Last summer I received a large commission to paint fox hunting themes on six galvanized tubs to be used for bottled beverages on ice. They all have a spigot, which is not attached in the photos for easy draining of the water from the melted ice. They are to be used for catered private parties by my client, and possibly at the horse show venues at the Kentucky Horse Park. The KHP is closed right now due to the corona virus, but you can still walk around outside and see the amazing sculpture park.
The round tubs are 1′ high by 2′ across, and the oblong tubs are 1′ high by 2′ wide and 4′ long. They are painted with latex house paint and sealed with two coats of spar urethane.
All artwork by Denny Martindale and copyright Denny Martindale.
One of the commissions I did last year for Christmas was to paint a hummingbird on a teaspoon. My Mom had already picked out a nice sugar spoon that she wanted me to paint a bird on, so I painted them together. My client and her recipient as well as my Mom all loved them, and I hope you do too! Let me know in the comments!
Once again a client in Bavaria asked if I could paint on a couple of buckets for her to give this Christmas as gifts for their children. I said of course, and the hunt began for a couple of older buckets that were in decent shape. Some of the old buckets are in bad shape and actually need to be reshaped, but these were pretty good. They sent me some photos for reference, and I set to work prepping, painting and sealing. I finished them in time to ship out (international shipping takes a very long time during the month of December, so when the post office says to get your item in the mail by December 1, they mean it!) and received notification that they had arrived in Germany.
The insides of thebuckets are painted to have an antique metal appearance. They are both coated in spar urethane. I thoroughly enjoyed working on these pieces, and I just love the dress of the children and the flowers in their horse’s manes. As always I was happy to hear they arrived and everyone loved them. Thank you for looking and have a blessed day!
Earlier this year the familiar little guitar strum (that’s what it sounds like to me) on my phone went off notifying me of activity on my Etsy account. It was a message from a lady interested in commissioning me to paint a bucket for her. As we messaged back and forth regarding details, I discovered she lived in Bavaria, as in Bavaria, Germany! I am always amazed at how we can connect with people from all over the world, and am so honored when they appreciate my art.
She wanted the images to be of her and her husband driving her horse and carriage. The tricky part was she wanted the bucket in a particular size range, and, she wanted it to be oval. I said I would do some checking and get back with her, and I really didn’t think it would be too difficult to find something that would work as there are a lot of oval metal buckets out there.
I got online and started looking, perused numerous antique, junktique, and thrift stores and anything else that might have something that would work. My cell phone was starting to load up with numerous pictures of buckets, but none of them were the correct size. Finally, one popped up and it met all the necessary parameters. Thank you Jesus! I immediately sent my client photos and a description and everything was a go. As it turns out, I believe it is a vintage galvanized mop bucket, similar to the one the janitor used in our elementary school. The bracket underneath sat on a dolly or coaster of wheels and had a wringer mechanism on the top for the mop and the janitor would just roll it from room to room. Fortunately it was in good condition, so I immediately set to work cleaning and prepping it for paint.
Upon completion, I boxed it up and sent it on it’s way, praying for a safe and timely arrival. About a week later I received a notification that it had passed customs and arrived at her door. However, she stated she wanted to wait to open it until her birthday in a couple of weeks and would notify me then. My anticipation of her seeing it and letting me know how she liked it grew, and I was grateful when she replied that it was absolutely wonderful. I said I was honored to paint it for her, as I am with all of my clients. Below are a few photos of the Bavarian Carriage Tour Bucket.
Happy 4th of July, or, Independence Day, whichever you prefer! In honor of this wonderful holiday, I thought I would share with you the milk can that I painted late last summer titled ‘Freedom Can’. This full sized milk can features Old Glory as the background, with an eagle on one side and a horse on the other, then is topped off with 7 stars. It is painted with latex house paint (even the antiqued effect on the top rim, handles, upper band and bottom) then protected with two coats of spar urethane. I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed 4th of July!