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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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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Monday, November 28, 2016

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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Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Merry Puppet

The Merry Puppet, 20 x 40, oil on linen

The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi 1883 is one of the creepiest children's stories I've ever read. I love it!

The mild Walt Disney movie animation was released in theaters in 1940.  It was initially a box office disaster.

In 1939 Milton Bradley created this board game based on Disney's motion picture.The box top depicts images of Pinocchio and his protector Jiminy Cricket.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

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. 


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Grape and Strawberry by K Henderson

Grape and Strawberry, 16 x 20, oil on cradled board

I love peanut butter sandwiches. I eat them plain or with any kind of jam of jelly!



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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Space-O by K Henderson

 
Space - O, oil on linen, 30 x 24

Here's another painting of a Vintage 'School Crayon' box.  The boy and girl are in a Flying Saucer against a red background. These space age artists have done a great job coloring inside the lines (mostly)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rubens Crayola No. 18 by K Henderson

 
Rubens Crayola No. 18, 18 x 24, oil on cradled board

 I have a few boxes of Rubens Crayola and this one is the oldest. Although I don't know the exact date of this box, the Rubens No. 18 (my box only has 17 crayolas) first came out in 1905.

The Rubens Crayola line, started in 1903 was directly targeted at artists and designed to compete with the Raphael brand of crayons from Europe.

I love the picture of Peter Paul Rubens and the filigree. The paper wrap on each crayon also has the word 'Rubens' and the face of  Ruben although he is facing towards the right instead of the left as on the box. These vintage crayons are over 100 years old and  in great shape. 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grand Adventure

Grand Adventure, 36 x 36, oil on linen

This painting composition created itself. I have been wanting to use some of my vintage suitcases in a painting for quite some time but couldn't get excited about any of the ideas I was coming up with.

I had these three cases stacked on a table and one morning I just happen to glance at them while the sun was coming up and shining through the window. The sun created the perfect light and dark contrast, the background looked to be a dark sienna. I grabbed my camera and quickly took several reference photos.

Detail


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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Perfect Mason by K Henderson

A Perfect Mason, 30" x 30", oil on canvas
I've painted several small Coca Cola paintings this year and decided to create a larger Coke painting. My vintage Coke Bottle is joined by an Atlas Mason and a Ball Perfect Mason jar.

Yikes! This painting was a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be. The raised letters on each of the bottles required shadows and highlights on each of them.

The patina on the Zinc lid  added a contrast to the colorful shiny glass.


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Double Sealed

 
Double Sealed, 24 x 12, oil on cradled board

This is from my series "Toys in a Box" . I was interested in this composition because of the contrasts in the painting: the light and the dark, the shiny metallic seal and the flat surface of the wooden seal. One seal in confined in the box and the other is free with the floating ball.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Felix Paints En Plein Air by K Henderson

Felix Paints En Plein Air, 18 x 24, oil on cradled board

This vintage box of colored pencils makes me smile. It shows Felix the Wonderful Cat feverishly painting En Plein Air.

In this painting the box of pencils is surrounded by coloring book images that any cat would love : a cat friend, a mouse and and fish

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Case of the Sulky Girl


 
The Case of the Sulky Girl, 24 x 18, oil on linen

The Case of the Sulky Girl is  Erle Stanley Gardner's second Perry Mason novel. It was written in 1933.

I loved painting the packing tape on this painting. And if you look close on the painting you will see that all the Plain Brown Wrapper packages are addressed to fictitious detectives. This one is address to Miles Archer, Sam Spade's partner. (Sorry, you can't see it is this detail)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I See by Your Outfit

I See by Your Outfit, 30 x 20, oil on canvas
The title of this painting comes from a line in the song "Cowboy's Lament": I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy

This Trompe L'Oeil painting has everything you need to be a cowboy (or cowgirl). First, you have your fringed shirt with a sheriff's badge. Add your boots, gloves and a scarf signed by the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers. You can't go anywhere without your horse,your six shooter and favorite Dime Novel. Take along your pardner, Howdy Doody, and you're ready to hit the trail. Yee Haw!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Orbit Space Game by K Henderson

Orbit, 20 x 30, oil on linen

Here's my latest Trompe L'oeil painting in my Vintage Board Game series. This game was manufactured by Parker Brothers in 1959.

