Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vintage Style Fanta Soda Bottle Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

English Muffin and a Cup of Tea Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6"/$69

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I do enjoy experimenting with overhead views sometimes - it is amazing what looking at something in a new and unexpected way can reveal.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On the Easel - Vintage Coffee Grinder Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 10" x 8" - Still drying

I really am a collector of vintage objects, I suppose. I believe I inherited this piece from my aunt. It is one of those objects where I truly admire the attention to the design that the maker put in. Note the details on the top of the grinder, which have a permanent yellowed tone settled in around the edges. That was one of the aspects that made this piece fun to paint. I also like lighting the pieces dramatically in order to get both the extreme highlights (as on the wooden handle tip and drawer knob), and the extreme darks on the left shaded sides. I don't actually know much about what era this piece is from, but now I want to look it up!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the Easel - Vintage Camera 3

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6" - Still drying

This is the third camera from the vintage cameras I inherited from my grandfather. I really loved working on this camera even more than the others because the front art deco panel is pretty scratched up and the edges of the camera fairly worn. I wasn't sure how I was going to convincingly paint these aspects of the camera until I got up to that point, but I've been very surprised to learn how much I like painting worn, vintage objects.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Cake 2 Daily Oil Painting

Oil on panel, 5" x 7"/SOLD

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Grandma's Vintage Flour Sifter Daily Oil Painting

Oil on linen mounted on panel, 6" x 6"/SOLD on Etsy.

I painted this using my Grandma's old metal flour sifter as a model. I loved the dents and rust, and although I'll probably never use the sifter in my cooking, I'll always keep it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On the Easel Today - Grandpap's Vintage Camera 2 Daily Oil Painting

Just finished today - Vintage Camera 2 (Brownie Target six-20), oil on linen mounted on board, 8" x 10".

I painted this using another of my grandfather's vintage cameras as a model. From what I understand, this box camera was manufactured between 1941 and 1946. It's a bit worn on the edges, which I think gives it character that made it great for painting. I also have to say that I find older cameras to be works of art in and of themselves, with the detailed gold design on the face of the camera. It may not be worth much on the market, but I like owning little bits of history like this, especially when I think about how many photos of my family were taken years ago with it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Save 25% at My Etsy Shop During July

"Souvenir," oil on panel, 5" x 5"/SOLD - Archival reproductions available at My Etsy Shop

Hey folks, I'm cleaning out my studio to make room for new work! Visit My Etsy Shop and save 25% on any order (including small oil paintings and archival reproductions), now through the end of July. Just use coupon code STARS25 when you check out. Any problems, please email me at kimtestoneartist@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting!

Another Dollar Bill Trompe L'Oeil Daily Painting - Commission

5" x 5", oil on panel/SOLD

I recently painted a trompe l'oeil piece of a folded dollar bill taped to a board and auctioned it on eBay. One of the bidders who didn't win contacted me afterward and asked if I would do another. So nice of her to do so! Plus, I think it was a bit more fun to do this second time around. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Grandpap's Vintage Camera 1 Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD on Etsy

I painted this using one of my Grandfather's vintage cameras​ as a model. I inherited three of his cameras when he passed away a few years ago. He was a Pennsylvania coal miner and the only member of my family with any artistic ability - drawing. He loved his wife and daughters, and it makes me smile to think about how many of the boxes of old photos we have were taken with this camera.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Glazed Donut with Coffee 2 Daily Oil Painting

6" x 6", oil on linen mounted on panel/SOLD