Practice Does My Heart Good: Watercolor Painting
This week has been rough. It was a difficult week with schooling as I have taken on the role of teacher with my 5th grader. For those of you who know me, you know I am not a teacher. Have you ever seen the TV game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? After spending the last week on decimals, I know with out a doubt that I am NOT smarter than a 5th grader! I am not enjoying my time back in grade school.
The long days of school have a way of draining one mentally so I am sticking to doing laundry, cooking and mindless chores in my down time.
Last week, I saw an ad on Facebook for Craftsy offering their premium subscription ($79.99) for $2.46. I have been wanting to take classes for a while to work on my drawing and painting skills but I never want to spend the money. Online classes are SO expensive for those of us that doesn’t have a crafting budget. But at that price I decided I would get my money’s worth out of just half a class. I spent two evenings searching through all the classes and I have a two page list of classes that interest me including baking, cooking and various art classes. I started a class Saturday evening called Drawing facial features. I am splitting up the sessions as I don’t normally have a 3.5 hour slot to just sit. I completed 3 sessions so far and have enjoyed them thus far.
I am really enjoying the instruction as the teacher uses facial anatomy to help with feature placement. And here is a random sketch I made last evening while watching TV. Eyes are my nemesis. I make everyone cross-eyed, something which I am hoping to remedy with practice and these classes.
If you have a chance, you should check out Craftsy. I think the sale price is still on. You can’t beat a 1 year subscription to every single class for less than $3.
We have had a bit of a lull in progress this week as the tile guys couldn’t start yet. Hopefully, we will see some tile set in the shower before the weekend.
But look at that arch! Isn’t is gorgeous? Our construction guy is amazing. I sent him our inspiration picture and he cut a mock up in under an hour and this is what he showed me. I couldn’t believe that he nailed it the first time and it was even better than the inspiration picture.
Here is another page in my Watercolor With Me in the Forest. I haven’t painted a lot of foliage so I found this to be great practice. In fact, I hardly ever paint the subjects in this book so it has been a great challenge and gets me out of my comfort zone.
And here is the first page in the book that I neglected to share earlier.
Lastly, I am sharing my updated StencilGirl anatomical heart stencil. Just a little more progress this week. If you have any constructive criticism, I would love to hear it.
I am joining the T ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I finally got around to trying my Yunnan Longrun Pu-erh Tea Cake-Caiwei (Year 2012,Fermented, 200g) that I received for my birthday back in May. According to the instructions in the package, it is a process to make, so here we go.
If you know anything about traditional Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies, you know that the leaves are rinsed and the liquid discarded. This removes dust and anything else clinging to the leaves and allows the leaves to awaken so the best flavor can be experienced.
This Pu-erh cake has been fermenting since 2012. Fermented tea cakes are quite costly in Asia depending upon the region the tea was produced and the length of the ferment. The longer the ferment, the greater it’s worth. Have you ever read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel by Lisa See? I learned a lot about tea and its place in Chinese culture from this book.
Here is my tea in the rinse phase. We drank this at dinner to accompany our chicken stirfry.My children loved it and asked for more.
I would love to hear about your favorite platform online for taking classes or the best class you have ever attended (online or in-person).
Happy Tea Day,