Friday, 28 October 2011

Not Finished With Tea Just Yet


Before you say it let me be up front and say yes, I am still exploring tea as a theme, and yes I have been drawing and painting tea related stuff for months now, and no I haven't gone anywhere near exhausting it yet... I have every intention of making many many more tea paintings and drawings in the near future. I have no desire to alienate coffee people, but at the end of the day coffee is only good to me at the beginning of the day... it only helps when I need waking up, but tea is different.

Tea is there beside me in the studio and tells me it is time to work, it is there at the end of the day when my daughter Steve is relating all the tales of the day at school, and it is there after dinner as I blissfully and unashamedly turn my gaze to the beautiful Col John Shepard in Stargate Atlantis. Matt and I are working our way through all five seasons and I have to say while there are some days I am a Ronan Dex sort of girl, most of the time the good Colonel does it for me, what can I say I am a sucker for messy hair and a dry wit ... So now you have two things to judge me for... a love of tea and a love of cheesy sci fi!

So now the confession portion of this post is out of the way, I can move onto the work. I wanted to paint a squat little tea pot but play with a bit of foreshortening and mix up the composition a bit. I was pretty pleased with its progress but felt it needed steam. Now in the past I would have jumped straight in and added some swirls or patterns, but I am getting savvy in my advancing age and now I scanned it and printed it and tried a few things before I decided on just using white gouache. I also wanted to include a tea poem that I have been keeping... and yes the obsession is reaching the heights where I am keeping poems about it, and quotes, and recipes... green tea fairy cakes anyone??? I used the same method to work out which looked best and even thought to scan it in to show you my trials... only question is did I choose right? We are divided here as to which I should have gone with, but it is too late now as the finished product is at the top of the page!!!



Those of you who are over my tea thing may want to stop reading now as I am adding, for your enjoyment,  a cultural component to the post with the poem I used. around the edge of the page... mind you it is uncredited because I forgot to make a note of where I got it, but it doesn't mean I appreciate it any less...

When the world is at odds
and the mind is all at sea.
Then cease the useless tedium 
and brew a cup of tea.
There is a magic in its fragrance,
there is solace in its taste,
and the laden moments vanish
somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing,
there's beauty there as you'll see,
all because you briefly stopped
to brew a cup of tea.


I am linking this to Paint Party Friday and to the Just Journals Link Party... you should grab a cup of tea and head on over and see what everyone has been up to this week. I guarantee it will inspire you!!!

40 comments:

Rosie Kaplan said...

I unfortunatley had to give up tea years ago. Big loss. I loved the whole riual of the tpot etc. Nice painting of a T pot!

NatashaMay said...

I don't mind your tea sketches at all. It's fascinating to read what it means to you. I have no such relationship with anything I'm afraid. :)

Amanda Mills said...

I never get tired of teapots
what a lovely journal page

Magpie said...

There is something about the shape of teapots (especially the plump squatty ones:) that is so comforting. I admire you for exploring a subject fully...I tend to bounce from this to that, and I wish I wouldn't lol. I love this new painting as well as all your others!

Joanne said...

love the teapot and especially the poem which I am going to copy and perhaps paint my own teapot -- I love tea also and find it very comforting (not a coffee drinker) lavender tea is my favorite -- the only thing I have been painting many of are poppies thanks to the poppy spree which I am very sad is coming to an end -- thanks for all of your inspiring comments :0) Joanne

Kristin Dudish said...

The one at the top of the page is perfect - so glad that's it :) I love the text along the edge and the way you've created the stem is wonderful! I look forward to seeing many more teapot paintings from you ;)

xo
Kristin

Kristin Dudish said...

(steam)

creatingme said...

I love this. The colors, the composition, the framing. Really nice!!!

Dawn said...

I love the composition of this T-pot the angle is such an unusual one and you really have captured it well. Dxx

Janet said...

Keep doing what you enjoy. This teapot picture is beautiful and I like how you showed your process of decision making. In the end I think you made the right choice. The writing around the border is perfect.

iamrushmore said...

