|"The MA and PA; Chugging along the tracks in Snowy Evergreen" (10" x 14") oil on canvas, 2014|
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
|"Coca-Cola Machine" oil on panel, (12" x 6") 2015|
The Baltimore Museum of Industry has a wide assortment of vintage objects in its permanent collection. This mid-century Coca-Cola vending Machine has been sitting in their lunch room for years. One cannot purchase an ice cold bottle of coke from it. In fact I assume it's there merely to amuse the diners and patrons. It's a pretty old piece that probably sold those 6 1/2 ounce, green-cast, glass bottles of the vanilla and cinnamon flavored beverage.
The original bright red paint is still intact, save some dings and dents, and it begged me to do a painting of it. So even though I usually come alive with the "Pepsi generation"I could not resist this machine's appeal. So here's a little oil painting to honor its position in my favorite Baltimore museum.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Hope you can join us again this year! BAZAART, presented by the American Visionary Art Museum, is always loaded with creative excitement and holiday cheer. It's the weekend of Thanksgiving so bring your family and friends for a stimulating shopping atmosphere. I'll be there with lots of new, original work and of course some new editions of prints
Saturday, October 31, 2015
|"Cambridge Ice Box" oil on panel, 12" x 16", 2015|
The ice house I remember was on Mellor Avenue in my hometown. We'd back into the loading dock and the ice man would step down swinging his tongs one-handed as he plunked a large chunk of ice into the rear compartment of our station wagon. My father had the job of attacking it with an ice pick making the ice more manageable for what ever event we had planned.
I've often wondered about real ice boxes and how many times per week ice had to be delivered to keep the food from spoiling. In those hot Baltimore row house kitchens I'm sure there was a lot of melting ice. I favor this model because it's white and seems so friendly. I've seen many wooden oak types in antique shops but they seem too formal for my taste in vintage appliances.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
|"Singer Sewing - Pink Thread" oil on panel, (11" x 14") 2015|
A friend, knowing that I love to paint various images of the vintage Singer sewing machine which I found in our basement, sent me this section of a brochure which came with the 1949 Singer Machine. It is pointed directly at the homemaker of post-WWII era. I wonder how many women took this advice seriously and never sewed in a bad mood or with crooked lipstick or heaven forbid, in a messy house.
Sometimes I do my best paintings when I'm not wearing lipstick. In fact when I did the painting above two weeks ago, I probably left the house without doing all my urgent household chores. Does it show in the artwork?
|"Singer Sewing Rear" oil on panel, (8" x 10") 2015|
|"Singer Sewing w/Green Thread" oil on panel, (11" x 14") 2015|
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
This past weekend I felt very crabby. So I painted a leftover crustacean from a crab feast. He'd been in the freezer for a few weeks. Then I searched my collection of Maryland tin cans and found one with a crab on the front of it. This crab meat was from Cambridge, MD. The packing company is named Epicure which is still in business. It's nearly impossible to find tin containers of crab meat. Everything I see in the stores is plastic. So I'm glad to have found this one at a flea market. Remember, if it's not Maryland crab meat, it won't taste as good. And included here below are the paintings I did over the weekend.
|"Loner Crab" oil on panel (6" x 12") 2015|
|"Epicure Crab Meat" oil on panel, (6" x 8") 2015|
Thursday, June 18, 2015
"Betterton Lunch" oil on canvas
18" x 36"
"I know that voice! You are on our TV every evening as we watch Baltimore Oriole's baseball."
Gary Thorne, MASN play by play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, humbly acknowledged my remark and then began to talk about my paintings and prints of working women before purchasing several pieces.
The next day, I missed the game since I was at HONFEST for the entire weekend. A friend of mine was watching the Sunday afternoon game though, as Gary Thorne honored the working women of Baltimore, mentioning HONFEST, while showing some of my work. What a thrill to have a blending of two of my favorite subjects...paintings of women and d'em Os.
|"Operators Are Standing By" oil on board|
24" x 24"
|"Grossmudder with Her Chickens" oil on canvas|
18" x 24
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
|Telephone 1947 (6" x 6") oil on board 2015|
|Green Telephone on Table (12" x 16") oil on canvas 2010|
|Telephone ( 10" x 10") oil on panel 2014|
|Telephone (12" x 16") oil on canvas (2011)|
Also included in my collection is this very old phone. The bell box is large and heavy. I hope to paint more of this one soon. Hollywood actress Betty Davis uses this model quite often in her earlier films.
|Betty Davis Phone (6" x 6") oil on panel 2015|
Saturday, January 24, 2015
|Poster included in the exhibit of Baltimore Shops at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.|
|"Hess Monkey Town" oil on canvas|
|"The Snippery" at Hess Shoes in Edmondson Village or Eastpoint|
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is open Tuesday through Sunday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have some additional thoughts after visiting please post your thoughts here. I'd be very pleased to hear from you.