Suzanne Ouellette's Zen Buddhist Cup Oil Painting


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.

H8" x W6" 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.

My Zen cup. This is one of a pair of cups purchased at a marvelous pottery in the Berkshires, known for its famous kiln and for the formal tea ceremonies it hosted. I am always enchanted by the glaze on these cups. The blue is startling, but so are the many greys. This is an especially good cup for Japanese tea and any other green tea.
No cloth at all here. The cup sits on a wooden cutting board.  While working on this painting, I was also experimenting with an ochre background. I just couldn't resist the combination of yellow and blue."