Remodeling With Noodles: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


Along with a busy schedule, we have just started a very large remodel in our house. We are starting with the Master Bedroom and moving through the top floor of our house, painting and flooring. It will be a very large job, but my talented husband has taken on the task of doing all the work himself. I don’t help much but I try to be helpful in whatever way I can. It has been a while since we remodeled, and I forgot how annoying the process can be. Our house is displaced with furniture moved to various rooms and it feels like we are living in a much smaller space that is never clean.

This is a picture before we painted. My husband got a paint sprayer, and it made the task of painting a large room much faster. Our only complaint was the amount of overspray and we spent some time scrubbing paint off doorknobs and molding. Next time I we will be covering things more thoroughly but the time saved was definitely worth it.



Daily Art Practice


My shopfront today is Karonouron, Udon Restaurant, which sells noodles, in Hakata, Fukuoka. You can find my reference photo HERE. I inked the building and then finished in watercolor. I loved the window display of dishes that the restaurant offers. Apparently, fake food, made from wax and plastic, is popular in Japan and many restaurants use it to advertise what they offer.






Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Pineapple Blues. I am working through this sample pack that I forgot I had until recently.

Happy Tea Day,


13 thoughts on “Remodeling With Noodles: Daily Art Practice”

  • That is so true about the plastic food they put in restaurant windows. If you can’t read or understand Japanese it makes it easy to point to what you want. It’s also easy to know what each restaurant serves. I really like this week’s drawing. And good luck with your remodeling.. I bet ti will great once you finish, but I know what you mean about remodeling messes. Happy T day and week ahead Kate. hugs-Erika

  • Beautiful painting. And I hope the remodeling job will be smooth until you cover all the rooms in home. I know remodeling is not that comfortable. But,finally, it is really worth the time and effort with new and refreshing look!
    Happy T day!

  • Several of the features in your picture are traditional in Japanese food shops, including as you say, the plastic molds of food items that more or less replace a written menu. Evidently there is (used to be?) a neighborhood of Tokyo where the artisans make these fake food models! The cloth banners above the door are also traditional and sometimes have logos or restaurant indications on them. I bet there is a white cat with a raised paw somewhere inside, too.

    best, mae at

  • The pain of remodeling is great, but the result is so fun. You are so lucky to have a handy husband!

    Great watercolor building – fabulous. I love seeing what you are working on!

    Super looking tea too.

    Happy t-day and hugz

  • Good evening Kate, That does sound like a huge under taking but so worth it in the end. I have done allot of the painting over the years, I only painted with a brush since I never cared for rollers-for sure took a longer time-spraying would save time but I would end up with a huge mess smiles.
    love your painting and those teas sound delicious.
    Happy T and rest of your week hugs Kathy

  • Hi Kate, I don’t envy you remodelling, living with a mess soons wears thin. Your artwork is amazing, love the colours and all the detail you’ve put into it..
    Happy T Day
    Jan S

  • I’d love to do painting and flooring, but my heart just sinks when I think about it lol We could do the painting ourselves, but the furniture moving and flooring is beyond us. Good for y’all!

    Happy T Tuesday

  • All the best with the remodeling. It is a mess while doing it but it will look really nice when finished. I’ve just had the whole house painted and the guy was not very precise in covering the furniture. I’m still finding paint stains on the back of my dining room chairs that I hadn’t spotted. Now it’s too late to remove them. How annoying!
    Your art work is beautiful. What a good idea to have models of the food on display. You can see what’s on offer.
    I like the brand name of the teas: Tiesta (as in ‘a fiesta of teas’). .
    Happy T-Day,

  • As always, your watercolor is fantastic. Isn’t it funny how much of a mess you make when trying to clean, paint, and reorganize space. I bet it will be worth the aggravation. when it’s done. Happy T Day

  • Interesting teas, I would like to try the Peaches n’ Green, or the Pineapple Blues, please. House remodel? I remember when you did your master bath. It was gorgeous. It is wonderful that your husband is so handy. Beautiful artwork, and very interesting about the plastic food. Have a wonderful week, Kate!

  • Yes, the overspray 🙂 Our kitchen walls are red and the ceiling has a nice frame, too, LOL.
    I like renovating. Did that also often with myy brother.
    Hope you get through there quick, though, we never did this whilst living in those places.

    Great watercolor work again!Interesting teas, too!

  • Hi Kate, you’re lucky your husband is willing to do all the work himself, very handy. I have a paint sprayer but I’ve only used it outside on the fences, I’d probably make a mess if I did it in the house lol. Your shopfront is great, I’ve seen the fake food in some of the Japanese restaurants before, it’s a bit weird. Your tea looks yummy. I don’t seem to be able to comment on any blogger blogs so hopefully I can comment here on WP. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

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