#34 Kettles & Mittens

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AmperArt #34 is the second line of lyrics that contains “and” in the song My Favorite Things from the 1960 musical and the 1965 film, The Sound of Music:

Raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles & warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies & crisp apple streudels

Doorbells & sleigh bells & schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

& then I don’t feel so bad


This is a collection of four editions, each featuring a line from the song that includes the word “and” which of course we replace with our favorite character, the ampersand.

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Concept & design notes:

In researching the style to use for this artwork I found one of the original movie posters, sampled the colors from which I chose a limited palette (I did not use blue as that would be your perfect mat in a nice frame), selected the appropriate typestyles & hand-drew the ampersand, stylizing it to resemble the main title in the poster.

Pink & yellow kettles?

Have you ever seen a shiny new penny in the sunshine? It alternates between a golden yellow and a brilliant pink. Together, or when not directly reflecting the sunshine, it’s a bright copper. That’s why this edition suggests copper through pink and yellow.
If that doesn’t make sense, let’s just say the leftover mittens right after Black Friday were yellow with pink polka dots.

The ampersand not only connects raindrops and kittens and kettles and ponies and doorknobs, it also links the last two lines of the song, which appear on all four layouts at very top and very bottom.

To further research this piece, I really enjoyed watching the movie! If you ever need a joyful lift & a little humor, this is the movie to see. It’s wonderful & timeless.

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Chaz DeSimone

Design. Dancing. Disneyland. Modernism. Nudism. Black Cats or any other color.

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