Mug of Hope: Mix-it Monthly Challenge

W14 5 3 BABCOCK CUP OF HOPE 3mix it monthlyPia Rom’s prompt this month for her challenge grabbed me immediately, though the colors for this month are not me at all!  We collect coffee mugs!  Mitchell and I have names for them — Our Happy Mug (white roosters stamped on red, Italian pottery), Our Carolina Mugs (hand-made in Carolina and we enjoyed coffee watching the sun rise together on the Carolina beaches).  Painting Deb Babcock’s HUGE mug allowed me name it, and so it will be the Mug of hope.  Indian Ink on shellac.

So. Much. Hope.  Especially today, as I have solved minor but vexing problems during journaling in the wee hours!

Why do I do challenges?  I mean, I’m an artist, and have plenty to paint.  But as I am learning watercolors, and am not quite into “realism” as an artist, I need to just keep playing around as I learn.  Challenges connect me to other artists who are also playing around, and so it is a fun way to learn / experiment / share.  I’ve made friends with other artists from all over the world through challenges!

Shortly I will announce my own challenge . . .  Stay tuned!

Deb Babcock’s pottery makes it into my sketches.  She is a painter-in-pottery, which is probably why Mitchell and I gift her mugs and cups and bowls for anniversaries!  Tell her we sent you!



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15 Responses to Mug of Hope: Mix-it Monthly Challenge

  1. Piarom says:

    Kate this cup is to eyecatching and I would love to have a drink out of it…your painting looks so close to the original, very amazing! and so lovely to see both beneath each other the painting and the cup itself 🙂 Wonderful you have a cup for Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny


  2. Vonnie says:

    You have painted a lovely warm and inviting picture. I can taste the coffee.


  3. clare says:

    fab cup and loving your drawing.


  4. susanissima says:

    Lovely work, both yours and Deb Babcock’s.


  5. Ilona says:

    Beautiful painting af a beautiful cup!
    I collect mugs/cups as well together with my husband 🙂
    I love pottery! And painting 😉


  6. sparkledaysstudio says:

    What a fabulous mug and an even more fabulous sketch of it. Happy Coffee. xox


  7. rose says:

    Deb’s pottery is beautiful and I thank you for using your mug in this image ~ it’s gorgeous (the mug *and* your painting!).


  8. Nancy B says:

    I think you did a great job painting that beautiful mug!


  9. Linda K says:

    I love that mug-and your painting of it for the MIM challenge!


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