08 July 2010

Rush and Tea

22" x 22", watercolour, 2001

The impetus behind this painting was a packet of Russian Tea a friend gave me some time before I painted this. Both reference photos were shot back in the '90s (the traffic shot is in Chicago underneath an elevated train track from my trip there in 1995).

Clever juxtaposition? Cheesy pun? You decide.

This is one of the early sketches in which I'm trying to figure out a good configuration for the separate images. This unmistakably reads as "rush and tea" vertically, but I think the inclusion of Sue's face makes the final painting more friendly and personal, especially since she's looking right at you.

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