Vintage Paint Boxes

Have you seen Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage? She travelled around the U.S. and took pictures of places that mean something to her (not her usual celebrity portraits, which are gorgeous of course, but the subjects in Pilgrimage are infinitely more interesting). There’s a photo of Georgia O’Keefe’s pastels. They’re worn down and used and the photo really tells a story.

So I started looking for vintage paint boxes on ebay, just to see if I could find anything interesting. There are so many! The top one is antique French with watercolor blocks of pigment, and the bottom one is just a kid’s paint box with the paints labeled. I like it because even though it is for children, they use color names like ‘Nile Green’ and ‘Vermillion’.

I would love to travel around like Annie Leibovitz and just paint Matisse’s paint box, or Picasso’s studio. It would make a great book don’t you think?

6 Responses to “Vintage Paint Boxes”

  1. colleen says:

    Do you use watr colors for your paintings?

  2. Erika says:

    Oh, your paintings are so beautiful! ♥

  3. Frances says:

    Artist painting other artist’s tools. A wonderful ideal. Love this. You are quite an inspiration.

  4. marni says:

    this reminds me of my grandma. when i was little she loved to show me how to mix colors. my favorite thing to do was rinse the brush and make the water dirty. :)

  5. Cecilia says:

    Oh that is such a lovely idea. I’d love to paint Jackie’s sunglasses… or the steps of the Met.

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