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Old wives tales & Teacup Inspiration

Old Wives Tales

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Old Wives Tale 60x90cm oil on canvas

Teacup Inspiration

The Teacups in this new series belonged to my Nana. She was a great inspiration to me and I’ve talked much about her before. After her passing, I inherited a beautiful set of China that had belonged to her. It was made in England about 85 years ago, It’s an unusual pale yellow colour and with flowers that stand out in relief almost like enamel. Around the same time I inherited Nana’s set I also started collecting other pieces, some on loan and some rummaged from quirky shops and antique stores.

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I had them for quite a while and used them often but at some stage my Nana’s set entered one of my dreams. Not in the sense of a narrative story but snippets of them, their colour and the flowers particularly. When I dream something, that’s when I begin to think about painting it.

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I didn’t want to paint them in a formal setting so I played with composition for a long time. I like the irreverence of stacking them and I think it allows their character to come out. I imagine that the cups have names like Betty, Lydia and Josephine. They make teas and sandwiches for the local ladies organisation and although at heart they are warm and motherly, they do like a good ol’ gossip! I expect they may have much to say about us as the hang above us on the wall.

 

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