Hand Painted Tea Cups by Bree Reetz

Fall is here!

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s the season of a good spicy Chai latte. Mmmm.

Speaking of lattes, I’ve got a new trio of hand painted tea cups that will be for sale at Kegs & Canvas this Thursday where I’ll be drawing at Fowlers from 5-9pm – downtown Fargo.

Hand Painted Mugs by Bree Reetz

Why hand painted tea cups? Well, product illustration and design is something that really interests me. I like to surround myself with things that make my day brighter. And some days it’s grabbing a cute tea cup out of the cupboard that does just that.

It’s not just tea cups though. It’s the fabric of your pillow case, it’s a print on your wall, it’s your shower curtain, it’s a card you picked out especially for someone, it’s your calendar, it’s your phone cover, a bumper sticker, a magnet, a temporary tattoo, the dust jacket that convinced you to buy your favorite book, and so much more. These are all every day things that can be made beautiful, whimsical, and treasured by the touch of an artist. I’d like to be that artist.

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Fargo Film Festival 2014

Fargo Film Festival Poster created by Bree Reetz

Take a moment and let me share with you, my inspiration in the creation of this piece.

This american life did a tribute episode for their friend and contributor,
David Rakoff. Since he’d appeared on the show no less than 25 times,
I was familiar with and fond of his audio presence.

But what moved me to tears, was a powerful quote from his book
“Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish” that he finished
recorded less than two weeks before he died of cancer. And I’d
encourage you to listen to that episode because the quality of his voice as
it rasps through a weary body makes this quote even more poignant
(if that’s possible)…

It was sadness that gripped him, far more than the fear

That, if facing the truth he had maybe a year.

When poetic phrases like “eyes, look your last”

Become true, all you want is to stay, to hold fast.

A new, fierce attachment to all of his world

Now pierced him, it stabbed like a diety-hurled

Lightning bolt lancing him, sent from above,

Left him giddy and tearful. It felt like young love.

He’d thought of himself as uniquely proficient

At seeing, but now that sense felt insufficient.

He wanted to grab, to posses, to devour

To eat with his eyes, how he needed that power.”

And this quote, heard on the last breaths of a dying
man really speak to me about life.

And the powerful beauty of participating in
life and the world around us.

And I felt like creating this poster for
the film festival was a great chance
to celebrate this idea,

He wanted to grab, to posses, to devour

To eat with his eyes, how he needed that power.”

This idea is important not only to artists who area creating work
that reflects their experience and perception, but to the viewers who get
to devour a look at the world through another person’s eyes as well.