is gone for good…
    Happy T-Day with that!

  • I have never made fermented food but you are making me want to try it!

    Love the in motion sketches/paintings, Kate. So beautiful and such lovely details and techniques. The man poouring tea is so perfect for T-day too.

    I totally know about the daily football practice and weekly games – football is now a giant part of our grandparent life riight now. So hot and so many bugs – I can’t wait for cooler weather.

    Happy T-day and hugz

  • Kate as always you amaze me with your artistic talent. Hubby and i love kimchi! I wish i did know how to make it as a Korean meal is expensive to eat out and we haven’t found any ready made versions we like.. Happy T day ! Hugs! deb

  • Great sketches, Kate. My husband who served in Korea in the 60s, has talked about Kimchi. They buried it in large pots in the ground to ferment. I can’t think of any fermented foods I like. 🙂 Happy T Day.

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