Orchids and Old Things
Original Still Life Oil Painting
Orchids and Old Things is a still life painting by Kelly Borsheim. I, the artist, bought this rusty old door lock and the oil can at an antique
market in Florence, Italy, a couple of years ago. I was delighted when my new landlord, a retired iron worker, as well as a current farmer, told me that
no one ever uses these old oil cans anymore. Yes, that is part of why I was attracted to it!
Objects from our past give a sort of comfort and continuity to our lives. Rust is texturally rich and beautiful.
The delicate while orchids make a nice contrast, don't you think?
This canvas has a different texture from many of my others. I bought a bunch of stuff from a Swiss artist who was moving away from Florence, Italy, to go to
New York. This was one of his pre-prepped canvases, although still blank, other that the colored texture, when I received it. In December 2015, I moved from
Florence to the hills in Tuscany, some distance away from the city. My home was not quite ready yet, so I began this painting while I was living in temporary
quarters nearby. The final touches were finally added by March 2016 after the move and more work by my landlord, others, and me continued.
I hope you enjoy this painting and that these detail images give you a good idea of how she looks in real life.
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