From Grandmother to Granddaughter with Love

I wish I could learn the background story of the collectables I discover at thrift stores for Tchotchke painting references. Those historical facts would attach human emotion to that object, which in turn, would influence how I project that special connection in the painting. Not all the collectables I acquire for reference are from resale shops. I have also been inspired to create paintings with borrowed collectables that still have a “home”. These collectables, thankfully, come with their special stories. One such story is depicted 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 it’s 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 hand written notes, much less, letters. I was excited to portray the emotional connection to this collectable 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, 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 A O'Brien