Imperial Teahouse Evening Sketch, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

Imperial Teahouse Evening Sketch, Ink & watercolor, 7x5"

The title is true: both the tea and the sketches were awkward. It was a warm November evening during our weird extended summer and the doors to the patio were open. But that didn’t diminish the smell of frying food and the annoying sound of constant chopping from the small kitchen. I totally botched the perspective when I drew the tables. The little girls look like they’re floating but they were sitting on a bench, also drawn awkwardly.

Cup of tea with lid, ink, watercolor & gouache, 7x5"

Cup of tea with lid, ink, watercolor & gouache, 7x5"

At the Imperial Tearoom, they serve the tea Gaiwan style: the loose tea floats in a cup with a lid but no handle (foreground above). To drink it, you’re supposed to tilt the lid and drink from the cup using the lid as a strainer. Awkward.

I’d recently given up caffeine so selected some sort of ginger, ginseng and weed concoction. Fortunately it tasted yucky so it didn’t matter how hard it was to drink. I was really just there to sketch, but the sketches turned out mostly yucky too. I added gouache to the teapot above at home to try to fix the anemic painting I’d done on site and to the saucer below to try to hide all the trouble I had with ellipses that night.

Tea with floaty stuff in it, ink & watercolor, 7x5"

Tea with floaty stuff in it, ink & watercolor, 7x5"

When I ordered my tea I didn’t see prices on the menu, just the teas to choose from. When I paid the bill, I discovered the stupid cup of tea cost $6.00!

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  1. I hadn’t noticed your perspective problems until you mentioned it and your ellipses look fine – certainly better than any I could do. Love your creeepy crawleys in you previous post.

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  2. I didn’t notice the perspective until you pointed it out—-my eyes were drawn to the open door and caused me to muse about how wonderful to be in a place with extended summer! (As we face the prospect of missing the family at Thanksgiving due to snow in the mountain passes). What an experience you had, all in pursuit of sketching!

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    • This extended pseudo-summer is really getting weird. Today it was warmer than many days during the summer and I sat on the patio at Peet’s coffee and sketched people who were all wearing sunglasses. With Christmas Carolers serenading us! Jana

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  3. I had to go back and look for the perspective issue also..I was struck by the colors..very nice! I also must say I like it when you share with us your difficulty painting an object. It gives me hope …I am not the only one! Thanks for painting and posting!

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    • Thanks Kari, I’m so glad you said that. It’s so tempting to hide the “failures”…er… I mean learning experiences…instead of sharing them. But I too learn from others’ struggles so I’m glad to hear it’s a little helpful, even if just to show that they don’t all turn out well. (and they don’t!!!) Jana

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  4. I love your watercolor sketches. They are full of energy and life.

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