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"Tea for Two" - A Holstein cow and a tortoise-shell cat having tea print by Jamie S. Perry


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I was commissioned to create a drawing celebrating a special friendship between a Holstein cow and a tortoise-shell cat. They were to be talking about anything and everything while having tea together. As I visualized my own collection of tea vessels, I asked Ms. Cat what kind of event this would be, and would they be using traditional or contemporary dishware. "I'd like it to be a traditional English High Tea," she said. The tea set I designed is adapted from a pattern in my mother's porcelain tea cup collection.

Years ago, a friend of mine and I met for lunch in San Francisco after not seeing each other in a very long time. We made a pact to wear hats, just for the fun of it. "Could these two be wearing hats?" I asked (remembering that the waiter had thanked us for wearing hats!). I was delighted when Ms. Cat handed me carte blanche in fashioning the bonnets I imagined on the heads these two gals.

My next question was about the menu: "Finger sandwiches or tea cakes?" The response was immediate and definitive: "Tea cakes!" (As a novice cook who does not bake, I managed to put on my best chef hat to help me think of delights to cater on paper.) As they say on cooking shows, "Today, I have made for you Ginger Buttercream Ribbon Cake, Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes, Banana Eclairs, and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cakes."

"Tea for Two" is a drawing about friends. Even though these two are distinctly different beings and live clearly different lives, they find that they are so alike in so many ways. They are always ready to make time for one another - to laugh together, cry, commiserate, advise or just listen - at the drop of a hat! Ms. Cat and Ms. Cow have created the kind of friendship that picks up exactly where it left off, even if much time has passed. It's the kind of friendship that will always be. It was a pleasure having tea with them...

"Tea for Two" has been released as a Giclee Reproduction, limited to only 100 prints in the edition. Each print has hand-deckled edges and measures 11" x 17", hand signed and numbered in pencil, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Please call 707-935-1334 for framing options and pricing.

"TEA FOR TWO" was a commissioned original colored pencil drawing.

© 2016 Jamie S. Perry - Artist retains all rights.

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