Talk about whimsical!
woman in teacup

Tea and Me 

"Being in a teacup makes me think of the expression that "you are just my cup of tea." I think I was that to my mother, who was a big tea drinker.  I'm thinking of this portrait as a reminder of how regardless of our ups and downs she was my biggest fan.  It definitely brings up some tears for me."


I love the whimsy in this portrait!  Interestingly, the client is researching her family heritage at this time.  Clearly her English roots are evident in the portrait by the bone china teacup.  And I just love that when her family settled in America, it was in Baltimore and the bird on her head is a Baltimore Oriole. Who knew!   


I had a blast painting this portrait.  Unexpectedly, it was my first acrylic Soul Portrait. I find I really like working in acrylic.  It's faster, less toxic and I love the easy clean-up.  Its also more conducive to textures and mixed media which I think may be coming.  So I think it is unlikely that I'm going back to oil. But we'll see.  I'm just following my instincts. 

card sample

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