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Tuesday Tea Time

Tea for two? Or, maybe it’s coffee for you? Isn’t it nice to take time for a chat with a friend over a hot cup of your favorite something. I did just that the other day and felt renewed when I got to the studio. When was the last time you did that?
Today’s cup is a continuation of my geometric cup series and will be in my shop soon.
“Two Cups”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

My shop is now open on Etsy with a selection of sixteen limited edition signed prints. Included currently are food related illustrations and lots of tea cup prints—or coffee, if you prefer. The photo above shows how great they would look in a simple frame. And more of my work is coming to the shop soon!

Opening Soon!

Ever wanted to purchase a print of my art or illustration? In a few days you will be able to! I have been busily working behind the scenes preparing the images and information to open my shop on Etsy (a retail site for artists and craftspeople). For starters, my shop will offer beautiful limited edition prints that are numbered and signed by me. They are printed with archival inks on luxurious 100% cotton fine art paper. In the future I might also add small original paintings and other creations to my shop. This week there will certainly be lots of food oriented art prints for your kitchen or dining area. So get ready to shop! I’ll supply the print. You provide the frame. And voila! Your spirits and your room get a colorful lift!

Tuesday Tea Time

I just discovered the iPad app called Paper by 53 which is simple and pretty great. This was the first thing I drew using my finger. Since it happened to be a cup and saucer (surprise!) I decided to share it with you. In the app you use the accordion fold paper notebooks to sketch, draw, write down ideas, or blend watercolor with your finger.

You can add new notebooks, add pages and even customize each of your notebook covers with one of your images. The accordion fold book appeals to me because I like to paint handmade artist books that fold this way. So now I have a new digital sketchbook to work in. I can’t wait to get my stylus so I can draw with it…but my finger seems to work pretty well for a rough, quick sketch. See more about the app here.

Tuesday Tea Time

Fall is a wonderful time of year, flowers are still happily blooming in gardens, leaves are beginning to change color, and the weather cools enough to make long walks extremely pleasant. On my daily stroll through the neighborhood the other day I noticed the autumnal routine of leaves and their little twig branches beginning to fall out of the trees and all over the lawns and sidewalks. That inspired me for today’s cup and provided the materials.
“Twig Cup”, photograph

Tuesday Tea Time

Just looking at these two stacks of jaunty cups and saucers I created for today’s tea cup image puts me in a cheerful mood. And, this quote by writer George Gissing seems to say it quite well for me…
“The mere chink of cups and saucers 
tunes the mind to happy repose.”
“Stacked Cups”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Each morning during the warm weather months I take my tea and breakfast into the garden. Honeybees buzz busily from blossom to blossom, our two cats tiptoe around exploring, and birds thirst for a quick drink from our water fountain but decide to wait for a more private time. The mornings are getting a little bit cooler each day so I sit and read, write in my journal or sketch, savoring every last minute of patio time.
“Drinking Bird Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Here is a nice quote that is quite appropriate for today’s tea time image. It was written by an unknown author…short and sweet but kind of profound in a way.
Tea is a cup of life.”
“Blossom In Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

I guess I have been dreaming of warm weather lately. My recent paintings in acrylic have got me using a summery palette of colors. Today’s tea cup is my second small painting in acrylic on gessoed handmade paper…only a few more sheets left.
“Orange and Pink Cup”, acrylic on paper, 6 1/4 x 8 14/ inches

Tuesday Tea Time

The other day the air was clear and crisp. Across the valley you could see the lake and the mountains beyond. It left an impression in my mind’s eye and inspired today’s tea cup image.
“Landscape Cup”, digital illustration