A Hug in a Mug

There's something very reassuring about having a cup of hot tea.
Maybe it's my British upbringing or maybe it stems back to my Grandmother introducing me to tea from an early age. I remember how thrilled I was one day, when she poured a little of her tea from her china cup, into her saucer to let me take a sip.
I knew it was frowned upon and maybe that's why it tasted all the more sweeter.
I've never lost that love of tea, from my first cup in a morning brought to me by my hubby, copious amounts during the day, to my last one of the evening.
I even copied my father and put three spoonfuls of sugar in my cup in my teenage years.
Obviously, the calorie intake wasn't given a thought back then... if Dad did it... it must be right! 
I now happy to say I have no sugar... (I'm sweet enough without...haha) and haven't taken any for years.
We've travelled extensively and when living in the tropics, one of my top priorities was to take my own tea bags in my luggage.
Even though I'm a huge tea drinker, I can't seem to take to herbal or flavoured tea for some reason. I wish I could because I feel I'm missing out!
I did drink black coffee in my early working career... perhaps I needed the full hit of caffeine back then, but as soon as I became pregnant with my daughter, I had to stop... I tried to drink it after, but when pregnant with my son I had to gave it up again.
I really haven't started again since, preferring my cuppa instead.

When the #MakeArtThatSells mini assignment for last week's Bootcamp was to draw/paint anything to do with tea... I was thrilled.
The only trouble with having a topic that is a favourite, means you can be overwhelmed with all of the prospects and it took me a few days to actually start to put something down on paper.
I thought with being here in Scotland, I'd tip my cap to Scottish Blend and create a Hug in a Mug design.
I hope you like it.

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I painted the design in watercolours and then tried to use Photoshop once again to create the shadow, background, title and signature. 
Oh boy... I have such a lot to learn.
To say I'm on a steep learning curve is a slight understatement... but I'm determined to keep working in Photoshop, so that it will become second nature and not like flying an A380!
If you have any tips or helpful advice I'd be interested in hearing from you.

I hope you are having a fun weekend with plenty of tea drinking!
Thanks for visiting :D

 

 

Bootcamp... Yes Please!

I know I've been neglecting posting here over the last few months, but finally I've got some artwork to show you today.
I've enrolled for a brilliant online class with Lilla Rogers and her team over at Make Art That Sells. I've certainly found my mojo once again... thanks to the team and a brilliant special Facebook community of talented, friendly, helpful like-minded artists.
It's my first bootcamp, but I've learnt and stretched myself more during the first few weeks of this class, than I have in the last ten years of drawing/painting!
There are various courses throughout the year and I really would love to enrol for them all, but for now I'll just enjoy this one... even when it is taking me out of my comfort zone.
I also purchased Photoshop... gulp... and learning something every time I used it.
I should be able to fly an A380 by the time I know what all the bells and whistles are for. It's quite a dashboard of buttons!

To give you a little insight into the brief for last weeks assignment, it was to be allocated a nominated powerful female and design an illustration of a book that would show what might be in your bag! 
Because I'm a January birthday I was nominated Tina Fey.
I knew very little about Tina other than she did a brilliant impersonation of Sarah Palin... the American politician. So I had to research into Tina Fey's background.
I never realised that research could be such fun!

Tina is one funny, talented sassy woman... mother of two.
She's an actress, comedian, writer, and producer... oh yes and a best selling author too!
Here's my completed assignment.

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I'd love to hear what you think of it... or just to let me know you've popped by to visit.
Have a great week :D

Happy Monday... even in January!

I know to be happy on a grey, Monday in January in the middle of winter is a rare thing, but I was happy... and still am :D
I've started my new online art course and it has certainly hit my mojo button.
As I've mentioned before I was a little lost over the last few months and had virtually stopped drawing/painting completely. (Maybe missing Muffin had hit harder than I thought)
But Lilla at Make Art That Sells has reignited my passion.
This weeks assignment was right up my alley.
Drawing the contents of your bag.
It's amazing once you take a look into it, just what it can reveal about you.
So I have a few sketches of various items, but I decided to take this bottle of perfume to another level...adding colour.
The bottle is now unfortunately empty... hint hint to hubby!

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(Alien by Thierry Mugler)

I've also another reason to be happy today (well actually I've got many things to be happy and thankful for, but for this arty post lets keep it to art) and that is because I've been featured over at Paint Party Friday!
How brilliant is that?
I was so surprised as I went to catch up with the link and there was my Chef Chook! 
(There's also some cute roe deer photos included too...click here if you'd like to see)
Hardly a masterpiece, but it was the first fun piece of the year.
Something to get me back into creating art... and I'm thrilled to be highlighted.
Thank you both Eva and Kristin

I'm off to empty my bag (heaven knows what I'll find hidden in the depths) and to carry on sketching.
I think I'm getting to like this and it's a great start to the New Year.
Have fun everyone and thanks for visiting.