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Monday, August 31, 2015

Coffee and Strawberries

 
Coffee and Strawberries,24" x 18" on canvas.

It's Strawberry season again! I love strawberries. I think they are the prettiest of all the fruits (until cherry season. Then they are the prettiest fruit)

The coffee pot is a 19th century family  heirloom which has been past down to me.  I chose this subject because I like painting reflections in silver.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

No Man's Girl - Cowgirls!

 
No Man’s Girl ,oil on canvas, 30″ x 40"
 
You gotta love Cowgirls! The title comes from the pulp fiction book cover in the background. Red is my favorite color and this painting has plenty of it!

The painting includes vintage ceramic cowgirls, a dog (or is it a coyote?) cactus, a six-shooter and an Indian blanket to keep the cowgirl warm at night.
You gotta love Cowgirls! The title comes from the pulp fiction book cover in the background. Red is my favorite color and this painting has plenty of it!

The painting includes vintage ceramic cowgirls, a dog (or is it a coyote?) cactus, a six-shooter and an Indian blanket to keep the cowgirl warm at night.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cherry Turnover


Cherry Turnover, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 
I love to paint pastry. I love to eat pastry. A marriage made in heaven.

The flaky pastry and the red cherries provide the perfect contrast against the antique bone china and the linen napkin.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Wings Like a Dove


Wings Like a Dove,  oil on board , 9″ x 12″

The painting is light reflecting through a transparent glass dove. It is surrounded by colored marbles.   I loved painting the light on the glass and the reflections on the surface

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last of the Mohicans

 
Last of the Mohicans, oil on board , 9″ x 12″

The vintage American Indian ceramic figurines are shown with several antique books.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the Wind


In The Wind, oil on cradled board, 20 x 16

This is a Trompe L'oeil painting. Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye", pronounced [tʁɔ̃p lœj]) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

The 'frame', (not a real frame but painted onto the board) encircles a photo of an early aviatrix, an airmail envelope, parts from aviation games and more.

This painting will be included in the Traveling the West art show in Dallas later this year. More info to come about this show. Stay tuned.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summerfall

 
Summerfall, 36" x 30", oil on canvas

Summerfall is another of my contemporary realism oil paintings featuring my vintage toys and ceramics. The main figure is the Indian Princess marionette, Winterspring Summerfall, from the Howdy Doody television show. Also included is a vintage scarf, a chalk figure (the kind you used to be able to win at carnivals) and a mule from an 1800’s mechanical toy.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Batman Puzzle

 
Batman Puzzle, 30 x 36, oil on linen
 
Basic puzzle:  pieces are intended to be put together in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution.

British engraver and mapmaker, John Spilsbury, created the first jigsaw puzzle in 1700 when he mounted a map on a sheet of wood which he then sawed around each individual country.  Spilsbury used his product to aid in teaching geography.

My Batman Puzzle was manufactured by Milton Bradley in 1966.

The Batman Cookies (also a puzzle since they are pieces put together in a logical way) were baked by me last week.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Licorice Allsorts




Licorice Allsorts, oil on cradled board, 16 x 20 

I love licorice! Any kind, any where, any time. Allsorts is my favorite. Not only is it tasty but it's also beautiful. It's truly Eye Candy.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Dentist

 
The Dentist, oil on board, 10 x 8

Welcome to my Vintage Card Game Series of paintings. These are small, fun trompe l'oeil oil paintings of  cards from vintage games.

My first offering is The Dentist from the 1938 game 'Who is the Thief'.

Note: No vintage card was harmed in the making of this painting. I scan my cards and print them on card stock. I them take the print and rip, smudge, stomp and tape to give them the Character that I want.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Corny Cowboy by K Henderson

 
Corny Cowboy, 10 x 8, oil on board
 
This is the second  in my most recent Old Maid Cards trilogy. The theme of these three is Cowboys and Indians.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Detective World

 
Detective World, 24 x 18, oil on linen

If you follow my artwork, you know that I collect Stuff to use as subjects for my paintings. I love 'Hardboiled' Detective pulp fiction and magazines. I love the men of action, femme fatales and witty dialogue. And the covers could be quite titillating. As I was planning a painting featuring a 1940's Detective Magazine I remembered the days when Risque publications were sent in Plain Brown Wrappers (are they still sent that way?) Ah! A new painting series is born.

This is the first in my Plain Brown Wrappers series. This Detective World from 1947 peeks out of the torn brown paper tied up in string.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Buck Rogers Crayon Ship


 
Buck Rogers Crayon Ship, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board

I enjoyed painting my Felix the Cat pencil box so much that I went looking for more pencil boxes. Buck Rogers Crayon Ship caught my eye because of the bright colors and, well, it's really cool!

I'll be creating another painting using this box because it has great graphics on the back, too. The 'chalk drawings' (yes, these are painted with oil paint) are also based on the graphics from this box.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Robot Sam The Answer Man

 
Robot Sam The Answer Man, 36 x 30, oil on linen

Here's my most recent Vintage Game oil painting. Robot Sam is an electric quiz game made by Jacmar Mfg. Company in 1954. It's a battery operated game with question and answer cards. You touch a wired probe to the question and try to match the answer using the second probe . If you answer correctly a small light glows.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunday Drive

 
Sunday Drive, 30 x 40, oil on linen
 
Toys! I love them. This Sunday Drive of the future includes tin rocket ships, robots, a poster from Forbidden Planet and an alien landscape. The rocks are all from my yard.

This is another in my Flight series

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Go Fish

 
Go Fish, 10 x 8, oil on board

I was digging through my card games with the intention of painting a Superman Card Box when I came across this great, vintage 1951 Go Fish game. I love the wear and tear on this box and the happy face of the fish.

Superman will have to wait for another day.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Case of the Drowning Duck



 The Case of the Drowning Duck, 24 x 18, oil on linen



The Case of the Drowning Duck was written by Erle Stanley Gardner in 1942. I love the title of the book. It's about "a chemist who drowns ducks and becomes a murder suspect.".

The Book Cover Woman looks like she's trying to claw he way out of her Plain Brown Wrapper.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Steve Scott Space Scout


Steve Scott Space Scout, 24 x 48,  oil on linen

Space Exploration. It was a busy time in the 1950's and our pop culture reflected it.

1952 -- Two Capuchin monkeys, Pat and Mike, and a pair of mice successfully recovered following a flight to 36 miles launched from Holloman Air Force Base.

 In this game Commander Steve Scott assigns his young Space Scouts exciting missions into outer space. The players  scout the universe, report on conditions, maintain outpost and police the planets.

The players must execute the orders as outlined on their Interplanetary Assignment Cards in addition to instructions on the Rocket Speed Indicator. The first player to complete his mission is the winner of the game.

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