Monday, March 4, 2013

Coffee, Tea and Cake

In the past two weeks, I have worked on two paintings, one of tea and the other of coffee. My idea was to show the plant behind the beverages we enjoy on a daily basis. I tend to drink coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. I love both. And, as you already know I adore flowers, so I was happy to learn that both tea and coffee plants have beautiful white flowers.

The coffee painting gave me some problems early on. I just wasn't happy with how it started. That's when watercolour can be a troublesome medium. With oil or acrylic, I could have covered over the parts that were bothering me. I thought of abandoning it, but my stubborn nature kicked in and I found a way to balance out the composition and have ended up liking it after all.  The tea painting is already available as a print in my shop. I just have some small details to finish on the coffee painting and then it will be made into a print too.

Emma made the most wonderful orange cake over the weekend. It was as delicious as it looks. She used the recipe here. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.


Chloé has her March break this week. Emma has hers next week. It's the first year that their breaks have been out of sync. I hope to find moments to paint in between spending some time with them. I have so many painting ideas swirling around in my head these days.

19 comments:

  1. I like the look of that cake - and your pretty paintings as well! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Tina, and I highly recommend the cake. :)

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  2. I love your tea painting, it's so fresh! The coffee one is very nice to!

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  3. They are delightful! I enjoy your clean white backgrounds, you can just focus on the subject with no distractions! Tea is my favorite, and thus tea is my favorite painting! :))))

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    1. Thanks, Melody. I like leaving the background white, especially if I am painting natural objects. Sometimes it's nice to paint scenes too. My eldest daughter was encouraging me to do some paintings with backgrounds soon.

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  4. Love the paintings! The tea print is very lovely. Makes me want to get back to my watercolors soon!

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    1. Thanks so much, Valerie. Get those watercolors back out! :)

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  5. Lovely paintings, an excellent idea. Cake looks delish! my mouth is watering! Soon be time for the trowel to come out, it's feeling slightly spring like here! :)

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    1. Thanks, Julie. We still need snow shovels here. Will be glad to trade them for a trowel soon. :)

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  6. Both are so charming! And everything about this post is delicious!

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    1. Thanks for your sweetness, Cindy.

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  7. wonderful paintings and please enjoy your time with your girls. In no time there will be no march breaks and I can say that when that happens you really miss them.

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    1. Thanks, Margie. Good advice. Emma is away for a few days visiting friends (the longest she's been away) and I already miss her. Practice for the years ahead. xx

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  8. hmmmm art and food what could be a better combination?!

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  9. Your coffee painting is as lovely as the tea one is, really beautiful and.... hop ! I am stealing Emma's recipe ! :) Thanks Emma !

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    1. Thanks, Lucile, and you will enjoy the cake I'm sure!

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  10. Kathleen - love both coffee and tea and your art is wonderful. Going to check out that orange cake - it looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

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