Tea in Blue also features a Mexican glazed tile that I picked up from the Olvera Stree Market here in downtown Los Angeles and a decorative piece of fabric that I love because it reminds me of a dress that I was given as a gift from a man who sold Indian exports in Berkeley. I lived there for a few months some years ago and would bring a selection of his store merchandise to the Sausalito flea market on the sunny spring weekends.
It was a gorgeous white dress with blue patterned embroidery and a drawstring with little tinkly bells. This favorite dress traveled with me to Amsterdam and Morrocco later that year and became a part of my adventures there. I lost it afterward but it lives on in my memory with the scent of incense and the brilliant afternoon light and wind of the Mediterrean. This painting,I hope evokes the fragrance of afternoon tea, a bouquet of romance and nostalgia taking you to far away places.