Missing My 15 Minutes of Fame

December 28, 2012

Andy Warhol's iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans

Andy Warhol’s iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans

Seattle’s City Arts online magazine recently sponsored a contest for Andy Warhol-inspired art in conjunction with the Tacoma Art Museum‘s current exhibition, “Flowers for Tacoma.”  I entered two pieces, each playing off the pop art image of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans.  Instead of the Campbell’s soup can found in our mothers’ pantries, I featured a more contemporary everyday icon, the ubiquitous Starbucks coffee cup.

My entries did not win a prize, but I had fun executing my pop art vision.  Here are my Andy Warhol-inspired creations:

Collage of Starbucks coffee cups with pop art effect

Collage of Starbucks coffee cups with pop art effect

Watercolor sketch of iconic Starbucks coffee cup

Watercolor sketch of iconic Starbucks coffee cup

6 Responses to “Missing My 15 Minutes of Fame”

  1. Chris Says:

    Very cool! I think you should of won!!

  2. mzuritam Says:

    I love your art work! Keep it up!

  3. shoreacres Says:

    I’m really fond of the watercolor. I laughed at this post, thanks to my aunt’s Christmas gift. I happen to like the Starbuck’s lady (or whatever she is – more about that later) but I noticed something funny about the Starbuck’s cup my aunt sent along with some of their coffee. The logo is on the outside of the cup, so the person drinking never sees it. It’s visible to everyone else – in short, its primary purpose is advertising, not decoration for the pleasure of the person consuming the beverage.


    My little search to find out about the “lady” led me to this page, which is very interesting. You probably know all this, being from the area, but I didn’t have a clue, especially about the early logo. And I never had come up against a two-tailed mermaid. The addendae to the original post are interesting, too, especially the note from an original designer.

  4. shoreacres Says:

    What fun to see this post again, and to enjoy the tale of the birth of “my” cup — which still adorns my kitchen wall!

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