Tea for Three or The Rummage Sale

Tea for Three 7-24-13 lo-res

Tea for Three

6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) – oil on gessobord – SOLD

This little painting started last summer at a rummage sale at a church down the block. I always go and always get some great props there. That time I found 3 mismatched cups with their saucers. Mismatched and all, they still worked together very well, probably being from the same era. I asked the lady to keep them for me so I could pay for everything together and went to a books section.

When I returned to pay for them, there was Father John, the Rector of the church, standing there with these cups in his hands, and the lady explaining to him that the cups were put aside for someone else. Oops!! I don’t belong to this church, but I know Father John (and his schnauzer), just like you know people in the neighborhood. I almost had him sit for a portrait for me. Besides I did not want the wrath of God on my head… you never know 🙂 … So I said – please Father John, have these cups. And he said – no, no, you got them first! And we went on like that – back and forth – for a while, but in the end I got the cups.

Every time I look at them I feel a little guilty, but not too much. After all I did get them first. And nothing bad has happened to me either – Father John really is a nice guy :).


  1. eightdecades July 25, 2013

    What a beautiful little painting, with a great story. I think father John would love a print of these and the story as a remark. Perhaps instead of the wrath of God you have been blessed.
    Nice posting!

    • Alex Zonis July 26, 2013

      Thank you, eightdecades! Great idea about the print, I will do this – thanks!

  2. What a wonderful story! Maybe you can gift him a print of this lovely painting. 🙂

    • Alex Zonis July 26, 2013

      I love the idea about the print, someone else suggested it too! I will do it! Thanks, Enzie!

  3. Jana Bouc July 25, 2013

    Beautiful painting with such a lively composition!

    • Alex Zonis July 26, 2013

      Thank you, Jana! Appreciate it!

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