EDiM 6-Relic: From Ma and Grandma's Kitchen, ink and watercolor 5x7"

EDiM 6-Relic: From Ma and Grandma’s Kitchen, ink and watercolor 5×7″

I wasn’t happy with the first two tries (posted below) for the prompt “a relic or something handed down from family” so started over with the simpler subjects pictured above: my grandmother’s yellow mixing bowl; a serving spoon with part of its pink handle broken off and my favorite spoon that I eat with all the time, both remnants of my mother’s 50s kitchen with their pre-plastic Bakelite handles. And last, my grandmother’s beat up old jar opener that she used to pop open her homemade dill pickle jars. I use it all the time to open jars and think of her each time I do.

EDiM 6-Relic: 3-hole vase and roses #2, ink and watercolor 7x5 in

EDiM 6-Relic: 3-hole vase and roses #2, ink and watercolor 7×5 in’

Above is my second attempt, some roses from my garden in a little vase my mother gave me. It’s really complicated with “arms” reaching around and circling three round-bellied vessels, all connected.

Below is the first attempt, sketched outdoors in blinding sun that messed with my judgment of color and value. Also below is an attempt at drawing what the vase looks like from a different perspective. Also a fail.

EDiM 6-Relic: 3-hole vase and roses #1, ink and watercolor 7x5 in

EDiM 6-Relic: 3-hole vase and roses #1, ink and watercolor 7×5 in

The color of the roses was so pretty…much nicer than anything I could paint.

Photo of vase and flowers I sketched from life

Photo of vase and flowers I sketched from life

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  1. As difficult as it was, I think you captured it pretty well. Love the roses!

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  2. I have a pickle jar open too. It was my mother’s and I use it all the time. Wonderful little inventions. Nice drawing of it.

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  3. It does look difficult to draw, but you did a great job. The flowers in the upper one do catch the intensity of the color. Beautiful!

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  4. Lovely! Grandma’s jar opener is also great to use to open stubborn paint tubes!

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    • You’re so right!!! I just discovered that when I had it in the studio and couldn’t open a tube. Now I need to get another one so I can have one for home and studio.

      On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM, JanasJournal.com wrote:

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  5. Hi Jana, I ended up buying a few on Ebay for reasonable prices. When my daughter saw them, she had to have one too, but for opening jars. And your work is great to see! Love it so much!! Blessings always!

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