Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday sketching

. . . or just another story for Kiddo to tell about her wacky family. You see, the day before Thanksgiving we went looking for figs to make fig bread. This was inspired by our friend's recent experience eating fig bread while on one of his travels, and wanting to share this new treat with us. We located a recipe and three stores later came home with figs. They were so interesting to look at that we all decided to sketch them first, before making the bread. Meanwhile, Kiddo is patiently waiting for dinner to happen. She knows how involved we can get with our watercolor sketching.
So Kiddo finally comes into the kitchen to check on the progress of dinner and finds the adults in her life standing on chairs photographing our sketching set up, because the table was so visually interesting you know, what with all of our sketching gear, and figs, scattered about.
The table was eventually cleared, we had a lovely dinner and made the fig bread later that evening, which we thoroughly enjoyed as a breakfast treat Thanksgiving morning.
Thanksgiving day our table was in much the same state, watercolor supplies and sketchbooks about. But Kiddo kept us on task and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
The following day we were back at it again, with watercolors and sketchbooks. Holidays with family, friends, and good food (that also makes a good still life subject) is a holiday well spent.

13 comments:

Tahirih said...

great story, and great sketches! I love figs! i had my very first fresh fig off of a tree in Italy last september...what a treat! Fig bread sounds lovely:)

Alex said...

Nice of you to share the story =) I wish so that we could spend time with our family but it's just too hard considering I just started working in a new place. But next year, we'll be with our family.
Oh yeah... awesome drawings!

Shirley said...

The watercolors are fabulous!! I love the number of colors that you were able to combine.

Debo Boddiford said...

Lovely colors!
Bless your daughter...sounds like she has two eccentric artist parents who would rather sketch than eat!?!

Cathy Holtom said...

Looks great fun and the results are excellent, especially if you count the fig bread!

seesue said...

Enjoyed the pictures and your story. Your figs are rich and wonderful.

Sandra said...

I'm glad that you have your priorities in good order!!

kazumiwannabe said...

The figs paintings are gorgeous! I agree the skteching table needed to be photographed - it must be great to sketch and paint together with your husband.
I wonder whant fig bread tastes like? Must be good!

debra morris said...

Lovely sketches and great story Ann....glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

Florence's Art said...

great painting of the figs! I thought they were figs sitting on the paper in the top picture. I want to come to your house. What a neat thing to have a bunch of people interested in painting together.

raena said...

What a wonderful scene you've set and I can imagine your daughter's expression, seeing you standing in your chairs! Looks like a wonderful time and your sketches look great!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone!

phthaloblu said...

Great post. Sounds like you had a very creative and family filled holiday. Nicely done sketches, too. :)

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