Posts Tagged ‘cigarette’

Caught Somewhere Between Pop and Imagism

December 1, 2012
Watercolor of antique Lucky Strike cigarette tin on antique table

Watercolor of antique Lucky Strike cigarette tin on antique table

Saturday night finds me relaxing outside the Barnes & Noble Store at University Park in Fort Worth, one of my favorite places to chill.  I am posting the finished watercolor that I signed this afternoon, having returned from the Tyler Museum of Art to admire the Wyeth exhibit.  I was inspired to finish some of my dangling watercolors, so I first wrapped this one up, deciding only to scuff up and scumble the left-hand side of the table top, which I thought was lacking in woodgrain texture.  I’ll never forget working on this composition.  The cigarette tin I painted earlier this summer, inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop images.  I was afraid to paint a prosaic image such as this tin which I purchased many years ago in an antique store.  But I finally decided to give it a try, and enjoyed immensely the sensation of focusing on the damaged paint and rust on the tin, and most particularly the peeling adhesive stamp on the lower left corner.  I experimented with watercolor, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, graphite and salt texturing, finding all these techniques to be plenty of fun.  My recent doorknob paintings have given me the courage to attempt this table top as well.  I still have so much to learn when it comes to rendering wood surfaces.  I’m looking forward to more experiments here.

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My First Watecolor Still Life since Tenth Grade (better than the paper mache flowers)

August 18, 2012

Lucky Strike

In the tenth grade, we watercolored paper mache flowers in Art II.  That was the first and last watercolor still life I ever attempted.  This is number 2.  I have had the time of my life, the past two days, playing with this.  It is nearly finished.  I cannot make up my mind whether the background should remain white, or if I should do something with it.  The overall measurement of the page is 12 x 14″.

I think I’ll return now to the Fort Worth Stockyards composition.

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Reading Too Much Andy Warhol

August 17, 2012

Lucky Strike Watercolor

This morning, I was reading the testimonies of Ivan Karp who was working in the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City when Andy Warhol, a young struggling commercial artist, walked in with friends and purchased a Jasper Johns drawing of a light bulb.  When asked if he had any “interesting new work” on hand, Karp took the young artist into the back room to show him a recent piece by Roy Lichtenstein.  Warhol’s response: “My goodness, I also have things that look like this in my studio!  Would you come to my studio?”  Karp showed up at Andy’s townhouse the next morning and got his first look at the young artist’s commercial images.  He marveled when he saw the disjunctive between Warhol’s splattered, dripping abstract expressionist-influenced renderings of commercial products on one side, and his clean, tight copies of images on the other.  Karp and Warhol that day both decided that the cleaner images were the better paintings.

As I continue to read daily about Warhol’s development, I realize that my own enterprise as an artist has been nostalgia, yet my recognizable subjects from the past are cast in landscape genre, not still life.  So . . . today I decided for the first time to peruse my collection of antiques and find something to paint up close and personal, with no landscape to house it.  I found this old Lucky Strike tin that I purchased about ten years ago and thought “What have I got to lose?”  And I’m having a genuinely good time messing with this.  I’m not sure when I’ll return to my Colorado hotel or to my Fort Worth Stockyards.  For the moment, I am re-living Pop.

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