As you know I’ve been doing “coffee/tea cup research” lately. Here is a recent fine artwork I just finished titled “Café Paix”. Paix is French for “peace”. I’m sure you’ll notice the cup.
Café Paix by Clancy – hand dyed paper, handmade paste paper and acrylic on cradled board
One day my sweetie and I were on a busy urban street and we ducked into a café for a late brunch. There I was enchanted by the variety of people in the café – as well as outside on the street – and I thought “How wonderful it is to live in a such cosmopolitan region!
In my head I used the word “cosmopolitan” in the sense of “at ease with many different cultures”. That dovetailed with the café menu (in front of me) which featured coffee drinks and foods from many different areas of the world. So I made notes in my pocket sketchbook.
Later when I was back at the studio I did this finished sketch – which was a preliminary study for “Café Paix”:
Pierre by Clancy (ink on handmade paper)
The sketch is currently at Caplan Art Designs http://www.caplanartdesigns.com and “Café Paix” will be there too for future exhibits after it has fully dried.
Here are a few more coffee (and tea) cups collected in my sketchbook. Will use this page as reference for future fine art pieces aka dog portraits.
Spent a self indulgent morning drinking Irish coffee and reading newspapers, magazines and books – and discussing what I read with my sweetie. Life doesn’t get better that that! I also collected the dishes. Meaning that I went through my various sketchbooks and collected drawings I’d done of coffee cups. Drawings I’d done when we went to various coffee shops or happy hours and had coffee drinks. In my fine artwork I often depict my dogs or cats drinking coffee or tea – so I thought it’d be good to have a collection of “dishes” all in one place to pull from when it’s time to make fine art.
Here’s one page of my coffee cup collection. There are many more pages filled with cups … but one page will give you the idea.
page from Sue Clancy’s sketchbook
Here below is a “raw” sketchbook page from which I collected one of the coffee cup shapes that was collected into one of my other “all cups together” sketchbook pages – but the above cups came from “raw” sketchbook pages too. I say “raw” pages because these small sketchbooks fit in my pocket and are drawn on the fly as life happens. I’ll refine them or re-draw them later.
page from Sue Clancy’s “raw” pocket sketchbook
Living here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve been fascinated with the variety of coffee drinks available as well as the kinds of cups the drinks are served in. Did you know that there are some 44 different coffee drink types? I didn’t until I started noticing. I’ve not tried them all yet but I have learned to ask my barista questions. Learned a lot that way! And of course while I’m drawing in my sketchbook I write down the recipes as told to me – and then, if I try to make it at home I’ll note in my sketchbook my favorite mix. I think of it as part of my on-going “know thyself” self-education program. The recipes make their way into my fine art too – just less obviously. Here’s my favorite recipe for Irish Coffee.
recipe for Irish Coffee made as Sue Clancy likes it