Last week I decided to use (and sketch) one cup only – my Old Country Roses cup by Royal Albert.
The week before I had really enjoyed doing this sketch of it while enjoying a yummy slice of Lemon Drizzle cake (on a Royal Albert) from my local cafe Goodfields Eatery.
It’s a very popular pattern and for good reason… it’s very pretty with a lovely rich combination of colours and I knew that I wouldn’t get bored sketching it! The goal for the week was to see how experimental my sketching would get. I didn’t quite achieve what I was hoping for (maybe a second week is needed – ha!) but I did have a lot of fun.
Tuesday: A watery start to the challenge… using a combination of my 1/2 inch 772 and a Casaneo 480 brush. I’m always trying to push the boundaries of working wet-in-wet and describing the pattern as loosely as I can. I have no desire to sketch the roses and every leaf neatly.
A spread that I worked on for 3 days… and it includes some colour swatches and a neat (for me) side view of the cup. This is a good example of what I do when I make a very obvious mistake… accept it and have a little laugh at myself.
Wednesday: More crazy wet-in-wet but this time I pulled out my watercolour pencils as well.
Friday: Using a small dagger (3/8 inch) is working well for me at the moment… but looking at this sketch now I think it needed a little work (at the time) with the shadow wash. But hey, I do these sketches in only a few minutes while drinking my tea and rarely touch them afterwards… so this will stay as it is.
Saturday: An extremely quick and loose version…
Monday: This morning I did my cup sketch for yesterday… and now I’m thinking about what to use and sketch this week.
Well, that was a lot of fun… even though each sketch felt as if it was a different adventure, the end results are all similar. Despite my comment above about a second week, I’m not going to continue with this cup. I need a change!
And finally, thanks for all your suggestions on possible themes last week. I’m probably going to have a non-pressure theme-free week this week as we enter our 8th week of lockdown. But I hope to get back to ‘themes’ soon.
Also… I’ve still been sketching through Palladio’s villas at a consistent rate and will update you on that on Wednesday.
What fun! Loved reading about the different brushes you used and the various experiments. Of course your style shines through! I so enjoy your tea cups!
Wednesday’s is my favorite. That touch of watercolor pencil just lifts the artwork.
Whew! Long lock down. We could come to that quickly here in the Midwest (Michigan.) We all gotta hang in!
Thanks Wanda…and yes, just got to hang in there!
What are the 2 new colors in your testing palette?
Hi Maria – mentioned in abbreviated form on the page… so a little cryptic perhaps 🙂 They are New Gamboge and Perylene Maroon. Useful for this pattern
I LOVE the side view of the cup! This is my favorite spread!
It is also one of my favourite spreads of tea cup paintings. I love the colour and also the cake slice is so well captured that I feel like having a slice too.
Last weekend, one of my friends visiting with her mum sketched one of her cups because she felt so inspired by your series of cups ?
Hi Frannie (the cake was good!!!)thanks for sharing about your friend – so nice!
I sent this to my Mom. She knew the pattern and loved your sketches!
Hi Kimberley – that’s sweet! thanks!
Love the spread with the side view. It’s my favourite 🙂
Perylene maroon is one of my favourite colours. So useful.
What type\size brush is the Casaneo 480? I googled but didn’t have any luck.
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