Cup of Tea

Last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was to use a subtle colour palette.  I like limited colour palettes so I thought it would be fun to try one that was muted and subdued.  I had some free time on Saturday afternoon which was a cold and dull day, the sort of day when I drink copious mugs of hot tea, and that became my inspiration for the art journal page – a figure holding a cup of steaming tea and a background the same colour as milky black tea.  I worked on it in stages during the course of the afternoon and it was really pretty simple and straightforward.

5 Cup of Tea - subtle-muted palette

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18 thoughts on “Cup of Tea

  1. Three things.

    1) To an American, this post seems very British because a) hot tea and b) “colour” with your fancy spelling. 😉

    2) I noticed the woman’s philtrum in this one. I’m going to use that word again today and show off how high-falootin’ I am. And you can use “high-falootin’.”

    3) I love images of folks holding mugs or plates. In my kitchen, I have a frame with images of waitresses holding plates of steak, pies, or a coffee pot. It always seems so welcoming.

    • Thank you for sharing all of those great thoughts. The word philtrum does not get used often enough, does it? I agree with you about mugs and pots and platters of food being so welcoming. It’s probably one of the many reasons I am so plump. Ha ha! I shall try to use high falootin today.

  2. Lovely colors and composition. Did you stain the background papers? Or is that paint? Either way, the collage is wonderful. I also like the white and blue spatters in the background to tie it together – and remind us of warm drinks on snowy afternoons.

  3. She reminded me of how Filipino mothers look in the province in the 1930’s. As a grade school student when we have our yearly field demonstrations, especially if we were to dance traditional Filipino folk dances, we wore this as a costume. Glad that you were able to capture it in this beautiful painting. Though I guess it was not the inspiration but nonetheless I am still happy.

    • Most of the stuff I share on this blog is in an art journal so it’s neither on display or possible to sell. I have a few of my pieces framed and on the walls but not much. I worry it’s a bit egotistical to have my artwork everywhere. I sell occasionally but I’m too busy to really invest time in that and I also lack confidence to really promote my stuff. I basically do it for my own pleasure.

      • I think doing it for your own pleasure is the best reason to do it. However, if you do one day decide to sell anything, you’d probably have a few people out here in the blogosphere who would probably be interested.

        Because I take a lot of travel photos, I sometimes wrestle with the egotistical aspect of having my art everywhere. But, each piece has a different meaning to it, and there’s a certain comfort in having reminders of places I love around me. (Plus, why pay for other people’s art when you can make your own?)

      • That is a very valid perspective on displaying one’s own artwork.

        I do think of having a stab at selling online from time to time. I have been meaning to investigate obtaining a business license in order to maybe dip a toe into something like Etsy. Lack of time and lack of self-confidence hold me back.

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