Sunday, March 14, 2010

Coffee and Tea for Alice's Challenge

I first became a fan of Alice's Thompson's work when I saw it in Karin Jurick's art challenge. I went to her personal Blog and fell in love with her precise realism techniques and was in awe with her paintings from her trip to Japan.

Alice started a new challenge Blog this year she calls Calypso Moon Artist Movement. This is my first contribution to her challenge. This month she wanted the contributors to paint two pieces from a collection the artist has that reflects his/her personality.

I used to collect tea and coffee pots. Mostly American made Hall products. You would think it would be Japanese iron or clay teapots but I am attracted to the 40's/ 50's Mrs Ward Cleaver style pottery. The large yellow piece is actually for coffee and called the Drip-O-Lator. It's an early version of the drip coffee maker. The small piece is a tiny copy of a full sized Hall teapot and is used for cream.


8x6 oil on board.

37 comments:

David Patterson said...

Lovely work Sheila...the composition and colors are perfect!

Art By Erika said...

Oh Sheila I love teapots too! They have a great variety of shapes, materials and colors that are so attractive to me! You captured that "love" feeling with this piece. I am also particularly impressed with the way you rendered the reflections!

Manon Doyle said...

I saw Erika's comment as soon as I started writing mine. The reflections are terrific. You really have done an outstanding job with this piece.
Thank you for being my FB fan. I don't know how I'm going to keep up with all this...lol!

Vern Schwarz said...

Sheila, I really like the composition and striking colours. I was drawn to this piece as soon as it popped up on the screen.

Kathy said...

I'm a teapot "lover" as well! Nice rendering.

Barb Hillier said...

So beautiful Sheila - would love to see more paintings of your collection. Love your loose and playful style!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is beautiful Sheila!! I suspect you and I would get on like a house afire were we to live near each other. I am a huge fan of the June Cleaver style myself! LOL Beautiful handling of the silver and I love the flowers on the yellow background. Just lovely!!

Julie Hill said...

Sheila, love the use of color in this piece and the reflections! Blessings, Julie

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I agree, lovely work Sheila! I love teapots also but have a very small collection that I treasure.

Rosemary said...

Oh My Goodness, Sheila! I don't show up for a day or two and look what I've missed! This piece is stellar! Love those reflections and the color palette! Thanks for the heads up re the new challenge blog! Now I'm going back to look at your entry for the Following the Masters Challenge! It's a Wow!

PAMO said...

I love it! And I think it's very cool that you are attracted to these pots. Very graphic and great colors. Well done!

Mark Adams said...

Nicely done, Sheila - "Coffee and Tea for Alice's Challenge" is quite an apt title. It could reference our dear Alice Thompson or Lewis Carroll's Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Your painting, like Mr. Carroll's novel is full of whimsy.

"Take some more tea,' the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
'I've had nothing yet,' Alice replied in an offended tone, 'so I can't take more.'
'You mean you can't take LESS,' said the Hatter: 'it's very easy to take MORE than nothing.'

Calypso Moon Artist Movement said...

This is oh so warm and inviting. Your two pieces compliment one another perfectly. Thank you for such a great submission!

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful, Sheila - wonderful job with the reflections!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Great little painting Sheila! Wonderful reflections and love the color and composition.

DanNan said...

Nicely done Sheila. I think I have the same Drip-O-Lator...I recognized it immediately. Still working on my composition for this challenge. (Hope I don't run out of time.)

Marian MacKerer said...

Composition is great especially since you could only paint 2 items. Love your painting style. I am a collector of Hall China. i have a coffeepot just like yours. and a few 2 cup teapots too.

Dean H. said...

This is very good quality art (should be easy to sell)! Love those colorful reflections!!

Gary Keimig said...

marvelous painting, Sheila. Those reflections really work. The colors are just perfect.

martinealison said...

Thé vert ? pour théière jaune... Le pot à lait est adorable. Très joli jeu de réflexion. Invitation à la pause, à la détente...Belle réussite.

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, the pieces are beautifully rendered and I am especially drawn to the reflections and the lighting in this piece.

I hope I might see you at the Rosy's at the Beach event.

Lokelani Forrest said...

Sheila...you sure don't waste any time. I just viewed your DaVinci and today I find you've done this teapot. You must paint every day. This is lovely. I may just go to Calypso Moon and get into the challenge. I need a new subject.

billspaintingmn said...

Those colors are wonderful! That little tea pot looks real!
June Cleaver had all the cool stuff too!
That coffee maker is nostalgic, and the reflections punch this up!
Sheila, great painting!
(I have a double boiler from the
50's that I use for gilding)

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Sheila,
Stunning! The colors are most luminous and thanks for talking about the pots! Cool!

Celeste Bergin said...

I have a couple of Hall pieces! I've never heard of a dripolator--! Your dripolator and small teapot are very nicely painted. You did a great job with the challenge. :)

Nina E Jørgensen said...

thanks for the link! And interesting about the collections - I like coffe and tea, but dont even own a machine to make coffe and my kettle broke! hehe I used to collect stamps though!

Art with Liz said...

What a delightful thing to collect! And useful too. Beautiful painting of them Sheila - and she has a great blog going there!

Stan Kurth said...

Hi Sheila,

Fantastic colors and I love the green in the upper right quadrant with the small accents on the coffee pot. Very painterly! Interesting read on coffee pots as well. Mrs Ward Cleaver? Would that be June from "Leave it to Beaver"?

Gary Keimig said...

Hi Sheila.
Just to let you know I posted all the artists interpretations of my Bighorn Sheep Challenge on my Painting-a-Day blog. Very interesting what folks did. Thank you for the idea.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You are just amazing, Sheila! I love these peices, and the story behind them, of your collection, as well. Thank you for sharing!

martinealison said...

Hi Sheil,
je ne peux pas entrer et visionner ta dernière page publiée...
Bisous

Starr said...

the little tea pot is just adorable! great job :)

JRonson said...

your works r so powrfgull, i will return to see more from u :)

L.Holm said...

This is wonderful. Would make a great series!
Have never heard of the Drip-o-later. So fun to see these vintage beauties.

Michelle said...

Adorable painting...I love anything retro! A wonderful contribution to Alice's challenge!

Gwen Bell said...

Great job on the glass and wonderful reflections! I really like all of these colors together as well. Nice choice of background color.

Earthula said...

Lovely brush strokes!
The light and reflections are great on this..shiny.
A little pink tea pot. Cute.