There's something wonderful about this time of year when the deciduous trees change color and loose their leaves, contrasting with the evergreens which have been standing unnoticed in the background until now.
May you be kept warm by a cup of tea and good company to share it with.
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.
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!
1st - Paint the surface the lace is sitting on, the space around it, and add shadow as needed.
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.
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.