Mum’s Jug

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

These early paintings feature one of the earthenware jars my mother gave me a couple of years ago, almost an entire life-time after she had received it from her mother. It is made of a special grey clay, found along the river Rhine in Germany.


Jar, bowl with lemons, and apples” 
Oil on canvas, 2008 – 40 cm x 25 cm 
Traditional black frame 

The apples are Goudreinetten, a Dutch variety indispensable for our traditional apple pie. I bought them because they were twice the normal size and had a beautiful soft matte skin. Considering that my mother used to bake the best apple pie in the world, I liked the thought of combining them with the old jar.


Oil on board, 2008 – 18 cm x 13 cm

To complete the composition, and to add extra colour, I added a white bowl with some so called wild lemons. This bowl, incidentally, came from the same antique shop as the Regency decanter in another painting.


Oil on canvas – 40 cm x 50 cm 
gilt frame with linen inset 

I painted this still life a total of three times. The one I made last (top) was set in a black frame with a narrow gold effect band on the inside. The small panel version (middle) was used for a fine art greeting card, and the largest version was put in a gilded frame with a linen inset.


Fine Art Card (Giclée print) 
Lightfast inks on Museo paper 

Finally, Robert printed a limited quantity of these cards on Museo Art Card stock. They are quite effective when mounted and framed.