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Tuesday Tea Time

Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Tea for two and love that’s true. Today’s cup is a continuation of my geometric cup series.
“Lovebirds”, digital illustration

Hey, Stella!

Recently I was researching some images of Frank Stella’s paintings to show my students in the Fundamentals of Design class I am teaching this quarter. His work is inspiring to me and I thought I would pay him homage as part of my geometric tea cup series. His work is large and measures by the foot, my image above is small and measured in inches. We both love color.

“Stella Homage – Tea with Lemon”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

I have been teaching at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City recently. Last quarter I taught Color Theory and thoroughly enjoyed it. And, I got to know a good group of students in the process. Color is definitely a passion of mine so teaching about the various aspects of color, it’s impact and influence, and each of the useful color harmonies was a pleasure. Hence the inspiration for today’s color wheel cup with it’s gray scale “steam.”
 “Color Wheel Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

According to the dictionary, the word “and” connects — as in: along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover. Tea connects too — as in: sip to sip; thought to thought; person to person. Today’s cup ponders the word “and” in the form of a steaming ampersand. So I suggest having a cup of tea, together or along with someone else, and in addition to conversation, besides connecting, you might also enjoy some company, moreover a pleasant interlude…and who knows what else.

“& Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Today’s cup is a continuation of my geometric cup series. The color combination of purple and green is always a favorite of mine.

“Purple & Green Striped Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

A busy schedule has me a little under water…so today’s cup is just a sketch on some cardboard with colored pencils. I do like it though…more later.

Tuesday Tea Time

I have been illustrating a lot of food these past few months and it’s showing up in my tea cup series. Today’s cup features some cheery cherries. I love eating cherries and am reminded of a delicious three cherry tart I made using dried, fresh and brandied cherries. But they’re also just a fresh sweet treat at tea time, plain and simple like my image above.
“Cup Pot & Cherries”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

It is midsummer and on morning walks through the neighborhood I see flowers blooming, bees hovering around the lavender going from blossom to blossom, robins with red breasts on green lawns listening intently for worms, and an occasional butterfly airily fluttering by. Today’s cup is inspired by all of that, and also the volunteer purple flowers growing next to our driveway…I have turned them into curving vines lyrically uplifting the cup into a summer reverie.
“Flower Vine Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Over the weekend we went to a going away party for an artist friend who is off to graduate school. The party was hosted by two other artist friends who are also musicians. Their other musician friends brought along their good voices and instruments–mainly of the string variety–mandolin, bass and various guitars among them. So, not only was the evening filled with good food and friends but a good jam session of live music, which inspired me to create this week’s teacup.
“Guitar Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

This past holiday weekend we traveled to Southern Utah and spent time with friends. I brought along my watercolor travel set, thinking I would have plenty of time to paint, but mostly I relaxed happily with my companions. We enjoyed a charming small town parade, cooked together and ate delicious meals, hiked in the desert and saw Native American petroglyphs on red rock canyon walls. The desert cacti were in bloom and the plants and trees were bright green. I did manage to paint this small watercolor of a leafy teacup on some 4 x 6 inch Arches postcard paper. Isn’t it great how getting away from your everyday routine and environment enlivens and refreshes? Even though it was just a few days, it felt so much longer.