Tea At the Barber Hall: Daily Art Practice
Do you ever have things on your to-do list that you keep omitting and then adding to the next list? Lately, that seems to be true for me when it comes to letter writing and phone calls. I have so many other things to keep me busy that it feels frivolous to take time out to write or call. I always need to be doing something profitable with my hands and I find it difficult to just sit around and talk. But I recently discovered these zentangle exercises to be the perfect way to create art while talking on the phone, listening in church, or down time when there is nothing else to do. I watched a few of Melinda Barlow’s Youtube videos, after her class on sketchbook revival. If you need something fun, yet relaxing, this is perfect. I think these would also make pretty art at the bottom of a hand-written letter. Now all I need is to make the time to do it.
Daily Art Practice
It has been a while since I shared a shopfront. I am still working on them but at a rather slow pace. With work and family I am lucky if I get one completed a week. This is the Tokyo Barber Hall. I was inspired to paint this after watching an Etchr Studio demo taught by Montreal Sketcher. He focused mainly on the foliage so I practiced that and then moved on to painting the whole building.
Next up is the first page in my new sketchbook. I worked from a Republic of Tea catalog and painted a few tins of tea that looked interesting to me. I am working in the Canson XL Mixed Media Sketchbook. I like that I can sketch ideas without feeling as though I am wasting watercolor paper but it is difficult to add paint layers as the paint scrubs away when adding water. I think I may try the Canson XL Watercolor Sketchbook next time.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My entry for tea day is the above watercolor of The Republic of Tea Ginger Peach and The Republic of Tea Cinnamon Orange . These are two flavors that I would love to try. I am a huge fan of their regular ginger peach tea so the Rooibos Ginger Peach sounds yummy.
Happy Tea Day,