Five cups of tea

I read “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” a number of years ago but today for some reason I thought about the title of this book. Very catchy…ya? Who are five people I want to meet with, give joy to, have a cup of tea with? Who are five people that would like to have a cup of tea with me?

Actually, I came up with five people I see often. I wonder if they’ll notice I am trying to enrich their lives, and that maybe, especially today, will they see that I love them?



"Adowa" limited edition

Throughout the nineteenth century, European countries colonized Africa, establishing puppet governments to subdue and exploit the native populations. The only moral code was greed.

One African nation resisted those who came to conquer them, and they prevailed. Ethiopia. In 1896, led by Emperor Menelik II, Ethiopian forces fought an invading force from Italy, who had recruited Eritreans to fight with them. Ethiopia triumphed at Adowa, a victory enshrined in our heritage.

I’ve produced a fine art giclee that depicts sixteen scenes from Adowa. There is Emperor Menelik II raising the green yellow red flag to signal advance; St. George blesses the Ethiopian troops; there is the assembly and the riding to battle; there is a fusillade of canons; there are clashes and advances, retreats and covering fire; the attack, and victory, review, a prayer of thanks, and celebration.

The sequence arrests; the colors shine, the art raises to the glory of the history it reflects.

The Adowa sequence attracts the visual senses and then renders the story. It entrances the viewer for an extended study and repeat visits.

The work is 22” by 28.8”. Each of the sixteen scenes is 5” x 7”. Please contact me with any questions or Here's a link to my shop:

This is museum quality Giclee on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas. Giclee is the ideal medium to reflect this story; it captures fine detail vividly; there are no color limitations’ every frame is an artwork.

I am proud of the story and proud of the art, as you will be when you hang it in your home or business.

Wishing you all a fabulous rest of this week!



Finally...My Etsy Shop

For years, I have been searching out and collecting vintage wooden boxes,
with the goal of painting them, creating works of art with our themes. I bought the first one in 1998, and painted it about a year later. I held a show about 2004, and sold most of my boxes, and it has been a slow journey to search out more boxes. Last autumn, coming back form a trip up North, I stopped at an out of the way, inconspicuous antique shop in Bishop. Prowling around, I found blue bottles and four boxes that were just what I had imagined for this project.
The proprietor had opened his shop there after thirty years of keeping a one in the Philippines, where he went to marry. He had a bushy grey mustache, and stories about blue bottles and boxes and starting a life in a hot humid place where you opened for business about seven o’clock in the evening.   

Home with my boxes, I deliberated over what to paint. I chose Theotokos Fina, the Flight into Egypt, and the Nine Saints. I like this concept, creating art today out of something first created long ago, laying one art over another, making something new out of something that someone valued decades ago.

My listing:

         Vintage wood Boxes with Hand Painted Ethiopian Folk Art by me


The Flight Into Egypt

The Nine Saints

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Click on the box to bring out the painting.


When should you take down your Christmas tree ?

Traditionally, the Christmas tree would be put up and decorated on Christmas Eve, and stay up through the 12th day of Christmas otherwise known as Epiphany.

However, it seems most people put their Christmas trees up after Thanksgiving and usually take them down after New Year's Day.

What do you think? When do you take decorations down? How long should the Christmas tree stay up? What are your Christmas Tree traditions, if any?


Ethiopian Christmas

 Also known as Liddet or Gena, (which comes from the word
 Gennana (eminent) and expresses the coming of the Lord to free mankind of its sins.)
 the holiday actually begins at sundown of the 6th of January with a night long church service.

The Gregorian calendar celebrates Christmas on the 25th of December while Ethiopian Christmas falls on January the 7th - a hot summer's day, since Ethiopia still keeps the Julian calendar, which is seven years and eight months behind Gregorian calendar.
While excitement over Christmas festivities dies down in other parts of the world in Ethiopia it is just beginning.