Poled wall hanging, pencil sketches, tea and cake

Lately, I’ve been drawing and sketching in and out of cafes while also working on a separate publishing contract. It helps with the thought processes as the drawing has nothing to do with the publishing deal!

First of all, I checked out the array of cakes, patisseries and other yummy morsels, opted for a slice of carrot cake, then selected my drink. I chose a medio Cappuccino as I thought that would be plenty for the time I planned to stay in the cafe – my new work station (Husband has taken up the largest table in the house for stitching leather).

Two hours and a couple of doodles later, I ordered a pot of tea ( being typically British and not at home, the brew came in a teapot rather than me dunking a teabag a few times into a mug). I noticed bubbles forming on the surface in the shape of a heart with a shadow underneath the brown liquid. I placed the cup of my tea on the table, grabbed my notepad and doodled the cup, albeit on lined paper and no coloured pencils to hand.

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I refilled my cup with now cold tea 😦 and returned to the publishing work, which progressed well. Meanwhile I had a commission to do – a wall hanging weighted by two poles. I’d already stitched the tunnels for the poles to go through at the top and bottom of some canvas and needed some inspiration … cakes!

Hands are, I think notoriously tricky to draw and my commission piece needed not one, but two hands. I sketched a hand while in the cafe, for inspiration.

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There is also the dilemma of whether to add colour or not, particularly when working with fabric and you’ve already spent time stitching and hemming. I think I’ve added just the right amount of colour.
The phrase I used to accompany my drawing appropriately fits: ‘A Balanced Diet is a Cake in Each Hand’

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