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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