A sneak peak at what I'm working on in the Studio today. I'm painting a Shelley teacup which was on loan from a friend. I love its curviness and blue accents on the rim and handle.
This is my second attempt at this design. My first painting was OK, but not exactly what I had in mind, so I choose to do it over. Glad I did, I'm much happier with this one.
Here's my personal critique of my original artwork:
I wasn't thrilled with the bright background color or design, nor the color of the ribbon, or the flowers in the foreground. The overall color of the shadows on the teacup were too warm making it look muddy. I also thought a tighter weave on the lace over a richer blue would look better.
Is milk added to the teacup first, before the tea is poured, or is milk added after the tea is poured?
If you're like me, Breakfast teas are my favorite, and they are delicious with milk.
The practice of adding milk to the cup before scalding tea is added was to ensure the fragile teacup wouldn't crack from the heat. Completely understandable, a cracked teacup is heartbreaking.
Modern, even vintage, china can withstand heat better than antique pieces, so the practice has died down some. I would guess for traditions sake, or as a familiar childhood memory, milk is still added to the cup before the tea.
Once when I was about ten and my brother nine, we went to a friend's house after school. His British parents offered to bring us a snack of tea and cookies. First the tray of teacups arrived with the cookies. In each cup was a splash of milk, and to me this was new. In fact, I thought the teacups were dirty and the milk was left from previous use. When the tea arrived my confusion was explained and we enjoyed a wonderful treat.
Adding milk after the tea is poured to to ensure just the right amount is added without overpowering the tea.
So now the big question, and I think you know what I'm going to ask. Yep, you guessed it.
When do you add milk to your tea?
I'll be the first to answer my own question. I love adding milk last. It's the simple pleasure of watching the white milk swirl in the dark tea making what often looks like weather patterns in my cup.
I began reading the gospels again in a Daily Chronological Bible which was a recent gift. Instead of waiting for January to begin reading Genesis, I dove right in. Reading the accounts of Jesus will always be my favorite text in the Bible.
For Mark 4:30 I illustrated a mustard field which I delightfully discovered while driving through the Oregon countryside last Spring. By dipping the tips of the watercolor pencils in water first, I learned I can achieve a more vibrant color.
For Luke 13:34 I chose to illustrate a hen with her seven chicks in the wide margin of my Amplified Bible, rather than chicks under their mother's wings as the verse reads, though that is an endearing image depicting Jesus' sincere love and protection for His people. The artwork was created with a pencil sketch, watercolor pencil for the grass and sign, and Japanese watercolor for the chicks and hen.
If you haven't noticed already I adore birds. They are one of God's most delightful creatures, and I love how Jesus often uses them in His messages.
It's probably early for some to be finding Christmas images in October, but the truth is, I'm already filling Christmas card orders.
This card was created for those that send cards before or at Thanksgiving, thus the warm Autumn colors mixed with holly, and a tag that says, "Happy Holidays" plural, meaning all the season's holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
My Holly Berries Teacup greeting card comes with a delicious Cinnamon tea. The inside greeting reads, "Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season."
"A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" Proverbs 15:23
Here's a sneak peak at a new card I'm almost finished with in a delightful chintzy pattern of small cottage flowers in pink, yellow, and blue.
I painted the blue flowers closer to periwinkle to match the Harney & Sons Paris tea bag which will be inserted in the rim of the card.
The inspiration came from a teacup saucer in my collection. As I don't have the teacup, I created one, than added the flowers from the rim and center of the saucer. I especially love the wonderful contrast between the pastel flowers and the dark burgundy at the rim.
Available early 2016 at kimberlyshawgraphics.com
The pattern reads, "Charmaine, Royal Stafford Bone China, Made in England."
The lace in a watercolor painting isn't actually painted. Painting the space around it allows the unpainted paper be the white of the lace. I start with a sketch from a photograph I've taken of the lace I want to illustrate. My final sketch is then transferred in pencil to the watercolor paper with the help of a light table. OK, so now that the prep is finished, here's the fun part!
2nd - Paint the shadows on the lace, keeping in mind the direction of light. Doing this now keeps the color in the open spaces from smearing later. Perfection isn't needed, have fun letting the paint flow. I used a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna.
3rd - With a tiny paint brush, carefully drop paint into the open spaces of the lace, creating some variation in the darkness of the paint, allowing the paint to remain darker at one edge where a shadow may occur.
