Saturday, February 9, 2008

Mmmmmmm .... (EDM #43 - China or ceramic)

Sometimes, a person needs color to brighten up a rather gloomy and rainy day. So I busted out my watercolors this morning to paint a cup of Japanese green tea and cookies. Admittedly, this was painted from a photo `cuz the cookies have long been eaten (so de-lish!). If you would like to know what kind they are, I drew the package here. The colors are a little more intense than the original but I quite like the result.

My lesson today is to trust my eyes. I drew out the general outlines in pencil initially and was quite pleased with the shapes. Then just before finishing, I changed the shape of the lip of the china cup `cuz it looked wonky ... only to find out that it was fine ... and it ended up misshapen! Ack! I'm learning ...

18 comments:

Karen said...

Very nice work, Joan!

Kate said...

Wow, Joan, this is really incredible! I love it! So you got more of those cookies??

Joan Y said...

Thanks Karen! It means a lot because I've always admired your watercolors!

Hi Kate! Noooo :( They're all gone. They were yummy while they lasted! Thanks for the cookies!

Donn said...

Lovely! Like the colors. And the cookies look good too....no wonder they didn't last long enough to paint!
BTW, like your pen and ink sketches. Really nice.

Laurel Neustadter said...

Very nice! The china is very convincing, and the texture on the cookies is great.

Tracy said...

oh this is wonderful!
i am useless at watercolor but i guess if i gave it more than a cursory try it might help lol... but you've got this thing DOWN missy :-) its really wonderful.
now please tell me those cookies weren't from the same bag? you cant have that much self control! they look delish :-) as far as wonky china... i dont really see it but i believe you do. i find cups, plates, saucers difficult - the shapes are hard... my right side never matches the left if you kwim... tough stuff

Anita Davies said...

Mmmmm indeed...Love the reflections on that saucer.

E-J said...

Lovely textures in your watercolour, especially the green tea - I can almost taste it (and I don't like green tea, but will forgive you since it's so beautifully painted, ha!)

suzanne said...

Wowzer, wowzer, wowzer!!!!! This is incredible! I just love it!

wagonized said...

Gosh, just like that, you whip out the watercolors and you blow us away with your talent? Holy cookies, Joan.

Jeanette said...

Fabulous painting. I've just finished browsing the tip of the iceberg of your blog and shall be back for more.

Ann said...

Oh, this is beautiful! You really got the textures, the shine of the cup and those crunchy cookies :)

JC said...

Wow, this watercolor painting is just fabulous! The intense colors give it that "impressionistic" quality, which I totally love!

Oh, and now I'm hungry for cookies! =)

Joan Y said...

Donn ... Thanks! The cookies were really good!

Laurel ... I wish I had left more white on the china to represent all the reflective surface but I guess it came out okay. Thanks!

Tracy ... I totally kwym. I tend to avoid cups and saucers for that reason. I'm trying to get over my fear ... but it is always there! LOL.

Anita ... Thanks! I'd share if you lived closer! :)

E-J ... I think you might've liked this green tea! It tastes different from the American kind :) Thanks for your comments!

Suzanne ... :) Thanks so much! Wowzer to you too! Your recent posts (hell, of the them) rock!

France ... Aw, thanks my friend!

Jeannette ... Hope to see more of ya. I visited your blog too and wow! I'll be back too. :)

Ann ... Thanks! Funny how the texture of the cookies was the greatest challenge.

Jennifer ... Thanks for the comment! Did you get your cookies?

JC said...

Hi Joan, I did indeed eat a cookie and I enjoyed each and every bite of it! =)

Serena said...

I love the green of the tea....great watercolour, Joan ~

BMoon said...

Hey Joan, This is lovely!

mrana said...

Oh Joan this is simply gorgeous! I absolutely love it!! I hope one day to be able to paint this well ... am off to catch up on the rest of your wonderful art.