Italian Pottery At The Japanese Steak House: Daily Art Practice
We are working through sickness again, which upset our Easter Sunday dinner plans a bit but we still celebrate the Resurrection of Christ so there is no disappointment there! It’s no wonder sickness is still about with the crazy weather. I worked a bit in my garden on Saturday to ready the beds for planting. The weather was a breezy70 degrees. Today, as you can see from the above photograph, we are experiencing lovely winter weather. An accumulation of 1-3 inches has been predicted. I can imagine my flowers and trees are going into shock.
As you can see, I am showing off my new mug from Italy. My favorite people (my In-Laws), just spent a fabulous, fun filled 2 weeks in Europe and they brought me back this beautiful mug, complete with a tea strainer and lid! The other side of the cup has hand painted lemons. They visited a Italian pottery shop and they came home with some gorgeous pieces, depicting the Italian countryside. I have enjoyed hearing about their experiences and the stories that go along. They even took pictures of store fronts for me to paint.
Watercolor Travel Journal
I am not sure if my travel journal to Florida is complete but I haven’t worked on it in a while so I will share what I have so far. Some of you may remember that I traveled to Florida in February to visit my Grandmother, who just celebrated her 101st birthday.
This first layout I sketched and painted while flying. I had a sinus infection at the time and the pressure in my head was awful while ascending and descending BUT I was able to distract myself by sketching my snack. It was a good use of my time as I can never sleep on airplanes.
My next layout was a compilation of favorites during my visit. The third day we were there I woke up early. I am not an early bird by any means but instead of pretending to sleep, I got up and sketched the sunrise while looking out the window. The house is on a lake so one only needs to venture to the rear of the house to get spectacular views. This view could be seen from the bedroom where I stayed. Next, is the delicious strawberry pie that my aunt made. It was strawberry season at the time and we ate loads of fresh strawberries during our stay. I even brought 2 flats back as my carryon on the airplane.
Birds were everywhere in Florida and this Wood Stork was one of my favorites that we saw. The texture on the head was definitely similar to that of wood.
I am a huge fan of Asian food and could eat it for every meal. Our one and only visit to a restaurant during our stay was Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi. As you can see, we ate Gyoza (dumplings) and Coconut Shrimp for appetizers.
My main course was the Shrimp Tempura Lunch Box. It came arranged in this beautiful tray with various compartments. Everything was delicious and of course I ate everything on my plate.
Looking back at my pages, I can see that food is a big part of my documentation. I enjoy it not just because I don’t have to cook it, but because tasting it is such a pleasurable experience. When it comes to food, making it, painting it and eating it are all elements that I love.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Candy Cane Lane Green Tea . One might think this is just a Holiday tea, but I found it to be delicious for any season. I am not a fan of candy canes but I do love a good peppermint tea and this one hit the mark. I love that it is decaf and the flavor combination was balanced well. I would highly recommend this tea.
Happy Tea Day,