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Some Still Lives

February 10, 2011

I am taking a little break from the Mr. Peanut paintings and working on something new. I have lots of vintage knickknacks around my apartment that I’ve collected over the years and I thought it would be nice to have some of them in a series of paintings. One of my favorite collections is my wind up alarm clocks from the 40’s & 50’s. I began with my first Westclox Big Ben that I bought on Ebay because it was just like the one my Parents had in the bedroom of our house in Wildwood, NJ where we spent our summers. I just love falling asleep to the rhythmic, tinny ticking of that clock that brings me straight back to a very happy time in my childhood. After that I added a gorgeous cream and tan Baby Ben and a beautiful Moonbeam which doesn’t tick but glows when the alarm goes off.  These are the subject of the first painting that I just finished.

I also have several General Electric clock radios from the 50’s and 60’s that I love, 2 of which belonged to my Parents as well. These are the subject of 2 more paintings (sketches below) both shown with a little scottie dog pull toy I found in a flea market. I even threw in a few of the vintage desk accessories that I have; a beautiful old inkwell with a dip pen that was in a cabinet in our basement, a little silver desk calendar that you flip every day to show the date and another of my alarm clocks.  I decided to put all these on a vintage red tablecloth against the pistachio green wall of my kitchen. I think they look very cheery and I can’t wait to turn these sketches into paintings!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 6:58 pm

    this picture and the ones planned remind me so much of your lovely home…

  2. February 17, 2011 12:54 am

    i love this! the clocks are beautiful. my mum collects lots of things but one of my faves is her clocks.
    too cool, i also loved mr peanut.

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