Monday, September 19, 2011

Cast Iron Skillet

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
Kitchen Essentials #5... I loved painting this one!  I love the subject (my trusty Griswold No. 10 iron skillet) and especially loved how quickly it came together (not one bit of agonizing which let me tell you was a treat.)

Speaking of Griswolds... when I looked at the bottom of this pan to see what the brand was (I have another this size... a Wagner Ware) and saw the name Griswold it got me thinking about another Griswold that was in my life... who is sadly not with us anymore. 

For over ten years, we shared our lives with a big handsome chocolate lab named Griswold — he was a high-energy stick-loving tail-waggin' love.  We got him indirectly through an animal shelter here in Massachusetts — a friend of a friend worked at the shelter and was (thankfully) able to talk Grizz's owner at the time out of having him put to sleep.  He wanted to put him to sleep not due to any behavioral issue on Grizz's part or anything... he just didin't like the idea of him going to a home where he might not be treated well (huh?  so let's kill him instead!?).  Anyway, the guy who worked at the shelter had two labs at home and convinced the man that he himself would take him home — the man agreed (after 45 minutes of discussion!)  Well, when this good samaritan got home with lab #3, his roommate said... uh, no... three is too many, so they called around and long story short (well, not much shorter!), we met him, I fell in love at first sight and that was that.

Here's a picture of our good ole Grizzlybelle taken in June of 2009 just before he passed on:

Waaah!  What a good boy.  He was 13 years old and had a great life.


  1. How wonderful you were able to provide ten (more) wonderful years to this gorgeous animal! He's so beautiful and I bet he was a fantastic companion!! We have a two pound kitties and we enjoy them sooo much.

  2. thanks for the nice comment diane -- he really was a good pal. are your two pound kitties the ones you've been featuring in your paintings lately?