Archive for April, 2014


April 30, 2014

Transition by K Henderson

Transition, 16 x 20, oil on cradled board

 tran·si·tion/tranˈziSHən/ Noun:The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

“Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent.”

This Trompe L’Oeil painting shows the transition between Clark Kent and Superman. And, yes, the “Frame” is part of the painting.


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The Faces We Wear by K Henderson

April 29, 2014
The Faces We Wear by K Henderson
The Faces We Wear, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board

I got a vintage Pinocchio paper doll earlier this year and fell in love with the Long Nose Mask. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to build a painting around it. Then when I found an Edwardian Era paper mask, the trompe l’oeil still life came together.

Also included in the still life is a Joker with a mask, a wooden Block (M is for mask), and a cover from Black Mask pulp magazine. The magazine also has a bottle of poison on it (covered by the ribbon)so I added a bottle to the mix. The ribbon? I just liked it and wanted to paint it.


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The Faces We Wear detail  fini


Air Mail by K Henderson

April 28, 2014
Air Mail by  K Henderson
Air Mail, 24 x 20, oil on cradled board

This is another painting in my Flight series. I have a fondness for well played with vintage toys. This airplane has almost all of the paint worn off as well as a missing propeller.

The Trompe L’Oeil painting also has a torn pulp magazine cover, an airmail letter dated 1946, and airmail stamps.

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One Fish, Two Fish

April 27, 2014

One Fish, Two Fish by K. Henderson

One Fish Two Fish, 30 x 36, oil on linen

This painting is from my Stripes series. The black and white striped fabric, red cranberry glass and glass fish are on a reflective surface

The title is , of course, from Dr. Suess’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


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April 26, 2014

double sealedby K. Henderson

Double Sealed, 24 x 12, oil on cradled board

This is my from my series “Toys in a Box” . I was interested in this composition because of the contrasts in the painting: the light and the dark, the shiny metallic seal and the flat surface of the wooden seal. One seal in confined in the box and the other is free with the floating ball.


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Beau Brummell Work In Progress Day 1

April 25, 2014

Beau Brummel 1 WIP

Beau Brummell, WIP Day 1


Welcome to my New Series of Paintings: Hats!

As you know by now I collect things. And, yes, Vintage Hats are among those things. Time to add them to my paintings subjects.

This painting shows a Derby (or Bowler), a walking Cane with a silver handle, a pair of kid gloves and a hat box.

Stay tuned for the next installment

Gumballs and Peppermint – still life

April 24, 2014

Gumballs and Peppermint by KHenderson

Gumballs and Peppermint, oil on canvas, 24 x 36

This is another in my series of striped paintings. Here is a striped bowl with gumballs and a polka dot bowl with peppermints. I got this plate at a thrift store and I believe it is handmade.

My favorite part of the painting is the stripes reflecting in the bowls

gumball and peppermint detail



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Strawberry Reflections – Still life in oil

April 23, 2014

strawberry reflections by KHenderson

Strawberry Reflections, 30 x 30, oil on linen


I love Strawberry Season! These strawberries overflow the silver Strawberry Boat (formerly a Gravy Boat) onto a reflective surface so you twice the strawberry beauty.


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Red Globe II – K. Henderson Still Life

April 22, 2014

Red Globe II

Red Globe II, oil on linen, 30 x 30


Stripes and silver and red: My favorites! I’ve been working on this painting, off and on, for a while now and I’m pleased with the results.

The still life had a brass goblet which you don’t see. The gold reflections still remain in the bowl adding additional color and design.


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Music Box

April 21, 2014

Music box by K henderson

Music Box, 10 x 8, oil on cradled board


I love vintage tin wind-up toys. This cheery little big was begging to be painting. He looks ready to great the spring day emerging from the cigar box into the morning light.

This is from my continuing series ‘Toys in a Box’


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