It’s fairly unusual for me to start drinking out of a new teacup and NOT sketch it, but that is what has happened over the last four days. But today I paused mid-morning in order to have a quiet moment enjoying my new teacup and getting it into my sketchbook.
This cup – Royal Albert Lady Carlyle pattern – was a gift from the Victorian Watercolour Society (more about my workshop and demo soon – I promise!) It’s a very sketchable design and interestingly has the same cup shape – “Malvern” – as my “Royal Albert 100 years” set. It is a little tragic that I know the name of the cup shape, isn’t it?
What is really cool about this is I can now have a tea party for 11 people and can mismatch the cups and saucers. I have never thought about drawing my teacups all mixed up…. hmm, that would be a way to extend my teacup collection even further, wouldn’t it? Ah! that brings back memories of my favourite tearoom which sadly is no longer open.
I’m sorry, I can’t mention “my favourite tearoom” without going down memory lane a little, looking at some old sketches and getting a bit emotional. The full collection of over 150 sketches done at the T2 Teahouse at Macquarie Centre can be found on Flickr here.
To go back to today’s sketch…
What can I say about it? Well, I always find that the first time I sketch a teacup I focus on getting to know the shape and the pattern. Those of you who have done my week on Sketchbook Skool Seeing will know all about how I study a pattern before I start sketching it. However, on this occasion, I just went for it! I am very keen to have another crack at it soon, however in light of a bold statement I made earlier in the year, I’m not sure what I should do… any suggestions?
Oh! this is a rambling post, isn’t it? But it feels good to get back to blogging. You know that things must be fairly hectic for me if I am quiet for over a week (even though interstate!) so it’s great to get back to my routine.
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