As we close out the week and head into the weekend, it’s time for a nice spot of tea.I jumped to 4 colors for this one, choosing Pyrrol Red, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Though I’ve moved on to other brands of teas in reality, I decided to doodlewash a mug of the Lipton tea I remember from childhood. In fact, this was the only brand of tea that I ever encountered until I was an adult, so it sort of became synomous with tea. Later, I would learn that there are apparently thousands of varieties and people who would consider themselves connoisseurs, thinking this mass-produced version was pure rubbish. Absolutely everything in my suburban American childhood was mass-produced. Back then, it wasn’t about being uncommon, it was taking comfort in knowing everyone was using the exact same tried and true things the magazines told you to use.
Today, I’m overwhelmed walking into a Teavana store to discover loose tea and various contraptions with which to brew it. These places are meant to woo you over to a more complex and expensive way to enjoy tea, but I was just left dumdfounded. After trying various varieties, I felt like I’d consumed every one of the dried plants on earth and was no longer able to discern the difference. After this particular shopping trip, Philippe and I left with a tiny portion of tea and a half price carafe that was far too simple to ever sell very well in a store like that. We still use it and love it, but bastardize it daily by dropping a couple lovely mass-produced tea bags in, rather than scraping pricey loose bits into a tea ball. Suffice to say, we are not connoisseurs when it comes to tea. But we still enjoy a cup every evening before bed.
There’s only two more days left for World Watercolor Month and only one if you’re in Australia and other places. It’s been such an incredible month, that it’s sad to see it end, but it’s not really ending as we’ll all be continuing to paint and make lovely things in the months ahead. I hope everyone who has participated in this historic month’s challenge has had a lot of fun. Even though I was already painting daily, to do it with thousands of friends around the world is a new thrill entirely! Thanks so much for everyone who’s played along this month and I hope you’ll keep those brushes wet as we head into August! I’ll be announcing a new theme this weekend for anyone who wants to play along. I hope you will. Art is always way more fun with friends.