It’s A Shop Front Kinda Day: Daily Art Practice


Couch Talk


Last week, we were on the beach when I posted. Our family rented a beach house in Virginia for 7 days. It was a week full of interesting surprises and I will share a bit of that next week, hopefully. Time is flying and it seems as if Monday is always creeping up on me and I have another post to write. Once upon a time, I was a month ahead with my scheduled posts but that doesn’t seem to happen anymore. Maybe when school starts I’ll get better… until then my posts may be shorter than usual.


Watercolor Shop Fronts


A few more shops in the Singapore Shop Front Challenge.



The bunting would have to be my favorite part of this building. I also like the angle in which the photo was taken.


Mama Store

The collection of plants on the ground are just what this white building needs. I also like the bit of texture/carving on the front.


 Sarvan’s Carpets 

I think this one is one of my favorite’s so far. I love the exterior colors and design but the various carpets on display and the colorful lights inside the shop really make me think of a souk.



That’s it for this weeks shop fronts. I am working on vacation paintings so hopefully I can share some of those soon.


Tea Day



I am joining the ladies for T day hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is another one that I found on clearance at Walmart, Teavana Youthberry . This tea is delicious hot or iced. I remember the very first time I walked into a Teavana store in the mall (back when they had brick and mortar stores) and they had huge pots of this youthberry tea that they were offering to customers. It was delicious and warm on a cold winter day, so I bought a few ounces. When I got home, I found that my tea didn’t taste as sweet as the one in the store, here to find out that they must have added sweetener. I don’t use sweetener in my tea and I still love the fruity taste of this tea. If I was a cold beverage individual, I would drink it iced as well.

Happy Tea Day,


17 thoughts on “It’s A Shop Front Kinda Day: Daily Art Practice”

  • A beach vacation sounds like fun. Hope it was, even if all kinds of interesting happens. . And I really enjoyed your shop front art this week. You could definitely sell those Kate. They have so much personality, and I would like to visit some of these place. Have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

  • Big WOW on your art again. I found photos of my time as a student (architecture) and thought… huh?! I was once able to draw like that?!!! Maybe I´ll sneak in my work from back then. But honestly… I cannot do this anymore, so I rather admire yours!
    Have a happy T-Day and I´m looking forward to beach scenes 🙂

  • You always have such lovely named teas Kate. Your watercolours are gorgeous.
    I remember when my boys were young and on holiday from school I never had much spare time!
    Happy T Day

  • You found some great clearance teas! This one sounds yummy. How fun to have a beach trip with the family – I can’t wait to see your drawings. I am reading a rented beach house book right now and the main character is an artist who is commissioned to paint birds for some US postage stamps. So interesting.

    Love your shop front drawaings/paintings – so well done and so detailed.

    Happy T-day, Kate! Beautiful post.

  • So glad you had a wonderful holiday, can’t wait to see your rental 😁. Your paintings as always are so beautiful and that Youthberry tea sounds like something I may need …grin! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  • How wonderful that you have been able to go on a beach holiday with the children. I bet they had a great time whatever the weather.
    I love your shop front water colors. I like Hygge. Hygge is a well known concept in Europe, it is really a Danish word.
    Hygge is a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
    “why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?”
    Your tea looks inviting too.
    Happy T-Day,

  • Your architectural drawings are great this week. Much like the photos. So glad you enjoyed your beach vacation. Safer than most, too. You found another great tea on clearance to share with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • Glad you and your family had a beach vacation-looking forward to hearing more about it. Beautiful, beautiful store front paintings again Kate!! They really would make such lovely greeting cards;) Happy T day!

  • I always love your watercolors. I remember the mall Teavana store. It’s been so long -years!- since I’ve been at that mall I didn’t realize they didn’t have brick and mortar stores anymore. Happy T Tuesday

  • Your buildings are awesome. The carpet store looks like a place where you could buy a magic carpet and fly to far away places. Happy T Day

  • Your art is so pretty, love it! I really liked the Tevana youth berry tea too, but you are right, the mall one was sweetened. I loved David’s tea too, but all of their brick and mortar stores have closed too. I love your blog, one of those things that makes me smile💕

  • My married kids and grandkids have been wanting to do a family vacation at a beach house. I picture myself working from the minute I get there.. Maybe I’m wrong .. Hope you had fun and looking forward to hearing about it.

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