Everything but the Kitchen Sink

I had to look up the origins of that phrase. Most sources agree the phrase originated in the early 1900s and became popular during World War II, where it was said that everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at the enemy. The first print reference to be found is in a Shell fuel advertisement in Life Magazine in 1944.

This crazy mess is the small jungle of plants in my kitchen window. A rubber plant that keeps growing and a couple of plumerias make it feel like the tropics.

Right now I’m loving my reed pen, and all the organic, textural line it creates.

I’m also loving looking closer at pattern and texture.

Using just a palette of three primaries unifies this piece. It’s the yellow, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna, that gives it its muted tones. The other colors are two favorites: Transparent Pyrrol Orange and Ultramarine Blue.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to Everything but the Kitchen Sink

  1. Cinnabon says:

    Yes, you are way too young to know that term. Traditionally, the big old kitchen sink was the center, the heart of the house. Small children were routinely bathed in the kitchen sink. It was warm in the kitchen. Vegetables in from the garden were washed off daily.
    We gave everything for the war effort in those days, but needed to keep the kitchen sink.

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  2. Barbara L Stumpf says:

    I was done for the day, but then eked out a sketch thanks to your inspiration. Love, love your art, words, and spirit!

    Liked by 2 people

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