This is from a new card I'm creating. Painting the lace, or rather the negative space around the lace, is my favorite part of the painting. I hope this example has encouraged you to give it a try. And remember, this type of watercolor painting can't be rushed. If the surface still feels cool, it's not dry yet, painting over it will cause it to be muddy. Instead, put the kettle on for a fresh cup of tea, fold the laundry, feed the cat, whatever needs attention (this is the time I force myself to get chores done because I'd rather keep painting).
If you have any questions, let me know, I'll be happy to help.
Kindest regards, Kimberly
This is the cutest little teacup, emphasis on little. The set sit just over 2" tall.
I enjoy using my tiny vintage teacups. They are perfect for serving punch at little girl's tea parties, or as an elegant desk accessory to hold paper clips. My favorite use for demitasse cups is to hang them as ornaments on my pink Christmas tree.
Though it looks as if it's never been used, my search has lead me to believe this vintage cup is from the Art Deco era. If this little set is your cup of tea and you've thought of another charming use for it, it's available in my vintage Etsy shop, LivingOldSchool.
When it's time to encourage someone through illness or loss, Kimberly Shaw Graphics has a Teacup Greeting card that's appropriate for the occasion.
The Sympathy Teacup greeting card is reminiscent of the meal that follows a memorial service. When fully opened, the card reveals an aerial view of a luncheon plate with a full cup of tea to illustrate the inside message, "May your cup always be full with the memories you cherish". It comes with Decaffeinated tea, a rich black tea without the caffeine from Harney & Sons.
The Get Well Wish Teacup card has a hankie embroidered with, "Bless you," a common acknowledgement when someone with a cold or flu sneezes. The inside reads, "I am sorry to hear you're not well, because I really care about you a lot". It comes with Decaffeinated Black tea to warm the inside without hindering rest, from Harney & Sons.
A Bible Art Illustration of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It reminds me that there is a time for everything. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9).
I used watercolor pencils and chose to illustrate a vintage Time Clock with a long Time Card representing the events listed. I like how the page curled after adding water to blend the pencil, giving the long time card more depth.
Ecclesiastes is full of wisdom and guidance, and ends with,
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." 12:13-14.
This week I did a personal word study in the Bible on all the verses that speak of "WAY." Webster defines "way" as: a road or path, a method of doing something.
The Psalms contain prayers asking God to lead in the way of everlasting, and teach the way of truth. Twice Proverbs instructs, "There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death." Isaiah speaks of the way of the just. Jeremiah tells of one way. Jesus proclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
To a multitude Jesus taught, "Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it." - Matthew 7:13-14 Amplified Bible
My illustration was created with watercolor pencils, from a previous doodle I did in another study Bible. May it bless and encourage you to walk in the Way.
While illustrating the miraculous feeding of the 5000 and the feeding of the 4000 recorded in Matthew 14:15-15:36, I discovered a treasure of references "to chew on" between the feedings regarding eating and bread.
Jesus miraculously feeds 5000 men, not including the women and children, with just two fish and five loaves of bread. In the middle of the night Jesus walks out on the water to His disciples struggling in the wave-tossed boat, eventually causing the wind to cease. When they reached the other side, immediately the people brought their sick begging Jesus to touch just the tassel of his rob, and all who did were healed.
According to my "Harmony of the Gospels" it's this crowd who Jesus teaches, "I AM the Bread of Life" (John 6:22-71). They want a sign from Jesus in order to believe Him, like the miracle of manna, bread from heaven, which they received from Moses. Jesus assures them that Moses didn't give them the bread from heaven, but His Father; saying, "For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I give for the life of the world is My flesh."
Scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem observing some of Jesus' disciples eating their bread with unwashed hands, question Jesus, accusing them of transgressing and violating the rules handed down by the elders of the past, that of not washing their hands before they eat. Jesus reprimands the Scribes and Pharisees for transgressing and violating the commandment of God. Did you catch that? The Pharisees argue about the commandments of men. Jesus brings up their violations of breaking the commandment of God, that of not honoring your father and mother for the sake of the rules handed down by men, calling the Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites and blind guides.
Jesus explains to His disciples the obvious: that which is eaten goes into the stomach is then eliminated. But, "from out of the heart come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. These are the things that defiled a man; but eating with unwashed hands does not defiled a man."
Next, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman begging Him to heal of her demon possessed daughter. They have a conversation where Jesus asks her, "Is it right to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs?" Her answer causes Jesus to commend her great faith and He heals her daughter.
