Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Darjeeling

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week where the theme is "A Cup of Tea".
I must confess I am a total 'coffee' person, but I do love the idea of the ceremony/ritual that surrounds tea. Tea comes from exotic, mysterious, artful places. It takes time to prepare, savor and complete a tea ceremony- which has enjoyed a huge revival in the past 5 years. So many wonderful blends are available now and I have bought a lot of pretty packages filled with wondrous descriptions of ingredients....but alas I have drank very little.
I bought a beautiful clear teapot where you drop this strange looking dried up pod into the pot, add boiling water and voila- a beautiful pot of herbal tea and I have lots of cute tea sets from Chinatown (that look great but are seldom used). But, with all of this attraction to tea ( and its acoutrements) I still return to coffee; hot, hi-octaine and fast to get me going!
I created this digital collage (with all of that pretty packaging in mind) from a photo of one of my own inherited teacups along with labels and photos of spices that I own- I'm thinking Darjeeling spiced Chai while I relax amidst the verdant beauty of an Indian garden courtyard.......sounds great huh!

42 comments:

  1. I'm with you on the tea thing. I just tried a month off of coffee for an experiment ( now I'm back to it). I agree with you that the tea is so much more artful. I like what you did with the images here. She looks so graceful yet strong sitting in that cup.


    Kim

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  2. Yes, it does sound great! I love your collage too!! I'm a little of both--a good cup of coffee and a good cup of tea!

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  3. Bonsoir Lori!
    Pour moi, rien ne vaut une bonne tasse de thé! (ou deux ! :-) !). surtout dans la jolie tasse que vous présentez sur votre collage !
    Comme vous , j'ai une quantité de variétés de thé , mais personnellement , je les utilise toutes !
    Votre très joli collage , me donne envie d'aller vite me préparer une grande tasse de thé !
    Amicalement mary.kg

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  4. Gorgeous Lori,love the girl in the teacup!!
    I'll admit I'm a total tea freak lol,gave up coffee when I was pregnant with my eldest(she's 15),smell of it still makes me feel sick lol!!
    Jayne x

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  5. It's coffee in the morning for me - and lots of it. But in the afternoon, I must have my tea! Using your tea cup as a focal point in this piece was a wonderful decision. Another stunning creation, Lori! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  6. This collage is too funny, Lori. I just joined the Tuesday Tea gals this week, and when I saw the name of your post, I thought you had, too. Of course, this digital mastery is so superb, and it sure is "my cup of tea."

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  7. Beautiful, evocative and mysterious. I do understand the attraction to tea, although I can't drink it at all, except a few herbal kinds.
    Your collage is wonderful.

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  8. i love, love, love your collage! it's great....even though you are a coffee person, so am I btw....you have captured the passion behind the ritual of afternoon tea!!!

    well done! hurray for digital art!

    ciao bella
    carmelina

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  9. I am just wild about your art, everytime! I am so glad to know this beauty and your world a little better. Blessings and light, Amy

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  10. Pour me a cup of Darjeeling will you and pass me a piece of that delicious shortbread...
    What a delightful piece Lori.

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  11. Really beautiful, Lori. I just love the digital art.

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  12. Your piece is sooooooooooo dreamy, Lori! Lovely, lovely work, Lori!

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  13. I love that fanstasic digital collage. It's a funny and mystical creation at once.
    Hugs Anja

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  14. gorgeous collage , all the chinese elements and the cup is wonderful

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  15. oh me too Lori!!! I love good coffee...but I also have my tea moments too....This piece is gorgeous!!! wonderful work Lori!!!

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  16. Stunning spicy colours, Lori, superb piece!

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  17. Lori, your picture is stunningly beautiful and your writing about tea and its ceremonies is so insightful and interesting. I am a great tea drinker (hot,strong, plain Indian or Ceylon, no mamby pamby scented oils added) as most Australians are. I think it is probably our national drink!

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  18. It's absolutely beautiful! I am very much a tea person and drink it all day. I have a collection of tea pots from family heirlooms to mid-century modern to yixing (purple clay from one specific area of China) to contemporary... It has a good amount of caffeine and it has lots of antioxidents!

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  19. Oh Chai tea...I do love that! But I too am a coffee lover. My personal addiction, Cafe Mocha...yummy! What a beautiful piece of art you've created here Lori, just glorious in color & texture.
    Smiles,
    Susie

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  20. Stunning work...and Chai tea, doesn't get any better than this, Lori! Bravo! LynnF

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  21. Just so mysterious, a wonderful creation!!!!

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  22. Oh darlin Lori, I know just what you mean about coffee! I love it...It's the first thing I think of in the morning when I enter the kitchen...and I like to think that I make a dam fine coffee too! Come on over and have one with me! Now, the artpiece, I like it...I like the girl rising out of the cup...and you know I think Darjeeling would be an interesting first name for a girl...quite elegant...mysterious...and could be shortened to Darl!

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  23. Yummy collage work!!! I'm a coffee drinker too...trying to drink green tea these days,just wish I enjoyed it more!
    Love this one Lori!

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  24. OMG this is really really beautifl.
    Your digiatl work is absolutely unique Lori. Love it.

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  25. she really looks relaxed! maybe i should change coffee for tea...

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  26. As a total tea freak myself - this is just perfection; and I have been lucky enough to enjoy a delicious cup of tea on the lawns of a Maharajah's palace in India!

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  27. This is my favorite of your collages so far. I like the fact that you used items from your own life and incorporated them into the theme. I also love your description of tea and tea-times. Very lovely.

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  28. Very beautiful, Lori ! I like those colors and that dreamy atmosphere...

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  29. This is so beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! Btw I prefer coffee too :)

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  30. Lori; this is so beautiful - just gorgeous!

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  31. This has a wonderful exotic feel - absolutely beautiful! Cheers!

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  32. Oh now this is absolutely scrumptious Lori and so beautifully crafted. Take a bow my friend.

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  33. That is one gorgeous and exotic cup of tea you've created! A BIG WOW!
    oxo

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  34. Hi Lori,
    such a great piece, awesome!
    Debby

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  35. Lori, you have created a wonderful exotic piece! And your thoughts about tea and tea ceremonies were interesting to read. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

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  36. This looks like something that would hang on a museum wall! Absolutely stunning!

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  37. gorgeous artwork..she's very beautiful!

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  38. Hi Lori, Thanks for finding my quilt! I love your collage work and your musings about tea. Great choice - Darjeeling is such a wonderful tea! ~Sharon

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  39. Fantastic work and effects Lori! Its a wonderful artwork.

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