The Artwork of Joyce Compton

After Joyce Compton’s contact with First National ended in 1927, she freelanced for a variety of studios.

Joyce Compton, late 1920s.

Freelancing meant sticking close to home and waiting for the phone to ring. During those lean times, the Comptons began breeding and selling Belgian Griffons.

“I also discovered I had some art talent, and while being home bound and waiting for the phone to ring, I did some pretty good oil paintings.  Also, using monks cloth and thinned-downed oils, I painted some wall hangings,” Joyce wrote in The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image .

Joyce’s artistic flair came to life while still a teenager in Tulsa. She envisioned herself a Sennett Bathing Beauty.

In this blog post, I share with you some of Joyce’s art work from the late 1920s and early 1930s. Her media was mostly oils, but she did some nice charcoal self portraits.

Joyce with one of her monks cloth paintings.

Today, the painting hangs in a spare bedroom in my home.  It is one of my treasures.

Joyce’s painting on display.

Joyce loved working in charcoal. Most of her drawings were self portraits.

A Joyce Compton self portrait (1930s).
A self portrait from the early 1930s.

My personal favorites are her oil paintings.

“Azalea Garden,” Middleton Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina. By Joyce Compton.
Landscape by Joyce Compton.
“Senorita” by Joyce Compton.

In the mid-1930s, Joyce drew the plans for the house she built with her parents on Davana Street in Sherman Oaks. Money was always tight for the Comptons. When Joyce would get a film role, they would hire workers and do a portion of the construction.

A classic Joyce Compton pose from the 1930s.

When money ran out, work stopped. A role would come along and work on their house would go forward.  She called the finished home, Joyce’s Hodge-Podge Lodge. She lived in her beloved home until the early 1990s.

In later years, when answering fan mail, Joyce would enclose a handmade bookmark, most often with a favorite Bible verse.

One of Joyce’s bookmarks

Read more about Joyce’s 30-year career in films in her autobiography, The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.


2 responses to “The Artwork of Joyce Compton”

  1. Reblogged this on bookzine and commented:
    You’ll also want to read Michael G. Ankerich’s book about the life of Joyce Compton (the silent screen star), which is entitled, “The Real Joyce Compton: Behind The Dumb Blonde Movie Image” – a great read.

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