I love your teapot and totally think you chose the "right" one as the finished one. I love that you showed both because it shows just how much the overall look of the piece changes based on word placement. I need to remember to use the scan/print/practice approach!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love the painting & love tea pots and tea ~ Love your art style & great that you have an art theme that you love ~ make no apologies ~ Be You! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Gloria said...

I like your post and your teapots. I especially like what tea means to you. Nice post, Happy PPF!

Julie said...

I love tea, and tea cups and teapots! I usually brew a pot every morning. Your teapot is so pretty.

Manon said...

ha ha did I ever metion you were gorgeous...well you are cheers to the tea and the top one is the one!!!
ManonX

Anne said...

Love your tea painting! Really, really great. So glad I dropped by via PPF!

(I love tea and cheesy sci-fi, too!).

Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Amazing combination of color, composition, brushstrokes and poetry!

Most excellent!!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Anne said...

I really like the painting and the words around the outer edge are a nice touch. Happy PPF!

Zorana said...

This is the first time I'm visiting your blog and I'm in love with your teapot! Now I'll explore some more...

EVA said...

Okay Tracey, I LOVE this post! Yeah - John Shepard or Ronan... tough call. I am partial to Shepard as well.... but those muscles and that attitude... hmm. Plus I loved the doc before he left the show. So sad when he "died".

LOVE your tea pot! I think you chose well with the words around the edges. Fabulous colour shades.

Hmm - time to refill my teacup! (Actually a coffee mug as I find teacups WAY too small for the amount of tea I want to drink!)

Catherine Denton said...

You make tea so alluring (and that's coming from a coffee girl). I LOVE this painting and I'm glad you positioned the words where you did.

Thanks for commenting on My Blog!

Carol said...

I love tea and I love your teapot!! I've gone years without one and now I've got three! I love each one of them and they all serve a different purpose. I could easily become a teapot collector :)

carlarey said...

I think this is wonderful. It would make a terrific card or small framed print. I can't imagine ever getting tired of your tea themed paintings.

hastingshall2 said...

Another great tea painting! You can't make enough of them for me. I am also a tea drinker (but morning too, not coffee).

Christine said...

nice tea poem! And might I say that's a lovely pot of tea!

Tammie said...

wonderful poem and yes, I say you chose right with the wordings, such a charming piece.

VonnyK said...

Love your teapot and in my favourite colours too.
The steam is fabulous.

Teri C said...

What a delightful post, wonderful painting and neat poem. Love it all.

Sparkleblue Faery said...

I love the serene blue colors. I agree that coffee is only for the mornings. Tea is for all day, although I usually drink tea in the evenings.

Diana Evans said...

oh your tea piece is looking amazing Tracey!!! what a great pallet and I love the colours!!!!

Happy PPF and pop by for Sweet Saturdays!!!!

Hugs
Diana

MollyGirl said...

i love your obsession with tea and all things related! (the cheesy sci-fi, i'll leave to you! ha ha!)

Robin Panzer Art said...

Your teapot and poem are quite charming! Happy PPF!

SHERI C said...

Adore the text with your paintings. Lovely color and composition. Happy PPF!

Pointy Pix said...

I think you chose perfectly - I love the writing around the illustration framing it like that. This is just lovely - the steam looks perfect and I love the combination of paint and ink. I'm a herbal tea drinker since giving up milk but would've been a coffee gal before that but I can appreciate your love of the ritual as much as the drink itself!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hard to choose which one is best! Like both of them! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I'm SO glad you chose the bottom image- it celebrates the art AND the words without creating distraction for looking at either one! And AMAZING job on the steam- LOVE it! (I've been known to paint with gesso when I had no white, but NEEDED to paint...)
Also you're not alone in your love of cheesy sci-fi shows- my husband and I are hooked on Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven- I just wish they'd have longer seasons!

Geckostone said...

I love your tea painting and the poem is awesome!!! Of course I love tea too so I can relate! Deb

Kristin said...

Okay, I promise you I am going to have a cup of tea now! It's been months since I've had a cup and you have me craving an earl grey ;)
I LOVE your painted tea pot and thank you for showing your progress - and although they are both striking, I really like the one you choose. Thank you, xo

Kristin said...

Uh, chose ;)

rajns (carolyn) said...

Stunning colors - the way it is shaded is just perfect! Such a fun tea pot!