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Hand Drill, Planes, and Saws Hand Drill, Planes, and Saws Hand Drill, Planes, and Saws

On 20, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In | By Caren Hackman

Hand Drill, Planes, and Saws

These pieces belonged to Nathan Katz, a furniture refinisher and my great grandfather. Soon the painting will be passed down to my daughter and the tools will go to my son, a talented wood worker.

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag, 15” x 11” and 15″ x 22″ $450 and  NFS

Straw Hat, Scissors and Trim Straw Hat, Scissors and Trim

On 20, Jun 2016 | No Comments | In | By Caren Hackman

Straw Hat, Scissors and Trim

My Grandpa often took me for, “outings” when I came to visit him. The first stop was his dress making factory. All the other members of my family considered the factory a dirty, wholly unacceptable place for a child. I however, would search for treasure while Grandpa handled administrative jobs in the office. I often came away with sequins, rhinestones, button, and lace. I treasured it all and used the found objects in my artwork and garment construction. In early 2018, I used the last bits of velvet ribbon to trim the back of one of my YogaPainter pieces that was given as a wedding gift!

With work completed, Grandpa Abe and I would head to our second destination. As we drove, Grandpa played opera music loudly on the radio, sitting on the armrest in the center of his Chrysler’s bench seat, I could feel the music vibrations in my chest. Grandpa and I wore matching straw hats. He smoked a cigar and I “smoked” the metal tube from from the cigar. Our destination was Johnson Park in New Brunswick, NJ. There I played on the park equipment and collected peacock feathers.

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag 22” x 15”; $750, Scissors, Trim NFS

Chair and Pail

On 03, Jul 2012 | One Comment | In | By Caren Hackman

Chair and Pail

Would you believe this is the diaper pail that my parents used when my sisters and I were babies?

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag, 22” x 30”, $950

Eggs and Bowl

On 20, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Caren Hackman

Eggs and Bowl

The wooden bowl and chopper belonged to several generations of women on my mother’s side of the family. To this day, I continue to use the chopper. The bowl, is semi-retired and  sits in my kitchen cabinet, but is rarely used for fear of intensifying a small crack that has formed in the wood.

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag, 22” x 15”; $750

Hulda’s Chair

On 20, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Caren Hackman

Hulda’s Chair

Hulda’s Chair was painted during a 2005 Artist in Residence that I served at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. I painted this piece en plain air in the back of the “birthplace cottage.” Hulda was HH’s mother.

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag, 22” x 30”; $950

Quaker School House

On 20, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By Caren Hackman

Quaker School House

The Keepsake Series grew from my love of utilitarian objects. I am fascinated by simple tools and their ability to create. There is great beauty in the humble, worn chair backs and tool handles that I paint. These items have served generations and I feel privileged to be able to paint them.
Watercolor on 100% Arches cotton rag, 22” x 30”; $950