Tropical Plants and Fruits: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


My posting has been sporadic as of late, including my creative time. Due to a recent family death we have had a lot of opportunity to visit with out-of-town family. My littles have enjoyed seeing their cousins that they rarely spend time with. I love seeing the backyard full of children, running and laughing together.  It has been an exhausting schedule for our low-key family, but we have enjoyed every minute with the ones we love. I find myself saying, “When things slow down…”, but then summer is coming. Will it really slow down? My oldest is itching to get his first job so if that happens, I may be starting a Curtesy Taxi Service. No matter, I look forward to soaking up time with my littles. At least we will have Tuesday Tea together. I better get planning.

Any suggestions on Tuesday Tea themes?

Isn’t this pot pretty? I found it at Walmart and it is the perfect planter for the various tropical plants leftover from the funeral.


Daily Art Practice


I didn’t get to watch all the videos in this year’s Sketchbook Revivial but I got a chance to watch a few. The first two sketches are made using watercolor and colored pencils. It was an exercise in using large shapes as well as my non-dominant hand.




I have always wanted to learn more colored pencil and I was SO excited when I saw this colored pencil portrait class. I would definitely like to do more of this. I didn’t finish her face off yet but here is how she might stay for a while.



Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies today, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Tension Tamer. A classic tea that I drink regularly. It is very soothing and perfect for any time of the day.

Happy Tea Day,


11 thoughts on “Tropical Plants and Fruits: Daily Art Practice”

  • Your sketches of pears and oranges are very pleasing to see. Using colored pencils for a portrait is interesting.

    I am sorry to hear that you experienced a death in the family, but it’s good to hear that it brought everyone together.

    best… mae at

  • Sorry to hear there’s been a death in the family Kate, but it is good to see family that isn’t nearby. It’s too bad it always seems to be in such sad moments.. And wow; it’s hard to believe your oldest is ready to get a job. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? I’m glad you’re planning your summer tea parties again though. I’ll keep it in mind and let you know if I come up with any themes. And I’ve never really jumped on the colored pencil bandwagon, but the face you drew came out amazing. Have fun with your class, and happy T day too. Have a great week ahead. hugs-Erika

  • Your takes of these two Sketchbook Revival lessons are excellent – I remember those artists, and I think you did a brilliant job.
    Yes, you have been busy, but how fun to see the backyard full of children and hear their laughter, see them play. I have always loved that when my daughter had her friends over. It’s so long ago now, so enjoy it while you can.

  • So sorry for your loss Kate, yes I do love the planter your found for the plants.
    I had signed up for the sketchbook revival but I just did not have the time to do them-and one can’t go back later to watch the videos and projects. they are only available for a few days after it ends.
    I always enjoy seeing your art- Happy T

  • The name of the tea even suggests soothing properties. Your pears are lovely. So, it must have been you that directed me to the sketchbook techniques videos. I really enjoyed them. thank you. I am sorry for the loss in your family. Happy t day.

  • this tea sounds interesting. It sounds like you had a lot of visits out of town. While meeting family, it is also a great chance to enjoy seeing other places. These drawings are beautiful including fruit drawings.
    Thanks for the share. Happy T day!

  • Hi Kate, it’s good to spend time with your ‘littles’, they grow up so fast. Love your fruity art, and the pencil portrait is so expressive. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • So far I have only watched two videos. One I enjoyed and learned a bit. The other was a waste of time, since I thought there would be more collage and less painting, I especially like your pears and your lovely lady.

    I hope your son gets the job he wants, but here in KS, there are both state and city laws that prohibit children under 18 from so many jobs (except mowing lawns and delivering newsletters or newspapers).

    Your tea sounds good. Thanks for sharing your drawings and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, Kate.

  • Wow, your colored pencil portrait is awesome. Enjoy the time with your littles. You’ll blink and they’ll be all grown up and on their own. Happy T Day

  • I’m sorry to hear there has been a death in the family. But it is also an occasion to see relatives you don’t normally meet up with, so with the sadness comes the joy of seeing other loved ones.
    The pot is indeed very nice.
    Gosh, I didn’t realise your son was that old already. What is the age in your state that you are allowed a job? I think it’s sixteen here.
    Your portrait came out really well with the coloured pencils. I would never have thought.
    Happy T-Day (belated)

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