Did Pirates Eat Coconuts?: Daily Art Practice

Couch Talk


It’s amazing that our summer is at its end, and I am soaking in the last few days with my littles. We read a lot of books, tried many new foods and spent a lot of time together. It was one of our best summers yet.

My garden was put in late this summer so I am just starting to get produce. Above is a bouquet of zinnias that I picked this week. I am getting a lovely variety of colors.

Daily Sketchbook 


I have spent a lot of time in mt sketchbook this week so I thought I would share a few pages.

In this POST, I shared a recent date with my husband and our new experience with Venezuelan food. I made this journal layout from our photos in an effort to practice composition, lettering and food illustration.


I have watched a few Etchr Studio classes/demos this week. Here is what I created in one of the 90 minute classes. I am eager to learn more about composition and applying it to journaling so I found this class (Making It Work- Urban Sketching World Tour with Pedro Loureiro ) very helpful.



Lastly, I watched a Etchr Studio Demo (chef and restaurant scene on the right). The left is a painting that I found in a book and I copied it for reference. I really liked the simple color palette along with the inking.



Tea &  Poetry



Our last Tea and Poetry is here. It is hard to believe that my children return to school in a week. We saved the best theme for last, Pirates. My children watched several videos about pirate ships, battle techniques, hygiene (or lack of it), and food. Here are a few of our favorite books.


You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Pirate Prisioner


Mystery Of A Pirate Galleon



We weren’t that excited about eating foods that the Pirates actually ate, so we tried Caribbean food. This is a Loaded Caribbean Corned Beef with a side of rice. My littlest is a picky eater, and I was very surprised that she had several helpings of this dish. I guess that means it is really good. And look at all those pretty colors!



Caribbeam Chips with Apricot salsa was a tasty and easy side with a little bit of spice. My children ate it all, despite the spice and requested I make it again.



Our dessert was Pina Colada Tarts. We really enjoyed the coconut milk pudding that went on the inside of these tarts. I used a regular pie crust recipe instead of the short crust that it called for and molded these on the back of a muffin tin. If I ever make them again, I think I would invest in tart molds. Overall, we enjoyed the various flavors combined in this tart.



Tea Day



I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Our tea this week was a mixture of fresh pineapple mint (from the garden) and slices of fresh ginger. It was refreshing and tasty with a bit of sweetener.


Happy Tea Day,


16 thoughts on “Did Pirates Eat Coconuts?: Daily Art Practice”

  • I’m going to miss reading about your tea parties Kate. Summer has flown by too quickly, hasn’t it? Pirates is a good theme, and your food ,and treats look very yummy. I hope the back to school process goes smoothly, and also that you get some fun time with the kids about school starts. Happy T day Kate. hugs-Erika

  • Your tea and Caribbean food and pirates sound and look so fun. I will be disappointed that the kids are going back to school and that this is the last Tea and Poetry. Great art, Kate. Happy T Day.

  • Hi Kate! Love your sketches this week, glad you are enjoying verious online courses. You must have had a fun time with the kids with a theme like pirates, I’m sure they soaked it up! And the foood and ckes you made look very delicious. You really get a lot packed into your week! happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  • Good morning, I am taking a break from linking to events, but I enjoy your posts so much I am posting on sundays and then maybe one more day.
    Your art is soooo good Kate I love seeing it. and your Pirate tea day looks fun-great food choices too. The kids here went back to school this week. seems so early, when I was a kid we went back to school after labor day. have a good week

  • Wow , Kate, your art is amazing. Your journaling and practice is all top notch. Makes me want to stay home from work and watch some water color videos!

    The pirates adventure sounds and looks super fun. The food, tea, and books all look fabulous and fun. You are such a great Mom!

    Fun post – love it all! Happy T-day! Hugz

  • I think it’s wonderful you exposed your children to both books and food from around the world this summer. I’m sure it is a tradition that they (and you) will enjoy for years to come. Your pirate books sound adorable for children and teens. The food sure looks better than any a pirate would eat, especially those tarts. Your tea sounds wonderful and coming from your garden, even better. Thanks for sharing your pirate inspired meal, your lovely watercolor drawings, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • Beautiful pages, you are such an amazing painter and illustrator 😊. What could be better than your Carribbean pirates feast, it all looks so good – yum! You are so creative and inspirational, and I’d love to join you for your tea party – ARRR! Sorry I don’t have too much time to visit today but I wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy T Day! Hugs

  • The comforts of a pirate ship would have definitely been dubious! Caribbean food sounds like a good choice. When visiting Iceland I was surprised to learn of pirate raids on the coast of this very northern country in 1627. The pirates really got around.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • Wow what a wonderful post. I am glad to read that it was the best summer with the kids. Making memories is so important. The food looks interesting and I would try it all. Have a lovely day today.

  • Your kids – and you – had a great summer! I enjoyed those tea parties with you. You did so many fun things together which also gave your kids the opportunity to learn so much in a fun and relaxed way. I’m sure they will remember this summer and it will become a fond summer memory.

  • Yes Kate i’m going to miss your parties! But i for one am glad summer is nearing its end.. I’m done with the heat although here in TX i still have a few month of heat to go.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • Wow Kate your food looks delicious, especially those tarts. If they like Pirates, you might already know about Talk Like A Pirate day on 19th September, if you wanted to revisit the pirates. I also love your journal pages, especially that first one, the arepas looked so realistic and your lettering is beautiful. I hope you do more tea and poetry days in the future, they are a lot of fun. Happy T Day Elle/EOTC xx

  • Hard to believe Summer is (almost) over. Fun topic, too. I think I would rather have your food choices, too, rather than whatever pirates ate. I’m guessing their food prep wasn’t the best. Happy T Day

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