Sunday, October 19, 2008

2nd in tea cup series

12 x 16

Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008

This tea cup has special meaning to me because the tea set belonged to my Mother. She passed away at the age of 40 after a long illness and I was 19 at the time.

When I was a baby, we moved to Northern Ireland where my Dad was stationed in the Navy. We lived there for about 2 1/2 years so I learned to speak with an Irish accent and dance the Irish jig (according to my parents--I don't remember it). My Mother bought this tea set while overseas so of course I cherish it very much.

Now I depend on you guys to come with suggestions for names. What do you think?


Suzanne said...

Nice to see the next in the series.
Do you still have an Irish accent.

As for names nothing is popping out of my head, so I just going with Irish Gold, no idea why, apart from your Northern Ireland experience.

Rhonda said...

Hi Suzanne,
No I don't have an Irish accent, we moved to the northern US then down south so I guess you'd say I have a Southern Accent. Do you have "southern accents" in your country?

Gina said...

This is beautiful Rhonda!..and such a sweet tea set of your Mother's..I've have a think about a title..I love Irish accents :D Gx

GMG said...

Hi Rhonda! Quite delicate! I'll join you for the cup of tea... OK, at the Big Apple! ;))
Meanwhile, Blogtrotter has a Rhapsody in Blue post!! Not many words, just the rhapsody! Enjoy!

Pat said...

Hi Rhonda

Very pretty painting! I'd call it "Afternoon Tea"

When I visited Ireland I noticed that the native Irish could hear regional accents between themselves. They'd say "Oh you're a Cork man" or You're a Dubliner." Of course I couldn't tell!

I have a definite Brooklyn accent .. I can't hide that!

FCP said...

The china looks translucent (as do the grapes) Lovely composition and sentiment behind the painting.

Paz said...

Beautiful tea set. Nice that that has a special story behind it and it's treasured.

Hmmm... I'm horrible with coming up with titles. I like the suggestions above. I'd also like a title with the word "mother" or "mom" in it...


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Beautiful painting.
I like Gina's title. Irish Accents, alluding to you Mama's love of this tea set.
How sad about losing her when both of you were so young :(

Rhonda said...

Hi all,
I've just returned from a couple of days in "The Great Smokey Mountains". They were beautiful with the trees turning different shades of gold and red. It was a motorcycle trip with my hubby and we rode 1100 miles from Monday to Thursday!

Looks like I have lots of great title suggestions for this painting. Thanks for all your input via comments and emails. I've got a little decision making to do. . .


Deborah said...

Wow, Rhonda! You and hubby are quote the adventuresome couple! Silly question...don't you get COLD?!

This is truly a beautiful teacup, especially with it's significance...a true treasure!
I think I've read your early history on the family site.

Cousin Deborah

Rhonda said...

Hi Deborah,

I had so many layers of clothing I could barely get on the bike-LOL!

I love the tea set, it's very delicate--I would be afraid to actually use them.


Paz said...

Ummm... Rhonda... You mean you don't use the cups?


Rhonda said...

Well Paz, I have to admit they're packed up with all my other pretty dishes in the attic. That's bad isn't it!

Paz said...

LOL! I would use them but that's just me. ;-)


Debbies-English-Treasures said...

What can I say...
You have S.U.R.P.R.I.S.E.D me again... with your wonderful Talent!
Debbie Moss