Poster Image

Coffee In Hand


Item#: 2020SYR03

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Coffee In Hand

poster information


Coffee in hand, I
watch the sun dance through the trees.
I drink in birdsong.

This year's theme of “healthy living” piqued my interest and challenged my imagination! How do you condense lifestyle choices that reflect physical, emotional and spiritual well being into a haiku! There are so many ways to enjoy healthy living in CNY — we walk, run, lift weights, practice yoga and play sports; we sing, dance, play an instrument and listen to music; we write poetry, go to a play, paint canvases and putter in the garden; we cook up a storm, we eat, drink and gather with friends!

One way I enjoy healthy living is by keeping my morning routine as simple and as nourishing as time allows. Finding balance and comfort in a good cup of coffee ensures a good day ahead at the office. Come summertime, when I can take my coffee outside on the back deck, there is nothing better than watching the birds as they gather at the birdfeeder or feeling the warmth of the sun on my face all the while drinking in the sounds of the world coming awake around me.

The haiku I chose was appealing because it elicits feelings of a beautiful summer day in Syracuse. Sipping warm coffee with the sun on my face and listening to the birds outside sounded like food for the soul. I love animals, so I knew I wanted to include a variety of bird species, as well as a furry companion for the woman in the window to add to the “cozy home” feeling that I was intending for this piece. I researched birds to represent the different species properly, and the dog is modeled after the Labrador my husband grew up with named Luke. I want the illustration to evoke feelings of calm, warm comfort and happiness.

The sun is such an important part of our health, whether we realize it or not. We should always make time to get a little sun on our faces, even when it seems to be hiding in the winter. Taking a moment to relax with a warm drink, enjoying the quiet, or some nice music, goes a long way towards wellness.