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Monday, April 22, 2019

Orbit~Oil Painting 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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Friday, April 19, 2019

Wonderful Cat~Oil Painting by K Henderson



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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Monday, April 15, 2019

Ride Em' Cowboy~Oil Painting by K Henderson




Ride Em' Cowboy, detail, 18 x 24, oil on canvas

Ok, my secret is out. I love vintage cowboy figurines. Alright, it wasn't much of a secret. I collect them. I display them. I love them.

The background features a silk scarf with a wonderful picture of a cowboy on a horse.  Each ceramic cowboy has his own palomino  horse and a cactus to show us he is in the Southwest.

I like the hard, shiny figurines against the soft texture of the scarf and rug.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Transition~Oil Painting by K Henderson

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Transition, 16 x 20, oil on cradled board

tran·si·tion/tranˈziSHən/ Noun:The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

"Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent."

This Trompe L'Oeil painting shows the transition between Clark Kent and Superman. And, yes, the "Frame" is part of the painting.
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Cherry Splash~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Cherry Splash, 30 x 40, oil on linen

This is another in my Cocktail series. I wanted to paint a red cocktail with cherries and this is the results.
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Foiled Again~Oil Painting 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, March 29, 2019

Chocolate Fund~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Chocolate Fund, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board

While doing research on WWII propaganda posters I came across this poster for the American Chocolate Fund. I knew it HAD to be included in a painting.

The American Chocolate fund's goal was to send 1000 pounds of chocolate EACH WEEK(!) to the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Wow!

This Trompe L'oeil includes the poster along with a Hershey's Chocolate Bar in a World War II era wrapper.
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Gotta Dance~Oil Painting by K Henderson


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Gotta Dance, 30 x 30, oil on linen

I attended ballet classes for years.I was in class 4-5 days a week. Alas, Ballet was not my true talent. But I was pleased to find a pair of my old toe shoes and use them in this painting. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Car Key~Oil Painting by K Henderson





Car Key, oil on cradled board, 18 x 24

I recently bought a few diecast cars and this Chevy is one of my favorites. This is another in my 'Toys in a Box' series

In addition to the car, I've included a key and vintage blocks. All of them are in a wooden box.  

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Key to the Future~Oil Painting by K Henderson



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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Monday, March 18, 2019

Ace 92~Oil Painting by K Henderson



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

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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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Flight of the Bumble Bee~Oil Painting by K Henderson

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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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Air Mail~Oil Painting 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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Friday, March 15, 2019

Martini~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Martini, oil on cradled board, 24 x 18

I've painted cocktail glasses several times in my still lifes but this is the first time I've actually painted a cocktail. And it won't be the last.

I love painting the light on the glass and liquid. Most of all I like the way the olives are distorted when viewed though the glass
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Wish You Were Here~Oil Painting by K Henderson

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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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Faces We Wear,~Oil Painting 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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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Licorice Allsorts~Oil Painting by K Henderson

Licorice Allsorts, 18 x 24, oil on cradled board


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

One Fish Two Fish~Oil Painting by K Henderson

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

This painting of black and white striped fabric, red glass and glass fish is complete.

The title is , of course, from Dr. Suess' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
 
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Double Sealed~Oil Painting by K Henderson

 
Double Sealed, 24 x 12, oil on cradled board

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, March 9, 2019

Old Crow~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Old Crow,oil on cradled board, 9 x 12

I love my collection of vintage toys. This crow is one of my favorites

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Reflections in Red~Oil Painting by K Henderson

Reflections in Red , 24 x 24, oil on canvas

I enjoyed the challenge of painting the stripes and the reflections in the red glass

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Music Box~Oil Painting by K Henderson

Music Box, 8 x 10, oil on board

This is a vintage red, tin, windup toy bird in a cigar box.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Marbles and Ball Jar~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Marbles and Ball Jar is oil on board, 9" x 12"

I started this painting earlier this year and set it aside to paint some larger pieces.
One decision I had to make when painting this was "Should I paint everything in sharp focus or blur the edges of the outer marbles?" In the end, I decided to keep everything sharp.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Forever Brave~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Forever Brave, 12 x 9, oil on board

This little guy is one of my favorite vintage  ceramic figures . He's a little warrior with a tomahawk.
He is standing in front of a wool blanket. Can you tell that I love the color Red?

