Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Green Mug"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD


I have a feeling ceramics are going to be my new "thing".
Every time I paint them I fall in love with the way the light
hits so strongly on the handles.
Just the handles.
I know...weird.


I guess it's been coming on for a while because when I
opened the cabinet where I keep still life props, I noticed
it was chocked full of cups! Why haven't I noticed that before?
Evidently, I have been picking up
a cup here and a cup there
whenever I see them and then stick
them away with the
thought of painting them one day. Now, as
if by magic, I find
I have a ton of cups! It's funny how we do
things subconsciously
and then for whatever reason one day
we see the accumulation
of the little things our mind cooks up.


This green one is painted on my favorite tea towel. It is sure
to turn up again and again as I bring out the cups.


36 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

Wonderful Gwen, I love the reflection of the cloth in the mug...can't wait to see more!

Kim said...

I LOVE it. And that's a rockin' handle. But I think my favourite part is that rose pattern of the tea towel. The mug sits on it perfectly.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Okay Gwen, I love everything about this one.
The ceramic cup is perfect, the shade WOW the tablecloth, like mine,so I know that you got a graet taste. Now tell me where is the Danish?
Beautiful piece.

LindaHunt said...

Gwen, this is stunning! It has it all, depth, emotion, terrific drafting, and such sensitive color!

Bonnie Heather said...

Very nice cup! I look forward to seeing more.

Barbara M. said...

The cup and teatowel are magnificent. I do that too. I've collected too many new mugs to fit in the cupboard, and I love mugs.


Superb.

xoxoxoxoxBarbara

Marilyn M. King said...

Stunning! I love this color green. You've taken a color that usually doesn't stand out and have made it sing. Great choices in this one!

Kelley Sanford said...

I think "ceramics" should be your new thing. Love the fabric too...wonderful colors.

Arti said...

Absolutely right, Gwen.You do magic with ceramics!One can almost feel the cool smoothness of the mug here. Wonderful.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, Beautiful job, as usual. But somehow this was stands out even more. Dare I say "perfect"?

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Had to laugh about your cup collection... I totally do the same thing. Embarrassing but true: I have at least a half dozen porcelain bunnies waiting to be immortalized in paintings, heh. What's THAT about??

Carol Blackburn said...

Gwen, this is awesome. So real!

Mitzi Easley said...

Oh Gwen, this is a stand-out! The color choices and placement are just wonderful. Very well done my friend!!

Tammy Hext said...

I love it - if I had to pick a spot that I have fallen in love with it would be that touch of red near the handle - just brilliant.
T

Linda Popple said...

WOW!! This just stands out!! Well done, Gwen!!

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Gwen - LOVE the reflections.

Sandra Galda said...

Great mug! I do like the strong form/shadow on the mug!

Karen Bruson said...

Fabulous! Keep the ceramics coming.

Angela Elledge said...

Outstanding, I can't wait to see your entire collection of cups!

Dusty Pines said...

lovely! i esp like the way you've used the cloth & background colors to enhance the green of the cup! looking forward to more of 'em!

Julie Hill said...

Gwen...so love this...and wonderfully enough..i have this very same mug...its my favorite! and this painting is superb! And its sold :(

The Bull said...

Wow, fantastic job on this Gwen! The texture and lighting is phenomenal!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

this is great in so many ways. I, too, cannot have enough cups and plates and props. Just can't happen...

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This piece is quite lovely, Gwen. I think you have found the magic mix of looseness and realism. Its very painterly, yet almost photographic. Sometimes I think that when we paint things that we are comfortable with and genuinely enjoy, success happens more easily.

Violetta Smith said...

I'm not surprise it's already sold, it is flawless. The colors, reflection your smooth brush work it's all here.One of my favorites.

liz wiltzen said...

WOW!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Simply outstanding. You are superb!

Dors said...

Oh my This is superb Gwen. Yes I think ceramics is your forte' Great job.
Love it.

Kerri Settle said...

Gwen, you really knocked that mug out of the park! I love all those creams and olives and touches of red.

Lisa Daria said...

Love it - love the reflections and the pattern of the tea towel, looks like a cup of coffee had during vacation at a cottage rental - in Martha's Vineyard - boy, now that specific!

suzanneberry said...

I'm a sucker for a well painted olive drab mug and this is outstanding. All of your still lifes just have that extra something that make them so special. Each one becomes my new favorite!!!

William Hawkins said...

Wow Gwen, very snazzy stuff...and what a pile of commentors! Very cool work indeed. Thanks for becoming my friend. I think I will live through another day.
Paco

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

what can i say, great work!

Ruth Andre said...

I love your work and this piece is a wonderful.

Ruth Andre said...

I love your work and this piece is wonderful.

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

The strong shadows bring this cup to life!

Love the earthy green color of the mug and that intricate spoon handle looks great too!

-Dean