Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last assignment for Bootcamp..my "favorite" beverage, The Bellini!

July marks the last assignment for Lilla Roger's Assignment Bootcamp. We were asked to create a piece "for yourself" of your favorite beverage. Now please don't think I'm a heavy drinker, alright? My choice is truly just an ode to one of the best memories I've ever had of an amazing drink that just took me away. There are certain food or drink moments that stick with you, and this was one of them....have you ever had one of those food or drink moments? I hope so!

While in Venice, Italy with my hubby many years ago, we stumbled into Harry's Bar and ordered up the infamous Bellini. They are served in a classic tumbler, not a stem glass, and Harry's is such a tiny place that it was served without much fanfare.
We took a sip, and ahhhhh...refreshing! What a lovely not-too-sweet, not-too-dry beverage to enjoy when you've been out walking the wonderful streets and corridors of Venice. I loved it.

To commemorate that fond memory, I celebrated with some girlfriends in Vegas (also many years ago now), with Bellini's and though they were presented in stem glasses, they did a fantastic job, and I thoroughly enjoyed their version, as did my dear friend, Renee.

I really enjoyed being able to just create when the moment struck. I sketched some thumbs, then started pencil sketching the shape of the tumbler in words about the history and the instructions of how to make a Bellini. From there, I took my Vidalon Vellum pad, and placed the pencil underneath and just started inking...you can see where I veered from the sketch but that is the fun part about inking..which is just to let the pen do it's thing.

I also painted the components of the drink, but in the end just chose one of the white peaches to highlight in the composition I finalized in Photoshop. I think this is called "not quite sure what to do with these pieces parts (composition fail!), so just use one a flourish." :)

I've loved these assignments, the generous community, the inspirational posts from Lilla and Beth, and the renewed sense of discovery I have about my art path. I'm continuing on from here to try out the Global Talent Search coming up in August..and then finally the 2nd part of the Make Art That Sells course (part B) in the fall. In between these assignments, I'm rapidly trying to write more and more and sketch and work on my portfolio...long ways to go, but it's been awesome and exciting all the way through. Thanks for visiting and hope you get some time to visit all of the wonderful artwork at the gallery here!

Have a super rest of the week! ~ Shirley

8 comments:

  1. I've never tried a Bellini, but your art makes me want to! I love it.

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    1. Many thanks Laurie, that is so kind!

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  2. sounds and looks delish. I wondered what a Bellini was. Love your illo!

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    1. Thanks so much Diana! Maybe you'll get to try one sometime! :)

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  3. Your typography is really quite amazing !! well done.
    I too have never had a Bellini -time to try one ;-)

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  4. Mmmm we have also been lucky enough to sip a Bellini in Harry's bar Shirley and your gorgoeus piece of art celebrates it perfectly. The colours are just perfect and your lettering is just awesome x

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  5. Your beautiful blend of lettering is wonderful, Shirley!

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  6. Oh my! Look at all that completely wonderful lettering! Blown away. And the finished piece. Awesome! So awesome! Have a fantastic week!

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