I’ve just completed Mom’s Majolica Pitcher with Tuxie in honor of Mom’s birthday which is today. For years now I’ve been painting a yearly still life for Mom. This one features her lovely majolica pitcher. Mom collected all kinds of antiques and she had a beautiful collection of majolica earthenware pottery which she kept on shelves in her kitchen. They were colorful and distinctively decorated with natural motifs. I think it was the natural motifs that attracted Mom to the pieces as she loved the natural world herself.
When I set the pitcher up in my studio to begin the painting, Tuxie, our cat, jumped up on the table and made himself at home around the pitcher. This tickled me so I called my daughter, a good photographer, over and she quickly took some photos which I used to sketch him in. Tuxie is not the most handsome of cats but he has a wonderfully quirky personality and we love him dearly. I tried to capture his funny look.
I wanted this year’s painting to be a happy one full of color and chose a cobalt blue table cover to include Mom’s favorite color. If Mom were here, I think she would be pleased because all of her daughters and their families are in happy, contented places now. This makes me very happy also. I hope everyone is having a great start to this year!
I think some of my best paintings have been the one’s when I paint with love in my heart. I painted George Washington’sPortrait in memory of my Mom. It was fun to paint while thinking about her. Mom was very patriotic; she loved American history and early American antiques. I have many childhood memories of our family driving out to the small towns that dotted the countryside and spending what seemed like eternity waiting around at antique shops while my mom shopped. Our house was filled with antiques that she had picked up over the years.
My twin sister and I were born the day after George Washington’s birthday on February 23rd. Every year not only did I have to share my birthday with my twin, but also with him. Our birthday party themes always centered around George Washington. There was the cake with pink frosting and cherries. Little papier mache hatchets; tree stumps; George Washington busts; and miniature red, white, and blue drums adorned the dining room table. In my twenties I was pretty angry about that. Years later, now that I am a mom too, I realize how creative my Mom was and how it must of been fun and enriching for her to do. So this painting is a thank you to my Mom for her creative example and her taking time to follow her own passions. I like the way he looks just a little bit conflicted. Happy President’s Day!