Posts Tagged ‘milk bottles’

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3

November 9, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3 – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

I grew some Sunflowers in the garden this year. Always a treat for the many songbirds that visit. One morning, I noticed that a squirrel had damaged a stem on one of the plants. The branch drooped and the blossoms did not look to good. Decided to cut and trim the branch and bring the blossoms into the house. I figured we might get a few hours out of the group.

Within a couple hours, the blossoms were back up and looking good. I decided to use them for a painting. Started this late in the day and was unable to finish the painting. Almost wiped out the work because the blossoms were all on the same plane and facing my light source. I decided to think about it overnight.

The next day was nice and I went out to paint en plein air. It was almost two days before I was able to get back to this painting By then, time and nature intervened. The blossoms sagged a bit and gave me alternation for the design. I incorporated the changes. Happy with the outcome.

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms

June 30, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Last winter, we had a Saturday morning with nothing pressing. My spring classes were scheduled to start the next Saturday. This was a last open Saturday for a few months. We decided to visit an antiques mall near the state line. We had never been there before, but my son had written an article about the business for The Northwest Quarterly, so we decided to give a look.

Neat, clean, organized – not exactly what I was expecting. Nostalgia hit. We were constantly finding items which reminded us of such items owned by relatives or neighbors from our childhood.

Then the artists eye started to kick in. I began to see items for the interesting still life element which could be useful. I came across a couple old milk bottles and a small Mason jar of marbles and made a purchase. While the jar with marbles is yet to be utilized, I placed some artificial flowers in the small milk bottle and created this painting.

Soon after posting the images on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), I was contacted by one of the galleries which represent my work. It has recently been delivered to the gallery (Rivers End Gallery) and should find a new home soon, I hope.