My Orbit game is in pretty good shape. Fortunately, I have 2 very beat up Monopoly games that I used for inspiration for the tape, dents and dings.


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Monday, August 1, 2016

Tek-No-Krazy by K. Henderson

Tek-No-Krazy, 30 x 30, oil on linen

Here's another game that I had to paint once I saw it. The game is small, about 8" x 8" and I thought it deserved to be seen BIG.

I'm not sure of the exact date this game came on the scene but, obviously, it was when we were still in awe of outer space, robots and flying saucers. Some of us still are.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Red Globe II - K. Henderson Still Life


 
Red Globe II, oil on linen, 30 x 30 

Stripes and silver and red: My favorites! I've been working on this painting, off and on, for a while now and I'm pleased with the results.

 The still life had a brass goblet which you don't see. The gold reflections still remain in the bowl adding additional color and design.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Flyers

The Flyers, 12 x 12, oil on canvas 
I love old books! I buy them at library book sales, thrift stores, get them as gifts or pick then up where ever I can find them. I love them in pristine condition or old and torn. This book, The Flyers by George Barr McCutcheon, was published in 1907 and was read by many at the Muskogee, OK, Public Library before it was retired and purchased by me about 15 years ago.

Don't you love the little portrait on the cover? It's a separate print pasted to the blue, embossed cloth cover.

This Trompe L'oeil is from my series of Flight Themed paintings.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

One Eyed Jack

 
One Eyed Jack, 8 x 10, oil on board

I've  created  a similar painting to this and I enjoyed painting it so I decided to revisit the subject. These are some vintage toys from my collection. Wooden Blocks, spinning tops, playing cards, chess, and marbles are all toys or games that have been played with by many generations of children.


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Flight of the Bumble Bee, 12 x 12. oil on cradled board

Yes, I know these are Honey Bees and not Bumble Bees but I like the title. And it fits in my my current Flight Themed paintings.

My favorite playing cards are the Jokers because they are so varied and this one with the bee is one of my favorites.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here, 14 x 11, oil on board
This Trompe L'oeil painting is all about 'Having a wonderful Time, wish you were here'.
A hula girl, postcard of a tropical beach, a candy palm tree and a cookie airplane all sum up that summer holiday.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ace 92


                                                    Ace 92, 12 x 12, oil on cradled board.




This is for all my fellow Bee Lovers

This is another card Trompe L'Oeil painting. It has the Ace of Spades from the Bee Brand deck of cards with bumble bees.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Wonderful Cat

 
Wonderful Cat, 18 x 24, oil on cradled board 
 
I came across this Felix the Cat Crayon Box  while engaged in my never ending search for vintage toys. The colors of the box and the pencils screamed out "Paint Me!" so I did. I don't know if any of the pencils are original to the box but I don't really care.

This Trompe  L'oeil shows a box of colored pencils manufactured by the American Lead Pencil Company. These were called School Crayon Boxes although these are obviously pencils. Felix the Cat is painting up a storm!

By the way, Felix is one old cat! He first appeared around 1919 and is still going strong!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Foiled Again by K Henderson

Foiled Again, 40 x 30, oil on linen


What can I say? This is a painting of stacked cookies and their reflection.

I love those windmill cookies, don't you? Yum!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

It was Neither More Nor Less Than a Pig

It was Neither More Nor Less Than a Pig, 18 x 24, oil on cradled board
 The title comes from a line in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The white porcelain was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. And the chocolate pig is living in my freezer. I don't have the heart to eat him after he put in such hard work as a model.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Baked Goods


 
Baked Goods, 24 x 30, oil on linen

I love this vintage Bakery box. I who doesn't love pastries?

It was hard to decide which kind of pastry to include since all pastry is wonderful. I decided on Berliners (bismarcks, jelly donuts, Pączki, what do you call them?) I also included a favorite knife and linen napkin.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With a Cherry on Top

With a Cherry on Top, 10 x 8, oil on board

I wanted to create a fairly simple painting and so I chose another Chocolate Tart image. Who can resist chocolate with whipped cream and a cherry on top?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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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Monday, July 18, 2016

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.

