Where do we find still life? Or fine art? Sometimes the ordinary, when examined close up, really is quite intriguing. This is one of our favorite loose leaf teas — Jasmine Downy Pearls. We first discovered it when visiting my cousin and his wife in Chicago, and since then, we’ve been hooked.
When you steep the tea, the leaves unroll and abandon their pearl form. It’s neat to watch. Almost a fine art in and of itself. Still life doesn’t have to be extraordinary to be interesting. Many of the master painters painted the ordinary for their still life fine art paintings… flower arrangements, kitchen utensils, you name it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
For us, we enjoy the simplicity of our loose leaf tea. Steeping these jasmine downy pearls is always a treat; we love to brew a pot of tea on cold evenings, or even sometimes in the morning. In case you’re wondering, nope, neither my husband nor I drink coffee. Probably a blessing; we have expensive taste… I think it’s called a “refined palate” or something, right? 🙂
Still Life + Found Art Tip:
See what you can find the beauty in today! Maybe it’s in your coffee grounds. Or in the ice that’s formed on your car windshield when you go to start the car. Minor annoyances, when looked at, in a different light; their status transforms from modern day inconvenience to found art – still life, fine art, interesting to look at. Take time to find the beauty around you. It’s there, we just sometimes forget to keep our eyes open.
- What art can you find in your house today?
- What still life is waiting on your kitchen counter?
- Is there fine art right outside your door?
Beauty is always present. Life is more pleasant when we remember to stop and look for it!