Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cuban Tobacco Flowers


Meet my Muse for my T-Shirt Project.


Isn't she the cutest?

I was asked by a friend to create an image for a T-Shirt.  Her cigar store was out of T-Shirts and she wanted new shirts with a new image.  She brought me this adorable Cuban figurine as inspiration.  She liked this figurine (isn't she the cutest?) and had the idea of a cigar smoking woman in the tobacco fields for the image on her t-shirts. 

We agreed the cigar and the derrière had to be large.

I looked at a lot of photos of Cuban tobacco fields, tobacco plants, Cuban cigars, and women smoking cigars in Havana, Cuba.  (Thank you Pinterest and Instagram.)

I did several prototype paintings. You can see the one selected on the t-shirt below. I got very attached to these ladies as I was painting them.  I call them Tobacco Flowers.

Cigar City USA is located in Mallory Square in Old Town Key West
Cigar City USA
410 Wall St.
Key West, Florida
Click HERE to visit their web page

Hen Party
above t-shirt
acrylic 14"x11"
$295 framed
©Maggie Ruley 2015

Chit Chat
acrylic 14"x11"
$295 framed
©Maggie Ruley


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Maggie Ruley is a studio artist living in Key West, Florida. 
Her colorful paintings and tropical pottery are collected world wide and can be found in many island homes. She has been featured in the Key West Citizen,
the New York Daily News , and other publications.
Her handmade ceramic flip flops have been sold in gift shops all along the east coast and in California and Hawaii.
 Her studio and gallery is located in the historic Seaport area of Old Town Key West.
Maggie Ruley~Island Inspirations
933b Fleming St.
Key West Florida 33042

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