Monday, April 30, 2012

Painting, Not Polishing is My Cup of Tea

Silver Tea Pot;  8" x 10"; watercolor

I wrote a long drawn out post about polishing silver, which I did yesterday for some unknown reason. Then I deleted it; it was boring. This watercolor of the the tea pot that got painted, instead of polished, says it all: painting is more enjoyable than polishing. But then you all know that.

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  1. Hi Linda is a silver pot of tea adorable. The colors are very delicate. Best regards.

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    1. Thanks Sonia. This is what I call a "warm up painting." Before I go to the studio to do "serious work," I like to warm up with a watercolor.

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  2. Yesterdays was exciting; today's more restrained. Both excellent. I once called a painting I did serious as compared to earlier ink and watercolors and was handily berated by another painter.

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    1. I don't know Dan. Is a veggy bin more exciting than a silver tea pot? Both need cleaning. I was hoping that by painting them, the magic of my brush would take care those chores. We artists are suppose to be Shaman you know--at least that's what I tell everybody.

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  3. This teapot definitely looks like it's been polished, shiny and new...beautiful 'feet' and carving really well done.

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    1. It is a pretty thing Jane, till you go to polish it and all those nice carvings keep bruising your hands. Painting it instead was much more pleasant.

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  4. Well ... I didn't find the unabridged version boring; I found it almost a précis of the American Dream - a family history to be proud of ... but, heh! this is your blog :0)

    Loved the photograph of the original, which increases the enjoyment of this clever (Queen Anne?) teapot painting

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    1. I just felt I went on and on and on about nothing the rest of the world would find exciting. A family heirloom is hardly as titillating as a pesky neighbor who hates wind chimes.

      Sheffield, (guessing from the Lion markings, the silversmith of the Queen) is I all I know. My Mom's pride and joy. She polished it, but then spoiled it for herself by covering it with plastic so you could hardly see it! I polish it and we use it. We also used a wonderfully large Wedgewood bowl for the Halloween candy. My boys loved--one of them so much he walked out of the house with it when his children were big enough to go trick or treating. Beautiful things are meant to be used and enjoyed. If they make it to the antique shop, the owners didn't think they were good enough to enjoy their beautiful things.

      Meanwhile, I really enjoyed your post. I'm very jealous of your master craftsmanship and your phenomenal patience with those marvelous drawings.

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  5. Beautifully painted, Linda, and it is a gorgeous teapot! I couldn't agree more about painting being much more attractive than housework! ;)

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    1. And yet we have to do it Kathryn. But where I was a fanatic housekeeper at one time, now if everything is top clean, I'm happy. I thank you and my mom thanks you. She was the one with fancy tastes.

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  6. lovely linda ! ...reminds me of my grandmother's tea pot .

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    1. I could be your grandmother, in which case, this would remind you of your great grandmother's tea pot. LOL

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