Monday, March 2, 2009

Picasso Coffee Pot

Picasso Coffee Pot | 5"x8" | oil on hardboard

The percolator coffee pot. It was the common form of brewing coffee until the 70s, when the automatic drip pot became the brewing method of choice. Remember the Joe DiMaggio commercials for Mr. Coffee?

I picked this pot up at the Goodwill store in LeMars a couple months ago thinking it might be a good subject for a painting. This is a pot made by Hoover. The little knob at the base allowed you to make it mild or strong.

The title of the painting came from the first thoughts I had as I started to paint the chrome. I was painting the shapes and reflections as I saw them (see detail below), but when I'd look at the painting, all I could see were odd shapes of a variety of colors, much like a Picasso cubist painting. Then, all of a sudden those random shapes started looking like the chrome coffee pot I was attempting to create.

Picasso Coffee Pot | detail

You've got to admit that the shape and style of these chrome beauties sure are nicer to look at than a Mr. Coffee maker.

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  1. Isn't this something. I'd been thinking about painting my chrome coffee pot, but yours is going to be a hard act to follow. I'll second Darren... Love it.