Smoked Tea and Bookstores Make Me Want to Paint: Watercolors
Bookshop In the Boonies
This year has certainly been a year of learning to breathe. I cannot remember having this many blog breaks since I started back in 2010. But I am learning to roll with it in the hope that time will become more abundant and inspiration more spontaneous.
Speaking of spontaneous, I visited our new local bookstore. It has been open for 3 weeks and I wanted to visit a while ago but never made it out of the house with that purpose in mind. At this stage of life, every moment of my time needs to be planned into a schedule.
On Saturday, I made my rounds to Goodwill and the post office. I was on my way to the library with a few minutes to spare when I decided to be spontaneous. (If you know me, you know I am NOT spontaneous) I made a last minute lane switch and my daughter and I stopped at the bookstore. Thank goodness the ticket police are not out in the borough on the weekend or I would surely have gotten a ticket for parking in the 30 minute Only Municipal Parking spot.
I was planning on coming home with no more than $10 worth of books because we have mountains of books, both read and un-read in several rooms of our house. I thought I would browse and support my local business while spending within my meager budget. Well, I caved and spent more than $10 but I purchased this beautiful watercolor book.
I have just recently picked up a brush again and am realizing I have SO much to learn in this medium. The book Watercolor With Me: In the Forest has some beautiful watercolor illustrations and it even has practice pages where you can paint right on the page. They have step-by step instructions and there is no sketching required. That’s a plus for me. If you are interested you should click on the link to Amazon and Look Inside the book. I have never tried animals before so I am excited to practice some fur techniques.
I didn’t purchase this book yet as I have a loan from the library but I think I will be purchasing it in the future. The book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker: Techniques for Drawing and Painting Faces, has some great tips for proportion when sketching faces. I have drawn quite a few faces but this was by far the easiest technique to figure out where everything goes. I sat down last night and here is my 2 hour sketch using Pam’s technique.
I haven’t been doing a lot of mixed media lately but I have spent and hour here and there painting. Here are a few of my works in progress.
I am going to start practicing individual facial features.
Lastly, I started my daughter’s Thanksgiving dress. I am still undecided about the fabric choice for the skirt. She is in a stage where EVERYTHING has to have twirl factor or she doesn’t want to wear it. She has a decent sized wardrobe but only frequents the same outfits that she can “dance like a ballerina” in. I have never been this behind before and I always have her outfits completed weeks in advance but as I said, this year has been different. I know it will be done before Thanksgiving day, I am just not sure when.
Today is Tea day and I am joining in with the ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s. My beverage today is a Smoky Mountain Jian. For those of you that do not know what that is, it is a black tea that has been smoked over a fire. I believe Jian is the province in China where the tea has been grown. I have mentioned before that black tea is not my favorite but I think I am going to have to amend my statement. Since I have been drinking loose tea, the black teas are much more palatable and flavorful, nothing like that stuff from the bag. (No offense to you tea baggers)
Happy Tea Day,