Our group subject for this month was chosen by guest artist Julie Ford Oliver. I asked Julie to join the group, long-term, but she has too many commitments to do this month after month.
However, she wanted to join in the hoopla, so she is with us as a guest artist!
If you've been following the Challenges you might remember that having fun is one of the goals of this monthly project. Painting something we've never tried before is another objective.
There are many vintage items around my house, as I love old stuff. I've been out of town the past couple of weeks, so when I got back a few days ago I took a quick survey of what I had on hand to paint for The Challenge.
I looked for an idea that fit the vintage subject that would be fun to paint and something I have not tried before. My old iron fit the bill, so I plopped it on my bed and got to work on a fast and loose oil sketch.
(above) "Old Hotness" Oil on canvas panel, unframed, 8"x6" ©2013 Diana Moses Botkin
This particular domestic tool dates from the 1950s and is just like the one I used as a kid when I learned to iron. Back in those days (yes, the "Old Days") men wore cotton shirts to work in the office every day and they had to be starched and ironed. Spray starch came out sometime in the early 1960s, so when I was learning to iron a few years before that, we used regular starch. That stuff came in a box and had to be mixed with water.
Mother made the mixture and dipped Daddy's shirts and other cotton clothes in the liquid and rolled them up in a plastic bag. That was kept in the refrigerator if we didn't get the whole bunch ironed up right away. I earned a nickel a shirt and supplemented my regular allowance that way. Five cents was worth a lot more back then!
I enjoyed reminiscing about those days as I painted my quick study of the iron. I've been trying to work faster and looser and use more paint (more on that in a later post).
(left) "Brown Betty" Oil, 6"x6"
©2013 Julie Ford Oliver
(below left) "Old Red" Oil on linen, 20"x20"
©2013 Suzanne Berry
(below right) "Absinthe" Pastel, 20"x16"
©2013 V. N. Ross