It’s Been Far Oolong: Daily Art Practice
We finally had a week to calm down a bit and that gave us an excuse to stay home this weekend. Well, actually our remodel gave us an excuse. My husband and son have just started work on our kitchen floor, tearing up tile and the bazillion nails that are holding the sub-floor down. Our upper floor was coated with a layer of dust after they worked all day Saturday. It took some time to clean all the surfaces and floors that evening.
But while the men were working, my daughter and I drank tea, and I taught her how to paint with watercolor. I have been promising her for a long time to teach her, but I never got around to it. She had so much fun learning the different techniques, but her favorite was applying salt to the wet paint. After that, she wanted to add salt to everything. And while her paint was drying, she requested we watch the black and white version of Pride & Prejudice (1940).
I have to say, it was a lot of fun spending time with her. I love that she enjoys spending time with me and doing some of the same things I do. One of my favorite things is when she takes my face between her two little hands and says, “Mommy, you’re the best mommy and I am going to stay with you forever!” Isn’t that the sweetest? When I tell her she is going to want to move out and be on her own someday she says, “No, I will just bring my husband here to live so I never have to leave you.” Again, she melts my heart with her love and loyalty. If only they stayed that way a little longer. Childhood seems far too short.
Here is one of my teacups from T2. This one has a gorgeous saucer. My daughter says this is her favorite cup and has already claimed it for after I die. (HAHA) I let her drink out of this cup while we were reviewing tea (further down). She was very careful and instructed me to put my pinky out while drinking tea.
Daily Art Practice
Since I am sharing a tea review today, I decided to go all out and make it a tea themed post. As I mentioned in a previous post, I completed my Tea Cup Class with Liz Steel but I still had several pages left to fill in my sketchbook. Today, I am sharing the rest. On the title page, I used a StencilGirl stencil for the script and the cup was painted from a reference photo, taken on my Artist Date to the Antique Mall.
Here is one of my favorite cups from my T2 haul. It is a very busy pattern, requiring thought and patience to sketch. I got most of the pattern in, but the rest was simplified.
I shared this cup from my Artist Date and decided it was going to take up the last page in my sketchbook.
I am joining the Tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Today, I am reviewing a few teas sent to me by iteaworld. They sent me their Oolong collection, consisting of 4 different teas. I will be reviewing two today and two next week. I have been sitting on these teas for a month or so but I wanted everyone in my house in on the tasting fun, so I had to wait until things slowed down.
I had two of my children participate in tasting and reviewing. I was trying to explain all the different words you can use to describe the taste but when it comes down to it, I think we just like it or don’t like it. I am not a professional taster so I am not going to pretend I know how to describe what I am tasting.
My Impression: smooth floral and aromatic in the cup
Hubby: Flowers in a meadow after the rain (that’s really how he described it!)
Son: Smooth, Orangie
Daughter: Not smooth
My impression: Smooth, Mild in flavor
Hubby: Earthy, Grass after the Rain
Son: Smooth, not strong
The MINNAN NARCISSUS was the winner! We all agreed this one was our favorite!
Go drink some tea. Or paint it!
Happy Tea Day,