Snow Day Shoveling :Daily Art Practice
We just had another snowfall but we didn’t get nearly as much as the predicted 8-12 inches. Instead, we got around 5 inches. Thankfully, the children already had off for Martin Luther King Day so it wasn’t a wasted snow day. My boys have recently started shoveling a few of the neighbor’s driveways for extra money. It’s a great use of their time, they make some money while getting exercise and they aren’t sitting in front of a screen all day. Today’s snow was very heavy and wet and they came in after 4 hours of shoveling, looking exhausted! Unfortunately, it was quite windy and $50 blew out of one son’s pocket. Lesson learned, next time bring a wallet. I fed them a hearty lunch and told them to eat a bigger breakfast next time before they decide to go shoveling. One son went back out to shovel while the other decided he was too pooped. Me? I enjoyed the excuse to stay warm while performing my inside chores. Snow is not much fun anymore.
Madd Pizza is a restaurant in Singapore that has a variety of yummy items on their menu. I had a lot of fun painting this colorful and cluttery shopfront. I enjoyed all the items out front, including the boots serving as a planter. My reference photo is HERE.
Bramble and Moss is a stunning building in the UK. The emerald facade and the bright yellow door make a gorgeous color palette. The window displays were my favorite part of painting this building. I painted them in gouache because I wasn’t able to get the correct color saturation with watercolor. All of these shopfronts are painted in a 5×5 book but the paper isn’t the best quality so I can’t apply a lot of layers. Gouache has become my best friend when it comes to covering up mistakes or making things darker. You can see the reference photo HERE.
One of my goals for this year is to open an ETSY shop. Since I am painting all these shopfronts, I thought it might be fun to see if some of them sell. Since I have you as my audience, I would love some honest feedback from you all as it will be helpful in setting things up. If you don’t mind, I would love it if you could take a few extra minutes to answer my questions. Just pretend you are a potential customer. Copy and paste the questions into the comments and then add your answer.
- Do you prefer digital download (to print yourself) or a physical print when purchasing artwork?
- What sizes would you purchase (4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14)?
- What subjects would you purchase (ex: landscapes, florals, animals, food, buildings, portraits)
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is the Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler, that I picked up at the grocery store. I am not a huge fan of berry tea despite my love of fruit tea, but I thought I would give it another go. I am enjoying the Country Peach Passion and the Black Cherry Berry at the moment. If you like fruity/Berry teas, this sampler might be for you.
I appreciate your feedback!
Happy Tea Day,