Monday, July 5, 2010

"Olive Mug"




















6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

Well, I've really lost it. I'm mug obsessed. I was
checking out a new Assisted Living facility for my

Mom and this mug was in the office waiting room.

This cloth popped in my head and I knew I
had to
have
that mug! I could barely concentrate on our
conversation. Practically drooling, I asked the director
"Do you think I could b-b-b-borrow it?" I can only imaginewhat she was thinking. Probably that I should move in
and get a room for myself. And then she said the words
I longed to hear...
"Keep it."

33 comments:

LindaHunt said...

That's so funny...another really nice cup painting! Keep 'em comin'

Dana Cooper said...

Ah Gwen, that 'have to have' feeling is a familiar one. What's funny is that is not about a new pair of shoes or something else, but a MUG! I love that given the scenario, you had the nerve to even ask.

This might be my favorite of all your mug series, they just keep getting better and better!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

When they say artists are not like other
people, they are not kidding. What a beautiful painting you've done of this mug, which I would
never have even seen. With the table cloth behind it, it becomes a whole different creature, and the way you painted it makes it look so elegant. Super!

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

martinealison said...

J'adore les olives et son arbre surtout...
Merveilleux tableau que le vôtre... bravo!
Amitiés

Kim Blair said...

I can see why you wanted this mug... it works so well with the olive fabric. Inspiration can strike at any moment... and one must seize the day!
Kim

Mary said...

Wow this is fantastic! Great realism and use of color!

Kelley Sanford said...

Gwen, I'm glad you're "mug" possessed. Enjoying all these paintings. By the way, I have that exact napkin but never painted it as nice as you have.

Kim said...

Too funny Gwen! Yeah - it's sounds a little obsessed but hey - you got a great piece of art from it! That IS a fine mug (and handle ; ) but on this one I'm really loving the rim and reflections. Wow. And I really like the cloth.

Edward Burton said...

LOL! What a great story, Gwen, and such a beautiful painting - love the pattern and reflections.

Susan E. Roden said...

Another beauty Gwen - and lovely reflection!

RUDHI - Chance said...

Mugging smile...

sam said...

LOL Gwen, if you dont ask you dont get)) I love the way you have rendered the cup and that nice neat highlight.

Carol Blackburn said...

Super job on this one, Gwen. So much like looking at a photograph you have to look twice.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Love the colors and reflections and that fabric is too perfect. I will say it again, I love these paintings. You know how I can go on about "signature style" and how I think it can be important in our work. These are certainly recognizable Gwen Bell originals!
Loved the story about the mug. Sometimes we are artists possessed:)

Carol Schiff Studio said...

You are too funny, Gwen. But you painting is right on! Your mug series continues to amaze and I totally fell in love with that cute puppy yesterday!

Virginia Floyd said...

That is sooo funny! Your painting is beautiful. I love the reflection of the fabric in the mug.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love it. I guess the possibilities are endless. So fun.

Gary Keimig said...

Wonder if your problem is your server. No problems here.
Your mug paintings are just fabulous, Gwen. Great work

Linda Popple said...

I have to say that I like your obsession with mugs! You're doing a great job with them - keep it going!!

I'm not having problems with my blog (so far), but I've heard that others are. I did have the same problem in the past and it corrected after a couple of hours. Magic, I think! :-)

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I cannot get enough from the Mug group.
I love them all.
What a cute story you made me LOL.
This is what I call a good morning.
Hugs, IB

Dors said...

That is definitely obsession... I love it.

it was well worth all the drooling. Great job Gwen. great choice of BG Love the olives.

Did you find the "Scotch Fingers" :)

Dayna Talbot said...

Gwen...These cup paintings are great......Love the reflections and the spoon is amazing!!! Great compositions!!!

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Gwen, Look forward to seeing each new one... the spoon reflection on the inside back of the cup is awesome and I just LOVE stories, especially about art. I've gotten the funny looks over a fruit or veggie that's in a separate bag and I'm holding it, etc. I get some funny looks so I can just 'imagine' what she was thinking. Great score!!!

DEB said...

You are so funny Gwen! Beautiful painting!

Sandra Galda said...

great story :) terrific job on the mug!

Julie Hill said...

Gwen...that is too cute! I am loving the table clothes and ALL the mugs..please keep your eyes out for more out there...lesson learned: you never know where the inspiration for our next painting will come from.

Karen Bruson said...

Love the painting and how you acquired the mug.

Carol Nelson said...

Love your mug series. I might start one myself because I have been collecting mugs for 40 years! Yes, 40.
Whenever we go on vacation, I buy a local mug, so my mugs remind me of all the places we've been.

mary maxam said...

just too too good! Both the mug and the story behind it

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, I already commented on your beautiful olive mug. This is for your "Bucket of Bows" not only a unique concept and composition, but another of your fantastic works. Love the fabric you placed the bucket on and the bucket itself is a work of art, not to mention the ribbon. You are such a talented artist!

WCaro said...

I like the mug series and many non-mug paintings. Something about most your paintings catch my attention... my eyes go to them everytime you publish at the AOT.

Kerri Settle said...

Hah, I love the story behind this mug. I've really loved all your recent paintings with their busy backgrounds, especially the bucket with the ribbon on DPO today. It has a bit of a trompe l'oeil feel to it.

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

It never hurts to ask, right? Good for you for getting that mug!

The composition in this still life is clever.

The cloth (love the pattern) creates a "V", drawing the viewer into the painting.

Again, as with your previous mug paintings, the patterns reflecting onto the mug are subtle and not over-the-top. Nice job with that.

A very strong still life!

-Dean