An Illustration Class From Domestika: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


We are into November now and I am starting to think about the holidays. They certainly have a way of creeping up, don’t they? I am thinking about my week of meals for Advent. Last Year, we made 3 courses for all 5 days. This year we have discussed doing things a bit simpler. It was fun and memorable but exhausting. If you have any favorite dishes that are traditional to your country, I would love to hear about them.

Here is another beautiful sunrise. I sure the neighbors are wondering why I keep stopping my car at the top of the hill in the mornings.


Daily Art Practice


Today, I want to share a class that I recently completed from Domestika, Sketchbook to Explore Your Style by Sarah Van Dongen. At the end of last year, I purchased a bundle of 6 classes, all various topics of interest to me but to date I have only completed two.

I love illustrative style art and I even have plans to pursue more classes in this area but as of right now I wouldn’t call my style illustrative in nature. This class drew me because I love the art of the instructor. Her style does not use perspective or a lot of depth, but it is interesting in that she themes her pieces about everyday life. They tell a story.

One of the exercises in the class was to draw objects in our house that we might want to include in our final piece.



I had to come up with a color palette and sketch some ideas for a finished composition.



I followed along with Sarah as she made her final project. I love how she adds patterns and items where she wants them. She builds her composition to be interesting even if the subject is not. I also like the landscapes out the window.



This was a practice piece of my husband drinking his morning coffee at our dining room table.



My final piece depicts my husband and I cooking in the kitchen together. I used a reference photo I took of him making my birthday dinner and added myself in.



If you like Sarah’s style, I would recommend her class. in fact, I would recommend Domestika classes. Their class format is well laid out and professionally done. I am planning on purchasing more classes in the coming year.

Do you have any online classes that you love and would recommend?


Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Maui Mango. A little sweet and very fruity.

Happy Tea Day,


12 thoughts on “An Illustration Class From Domestika: Daily Art Practice”

  • I enjoyed your domestic scenes with a somewhat primitive perspective, especially the kitchen one.
    best, mae at

  • I would stop for that sunrise as well!
    My country doesn’t really have a national dish. We have many regional cuisines. The dishes in the area where I grew up are completely different than the dishes of the area where I lived the last 22 years before moving to the States. Both are delicious, but very very different. Even Bratwurst is not the same in the different regions. Happy T day!

  • Your domestic items in your drawings are great.. I love seeing your rooms. The kitchen piece is great.. I am guessing that man represents your husband. You both look like you’re having fun. It’s always fun to see what you’ve been drawing. I hope you have a wonderful T day and week ahead.. I’ll be interested in seeing what next week’s drawings are. Hugs-Erika

  • What a stunning sunrise capture! capturing these moments is always exciting. I can imagine the neighbors must be curious about your morning ritual. But,it is worth it. Beautiful artwork that showcases your creativity. Looking forward to more glimpses of your creative journey! Happy T Tuesday!

  • Beautiful pic. Maybe your neighbors do it too, now 🙂
    Here we have green kale for winter. Traditionally with Bregenwurst, with bregen being another word for brain. Ewwww.
    We do it a bit different, but this sure is a warming, yummy dish.
    And certainly Brussels Sprouts, hmmmm…. just cooked some on Sunday for the week.
    As always love your art. Oh, but classes I feel I have no time for atm…
    Mango, hmmmm, happy T-Day!

  • Beautiful sunrise. Sarah has a very quirky style, I like it, but would never try it. I recognized your tea cabinet immediately.

    The only classes I have ever watched were the free taster classes from artists who want you to join their monthly programs.

    Your Maui Mango tea sounds delightful. Thanks for shearing and your drawings with us for T this Tuesday, Kate.

  • I love your domestic picturesy, really fun! I have done a lot of free courses and lessons on FB lately, there is nearly always something to find. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • I really enjoyed seeing your process and how you built on ideas. Your style is very charming and would make a great picture book. Happy T Day Oh, beautiful sunrise, too.

  • Oh no, she has a new class out! I have her previous two classes – watched but not acted upon (yet) – and I remember seeing on IG that she was working on a new class, then I decided not to look anymore because, you know, I have several Domestika classes lol. I do like her though, she does a lot of illustration for FLOW magazine – have you ever seen it? It’s Dutch but they used to do an international edition in English, until 2020 😦 There is also a FLOW activity book that you might be able to get on amazon. It’s full of illustrations like Sarah’s. As for holiday meals, we only do Christmas day here and then leftovers on Boxing Day, but also in Scotland we have a traditional meal on New Year’s Day. Christmas is usually turkey and all the trimmings, in our family we have lots of veg, my sister makes a parsnip dish with mustard that is really delicious. Traditional dessert is trifle and also Christmas pudding. The New Year meal is steak pie, mashed turnip and roast potatoes, sometimes people have haggis. If you want to try some recipes, let me know. Happy T Day! Elle xx

  • What a lovely sunrise! It certainly is a good place to stop in the morning.
    I can understand why you enjoyed the classes. It really looks good fun to learn that way.
    Yes, Christmas is not far away. I’m having visitors for the holidays. A family with two young boys from the church in Rotterdam. I will have to give it some thought. The parents are originally from the Filipines, so I will ask them what their traditional Christmas dish is.
    Happy T-Day,.

  • Dear Kate, you ask about traditional favorite dishes that we like to prepare at Christmas time. We are tradition breakers ;-D, but we have favorite dishes. We just prefer it simple. When the family and guests are there, we want to sit with them and not work around in the kitchen. So our Christmas dishes are always prepared quickly and well – there is lasagna (sometimes for example with salmon or vegetable filling) or Mexican tortillas with different fillings or a delicious Thai Curry with sweet potatoes odr rice or a minced roast with a good cream sauce and mashed potatoes or noodles. Serve with salads and sweet dishes such as stuffed baked apples or baked apple ice cream.
    I really like your drawings again, this time they remind me of my own childhood drawings – my favorite is the picture of your husband and you cooking in the kitchen together.
    Happy T-Day and all the best, Traude

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