The Dentist is 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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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fortune Telling Cat by K. Henderson

Fortune Telling Cat, 24 x 30, oil on canvas

Who can resist a cat that can tell the future? I really like these vintage fortune telling cards because they look like they were hand painted.

The Black Cat is against a green background, winking as though he holds all your secrets in his hand.

The transparent tape keeps the box together.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Flight ~ Old Maid Card

 
Flight , 10 x 8, oil on board
 
This Trompe L'Oeil painting is from My Old Maid Series

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Key to the Future



Key to the Future, 12 x 12, oil on cradled board

This small Trompe L'Oeil focuses on the Tarot's High Priestess. She is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Also included are a Key (key to knowledge) and an Owl's feather (symbol of wisdom)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

One Fish, Two Fish

One Fish Two Fish, 30 x 36, oil on linen

This painting is from my Stripes series. The black and white striped fabric, red cranberry glass and glass fish are on a reflective surface

The title is , of course, from Dr. Suess' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Red and Green - Candy Cane Painting by K Henderson

Red and Green, 30 x 40, oil on linen

I had a great time painting this photorealism still life. The striped background with the red and green striped candy and glass atlas jars along with their reflections was a wonderful challenge. I'm pleased with the results.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Music Box

 
Music Box, 10 x 8, oil on cradled board

I love vintage tin wind-up toys. This cheery little big was begging to be painting. He looks ready to great the spring day emerging from the cigar box into the morning light.

This is from my continuing series 'Toys in a Box'

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Reflections in Red

 
Reflections in Red, 24 x 24, oil on canvas

This is another painting in my Stripes series. It features vintage cranberry glass and a silver bowl. And, of course, black and white striped fabric

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Air Mail by K Henderson

 
Air Mail, 24 x 20, oil on cradled board

This is another painting in my Flight series. I have a fondness for well played with vintage toys. This airplane has almost all of the paint worn off as well as a missing propeller.

The Trompe L'Oeil painting also has a torn pulp magazine cover, an airmail letter dated 1946, and airmail stamps.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dark Kiss

 
Dark Kiss, 20 x 20, Oil on linen

I've painting chocolate kisses several times. I'm not sure why because the colorful foil is one of the most challenging things I've ever painted. But I'm pleased with the way this turned out.


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Double Sealed

 
Double Sealed, 24 x 12, oil on cradled board

This is from my series "Toys in a Box" . I was interested in this composition because of the contrasts in the painting: the light and the dark, the shiny metallic seal and the flat surface of the wooden seal. One seal in confined in the box and the other is free with the floating ball.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tin Rabbit



                                                             Tin Rabbit, 24 x 36, oil on linen

I always enjoy painting my vintage toys. And this is my first attempt at painting transparent plastic. That is a subject I will be painting again. The foiled eggs? Well, I think I've had my fill of them for awhile but I am pleased with they way they turned out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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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Monday, July 4, 2016

The Faces We Wear by K Henderson

 
The Faces We Wear, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board

I got a vintage Pinocchio paper doll earlier this year and fell in love with the Long Nose Mask. I've been waiting for the opportunity to build a painting around it. Then when I found an Edwardian Era paper mask, the trompe l'oeil still life came together.

Also included in the still life is a Joker with a mask, a wooden Block (M is for mask), and a cover from Black Mask pulp magazine. The magazine also has a bottle of poison on it (covered by the ribbon)so I added a bottle to the mix. The ribbon? I just liked it and wanted to paint it.



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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Gumballs and Peppermint


Gumballs and Peppermint, oil on canvas, 24 x 36
This is another in my series of striped paintings. Here is a striped bowl with gumballs and a polka dot bowl with peppermints. I got this plate at a thrift store and I believe it is handmade.

My favorite part of the painting is the stripes reflecting in the bowls



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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Peanuts and Gumballs

 
Peanuts and Gumballs is 18" x 24" oil on canvas.
 
This is one of my most brightly colored and most ambitious paintings. I love the bright pink gumballs and the texture in the peanut shells.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Grape and Strawberry



Grape and Strawberry, oil on cradled board, 16 x 20

Grape and Strawberry has been selected for the 26th Annual “BEST OF AMERICA" Exhibition sponsored by the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.

The Grand Opening Reception will be September 3rd, 2016 at the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, Massachusetts, on beautiful Cape Cod