Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blue bottle & Bear

I did it!...signed up, ie. committed to the WetCanvas Still Life Duo project that Laura alerted me to when she saw my Two Blue Bottles. You have to set up a still life with two objects, paint or draw it, then replace one object with another, paint, then keep the second object, and replace the first with another, etc. Sounds quite fun and I must say I enjoyed painting this bottle more the second time around. I chose the teddy as something totally complementary to the hard, cool bottles. He's the epitome of an old nursery song -
Fuzzy-wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy-wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, wuz he?
His right front paw was repaired by my childish hands, using an old cotton nappy, which has shredded to bits, and all his other paws have the stuffing exposed to the elements. I just hope he doesn't disintegrate completely, this 51 year old friend, the only remnant of my childhood I still have - and I have to keep him hidden from our dog, who has been found guilty of several teddy murders!

9 comments:

laura said...

Yay! I'm glad you signed up--you'll inspire me! I love your teddy--what a sweet face; his demeanor or bearing (ha!) is very proud. I'm finding I like my objects better on the 2nd go-round too!

Chris said...

Ah sweet! I know that teddy well! Nice to see him again. I like your blue bottle much more with him leaning up against it

Gillian said...

Ummm - the above comment was ME, GPH! I don't know why my son Chris popped up here - he must have signed on to our computer for something...

Vivienne said...

What a great project, and a lovely response to it. I can't wait to see who or what teddy meets up with next.

Ramblingroses said...

Teddy is obviously treasured. The Mouse who features on my blog has had to undergo similar trials - a tummy tuck when his insides spewed out becuase he was being used as a soccer ball, a dislocated shoulder stitched after being flung about by my boisterous grandson Zach and an eye tranplant because his eyes mysteriously fell off. He survives to tell the tale but has a new ailment. His ears have become floppy which he feels doesn't quite suit his character. I think I may just starch them - any other suggestions?

Cathy Gatland said...

The inspiration is mutual, Laura - he does have a sweet face, but I wonder why Im choosing such complicated subjects!

Chris!?...um, Gillian! I was wondering who that was - thought it might be Jane (& Chris)- she is a teddy bear fanatic

Vivienne, it'll be something simpler to paint!

Sorry to hear of Mouse's woes, Jill - little boys! - I had suspicions of Ali's involvement in the teddy massacres too. If only starch would fix my floppy bits ;o)

Ramblingroses said...

CHUCKLE.........

Adam Cope said...

it's not the teddy that puzzles me so much as the empty bottle besides him...now if were a bibby of milk....

paint well & enjoy yourself

Cathy Gatland said...

Ah, that didn't occur to me Adam, not very good to have an empty gin bottle propping up the teddy, but he is a very old bear and the gin shared amongst many over long summer evenings :o)