Espresso Pot – Still Life Daily Painting – Karen Winters

Java Jolt
5 x 7 inches oil on canvas panel

There was a time when I could drink espresso any time, day or evening after dinner and fall asleep like a baby. Well, a sleepy baby, not a cranky crying baby. My espresso drinking days may be over unless I can find a decaf drip. I would imagine Starbucks has something of that sort, too. Christmas Blend ground for expresso sounds pretty darn good, in fact. With steamed skim milk and a dash of hazelnut flavored syrup. Yum.

Anyway, this is our old espresso pot which has seen better days, but has been well loved and used. It hung by the handle off of a pot rack and hit the floor once, but it kept working just fine although a bit misshapen. This little painting started out as a study to see how i could render the different facets of the aluminum vessel using an Anders Zorn palette of white, black, yellow ochre and cadmium red.



  1. Rainbow
    November 23, 2009

    Really beautiful.

  2. Alissa
    November 23, 2009

    Lovely Karen – it has that wonderful burnished aluminium look to it and looks well loved and used. The reflections are so subtle but work so well

  3. shelly
    November 23, 2009

    This is wonderful!

  4. lynn
    November 23, 2009

    This is wonderful. I really like the way you worked the limited palette.

  5. Martine
    November 23, 2009

    Beautiful painting. You’ve given your old coffee pot a new life!

  6. Shirley
    November 23, 2009

    LOVE it!!! what a beautiful rendering of the surfaces.

  7. Timaree (freebird)
    November 23, 2009

    Hi Karen. This is a lovely soft painting of your old pot. It inspired me to post a photo on Facebook of my pot which I’ve never used. I took the pic for a lesson in a photography class (online class of course). Now if I could only learn to paint!

  8. Jan
    November 23, 2009

    This is really outstanding, Karen! The yellow ochre and cadmium red accents are perfect!

  9. Margaret
    November 23, 2009

    I think this is wonderful – you have captured the pot beautifully.

  10. annie
    November 23, 2009

    Good ole Pot Full of Memories. As Alissa and the rest have said, it has been handled and loved into a burnished patina.

    I am fascinated by limited palettes and will now have to try this one.

  11. Judy
    November 23, 2009

    very beautifully painted Karen! love this palette : )

  12. Rachel
    November 23, 2009

    I can tell it is well loved :) Great picture Karen!

  13. Jo Castillo
    November 23, 2009

    Great job with the colors and light. I ordered a no fat, decaf, latte in Española, New Mexico, a few years ago and the clerk said, “Oh, you want an AWT.” “What?” I asked. Clerk, “A Waste of Time!” Sigh……

  14. Susan Hosken
    November 23, 2009

    Karen, Your coffee pot is beautifully done. it is lovely to see the challenge done in oils.
    lots of love from susan in australia

  15. Possum Patty
    November 23, 2009

    Outstanding! Success with the limited palette. Congrats.

  16. Alex Tan
    November 23, 2009

    Simply love the way you apply colors onto everything. You never fail to amaze your crowd Karen.

  17. Sandy
    November 24, 2009

    Fantastic, Perfect!! You do not paint many “items” but obviously you capture them with great beauty!

  18. Melissa S.
    November 24, 2009

    This is quite simply, outstanding. Beautiful work.

  19. Lesley
    November 25, 2009

    This is a lovely study, I really admire the way you have captured the shine of the metal! I am thinking of painting my take on this EDM tomorrow if I get time, I’m a Yorkshire girl in England so it has to be a pot of tea!!

  20. Marian Fortunati
    November 25, 2009

    Amazing how time changes us in small (and large) ways isn’t it??
    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  21. hfm
    November 26, 2009

    Great work!

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