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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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