Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hamilton Beach Mixer No. 30

oil on canvas

24'' x 36"

It's taken a week, but I've finally completed the first pass on my "big" painting. Before I go any further I suppose I should identify what it is, so those of you who don't recognize it right away won't wrack your brains trying to figure it out. It's a vintage Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer Number 30. This is an unusual crop, but I wanted to concentrate on the mechanical portion of the machine. I love the big chrome head with its' vents, and on/off switch. Plus at this size you get a good view of the room reflected in the motor housing.

I have no idea how popular this subject may or may not be, but I have to say I've really enjoyed working on it so far. I recently purchased a bunch of vintage kitchen appliances on ebay to paint, and this is the item I wanted to begin with. It's just so cool looking. This is the first painting I've done in a while where I have allowed myself to work methodically, without pushing to finish quickly. It's a luxury I know, but I want to push the envelope with this piece.

PlusOne in London hasn't made an offical decision as yet, but I did receive an email yesterday stating that the paintings had arrived safely, and, "they are lovely". I think that's a good sign. They've also asked about larger paintings. If this one turns out the way I hope it will, I'll offer it to them, and cross my fingers once again.


Jelaine Faunce said...

Fabulous piece! I absolutely love it.

Chris said...

I'm really excited to see how this turns out! And I think the composition is fantastic.

Cindy Revell said...

Neil, this painting turned out wonderful. The elegant greys are such a good background for the mixer's wealth of detail. As usual, beautiful light. Working larger was a success!

Like you I am experimenting with working larger, 24 x 36. A wonderfully challenging stretch for someone who works no larger than 16 x 20. Those big brushes suddenly don't seem so big when you're working on a big canvas. Can't quite imagine doing one twice that size.

Best of luck with PlusOne.


Karin Jurick said...

The painting is GORGEOUS Neil. Kudos. Do more.

Anonymous said...

I also have one of these appliances - from family - so I recognized it immediately!
Love your work. Will be coming to Atlanta soon . . . any place other than the Twinhouse Gallery to see your work in person?


Ray George said...

Neil, I sent PlusOne an email. They would do very well to add you to their artists. Gail and I go each summer for a couple of months and will go by there this May. I hope to see your work there.

In the meantime, I hear that you are doing some work for a Feb show at Twinhouse. We sure want another piece to go with our pool balls we got last year. Any other new work? The clouds were fantastic.

Ray in Memphis.

Steven said...

Super! Inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Nice piece Neil so far. One comment that I would like to make is that it takes the mystery away when you show you palette like that and the work in transition especially considering how atmospheric you stills are.
Mind you it was interesting for me to see all the same
Love you work

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks all for the high-fives. In regards to the second anonymous comment. I've received numerous requests in the past for a look at work in progress. This image was a response to those. Thanks again, Neil

Anonymous said...

Great work; love anything vintage. I enjoyed seeing your palette and how neat your studio is! I especially like your brush holder.

A Reason to Paint said...

What a blast from the past - can't wait to see your other vintage appliances painted up.

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