From Grandmother to Granddaughter with Love

I wish I could learn the background story of the collectibles I discover at thrift stores for Tchotchke painting references. Those historical facts attach human emotion to the object, which in turn, influences how I project an emotional connection in the painting. Not all the collectibles I acquire for reference are from resale shops. I have also been inspired to create with borrowed collectibles that still have a “home.” These collectibles, thankfully, come with their special stories. One such story is the inspiration in this new painting, “Grandma’s Vase,” oil on canvas, 28 x 28 inches. This cast iron Victorian shoe vase sits on a family room shelf at one of my dearest friend’s home. I was immediately inspired to paint its uniqueness. To my delight, neatly hidden in the shoe, was a handwritten letter from Grandmother to Granddaughter. Lovingly scripted words that so elegantly described the gifted vase’s historical story. These days, it is so rare to receive handwritten notes, much less, letters. I portrayed the emotional connection to this collectible by creating a subtle vignette using the gesturally written words as the background of the painting. This work will forever be a visual of a Grandmother sharing her past with her Granddaughter. A past which included garden club events and creative flower arrangements centered around a shiny unique vase. "Grandma's Vase" is on view under Artwork in the Still Life gallery. xo

 "Grandma's Vase"

"Grandma's Vase"

Christine O'Brien