Suzanne Ouellette's French Bowl for Latte Oil Painting


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We've been fans of Suzanne's simple but evocative oil paintings for years. You may remember some of her work at our gallery in Rhinebeck. This year she created a series of cups and musings that we are excited to share and offer.

H6" x W8" oil on canvas

"Pottery has been especially important to me these days, during the pandemic. The objects we have at hand have a solemnity and prominence we didn't always give them when we rushed from home to the outside world. Now, we can savor and linger over that morning coffee and make a slow ritual of tea in the afternoon. Given how much I had come to appreciate these moments with cup in hand over the last several months, it seemed right to bring them into the painting studio and do their portraits.

This white French porcelain cafe au lait cup is my favorite way of drinking a latte in the morning. There is something wonderful about having to hold both sides of the bowl, with fingers around the lions' heads and face deep in the bowl. We have collected these bowls at local estate sales and at distant flea markets in our travels. All of our bowls have been preowned and preloved.
​This object provokes so many memories. I will always remember the first time a waiter in a simple French cafe poured hot strong coffee from a pitcher in one hand while pouring hot milk from a smaller pitcher in his other hand; for me, into a bowl like this.  Coffee never tasted so good. With a marvelous baquette and un oeuf sur le plat, I thought I had gone to heaven.
     In the painting, my latte bowl sits on a favorite piece of antique French cloth from the wonderful Marston House in Vinalhaven, ME."