Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Balance Horse, Principle Gallery

Holiday Small Works Show
Principle Gallery
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Balance Horse
12" x 9"
oil on panel

I continue to explore the idea of balance in my paintings. 
Balance Horse has the tension and joy created
in that moment of perfect balance.

The yellow horse is a vintage Cracker Jack prize from the 1950's.
It measures 1 3/4" tall.
Thanks to The Cracker Jack Box, I found an August 1955
comic book ad showing simular prizes.

Cracker Jack was introduced at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. The candy-coated popcorn received its trademark name in 1896. In 1912, maker F.W. Rueckheim & Bro began inserting a 
"prize in every box."
There is a growing collector market for the vintage prizes. Prizes range greatly from 1930's "Made in Japan" lithographed tin whistles, 1950's polyethylene spacemen and animals to 1970's coin holders and charms, and 1990's metallic stickers. 

I have collected a number of Cracker Jack prizes that I can't wait
to add to future paintings.

 Holiday Small Works Show
Balance Horse      and      Inner Spark
Principle Gallery
Saturday, December 3, 2011
1:00pm to 4:00pm 
208 King Street, Alexandria, VA


  1. This is wonderful, Teresa! I just knew you were busy painting as this is your first post in awhile. Welcome back to the blogosphere!

  2. It has high-quality paintings, Teresa, I like much! : )