‘A Fresh Start and a Teacup’ Completed

A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 9

Painting is a bit of an adventure, I never quite know what a piece will look like until it is finished.

Well, here is the one I have been working on for the past many month now finally completed.

Painting of Tui bird and windowsill with china

The bird outside the window is the well loved New Zealand Tui on one of his favourite nectar plants, New Zealand flax.

Apple Trug

A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 8

apples-talitha-brauchliHere are the latest additions to the painting that I am working on at present; this quaint English trug with apples and a little aqua coloured teacup.

Sweeties Anyone?

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This beautiful antique sugar shaker is an original piece of ‘Cornish Kitchen Ware’ made by T.G.Green in Church Gresley, Derbyshire. They used a clever lathe-turning technique that scraped blue slip away from the ceramic to reveal the white bands of clay beneath. Apparently, it reminded an employee of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Cornwall and this is how it got the name ‘Cornishware’.
This piece has one of the very early backstamps dating it to about the 1930’s.

Well, it has been my privilege to add this to the painting I am working on for my friend, the shaker having special significance to her since it belonged to her grandmother. And that is not the only sweet thing I have added to my painting lately, I have also been working on a lolly jar filled with bullseyes to bring in plenty of red as an accent to the overall blue of the painting.


Glass Bottles

       A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 6


Lately I have been painting… well, more bottles. From left to right the bottles are;
Mellor & Co. Worcester,
Paterson’s Ess “Camp” Coffee and Chicory, Glasgow,
Tonking’s Linseed Emulsion W. T. & Co. USA,
British Independent Dairies (milk bottle),
A. J. White Ltd,
The little tiny one with the broken top is unmarked.

The picture below shows the current amount painted so far and is about a quarter of the total size that this painting will be when completed.





Wooden Clothes-Pegs

       A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 5


Wooden clothes-pegs (also known as clothes pins in the US) make wonderful things for kids to turn into little dolls. These antique ones may not be so well suited to making dolls but they have peculiar charm in their imperfections, each one being shaped a little differently.

Well, here’s what I have been up to lately in my painting.


Cupcake Papers

A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 4


So it’s time to paint some spoons and things in the milk jug that I painted before. The slideshow below shows some of the in between stages. I changed one of the wooden handles from my original layout to a silver handle instead since I am going to try to bring more silver items into the painting.

I have also added these little cupcake papers which go with the blue theme of the painting.
And here is how the painting looks at this stage.
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Quarter Pint & Paper Straws

A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 3

My mother remembers drinking free school milk with waxed paper straws.


These straws are modern replicas but the little glass bottle I am going to paint is a real antique one with the words ‘milk treatment station’ on one side and ‘quarter pint’ on the other. From what I gather it was probably used for cream.

And here goes with the painting.Milk Bottle by Talitha Brauchlimilk-bottle-talitha-brauchli-2milk-bottle-talitha-brauchli-3milk-bottle-talitha-brauchli-4

Kete Sculpture

I thought I would share the latest piece of my mother Susan Brauchli’s artwork. It is a sculpture of a kete basket with New Zealand fantails in bronze and cast glass wavelets. It also features a little feather in solid silver. The kete is modeled after the same one I used in the painting ‘Out Fishing’.

You can see more of her work as well as the art of my brother Matthew Brauchli on wildbronze.com.

Milk jug


A Fresh Start and a Teacup Part 2

I love to work from tube paints and Schmincke watercolour paints have beautiful strong hues.

Blue Watercolor Paint on China Palettes

These dark blues I am mixing here are for the pretty little milk jug which is a piece of English made Staffordshire Chef Ware. But first I will build up the shadows of the cream part of the jug.

Milk Jug Painted by Talitha Brauchli

Milk Jug Painted by Talitha Brauchli

By putting the dark saturated colours last, you reduce the risk of them bleeding into the lighter areas since they are already finished and dry.

Milk Jug Painted by Talitha Brauchli

The inside of the jug will have to wait until the objects inside it have been painted.