Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar a new still life that I painted in honor of my Mom. Her birthday was on Monday and I try to do a painting with her in mind around this time of year. The ginger jar was hers. I’ve always loved it and now it graces our dining room side board. Mom collected antique ginger jars and I can remember her telling me that the Chinese filled them with ginger and other spices to export to the West. This particular jar was made in the early 1800’s. She also had many pieces of antique willow ware with the blue painted landscape scene depicting a love story. We heard the story from mom many times of a young couple in love. The wealthy girl’s father would not allow her to marry the poor boy so they ran away together and sailed off on a boat which sank in a storm and they were turned into love birds to live happily ever after. My Mom was quite a romantic.
I enjoyed working on this painting, it was challenging for me to get the colors to work with the white of the magnolia flower along with the white of the porcelain ginger jar. It was a fun puzzle, I am pleased with the end result and I think that Mom would have loved it. Happy Birthday Mom!