Here!" Hearing the
milkman making his rounds early in the morning as
a kid was always reassuring. It guaranteed that
the day was starting off right. I think I liked
him more during my summer vacation because when I
heard him I knew that I still had plenty of time
to sleep in...
old tablecloth with its fruit and leave pattern
helps create an early morning breakfast table.
of the inspiration for this painting comes from
this old magazine ad for a chocolate drink. The
illustrator really captured a great moment in
purchased a scale model of the milk truck and
designed my own 'logo' and name for the dairy.
I'll use this photo to help me pose my model,
which will be a milkman, carrying the four quarts
of milk and the pint of cream to one of his
made labels and matching bottle caps for all the
bottles. I also refurbished an old metal carrier
and made a red handle to top it off.
the right side of the painting is the cup of
coffee that has just received the cream from the
creamer which got its cream from the pint bottle,
which came from the milkman. I know you already
figured that out, but I try to make sense out of
all my props. If it doesn't help tell the story,
then I don't want it in the painting.
truly has posed as the milkman. I'm taking orders
from 'Carol the Camerawoman' at this point...
what my easel setup looks like.
begun the painting by blocking in the background
with thinned down oil. I've tried to be true to
the artist that illustrated the vitamin ad.
blocked in the bottles on the left, making sure
that I take in consideration the color on the
wall behind them.
with the bottles on the left, the cream bottle
has the illustration on the wall behind it and it
needs to show that image through the glass of the
what it looks like so far...
the creamer. Notice how the image in the
background shows through the glass, although
there was no way to actually put the creamer in
front of the background at the size needed.
jadite cup and saucer is blocked in. I have
always loved the way jadite glass looks in
milkman and his truck are now in place.
initial colors have been put into the tablecloth.
Now that I look at the entire painting completely
blocked in, I can see that I will have to make
some pretty heavy handed adjustments.
entire background is finished. Although it is
tough to see the difference in the two photos
above (I make no claims to being a professional
photographer), I have darkened the background
finished the tablecloth, softening its color and
warming its overall tone.
creamer is finished. It will have a little more
'pop' around its base when I darken the cast
a close-up of the milk bottles as I begin working
on them. Notice the shadows that are cast from
the red painted labels. They land on the milk
which is a 'milk bottle thickness' away. This
helps give dimension to the bottles.
finished the bottles but will have to wait for
them to dry to paint the wire carrier. If I paint
the metal basket it will smear the paint on the
cream bottle is also finished.
completed the milk truck today. My list is
getting shorter. Just need to paint the milkman,
the coffee cup, the milk bottle carrier and all
the cast shadows.
and saucer is completed. Now off to the milk
sometimes wonder how many more years I have left
of a steady hand. Doing those long narrow strokes
on the metal wire really takes all my
Milkman is ready for action!
a detail of the right corner, all finished!
here is the completed painting! This is probably
the brightest image I have painted to date. It
has a very fresh light feeling to it. I love it!