The Shopfront That Has No Name: Daily Art Practice
I am amazed that we are already into June and school has been out for a full week. During the last week of school, my son played hooky because they had no classes. We spent the day together watching a movie and eating lunch at one of our favorite cafe’s. I got a Caesar Salad and my son ate a panini with his favorite drink, a frozen lemonade. We had a great day and I loved having 1:1 time with my 15 year old. I realize how precious our time together is, as he will be off to college in a few years.
Growing up, one of my favorite memories was going on a spontaneous lunch date with my dad to a pizza place. He asked me about school and my friends, and I remember feeling special that I got to spend time with my dad by myself. I want my children to have special memories like that, so I am working on being more intentional about spending time with them individually. After all, they are not little forever.
Daily Art Practice
My shopfront today is in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan . You can find the reference photo HERE. I couldn’t find any information about this shopfront as my reference photo didn’t give a name. I was drawn to this building because of the lanterns, circular-shaped doorway and various colorful advertisements. This shopfront took me a long time to finish. For some reason, I grew bored and I struggled to get over the “ugly phase.” I can’t say I am 100% happy with it but I am thrilled that it is done and I can move on. I now have 19 shopfronts left to paint in order to complete my shopfront sketchbook. The race is on to complete the goal before the end of the year.
I used my usual ink and watercolor wash and added in some colored pencil. My friend gifted me these Caran d’Ache Colored Pencils and I am loving them. I need a lot more practice since I haven’t worked with pencils a lot, but these worked well for adding texture to the wood panels on my shopfront.
Colored pencils aren’t great on watercolor paper as it is textured. I am planning on try them out on drawing paper without tooth.
I am joining the Tea Day Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My Tea today is Numi Organic Tea Gunpowder Green. So far, this is my favorite non-flavored green tea. I love that it doesn’t taste like dirt. Some green and black teas I have tried taste like dirt or grass, so you can imagine I was pleased when I found one that was not only palatable but delicious.
Happy Tea Day,