Watercolor: Orange Chair

Orange Chair 10x21 Watercolor
This is an older watercolor (and as such, I see *all* the things I'd do differently now, so that means I'm growing, right?)  The subject originally was less about the empty chair, and more of a nod towards the little parade of antique shoes on the sill behind it. My paternal Grandparents were both Italian immigrants, and they opened a shoe store shortly after they were married in the late 1920's. Since my grandfather had 8 siblings, Del Pesco Shoes was run like any family business in a small New England town; everyone, including the kids, the wives and family friends worked there. Eventually, my grandparents started another business in manufacturing precision tool & die; a machine shop, and one of my grandfather's brothers took over running the shoe store (see my adorable Uncle Alfonso below). As a memento to their first business endeavor, my grandmother collected little shoes made from glass, porcelain, tin, bronze and wood, and I'm lucky enough to have a few of them on the shelves in my studio. The symbolism of the things we own gives an artist a great deal of depth to draw from when we include those items in a painting, don't you think? What do you use in still life work that has history or special meaning to you?
Thanks for stopping by -

Uncle Alfonso at the shoe store, and today, at 98
Art Quote
I've been for several weeks completely lost in Abbott Thayer. Lost & swallowed up. He is a most extraordinary creature. Thayer has recently painted one of the sweetest heads that I ever saw anywhere. A most astonishing piece of work. I don't know anyone who could make it so well. I mean way up among the swell French painters. I suppose they could do it as well, but they could not put the Thayer in it, could they? ~Dennis Miller Bunker after a visit with Thayer in 1886


Barbara Muir said...

Love the painting. I am a big fan of Victorian china jugs, and have a collection that has taken over my house. I always fill them with flowers, and love painting them. Their shape is delicious. I love this painting of yours, the story and the affection in it. Super.

XOXOX Barbara

John Brisson said...

Really wonderful painting, even if older!


Studio at the Farm said...

A truly wonderful post, Belinda. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@barbara - I think I've admired a few of your lovely victorian pieces in your floral and table-scape paintings. Swell-lines and subtly hued old glazes inspire nice paintings and sketches up there in Canada. :)

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@John, thanks for the compliment. How's printmaking?

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@studio - thanks so much for stopping by. :)