Friday, October 24, 2008

Wheelie Cute

I must have a severe case of arrested development, because I can't get enough of vintage and antique toys. Pull toys are among my faves, especially if they involve folksy looking animals.

This vintage cow-on-wheels has a primitive look that would go nicely in any country kitchen:

William H. Roy is a talented carver who offers a number of delightful critters on wheels in his workshop. I fancy the rabbit:

And finally, ebay remains one of the best bets for scoring deals on antique toys. This composition sheep pull toy is as sweet as can be:

Bid now, before she "rolls" away!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Michael Banks Florals

Folk artist Michael Banks is a major talent. He also has a compelling personal story which informs his art: a life spent battling poverty, depression and other demons.

While he's better known for his figural works, I admire his florals just as much. This painting, "Early Spring", is currently offered at Oliver's Southern Folk Art:

Apparently, Banks uses a tar undercoat in his paintings. I like how it gives his still lifes a palpable intensity. Here's another, "Swingers", from American Folk Art and Framing:

I can't wait to see more from him!