Friday, 16 November 2012

Biscot-Tea ...


Continuing the very loose food theme of the week
loose interpretation of the theme, food, might be more accurate
don't want you thinking we have lots of food that keeps losing its shape
or hanging out with dubious characters with no morals

Now that is all cleared up
I have been painting up some new treats we found
called Biscot-tea
which is a touch misleading as they are shortbread biscuits/cookies... 
so not biscotti at all, which is kind of what you would expect given the name
in fact they bare no resemblance to those delicious teeth breakers
but I suppose if you are making tea flavoured goodies it kind of makes sense
if you are really bad at puns that is....


confusing title or not the important thing is that they are delicious
you have to look past the tea being flecked through them
which is uncomfortably reminiscent of parts of ant bodies
and yes I know what ant bodies look like in my food
I have a younger brother, and courtesy of him
I also know what it is like to have a penny turtle in your drink
a worm on your sandwich
a banana squashed into the pages of your 20 pound chem text
and countless other horrors that only a brother can inflict on you


Flecks of tea like ant bodies aside, they are worth eating
and the Earl Grey ones are just as nice
though the package is not a pretty blue
and I wasn't that keen to paint it
until my new watercolour wheels arrived
and there are the perfect colours on there
so Earl Grey biscot-tea 
are on the drawing board
right after I finish playing with the new paints
and working out how they mix with each other
so far they are looking pretty good 


and thanks to so many of you for your kind and generous comments
regarding the the Featured Artist gig, they were all appreciated

and also it is day 16 or Art Every Day Month
day 16 already... it is whizzing by...xx

The last few posts are here...
Tarts ...



48 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

ok, so you kknow I always love your art but holy cow!... I'm lookin' at those colors! Gorgeous, what paints are they? a new kind??

I've seen the biscot-tea before and thought they'd be great to try, Now I will when next I see them!!
Hugs,
Jenn

Gloria said...

Tracey, thanks for the email comments about drawing. I really love your new paint colors that they are sedate enough for the classic Earl Grey tea painting! I notice you are also a gluten free advocate. I thought that gluten baked goods were usually very soft and crumbly?? I only had gluten free cookies one time and they just fell right apart. Maybe it was the cooks first time trying gluten free baking. And as Jenn says..what are those new paints?

froebelsternchen Susi said...

adorable paintings Tracy..great colors ! Happy PPF!

Lynn Cohen said...

I thought my big brother was bad! He only used his be be gun to shoot out the plastic windows of the beautiful doll house my father built for me...and shot at me grazing my face close to my eye! Oh, and he tied my story book dolls to stakes and set them on fire! He must have been a very troubled soul!

You're bis quest box is so well drawn and painted!!
HPPF!u

Anne Manda said...

Biscot-tea box looks lovely, actually much lovelier and more desirable, than the original ... Your brother! :-D
My (twin)brother was quite horrible too, but luckily he grew up to be a sweetheart!

Mary Walker Designs said...

Real blueberries should be the color you paint them they'd be more appetizing looking Happy PPF!

Giggles said...

Oh my goodness I just lost my train of thought as I'm so drunk on those new colors!! Think I read something about ants in your pants and a brother with a mashed banana!! Had ya going there didn't I!! Not a biscotti fan but I do like shortbread, I think I'll stick to making my own....with out the flecks...that are tea but look like ant bodies...

Great job at the illustration and I love the color!!

Happy ppf

Hugs Giggles

denthe said...

I think I should count myself lucky that I only got sisters ... ☺ Those new paints are amazing colours. what brand is it?

carlarey said...

New paints are the best, aren't they? I am waiting on a new set of Russian watercolors to show up.

Hmmmm, such a lovely biscuit box, and such awful things your brother did to you. Please tell us you got some payback.

Nordljus said...

They sound delicious, especially when they're like shortbread. Shortbread is always good. Especially in combination with tea. Those colours look very delicious too!

Carolyn Dube said...

Gluten free? You find the best gluten free goodies- to eat and paint! Happy PPF!

NatashaMay said...

I see they're gluten free. I'll have some please. :) Love your illustrations!

clare said...

fabulous illustration! x

Terrie Purkey said...

Tea or cookie, I couldn't tell for awhile....then to discover it's tea IN the cookie....I dunno, seems kinda sketchy! :) However, for a tea lover like you, I can see the draw. Another great drawing and yep, I agree with everyone - those new colors look totally delicious - can't wait to see them in action!

Enjoy your pool time!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely work as usual ~ this is a cookie for tea ~ sounds delish ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Netty said...

Terrific new illustration and loving your new colour palette. x

Kat Sloma said...

Ant bodies! LOL! You really had a creative brother. I love the pun in the Biscotea and the beautiful art you made with it. They sound (and look) delicious. Can't wait to see what colorful things you create with those new paints - the colors are gorgeous. Happy PPF!

Sandra Busby said...

Wow, my cupboards seem so boring in comparison! You have the weirdest wonderfulness in yours! No wonder you are inspired to draw it all! Loving it :0)

Debbie said...

Great humor and painting are as wonderful a combination as biscuit and tea! What a fun post. Your painting is so good. 'Love those colors.

soulbrush said...

Love love your Friday posts. This one is no exception, it is exceptional! LOL. Happy PPF.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

I do love biscottea and also its teeth breaking cousin, which dipped in tea, btw, is quite nice. I'm loving those new colors. Can't wait to see what you are up to with those. Happy PPF

Faye said...

