Lately on Facebook I have been posting some of the paintings that feature an enamel mug, and I was asked to post photos of the series. I have included both photos and text.
I had visited the historic faming property Cheshunt on a few occasions before I found an enamel mug that has been (or will be) featured in 10 paintings to date. In some the mug has been the ‘star’, while in others it’s played a more passive role.
1. Thirsty Ground, Cheshunt – my first painting with the mug and the least successful. Here the mug was a symbol of the fragility of farming, the dependence on water to make farming viable. I made the mug too prominent and it’s placed at the wrong angle.
2. Silence at the Table – my most successful painting, winner of the 2010 City of Burnie Art Prize. This painting is full of questions and there are numerous answers depending on one’s imagination.
3. Silent Light – the mug has a more diminutive role as it sits above the fireplace in a dilapidated room dominated by a strong light. Winner of the Heritage Prize at Meandering 2010.
4. Enamel Mugscape – a prize winner at the TasArt Awards, Burnie. The mug is surrounded by its shapes, colours and patterns.
5. Cold Tea, Cheshunt – highly commended, Tasmanian Art Awards at Eskleigh. A macro view of the mug and its surroundings.
6. In the Light of Silence – this time the old enamel mug has been replaced with a clean, white china mug, a symbol of a new beginning.
7. Landscape Souvenir – the mug is the sole feature, a record of the surrounding landscape, a time capsule.
8. WIP 1. – inside the lounge room of the old former shearers’ quarters, the mug lays on a table that holds many stories.
9. WIP 2. – another (smaller) single object study with an image inside it of nearby Mother Cummings Peak.
10. WIP 3. - a view looking outside from the hallway of the shearers’ quarters.
I hope to finish all 3 ‘works in progress’ by the end of the year.
The mug continues to provide me with inspiration and I’m sure that it will feature in more paintings to come.