Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Morning Milk"
















5 x7 oil on masonite nfs

Not quite through with my current painting so
thought I'd post this one that I did about 10 years
ago. It was my first oil painting. At the time it was a
Miniature. I found it extremely difficult because my
Mural work was always so large. Seems funny now since
practically all of my work is 6 x 6" instead of 8 x 10 feet!


The scene itself was from a photo I took in
London where they still used glass milk bottles.
I am old enough to remember when all of our milk
products were delivered. Wish they still were, particulary
since the refillable bottles make so much more sense
than the wax-covered non-recyclable cartons or plastic
bottles that our disposable society uses today.

26 comments:

David Larson Evans said...

I like it and Thursdays painting is hot. Always a pleasure stopping your blog.

Sheila said...

HOley Cow!!! I thought this was at least 11x14! Did you use brushes that had one, two and three hairs in them> Lovely little jewel!

martinealison said...

Tout comme vous, je regrette nos vieilles bouteilles de lait en verre... seulement en France nous n'étions pas livrés!
Petite j'allais directement à la ferme chercher le lait que le fermier versait dans ma biche à lait.
Aujourd'hui dans certains village nous pouvons prendre du lait frais avec notre propre bouteille à un distributeur de lait que le fermier approvisionne régulièrement.
Nous trouvons aussi encore du lait cru dans des sachets plastiques.
Oh la la, je blabla... et j'en oublie de dire l'essentiel!
Je suis de l'avis de Sheila vous aviez peint cette toile avec les poils de la queue d'un chat!!!
Elle est vraiment ravissante, elle a une âme...
Bisous

rahina q.h. said...

a lovely composition and very atmospheric: feeling of morning light when milk bottles would be found delivered.

SYLVIANE said...

Nice painting!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

This has such a feeling of London.
I love the light, the door, the step.
Beautiful. You make me want to go back.

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Dors said...

Brilliant miniature work Gwen.

Oh how I remember the days in the UK growing up with the milk delivered and the break and veggies.
We also has free milk at school in very small glass bottles.
In the winter the milk was frozen so we had to thaw it out on the hot water pipes around the classroom.
Thank you for sharing something that you painted 10 yrs ago. It's nice to look back sometimes.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I love this one just do it again maybe a bigger version?
Go for it Hot Gwen!!!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Are you serious, Gwen? This was your FIRST oil painting? I feel like I should curl up and crawl away! This is fabulous!
We can still get milk delivered here in bottles - a few dairy farms remain..

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Gwen, this is awesome.....I thought it was a photo at first and said to myself "that would make a beautiful painting" LOL

Kim Blair said...

Nice palette of colors for this one, Gwen. A rather elegant feel to this piece. Nice highlights on the edges of the wooden door, they pick up on the other lines and edges in the painting.
Kim

Pam Holnback said...

It's so much fun to go own memory lane! Great subject matter.

Marie Theron said...

Your realism is of such high quality, Gwen! I also notice a very lovely design of peppers among the previuos works!

Karen Martin Sampson said...

For a first oil painting this is sheer elegance! And I too miss the delivery of milk in glass bottles. We also had bread and bakery delivered to the house. This was in the early 50's in a suburb of Toronto - horse drawn wagons brought these things to our street. You can't recycle milk containers where you are? Up here we can but have to collect and take them ourselves to specified recycle stores - all milk product containers are taken. If only we could have the many advantages of today's technology sanely combined with the common sense practices of yesteryear...

Kathy Cousart said...

Gwen,
I am blown away that this was your first oil painting? It is wonderful. Love the composition and the reflections of the bottles on the front stoop! Well done- love your artwork.

Virginia Floyd said...

Wonderful, wonderful painting! Love the color palette.

Julie Hill said...

Well it's no wonder that your first was fabulous....you are a magnificent artist....gifted yes!

Linda Popple said...

Your first painting?!! Wow! Talented from the beginning! This is a wonderful painting. :-)

Karen Bruson said...

Gwen,
I am very impressed if this was your first oil painting. I painted over my first one, many times, in fact.

hmuxo said...

This painting is absolutely amazing..and to think this one was your first. You don't want to see my first!! I, also, remember the good old days when milk products were delivered to our door! Again, beautiful painting that almost looks like a photo!!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Wow Gwen. I love milk in glass bottles. Really nice.

Kerri Settle said...

I can't believe this was your first oil painting - I would have killed to start my oil painting career with this one!

Diana Marshall said...

I too remember milk being delivered to our house as I grew up in London. The best bit was being the first one to open the bottle in the morning and getting the cream off the top on to my cereal! mmm

bricarwaller said...

So beautiful, and it has such a lovely vintage feel. Love it!!!

DEB said...

Great piece! Those reflections on the tile are perfect!

Derek McCrea said...

This is my favorite of yours, I love the feeling it gives to the viewer.