Speaking of beautiful, I love busy. I love the wildly patterned backgrounds that Matisse included in his interiors, I love mosaics and heavily patterned fabrics. Wildly colored and glazed teapots are my cup of tea. I also love to limit my palette. This drawing is done in color pencil with blues, greens and yellow. And a little brown for the black and whites (cookies).
Seeking a fun project for several of my older students, I doodled a tea pot and a cup, This became the basis for a student lesson that then expanded (like tea leaves in water) to become my own series of table scenes that include pots and cups. These then expanded to include complicated backgrounds and my favorite cookies in the foreground. This project has been a great way to introduce these ideas for students, and to allow them to explore their own ideas for patterns, tea party tables, and what lies beyond. One of my favorite aspects of this project became seeing what my senior students (top age 102!) brought to their tables. Wine anyone?