Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Some Favorite things for a Still Life painting

I received an email from the ArtistsNetwork posing an interesting question.  
If you were to set up a still life in homage to someone, who would it be, and what would you include?  I know there are many people I would love to pay homage to.  I gave this some thought and my Grandfather gave me some of my most prize possessions as a child.  You can see a couple of them in the pic above.  This is by no means a still life arrangement, but these are two of my favorite things.
My grandfather worked at a Grand Union in upstate New York.  He was a produce manager and let me play in the employees only areas and that made me feel special.  He got some of the coolest things from the store. He would bring me home displays and and big letters that spelled Grand Union.  One of a kind stuff!
Do any of you remember the old 60's Sci Fi show Lost in Space.  They actually sold the robot toy from that show at the store.  Grandpa got me one of these toys made by Remco and it is very collectible today.  Mine is still in good shape, but does not move forward like it used to.  I have thought about selling it, but I just can't seem to let go.

My grandfather also brought home a set of the original Schultz and Dooley steins made for Utica Club Beer.  Once I got older in high school he gave the steins to me, because he know I really liked them.  The original 5,000 sets of Schultz & Dooley steins were marked, respectively, as follows, both under the handle and on the base.© THE WEST END BREWING CO.UTICA, N.Y. 59-CSM      Mine are from that original batch. I treasure them as well.

I thank my grandfather for all the great memories.  Now it is your turn.  If you were to set up a still life in homage to someone, who would it be, and what would you include?




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