Fall at Starbucks
This morning K and I headed to Starbucks. The air was cool and crisp and a heavy fog had settled in. Starbucks was packed with customers looking for a piping hot cup of coffee and a good newspaper to read or a friendly chat with a neighbor. Our favorite mugs were back on display and we quickly scooped up the last two and purchased them. They carry the signature Starbucks mermaid design in warm bronze and brown tones, my absolute favorite of all the Starbucks designs. Don't you just love them?
We have the taller version of this design which is great for a latte or mocha, but the shorter, more full bodied mugs are just the right size for a hot cup of chocolate. A warm respite after a busy afternoon of working on a mixture of projects.
We're making headway on the floors and are about 1/3 of the way done, yeah! Of course with any project, one leads to another and now we want to paint the kitchen. I think we'll need to take a life line and ask the audience for help with the color. I'll post photos at a later date and maybe you can help. Right now it is white and while I know this is a popular color, we need a change, even if it is a minute one. Please stay tuned!
Labels: coffee, fall, hot chocolate, mermaids, mugs, Starbucks
For Illustration Friday's "Sour." My husband and I enjoy going to our local Barnes and Noble Bookstore to read and hang out in the Starbucks coffee shop there. I always bring a sketchbook and enjoy sketching the people reading. Unfortunately, on this particular evening, the woman who I was sketching glanced up and gave me the most sour look I have ever seen. Of course I immediately stopped sketching her and she stared me down until I had to look away. I stopped sketching for a while but continued (I was halfway through my sketch!) when she wasn't looking though she kept glaring at me from time to time with eyes that looked as if they were shooting daggers.
I thought she was quite an interesting subject with her eye glass chains dangling but I fear she didn't find me as interesting. At the onset, I thought she was going to get up, lunge at me and grab my sketchbook and destroy it. It was the first time I felt like that of a protective mother bear over her cub, in this case the cub was my sketchbook which holds some of my most precious drawings. Out of respect for her discomfort, I captured only what I needed to finish and put my sketchbook away and enjoyed the rest of the evening reading with my husband.
Labels: "woman reading", Illustration Friday, journaling, Maggie Summers, sour, Starbucks
Through My Lens
My hubby recently surprised me with a new camera, the Nikon D40 and I couldn't be happier! He truly is my best friend and I am so blessed. I've completely fallen in love with this camera and on our most recent trip took 1300 photographs (I Know!). Thank you K, you are SO Awesome!
On the way back from our trip we stopped at a Starbucks in Chicago and noticed that they attached a print out of our order to our cups. I for one still prefer when they indicate my order by check marking the boxes on the side of the cup. I also prefer the original Starbucks logo in green. They've just recently started using this new brown design and it just throws me off a bit. I like the logo design, just not in all brown. Hopefully it is just a spring promo and they'll go back to the original design soon. Green works, so why mess with perfection?
I'll be posting more photos later as time permits.
Labels: Best Friend, camera, latte, Nikon, Starbucks
Back to Basics
Getting back to the basic technical skill of drawing feels so good. The way I like relax is to sketch and my favorite place to sketch people is at Starbucks, sipping a yummy hot latte, mmmmm. This was a quick 5 minute sketch to which I added some color as I loved the red sweatshirt she was wearing from Aeropostale.
I love their t-shirts too, especially this Pink Shoulder Script Baby T.
They're nice and long and go great with low riding jeans. What do you do to relax?
Labels: Aeropostale, illustration, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, sketch, Starbucks, study, university