Cabins Aren’t Meant For Flooding : Daily Art Practice
Another busy week as I was preparing to leave for our yearly anniversary trip. On Thursday morning, we were set to leave as soon as the children went to school and SURPRISE, school was cancelled due to flooding. We have had a lot of heavy rains the past few weeks and the river is the highest it has been in several decades. That delayed our trip by several hours until other arrangements could be made for them. And would you believe they had two days off total? All the roads near the river were completely under water. Thankfully we live at the top of a ridge so water issues are not a problem for us. It doesn’t look like rain is in the forecast for the coming week so hopefully the water will recede before it rains again.
We were able to go on trip and we had a great time despite my catching a head cold. It’s not a lot of fun to be sick away from home. I’ll share our trip in another post as I am still working on my sketches.
Watercolor Shop Front
I am still making my way through my shop front challenge. I am using a Arteza Watercolor Sketchbook, 5.5×5.5-inch watercolor journal to house all these little paintings. It is the perfect little book as I like working in small sizes. I am really excited that the completed book will have 88 completed shopfronts! Only 58 left!
Next, is Retro Crates, another shop in Singapore. They sell old and new vinyl records. My reference photo is HERE.
Watercolor With Me
It has been a while since I worked in my Watercolor With Me in the Forest book but I finally got a few new pages completed.
When I first saw the cabin, I thought it was boring and I considered skipping over it. But due to all the shop fronts I have been doing, it gave me a better idea of what to do when it came to perspective and shadows so when I got to this page, I felt better prepared. I even had fun and used creative license to make this my own. Can you see the way the water bloomed on the front bottom left, making it look like a 2 patches of grass? That was totally unintentional but one of the beauties of working with watercolor.
I find mushrooms beautiful with their domed and spotted caps. I also love eating them so I am not surprised that I enjoy painting them.
I am joining the T ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Over the weekend I purchased this Teavana Mandarin Mimosa, Herbal Tea tea. I have had it before but I forgot how much I liked it. I usually drink loose leaf tea as I find the quality and flavor better than bagged tea.
Recently though, I have been drinking a lot of bagged tea as it saves time. When I steep the camellia sinensis leaf (black, white or green tea), I always wait 10 minutes before steeping my tea. Water temperature is very important and if the temperature is too high, the tannins in the tea leaf will be released which causes the tea to be bitter. This takes more time than I want to spend right now so I am going through a season of trying out different bagged teas. And you know what, some of them are delicious!
Happy Tea day,