As I've said before, I love painting the different textures. The roughness of the wool, the shiny hardest of the ceramic and the satin reflections on the table all come together to make a nice contrast




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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Red Globe II~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Red Globe II, oil on linen, 30 x 30

Stripes and silver and red: My favorites!  The still life had a brass goblet in it but I decided not to paint it. The gold reflections still remain in the bowl adding additional color and design.



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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Black Cat~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Black Cat, 36 x 36, oil on linen ©K. Henderson


I really enjoyed painting the dog. He is a lead dog with black paint. The paint had fallen off in many places. The challenge was painting a series of little abstract shapes to create the whole image.




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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Gumballs and Peanuts~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Gumballs and Peanuts 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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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cherry Turnover~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Cherry Turnover, 18 x 24, oil on canvas

I Love painting food!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

One Eyed Jack~Oil Painting by K Henderson

One Eyed Jack, 8 x 10, oil on board

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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Monday, February 25, 2019

Mine is a Long and Sad Tale~Oil Painting by K Henderson




 Mine is a Long and Sad Tale, 12" x 16"

Those words were spoken by the Mouse in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865. This book has never been out of print since that time.
Mine is a Long and Sad Tale is oil on canvas, 12 x 16.

As many of you know I'm a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. I've collected over 300 copies of this book, many with different illustrators. Yes, those are copies of the book in the painting (well, actually on of them is Through the Looking Glass). Since the book was written during the Victorian  Era I wanted to give the painting a Victorian feel.
You can see the Mouse has arrived after someone has extinguished the oil lamp and put her glasses down after spending an evening reading. The reader has stopped on the page featuring the Long and Sad tale which is written to resemble the shape of a tail.

Bronze mouse by Steve Worthington


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Ride ‘em Cowboys~Oil Painting by K Henderson


Ride ‘em Cowboys’ is 18″ x 24″, oil on canvas.

The challenge of this painting was to put enough detail in the scarf in the background so that it would be interesting but not so much detail that it would become the focal point and overwhelm the painting. I left the colors muted and low key


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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Jack In The Box~Oil Painting by K Henderson

Jack-in-the-Box is oil on masonite, 16″ x 18″.

 The toys are from my collection of early 20th century toys. The toys include a jack-in-the-box, a spinning top, alphabet blocks, and a jointed doll with a china head. Also in the painting is an antique book.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Silver Spoons~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Silver Spoons 18" x 24"

This oil painting on canvas is titled Silver Spoons. Is in 18" x 24". It shows the reflection of the blue sky and Black and White striped fabric in a silver cup and two silver spoons.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Three Wine Glasses~Oil Painting by K Henderson



Three Wine Glasses is an oil on canvas, 18" x 24".

 This Painting shows 3 glasses, one blue, one aqua and one clear against a black and white  striped background. I love the way the layers of transparent glass look


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Making of a Cowboy~Oil Painting by K Henderson



The Making of a Cowboy, oil on canvas , 24″ x 18″.

This Painting shows our favorite cowboy, Howdy Doody, with his patent, and accessories to make a cowboy. What cowboy is complete without his badge, handkerchief, garters, boots and plaid shirt? He is shown hanging from a rustic wood panel . Howdy was the first tv character to have a copyright

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cherry Cake~Oil Painting by K Henderson

Cherry Cake is 9" x 12"

I love painting food!  Cherry Cake is 9 x 12, oil on board. It is a layer cake with marachino cherries on a white plate and a linen napkin.



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Monday, February 18, 2019

It's Always 6 O'clock~Oil Painting by K Henderson

"It's Always 6 O'clock" is oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

I'm a BIG fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I have over 300 copies of that book with many different illustrators.
I've been wanting to do a painting based on the book for quite some time. A Mad Tea Party is my favorite chapter  so that is what inspired this still life. "It's Always 6 O'clock" is oil on canvas, 24 x 30.
I've used this battenburg lace in several of my paintings and I think I'm finally figuring out how to paint it


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