“No Tea” Acrylic on MDF, 6″ x 6″
I collect small, modestly priced, antiques. These teacups were made by the Diamond Glass Company during the Great Depression of the 1930s. This particular pattern, called “Charade,” is what was known as “Elegant Glass”—stylish products made by a number of glass companies. I am also a fan of English breakfast tea, and of course, everything tastes just that much better in elegant antique dishes!
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“Anaheim and Fresno” Acrylic on MDF, 6″ x 6″
Two delicious peppers no matter how you cook them, but also two favorite towns in California from my youth. My aunt and uncle lived in Anaheim, nearly across the street from Disneyland. We’d regularly visit their house for perfect homemade chocolate cake, watch *Maverick*, and of course, catch the Disneyland fireworks before heading home.
“Eggplant and Fig Jam” Acrylic on MDF, 5″ x 7″
Eggplant, or aubergine as it is also known, is not my favorite veggie, unless it arrives on the table in the form of Indian baingan bharta! Then it’s number one, right up there with saag paneer (which is, oddly, also number one). As it happens, I had baingan bharta the day I painted this; I remember, because painted it to honor the owner of my favorite Indian restaurant who had signed up for my painting email list that day.
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“Avocado” Acrylic on MDF, 5″ x 7″
This painting is a favorite of mine, partly because of the use of both “cool” and “warm” greens together. It was auctioned just after the terrible tornado damage in Oklahoma City in 2013, and all proceeds from this painting, along with one other I submitted, went to Central Oklahoma Humane Society to help care for the many pets that were lost and homeless after that disaster. I posted the painting on St. Patrick’s Day, so I suppose it could have been called “the eatin’ o’ the green,” because that’s what I did after the painting was finished. That’s one of the perks of painting food.
“Egg for One” Acrylic on MDF, 4″ x 4″
This painting was done in response to a “challenge” to paint an egg. I don’t suppose I would have chosen this subject matter had it not been for the challenge. My painting was won in a contest by a man in Germany, who I hope enjoys it. As a boy, I joined the 4H for a year, and in that time, I raised about 30 chickens for my project. I chose Rhode Island Reds, and fell in love with the little things. And I learned that, amazingly, they laid brown shelled eggs! I’ve preferred brown shells ever since, yet I’ve heard there is no difference whatsoever between white shell and brown shell eggs. Still, it’s one indulgence I intend to keep until some nursing home puts a stop to it.