Illustration Friday- Simple


acrylic on canvas paper

When I saw the topic for this week I thought, Oh this will be easy– I’ll just do a quick painting of a tea cup! Sure it started out simple, but before you knew it, there were layers after layers of paint, texture, then more layers. THEN, I had scanned it to the computer adding words to the image in a steam pattern and messed around with several different fonts, colors and so on. A few hours later I realized it had not been so simple after all. So, I scrapped all the wording and just went with the cup. It is very typical for me to turn a simple project into hours of hogwash!

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29 Responses to Illustration Friday- Simple

  1. valgalart says:

    yes, it is funny the way that happens! simple is deceptive!!! This is so beautiful, simple or not!

  2. Ellen says:

    Oh what a wonderful job you did though. It was worth it!

  3. Detlef says:

    very nice, so it wasn’t time wasted…simply well spent.

  4. miragee says:

    Oh this is so beautiful. The green tea reminds me of the Japanese tea. I love it!

  5. carla says:

    Simple is a deceptive term, I think! I love the way this turned out, and I think I like that you don’t have the words. It looks very calm and relaxing…as if I could sit down and take a sip. I love the colors and the strokes.

  6. alexa says:

    Sometimes it is the simple things that take the longest…The result is so worth it, though. Wow! This is a stunning piece. The colors alone are so amazing. The composition gathers strength from its simplicity. I love it!
    Your blog seems really interesting…I will bookmark it for more visits. 🙂

  7. shoofly says:

    A cup of tea is pretty simple! I really like how this turned out….would love to see how it looked with all of the extras you put in it! You should post it too!

  8. kaya says:

    this is beautiful and unique, the texture is nice and it is simple, warm and inviting.

  9. Aravis says:

    It’s really lovely in the end. The colors are beautiful and I like the texture provided by the brush strokes.

  10. Caroline says:

    Beautiful! I could look at that cup of hogwash anytime 😉

    And I agree that simple is not easy…. or necessarily fast either.

  11. Manuela says:

    Like the blue and the scratch 😀
    Which tea is it ?
    I think Mint tea I like that
    or also green leaf the that also Have a nice flavor 😀

  12. bron says:

    All that work paid off. Most people may not notice by I noticed how your ellipses in the cup and saucer are both accurately drawn. Nice work!

  13. Jeannine says:

    I love the colors you used and the imagery and the texture in the background is very nice. I would like to see it with the swirled words too. 🙂

  14. Shano says:

    Very nice. Simple, but it does look complex! (I do the same thing.)

  15. Queen Tut says:

    Ahaha, finally I am able to visit your site! I love the contrast of red table and white cup. The white cup is beautiful!

  16. velvet says:

    nice and simple. wondered what the words were tho.. and looks like a cup of green tea to me. i love green tea 8)

  17. trophiogrande says:

    I like at work when my someone has me complete a drawing for them and they comment how simple and easy it will be for me…HAHA!

  18. This is well worth the “simple” time you put in! Very striking, the colors and shapes work well!

  19. Maria says:

    Hi. Your colors are beautiful both in the picture, and your blog banner also!!

  20. amy says:

    Whether or not the process was simple, the outcome is lovely.

  21. Holly says:

    I love the simplicity of the cup. Well done.

  22. The Unknown says:

    Love the illo and the story of how it came about. Eek. I like to do the same thing.

  23. catnapping says:

    there’s something very zen about this. cool illo.

  24. 🙂 very nice illo… sure it wasn`t that simple for you:)I like your story as well.

  25. Amy Zaleski says:

    Isn’t that the way it always goes? Best intentions not to keep working on something…I’m the same way. thanks for your nice comments on my Simple Toys! Great teacup….looks very comforting!

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