I’m almost finished with my Sketchbook Skool online course, “Seeing.” It has been such fun, and I have learned a lot – and it has encouraged me to give myself permission to just draw stuff. Drawing stuff, as opposed to creating a masterpiece for exhibition, is completely absorbing and relaxing. Drawing stuff makes the world with all its insanity, both near and far, just fade into the background, like thin watercolor pigment drying on a hot summer day.
This assignment was to look at the patterns in objects (like teacups) and architecture, and to use a thumbnail to sort out the details in your head. The instructor, Liz Steele, is Australian, and tea and teacups are two of her passions. She understands a proper Devonshire tea much in the way that Americans do not. Loved her attitude!
Unfortunately my teacups were victims of downsizing, and they are now packed carefully away in boxes in the garage (or is it the attic?), waiting for the next Christmas Tea. But I do still have my favorite mugs handy, and drawing them was a trip down memory lane. Each one evokes the face of a particular person or event at a time past, and the aroma of a cup of coffee, or the taste of tea with milk and sugar. Sweet reminiscences.