Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing

6"x4" oil on raymar panel. Don't ask me what this stuff is, I haven't the faintest idea. All I know is that it was left behind by the previous inhabitants of our house, along with other useful items like a can of bat guano. This old haggard bottle of dark blue liquid had been in my studio keeping me company for quite some time and it just looked like it might be a fun challenge to paint, which it was. And with the ghostly disembodied head of Mrs. Stewart there on the label, I did not lack for company while painting. Creepy company, but company nonetheless.

Posted December 10, 2010
sold • private collection upper colwall, herefordshire, england


  1. "Bluing" is kind of like a fabric softener and it counteracts the yellowing of detergents, especially when you are washing fine table linens. The Brits tend to call all modern day fabric softeners bluing today. I watch far too much BBC America, methinks!

  2. I love the sense of mystery you have captured in this piece. I don't know what is in the bottle, but it looks very old and just a little scary, especially Mrs. Stewart!

  3. My grandmother used this stuff to make her whites look whiter. A lesson in color mixing.

  4. Excuse me...did you say, "..a can of bat guano"?
    Just thought I'd ask...


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