Cuppa Tea Time: Broken resolution

November 30, 2016 | 20 Comments


Earlier in the year I decided to work through my teacup collection and not sketch the same teacup twice.

Well I have broken this resolution a few times and last week’s cuppa sketch was one of those occasions. You can see the whole collection here.

Anyway, this is just a very quick loose sketch of one of my favourites from my Royal Albert 100 years set called 1910s Duchess.

I have been strangely remiss in my teacup sketching this year and my coffee sketch to tea sketch ratio is probably about 10:1. Is that a sign of how busy things have been, or a shift in my focus? Hmmm…

I need to get cracking if I want to sketch my entire collection this year. Do you think I should try and achieve this goal or just admit defeat?



  • Linley George - November 30, 2016 reply

    Carry on and don't give up! What a beautiful collection of watercolours you will have !!!

  • Antje - November 30, 2016 reply

    Carry on, if you can and stop if you're running out of energy. Your sketches of teacups would make a lovely postcard set! I'd buy one ;)

    • Carole Jurack - November 30, 2016 reply

      That's a brilliant idea! Think I might do that myself ... I don't have 100 teacups but hey ...

  • Cheryl Wright - November 30, 2016 reply

    Carry on bravely Liz. Keeping trying to achieve your cuppa sketch goal.

  • Azzu - November 30, 2016 reply

    I just love your cuppa tea sketches. They are so inspiring! Carry on Liz, we are with you ;)

  • Karen Baldry - November 30, 2016 reply

    Please take up the challenge, I love your teacup sketches

  • Carole Jurack - November 30, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz ... your teacups are an inspiration. Don't kill yourself though. Maybe a cup a month? Maybe you're drinking more coffee these days. I liked the idea about teacup postcards! Great idea!!! Going to 3 holiday teas this year and taking my camera!!! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  • Carmel Campbell - November 30, 2016 reply

    Carry on. Just do what you can, and before you know it, you will have completed the collection.

  • Keren Duchan - November 30, 2016 reply

    I think it's good to challenge yourself, as a way of driving yourself, but if there are other things driving you like urban sketching and Journaling, I don't see why you need to stick to something if it doesn't give you joy to do it. Does it give you joy to draw your teacups?

  • Anna Jones - November 30, 2016 reply

    Don't admit defeat! Your teacup sketches are so beautiful.

  • Philippa Granwal - November 30, 2016 reply

    Don't admit defeat just defer success and keep ondrawing the teacups BUT enjoy the process. You accomplish so much. Make the teacups a treat.

  • Isabel Fiadeiro - November 30, 2016 reply

    beautiful collection of cups and how wonderful the line and color. just keep at it even if you draw them over and over again they're so beautiful

  • Joan Tavolott - November 30, 2016 reply

    Go for it! I wish I had a collection to sketch, so I'll just enjoy yours.

  • Liz Steel - November 30, 2016 reply

    thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I'm going to get back to working through my teacup collection, but not put a timeline on it.

  • Julie-Anne - December 1, 2016 reply

    Never admit defeat!!!

  • Flory - December 1, 2016 reply

    Dear Liz, I don't see it as defeat if you don't meet this goal. If it causes more stress than pleasure, I see nothing wrong with stopping. Xoxo Flory

  • Jen - December 1, 2016 reply

    It was through one of your teacup sketches (posted on pinterest) that I was introduced to your blog. Love painting & collecting teacups -but I drink coffee ;). I consider it an extra special treat to enjoy one while reading your latest blog posts. And if it contains a teacup sketch...that's a bonus!

  • Anney Rehm - December 1, 2016 reply

    I say do whatever makes you happy but don't put pressure on yourself to HAVE to do your teacup collection. Do one whenever you want to and if it takes 5 yrs to complete, so be it. There is too much pressure in life to put pressure on yourself with your art which needs to be inspiring not a to do list. I just don't think you will ever give up sketching/painting your teacups so give yourself some breathing room and go with your gut on what to sketch any given day. I would hate to have you burnout on your teacups because you HAD to sketch them and get done with the collection quickly. Whats the fun in that?

  • Carol Lee Beckx - December 1, 2016 reply

    Sometimes I think we should stop and decide what are simple plans - I'd like to paint my teacup collection and what is a more serious resolution. If you think of all you've accomplished this year I think leaving a few teacups unpainted is perfectly ok, and you can give yourself a break - and a pat on the back for all the completed resolutions.

  • Savanna Ouellette - December 1, 2016 reply

    I love your teacups and your coffee glasses so drink on and paint as your are inspired!

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