Christmas Shopping In October: Daily Art Practice
Here we are in the middle of October and I am astonished that the stores already have their entire Christmas department on display. I am forcing myself to ignore that section and walk-on. Usually they wait at least until Halloween is over but not this year.
I am not ready to switch to holiday planning and purchasing but we have started due to the shortage of workers throughout the country. I guess getting paid by the government to sit home on one’s couch is more satisfying than actually working for a paycheck, even if they make a little less. (I am referring to those that are physically capable of working) Almost every restaurant and retail store we have passed is advertising employment openings. Obviously, this will have a domino effect, impacting holiday postage. I don’t want to be waiting for gifts to arrive in January so I am getting a head start. That is what I have been working on as of late. How about you?
PaperArtsy Guest Designer Post
I was recently over at PaperArtsy, sharing a mixed media post for the theme: Sustainable Crafting. Here is a sneak peek. You can see the whole project HERE.
Watercolor Shop Fronts
The first shop front today is home to two businesses, Kyushu Pancake and Face Bistro in Singapore. The menu at Kyushu Pancake looks delicious. They have a lot of interesting combinations that I would never think to order. It is difficult to see in this photo but I used a purple color for the awning. I rather like the color scheme, simple and pastel. You can find the reference photo HERE.
The next building is the Chinese Druggist Association, housing a business called Druggist. I was surprised to read that Druggist is a restaurant, not a dispensary that sells herbs, medication or health related items. They are known for their craft beer. You can read a little about what they provide HERE. Reference photo HERE. I wasn’t planning on putting all the detail in that I did but I felt the need to be true to the building. It feels a bit overwhelming to my eyes and I am thinking perhaps I should have left out the curtain of vines. I am still working on composition.
Parisian Food Study
I recently decided to start a study (among many) that would help me work on food illustration. I love researching things and I tend to spend too much time on the research phase and not enough on the actual work. I chose 10 famous bakeries in Paris, looked up pictures of their food and chose 3-5 that I wanted to paint. My goal is to create a spread for each bakery, painting a few of the pastries, the name of the shop all the while working on the composition/placement of each item.
BO & MIE is a Paris patisserie that has beautiful looking foods and interiors. As you can see, I chose and labeled 4 items that I found on their website/Instagram page.
While I was researching Paris, I was inspired by a blog that I found, Paris Breakfast, featuring all things Paris, including Audrey Hepburn. Growing up I LOVED all her movies, especially Funny Face and Sabrina. Feeling inspired, I decided to paint a few Audrey pictures.
I am joining the T day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Zest Tea Energy,High Caffeine Blend Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea. I was sent this tea by Zest Tea to review it. Zest tea advertises as having “3x the caffeine found in regular tea, No sugars, only natural ingredients and L-Theanine for all day, steady alertness.” After receiving this tea in the mail, I had a cup before dinner. I didn’t really feel a difference in the energy department so I am thinking I need to try this tea again when I feel really tired to see if it makes a difference. Personally, I don’t drink tea solely for the caffeine. I do find that I get a headache mid-afternoon if I haven’t had at least one cup of caffeinated tea but the majority of my tea nowadays is herbal.
Overall, the Pomegranate Mojito tea had a pleasant flavor. I definitely tasted the pomegranate but overall, I wasn’t a fan of high concentration of tea. Weak tea is disgusting but this tea was a little too concentrated for my tastes. I do like that it doesn’t contain sugars and is comprised of natural ingredients and I look forward to giving the other flavors a try. if you are looking for a natural coffee replacement, this might be the tea for you.
Happy Tea Day,