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New Collage by me…….. In Honor of the Antiques Roadshow….

I don’t keep with the Kardashians and don’t watch any weekly shows other than the Antiques Roadshow and Modern Family. It is so much pleasure to watch someone like Leigh or Leslie Keno talk about something you might think of as boring, they make it fascinating. I remember seeing Mr. Keno talk about an old sugar chest. It used to be kept under lock and key. Its very interesting to see how he comes up with dates and locations to where furniture was made. I wanted to make some furniture of my own in honor of the great work they do on the Antiques Roadshow.

I always shoot pictures of my collage work in the light and dark as the paper I use in some parts is highly reflective in some places. The chair shimmers best in low darkness, due to the reflective properties of the paper.

In addition, if you watch the Roadshow I hope you have seen the episode on the hit television series “Frasier.” It is hilarious as Martin the dad owns a bear clock that came from the Romanoff Family. The Crane family thinks they are now blue bloods.

Since I watch business news channels most of the time such as CNBC, and the Keno Brothers appeared on this channel in a new series titled “Buried Treasure.” The brothers visit old and abandoned houses. The episode I saw the brothers went to a house where the owner had passed away. The brother wanted someone to come in, sell the good stuff  and give it to his children.

I like to think of the collectors house as being a form of living art. I wanted this collector to live in a old mansion, but with modern looking accessories, like the rug. This collector is in their 50’s and enjoys the art deco period the most. A favorite artist of this collector is Erte.

Artist of the moment…..Joseph Whiting Stock

Joseph Whiting Stock was an American artist renown for his work with portraits, especially oilograms as they were known, paintings of dead people and in particular children. Joseph Whiting Stock was born in 1815, some reports say 1818, in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

price range information: Most works priced $20,000 to $70,000 and worked in oils and pastels.

What I enjoy most about Stock is that he had to overcome tremendous obstacles just to get by, and yet he persisted in being an artist.  The artist was horribly injured when he was eleven and this accident made him a paraplegic. The artist had a special wheelchair to allow him to travel about to paint.

Below a great clip from my favorite the wonderful Antiques Roadshow. A guest appears with a painting she thought was by another artist. In the end it turns out to be by J.W. Stock.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201203A34.html

Never married.

He did keep a journal that I highly recommend for funny insights.

I like to think of Stock as a Victorian era painter for his attention to the way he painted carpets, furniture, children holding small objects, and pets.

Stock was self taught and is sometimes classified in the folk art or primitive art genre.

For his bread and butter income of the oilograms, Stock would spend the winter prepping canvases. He might paint the crib and all but the face. Later he would be asked to do  a commissioned work he would already have 90% of the work finished!

I also think of Stock as a precursor to the hand and foot painters of modern times. People who overcome tremendous difficulties with their motor skills just to make art.

Stock passed away in 1855 at the age of forty after contracting the disease tuberculosis.

 

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