November 16, 2011

Homer Laughlin's Vintage Fiesta Juice Tumblers

I'm working on another painting but this one was up in my studio and calling my name...  I had set it aside to study it - something just didn't look quite right to me.  I decided to pick it up this morning and finish it.

Another painting inspired by Homer Laughlin's Vintage Fiesta line, this is of three vintage juice tumblers produced only during the years of 1940-1943 as promotional pieces.   Shown here are the original Fiesta Yellow,  Uranium Red, and Turquoise Blue.   They are in remarkable condition.  I really enjoy having the Fiesta line of dishes around.  Their bright cheery colors make me smile.


Oil on linen canvas - 12x16 

November 9, 2011

A Fall Pear and Grapes

I'm getting back to painting after a very emotional few weeks.  My Mom passed away.  I'll miss her very much - I already do.

Painting is not only a passion for me - it's a major diversion.  I can sit at the easel for hours on end and completely loose track of time.    This used to scare me - but now,  I treasure the gift and embrase it.

I painted a carafe  with grapes a few weeks ago as a study and feel the grapes lacked depth.  I may rework them and post it later.

Here is my latest - A Fall Pear and Grapes.   I really liked the fact that this painting has all three types (and colors) of grapes...  I also love the new color I've added to my palette - Olive Green...  The pear and grapes are painted life size - canvas size is 8x10.