This is a commissioned piece for a local nurse practitioner who wanted a still life painting to appeal to little boys. The irony is that most of the toys belong to my girls. But, we did have to borrow the mitt and baseball from one of my daughter’s friends.
I painted it at the Oregon State Fair. Demonstrating watercolor while stopping answer questions about other paintings, prints, and cards is always a bit of a hat-trick for me. Detailed paintings require great concentration, and loose paintings are easily spoiled by stopping at the wrong moment. This painting is full of small shapes and distinct items, making it a perfect painting to do in public. Each object could be treated as a separate little painting and there was very little glazing that might be spoiled by stopping at the wrong moment. No the less, I did wait to do the final touches back in the studio.
Since then it’s been waiting in my studio for my client to come home from vacation. I delivered it to her this morning and she’s pleased. The studio looks a little empty, but I’m replacing it with other things.
The original was sold before I began, but fine art prints are available here.