Relive Those Childhood Days: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


The first week of school for has been very busy for all of us. Starting a new schedule has proved to be exhausting and we were all thankful for a long weekend.

Have any of you heard about The Artist’s Way? I just started reading through this 12-week course to unblock creativity. It has a series of exercises to complete throughout the week including daily morning pages (3 handwritten pages upon waking) and a weekly artist date. For this week’s artist date, I took myself to the park and found a bench with the above view. I brought a limited supply of colored pencils and a brush pen and sketched the view.



I never thought sitting on a park bench would be relaxing but there was hardly anyone at the park the day I went, so I had it mostly to myself. I think I may visit the park a few more times before the weather turns cold.


Daily Art Practice


I was recently inspired to recreate a few of my childhood memories after watching an artist on Youtube paint her favorite memories in mixed media. I don’t have many photos from when I was younger, so my subject matter is pretty narrow.

When I was 4 years old, our family went to visit my Grandparents in Florida. Since they lived an hour from Disney, we took a day trip. I still remember that trip and many of the things we saw and experienced. Looking back at these photos, I think I look way older than 4. Somehow, I think the timeline got mixed-up in my mind.

I used my Strathmore Watercolor journal and watercolors. I enjoyed this fun little exercise and I look forward to trying it again.



This is a sketch of my Dad from when he was younger. I miss my Dad a lot and it was nice to focus on his face and write about my favorite memories with him.



I was inspired by another Youtube video to do a self-portrait and a little about myself in the start of each of my sketchbooks. This one is at the end of a sketchbook but better late than never.




Tea Day



I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by ELizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Bengal Spice. Not only is it one of my favorite teas but I love the tiger on the front.

Happy Tea Day,



9 thoughts on “Relive Those Childhood Days: Daily Art Practice”

  • I have never heard of that book or course, but you certainly chose a perfect spot to sit and draw.

    Your watercolors of Mickey and you, as well as Donald Duck and you are fantastic. I also enjoyed seeing your handsome father and a drawing of you, too.

    Wonderful tea. That Bengal tiger is beautiful and I bet the tea tasted good too. Thanks for sharing all your amazing and awesome drawings and watercolor drawings with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • I also have very few photos from my childhood, other than formal studio portraits. However, I remember some of the trips and events very vividly. I think you are doing a good thing to try to intensify your memories by painting them.
    best, mae at

  • It’s hard to believe it’s back to school time already. I know that book title, but I’m not sure if I’ve read it or not. It sounds great though. And more great drawings too. Do you wear glasses? They look like cool glasses. I hope it was a gerat T day. hugs-Erika

  • Wow, some fabulous art, Kate. I loveall your portraits (especially your Dad) and the sketches of childhood memories. Amazing!!!!

    Great looking tea too – I may have to get some.

    Happy T-day and hugz

  • Sorry, I just got yyour mail today. Glad yu are finding time to sit outside and read and aketch, that’s wonderful. Your sketches are fabulous, too. I saw the tiger straightaway on your tea, so pretty. Hapy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • I had the Artist Way book and tried to follow it, but it was way too fussy and too many rules for me. I gave the book away. Your watercolors are lovely especially the painting of your dad. and being able to journal memories of him. Happy T Day

  • Dear Kate, the view from your park bench is really great I hope you’ll show us the picture you drew of it soon.
    I also think that you look like 8 or 10 in your childhood photos. You probably visited your grandparents in Florida more than ONCE. There are also photos of my daughter from Disney World, but with Mickey Mouse.
    Your father was a very handsome man – no wonder you are so beautiful too.
    The Bengal tiger on the tea pack is truly a reathtaking. Let’s hope the tea company donates to tiger conservation!
    Continue to enjoy the late summer days. (Edi and I would like to too, but we got a bad infection 🤧😷🤒…)
    All the best from Austria, Traude
    🌺🪶🍂 🪶🌺

  • Hi Kate, sorry I’m late. I have read the Artist’s Way. I love your Disney childhood drawings and the amazing sketches of you and your dad, you are so good at these. Happy belated T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

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