The theme for this week's Illustration Friday is Yesterday. Which got me thinking about my Great Grandpa's beer stein. True confessions? Just between us friends? This isn't it. His is large and has some complicated vine patterns on it. And something in German, which I like to think is a drinking song. I haven't looked it up, because sometimes what you think will be a good laugh turns out to be sad and depressing. Like Little Brown Jug. If you don't know that one, don't look it up. It's sad and depressing. Or maybe I don't get old timey humor.
Anyway, I sketched this stein (and colored with copic markers) because it was a little less complicated. I know, I know. I'm wimpy. But you should see that thing. And I know this one is a little crooked, but I think it looks jaunty. And it's not often you get to use the word jaunty.
Anyway, Great Grandpa's beer stein sits on a shelf. And, sometimes I wonder, did it sit on a shelf in his house too? Or did he take it out and swing it around and sing fun songs while beer sloshed out the sides?
There are no nicks in it. No cracks from clanking too hard after a rousing toast. But, then again stoneware is some sturdy stuff. On the other hand the thing is huge, so if he really did fill it up, there should be a nick or too. Or, maybe Great Grandpa could hold his beer! My husband suggested that he might have used it for special occasions. I like to think he took out his stein and sat around with good friends telling stories and singing songs. Maybe the same stories they've all heard before and the songs they all love. Do you have a special glass or a special toast for the good times? Let's raise a glass, here's to yesterday!
Also linking to Sunday Sketches.