Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

Here it is, about done. I'm not calling it finished this afternoon. Must sleep on it tonight and think it over in the morning.

As I was working on this, I remembered two of the early jobs I had in my adult life. The first one was as the sign designer for W.T. Grant Co in Quincy, IL. I made all the 'sale' signs (using pen and ink!) These were used at the end-caps of the merchandise. Now I remember just how tedious that was....so exacting. Thought of that as I was doing the details of the cigar box.

The next position that came to mind was as Advertising and Display Manager for J.C. Penney. I was responsible for creating displays in the four large windows of the store, create the advertisements each week for the local newspaper, create in-store displays in various departments, and once again, make the sale signs for the store. This time I had a printing press and those beautiful numbers and letters which you see occasionally in antique stores....so much easier to use! Once again, I was playing with letters and numbers.

Not sure of a title yet. Possibly Three pears and a Lemon. Not very creative...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Only had half a day to work this snowy day. It was spent adding 108 years of age to the cigar box lid! Still more to do to it, layering so many tiny touch of color, while being very careful not to lift off previous layers. What fun.

Friday, January 27, 2017

I was away from the studio much of yesterday, but this morning...progress has been good.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 25
It took me most of the morning to get the drawing onto the watercolor paper. Now the fun has begun...playing with color. This one might be titled, 'One Lemon', or possibly 'A Sour Note'....or something totally different. Titles seem to work their way into being as the works progress.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017
It's done! I'm sure that you are aware of my attention to details. As I was completing the background, lace tablecloth, I realized that I was putting too much detail in that area and needed to back off. The center of attention is the broken bowel and it's broken content of eggs. So I lifted off some of the crochet detailing and now I am calling it finished.

What's next? Check back soon to find out.

Monday, January 23, 2017

It's very close to being completed! Still have detailing to do in the tablecloth and the wood of the table.....and a few touches in the bowl. Check back tomorrow.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Getting close to being done. mostly background things to complete.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017
Here is another progress image. There is so much detailing to do. My goal is to make the objects I paint, look as real as possible. That means capturing the very tiny and subtle variations of colors and shapes.

The bowl was a gift from my youngest daughter. As she was wrapping it, to ship to Michigan, she dropped and broke it. Sadly she called to tell me what a wonderful gift it would have been......
I encouraged her to send it anyway, and what a delight it has been! This broken bowl has inspired many new painting ideas which would never have come to me if it had not been dropped. Oh, what a happy accident! Oh, what a beautiful gift! Thanks Penny.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017
Started a new painting last Monday. It's of a broken Flo-blue bowl. I used it a few years ago for a painting called BROKEN. This one will be BROKEN #2. Check back in a day or two for progress image.