Are you seeing this picture? Jesus reprimands the Jewish religious leaders calling them hypocrites, yet commends a non-Jewish woman as having great faith and blesses her.
The Pharisees accuse Jesus. The woman believes Jesus.
Jesus has pity on the 4000 who remain. Repeating the last miraculous feeding them with just seven loaves and a few fish, the scripture says, "And they all ate and were satisfied."
I believe Jesus is saying: it's not about when or how you wash your hands (man's traditions handed down), or the bread that was multiplied (the actual miracles that filled their stomachs), it’s about Jesus Himself.
It's all about Him. He is whom we seek. He gives life.
The struggle is exactly the same today.
Do we ignore God’s commandments for the sake of man's rules?
Or do we believe God and receive His Life-giving Bread, Jesus, and live?
This is just a paraphrase of the story, where the Holy Spirit caused me to notice the various mentions of bread while illustrating in my Bible, along with the challenge to live a life pleasing to Jesus. I do not negate the vast teachings these passages have to offer, and I encourage you to read the text in its entirety found in Matthew 14:15-15:36, Mark 6:30-7:30 to discover what the Holy Spirit can teach you personally.
I recently discovered Bible Art Journaling, using art to illustrate directly over and around scripture in a Bible of what the Lord is teaching. For this I purchased a separate Amplified version and use watercolor pencils. On the inside cover page I illustrated a vintage amplifier.
Psalms 92 speaks of believers as cedars and palms, and the church illustration is from a memory where the Lord spoke to me his promises. Other illustrations are from Matthew, Thessalonians, and Psalms.
Illustrations of what came to mind as I read Isaiah 49:16, Hebrews 1:11, Jude and 2 Peter 3:7 are drawn directly over the text.
What fascinates me the most is the time I spend in each passage as I illustrate what God is teaching me, discovering more than I originally set out to study. For example, the reference to "My hands" is repeated throughout Isaiah Ch. 49 and 50. Plus, the Amplified Bible gives the full meaning of each word or phrase to help me understanding what Scripture really says.
For me, this is being created as a keepsake for my kids and future generations, in the same way I love looking through the pages of my grandmothers Bible and the notes she wrote of what was meaningful to her. I hope someday what I have illustrated will touch someone's life as she continues to touch mine.
The best advice I've received is: Remember to date each completed page. I've also added additional notes in the back for illustrations that have more personal meaning.
If this is something you are interested in doing, there are no rules of what or how to illustrate. Just seeking a loving and all powerful, all knowing Father for His perfect wisdom and direction in the lives of His children.
As a designer I'm always thinking about what I can create. I had a very nice door plaque by the front door welcoming visitors, but wanted something that picked up the nuance of my 1919 Craftsman home, something reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. "Greetings" seemed appropriate for a greeting card designer.
The text in the upper left is a beautiful picture of Jesus' nature of meeting and greeting people. In response the people run to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him. See Matthew 28:9
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This is a wonderful time of the year here in Oregon, listening to the birds singing through the open windows, and watching the swallows return to the birdhouse hung on the front porch. Featured this month at kimberlyshawgraphics.com are five Teacup Greeting cards each illustrated with birds.
Thankful Birds is adorned with a pair of Parakeets to sing a song of "Thank You." The sentiment continues on the inside with, "...so very much". An Earl Grey tea from Harney & Sons is tucked into the rim of the teacup for your recipient to further enjoy your thoughtfulness.
With a tropical theme, my Bird of Paradise Teacup Card is Blank inside for a personal note or greeting. It comes with Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, a spicy black tea with cinnamon, orange peal, and cloves from Harney & Sons
When you want to tell someone, "I hope you know how much I miss you" my Missing You Teacup Card has a Swallow to swiftly send your message. Tea inside is Orange Pekoe, a classic Assam laced with Ceylon from Harney & Sons.
My Red Toile Teacup Card was designed with a mother bird tending her nest in the home she created on a lovely floral branch. Another bird adorns the small pitcher behind. This classic design comes with a traditional English Breakfast tea from Harney & Sons.
When comfort is needed, this American Goldfinch brings a note to say, "May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone at this difficult time." The male Goldfinch with it's black cap and wings was selected for my To Comfort You card because of his willingness to brings the female food while she incubates the eggs. This card comes with a fragrant Jasmine green tea from Harney & Sons.
At my local bookstore I was browsing the clearance section when my eyes caught a glimpse of a book about how to be a successful and prosperous businesswoman. Picking it up I was disappointed at the vagueness of its contents, which explained why it was marked down. The truth is, God's word already tells us how to be prosperous and successful.
