Sunday, January 10, 2010

Of Art and Hardware

I painted this little acrylic last autumn when the trees were at their most colorful best.  I liked the way the roof of the bus station contrasted with the red leaves, and I have always been a sucker for old-time signs.  One of my favorite ways to waste time is to go down to my local Ace hardware and pick up cleaning supplies, or paint, or glass for framing.  While I wasn't thrilled with my lettering in this painting, I was flattered and pleased to get an email from a man yesterday requesting permission to put the image on his website.

John Mcvey comes from a family whose living is made in the hardware store business.  His website is an ode to hardware, in his town and everywhere.  I was fascinated to browse through his site, a collection of all things hardware.  My favorite part has hardware related articles, poems, stories, photos and artwork.  I think I could have as much fun browsing through his online collection as I have considering which drawer pulls might be candidates for updating my bedroom dresser, or dreaming about which paint chip would be just perfect to brighten the studio.  On cold days like this (it's below zero this morning) it sure it warmer than going out.

Here's the link if you would like to see:


Teri C said...

Oh geez, I really thought this was a photo! The colors are perfect and complimentary.

JoAnn said...

I love your picture on his blog. It adds a (much-needed) splash of color and poignancy.

John McVey said...

It's a great painting, and I'm grateful for permission to use it. The hardware literature page is mainly bibliographic; slightly more color can be found at a separate page on my family's involvement — that ended a few years ago — in hardware.
Thanks again.

Pam Hughes said...

Love this one Sherry. I'd love to own it. The colors are perfect!

Leslie Hawes said...

I really like this!