458 - Irish Breakfast Tea, $650 (14" x 21")
The shape of this tea cup is inspired by one that my Mother gave me. I have always wanted to use it in a painting. I was playing with ideas about myth and symbols and thought I'd incorporate them with my tea cup. The three shamrocks are easy to recognize as as symbol for good luck. Spirals are a personal favorite and are included often in my designs. The triple spiral, or "triskel", an ancient pre-Celtic symbol for unity of mind, spirit, body (or earth, sky and water) seemed natural to include. To top of the design, I added some strips of Celtic knot; much to contemplate over a cup of Irish breakfast tea!
457 - Organic Grind Coffee Shack, $650 (14" x 21.5")
I started this painting as a watercolor and ink demonstration piece for an art organization. It features a local coffee shack called "Organic Grind". I pass by this coffee kiosk frequently as I do my morning exercise. I'm always impressed by the number of people stopping by to get coffee - at all times of the day! Its one of my favorite places in Talent, OR.
456 - Irish Maiden, $175 (10" x 7")
When creating the design for "Irish Maiden" I had a great time researching Irish myth and symbol. The clover leaf, or shamrock, is an easily recognized symbol for good luck. For the maiden's headband, I incorporated a "triskel" or triple spiral, symbolizing unit of mind, body and spirit. I braided her red hair as a nod to the beauty of Celtic knots and braids. Naturally, green needed to be the dominant color after all Ireland is the "Emerald Isle".
454 - Hang Up And Pet Me, v2, $850 (22.5"x 21")
This is a second, larger version of my cat patiently waiting for his person to "hang up and pet me". This painting is inspired by phone conversations with my youngest sister. One of her cats sits with her. I can hear the cat in the background joining in the conversation. I'm sure he needs a pet and wishes his person would quit talking!
451 - Coffee at Black Cat Café, $650 (14" x 21.5")
My three friends at the Black Cat Cafe are in their own worlds. I find it amusing how we can be together yet separated by our electronic devices. Ah, but they are enjoying a cup of coffee, with the black kitty looking on!
447 -Coffee With Cream, $175 (9.5" x 6.5")
Sometimes I just stare at my coffee. This is just such a moment. Perhaps the young woman is anticipating the delicious taste of the coffee with cream. Or, if she's like me, she is having her first cup for the day and isn't awake yet!
446 - Blondie, $175 (9" x 6")
"Blondie" is a woman of quiet determination. I like to use the Cubist device of the double face (half in profile, half facing forward) to hint at an inner and outer nature. She has a larger light side to indicate a free spirit. But, the dark side shows perhaps a toughness underneath the surface. Mostly, Blondie was fun to paint.