"This Book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." -Joshua 1:8.
Probably not the advice you were expecting? Not sure if this is the approach you would take, or if putting God first changes anything, or that an all powerful and all knowing God can make your way prosperous? I challenge you to try it, to put God first, not like rubbing a Genie’s bottle, but in genuine practice seeking to know who He is and how vast His love is for you. How do I know this is true? This has been my business model since the day I stepped out on a hunch with only change in a jar, trusted God, and prayed.
During the Easter message, Pastor Bob had each of us take a small stone from a basket that was passed through the rows. He encouraged us to live a resurrected life in the light and love of Christ, to let Jesus roll away the stones that cover our eyes and hearts. Not intending for us to keep our stones, he asked us to thank the Lord that He's moved the rocks out of our way, and then he asked us to lay our stones down at the cross, giving our stones to the One who carries our burdens, who makes them light, and gives us life.
Funny thing: I was waiting for my friend sitting next to me to take her rock up. I had other plans for mine. We glanced at each other once without a word. Then she leaned over and whispered, "I'm going to keep mine to remind me of the things that stand in my way." Delighted I wasn't alone in my thought I told her, "I'm keeping mine too." But my plans were different. The rock I ended up with seemed perfect for an illustration that came to mind.
Mixed media, Watercolor and rock.
Watercolor: Kimberly Shaw 2015
Rock: God in the beginning
It's a few days till Easter, a powerful event where God demonstrated His great love for us.
I have been overwhelmed this year, this season, at this moment, by God's deep love.
It is endless, powerful, and immeasurable.
I was blessed with a Godly family heritage.
This is my childhood Bible given by my Grandmother. She typed and glued her testimony inside. May it be a source of encouragement to lead you to an understanding of God's deep love for you and His great plan for your life.
Appreciation of the Mystery
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
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In honor of Saint Patrick, on March 17th many will celebrate his blessings initially made to the Irish and now to us. May your heart be drawn to the original source of Patrick's devotion to the Irish in this sweet poem and Irish Blessing:
You’ve blessed me with friends and laughter and fun,
With rain that’s as soft as the light from the sun,
You’ve blessed me with stars to brighten each night,
You’ve given me help to know wrong from right,
You’ve given me much, please Lord give me too,
A heart that is always Grateful to You.
My "Good Luck" Teacup greeting card was created to use as an encouragement year 'round as it does not mention St. Patrick's Day, though it's obviously perfect to use to send a bit 'o Irish cheer to your favorite Leprechaun.
The outside reads, "Good Luck and Best Wishes" continuing the sentiment inside with, "For Today & Always." Tucked in the rim of a floral green teacup, is a full bodied Irish Breakfast tea from Harney & Sons for your recipient to enjoy. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
"Field" acrylic on 8x10 canvas copyright Kimberly Shaw 2014
I quickly painted this last Spring as a background, planning to add more to it, but I think I knew it was finished at this stage. It reminds me of a time when my son could barely see out the back window from his car seat. He and I were on our way to NE Oceanside. Having passed the main part of town we came to a clearing. Brad raised his little arm, pointed out the car window, and exclaimed, "A field, mommy! A field!" I'll never forget that moment. Brad's name means, "a broad clearing." It was then God revealed He had a hand in influencing Brad's name which describes the character God gave him. Brad has always loved open spaces, and I love that about him. I don't have the heart to add more to this painting. It represents a memory I never want to forget, of Brad when he was little, and of God when He was big.
Receiving a hand written note has recently become a treasure, as most notes are emailed, text, or typed (as this one is). What do you love most about receiving a hand written note, or hand writing a note to someone else? For me it becomes a work of art where someone took the time to think of me, a kept treasure. But no pressure from me, any way you choose to write to another, is just a tool, however it's written.
My choice for handwriting and sending a note is the Chintz Teacup Greeting card which is blank inside and comes with Irish Breakfast tea.
"To My Valentine" Teacup Greeting card was one of my favorite cards to illustrated, using pen and ink over a watercolor wash to create a pastoral red toile setting on the tea pot. "To My Valentine" has the simple, yet timeless words, "I Love You," printed on the inside.
It comes with a classic English Breakfast tea from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.
