Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you enjoy my latest painting. I had a “ball” doing it.
Canning jars have a significance in American history, especially during the Great Depression. The Ball Corporation made their jars distinctive with the “Ball Blue Color” from 1915 to 1937. The Mason jar was patented in 1858 and various innovations and improvements were added to its design until 1915. Since the 1960’s, home canning dramatically fell in popularity but today these jars still remind us of an early time in American industrial manufacturing, the spirit of populism and a thrifty attitude. Nostalgia aside, American art and culture is still very much in step with the shape and style of its economic success. a success arguably due to industrialization, technology and a ruthless system of competition. Our common basic values remain the same, inventions that improve our lives continue to come and go and yet inequality still persists. But don’t let my words make you feel bad or confused. There’s nothing to doubt in a painting of peaches or a Mason jar.