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Tower of Teapots by ursulav Tower of Teapots by ursulav
I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of images that have come to me in a dream. Generally I'm suspicious of the whole concept--it's one of the oldest artistic cliches, after all, and there's something vaguely New Agey about it, and I suppose I have this vague fear that if I start waltzing around going "It came to me in a dream!" I'm starting down a road that ends with me changing my name to Starwombat and slicing off a hunk of the Astral Fruitcake.

Fortunately, it never comes up, because my dreams, while vivid and bizarre, rarely contain much paintable imagery. (Yes, I could have painted the whales exploding over Manhattan, but it would have been really unpleasant...) But every now and then, I'll wake up with the fragment of an image in my head.

I don't know why I was dreaming of towers of brightly colored teapots--I'd bought some Fiestaware the day before, maybe that was it--but the image stuck with me even after I woke up. I wonder what I was doing there...

Digital, Painter 7. Prints available in the regular size for $10, and as a limited Edition Jumbo print for $50 (edition size probably of 50, haven't quite finalized that yet.) You can order those from Red Wombat Studio at [link]
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Jerzee-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
This is delightful! Teacups would've been fun, too. I love the concept! Great colors, which is what I love about Fiestaware to begin wth! :)
Lil-InFeCtEd Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
nice..I like the idea:)
Multi-Colored-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, tea time 'extreme.'

I love teapots, they are cute and this picture is pure awesomeness. I love how colorful this is.
Solryu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
But where is the Dormouse?
mental-case19 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure which I like more the image or your words used in the description! lmao I loved your humor and such and I love the image. Although it is an older "cliche" it is still a great piece of work you have here! Curious as to whether or not you would allow me to use it in a non profit signature?
xothique Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Ohh - very nicely done! I love this!

I don't suppose you remember the ';pipes' screensaver that came with Windows, do you? I'm not even sure if it's still around - but if you watched it long enough eventually a random teapot would appear on one of the joints. And occasionally - rarer still - a coffee pot. :D
On a slightly different note - I had some Shoggoth Jasmine Tea given to me for Christmas and recognised your style straight away - it's so good to know you're doing so well. (I laughed and laughed at the Shoggoth tea. :D :D :D )
TimelessUtopia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
who cares if many of the images did come to you in dreams? it would still be just as cool... i like this!
sQuaggle Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
teapoooooots X3
Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland *gg*
I like it ^^
Starwombat XDDD
dubutterflydesign Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
v good concept :)
doodlesgurlie13 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of beauty and the beast!
galacticdragon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
My wife :iconelfvale: is an incorrigible tea drinker- she just loves this one.I think tea would be very nice with a slice of Astral Fruitcake BTW.:D That came to me in a dream, along with the platypus playing Warren Zevon tunes on his sitar.:D
Godzoro Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009

My first thought was: "Mad Tea Party!" :)
BlackErmine Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist
it makes me think to Alice or Lumière from the beauty and the beast

really wonderful ^_*
matthoworth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oscelot Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, using a new shading technique? It looks so incredibly smooth. And.. festive. ;)
madfishmonger Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
I am very much in love with tea, and this made me smile.
galefra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Fantastic concept, brilliantly done! Wonderful!
lordzasz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of the scene in The Sword in the Stone when all the pots and pans and books start to dance and pack themselves into Merlin's bag. Nicely done!
firelights Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Dr. Seuss meets Alice in Wonderland XD
Agrafkak Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That painting made into print would make a lovely tableclotch or kitchen towel.
athello Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Alice-in-Wonderland-esque. I like it though :D
Suiva Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Great picture
Hope it's okay with you, that I put your picture on my blog ( [link] )
with a link back to this page.
If not, tell my and I remove the picture^^
xenos60 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
If I had any money. I would exchange it with you for a painting of whales exploding over Manhattan.
the-wee-me Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
It's lovely, the colors are great, but the little cast-iron looking one at the bottom is my favorite.
DecoPinkDingo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
this is beautiful, i love all the colours! reminds me of something disney:heart:
DazzlinDave Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Gives me visions of a Disney movie...
Wild dreams! I have some really weird ones too, but forget them soon after waking.
I would like to see the exploding wales, morbid fascination...
like a train wreck, it's horrible but you just can't look away.
Keep up the good work!
Sapphire911 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
The music from the tea party from Alice In Wonderland popped in my head when I saw this, lol.
prbardin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Whales exploding over manhattan? You are blessed with odd and peculiar things :)
The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student Photographer
Sounds like a cool dream. Or at least, the part you remember sounds cool!
Jedi-Gemstone Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The purple/lilacy teapot towards the bottom... the plate underneath it almost looks like a tongue poking out of the teapot...
Crows Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I do love me some teapots. <3
Jaala Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
One of my best dreams had dwarfs on one side of an iron door and me and my team using a minotaur as a catapult...

one day i'm going to paint that.
PoisonPhaerie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist
Totally Alice in Wonderland.
I love it.
Not to mention you have some wicked dreams.
Raharu26 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This pic gives off a major Alice in Wonderland vibe. I love it.
wereguy2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Hah, the purple one near the bottom looks like a grumpy old man with a hooked nose :3
BurningKake Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009 I Dig your work.

whales exploding over a city sounds like something I'd dream. Heavy stuff.

This however is Fun. I approve of fun.
lackinsanity Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009   Photographer
For some reason I think of Alice In Wonderland.
ciaconna Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Love it! For inanimate objects, they have a lot of personality...
SlightlyAvocado Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
CuddlyDemon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Fiestaware is to dishes what Starbucks is to coffee--regardless of your feelings on its actual taste, it is the most addictive thing on the market.

My mom has an entire cabinet devoted solely to her Fiestaware collection, and she haunts eBay for the original colors all the time. She even has a few colors that we can't eat off of because of the paint.
darklove-lighthate Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Perhaps you were thinking of the tea-time scene with the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland? Or maybe the singing dish-ware in Beauty and the Beast?

That's what it makes me think of...
purplekittykatgal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love it!! soo many colors, all so vvid!!
i would lik to see that whale dream...but thats just me... XD
CraigInATin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
please paint the whales...please!
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
aw but mother Gaia loves you and wants you to fill your house with dragons clutching crystal orbs and rain sticks.

was the fiestaware on sale at Macy's?! WIMMEN BE SHOPPIN!
starrasberry89 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
the last dream i remember was a great chinese dragon pulling a ship across the sky and he was being really moody about and moaning that us passengers didnt give him enough gratitude
so you're not alone in the freaky dream department =]
NoctumSolaris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say, and I hope you don't mind, that it reminds me of the Sword in the Stone animated film thingy. Disney, I think? Anyway, it does so in a Very Good Way(tm) so no worries, k?
UltimateBakaNeko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
why do I have to think of alice in wonderland and some old childsbook I had? ^^
Shadsie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Now, if they're filled with all the tea in China, you'll have it made. I like how that one purple one is all sqishy, like it's made of rubber.

Others mentioned this being Disney-esque. I'm imagining them all *singing* now, like something out of "Beauty and the Beast."

I sometimes have dreams of fields of bones. Perhaps I should paint that.
MrsRiordan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
I love the Disney-esque feel this has to it. Very bright and colorful with an overall pleasant feel to it. Very good job. I should start painting from my dreams. Mine would be quite scary though. lol
swiftred Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
they're so sweet!
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