"To My Sweetheart" Teacup Greeting Card is now on SALE for only $1.67. It was inspired by Sir Walter Scott's quote, which is printed on the inside, and reads:
"True love's the gift which God hath given, to man alone beneath the heaven. The silver link, the silver tie, which heart to heart, and mind to mind, in body and in soul can bind." ~Sir Walter Scott.
I comes with a delicious Raspberry Herbal tea bag from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.
May you know how much you are loved this Valentine's Day! See John 3:16
This year I started a new tradition. Based on the song and the story of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I made Partridge ornaments for my kids made from vintage hankies I've collected. The Partridge in a Pear Tree represents Christ. For the next 11 years, I'll create ornaments from the rest of the songs charactors. So you're thinking, wow, that's a long time to plan. But why not, how often do we repeat other traditions? And how often are those traditions repeated for a lot longer? So I say, go for it!
The sticks were found while on a walk with my neighbor. As the wind picked up the sticks were blown from the trees. So, you may be thinking, who can cut up a charming vintage hanky. I admit, it was hard cutting the first one, but I think the outcome is better than leaving the hankie folded on a shelf. Besides, who doesn't love their kids more than an old hankie?
Because it's Christmas, a time for starting new traditions, I'm reposting this wonderful story because I've decided to start a new tradion this year based on the song (to be posted next...). In the mean time, enjoy reading the meaning of this charming song.
While there is some dispute over this translation of the song, tradition has it that in England, between 1558 and 1829, Catholics were prohibited by law to practice their faith in public or in private. Until Parliament emancipated Catholics in England in 1829, it was illegal to be Catholic. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was a coded message written in England as a memory aid to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, authorities would not know that is was a religious song and young Catholics could sing it without fear of imprisonment. The song is, in a sense, an allegory with each of the gifts in the song representing something significant to the Bible.
The song begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me..." The "true love" repeated in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, but to God himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to the believing Christian.
The Partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus Christ upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy s predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them. The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the cross.
The two turtle doves refers to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
The three French hens stand for faith, hope and love -- the three gifts of the Spirit that abide, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.
Four calling birds refer to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Five golden rings represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Six geese a-laying is the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Eight maids a-milking reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Ten lords a-leaping represents the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
Twelve drummers drumming were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostle's Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.
My Twelve Days of Christmas Teacup Greeting card is available for purchase at kimberlyshawgraphics.com and comes with a delicious Holiday tea, from Harney and Sons, tucked in the rim of the tea pot for your recipient to savor the warmth of Christmas.
Is so beautiful outside my window. I have three giant old Maple trees with leaves turning yellow and red at the same time, with some green leaves still holding their color. The lady who owned the house before me planted the trees when she moved into this old craftsman home. When I first moved here a neighbor was moving out. He gave me his wide rake when he learned which house was mine. "You're going to need it," he said.
I know this isn't what happens, but the spectacular color of the Fall leaves makes me imagine the roots of the trees sucking up all the color of the Summer flowers left behind to display them overhead. Silly, I know.
This card was fun to paint with a jar of seasonal Apple Butter, my dad's favorite, in the forground and a display of colorful leaves in the background. I left it blank inside to allow for a personal greeting or to be used as an invitation to an Autumn Tea.
I love this time of year. The garden is completely filled in from the Sring planting, with tall Sunflowers ready to open. Butterflies and bees are making their rounds to all the opened blooms.
Who wouldn't be cheered by receiving a card with a delicious Jasmine Green tea tucked in the rim of a teapot depicting sunflowers and butterflies, especially when the inside reads: "You make my world brighter!"
I caught this Swallowtail hopping across the Mums, stopping long enough to pose for a photo.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
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It really wasn't that log ago when we used to have to lick stamps. This adorable comic brought a flood of memories of when I first began my greeting card business, back when stamps needed to be licked. Family Circus has always been my favorite comic. Find more at familycircus.com.
Friday nights around my dining room table have become a special time of fellowship, creativity, and tea. Plenty of tea while waiting for the paper to dry before adding more color, which means staying up late and laughing more. The last two weeks we've been painting a blue and white teacup. First we painted the shadows and background.
The second week we painted the blue and white details with our tiniest brushes, and darken the table to create more contrast between the white rim of the saucer and the table.
My neighbor has a beautiful collection of blue and white china, so it wasn't hard finding a lovely subject to paint. This one caught our eye with a butterfly and bird among the flowers.
May your cup always be full of the memories you share.
"Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made." -Genesis 2:8. I like thinking of God as a gardener. Seeds are a marvel to me, and His word is filled with references to seeds. "Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.' -Hosea 10:12