Monday, October 04, 2010

"Daisies and Ducks" 6x6

Oil on Hardboard 6"x 6"

Some of my best inspirations come form item I have found at flea markets. Here in Southern California there is no shortage of them. Every Sunday there is a flea market some where. My favorite is the one in Irvine. It is one of the smaller shows but the vendors always seem to have the best merchandise. One criterion I use when purchasing a possible painting subject is that it has to some meaning to me. I am so invested in every painting I do that if the subject doesn’t move me in a personal way I don’t paint it. When I saw this little glass it brought back memories of when I was a kid. This is the same type of glass my mother would use to serve juice in to my siblings and me. It’s funny how a simple little item can bring up a swell of memories.

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Blogger Paintings by Patricia said...

I totally agree with having aome meaning to a painting. How nice to have all those flea markets and this is an amazing painting. A piece of your childhood.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Carrie Waller Watercolors said...

I have to tell you that little glass conjured the same emotions for me. It reminded me of being at my Grandma's we each had our favorite glass. It is a very beautiful and moving piece. Your work is always gorgeous:)

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautifully rendered with a wonderful sense of fun not only in your choice of glass but more so that the daisey is often found growing wild; a flower often picked by a child and brought home to a parent and undeserving of a flower vase is given the delightful glass.... thank you for the background to this painting:)

11:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is beautiful. I love the contrast in your paintings. I also really like the idea of choosing items from flea markets. I'm in the Irvine area. Could you let me know where the flea market is? I'd love to take a look. Thanks!

10:17 AM  
Blogger m collier said...

Thank you for your comments they are most appreciated.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Debbie Shirley said...

Beautiful piece!
Love the glass.

1:24 PM  
Blogger m collier said...

Jeremy – the flea market is located at Irvine Valley College. On Jeffery between the 5 and the 405. First Sunday of every month. Check it out – it’s great.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Todd Bonita said...

Charmed again!
whimsical, sophisticated and beautifully painted M.
All the best,

5:46 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

This is stunning, M!

4:47 PM  
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2:38 PM  
Blogger Deborah Elmquist said...

Beautiful painting and using the glass makes it that much more connectible to others.

12:17 PM  

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