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?



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

  • Antje says:

    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 😉

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

  • Azzu says:

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

  • Karen Baldry says:

    Please take up the challenge, I love your teacup sketches

  • Carole Jurack says:

    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 says:

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

  • Keren Duchan says:

    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 says:

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

  • Philippa Granwal says:

    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.

  • 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

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

  • Liz Steel says:

    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 says:

    Never admit defeat!!!

  • Flory says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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?

  • 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 says:

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

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