Painting August

This is how we do it:



Thank you!

You’ve been such a great audience!

Ooops. I think I woke up Coco and Belle — the cats who live in my workroom (because they are too ornery to let out with the other house cats).

I’m going all art journalistic on you because I’m stalling. I can’t choose my new tea! I want every tea you suggested — I even like the puns! I love Oolong Island — ha ha. I love all those Wanderers brews! I love them all! I know it was my idea, but I wish I didn’t have to choose!


8 Comments, RSS

  1. Janet August 16, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    Vivian, I have to say the watercolor of the trees in the photo is a zillion times more inviting than the photo, and the step-by-step way you did it was very interesting. In 21 minutes?? Wow. If August could look — and feel — like this in Texas, I might love it as much as you enjoy the Long Island version.

  2. Deb August 16, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Beautiful. I’ve never worked with water colors and was pondering giving it a go. Maybe this is the nudge I need to experiment.

  3. Deborah August 16, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    I love the step by step views. I would buy a book of them (like, totally).

    All along I was wondering why anyone who loves tea as much as you do would want to have just one type of tea — go for a whole line of teas/tea company.

    I’m in Victoria B.C. and THE thing to do here is have tea at the Empress Hotel, so… I’m off!

  4. Gitana August 16, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Deborah is right, the Empress Hotel is THE place for tea in Victoria, B.C.. If in Seattle you’ll want to stop in at The Queen Mary tearoom which is where my tea-loving friends often have their birthday parties. I’m wondering where do people go for really good tea when in LA, DC and NYC?

    Vivian, don’t worry about the tea contest. Who cares who the winner is when it was such fun to find out what tea names people thought up. I’ve never checked a blog just to read the comments, but this time I was always coming back to see what else your readers had suggested. Kudos for creating such a fun August online!

  5. Barbara Finwall August 17, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Even though I’m not much of a tea lover I really enjoyed reading all the clever names. You’ve got some talented readers.

    I’ve been to the Empress Hotel for tea, also. It was wonderful. We went there after Bush won his second term. We were thinking of moving out of the country. Victoria seemed like a promising place. It was too hard to leave the Southern Calif. weather, though.

    I live in a house divided, also because of cats who don’t get along.

    If you’ve got a minute could you check out my sister’s blog. It sure made me laugh and I think it might do the same for you.

  6. Nadine August 18, 2010 @ 1:16 am

    Am I the only one who noticed how the color range of the towel behind Coco and Belle complimented the color range of August? Sort of.

  7. Marina August 19, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    thankyou for the step-by-step… you have a great way of explaining everything…maybe an idea for another book?

  8. Deborah August 19, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    Nadine — I noticed the towel complement as well.

    I missed out on tea at the Empress (didn’t have a reservation) but had lunch on the veranda, which was great. The highlight of the trip was seeing orcas both coming & going — going back, the ferry was surrounded by the L pod of whales, delaying us 25 minutes. Saw a baby whale still orange from the amniotic fluid. The captain said it was an experience of a lifetime — he’d never seen a mother with a baby that young so up-close: they swam up to the boat (we were stationary).

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