Morning Light

Glass Of Tea Morning Light Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Tea” today, I made a quick little sketch of my glass that was sitting near a window this morning. I love the light as the sun rises and makes everything sparkle in our kitchen. Or, I should truly say Philippe’s kitchen as I’m rubbish at all things related to cooking. The light is particularly welcome on Sunday mornings, reminding me there’s still one blissful day left of the weekend. I’d actually made this tea to drink last night and totally forgot about it. Still, it was the perfect model for the sketch today so everything worked out wonderfully. I love the colors of tea and the translucency makes it such a wonderful candidate for a watercolor. This, with the blue sky we had today made for a nice reflection in the glass. I’m still drinking hot tea, though, as the weather has warmed some, but there’s still a remarkable chill in the air. A warm glass of tea is just the right addition to days like this one.

Actually, yesterday Philippe made us some spicy hot chocolate which was a wonderful thing indeed. We haven’t had hot chocolate much this winter as it’s been rather mild in comparison to some and snow is usually the trigger that reminds us. Now, of course, I’m just ready for spring hurry up and come so the flowers will return. We looked at seeds while at the store today, but I’ve no idea yet if we’ll get inspired to make flower pots this year. Truly, I’m actually looking forward to daylight savings time to return so we can get our longer days back. Though I don’t like losing an hour of my weekend, of course. I find the sun so rejuvenating and don’t realize until winter starts to leave just how much I miss days filled with mostly sun. Our dog Phineas is quite the sun worshipper, so he’s likely the most excited in the family. I’m excited for both him and us since he gets a little sir crazy in the winter. In spring and summer he’s just sitting out on the terrace, sometimes until after the sun goes down entirely.

Lately, it feels like the weekends are going by way too quickly. I could have used an entire extra day to get caught up on relaxing. Oh, I did two loads of laundry so I wasn’t a complete loaf, but I made sure I spent as much time as I could loafing around this weekend. I’ve got quite a lot of work to get caught up on in the next few days, so this was the weekend to prepare by taking time to recharge. And even though it left me with precious little time to sketch, I had a ton of fun making this one, because I didn’t have time to think about it. Or, indeed to overthink about it. I just had to jump in and start splashing color and hope for the best. This is when watercolor gets really fun and intuitive. Granted, my way of doing it has many shortcuts, and lacks much of the traditional approach. Even when I have the time, I still lack the patience. But, my art habit is not one built on technique as much as just a love of playing and coloring. Now, as I’m finishing up this little post, Philippe is beginning a documentary entirely devoted to black pepper, so I know all is right with the world. And tomorrow, I’ll be so excited for another day to try once more as I’m once again greeted by that wonderful morning light.

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35 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    Fantastic use of color! Yes to Daylight Savings Time!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah… so ready for more sunlight!!

  2. Laura Hale 8 months ago

    Mmmmm—, hot tea, cheerful sunshine and beautiful art!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 What more could we ever want! hehe

  3. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 8 months ago

    I love the fabulous colors!!! You captured the sunshine!!!! I am so ready for Spring time but we get the sun and the clouds and the snow playing together a lot right now. lol 🙂

  4. Karen Fortier 8 months ago

    Wonderful Charlie and quick sketches are sometimes the best! I have mixed emotions about daylight savings time. It isn’t as hard to loose the hour now that I am retired and it is nicer to have it light longer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕Yeah, I just wish daylight savings didn’t exist at all. Not sure that it’s remotely necessary. Not even farmers like it!

  5. Zertab Quaderi 8 months ago

    Lovely colors and play with light and shadows!

  6. LoriCtoo 8 months ago

    Sunshine, warmer days……ugh! I was reminded all day yesterday how much I am not ready for Spring. We worked in the yard all day. It is too early! Normally the only thing I do this time of year is prune the roses. We filled up our recycle, our neighbors and two smaller cans. It’s been a warm winter and the weeds have had a ball! I’ve been cheated out of a winter and your little cup of tea is so inviting regardless. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I can boldly talk about spring because we don’t have a yard! Though Philippe wants one someday (he’ll be in charge of it entirely, if so! I’m a city kid!).

      • LoriCtoo 8 months ago

        You know, when you get a yard 90% of it will be vegetables and fruits. Thanks to your chef hubby. 😉 You’ll still be summoned out there to help, guaranteed! hahaha!

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          Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

          Yeah, it’s going to be a small house because I demanded the cost of full professional landscaping and gardening to be included… just in case. 😉

  7. Lisa 8 months ago

    It was wonderful here too, I went out on the front deck for a couple of minutes and noticed a tiny bit of green peeking out of the ground. It was one of my day lilies getting brave. Of course we are supposed to have a snow storm Tuesday and Wednesday, so I’m not celebrating too much, but still, nice to see.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Yeah, I’ve seen a few brave things peeking out here as well. And yep… snow in the forecast still though! 😉

  8. Gary Middleton 8 months ago

    Beautiful light in the painting. Like you I’m looking forward to the clocks going forward, because I get to do some gardening when I get in from work.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Awesome! Yeah, I really don’t realize how much I miss the longer days until they come back!

  9. Cathy France 8 months ago

    Bonjour, j’adore vous lire, regarder vos oeuvres aussi, c’est évident, mais vous lire !!!!! vous devez avoir une chaîne de télévision française, ou plusieurs, car – je crois que nous avons presque une journée d’écart – nous avions le reportage sur le poivre, comme quoi, il servait de monnaie à la place de l’argent, oui, j’adore vous lire – Cathy de France en Picardie

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Merci, Cathy! 😃💕 Yeah, we get some French shows as well as British shows. I only catch bits of pieces of the French, so I don’t always remember everything that happens in those. 😊 hihi… So thrilled you enjoy these posts!

  10. Cathy France 8 months ago

    je crois que la traduction est très très mauvaise – à moins que Philippe vous lise le français …. ?? moi, parfois, quand je lis vos textes, çà donne d’étranges phrases amusantes, mal traduites

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Actually I can’t get him to read them to me, but I can generally read French fine. It’s just speaking that confuses me! 😊lol 😉

  11. Mary Roff 8 months ago

    Wonderful cup of tea! Love the colors in the reflections and yay to more Sun filled hours in the day!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, bring on that sun! I’ve missed it!

  12. Fatima Chamkha 8 months ago

    Lovely reflections of light and colors!

  13. shawnthompsonart 8 months ago

    You really captured the light on the tea cup/ shadow very well! I can even see magenta and yellows in the shadow of the cup.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Shawn! 😃💕 Yeah, I realized using more colors for shadows and glass just always works better. Looks more realistic somehow even if the colors aren’t exactly what was there.

  14. Susan Masters 8 months ago

    Fantastic

  15. Priscilla DeConti 8 months ago

    Love the way you can paint glass havent gotten there yet. I wholeheartedly agree..although a mild winter I am sooooooooooooo ready for spring and daylight savings time…give me sun!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕I just use lots of contrast for glass… I like the sparkle! And yay for spring!

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    You’re so good at painting shadows and reflections, Charlie, and you did yourself proud with this beautiful cup of tea. Lovely composition, perfect colors, a feeling of serenity. We’re noticing the longer days already – the sun rises earlier, sets later. I should get more done, but then there’s a cup of tea, and the comfy chair by the window.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 I love getting lost in shadows and reflections… it’s like a second world to discover and paint. And yeah, I’m so happy for the longer days. But I’m still a bit in my winter hibernation mode! 😊hehe

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