Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hand # 5

 
How do you like your coffee?  Gwen Buchanan


The Turks have a saying...

" Coffee should be Black as Hell, 
Strong as Death and
 Sweet as Love"


 ... I like mine with Foamed milk and Chocolate shavings... 
...a morning Ritual ...


 It got me thinking...
about how many people are taking part in this same morning ritual worldwide... 
...we are doing it Together... but separately,  in different places..  
and as a continual wave as the world rotates...
it's a huge communal Earthly coming together... even if we drink it all by ourselves. 



6" x 10", 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper, india ink, conte, brush, pen
...found a set of 4 of these heavy pottery blue and white mugs at a favourite thrift shop in Saint John last Fall.

...created at Desideratum Art and Jewelry Studio, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada

22 comments:

VioletSky said...

I will think of you when I drink my morning brew
(black, medium roast)

Gwen Buchanan said...

... And me, you. Thanks.

Arija said...

Latvians have the same saying as the turks.

Love your drawings . . . will come and visit properly when we return from the far north of our state at the end of the month.

Hugs . . . Arija

Oldfool said...

I have my morning ritual every morning. After I rinse the dead mouse and chicken feathers from my mouth I put on the kettle to heat and pour a shot of cold brewed thick black coffee. Almost every time as I bring the cup to my mouth I think that there are millions of people doing the exact same thing at the exact same moment. I dismiss it immediately as it is entirely too heavy a brain fart to have so early.

Linda H said...

I like mine with cream and a bit of cinnamon sugar...

pRiyA said...

Another challenging portion, those knuckles...it has been done so well, especially the placing of highlights at the right parts which can make or break a picture.
Love the quote too.

I've just finished drinking South Indian Filter coffee with milk, no sugar and am checking my email and blogroll.

Lucille said...

I have one cup of coffee each day. I will raise my blue mug to you this morning. Foamed milk, but hold the chocolate curls. I have been enjoying your hands series very much.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Arija, have a most wonderful trip, take your time and enjoy yourself. xoxo

OF, Ahhh, "cold brewed THICK black coffee", sounds slightly medicinal.... mine most often ends up cold but I drink it anyway. the boost is still there. cheers.

Linda, Yummm, "cinnamon sugar and cream" sounds delicious ... I'm going to try it.

Thank you Priya, This one got a little darker than I had initially intended but I just kept on experimenting with it anyway. Life is just one big experiment.

Thanks Lucille, Clink to your blue mug!! I should probably skip the choc. curls too 'cause they almost always end up at the bottom of the mug.

Jacky said...

I love this hand with the mug....I have the occasional cappucino, but am more a tea person. Love French Earl Grey (actually sipping a cup whilst at the computer).

Nice mug! They were a great thrift shop find.

Jacky xox

ArtPropelled said...

I drink mine with foamed milk (Love cappucino!)and would like to try A cuppa Strong-as-death-and-sweet-as-love. Your painting is very inspiring .... and now I am dying for a cuppa coffee but daren't otherwise I won't sleep a wink. Coffee after 2.00 keeps me up all night.

Guillaume said...

I love this Turkish saying... but I don't like coffee. I love this hand though, it looks sinister. Like the hand of a James Bond villain drinking tea (somehow I imagine it more as a tea mugh).

Marie Alton said...

Hi Gwen ... it's uncanny ... and so true that this morning ritual is a common one world-wide!

I take mine straight up...black no sugar. Time was when I used to love it "double - double" ... then I went on one particular diet ... doc said I could have coffee ... just as long as it was black! OK. Never went back.

Very much enjoying your exploration of Hands ... and of course all the added musings!
Hugs ... Marie

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Love this series of hands; so much is revealed in a hand! I appreciate the way your mind works making connections and connections and more connections, like a web of life, ever growing and expanding, so fascinating.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Jacky, I love the Bergamot fragrance of Earl Gray ... one of my favourite teas.. I never realized there was a French type.

Thanks Robyn, I know exactly what you mean.. unless I plan on staying up late after midnight working on a project, I usually don't have strong coffee after 3:00 in the afternoon.

Thanks Guillaume, I love your adventurous imagination.. I did another version of this drawing in crosshatch that I'm going to post later in the series and I'll dedicate it to Tea.

Hi Marie, thank you, i should have my coffee black without sugar, it would be better for me. it would take me a while to get used to it though.. as soon as they stop making sugar and milk, I'll do it!!

Thank you Carol, it was a lot of fun to do them.. your expression the "web of Life" is a great description for hands too, with the many little lines and wrinkles they contain.. like little maps.

louciao said...

What a delightful thought, all of us drinking our coffees together, but all by ourselves, in different places. Made me laugh aloud. I'm already looking forward to my cup of joe with you tomorrow morning! I like a dark Italian blend with just a hint of milky cloud cover. But I certainly wouldn't say "Non, grazie," if it was served up with foam and chocolate curls. Do you have a "sacred" mug for your morning ritual? Is the one pictured your regular? Is it unique or part of a set? I like that good strong hold you have on it. Yes, I could say you've really got a handle on the hand drawing.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Loucia0, you always make me laugh.. You should really have a weekly column and get paid for your spontaneity and creative humour.
I was thinking of you when I drank my foamy coffee this morning.. have you had yours yet!!
We make our first cup of the day in a little Moka pot and since it is not as big as we would really like we have two sets of smaller size mugs we use that holds the fragrant coffee and the milk and the Parings off the chunk of chocolate just right...

and yes, this drawing is of one of the mugs we use. the other set has polka-dots.

Tracy said...

Oh, I love the quote... and having had real Turkish coffee a few times, it is powerful stuff! I like you morning brew and in this great mug. this composition is wonderful, Gwen...a day-in-the-life kind of moment. :o) Happy Week ((HUGS))

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hey Tracy, it's the middle of the afternoon here now and the sun is shining and its warm outside but I have to finish a dozen pr. of my new designs (when I would rather be outside with the lovely weather..) time for another mug to keep me where I have to be, at the moment.. Thanks for dropping by!

Shelley said...

Love this! Very well done my dear.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Shelley, hope graduation is going well.

pauline said...

Gwen, this is so beautiful and so poetic. Really. The idea of the whole world coming together in something as simple as a morning ritual. You gave me food for thought today. THank you. xoxo
ps: there's that ring again... LOVE the painting.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Pauline. I've learned that certain Human rituals are a way of creating order.. or maybe a base for routine in a good way.