I think tea is art in itself and that tea and art are a great combination. I love to see my tea. The color of the beverage is part of the whole experience. Even the look of the leaves is a sensate adventure and it is an exciting thing learning to recognize the different types of leaves. The more I know about the tea the more interesting the story becomes and I feel more a part of it. I feel that way about art too. As an artist I love the process as well as the product and love being let in on the details of someone else's work I find inspiring.
You may have already seen this but I am so jazzed by it I have to share. Canadian tea company Tealeaves and the Pantone Color Institute partnered to create an enticing interactive online exhibit where mixologists & food masters used tea and color to inspire beautiful beverage and food designs bursting with visual power. It is called "Palette for your Palate". The great beauty of connection that is the internet brings the artistic experience to you. You can view the exhibit here: http://paletteforyourpalate.com/ where there are audio and video elements that take you deeper into the artistic process and creation. You can even download the recipes. Beautifully photographed and filmed it is a great treat for the eyes and the tongue if you make an item yourself or get to indulge at one of the participating locations that has an entry on its menu. Go on. Treat yourself to something gorgeous!