|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?
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|Uncle Alfonso at the shoe store, and today, at 98|
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