I have never heard of Biscot tea and I'm not sure I could get past the flecks of ant body-like particles. And especially if they tasted like bergamot, which I do not like. However, your paintings, as always, are so delightful and cheery. My favorite today is the little desserts at the bottom of the post. Oh, yum!

Gloria said...

Great work as always Tracey. Now I feel like a cup of blueberry tea.:) Nice job. Happy PPF!

peggy gatto said...

I love your place!!!
Always a treat to see what you have been up to!

Terri Morse said...

Tracey, you never fail to make me laugh. When I got to the part about the crushed ants, I lost it! And what a delightful little brother you must have. Actually this reminds me of the horror of biting into a bread stick at a restaurant, and tiny little bugs came crawling out of it. YUCK! Anyway, I love your painting. The blue is so pretty. Have fun with your new paints, and stay away from bread sticks :) -Terri

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As always, this is one funny and clever post. I love those lovely colors. I can see why you would, too. I'm sure we'll see more of them in the coming weeks.

Tori Beveridge said...

Love your post today. I love the colors! Gorgeous.

Jessica Sporn said...

Ant bodies, crushed worms? Really? OMG! Wonderful post as always, and beautiful illustrations. Delicious teeth breakers -- yes - that's what biscotti are, and yet I love them. Love to know what brand of watercolors those are. The colors are gorgeous. Happy PPF!

Carola Bartz said...

Your brother sounds like the younger brother of my daughter's best friend. I had to laugh about the worms on the sandwich - NICE!!! Oh, I love biscotti despite their ability to break teeth (very well put), but I also adore shortbread...

Serena Lewis said...

So, not a tea but a biscuit/shortbread...I agree, the name is quite misleading...I guess they do have tea in them tho. I must admit to not being a huge fan of plain shortbread, however, I do love Arnotts Shortbread biscuits as well as their Shortbread Creams. My sister used to also make a yummy shortbread with icing.

OH dear, that poor penny turtle!! I never had an older brother but I do have two younger ones...thankfully, they never got up to pranks.

Wonderful sketch, Trace!!

What brand are your new paints?

Christine said...

I like the name of this product...goes with tea for sure! Nice painting today Tracey!

Enejy clemens said...

I have 4 brother and they never did those things to me. They made me crazy, but not that way. ;)

Lovely painting, the colors are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and your comments in my post.
Have a great day!
Nora

Rita said...

The new paints are gorgeous and love the Biscot-tea...wish we had them here...I am also gluten free...but maybe not for long because I am seeind a homeopathic allergist who swears I will eat wheat again soon! Happy PPF!

Sharon Evans said...

The biscotti tea biscuits sound
nice, the black bits sound like the the recipe I tried the other day - coffee shortbread you used ground coffee, needless to say they were moreish. My brother used to sneak dried chillies into my sandwiches.

Nicola said...

Hi Tracey

I love how you can make everyday objects burst off the page with such personality! Those tarts look so yummy! :0)

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

I havent seen Biscot tea before but looking at your wonderful painting makes me want to go out and try some!

missy k said...

Great sketch.... I love the blue of that box and the shades of your new paints.

My brother was never that mean to me... I must remember to thank him next time I see him!!!

Have a great weekend

Karenx

Viola said...

Your drawings are so joyful to watch and here were a lot to see since last I visited your blog :)

I'm impressed! :)

Ginny said...

Love your drawing and your new paints. Such vibrant colors. I don't have a brother but my sister could be just as bad (or in retrospect) just as much fun. Now, I find my grandsons playing the same tricks on me that she did many years ago. Could it be that I am an easy mark?

Karen Smithey said...

I always laugh when I read your posts--loose food, indeed!

I agree with everyone else--love the new colors! I ordered some Daniel Smith watercolors this summer and love them!

I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your posts always bring a smile to my face. Congratulations on your feature on PPF last week. Blessings!

Linda said...

although I grew up with three younger brothers and a sister(and I escaped from home quite a bit) I'm so glad I didn't quite endure what you have!and now you can laugh about it to boot! Love your beautiful sketch-glad you 'splained the biscotea thing :) Happy PPF!

Ayala Art said...

Your brother sounds like he was a hand full hahahaha
Great illustrations!

Rita said...

My brother wouldn't have dared do anything like that to me. I was older and bigger--LOL! But he did smash a baby doll's head against the cement wall in the basement and do a few other things like that, but not much really.

That box is very deceptive. I'm glad they are good, though. I always liked shortbread. :)

Michellem said...

Neither of my brothers ever put ants in my food but they did wrestle me one night after dinner until rice came out my nose- that was gross!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

wow.. lovely colors you got. What is the brand of them? Some more great art here. I was an only child. Thank goodness..LOL HPPF

Neesie said...

Oh you've reminded me of a few big brother traumas Trace...like having a pillow placed over my face whilst he sat on me...(gasp...gasp...gulping in air!)
Phewph....but that's all in the past and hours of therapy sessions later eh?

Love the Biscot-tea illustration and those paints look good enough to eat! If you were into eating paints you understand?!?!
I think I need to get some of those...and can't wait to see what you produce with them. :D

JKW said...

I always love tea at your place, you come up with the best foods. I love your explanation of the cookies too. Yikes, no brothers here, just a sister. We have some kind of 'special' ant here this year and they are everywhere, even the cars. Yuk! Try keeping the ants out of the Sunday go to lunch at church, Yikes. Great art works again. Blessings, Janet PPF