Thursday, February 24, 2011

Child's Play

I found this great little antique watercolor set in a junk shop probably about 25 years ago. The place it came from was along Route 13 in Delaware. It was a small building back then. It has grown over the years with additions added on, and is now a serious antique store. I probably can't afford anything in it anymore! But I cherish this worn and battered old set. It had no paints left in it except a vestige of a crusty ring of pink in one pan. You can tell that it was well used and loved by some child.

The funny thing about this is the little militaristic figure. I suppose he is supposed to be the art instructor. I don't know about anyone else out there, but if I had ever had an art instructor as forbiding and uptight looking as he is, I would have been running the other way!


  1. This is such a charmimg painting. Kind of has that turn of the century feel to it - just as sweet as can be. Your work is really lovely. It's bright and lively, and your execution is very well done. I know I will enjoy your future postings.

  2. Thank you Carol. I so appreciate your comments. It is heartwarming to know that the work touches someone in a special way.

  3. Thank you too Angela! I think the success of a painting like this is because my subject matter is a "favorite thing". Much as a good author must pull from personal experience, I think painting thing that one knows and cherishes shows in the end.