I Could Eat Chocolate All Day! : Daily Art Practice
It is really starting to feel like winter. When I got in my car after my first errand this morning, the thermometer read 19 degrees. BRRRRR! If I were an animal, I would be one that hibernates.
This week in the States, we celebrate Thanksgiving! I have SO many things to be thankful to God for. Just to name a few, my family, his provision, protection and my husband’s job in this struggling economy. Here is an encouraging Psalm of Thanksgiving that I like.
Psalm 34:1-9 – Thanksgiving and Praise
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt His Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who [reverently] fear Him,
and He delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
9 Fear the Lord, you His Holy people,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Daily Art Practice
As you know, I love cookbooks. I have found so many beautiful resources online for inspiration but many times I forget what I already have on hand. Recently, I practiced a few food sketches from one of my cookbooks, Tea with Bea. Bea of Bloomsbury is a tea room in the UK from which the recipes in this book are based. I have tried a few of the recipes, although they are all quite labor intensive. The photography in the book is beautiful and a perfect resource for some quick food sketches.
Over the summer, we visited our local candy store, Asher’s. I took my children there several times. They have a section of candy called “Hurts,” candy that is flawed and can’t be sold at full price. We found some interesting and yummy flavors there.
During our last visit we spied a mannequin of this little guy, the Asher baker, standing on a dusty cabinet in the back corner of the store. The girl working the store that day was not the usual sales rep, so she was filling in. When we asked if the mannequin did anything (he had a power cord), she plugged him in for us and we found that he moved his head AND his hand mixed the bowl of chocolate. It was a fun experience hearing about the history and tasting different chocolates.
Here is the cabinet he was standing on, full of old-fashioned musical toys.
When we came home, I was SO inspired that I painted this page from our experience.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Bengal Spice Tea. I went to my local discount store on a whim this morning and I was so pleased that they had this tea back in stock. I bought every single one they had! Hopefully it will last a few months.
Happy Tea Day,