Saturday, September 30, 2017

“Manuka Slumber” from the “A Cup Of Tea & A Lie Down” series

Where it all started.... "Manuka Slumber" was the first bird I’d painted on a tea cup. 

I'd heard the saying "A cup of tea and a lie down" so I thought I would paint a wee Fantail perched on a tea cup having a wee nap. I had no idea where the saying  came from but good old Wikipedia informs me it was actually part of an Australian advertising campaign for a medicinal product containing aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine; a 'mothers little helper pill'.

I had wanted to paint a cup that was beautifully coloured and uniquely New Zealand so I adorned it with the leaves and flowers of the Manuka. As kids our weekday tablecloth at home was a heavy cotton floral one featuring Kowhai, Kaka Beak and other NZ flowers. I found one of these in an Op Shop oneday and snaffled it up in a hurry!

“Manuka Slumber”

Acrylic On Canvas
200mm X 200mm

This artwork is available now as a quality print on archival grade 310 gsm Hahnemule paper 
for $45 each plus P&P. Print measures 200mm x 200mm and is titled and signed by the artist.

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